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Stanley Collins Packer, Blackrock, Cork, at the Will Sliney exhibition in the seen & heard playspace at Crawford Art Gallery, Cork.Picture Denis Minihane.
Stanley Collins Packer, Blackrock, Cork, at the Will Sliney exhibition in the seen & heard playspace at Crawford Art Gallery, Cork.Picture Denis Minihane.
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Avengers Assemble at Cork's Crawford Art Gallery 

COMIC book fans can come face to face with superheroes and villains at the Crawford Art Gallery where Marvel artist Will Sliney is exhibiting his work this month.

Comic book artist Will Sliney, from Ballycotton.
Comic book artist Will Sliney, from Ballycotton.

A selection of his favourite pieces is on display in the ‘Seen and Heard’ gallery. 

The exhibition includes some of his work from Celtic Warrior: The Legend of Cú Chulainn and from Marvel comics he has worked on over the past 11 years.

Jerry Flynn, Fountainstown, and Anna Sperring, Crosshaven at the Will Sliney exhibition at the Crawford Art Gallery.Picture Denis Minihane.
Jerry Flynn, Fountainstown, and Anna Sperring, Crosshaven at the Will Sliney exhibition at the Crawford Art Gallery.

Picture Denis Minihane.

The exhibition also includes a new upcoming Cork hero called the Hound and a live mural of Cú Chulainn which Will has been working on inside the Gallery for the last month.

Speaking to The Echo, Will, from Ballycotton, said it was a great honour to have his work displayed in the Crawford Art Gallery.

“The Crawford approached me a few months back about being a part of their Seen and Heard exhibition, with the opportunity to have a whole room to put up basically whatever I wanted in there.

Sandra Bernotaite, on a visit from Lithuania, at the Will Sliney exhibition
Sandra Bernotaite, on a visit from Lithuania, at the Will Sliney exhibition

“Of course, being from Cork I knew how much of an honour it was to be asked to have my artwork inside there so I jumped at the chance. 

"It really has been a brilliant experience the whole way through.” 

Diana and Anastasia Bernotaite, Blackpool
Diana and Anastasia Bernotaite, Blackpool

Curator and head of Learn and Explore at Crawford Art Gallery Anne Boddaert said: "The idea of the Seen and Heard playspace was to offer a range of encounters with materials, people and things for all ages over the course of four months. It is an experience which will inform future development plans in the gallery."

Comic Art is widely popular but may not often be shown in formal gallery settings, so ‘Seen and Heard’ was the opportunity to shake things up a bit.

“The public engagement with the exhibition has surpassed our expectations. Our programme of visits from schools is busier than ever and Will Sliney has been incredibly generous with his time meeting the school groups, his apprentices and anybody who happens upon him by chance when visiting."

Will said the exhibition has really given him the chance to connect with students in schools all over Munster who have made the trip to Cork city to look at his art.

The comic book artist said it was nice to get feedback on his work face to face in the Gallery as opposed to online and on social media.

“It is very nice to talk to people about my work. People have been very complimentary and it has been a very rewarding experience.” 

Will said he also made use of the space to train a few "apprentice" comic book artists who meet up with him once a week to work on a comic book strip.

Sofia O'Leary with her mother Cara from Ovens drawing and colouring at the Will Sliney exhibition.Picture Denis Minihane.
Sofia O'Leary with her mother Cara from Ovens drawing and colouring at the Will Sliney exhibition.
Picture Denis Minihane.

“They are all people who are in college or just finished who are hoping to work in the comic book industry. I am showing them how I do things and a few tricks of the trade.” Setting up the exhibition, Will said, was very straightforward.

“I think it would have been one of the easier installations the gallery has done, all they needed to do was to stick them to the wall, there was no frames and no statues.” At the moment Will said he is very excited about his Star Wars project “The Rise of Kylo Ren” which comes out two days before the latest franchise movie in December.

The Will Sliney exhibition is running until October 28.