The Road to Marovany – the art and craft of Paddy Bush
A wonderful exhibition in a lovely location. Upon arriving we were greeted by the sight of large colourful cloths billowing on bamboo sticks. Each one had a saying from Madagascar labelled to it, many were very witty. A gravel path lead us to the gallery building which was already filling up with people of all ages. Inside, Paddy looked like he was in a state of bliss as he chatted to people explaining aspects of the displays. Tea, coffee, wine and cakes were being handed out.
The exhibit seamlessly takes you on a journey through Paddy’s passions starting with his photography of his Cavan lakeside home, then photos of him performing in Madagascar, several with Justin Vali, and a photo of him on the set of the Big Sky with his digeridoo. The most lovingly decorated wall features a shot of Kate and Paddy from the Eat the Music video with the mandolin Paddy was playing and many other instruments framing the display. It was breathtaking. Another room featured some of Paddy’s own photography of Madagascar – gorgeous stuff, he’s an excellent photographer, which I never knew. Leading out into the sculpture garden is a room displaying all of his glass work, beads etc and the walls of the room are covered with very swirling hypnotic photos of glass in extreme close-up. I loved that the beads were all displayed in their cabinet on peat briquettes! Outside in the sculpture garden there were about 20 more coloured Madagascan cloths and as many wise quotes to go with them.
So glad I went. Paddy is such a warm, humble, genuine person – this was all uniquely him and I am delighted he’s decided to do this, I hope many people venture down the tiny winding roads to get to this remarkable, remote gallery.