The Port of Drogheda has announced that its annual arts commission for 2021 has been awarded to Drogheda-born figurative sculptor, Ms Sallyanne Morgan.
Submissions from local artists were invited for artwork 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 including Cambodia and more recently Malta. She has worked as a community artist with the NGO ‘Common Ground’ and the housing association ‘Respond’. She has also taught ceramics to young adults in Phnom Penh and led a cement workshop at Kathmandu University and has had 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 began 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 2021 Arts Commission, Sallyanne’s aim is to capture the human element, and so the sculpture she proposes is a small tribute to all the unknown men who have spent their professional lives lifting, carrying and operating the Port.
“There was a huge response to this year’s Commission, with a wide range of excellent submissions making the award a tough choice for the Port. However, in the end, 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 commissioned one of her sculptures for their collection and she hopes to complete the commission by the end of this year.