Friday, 29 June 2012

Congratulations Niamh Sharkey - Ireland's New Laureate

Congratulations and our warmest most heart-felt best wishes to the wonderful Niamh Sharkey, on her election as Laureate na nÓg - the Children's Laureate for Ireland. 

This is only the second time this medal has been awarded, and we can think of no greater author/illustrator than Niamh to take on this prestigious and impressive role. Niamh was presented with a medal by Michael Higgins, chairman of the Arts Council for Ireland last month, and we wish her every good fortune in this role for the next two years.

One of our best-loved artists here at the gallery, we have always been an enormous fan and shown her superb artwork in exhibits here for over a decade. Her meticulous oil on gesso paintings produced for  her best-selling books are captivating, many of which now reside on the walls of a number of our finest collectors. In October 2008 Niahm came over to London for her first one-man show here in Britain which was an great success. The exhibition of artwork for Cinderella was both magical and bewitching, and one of the most exciting events we have held to date.

We wish her all the very best, and hope for a swift return to  our shores to enchant and engage us again very soon!