Echo Echo Spring Exhibition - In Our Nature

27th Jan - 11th Feb Echo Echo Studios Mon - Sat throughout Festival
A two-person exhibition of paintings by Jacinta O’Reilly and Sash Ka Sheils.

Artwork by Jacinta O'Reilly


In Our Nature

There are many aspects to these artists and their work that intrigues me. They somehow address the deeper tissue of existence in their approach and process, without trying too hard to label or overly explain the elements of what they create. Each work exists somewhere between pattern and flow, possessing an elemental quality which compels the viewer towards understanding that what is seen is only skin-thick representation of a visual mnemonic, which asks not to be questioned but accepted. 

Sinéad Smyth, Curator


About the artists

Jacinta O’Reilly

Jacinta is strongly influenced by abstract expressionists and the spontaneity of their process. I enjoy using mixed media and layering drawings with various geometric shapes. It is the repetition of the shape that is important, so it becomes impossible to tell the beginning or the end of the drawing. I use the intensity of circles or triangles to compose an image giving an illusion of infinity. I am mindful of preserving a natural flow when I draw so that each component is considered but not deliberate. It is the wondrous and magnificent patterning of shapes and colours in nature that inspires my work.

Sash Ka Sheils

Sash Ka is based in the North-West of Ireland.  Her interest in art has come about through her desire to express that which is not meant to be expressed through words.  Through her love of philosophy, her extensive work in the field of Occupational Therapy and Psychotherapy, and her formidable drive to be free to sculpt her own choices and her own destiny, Sash Ka has cultivated a bold uncompromising style.

Artwork by Sash Ka Sheils


Festival Events

Exhibition Opening Event Friday 27th January at 7.30pm

Opening Hours public viewing Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.30pm plus Festival evenings. 

Artist Talk Wednesday 1st February at 1pm

Free admission


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Friday 27th January - Saturday 11th February 2023

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Echo Echo Studios are accessed via rear entrance to Waterloo House at Hangman's Bastion, Magazine Street. The centre is fully accessible. Please note both studio spaces and gallery are accessible via stairs or platform lift.

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Thanks to Arts Council of Northern Ireland, The National Lottery through ACNI, Derry City and Strabane District Council Headline Events Fund, The Foyle Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation.

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