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Art Exhibition By Swords Man

Matt CullenMatt Cullen is pictured with one of the paintings, which will be featured in his art exhibition

Swords resident, Matt Cullen is holding a solo exhibition of artwork, called Turning Full Circle next week. Matt, who has a terminal illness, called Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), is donating 20 per cent of the proceeds to the Irish Lung Fibrosis Association (ILFA).
The exhibition will take place at Filmbase Curved Street, Temple Bar, and it will be officially opened by local Minister, Dr James Reilly on Tuesday, 24th March at 6.30pm. The exhibition will be open to the public from Wednesday, 25th until Saturday, 28th March from 9.30am to 5.30pm. Matt spoke to the County Leader, “I have always had a great interest in art, and this is a retrospective selection of my work carried out using a variety of mediums. The purpose is to convey my passions and interests on his journey through life. In this respect, it is an exploration of using “realistic” artworks and then “contemporary/ abstract” artwork followed by turning full circle between the two.” Matt who lives in Swords, has had his works exhibited in various museums and on the Late Late Show. He is originally from the Liberties and he and his wife, Teresa moved to Swords 20 years ago. In that time, both Matt and Teresa have become integral parts of the community and have become members of various organisations. Matt said that he has a deep love of Swords, and was an active member of Swords Tidy Towns, before illness curtailed his activities with them. Indeed, one of his pieces of artwork depicts a scene from his experiences with the group over the years.
“I have decided to donate 20 per cent of the proceeds to the Irish Lung Fibrosis Association (ILFA) for their help and support to me and other patients with IPF. This is a rare, progressive and terminal lung disease, with no known cure.
He continued, “The Irish Lung Fibrosis Association is a voluntary organisation which relies on donations and fundraising activities. A key reason for my solo exhibition is to raise funds for ILFA and to help raise awareness of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis,” he said.