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Sally Lelong used the Cathedral, which was founded in 1168 as a place of worship to incorporate the narrative of her stories in the ways in which she installed her pieces Sally Lelong used the Cathedral, which was founded in 1168 as a place of worship to incorporate the narrative of her stories in the ways in which she installed her pieces

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Exhibition of visual stories by Sally Lelong will go on display in Limerick

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Sally Lelong exhibition R E A D will be on display at St Mary’s Cathedral from May 13 through June 4.

The exhibition will feature an installation of visual stories as an ode to those who have been forced from home to seek safety and acceptance

By I Love Limerick correspondent Ava O’Donoghue

Sally Lelong New York native Sally Lelong
Sally Lelong will soon return to her native New York to be an artist-in-residence at Triangle Studios on Governor’s Island.

An exhibition of visual stories by New York artist Sally Lelong called R E A D will be on display at St Mary’s Cathedral from May 13 through June 4.

The exhibition will start at 11 am and will be on show until 4 pm and visitors are welcome to come to see the array of works by Sally.

Silent SoundsHands In Harmony Deaf Choir is performing at Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick, Ireland, on Thursday, June 2nd, at 7:00 p.m. as part of Sally Lelong’s R E A D exhibit.

Hands in Harmony is a Deaf community choir using its first and preferred language, Irish Sign Language. With Sally Lelong, a visual storyteller, they have created a series of performance pieces that immerse audiences in the spontaneous process of transforming our interactions with one another into intuitive forms of visual communication through the beauty of sign language.

Hands In Harmony Deaf Choir performs liturgical and popular music in various venues in Limerick City and surrounding areas. On this occasion, the Choir is expanding its repertoire to include “performance-art” work. Sally lives and works in New York but views anywhere she travels as an opportunity to stage work and interact in with new audiences through a landscape of the imagination.

Sally used the Cathedral, which was founded in 1168 as a place of worship, to incorporate the narrative of her stories in the ways in which she installed her pieces.

The exhibition will feature an installation of visual stories as an ode to those who have been forced from home to seek safety and acceptance.

The first encounter will be in the southeast corner of the Cathedral near the reception desk. The rest will feature on the Northern Side.

“Lamentation” will be in the Prayer Chapel, “Pilgrim’s Progress” will be in Arthur’s Seat and “Daphne” will be in the Leper’s Squint.

Her works share a kinship with theatrical stage productions and poetry that provide platforms for viewers to participate in how a piece’s narrative unfolds.

Her work articulates her response to events and issues that she sees as impacting daily life with symbolic references for viewers to interpret their relevance.

While she lives in New York, Sally views anywhere she travels as an opportunity to stage work and interact with new audiences.

The exhibition is a great opportunity to see her striking works of Sally before she returns to New York where she will be an artist-in-residence at Triangle Studios on Governor’s Island.

“I strive to relate moments of self-reflection with work that extends into the viewer’s imagination. Whether creating theatre environments or aesthetic propositions, the responses a piece evokes is its narrative.” Sally said on her work. 

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