Birds flying high – Ukrainian Art Exhibition – Opens Sat 10 Dec

Paintings from the Birds Flying High exhibition of Ukrainian art, opening at An Grianán on Sat 10 Dec 2022.

Exhibition Opening of Ukrainian Art in Letterkenny – Saturday December 10th at 1pm

The curator of this unique set of Artworks – Svitlana Babenko – is bringing a special collection of works by Ukrainian artists, both amateur and professional, to An Grianán Theatre on Saturday 10th December.

The exhibition will be opened by Cathaoirleach of Letterkenny Municipal District, Cllr. Donal Mandy Kelly.

Entitled “Birds flying high” after the song by jazz singer Nina Simone, the exhibition will present the work of over 30 Ukrainian artists (some professional, some amateur) as a gesture of thanks to the Irish people.

“We have chosen to feature Birds – images that have a special meaning and significance for people from Ukraine. Each bird is like amulet for each house a symbol of love and protection, bringing peace and safety to each Ukrainian home”.

Bird No 4-An-Grainan
Above: a folk art inspired hen by A. Sydozenko, just one of over 60 artworks from the exhibition.

This exhibition showcases the work of Ukrainians living in exile – and they want to share these images and hope they too bring peace and beauty to their adopted Irish homes. The group of artists would like to offer these images for Irish homes as well as their way of saying thank you for the welcome and support that they have enjoyed here.

The exhibition will feature over 60 paintings, some part of a large collage, and some larger pieces – all of which are for sale. Some of the proceeds of the sales will go to the artists themselves, some to cover the costs of the exhibition and also at least 15% will be used for additional artwork for the Cathedral Quarter initiative in Letterkenny.

Svitlana would also like to offer her Irish hosts a taste of Ukraine as well with some edible treats at the opening as well as some handmade crafts on sale on the day. She promises a warm and welcoming atmosphere with music and maybe a slice of a very special ‘opening’ cake… if you come early!

The opening is at 1pm on Saturday 10th December. The exhibition will run until 19th December.


Olesya Zdorovetska c by Gerry Mooney-An-Grainan
Above: Olesya Zdorovetska will be joined by some special guests for a live performance of music and spoken word at 1.45pm on Sat 10 Dec. Free Admission on the door – no advance booking necessary.

The exhibition opening will be followed at 1.45pm to 2:30pm by the performance of An Grianán/IMC Navigator Jazz artist-in-residence Olesya Zdorovetska joined by special guests.

Olesya Zdorovetska is a performer, composer and curator. As an international soloist and collaborator she works in the fields of improvised, jazz, Afro-Caribbean, contemporary classical, traditional Ukrainian and Sephardic music, theatre and film. She is the founder of the Ukrainian-Irish Cultural Platform and co-curator and producer of Phonica, a platform for new music and poetry in Dublin.

The performance will be in our auditorium and and admission is free on the door – no advance booking required.


There will be a special auction of works on Saturday 17th December at 6pm (some proceeds going to the Cathedral Quarter project). This auction will be opened by Irish Times journalist and writer Michael Harding who will make a general reflection on art and the situation in Ukraine.

This arts initiative is supported by Donegal Intercultural Platform and the Arts Office of Donegal County Council & An Grianán Theatre.

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