Famine Experience: Poignant and beautiful

    Andrew Hetherington-Business to Arts, Donna Byrne, Marketing Manager, Ani Mollereau, Sculptor, Marion Acreman, Centre Manager, Minister Josepha Madigan and Gerard McNaughton, TileStyle

    FROM A famine to a feast of awards is part the ironic but very successful and poignant story of MacDonagh Junction.

    The shopping centre and local sculptor Ani Mollereau were named winners at the 30th annual Allianz Business to Arts Awards at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre.

    The big prize was for their Kilkenny Famine Experience sculpture.

    The commissioned piece was recognized with the Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice.

    The 2018 Allianz Business to Arts Awards recognise businesses, artists and art organisations that develop creative partnerships. The winners demonstrated collaborative efforts between business and arts which takes place through sponsorship, staff engagement, commissioning, Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives or community engagement.

    Centre Manager Marion Acreman said the commissioning of this sculpture was fundamental to highlighting the significance of the presence of Famine Victims at the crypt site.

    “The aesthetic beauty of the piece depicting hope of survival for the two boys depicted in bronze, John and Patrick Saul, gives us all hope for the future.

    “Working with local sculptor Ani Mollereau was a pleasure as she immediately had a sense of the sensitive human stories and the need for us to educate others to the building’s deep heritage.

    “Her work was so meaningful and expressive and the sculpture has been very moving for all our visitors. “Winning this award is really wonderful in recognising our business commitment to the Arts and Ani’s talent as an Artist,” said Marion.

    The sculpture stands at the final point of the Kilkenny Famine Experience tour, at the Memorial Garden at MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre.

    The free audio visual tour is available daily. For more information visit www.kilkennyfamineexperience.com