Artist Gives Fresh Lick of Paint to Stendhal Festival

Rachel Morrow was selected from an almost 50-strong shortlist to team with the Limavady event as its headline visual artist for this year

Islandmagee's Rachel Morrow is experiencing the Syndrome – having being selected as the featured artist for this year's Stendhal Festival.

Having been named Ireland's Best Small Festival three times in the past four years, the Limavady event is now calling on the talented young painter's skills to help promote its 2017 edition.

Work from Morrow’s recent collections has been adapted to make up the main artistic images on the festival’s marketing material and website, and she will also be showcasing her work at an art gallery on site come August 11 and 12.

Speaking to Culture NI, Morrow says she is thankful for the opportunity: 'It can be difficult to make a name for yourself in Northern Ireland, so I was hugely flattered when Stendhal approached me to be the headline visual artist.

'It’s such a fantastic opportunity for an emerging artist at the start of their creative career. None of us know what the future holds but this is a massive opportunity I have been given and I am really grateful to be able to play a part.

She adds: 'My work has always incorporated movement and energy so I think it does fit in really well with what Stendhal is all about. Festivals to an extent are about escapism and likewise painting is a form of escape for me. It’s a true passion that can be quite an emotional process that takes time but it is an amazing way to shut off and unwind for a while and really pour your heart into creating.'

Rachel Morrow

For Stendhal organiser Ross Parkhill there was an instant draw to the colourful and distinctive work of Morrow.

'This year we were very keen to showcase a young and hungry Northern Irish talent throughout our marketing for the festival,' he says. 'We researched almost 50 potential contributors but Rachel’s immediately stood out and really fit the brief we were working towards.

'We were really happy that she wanted to get involved and we are even happier with how the finished marketing material looks. Hopefully this and her showcase at our art gallery in August will get a lot more eyes on Rachel’s work and lead to plenty more opportunities for her in the future.'

Meanwhile the first wave of acts set to perform over the two days at Ballymully Cottage Farm are due to be announced soon. In an update earlier this month the festival revealed that amongst the 29 music acts already booked was its first to hail from France, prompting some speculation as to who it might be.

Artists including Frightened Rabbit, Badly Drawn Boy, DJ Yoda, Therapy?, Donavan, The Undertones, Turin Brakes and The Divine Comedy have all featured in previous years' line-ups.

For forthcoming news and tickets, which are now on sale, as well as Rachel's work visit www.stendhalfestival.com.