Is the work at the Cork Arts Society Gallery a gimmick or should it be taken seriously?

A pop art exhibition at the Cork Arts Society Gallery on Lavitts Quay features the work of Brian Lawlor and John Verling. Lawlor and Verling are the first artists in Ireland to mount an exhibition of four types of pop art.

Brian Lawlor describes his composition entitled 'Crucifixion'.

I wouldn't specifically describe it as pop art. Pop art is concerned with very much the images of today using things like... bean tins, hamburgers... But we are concerned also with social problems and protesting against these.

Brian Lawlor says that the reaction to the work in Cork has been one of "interest" but says that in many cases people have not fully understood the work. He believes that understanding will come with consideration of the work.

John Verling says his paintings are a representation of the times we live in.

Gerald Goldberg, Governor of the National Gallery of Ireland, talks about the importance of this exhibition.

It is an exceptionally meritorious exhibition and it is also a break from the conventional.

This episode of 'Newsbeat' was broadcast on 23 December 1965. The reporter is Bill O'Herlihy.