Daily Archives: December 1, 2017

They’re Fired | Group Exhibition at Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, U.S.A.

17 December to 12 March

‘They’re Fired’, participating artists: Gretchen Ewert, Arthur Gonzalez, Bethany Krull, Nuala O’Donovan, Peter Olsen, Zemer Peled, Bonnie Seeman, Patti Warashina, Wanxin Zhang. Exhibition Registrar: Nicole Doran. Curator: Yuneikys Villalonga. ‘They’re Fired’, Group exhibition of nine artists pushing the boundaries of ceramic practice through experimentation and scientific research.


Bernice Steinbaum Gallery
2101 Tigertail Avenue,
Coconut Grove, Miami, FL 33133.

We Borrow Freedom | Group Exhibition at Hambly + Hambly Gallery, Enniskillen

15 December to 19 January

Nick and Ciara Hambly have opened up the basement of their Georgian home as an art gallery and have been having wonderful success exhibiting since May. This particular exhibition is inspired by the equine history of the house.

The exhibition includes Irish premiere of the incredible work of Ripley, renowned Irish painter Dermot Seymour, artist in residence at The Curragh Racecourse John Fitzgerald and current commissioned sculptor for The Irish National Stud, Simon Carman.

Also exhibiting: Sarah Little, Steve Martin, Selma Makela, Sophia Harding, Debi O’Hehir, Heather Allen, Eileen Ferguson, Geraldine O’Reilly, Diane Henshaw, James Stopforth, Joan E Mallon, Pawel Kleszczewski, Andrea Etter, Susan Evans, Rachel Dubber, Douglas Hutton, John Mckie, Sharon Regan, Susan Mannion, Kathleen O’Leary, Lesley Cherry, Brian MacDonald-Jefferson, Helen Bullock McFarland, Fiona Cawley.

Image credit: Racehorse on Newmarket Heath with a Rubbing Down House’ (detail), Ripley, 2014

Hambly & Hambly Gallery
Dunbar House, 143 Lough Shore Road, Magheradunbar, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh
T: +44 (0)7889 829408
E: gallery@hamblyandhambly.com
W: hamblyandhambly.com

NO FIXED ABODE | Fundraiser for Peter McVerry Trust at Copper House Gallery

6 to 22 December
Launching Wednesday 6 December, 6pm

The Copper House Gallery will hold a Christmas launch for NO FIXED ABODE, Homelessness Fundraiser on 6th December 2017, an exhibition of submitted works by various artists to raise much needed funds to help tackle the homelessness crisis in Ireland. Supporting the work of the homeless and housing charity, Peter McVerry Trust.

No Fixed Abode is a group exhibition of artists, illustrators, photographers and sculptures who’s donated works we have brought together to help raise much needed funds to help tackle the homelessness crisis in Ireland. Supporting the work of the homeless & housing charity, Peter McVerry Trust.

If you would like to contribute and or get involved in any way please email sarah@thecopperhouse.ie

Copper House Gallery would like to extend their thanks to all the artists who have donated their work and their time in order to raise much needed funds.

The Copper House Gallery
St Kevin’s Cottages, Synge Street, Dublin 8
T: 01 5354332
E: maureen@thecopperhouse.ie

Ebb + Flow | Meath Arts Group at the Toradh Gallery

5 December to 16 January

Meath Arts Group is a group of around 25 artists from or living in Co. Meath, disciplined in various media – printing, painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, mixed media and textile art. Having exhibited both individually and within group shows in Ireland and abroad, the group was formed 11 years ago to allow the participating artists to explore shared ideas. They meet on a regular basis to plan exhibitions, collaborate on themes and learn new skills. At various intervals artists share their ongoing work, thus unavoidably shaping and shifting how the theme is being read.

In this exhibition the artists are responding to the theme Ebb + Flow. The varied subjects of the artworks represent the distinctive characters of the members, expressed by using different materials and processes and captures the diversity of interpretation. The artworks create a rich tapestry of the individual artists’ response to the theme and blurs the boundary between reality and art.

Toradh Gallery
Ashbourne Library and Cultural Centre
Killagland Street
Co. Meath
T: (01) 8358002

Rising From the Hill | Group Exhibition at NCAD Gallery

7 to 8 December
Reception on Friday 8 December, 4pm

Rising From the Hill takes the form of a process-based exhibition stemming from a six week long residency at Cow House Studios and collaboration with Art in the Contemporary World Masters Program in which artists were asked to explore and respond to the local environment and beyond. The artists in residence present their process, sketches and responses to a sense of place and connections to the environment of County Wexford, Ireland. Through on-going research, readings, material explorations, site visits and conversations with local residents of County Wexford the artists have focused on how society and human existence have shaped and defined the landscape.

The exhibition, curated by Francis Halsall and Kelley O’Brien will showcase the works of Artists in Residence, Angela Jeradi, Rowan Lear, Charlotte Lagro, and Martina O’Brien.

More information can be found at: cowhousestudios.com/rising-hill-local-systems-global-contexts/

NCAD Gallery
100 Thomas St, Dublin 8
T: (01) 636 4390
E: Kelleyanneobrien@gmail.com
W: ncad.ie/about/gallery/

Out Now | November – December 2017 Issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN ) is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists. In the columns for this issue, Nick Miller discusses his role as curator of the RDS Visual Arts Awards 2017, while CEO of Visual Artists Ireland, Noel Kelly, offers insights into artistic censorship in Ireland. The NI column comes from Ben Crothers, who outlines the evolution of the long-running monthly event, Late Night Art Belfast.

This issue includes several conference reports: Joanne Laws and Christopher Steenson report on VAI’s Get Together 2017 at IMMA; Sarah Kelleher discusses ‘FIRST EDITION’ – a print symposium at Millennium Hall, organised by Cork Printmakers; Ciaran Smyth reports from Toronto, Canada, on ‘The Creative Time Summit 2017’; and Sue Rainsford outlines the ‘Art & Trauma’ seminar at The LAB, Dublin.
Continuing the theme of art and trauma, EL Putnam explores the work of County Down-based glassmaker, Alison Lowry, in the ‘How is it Made?’ section. Louise Manifold discusses her upcoming project ‘AerialSparks!’ commissioned for the Galway 2020 European City of Culture. In the Career Development section, Melissa O’Flaherty discusses the themes that underpin her practice, while Sarah Hayden interviews Pádraig Spillane about his recent work and solo exhibition ‘What Passes Between Us’.

Seoidín O’Sullivan reports on her recent socially-engaged residency in Chicago; Rebecca Strain outlines ‘The Unfamiliar Familiar’ – a project by artist Sue Morris commissioned by the Dementia Services Development Trust; and Stephen Rennicks presents several case studies that explore the ‘afterlife’ of public artworks. From a material culture perspective, Lisa Godson examines the banners created by the Artists’ Campaign to Repeal the Eighth Amendment, situating them within the broader history of social protest movements. In the Artists’ Publishing section, Ciarán Walsh discusses his novellas, Vortices and The Sickness, Book One, while Stephen Brandes outlines The food, the bad and the ugly, a new publication by the Domestic Godless.

The Regional Profile for this issue comes from Mid Ulster, outlining recent cultural activities of the Arts Office and the Seamus Heaney HomePlace. In addition, artists Brian Kielt and Trina Hobson discuss the realities of maintaining an art practice in the region.

Reviewed in the Critique section are: Kate Nolan at the Gallery of Photography; Pádraig Spillane at Sirius Arts Centre; Cliona Harmey, Seán Molloy and David Quinn at Solstice Arts Centre; Pat Collins and Paul Mosse at VISUAL; and ‘The Way Things Go: An Homage’ at the Butler Gallery.

As ever, we have details of upcoming VAI Professional Development Programme, exhibition and public art roundups, news from the sector and current opportunities.

Members of VAI receive a copy of the VAN delivered straight to their door. The News Sheet is also available to pick up free of charge in galleries and arts centres. Selected articles featured in the print edition are available at the Visual Artists’ News Sheet Online here: www.visualartistsireland.com.

Visual Artists’ Help-Desk, Belfast

VAI’s monthly Wednesday Help-Desks allow artists to book in for a 30 minute one-to-one appointment to discuss any aspects of their artistic career.

To book an appointment with the Help-Desk click HERE.

Topics we cover can include:

  • Funding applications
  • Proposals
  • Artist statements, bios and CVs
  • Signposting to relevant arts organisations and contacts
  • Strategic planning
  • Tax and finance
  • Website and social media
  • Networking

If you are looking for feedback on text or images, it is often helpful to send us relevant material a week before your appointment.


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New Work | Blaise Smith at The Molesworth Gallery

7 to 23 December

Born in 1967, Blaise Smith studied visual art NCAD and has gone on to become one of Ireland’s leading figurative painters. He has had numerous solo exhibitions at The Molesworth Gallery, as well at The Hunt Museum in Limerick and Visual in Carlow. He has been selected three times for BP Portrait Exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery in London and has completed several major public commissions, among them ‘Roadworks’, a set of twenty-four paintings depicting men and machines of Cork County Council for its centenary.

In 2016, along with Vera Klute, he was awarded a landmark commission by the Royal Irish Academy, supported by Accenture, to a paint a group of leading Irish female scientists as part of the ‘Women on Walls’ project to redress the absence of any female portraits on the walls of the Academy. He has won many awards and was elected a full Member of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 2015.

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

PXVII | Platform Arts Members Show, Belfast

8 to 23 December
Opening Night Thursday 7 December, 6-9pm

Exhibiting Artists: Alex Brunt / Hannah Casey-Brogan / Rachael Campbell-Palmer / Gerard Carson / Andrew Glenn / Chris McCambridge / Niamh McCann / Niamh McConaghy / Lyndsey McDougall / Eamon Quinn

Platform Arts objective is the encouragement of upcoming and established artists and the pursuit of strengthening the contemporary art scene in Northern Ireland. It houses two galleries that have showcased the best and brightest from both local and international artists. Now we turn our attention towards our diverse and exciting group of in-house artists.

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

Happenstance | Pollen Studios Fundraising Raffle

Thursday 7 December, 6pm

Pollen Studios invite you to the preview exhibition for our Christmas Fundraising Raffle. Artists based all over Ireland have contributed to the event – watch their Facebook page for updates.

The preview will be held in Pollen Studios on Thursday 7th December and the raffle will be held on Thursday 14th December.
Raffle tickets are £15 each and are limited, every raffle ticket is guaranteed to win a prize.

Pollen Studios and Gallery
37-39 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA
E: pollenstudiobelfast@gmail.com

Late Night Art Belfast | Thursday 7 December

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

Golden Thread Christmas Market

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

PXVII | Platform Arts Members Show

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


Catalyst Arts

Black Mountain | Group Exhibition

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


Pollen Studio Belfast

Happenstance | Pollen Studios Fundraising Raffle

37-39 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA
E: pollenstudiobelfast@gmail.com


Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery

Catharsis | Group Exhibition

Marrow | Jane Cummins

The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
T: +44 (0)28 9023 0965
E: info@belfastexposed.org
W: belfastexposed.org



Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness | Group Exhibition

In Course of the Miraculous | Cheng Ran

10 Exchange Street West, Belfast
T: 028 9089 2960
W: themaclive.com


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!

Series Nine | Ray Duncan at Linen Hall Library, Belfast

4 December to 12 January

Series Nine exhibition of new paintings by Ray Duncan. ‘Series Nine’ uses painting as an evolutionary process, with unforeseen results, to create a magic for the artist and viewer. Rather than reproducing a view of the world contained in a picture frame these paintings are founded on the idea that colours have their own life. In terms of a painting process, which is important for the work I use intuition and chance, with the final format of the painting not decided until the end.

Linen Hall Library
17 Donegall Square N,
Belfast BT1 5GB

Hi! Fashion | Group Exhibition at Farmleigh Gallery

1 December to 29 April

A touring exhibition of fashion from Japan and Ireland produced by the Design + Crafts Council of Ireland, Hi! Fashion presents womenswear garments and accessories, which explore visual correlations and contrasts between the two islands over the last 60 years. The concept of Kanreki, which in traditional Japanese culture symbolizes the end of one cycle and the beginning of another, is used as a backdrop to explore the cycles of fashion in terms of inspiration and process.

During the 1980’s avant-garde Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto sourced Irish cotton and linen from Irish mills, while Connemara featured as a location in his Ys campaign of 1998. Using street casting, his team travelled countries and cities following his philosophy of mixing womens and mens, anonymous and celebrity, asking locals to pose in his clothing and create his images. This exhibition echoes his idea of mixing, presenting Japanese and Irish fashion side by side, looking at how difference can be similar.

Escaping sequential narrative, this experimental exhibition explores visual form, juxtaposing designs in installations, to create a loose stylistic essay. These contrasts, whether in approach and application of techniques, reveal unspoken dialogues that create a new space inspired by the cyclical nature of fashion forms.

Farmleigh Gallery
Castleknock, Dublín 15, Co. Dublin
T: (01) 815 5900
W: farmleigh.ie

Sonic Pollinators | Karen Power at Tullamore Community Arts Centre

Tuesday 5 December, 8pm

During 2017 Offaly County Council commissioned composer Karen Power to explore the world of pollinators through sound. Karen has recorded 1000s of pollinators over the spring and summer in Offaly and has then composed music using the recordings. Hear the premier performance of sonic pollinators with Quiet Music Ensemble at Tullamore Arts Centre.

sonic pollinators(2017) aims to capture, represent and juxtapose the real and imagined, or re-imagined, place, time and uniqueness of Offaly and its pollinators through music/sound. After 6 months of listening and recording natural and managed pollinators throughout Offaly, this pollinators project comes to its completion. Natural settings include: Clara Bog, Lough Boora Discovery Park + Birr Castle Garden’s. Managed settings were accessed in collaboration with Offaly Beekeeping Association.

This project is funded by Creative Ireland and is part of Offaly County Council’s Heritage Plan 2017-22 to promote the All Ireland Pollinator Plan.

Cost: Free, but booking essential email: creativeculture@offalycoco.ie or leave a message on 057 9346839.
Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1746798338962428/

Tullamore Community Arts Centre
High Street, Tullamore

Marianne Klopp and Laura Haynes at Mill Cove Gallery, Co. Cork

8 to 22 December

Mill Cove Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition by local ceramic artists Marianne Klopp and Laura Haynes

Marianne Klopp was born near Frankfurt in Germany. She worked as an apprentice for 3years with Maria Phillippi in Freiburg, Germany and studied Ceramic Design at the Fachhochschule Fuer Keramik Gestaltung, Hoehr Grnzhausen, After many years working in different studios in Germany; she opened her own studio in Berlin (1980-1990). In 2003 She moved to West Cork and opened her studio in Ardgroom, Beara. Since then she began to experiment with pit fired ceramics. From a classical pottery education she is interested in going back to the ‘roots’ of ceramic making, with handbuilt work, painted with slips, polished and fired in a pit.

Laura Haynes is from Tuosist on the Beara she has a fascination with contrast as demonstrated by her simple, industrial, geometric forms. She graduated this year from LSAD.

Mill Cove Gallery
The Beara Peninsula
Co. Cork
T: 353 2770393
E: millcovegallery@gmail.com
W: millcovegallery.com

Carrowbeg Cooks | Group Exhibition at The Custom House Gallery

10 December to 21 January
Exhibition opening with guest speaker Daren Cawley on Sunday 10 December, 3pm.

Carrowbeg Artists, Sarah Kelly, Trish Kelly, Anna Rose Lowry, Marion Mc¬Ging, Máire Maguire and Gerry O’Malley have been meeting for art workshops weekly in The Custom House Studios. Supported by The Upstart Project, from Mayo County Council Arts Office, the group have worked on a different project each year including, Bronze casting, Film, Pottery and an Artist’s book; A Book of Shopping. They have opportunities to explore different artistic pro¬cesses, experiment with new techniques, develop their skills and their styles of working in Printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpture and books.

All projects have been facilitated and directed by artists Caroline Masterson and Gráinne O’Reilly, and have been completed each year to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The group have also had opportunities to meet and work with several other artists from the local and international community.

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

Custom House Studios Gallery Winter Exhibition 2017

10 December to 21 January
Exhibition opening with guest speaker Cll Teresa McGuire on Sunday 10 December, 3pm.

Custom House Studios Gallery at Westport Quay are pleased to present an annual group Winter Exhibition 2017 featuring Art works in Printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpture and photography from 50 artists who have worked at Custom House Studios during 2017.

Artists participating are; Gunvor Anhøj / Nickova Behling / Gabrielle Bishop / Veronica Bolay /Tom Brawn / Breda Burns / Jo Anne Butler / Michael Calnan / Tom Climent / Malachy Costello / Chris Doris / Michelle Dunne / Martina Faherty / Marilyn Gaffney / Betty Gannon / Moss Gaynor / Ralph Gelbert / Ginny Gibbons / Pam Gray / Neal Greig / Ronan Halpin / Sean Hardie / Marliese Hertfelder / John Hogan / Lucy Hill / Sarah Kelly / Trish Kelly / Eithne Kilroy / Anna Rose Lowry / Conor Mc Keown / Maura Maguire / Leonie Martin /Marion Mc Ging / Caroline Masterson / Jacinta Moore / Barbara Ann Murray/ Jane Murtagh / Susie Quinn / Gerry O’Malley / Niamh O Doherty / Gráinne O’ Reilly / Dermot Seymour / Phillip Shiels / Eamonn de Staic / Benita Stoney/ Betsy Stirratt / Daria Tchapnova / Saoirse Wall / Chanelle Walshe / Ian Wieczorek.

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

Josepha Madigan Appointed Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Josepha Madigan, Fine Gael TD for Dublin Rathdown, has been named the new Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in a cabinet reshuffle.

Josepha Madigan is a first-time TD, elected at the 2016 General Election. A family law solicitor by trade, she is also an author, having self-published a novel, Negligent Behaviour, set amidst the Dublin legal world, in 2011.

Madigan replaces Heather Humphreys, who in turn will replace Frances Fitzgerald as Minister of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.

Heather Humphreys held the Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht portfolio since June. She previously served as Minister for Arts, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht Affairs from July 2014 to May 2016; and Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs from May 2016 to June 2017.

Earlier this month, The Taoiseach restated his commitment to double total funding for the arts in Ireland over a period of seven years.

1985 | Alé Mercado at The Source Arts Centre

8 December to 20 January

‘1985’ is a graphic novel drama set in rural Ireland not that long ago; artist and illustrator Alé Mercado does his personal interpretation of Federico García Lorca’s classic The House of Bernarda Alba. Relocating the story to Ireland, we see a family in crisis following the death of their father as each struggles to come to terms with their own place at home and in their community. The full novel will be displayed on the walls of the Gallery.

Alé was born in Granada, the same place where Federico García Lorca (whose work is the base of 1985) was from. Although he studied and worked as an industrial engineer, his passion always was comics. That took him to eventually quit his job with a major corporation and focus on graphic design, illustration, and comics (which he considers the same discipline). Alé has been working in all areas of design as well as publish his own children books and comics. Over the years his work has been gathering some recognition. Recently he was shortlisted for the prestigious Observer/Comica/Jonathan Cape Short Story Competition and earlier in the year he was also shortlisted for the IDI Irish Design Awards. He is based in Kilkenny since 2003 where he lives with Siobhán and their two children.


The Source Arts Centre
Cathedral Street,
County Tipperary
T: +353 504 90204
E: boxoffice@sourcearts.ie
W: thesourceartscentre.ie

Interfaces | PhD/MFA Interim Exhibition at Burren College of Art

9 December to 23 January

Burren College of Art is pleased to host the PhD|MFA Interim Exhibition, “Interfaces”, along with the Study Abroad undergraduate end-of-year exhibition, “Soup and a Bage”l, and postgraduate Open Studios.

Interfaces presents the work of Tanya de Paor and Melissa Cayford who are exploring connections between the environment, the human body and the era we live in which is referred to as the anthropocene.

The exhibition will be opened by Anne Mullee, curator of the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon.

Burren College of Art
Newtown Castle,
Co. Clare
T: +353 (0)657077200
E: Lisa Newman lisa@burrencollege.ie
W: burrencollege.ie