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Lorcan Vallely and fellow Armagh artist Stephen Farnan feature in a two man show in the magnificent Duncairn Arts Centre, Antrim Road Belfast from 29th September to 11th November 2014.

Contrasting styles and methods can be viewed in the canvases and ceramics of the two Armagh artists, but a central thread of drawing runs through both sets of work, in this their first joint exhibition in Belfast.

Belfast journalist Robert McMillen has written a blog about the exhibition.

Lorcan joined other Irish artists including Robert Ballagh, Dara Vallely and his father JB Vallely in donating a piece of work to support Ciste Infheistíochta Gaeilge’s $1 Million Dúshlán challenge.

Ciste Infheistíochta Gaeilge is the first and only agency in the north of Ireland dedicated to building the physical infrastructure required to accommodfrank ryanate the vibrant and ever growing Irish language community.

Ciste launched the $1 Million Challenge at Belfast City Hall in April 2014.

All monies  raised will be designated to fund three flagship projects including Aonach Mhacha in Armagh – a new Irish language, cultural and arts hub in the heart of the ancient capital of Ulster.

The subject of the etching is the Irish revolutionary figure, Frank Ryan.  An event is planned for the early 2015 where the work will be auctioned.  More news of that nearer the time!

In the image here Lorcan’s etching is presented by JB Vallely to Director of Ciste Infheistíochta Gaeilge Caoimhín Mac Giolla Mhín.

Cuisle, a brand new Irish language arts show began broadcasting in early 2014.  The first episode featured a short piece on artist Lorcan Vallely, working in his studio in Omeath.


Vallely was commissioned by Cumann Culturtha Mhic Reachtain to produce ten pieces based on nósanna – traditions.

These new works are inspired by our Irish cultural traditions and customs; and those, both past and present, who strive to keep these customs alive, with particular reference to here in the North.

The collection includes dancers, musicians and well known personalities in the world of Irish tradition.  Limited edition prints of the work can be viewed here