Temperance 2009


The Sweet Revelations of Abigail O’Brien

The remarkable series of photographs that Abigail O’Brien produced at the Oatfield Sweet Factory at Letterkenny in County Donegal can be read on many levels. The most prosaic interpretation would focus on the documentary nature of these works, which record the equipment and materials and processes involved in the making of traditional candies, but which also introduce us to the men and women who perform the necessary alchemy of sweet making.

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Oatfield-Temperance – Abigail O’Brien
Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny
17 November 2009 – 16 January 2010

This exhibition and catalogue complete the project Oatfield -The Sweet Stuff, a series of exhibitions celebrating 80 years of The Oatfield Sweet
Factory presented by Donegal County Council’s Cultural Services. This project forms part of the Residency Strand of Donegal County Council’s Public Art Program and was funded under the Per Cent for Art Scheme arising from the National Road Authority’s recent construction of the N56 Mountain Top to Illistrin Road Realignment Project.

PLEASE CLICK HERE To Read An Intoduction by John Cunningham, a review by Gregory McCartney and an essay by David Galloway