'Mystery Of Broighter'

An Exhibition of works by the Artist Raymond Watson
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From Monday 12th October to Sunday 25th October 2015


Signal Arts Centre is delighted to be exhibiting works by the artist Raymond Watson.


This exhibition features important new works exploring the mysteries of the Broighter Boat and Gold Hoard - themes of spirituality, time dimensions, and journeys; presented through sculpture, painting and installation.


The Broighter Boat and Gold Hoard are one of Ireland’s national treasures; the treasure was discovered by a ploughman Tom Nicholl in 1896, as he worked in a field outside Limivady.


The purpose of the small golden Boat and how it came to be in the field at Broighter is still a mystery.


The current exhibition of bronze and wood sculptures, paintings and mixed media installation work explore many themes especially the idea that boats are a means of transportation to other worlds and dimensions. One important piece on display is large scale bog oak sculpture based on Manannan’s mythical boat known as ‘The Wave Sweeper’, that is said to follow the commands of his thoughts. Another sculpture is composed of large wooden cogs and English and Irish pound coins that depict the Gold Boat and Hoard.


Raymond Watson said, ‘It is fantastic to have the opportunity to explore themes and artefacts of the Broighter story and its mythology. The more you delve into this story the more intriguing it becomes. Besides the visual art for this exhibition I have also collaborated on the composition of a unique and beautiful soundtrack celebrating the discovery of the Broighter Boat, performed by My Pennyworth, singer songwriters duo from New Zealand.’


Opening Reception: Thursday 15th October 7 - 9pm