What will leap out at you?

‘KICK Any Stone and History Leaps Up At You’ is the current exhibition on show at The Alley Theatre.   A collection of paintings and collages by Rozzi Kennedy, an emerging artist from South Armagh, ‘Kick Any Stone…’ runs until Friday July 20.

Rozzi said she found the title of the show while researching the natural landscape and collected history of her home-place.

‘Kick Any Stone and History Leaps Up at You,’ was written by South Ulster poet Art Bennett, two centuries ago. 

“The historical research is mainly a starting point for brightly coloured, visually striking collages and paintings; that address contemporary and artistic concerns to do with culture, place, time, taste and value,” Rozzi explained. 

“Each viewer brings his or her own unique interpretation, why not visit to see what leaps out at you?  

“Your insights matter to me, so please share them in the visitors book.”

Upon viewing, Bennet’s line of poetry fits the thinking behind the exhibition well. Particularly, the first piece produced in the series: A detailed painting of an uninhabited, old stone built cottage, with a collapsed tin roof and grasses growing from the walls and windows. It sits by the roadside with fields and hills behind, the perfect image for a nostalgic Irish postcard. 

However, two silhouettes leap from the remains of the cottage toward the sky and out over the hills. They represent the young people, moving on, away from their heritage and often their home-places with huge energy and excitement for the future.

The exhibition is currently open at The Alley Arts Centre and runs until Friday, July 20. For further information contact the Alley Theatre on 028 71 384444 or online

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