The Port of Drogheda has announced that its annual artistic commission for 2021 has been awarded to Drogheda-born figurative sculptor Ms Sallyanne Morgan.
Applications from local artists were invited for a work of art from any artistic discipline based on a maritime or port theme.
Now based in Bettystown, Sallyanne has spent many years abroad, living and working in countries such as Cambodia and more recently Malta. She worked as a community artist in the NGO ‘Common Ground’ and the housing association ‘Respond’. She also taught ceramics to young adults in Phnom Penh and facilitated a cement workshop at the University of Kathmandu and presented solo exhibitions in Malta and Phnom Penh. His work is currently featured in two exhibitions, a joint exhibition at the Seamus Ennis Arts Center in Naul and the Botanical Gardens, “Sculpture in Context”. Sallyanne works with fiber reinforced cement (FRC) or ferrocement and started using this material as an alternative to clay after leaving technical college. This cement is either applied directly to the metal framework or poured from a clay model.
For the Commission des Arts 2021, Sallyanne’s goal is to capture the human element, and the sculpture she proposes is therefore a small tribute to all the unknown men who have spent their professional lives lifting, carrying and operating. the Port.
“This year’s Commission received a huge response, with a wide range of excellent nominations, making the award a difficult choice for the port. Ultimately, however, we believe Sallyanne’s proposal will make a wonderful contribution to our growing collection. We would like to thank all of the artists who responded to the invitation, and we look forward to future submissions from these artists. ‘ said Nessa Lally of Drogheda Port Company.
Sallyanne is delighted that the Drogheda Port Company has ordered one of her sculptures for their collection and she hopes to complete the order by the end of this year.