Daily Archives: September 29, 2017

Painting the Head from Life Masterclass with Cian McLoughlin at the RHA

This course will be broken into four parts, each covering a different aspect of painting the head from life. Cian McLoughlin will perform a demo at the beginning of each part after which the participants will be able to apply the principles as they work on their own versions. Individual feedback will be given throughout the course.

The class will cover impasto, wet into wet painting, using non-conventional implements, composition, colour choice, blending/modelling and thoughts on figuration, abstraction and semi-abstraction. The technical implications of working with larger amounts of material (paint, mediums etc) will also be addressed.

Cian McLoughlin is a Dublin based artist. A graduate of architecture, he went on to complete a Masters in Film Studies in UCD before dedicating himself full time to painting. His work is largely focused on portraiture and urban landscapes. He has had four solo shows in Dublin and the most recent was his first solo show outside Ireland in the J. Cacciola Gallery in New York. He has featured in many group exhibitions including the National Portrait Gallery in London, the RUA, Art Miami, Art Toronto, King’s Palace London and the Annual Exhibition in the RHA where he won the Niccolo D’Ardia Caracciolo RHA Gold Medal in 2013 and showed as an invited artist in 2016. He is currently working on a series of abstract heads under the title of Tronies. The first of these Tronies was exhibited in the Hennessy Portrait Awards 2014 in the National Gallery of Ireland. In May 2015, this body of work was the subject of a talk he delivered, also in the National Gallery, titled Defamiliarization: Portraits and Tronies, as part of the Sean Scully Lecture Series on Contemporary Art. The first solo exhibition of this series will take place in November 2017 in the Molesworth Gallery in Dublin.

Date: 18 November
Masterclass fee: €250
Application deadline: 27 October
Artists interested in participating in this masterclass should apply by completing the online application form: rhagallery.ie/workshops/masterclass/

Lime Fresco Masterclass with John Kindness at the RHA

John Kindness first used this medium in New York in 1989 when he was working on a series of bogus antiquities. John Kindness has noted that “the technique seemed to give objects an instant authority, as if they spoke from another era. Lime plaster is very old technology, but the chemistry is still fascinating. You have to work on wet lime with pigments simply ground in water and the properties of the lime do the rest. As the plaster hardens, the surface crystallizes around the pigment particles and locks them into the surface of the wall or panel. You would need a microscope to see this happening but the result is a work where the colour is part of the surface, not just a coating.”

Kindness’ recent work has been on sculptural pieces and the participants of the masterclass will be working mostly with 2-d panels.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Mix lime plaster using both wet lime putty and hydrated lime.
  • Prepare a fast-track surface for painting without going into all the layers of a Renaissance wall.
  • Choose time-sensitive brush and application techniques (fresh plaster must be worked on the day it is laid).
  • Adapt regular working methods to get the best from the medium.

Date: 11 November
Masterclass fee: €200
Application deadline: 20 October
Artists interested in participating in this course should apply by completing the online application form: www.rhagallery.ie/workshops/lime-plaster/

Aistear Workshop for Early Years Arts Practitioners

Thursday October 12, 3pm to 5pm
Studio 5, The Lab, Foley St, Dublin 1

Dublin City Council has identified Early Years Arts as an area for development, in the context of its Arts Education and Learning Policy and complementary initiatives from the Arts Council and Creative Ireland. As part of this decision, Preparing for Life ( an initiative of Northside Partnership) and Dublin City Council are collaborating on the Early Years Arts Residencies & Training Programme .

Early Years Arts Practitioners (from all arts disciplines) and those with an interest in developing their practice in this area are invited to a workshop facilitated by Sandra O’Neill, Aistear Co-ordinator for the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. This will be the first in a series of opportunities offered to Early Years Artists and Educators.

Aistear is the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework used in all settings for children from birth-6 years. Published in 2009, Aistear aims to support practitioners, teachers and all those working with young children to develop and enrich the curricula they provide. Aistear is a holistic framework that supports all aspects of children’s learning, development and well-being.

To book your place or for further information please contact: Irma Grothuis, Co-ordinator of DCC’s Children’s Art in Libraries Programme at irmagrothuis@gmail.com

Dublin City Council Arts Funding 2018 Project and Neighbourhood Information Sessions

Dublin City Council Arts Funding 2018 Project and Neighbourhood Information Sessions will take place on Wednesday 4 October 2017 at 10am to 11:30am.

at The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1.

Information Sessions will be led by the Arts Officers Team.

To attend you must register your interest by emailing: jonathan.ekwe@dublincity.ie

You can download forms and guidelines here:

Derry City + Strabane District Council Information Session for Artists

Derry City + Strabane District Council is holding an information session for Artists, Performers, Cultural Organisations and Groups in relation to its festival programme for the next financial year and the creative themes involved. This session is to advise individuals/groups that may wish to apply to be on the restricted list for the provision of animation to Council for its festivals and Events (01 April 2018 – 31 March 2019) which is due to be issued shortly. Council require:

· Artists
· Musicians
· Bands
· Dancing
· Singing
· Drama
· Lighting/Sound
· Venue Dressing
· Walk Abouts / Fun Characters
· Amusements
· Bouncy Castles
· Face Painter/Balloon Modellers
· Arts & Crafts
· Tattoo /Henna Tattoo
· Costumes
· Props
· Lots more

The Information Session will take place on Thursday 5 October at 7pm, Civic room Strabane Library.


VAI Talks, Show and Tell | Focus on Painting: Belfast

Wednesday 4 October, 2017
Fenderesky Gallery, North Street


18.00 – 19.00 – Panel Discussion: Painting Now!
Susan Connolly, Carol Graham, Riann Coulter, Hannah Casey

19.00 – 20.00 – Talk: Painting’s Primacy
James Merrigan
As a lapsed painter, curator that curates painting, and critic that uses painting as a way to fatten language and deepen conversation, James Merrigan will reflect on painting’s primacy within his curated, textual and film projects.

For more information and to register click HERE.

RESIDUE | Phoebe Cummings and Gail Mahon at Galway Arts Centre

12 to 27 October
Official opening by Katharine West, Artist and Lecturer in Ceramics at Gmit CCAM; Centre for Creative Arts and Media, Thursday 12 October, 6 pm .

The 4th edition of Contemporary Clay titled RESIDUE curated by Kate Howard and Rob D’Eath features the work of UK based clay artists Phoebe Cummings and Gail Mahon.

RESIDUE- aims to explore ceramic traditions and new creative developments. It will focus on clay-based work of a nonfunctional nature by the acclaimed ceramicist Phoebe Cummings from the UK and recent Royal College of Art MA graduate Gail Mahon from Derry. Taking a variety of forms—from large scale to site-specific sculpture installations, the work in this exhibition underscores artists’ enduring relationship with clay.

October 12, 11am: Artist Talk – at the Centre for Creative Arts and Media, Monivea Rd. Free event, booking required at contemporaryclay@gmail.com

Galway Arts Centre
47 Lower Dominick Street, Galway
T: (091) 565 886
E: info@galwayartscentre.ie
W: galwayartscentre.ie/ga

Late Night Art Belfast | Thursday 5 October

Late Night Art Belfast happens on the first Thursday of every month with over a dozen galleries opening their doors for an evening celebration of the vibrant visual arts scene in Belfast.

Join in around the world next week by following the hashtag #LNAB and reshare your favourite images, videos and surprises with your friends and colleagues.


Fully guided bus tour departs from outside the front of the Linenhall Library at 6.30pm and finishes approx. 9.15pm. Join this tour by booking through paypal on www.belfastarttours.co.uk or by ringing the Townhouse on 028 90311798. £10 per person.


Or make your way around the galleries at your own pace. Here are just some of the highlights of this Late Night Art:


Golden Thread Gallery

The Really Wild Show | Iain Griffin
Signs and Ciphers | Alistair Wilson

84-94 Great Patrick St, Belfast BT1 2LU
T: +44 28 9033 0920
E: info@gtgallery.co.uk
W: goldenthreadgallery.co.uk


Platform Arts Gallery

material conditions | Cecilia Danell, Jane Queally, Marias Diaz, Michelle Hill, Ruby Wallis, Simon Daly, Vicky Smith

1 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA
T: 028 9031 1301
E: platformbelfast@gmail.com
W: platformartsbelfast.com


Catalyst Arts

International Live Art Biennial FIX 17

5 College Court, Belfast BT1 6BS
E: catalystarts@gmail.com
W: catalystarts.org.uk


QSS Bedford Street Gallery
Conor McFeely

31-33 Bedford Street, Belfast City Centre
Phone: +44 28 90 24 31 45
E: gallery@queenstreetstudios.net
W: queenstreetstudios.net



Real Sketchy
The Green Room @ The Black Box

When Late Night Art just isn’t late enough, Real Sketchy is here for you. (I mean 9pm isn’t really that late is it but ‘Early Night, Tucked Up in Bed with an Ovaltine by Nine Art’ doesn’t really scan does it)

InkMonkey Art Supplies provide the pens and paper, Black Box serve up the booze & pizza and we scan the hell out of everything while playing you the finest tunage.

You’d be surprised the amount of fun you can have with a pencil, a scanner and a premium Spotify account.

Oh and it’s free in like!

FIX 17 at Catalyst Arts, Belfast

5 to 9 October
Launching Thursday 5 October, 6pm

Catalyst Arts is pleased to present the highly anticipated International Live Art Biennial FIX17.

FIX is an internationally renowned and distinctly Belfast biennial, established by Catalyst Arts in 1994. For twenty-three years Fix has consistently delivered an innovative programme of local and international live, sonic and performance artists to the city of Belfast and is one of Europe’s longest running live art festivals. The legacy of Fix has been to create opportunities locally for emerging and established practitioners, providing work for artists, photographers, videographers, writers, curators and arts administrators.

For a full programme of events visit: fix17.org

Catalyst Arts, 5 College Court, Belfast BT1 6BS
E: catalystarts@gmail.com
W: catalystarts.org.uk

Fermanagh Live Arts Festival 2017

4 to 8 October

Fermanagh Live Arts Festival for 2017 promises to be a truly creative and engaging family affair, building upon the successes of previous years and the ongoing commitment, creativity and imagination of an experienced team of volunteers, artists, educators and creatives. All dedicated to ensuring this year’s programme is diverse, dynamic and all-inclusive.

Come on board what promises to be a journey of creativity, curiosity, imagination and self-expression during this year’s Fermanagh Lives Arts Festival 2017. Oct 4th to Oct 8th.Celebrating creativity on and off the Island Town and the stunning Waterways.

Visual Art events include:

Cut and Torn | Marion Thomson
Town Hall, Enniskillen

Elsewhere | Douglas Hutton
Waterways Ireland, Sligo Road Enniskillen

Precious Cargo II | Noelle Mc Alinden
The Lovely Leitrim Boatel, Barge, Lough Erne Enniskillen

Thread Softly through Memories | Jenni Mc Grail
The Jolly Sandwich, Enniskillen

La Danse de L Art | Group Exhibition
Hambly and Hambly Gallery, Dunbar House, Enniskillen

Navy Skies and Golden Horizons | Patricia Kelly
Waterways Ireland, Sligo Rd Enniskillen

Postcards from Japan | Mavis Thomson
Enniskillen, Castle Museums, Enniskillen

The Lough | Brian Coulter
The Devenish Gallery, Enniskillen

More information here: flive.org.uk/index.php/example-styles/all-visual-art-listings

Picture Politics | Fergal McCarthy at Goethe-Institut Irland

22 September to 27 November

The fear of terrorism and the refugee crisis have inflamed populistic and extreme right-wing tendencies in multiple parts of Europe. “Picture Politics” provides an online platform for cartoonists, comic artists and illustrators where they express their opinions on fears and prejudices in form of comics. The Goethe-Instituts in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, United Kingdom and Ireland asked artists to respond to the right-wing tendencies in their respective countries and across Europe.

From Ireland Fergal McCarthy has taken part in this project. He has created a series of 80 drawings about the history of right-wing movements in Ireland. He is a painter, visual artist and writer. He makes films, drawings, sculptures and public art installations that explore varied themes such as economic crashes, the decimation of inner cities and the importance of public space in urban environments. Humor is an essential component of much of his output in particular when used within his drawings which have been published in the Irish Times and exhibited in galleries and museums.

Goethe-Institut Irland
62 Fitzwilliam Square N, Dublin 2
T: (01) 680 1100
E: info@dublin.goethe.org
W: goethe.de/‎

SHORE | Elke Thönnes and Susan Early at Graphic Studio Gallery

5 to 28 October

Elke Thönnes and Susan Early make distinctive work, in contrasting scale. Many of Thönnes’ carborundums are large, with planes of thoughtfully balanced luminous blues, that draw the viewer in – minimal and reflective – the flat areas of colour reference the sea, and simultaneously become the subject itself. In contrast, much of Early’s palette is subdued, her small, intricate etchings refer to specific places around Dublin Bay and along the Irish coast – she depicts a beautifully moving surface, punctuated by glimpses of light houses, boats and recognisable landmarks. They share an affinity for the sea – both seek an emotional depth, and imbue a sense of reflection.

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

context, collapse | Yuri Pattison at mother’s tank station project, London

5 October to 2 December

Yuri Pattison’s installation context, collapse, inaugurating the new London exhibition space, mother’s tankstation project, builds upon themes established in recent major works including, user, space, Chisenhale Gallery and trusted traveller, Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, examining the complex relationships and contradictions between the aspirational design priniciples and technology of co-working spaces; and idealised, role-play driven recreational experiences, such as the annual Burning Man gathering.

Pattison’s carefully neutral re-presentation of a new, post-digital normal, unsettlingly reveals a societal shift towards ‘reality’ (what-so-ever that is) filmically morphing into a self-perpetuating end of the world vision of science-fiction dystopia, drawn from pop cultural imaginings of post-apocalyptic civilization. Pattison’s nuanced approach to viewing the world suggests an alternative to a culture commonality of hard-polarised attitudes. Screened on stripped-down monitors constructed into upholstered open-plan meeting pods, streamed, panning footage from Burning Man is adapted and extended by interpolating algorithms and overlaid with live news streams, imparting a spectrum of organically fluctuating data, refracting the distorted and rigidly oppositional communications methodologies encountered daily in our over-mediated society.

mother’s tankstation project:
Morley House,
26 Holborn Viaduct,
4th floor,
E: gallery@motherstankstation.com
W: motherstankstation.com

In the presence of birds | Gabhann Dunne at The Molesworth Gallery

5 to 27 October

The Molesworth Gallery is delighted to present In the Presence of Birds, our second solo exhibition of the work of Gabhann Dunne. In this new body of work, Dunne deals with the gap perceived to exist between animals and people, in particular, those who find themselves uncomfortable with being human and who wish to be subsumed into a larger non-human world.

The principal inspiration for these works is the medieval Irish poem Buile Suibhne or Mad Sweeney in which an Irish king is cursed by a priest to wander the wild as a bird-like creature for the remainder of his life. The text is remarkable for the way it evokes a sense of place through the vivid descriptions of trees, animals, plants, rivers and mountains. And while it celebrates Sweeney’s attachment to the wild, it doesn’t shirk from depicting the hardships it presents to him.

Buile Suibhne has inspired writers such as Seamus Heaney, Robert Graves and T.S. Eliot and continues to permeate culture, most recently in Neil Gaiman’s TV series American Gods. For Dunne, the poem is a vehicle for exploring a narrative between history, place and environment while establishing a sense of emotional investment in the natural world as well as critiquing our treatment of it.

The Molesworth Gallery
16 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2
T: + 353 1 679 1548
E: info@molesworthgallery.com
W: molesworthgallery.com

Eloquent Proof | Roseanne Lynch at Whitney Modern, Los Gatos, California

5 to 11 October

Eloquent proof is a play on the term ‘ elegant proof ’ used in a 2015 dialogue between Roseanne Lynch and a research mathematician.

Roseanne’s photographical architectural studies made in early 20th century French modernist houses, including Eileen Gray’s E 1027, are an exploration of her experience of designed space, rather than an account of the various sites.

Eloquent Proof consists of work made at Maison de Verre while on residency at Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, The Camargo Foundation, Cassis where she was a Fellow and visited E.1027, Roquebrune Cap Martin, Villa Noailles, Hyères, and Carrière Sarragan, Baux de Provence.


Whitney Modern
24 N Santa Cruz Ave.
2nd Floor,
Los Gatos,
CA 95030, United States

A Change in the Signal – Crystalline | Siobhan McDonald at Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda

7 October to 25 November

Highlanes Gallery is delighted to present a new exhibition by the artist Siobhan McDonald, first shown in Paris, in the Centre Culturel Irlandais, earlier this year.

Artist Siobhan McDonald reflects on the creative processes and formative energies in nature contained within atmospheres, molecules, sounds and seeds. Positioning her work within geological history, Crystalline explores our understanding of time and our relationship with a continually changing environment. The themes that animate Crystalline—the deep history of materials and their changing states and the fragility of bodies and landforms exposed to the elements continue through the exhibition.

McDonald’s research and preparatory work included an expedition to the Arctic Circle in 2015, collaborative work with the European Space Agency and an ongoing studio residency in the College of Science at University College Dublin.

For Highlanes Gallery, this new iteration of Crystalline brings together a customized selection of works related to the substance of ancient and historic natural forms, a set of Arctic plant pressings from the 1825 Franklin Expedition. This is a key work in this exhibition, drawing a thread to the past that is tangible and that predates the climate challenge of our times. This is complemented on film by the ghostly spectre of an expeditionary ship in the very waters where the Franklin ship sailed over 150 ago, with the retrieved sound of the glacier, with a score specially composed by Irene Buckley.

Highlanes Gallery
St Laurence St, Drogheda, Co. Louth
T: +353 (0) 41 9803311
E: info@highlanes.ie
W: highlanes.ie

A Place To Rest | Mario Sughi at Droichead Arts Centre, Co. Louth

7 October to 19 November
Exhibition opening Saturday 7 October, 2.30pm

It’s like when you sit in a coffee shop and enjoy looking at the people passing by. Some of the people capture your attention. You follow them with your eyes and you reinvent their stories. And yet the only thing you know about those people and their lives is their image standing in front of you. And that is what you try to do when then you draw and paint: you try to capture and reproduce those interesting images. Nothing more nothing less, because the image seems already to have everything you need within it.

Ultimately the work is about the image and the image is made by colours, lights and volumes. It seems to me that digital painting, so naturally adapted to working with primary colours, large backgrounds and flat surfaces, allows for the creation of very elegant images that also have a great sense of depth.

Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell St., Drogheda, Co. Louth.
T: 041 9833946
E: info@droichead.com
W: droichead.com

Drogheda Municipal Art Collection at RHA

5 October to 19 November

A selection of iconic works from the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection from some of Irelands best known and influential artists dating from the eighteenth century to present day will be shown in the Dr. Tony Ryan Gallery.

The Drogheda Collection was founded by the artist Bea Orpen and her husband, C.E.F. (Terry) Trench in June, 1946. At their request, the Drogheda Corporation appointed a Municipal Art Gallery and Museum Committee, which during the following thirty- five years collected over sixty works of art. These were acquired mainly through donation either by the artists themselves or by other benefactors. As is the case with most of the other Irish municipal art collections, a substantial proportion of these donations came from charitable bodies such as the Friends of the National Collections of Ireland and the Thomas Haverty Trust. Whilst the Drogheda collection offers a fine representative survey of early to mid-twentieth century Irish art, it also has a distinctive local flavour, gained both from the presence of works by contemporary Drogheda artists such as Nano Reid, Bea Orpen and Simon Coleman, and by paintings of local scenes. These latter include a number of eighteenth and nineteenth century landscape paintings, notably by Gabriele Ricciardelli and Anderson Paisley, some of which had originally been in the possession of Drogheda Corporation.

RHA Director, Patrick T. Murphy, working along- side Aoife Ruane, Director of the Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda has curated a selection of highlights from the collection.

Royal Hibernian Academy
Ely Place, Dublin 2
T: (01) 661 2558
E: info@rhagallery.ie
W: rhagallery.ie

Witch and Lezzie | Breda Lynch at RHA

5 October to 5 November

Breda Lynch’s interdisciplinary practice explores the mediums of drawing, photogra- phy, print media, collage, installation and experimental video.

Lynch has created art from her ongoing engagement with discourses on identity, appropriation and re-appropriation, hidden histories and queer culture. Additionally, she engages with methodologies and approaches that respond to the history of mechanical reproduction, digital reproduction online, the persistent circulation of images in the public domain, all the while querying our relationship with the image, its consumption, distribution, reproduction, value and forcing (re)considerations of authenticity within art. After all the online civilisation is, historically speaking, a relatively new space wherein pictures circulate devoid of origins. Divorced from their maker, original purpose, function, physical properties and even family. We are reminded of the omnipotent availability of pictures through multiple searches and googling.

For this particular series of drawings, there is a focus on the representation of otherness and queer, lesbian identities as presented through the retro genre of lesbian under-the-counter ‘Pulp’ fiction. These pocket paperbacks mushroomed in production in the early 40’s to late 60’s after the introduction and enforcement of the Hays production code in the American film industry in 1930 and parallel to the publishing of the Kinsey Report in the 40’s. Before the 60’s sexual revolution these paperbacks provided a peak into perceived scandalous, erotic encounters of the same sex. Often the featured female characters were depicted as sexual predators into Satanism, witchcraft, BDSM, or even more fantastical grotesques that even came from another planet. It must be mentioned that the publishers did demand that the thrilling, high camp, deviant themes, which were popular to the heterosexual male and isolated women seeking a lesbian community, were not to be promoted as desirable hence many of the characters where eventually confined to lives of frustration and bitterness or even death by madness or suicide.

Royal Hibernian Academy
Ely Place, Dublin 2
T: (01) 661 2558
E: info@rhagallery.ie
W: rhagallery.ie