For The Hills – Orla McHardy

Friday 20th March – Saturday 25th April

‘FOR THE HILLS’ is a solo exhibition by Orla Mc Hardy that includes new and recent animations, films and sculptural installations. The artist returned to Donegal, allowing the place to function as the main generator and backdrop to this body of work. She attempts to record the complex interactions linking her memories of her home place, the landscape and the people that had become interrupted, disconnected and reconnected again over time. The artwork inhabits a poetic territory that straddles the intuitive and the conceptual.

Orla Mc Hardy’s work spans across traditional single channel films made for broadcast to mixed media site-specific gallery installations. Currently based in Dublin and Richmond, Virginia, she has exhibited internationally and her films have been included in prominent international film festivals. She has been the recipient of many awards, most recently the Irish Film Board’s Frameworks Award. ‘FOR THE HILLS’ was made with the support of an Arts Council Ireland /An Chomhairle Ealaíon Film Project Award in 2012.

This exhibition is part of a year-long programme of events curated by Eilís Lavelle. Supported by The Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Curator in Residence award in partnership with Donegal County Council, Regional Cultural Centre and Glebe House & Gallery (Derek Hill Collection, OPW).