The critically acclaimed 'Holy Show' print exhibition will tour several regional art centres in 2003, including Limerick, Enniskillen, Sligo, Dingle and Monaghan. Other venues for 2004 are also being considered.

Abraham's People

This exhibition represents a response from the selected artists to the Christian Old Testament or Hebrew Bible, the shared sacred scripture for both Judaism and Christianity.

The Chester Beatty Collection provided a wealth of possible subjects for the exhibition but the artists were also encouraged to return to the rich and diverse text of the biblical stories themselves, rather than re-interpret a familiar mediaeval or later image.

The Hebrew Bible remains a rich source of inspiration for contemporary artists. This exhibition will provide both the participants and the audience with an opportunity to reflect upon one of the major influences on the formation of Western Civilisation.

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The following are the dates for the Holy Show tour:

19th January- 23rd February 2003 Gallerie Astley: Uttersberg 73992 Skinnskatteberg, Sweden

6th February-9th March 2003 Hunt Museum: The Custom House, Rutland Street, Limerick

3rd April- 25th May 2003 Fermanagh County Museum: Enniskillen Castle, Castle Barracks, Enniskillen

3rd June-30th June 2003 Monaghan County Museum, The New Market House, Monaghan.

8th July - 10th August 2003 Institute of Education and Celtic, Sraid an Doirin, An Daingean, Co. Chiarrai

Oct/November 2003 County Museum Dundalk, Jocelyn Street, Dundalk

For further information please contact:
Charles Horton, (horton@cbl.ie)
Curator Western Collections
Chester Beatty Library
Dublin Castle
(01) 4070778