|Sarah Longley 'Angel Hill'
Solo Exhibition at
Crescent Arts Centre
here to view
Please note Mullan Gallery is no longer based on the Lisburn Road, Belfast
Crescent Arts in Belfast
2-4 University Rd, Belfast, BT7 1NH
New Paintings by Sarah Longley
C R E S C E N T A R T S C E N T R E
'In the middle of October 2012, after eighteen years of living in Edinburgh, I moved with my partner to the North-West Highlands, pregnant and with our two year old daughter Maisie in tow. We settled into our traditional crofter's cottage and braced ourselves for the winter ahead. The spot we chose is called Kirkton, a small clutch of cottages next to a church on the main road to Skye. We look out past an early nineteenth century barn towards Loch Alsh, a tidal sea loch frequented by otters.There is a tree-lined path down to the loch that opens out on to a wide salt-marsh which changes all the time according to the tide and provides a wonderful children's playground. Our very steep back garden reaches up high into the woodland behind, and right next to us a burn runs down to the sea alongside a mossy drystone wall. Quite a change from noisy Dalry in Edinburgh. Despite being hugely pregnant I started painting at once.
Having survived our first winter and the birth of our second daughter Amelia (at home) I became more and more drawn to the strange hill-top graveyard behind our house, the beautifully named Angel Hill. The graveyard is on the site of an ancient hill-fort and has a breathtaking view out over the trees, shinty pitch, near hills, loch and, far beyond, to Skye and the Cuillins. This is just the kind of layering that I love to tackle in my work. As well as being a wonderful promontory, the graveyard itself is a beautiful thing with its rhythmic rusty railings encircling the higgledy-piggledy headstones. I also love the battered and exposed trees up there draped in greeny yellow lichen. February produced a blanket of snowdrops on Angel Hill, April brought huge clumps of buttery daffodils. Both flowers seemed so poignant in their abundance amongst the graves. I was determined to capture them before they withered and I dragged a six foot drawing board and easel up the hill to paint during a rare sunny spell. My father has been struck by Angel Hill too. He has written a beautiful poem called 'Snowdrops' which inspired a drawing. I've also attempted to illustrate his poems 'Birth-bed' and 'Amelia's Poem'. I'm delighted that we have coincided in this way.
We've now been here for almost two years and I feel that painting and drawing have helped me to get to know this mysterious place. I've loved observing it change through the seasons. It has started to feel like home.
Sarah Longley September 2014
The exhibition continues until 24th October 2014
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Sarah Longley at Crescent Arts Centre, 2-4 University Rd, Belfast, Antrim BT7 1NH
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