Daily Archives: December 7, 2017

Winter Show at Graphic Studio Gallery

9 December to 10 January

Graphic Studio Gallery is delighted to announce its annual Winter show, featuring work by 52 artists responding to the National Botanic Gardens, as well as our 2018 Sponsors Portfolio, and other new work.

Sponsors Portfolio 2018
Paul Muldoon, Ailbhe Barrett, Vaida Varnagiene, Julie Ann Haines and Maser

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

2oC | Group Exhibition at Olivier Cornet Gallery

17 December to 15 February
Official opening on Sunday, 17 December 2017, 3 pm with guest speaker Dr Jonathan Derham (EPA)

‘2° C’ is an artists’ response to climate change, curated by Olivier Cornet with the support of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ireland. Presented at VUE Contemporary Art Fair (RHA Dublin) in early November, the show runs at the Olivier Cornet Gallery until February 2018. The exhibition at the gallery will feature more work than in its initial presentation at VUE.

‘2° C’ features works by: Annika Berglund, Hugh Cummins, John Fitzsimons, Jordi Fornies, Claire Halpin, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Miriam McConnon, Yanny Petters, Kelly Ratchford, Fred Rupp, Aisling Conroy, David Fox, Paul James Kearney, Sheila Naughton, and Vicky Smith.

Olivier Cornet Gallery, 3 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1
T: 087 288 7261
E: info@oliviercornetgallery.com
W: oliviercornetgallery.com

Welcome to the Anthropocene | Laura Skehan at The Complex

14 to 17 December

Fingal County Council Arts Office and BLOCK T are delighted to announce Laura Skehan’s exhibition ‘Welcome to the Anthropocene’. This work is the culmination of a one-year Graduate Studio Award in BLOCK T Studios, Dublin 8; part of FUEL, Block T’s Visual Arts Programme dedicated to the support and professional development of recent graduates.

Laura Skehan’s work explores our dynamic relationship with the physical landscape, focusing on areas of significant geological interest. Engaging with painting, sculpture materials and video projection, her practice combines a language of movement, image and objects. With her research deeply rooted in natural physics, geology, classical philosophy and dance, she explores the body as a conduit of ideas, drawing comparisons with other moving elements from the physical world. Using research methods from environmental anthropology, she dissects our relationship with the political, social and geological histories of these places. She attempts to validate the role of the artist in contemporary culture using visual and aural analogies. Her attention remains on our influence on the physical landscape, emphasizing the importance of kinesthetic, material and environmental awareness.


The Complex
15 Little Green St,
Dublin 7

Christmas Quilts | Loose Thread Quilters at Larne Museum and Arts Centre

7 December to 5 January

Loose Thread Quilters is a small group of active quilt makers drawn from all over Northern Ireland. Formed in 1996, the group established to promote the practice and art of patchwork, appliqué and quilting for the traditional quilt maker and the contemporary fabric artist.

The membership covers a wide range of abilities from beginners to tutors of the craft, all united by a common love of fabric art. Through a programme of exhibitions around the country, fellow quilters and the general public are able to enjoy the work.

2 Victoria Road,
BT40 1RN
T: 028 28 262443
E: marian.kelso@midandeastantrim.gov.uk
W: sites.google.com/site/larnemuseumandartscentre

Art of the Heart | Group Exhibition at South Tipperary Arts Centre

1 December to 6 January

‘The Art of the Heart’, a group exhibition of Tipperary artists, with work by Gerry Davis, Mary Finn, Noel Long, Marie O’Driscoll, Ciarnad Ryan, Philip Ryan, Dóirín Saurus and Andy Whelan, curated by Denise Meagher.

South Tipperary Arts Centre
25 Gladstone Street
Co. Tipperary
T: 052 61 27877
E: info@southtippartscentre.ie
W: southtippartscentre.ie

War Art in Context | Paul Woods at CYMS Hall, Kildare

5 to 18 December

2018 will be a major international centenary with main events planned to take place in the EU and UK, as well as Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand. In Ireland, artistic and cultural responses to the centenary of WW1 Armistice will follow suit from last year’s centenary programme success.

This body of work joins the larger discourse on the Irish perspective and identity among international voices. Presented in a local context, it will be accompanied by 3-week programme of events, including public talks, guided tours, school and community groups workshops.

This project is supported by KCC Arts Service and Creative Ireland funding.

Saint Brigids Square, Kildare

In Sight | An Criú at Charlestown Arts Centre, Co. Mayo

3 to 20 December

In Sight is an exhibition of cross-disciplinary art work at Charlestown Arts Centre, Co. Mayo by artists associated with renowned Galway-based performance company, Macnas.

The epic Macnas parades that grace the streets worldwide are created through a huge team effort and belief in a common vision. Though the artists work hand-in-glove with each other on making the parades, this exhibition is a unique coming-together of artists and their individual work.

This one-off exhibit presents a rare opportunity to see the work of painters, sculptors, designers and performers​ ​who create magic on the streets year round. This exciting exhibition features the work of painting, metal work, sound and video installations, sculpture and textiles from over 25 artists based in Ireland and the UK:

Angie Byrne, Pete Casby, Tommy Casby, Mikey Dawson, Dave Donovan, Mary Doyle, Eugene Finnegan, Chris Gibbons, JoJo Hynes, Áine Lawless, Paul McDonnell, Dara McGee, Tom Meskell, Gavin Morgan, Emma O’Grady, Michelle Ruane, Ger Sweeney, Lisa Sweeney, Cherie White, Bill Wright, Debbie Wright, Dave Young.

Charlestown Arts Centre
Ballagh St, Lavy Beg,, Charlestown, Co. Mayo
T: 083 822 8279
E: info@charlestown.ie
W: charlestown.ie

Film | Makers : Group Exhibition at Nerve Visual, Derry

18 November to 14 January

Archive film footage of Northern Ireland’s rich tradition of making has inspired Film | Makers, an exhibition of contemporary work. The exhibition includes new pieces from six makers responding to heritage footage from Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive. In celebration of Northern Ireland’s rich craft landscape past and present, six contemporary makers were invited to produce new work in response to the historic footage. From this inspiring starting point filmmakers TACA delved into the creative process of each maker and documented their journeys in a series of short films that illuminate the new archive-inspired works.

The exhibition features commissioned works by the makers:

Sharon Adams, using wood, metal and textiles; Sheena Devitt, stone carving; Alison Fitzgerald, basketmaking and willow work; Nicola Gates, weaving and textiles; Ronan Lowery, contemporary furniture in wood.; Peter Surginor, contemporary works in porcelain.

Their works are accompanied by films by TACA of the contemporary makers at work in their studios, shown alongside artefacts and the Digital Film Archive footage that inspired them.

Nerve Visual
Building Eighty81, Ebrington, Derry, Northern Ireland
T: +44 28 7116 0237
E: info@nervecentre.org
W: www.nervecentre.org

ARRIVAL | Djeribi and Jessica Kelly at At the Station, Mohill, Co. Leitrim

10 to 17 December

ARRIVAL is the second exhibition by Djeribi and Jessica Kelly at the old railway station in Mohill. It marks the culmination of their 3-month programme of events and happenings at the space, which commenced with Departures, their initial joint exhibition in September. For ARRIVAL, the artists will present site-specific works that reflect their engagement with the building during this time.

Jessica Kelly hosted a series of salons in the space, which saw the original open fireplaces of the station became centre stage for the conversations that ensued. Thus she has decided to use this feature as the starting point for her work in this exhibition. Starting with the idea that we arrive upon this earth with a new life to work with, Djeribi will tease the idea of ARRIVAL to show pieces that question what she can show own existence so far: a record of daily practices, an accumulation of encounters.


Marrow | Jane Cummins at The Library Project

8 to 24 December

Marrow by Jane Cummins is a work-in-progress exhibition created during a recent six-week residency at Belfast Exposed. This series explores a new stage in the artist’s own personal and creative development.

The Robust bushes claiming their landscape, and showing their vitality and impregnable roots. This is something for Jane Cummins to strive for both as an artist and also as a young woman looking to find her place in the world.

Jane Cummins (b.1984) is an Irish photographer based in Dublin and has recently graduated from the MFA Photography programme at the Belfast School of Art, Ulster University. Her practice involves self-portraiture and landscape, focusing on self-exploration and identity.

The Library Project
4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2
T: 087 685 6169
E: tlp@photoireland.org
W: tlp.photoireland.org

Project Studios Awarded to Four Artists at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Four artists have been awarded studio spaces at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (TBG+S). Project Studios have been awarded to artists Aisling McCoy, Alice Rekab, Myrid Carten and Tamsin Snow for the year 2018.

Project Studios offer a one year tenure and are generally awarded to artists at an earlier point in their career. Each year, TBG+S provides excellent workspaces for thirty artists to work in Dublin city. The work made in the studios often goes on to be exhibited throughout the world. As well as studio space, TBG+S offers the artists professional development opportunities such as studio visits from international visiting curators and artists.

The new artist members were awarded their studios by a selection panel, following an open submission application process which took place in October 2017. This year, the selection panel for studio membership consisted of Rayne Booth (Programme Curator, TBG+S), Clíodhna Shaffrey (Director, TBG+S), Marie-Anne McQuay (Head of Programme, Bluecoat) and Alan Phelan (TBG+S Studio Member).


Lubaina Himid wins Turner Prize 2017

Lubaina Himid, an artist who makes theatrical, witty and challenging works that address colonial history, racism and institutional invisibility, has won the 2017 Turner prize.

Himid is both the first woman of colour to win and, at 63, the oldest winner in the prize’s 33-year history, after it dropped its upper age limit of 50. Himid wins the £25,000 prize for work addressing racial politics and the legacy of slavery.

Himid – born in in Zanzibar, Tanzania and now based in Preston, Lancashire – said she was “thrilled” to win, and thanked a list of long-time supporters in her acceptance speech.

She is an artist who, arguably, has been overlooked and undervalued for most of her career. Himid said she was never overlooked by curators or other artists but she was never in the press, perhaps because her work “was too complicated to talk about”. She added: “I guess the issues I was dealing with were complex, many-layered, and you’ve got to sell newspapers.”

Winning the prize meant a lot to her, she said. “I won it for all the times where we put our heads above the parapet, we tried to do things, we failed, people died in the meantime … for all the black women who never did win it even though they had been shortlisted … it feels good for that reason.”


Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar Launches Creative Youth Plan

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, T.D., together with the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ms. Josepha Madigan, T.D., Richard Bruton T.D., and Paschal Donohoe T.D., have launched Creative Youth – A Plan to Enable the Creative Potential of Every Child and Young Person.

Creative Youth sets out measures to deliver on one of the key goals of the Creative Ireland Programme, to ensure that every child in Ireland has practical access to tuition, experience and participation in music, drama, art and coding by 2022.

There are four long-term strategic objectives: Supporting collaboration between Formal and Non-Formal approaches to Creativity in Education; Extending the Range of Creative Activities for our Young People; Embedding the Creative Process by developing programmes that will enable teachers to help young people learn and apply creative skills and capacities; Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for teachers working in Early Years, Primary and Post Primary Schools.

The first stage of implementation of Creative Youth, which is a five-year Programme, involves a series of key actions for 2018-2019. One of those actions relates to the Music Generation programme. Music Generation currently reaches over 41,000 children and young people, both inside and outside of school. The Music Generation programme will now be extended countrywide as soon as possible, and certainly by 2022.

Other priority actions included in the Plan include:

· Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools initiative, bringing artists into the classroom, will be piloted.
· A Creative Clusters Schools Scheme to generate creative cultural and artistic projects will be piloted.
· Creativity programmes for young people in disadvantaged communities will be developed.
· An Early Years CPD Project will be developed and existing Primary Schools and Post-Primary Schools CPD Projects will be mainstreamed.
· Increased opportunities for students to learn coding and computational thinking will be introduced.
· Opportunities to participate in drama/theatre outside of school will be expanded.
· Cruinniú (formerly Cruinniú na Cásca) will be redesigned and developed as a national creativity day for children and young people in consultation with the local authorities;
· Local Creative Youth Partnerships will be established on a pilot basis.
· Implementation of additional elements of the Arts in Education Charter will be supported