Birds Flying High – Ukrainian Art Exhibition

Saturday December 10, 2022
- Monday December 19, 2022
Paintings from the Birds Flying High exhibition of Ukrainian art, opening at An Grianán on Sat 10 Dec 2022.
Show Date & Time:
December 10, 2022, 1:00pm
December 19, 2022, 3:30pm
Offical Opening:
December 10, 2022, 1:00pm

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”.

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.

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.


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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