It may be a sign of the times, but that won’t make the news an easier to take for fans of the city-based Little Ghost Gallery, which closed its doors this week.
Its owners are hoping to rent it out to a similarly creative venture, but the future is now up in the air for the gallery at Church Lane off Dean Street in Kilkenny city.
“The Little Ghost Gallery will be closing its doors and taking its sign down this week, something that we never wished would happen,” said artist Mick Minogue, who has been operating the gallery since August 2009.
“Due to an a demanding work load and living outside Kilkenny, it has become to difficult to run and manage the gallery. We have decided after months of looking at all our options to put the gallery up for rent,” he said.
“It is with unimaginable regret that we have to do this as the galley has introduced us to so many wonderful new creative people.”
Attempts were made over the past few months to find an artist or group of artists to take the space and turn it into a bustling studio, “but all attempts were met with disappointment.”
“We had hoped that someone with similar interests and intentions to our own would take over the gallery and run it under the Little Ghost name but sadly no one has shown any interest and we hope that this is not a sign of the times,” Mick said.
“We are open to any creative suggestions and the space welcome new ideas for the space. This is our last hope of finding someone to continue what we started.
“We hope that someone will see it as a great opportunity to create and curate an artistic space in the heart of the city before it becomes another empty space in our society.”