World premiere of Beckett Chess set

Sculptor Alan Milligan's Beckett chess set

Sculptor Alan Milligan’s Beckett chess set

THE world premiere of the Beckett Chess set by artist Alan Milligan, finished up this week.

The exhibition ran from Saturday June 15, until Friday June 21 at the old regal cinema, the Unionist Hall, Enniskillen.


The 32 chess pieces have been inspired from the characters and props of Irish Nobel Prize writer, and former Portora student, Samuel Beckett.

The pieces were created in bronze by local Fermanagh sculptor Alan Milligan, the piece of artwork was commissioned by Sean Doran, artistic director of the Happy-Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival which takes place between August 22 and August 26.

Individual pieces of the Samuel Beckett Chess set will form a summer sculpture trail throughout Enniskillen from mid-July.

This means that the pieces will be on display in various locations and shops in Enniskillen in the run up to the festival, so keep an eye out when you are in town and who knows where you might see a chess piece popping-up.

The pieces will be reunited and on display in The Diamond for the public to both observe and play as a full set again, for the duration of the festival.


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