Daily Archives: September 1, 2017

VAI Workshop | Promotion techniques for artists and makers, Belfast

27 September
VAI Offices, Belfast

VAI Members – FREE
Non-Members – £10

Sharon Adams shows how to use the basics of marketing to increase awareness of your work. This interactive session focuses on planning for a specific exhibition or event. You will learn how to make good use of free and low cost options to get maximum results. The material applies to individuals or groups.

The session will cover:

Defining your goals
Drawing up a marketing plan
Converting your artist statement into a press release
Social media marketing
Low cost print options

Book here: visualartists-ni.org/

VAI Workshop | Creating opportunities, and building professional relationships, Portstewart

20 September, 1pm – 5pm
Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart

VAI Members & Residents of Causeway Coast & Glens – Free
Non-Members – £10

Curator and critic, Marianne O’Kane Boal will lead this afternoon workshop, which will look at ways artists can think strategically about their careers, building professional relationships and working with curators and galleries.

Marianne will be joined by artist Alison Lowry, who will talk about her practice, sharing information on how she has overcome professional challenges, and how she has maximised opportunities in order to develop her career.

Venue Flowerfield Arts Centre
Address 185 Coleraine Rd, Portstewart BT55 7HU
Northern Ireland BT55 7HU, GB

Book here: visualartists-ni.org

VAI Workshop | Working with Digital Images with Tim Durham – Tipperary

This day-long workshop is about the processes of preparing and storing digital image files (most often photographs). The session will present best practice in relation to Photoshop, Apple’s Photos and Media Pro software packages. These three packages are used for demonstration purposes only. If you use another software package the principles learnt on one package will cross over to another. This workshop will cover the when, why and how of preparing digital image files looking at two distinct areas: file formatting and file storage/cataloguing. Time will also be given to the calibration of computer screens.

Participants wishing to attend should have some basic familiarity with creating, saving and finding files on their pc or Apple computer, and preparing images for attachment to emails, etc. Participants may, if they wish, bring a laptop to this event.

Tim Durham is a photographic artist. He holds an MFA (Photography) from the University of Ulster. He is interested in architectural interiors, boundaries and borders, the etymology of words and portraiture. For the past 10 years he has been teaching artists how to photograph their own work. timdurham.ie

Venue Damer House, Roscrea
Address Castle Street, Roscrea
Roscrea County Tipperary E53 CP02, IE
Starts Sat Sep 9 2017, 9:30am GMT

Book here: visualartists.ie/professional-developmentp/

Slowly Going Home | Sean Hardie at Custom House Gallery and Studios

7 to 24 September
Opening Thursday 7 September, 7pm with poet Geraldine Mitchell

Most of these pictures come from the west of Ireland – from Achill, and the Iveragh peninsular in County Kerry. Also from rural Kilkenny, where we live on a hillside looking out across the Barrow Valley to the Blackstairs mountains.

Sean Hardie was born in 1947. He joined the BBC in London in l968 and worked for ten years as a journalist on 24 Hours, Panorama and Newsnight before moving to comedy, where his credits as producer and writer included ‘Not The Nine O’clock News’, ’Spitting Image’ and ‘Bremner Bird and Fortune’. In l985 he moved to County Kilkenny to concentrate on writing, since when he has published three novels and six stage plays. He is a former chair of the Butler Gallery of Contemporary Art and of the Duiske Concert Season in Graiguenamanagh, County Kilkenny. He has been painting for ten years. He’s married to the poet and novelist Kerry Hardie. The show’s title comes from Kerry Hardie’s poem ‘Sixty’, from ‘The Ash And The Oak And The Wild Cherry Tree’ (Gallery Press).

The Custom House Gallery and Studios
The Quay, Westport, Co. Mayo,
T: +353 (0)98 28735
E: info@customhousestudios.ie
W: customhousestudios.ie

INFUSIONS | Ailbhe Barrett at Graphic Studio Gallery

7 to 30 September
Opening on Thursday 7 September, 6pm with James Hanley RHA

Ailbhe Barrett is a self-taught artist who was home schooled in her native county Limerick until she was eighteen. Primarily a painter of landscape, Ailbhe has mastered the art of printmaking over the last decade or so, culminating in Infusions, her first solo show at Graphic Studio Gallery.

Nine large prints – a mix of etchings, monoprints with etchings, and etchings with carborundum – feature alongside two original oil paintings. Country landscape predominates, with one exception of an evocative view outward from Limerick train station, the tracks slowly dissolving in the creeping mist, form disappearing into the ether in the manner of Monet’s similar manifestations of light and steam enveloping stone and iron.

Graphic Studio Gallery
Through the arch, off Cope Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
T: +353 1 679 8021
E: gallery@graphicstudiodublin.com
W: graphicstudiodublin.com

Doublethink | Group Exhibition at James Barry Exhibition Centre, Cork

11 to 28 September

Doublethink is an exhibition by recent graduates of CIT Crawford College of Art and Design
Enid Conway, Leah Corbett, Isabel English and Wilhelmina Van Der Bent.

Curated by Leah Corbett and CIT Arts Office.

Through an interrogation of existing structures, each artist explores ideas around political and social constructs. Issues relating to gender, tradition and communication are examined, as well as notions of perfection and failure.
Doublethink is a term taken from George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four and refers to the acceptance of two contradictory ideas, often in social contexts. The works highlight the contradictions which exist in society and the tension between the necessary acknowledgment of the past coupled with a desire for change. We are presented with the paradox of searching for perfection within a failed system.

James Barry Exhibition Centre
Rossa Avenue , Bishopstown , Cork
T: 021 433 5860
E: artsoice@cit.ie
W: arts.cit.ie

My Chronic Pain Diary | Ciara Chapman at Myo Cafe, Cork

1 to 30 September

This is the first solo exhibition of a project called ‘My Chronic Pain Diary’ by Cork city illustrator, Ciara Chapman. My Chronic Pain Diary is an illustrated diary that explains the day to day experiences of a life with chronic pain. The weighty themes are balanced by colour and delicate images. Don’t miss your chance to pop in for a cuppa and a cheeky look at someone else’s diary.



Myo Cafe
34 Popes Quay,

PROCESS | Helen Hughes Open Studio at ArtBox

6 to 8 September

ArtBox is delighted to announce the Helen Hughes Open Studio event at ArtBox to mark the conclusion of Hughes’ PROCESS residency. During the month of August Hughes was based at ArtBox, using the time to reflect on her practice and respond to the unique space and environment of the gallery. The Open Studio begins Wed Sept 6th (6-8pm) with a drinks reception and viewing. The studio will also remain open to visitors during Thursday 7th and Friday 8th (11-5).


3 James Joyce Street, Dublin 1
E: artboxprojects@gmail.com
W: artboxprojects.wordpress.com</

Static | Rebecca Dunne at Pallas Projects

6 to 9 September

How long can we look at one thing?
How long can we look when one thing is not one thing?
Is it still one thing when it is constantly moving?
Is it a breathing, meditative experiment?

Interrogating one fixed visual point with one printed image, and multiple, layered projected images, there are six points of sound to connect to in the space.
Put on the headphones,
look straight ahead,
and listen.

Static: a feature length picture available in surround sound, this September.


Pallas Projects/Studios, 115–117 The Coombe, Dublin 8
T: (01) 856 1404
E: info@pallasprojects.org
W: pallasprojects.org

What We Thought Was Ebbing Was Actually Flooding | Hannah Bloom at Ormond Studios Gallery

8 to 10 September

What We Thought Was Ebbing Was Actually Flooding is the first solo exhibition by Ormond Studio Graduate Resident 2017 Hannah Bloom. Thematically, the work deals with the relationship between communities and the ocean, specifically from an Irish perspective. The artist focuses on the seaweed as an integral element within the coastal eco-system, and also as a canary in the coal mine with relation to maritime pollution and ecological disharmony.

The destabilization of the natural balance is referenced in Bloom’s work through her treatment of organic and manmade materials, her use of contemporary media as well methods of installation.

Ormond Studios
4 Ormond Quay Lower, North City, Dublin
E: ormondartists@gmail.com
W: ormondstudios.wordpress.com

Bread and Butter Paintings | Conor Walton at Gormleys Fine Art

7 to 26 September

An exhibition of still life paintings by Conor Walton. Conor Walton was born in Dublin in 1970. He studied painting at National College of Art, Dublin and graduated with a Joint Honours Degree in the History of Art and Fine Art Painting in 1993, winning the prestigious Taylor Prize that same year.

Gormley’s Fine Art
27 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2
T: 01 6729031
E: dublin@gormleys.ie
W: gormleys.ie

Caillte agus Faighte/ Lost and Found | McBett at Art at The Ivy House

1 September to 1 December

Art at The Ivy House is delighted to welcome McBett to return to The Ivy House with a new solo exhibition entitled Caillte agus Faighte/ Lost and Found. In 2001 when Art at The Ivy House was launched McBett was the first artist selected for a solo exhibition through an open call for Art at The Ivy House. In this new solo exhibition McBett presents a series of works that have been revisited, reworked, remade for the context of the space.

Shot on the bridge to the new millennium in 1999-2000, shortly after McBett’s arrival in Dublin, these photos exhibited here for the first time, aim to express the sense of transition and impermanence she notes from that period. The frozen motion black and white images -made on occasionally borrowed second hand analogue cameras and developed manually – preserve the memory of the instant they were shot. Meantime the old Smithfield Market was going to change face forever, most of the images represent people and situations at the monthly Horse Market in its temporary location on the back area of the Morning Star. Here they are printed and set as old newspapers into found drawers.

The other series of photos in the exhibition include elements of the city, rural markets and the passage of foreign cultures in its early stages, just on the sparkles of the economic boom once called the Celtic Tiger. These photos are enlarged and glued to re-painted boards like old walls on which the story of the time gets stuck like old posters to impressive effect.


Art at The Ivy House
114 Upper Drumcondra Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
T: 01 8375385
E: info@theivyhouse.ie
W: theivyhouse.ie

Get Together 2017 takes place this Friday, 15 September


We’re very excited about Get Together this Friday, Ireland’s national day for visual artists. It promises to be a great day for generating discussion and opportunities. We’ll be making new connections and reconnecting with old friends and very much hope you can join us.

VAI Members are able to book extras such as Speed Curating and Clinics. These extras are very popular and are booking up fast so we’ve added a few extra time slots to accommodate those booking in the last week with some of the most in demand experts including:

Annette Moloney, Gabhann Dunne, Linda Shevlin, Maeve Mulrennan, Matt Packer, Rana Öztürk, Simon Fennessy Corcoran

Clinics offer focused one-on-one advice for 20 minutes with experts. These Clinics will be of particular interest to artists seeking feedback on their work, portfolio review or direction on opportunities. When you book your General Admission ticket you will be given a Promo Code to book these extras.

For more information, programme and tickets see: GET TOGETHER 2017/

Taking place on Friday the 15th September 2017 at IMMA.
We hope you can join us!

Botanic | Frances Ryan at the Catherine Hammond Gallery, Skibbereen, Co. Cork

1 September to 28 October

Frances Ryan has created a series of paintings that celebrate the wonder of plant life. Combining observational studies with spontaneous mark making, these oils are an intuitive, even emotional response to encounters with a wide variety of botanical speciments from different parts of the world. Capturing an almost childlike wonder, they are inspired, in part, by visits to Dublin and Kew Botanical Gardens. Ryan’s use of vivid colour, abstracted forms, and repeated patterns mark an exciting new direction for this artist.

This is Ryan’s third solo show at the Catherine Hammond Gallery. Ryan (b. 1960 Longford, Ireland) is currently based in Co. Down, Northern Ireland. Her work is in many major Irish public collections and in private collections in Ireland, Europe and North America.

Catherine Hammond Gallery
61 Bridge St, Marsh, Skibbereen, Co. Cork
T: (028) 51690
E: info@hammondgallery
W: hammondgallery.com

By the time I get to Phoenix | Group Exhibition at Seacourt Centre, Co. Down

4 to 30 September
Exhibition opening 4 September, 7pm

As part of an ongoing initiative by Seacourt to sustain and maintain relationships between international artists and arts organisations this latest exhibition features original prints by 20 artists from Seacourt and 20 guest artists from the Arizona Print Group. Both sets of artists were asked to respond to poets and songwriters from their respective countries and their responses were exchanged in the form of a boxed compilation of artworks. Participating artists include, Edward Ferguson, Helen Roberts, Fionnuala O’Neill, Tracey Hendry, Steph Harrison, Angela Darby, Pamela Hamilton, Robert Peters, Clinton Kirkpatrick and many more.

The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking
Unit 20 Dunlop Industrial Units
8 Balloo Drive
County Down
T: +44 (0)28 9146 0595
E: info@seacourt-ni.org.uk
W: seacourt-ni.org.uk

The Yellow River | Sean McSweeney and Gerard Smyth at Triskel Arts Centre, Cork

7 September to 29 October

The Yellow River is a joint exhibition by painter Seán McSweeney and poet Gerard Smyth responding to The Yellow River area in Co. Meath which unites their personal histories.

The Yellow River is a tributary of the Blackwater (Kells), which joins the Boyne at Navan, County Meath that unites the personal histories of poet Gerard Smyth and artist Seán McSweeney. Gerard Smyth spent many summers in Meath staying with his grandmother and an aunt, whilst originally Seán McSweeney’s family lived in Clongill until the untimely death of his father.

Over the last two years Gerard Smyth has been revisiting Meath in further inquiry with Belinda Quirke, Director of Solstice, in the development of a new suite of poems, recollecting and revisiting significant sites of occurrence in the poet’s and county’s history. Seán McSweeney has created new work from recent trips to his original home place and the county. McSweeney here responds lyrically to particular sites of Smyth’s poetry, whilst also depicting in watercolour, ink, tempera and drawing, the particular hues of The Royal County.

A publication ‘The Yellow River’ accompanies the exhibition, on-sale at Triskel Arts Centre for €20 through Triskel Box Office.

The exhibition was curated by Belinda Quirke and Seán McSweeney, originally for Solstice Arts Centre, Co Meath. The current exhibition is a re-curation for the Triskel Christchurch Space.

Triskel Arts Centre
Tobin St, Cork
T: (021) 427 2022
W: triskelartscentre.ie

Fledglings | Group Exhibition at The Lavit Gallery, Cork

5 to 26 September
Opening: Tuesday 5 September, 5pm

The Lavit Gallery is delighted to present Fledglings ’17, an exhibition from selected recent graduates of the CIT Crawford College of Art and Design. The exhibition will be opened by Catherine Fehily, Head of CIT Crawford College of Art and Design.

This year will include the work of artists Jim, Dana Dempsey, Conor Callery, Cian Carroll, Alexis Campbell Bannerman, Charity Ewamiekhobore, Amanda Lynch, Ciara McCarthy, Helen O Shea, Sarah O Leary, Francesca Castellano, Wilhelmina van der Bent and Sarah Roseingrave.

Working in many varied media, this exhibition shows a cross section of some of the great talent emerging from the art college, here in Cork. Working in painting, we have works by Jim, whose work explores perception through light and the relationship of its additive colour to the mechanics of perception. Amanda Lynch’s paintings deal with the social and psychological aspects of rural Ireland. While Ciara McCarthy’s examine the role of women within the porn industry. The work’s materiality combines a delicate and rigid aesthetic.

Sculptural works come from Cian Carroll, who works predominantly with sheet aluminium, cutting and folding the sheet metal to achieve structural and linear objects resembling flowers. Helen O’ Shea is working with found and reused material to draw our attention to the disposable habits of our society. O’ Shea is re-purposing these plastics into beautiful objects.

The Lavit Gallery
5 Father Mathew St, Cork
T:(021) 427 7749
E: thelavitgallery@eircom.net
W: lavitgallery.com

FLORILEGIUM, A Gathering of Flowers | Naomi Draper at Roscommon Arts Centre

8 September to 27 October

Roscommon Arts Centre is delighted to present this exhibition by Roscommon Visual Artists’ Forum Award winner 2017, Naomi Draper.

This body of work references a diverse range of research sources that are centered around botany and botanical activity throughout western history, exploring the relationship between human and plant species.

The exhibition includes a large scale pressed flower installation, a series of lithograph prints and drawings in glass. A related sonic work will also be developed in collaboration with composer Sean Carpio over the course of the exhibition period, this will be performed at ArtBox as part of Dublin Gallery Weekend on November 24th.

About the RVAF Award
The Roscommon Visual Artists’ Forum Award supported by Roscommon Arts Centre & Roscommon County Council Arts Office was established by curator in residence Linda Shevlin to provide visual artists based in or from the county with a platform to develop their practice. In response to the needs and requirements of the artists in the county, the RVAF award was set up in 2015.

Naomi Draper was selected from an open call and was supported with a production budget, a residency at ArtBox, Dublin and an exhibition at both Roscommon Arts Centre and ArtBox.

Roscommon Arts Centre
Circular Road
T: 090 66 25 824
E: artscentre@roscommoncoco.ie
W: roscommonartscentre.ie

The Ocean After Nature | Group Exhibition at The Hugh Lane

7 September to 7 January

For centuries, the ocean has prompted awe, figuring as a vast unknown space loaded with notions of the sublime and the exotic. In the past fifteen years however, global technological and economic shifts have triggered new concerns and understandings of the ocean. As we consider the future of our planet, today’s oceans reveal more about the consequences of human actions than ever before. The ocean and humanity, no longer thought of as separate, exist in a relationship of mutual and potentially destructive influence.

The Ocean after Nature considers the ocean as a site reflecting the ecological, cultural, political, and economic realities of a globalized world through the work of twenty artists and collectives. These internationally established and emerging artists explore new ways of representing the seascape as a means to identify and critique the various interrelated and chaotic systems of power, such as land-sea divides, the circulation of people and goods, and the vulnerabilities of our ecosystems.

Artists: Ursula Biemann, Elaine Byrne, CAMP, Yonatan Cohen and Rafi Segal, Mati Diop, Drexciya, Peter Fend, Renée Green, Peter Hutton, Hyung S. Kim, Manny Montelibano, Philip Napier, Deimantas Narkevičius, The Otolith Group, Maria D. Rapicavoli, Allan Sekula and Nöel Burch, Supersudaca, UNITED BROTHERS.

The Ocean After Nature is a travelling exhibition curated by Alaina Claire Feldman and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York.

Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
T: + 353 1 222 5550
E: info.hughlane@dublincity.ie
W: hughlane.ie

Booking Open for Get Together 2017 | 15 September

The programme for this year’s national conference for visual artists is open for registrations with a wide range of artists, curators, critics and speakers invited.

The focus of this year’s programme is The Freedom to Make. We’re thrilled to welcome keynote speakers Marie Korpe and Ole Reitov – co-founders of Freemuse, the world’s leading organisation defending artistic freedom. They will discuss how personal, political, religious and social attitudes impact on ideas; test the limitations of freedom of artistic expression, and address how violations can be monitored.

We also have series of panel discussions and artist talks. We’re maximising attendees’ options for our popular Clinics for focused one-on-one advice on your practice. Speed Curating will return, which will offer an opportunity to meet and show your work to a selection of over 30 curators. The day provides the opportunity for artists to get together so they can meet curators, ask for advice from experts and discuss professional visual art practice.

For more information, programme and tickets see: GET TOGETHER 2017/

Taking place on Friday the 15th September 2017 at IMMA.
We hope you can join us!