Public Art

Verbal Arts Centre has a number of commissioned works by leading Irish artists, sculptors, designers and craftsmen which provide a visual counterpoint to each floor.

Ground Floor

  • Reception Desk by Knut Klimmek
  • Glass sculpture containing c. 212 original hand written manuscripts gifted to the Centre by the writers of Ireland (glass sculpture by Killian Schurmann)
  • Floor tiles - depicting Ulster mythology (collaboration between the most celebrated living Irish artist Louis le Brocquy and Dutch ceramicist Ron van der Noll)
  • Paintings on back stairs illustrating traditional stories from all over Ireland by Rita Duffy
  • Ulysses Installation – this piece consist of transcribing James Joyce’s Ulsysses onto three of the Centre’s walls by local artist Colin Darke.
  • Gallery space.


Mezzanine

  • The key and defining piece in the Coffee House is a commissioned sculpture by Carolyn Mulholland - her two bronze figures are set in relationship that explores the nature of communication between individual human beings.
  • Wrought Iron railings, balcony, and gates by Gerald Pullman


First Floor

  • Glass windows in Library celebrating Ireland's four Nobel prize winners for literature and commemorating the north-west's contribution to literature by naming 24 of our writers by Deirdre Rogers
  • Carved text in library by Ben Russell
  • Sculpture on main stair case depicting communication via ‘Word Jugglers’ by John Behan 
  • Board table and 16 chairs in Library by Michael Bell (depicting a boat = voyage of the imagination)
  • Painting of the building in Library by Martin Mooney  to commemorate the links between 1892 and 2000 commissioned with  help of The Honourable The Irish Society
  • Lecterns and speakers chairs matching set of 2:  lecterns inspired by Morse code keys

The Verbal Arts Centre is a Registered Educational Charity.

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Public Art

Verbal Arts Centre has a number of commissioned works by leading Irish artists, sculptors, designers and craftsmen which provide a visual counterpoint to each floor.…

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