"I visited Japan in 2008 and was just so moved by what I saw at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I feel passionately about the nuclear threat and this work creates a calm and peaceful environment for people to come in and contemplate the meaning of what was done and what the future holds"

Stacia Blake, 2011

PIECE WORK FRIENDS 2011 is an exhibition by Laois artist Stacia Blake and friends which opened on 11th August. The work displayed will then be donated and sent to the Peace Parks in Nagasaki and Hiroshima in Japan as a symbol of peace and friendship.

PIECE WORK FRIENDS 2011 is an eclectic mixture showing the commemorative output of like-minded artists. Contributions are from the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and much further afield from countries such as Sweden, Greece and Finland.  On an international basis, artists have joined together to create the exhibition, dedicated to remembering victims of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings in 1945. The aim is to create a contemplative space prompting thought about nuclear warfare and nuclear power - issues of the past that are also directly relevant to today and tomorrow.

The exhibition was opened by Chris Ledger, CEO of the Arts and Disability Forum, a Northern Ireland based organisation that runs a grant scheme for disabled artists on behalf of the two Arts Councils of this island. From Friday 5th August the ADF will host a complementary installation of Stacia Blake’s own paintings alongside collaboratively produced origami cranes. Japanese tradition holds that making 1000 origami cranes brings a wish that will be granted by a crane and this has been set as the target for the ADF Gallery www.adf.ie .
The ambition is to reach a 1000 paper cranes and have a wish granted for the future of Northern Ireland. “The project, which will continue into September through to World Peace Day, brings disparate people together to collaborate in an unthreatening and enjoyable project that has at its heart the desire for peace” said Chris Ledger, CEO of the Arts & Disability Forum.“The installation will grow as Stacia engages with local people to reflect on conflict and peace, and as they each make just one item – a paper bird.”

Entry to the gallery is free and opening hours include Monday to Friday 10am to 5.30pm and Saturdays from 10am to 5pm. The exhibition will run until September 3rd.

Funded by

The Arts Council


Dunamaise Arts Centre

Church Street Portlaoise, Co. Laois, Ireland.

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