Mirror Pavilion for GIAF Programme


Galway 2020 is delighted that the centrepiece of Galway International Arts Festival’s Autumn Edition programme, launched earlier today, will be the world unveiling of a major new visual arts commission from GIAF for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture. John Gerrard’s Mirror Pavilion, which can be seen in Galway City and County from September to October, is one of the major events in Galway 2020’s cultural programme, which was postponed due to Covid 19. We are delighted that Galway International Arts Festival and Galway 2020 can now honour the commitment to premiere the piece in Ireland this year.


Presented outdoors in Galway City and in Connemara, the Pavilion is a beautiful and striking structure, with all three sides and the roof clad in a highly reflective mirror and the fourth wall a high–resolution LED wall. This structure will host two new artworks; Corn Work and Leaf Work which will unfold on the LED screen presented in the two locations; Corn Work at the historic Claddagh Quay in Galway City from 3 to 26 September and Leaf Work at the spectacular 4,000–year–old Derrigimlagh Bog in Connemara from 11 to 31 October. The works reflect and respond to the landscape of both locations.



Welcoming the launch of the Galway International Arts Festival autumn programme, Patricia Philbin, CEO Galway 2020 said; “Firstly, on behalf of Galway 2020, I want to congratulate John Crumlish and Paul Fahy, and all the team at Galway International Arts Festival on the launch of their Autumn Edition programme. Like so many others, their plans for the world-renowned annual summer festival had to be curtailed because of Covid 19, however, the programme they’ve announced today is superb and demonstrates their resilience and commitment.  We are thrilled that John Gerrard’s Mirror Pavilion will be premiered as part of this Autumn Edition.”

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