The Galway International Arts Festival's autumn programme has been launched and it includes a striking outdoor installation.

Mirror Pavilion, by artist John Gerrard, has been erected on the Claddagh Quay by the River Corrib.

The artwork recalls the histories of grain milling in Galway with the four Straw Boy figures symbolically representing the city's long dismantled flour mills.

As people approach the structure, they will see themselves reflected in the mirrored walls, and on the LED screen they will see an image of the landscape where the installation is situated.

Mr Gerrard describes his work as "unexpected collisions" that can occur between the art and members of the public.

The installation moves to Derrigimlagh Bog in Connemara in October.

The Festival Gallery in Galway city centre is hosting Night Cargo by Irish artist Hughie O'Donoghue and Three Women by international video artist, Bill Viola.

One of the works in Night Cargo by Hughie O'Donoghue from Galway International Arts Festival

An Post have made the unused space in buildings behind the GPO available again this year.

Night Cargo features large-scale works inspired by by FW Murnau’s 1922, silent cinema masterpiece, Nosferatu.

It comprises recent and related paintings, all of which are made on re–purposed materials.

Mr O’Donoghue describes it in his artist’s note as "a reference to the ongoing crisis of global sustainability but also to the profound human dilemma of the 'burden of memory’...relentless and illusive but also timeless and constant." 

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Bill Viola is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of establishing video as a form of contemporary art. 

Three Women is part of his Transfigurations series, a group of works that reflect on the passage of time and the process by which a person's inner being is transformed.

It depicts a mother and two daughters and expresses a vision of the eternal nature of human life. 

Entry to the Festival Gallery is free but will operate as part of a controlled indoor environment in compliance with Government Covid-19 guidelines.

The First Thought talks continue this weekend, exploring the big issues and challenges of the day with speakers including Irish-American academic and author, Samantha Power. 

The Galway International Arts Festival's autumn programme will run until 26 September.