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Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 May, 2005, 05:30 GMT 06:30 UK
Exhibition to celebrate Tory life
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Life on Tory Island, theme of new art exhibition
Life on Tory Island, off the coast of Donegal, will be celebrated in an art exhibition on Tuesday in the Riverside Theatre, Coleraine.

The exhibition, organised by the University of Ulster, will feature new work from the island's School of Primitive Art.

Paintings on display will depict the rugged beauty of the remote island off Ireland's Atlantic seaboard.

Exhibitors will include the 'King of Tory', Patsy Dan Rodgers.

Other artists on display will include Anton Meenan, Ruari Rodgers and Michael Finbarr Rodgers.

The late Derek Hill, an artist of international standing, was one of the first to recognise the artistic talents of the islanders.

He encouraged them to take up painting in addition to the traditional island arts of dance and storytelling and helped establish the island's School of Primative Art.

The artists have just returned from a visit to New York where their work portraying island life was reported to have been well received at an exhibition in New York University.

With previous exhibitions in Chicago and Paris, their work is increasingly recognised at home and abroad and much sought-after by art collectors.

The exhibition of primitive art is the latest in a series of events organised by the university to support the small island community of Tory.

The university has strong ties with the Tory islanders. Patsy Dan Rodgers is an honorary graduate of the university.


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