Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Turner and Hooch

Warm reception: 1. Tansey Skidmore and Hubert Kalkman; 2. British Ambassador, HE Dominick Chilcott with wife Jane. (Pix. Marc O’Sullivan)

The National Gallery of Ireland celebrated the annual Turner exhibition and new catalogue, ‘The Works of JMW Turner in the National Gallery of Ireland’ recently with a special Hennessy cognac reception for invited guests. The event was presided over by HE Mr Dominick Chilcott, British Ambassador to Ireland.

Caroline Sleiman, Market Development Manager for Moët Hennessy, welcomed guests with a selection of cocktails, including the zesty Hennessy Ginger and the Hot Hennessy Berry; among them author and editor Ciaran Carty, HE Mr. Maurizio Zanini, Italian Ambassador to Ireland and Ross Golden Bannon of Food & Wine Magazine.

Authors of the new Turner catalogue Anne Hodge and Niamh McNally were also in attendance, along with members of the Irish art community including Brian Crowley (Pearse Museum), sculptor Jason Ellis, portrait artist with James Hanley RHA, Director of the NGI Sean Rainbird and Tim Cooke of the Ulster Museum.

The annual Turner exhibit runs every year for the month of January only and will be on display in the Print Gallery of the NGI until Jan 31.