Daily Archives: January 10, 2018

still alone in her voices / screw loose | gobscure at Arts and Disability Forum

25 January to 9 March
Exhibition launch Thursday 25 January 6pm, performance of with added nuts 7pm

The Arts & Disability Forum is pleased to present still alone in her voices / screwloose, a haunting and at times darkly funny exhibition of visual poetry, film and sculptural pieces by Newcastle-based self-taught artist, performer and writer gobscure.

Born from gobscure’s experiences of psychosis, still alone in her voices is a moving and provocative look, in gobscure’s own words, at how “we too are constantly being erased & having to write ourselves back in”. Comprised of large white wooden boards covered in layers of charcoal writing, the work is weighty yet fragile – covered in languages you can see but cannot read.

screwloose, a collection of sculptural pieces, short films and visual-poems, responds to the increasing chaos of the international political system and asks the question: are we mad or are we made?, reimagines an Ireland with a frictionless border, and asks if Donald Trump is still playing with his marbles or if he has lost them like the rest of us?

Arts and Disability Forum
109-113 Royal Avenue,
Belfast, N.Ireland BT1 1FF
T: +44 28 9023 9450
E: info@adf.ie
W: adf.ie

Antenna | Sinead McKeever at Millennium Court Arts Centre

3 February to 28 March
Opening Friday 2 February, 7 to 9pm

McKeever’s practice is process led. She exploits the possibilities of found industrial and domestic materials, examining the balance between materiality, form and decorative surfaces. McKeever’s new work inhabits and investigates boundaries, edges and awkward spaces, her sculptural objects are often found in corners or unexpected places such as ceilings, windows and corners. The play of light and shadow are important to the artist, her pieces creating strips of light through shadow and reflection, often edged with colour, these playful bands promote investigation of spatial occupation and application, creating presence.

A Free Bus will run between Belfast and Portadown on the evening of the opening. Leaves Belfast from Golden Thread Gallery at 6.45pm. Returns from Portadown at 9pm.

Millennium Court Arts Centre
William Street, Portadown
T: 0044 2838 394415
E: info@millenniumcourt.org
W: millenniumcourt.org

Exegesis | Group Exhibition at Catalyst Arts, Belfast

11 to 17 January

MFA Belfast present the hard core, soft centred, minimalist, maximalist, critical, complimentary, painterly, pixelated, gendered, genderless, placed, displaced, decadent, sparse, remembered, forgotten, historic and imaginary through a constellation of concepts, conceived as image, object and video. This raucous, rip roaring appraisal of the possibilities within contemporary art examines the development of highly individual artistic practices within collaborative studio and gallery environments.

Exhibiting Artists: Amy Higgins, Aaron Yendall, Cathy Cannon, Dan Ferguson, Gearoid McGinley, Joey O’Gorman, Mary Gilfillan-Griffin, Naomi Litvack, Rachel Alexander and Vasiliki Stasinaki.

Catalyst Arts is delighted to again host this interim exhibition of work by final year students on the Ulster University’s MFA Fine Art course.

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

Linocut Print Making with Tutor Kate McMeekin at Blackwatch Studio, Co Kilkenny

This course is aimed at those who have an interest in printmaking, also suitable to people who are new to art. In this day workshop you will learn how to plan and cut designs for linocut printing with multiple plates, Areas covered will include use of tools, design, colour mixing, registration techniques and printing using a baren and and etching press.

Suitable for beginners to itermediate.
Materials :- As participants will be working from their own ideas, it is important to bring some drawings, photographs or other images as source material from which to work. All other materials will be provided.

Dates: 11th February 2018
Times: 10am – 4.30pm
Fee: €80
Location: Blackwatch Studio, Freneystown, County Kilkenny R95 RX28
Booking: Contact Vicki 086 837 0205 €30 deposit secures place(class limited to 10 places)
Website: blackwatchstudio.ie

Surviving Dublin | Artist Talk and Screening with Megan Woods at A4 Sounds

Wednesday 31 January, 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Surviving Dublin is a documentary about the cause and effects of Dublin’s rental crisis, and the rise of alternative living as a result of the governments failure to affectively tackle the issue.

Megan is an filmmaker living in Dublin who often uses comedy or documentary to highlight important issues of the day. She’s also a puppeteer for Flight of Fancy.

For more information about Megan’s work please visit:

A4 Sounds
St Joseph’s Parade
off Upper Dorset Street
Dublin 1
E: hello@a4sounds.org
W: a4sounds.org

Workspace Available at A4 Sounds, Dublin 1

A4 Sounds have one personal workspace available from February 1st. Total cost of membership is €175 per month.

A4 Sounds are currently looking for fine artists working in a range of disciplines including (but not limited to) sculpture, paint, print, photography and textiles.

As a socially engaged organisation A4 also have a keen interest in applications from artists working in the following disciplines: Social Practice, Social Justice, Social Intervention, Socially Engaged, Dialogical, Participatory, Critical Thinking and Research, Activist, Political, Relational, Community, Collaborative Art or New Genre Public Art.

For more information about our studio, facilties and resources please visit the website: a4sounds.org/

To apply for membership, please fill out our application form here: a4sounds.org/studiomemberships/

Studio Memberships Available at A4 Sounds

A4 Sounds is a interdisciplinary studio space and will suit artists of all sorts that enjoy working in a shared environment and need access to a wide range of facilities over the duration of their projects. A4 member artists work in a wide range of disciplines including, paint, print, textiles, activism, socially engaged art, film, documentary, animation, illustration, sculpture, woodwrk, metal work, performance, new media and more.

A4 memberships are modular starting at €75 per month, with the option of adding a storage locker (€10-€30 pm) or a personal workspace (€100-€130 pm).

Membership includes:

24/7 access, WiFi and bills, Kitchen facilities, Outdoor garden with mezzaine and bike storage, Member discounts within A4 and local businesses, Profile page on our website.

Access to meeting and workshop room, Free Scanning and Printing, Access to shared studio spaces (4 shared studios), Access to all facilities, Access to shared equipment and materials

Darkroom (Colour / Black and White), Print and Screen-printing, Electronics Area, Workshop and Tools, Textiles, Audio-Visual Equipment, Reduced rental fees to our Event Space for rehearsals and exhibitions, Option to rent a personal workspace short term for the creation of larger works or exhibition preparation

Professional Development and Training:
Free Darkroom Training, Free Screen-printing Training, Free Workshop Training, Reduced fees on public workshops and courses
Regular Artist Talks and group discussion, Regular exhibitions and events, Collaboration opportunities with a wide range of artists


Julia Dubsky | Basic Talks at the Hugh Lane

Friday 11 May, 1pm

Julia Dubsky is a painter who was awarded the Recent Graduate Residency at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios for one year beginning at the end of April 2017. The subject matter of her work has continued to handle nuances of the medium in particular, while also grappling with broader subjects, such as ‘conviction’, in principle. Marks, colours and forms become loaded and sometimes anthropomorphised – but also just as easily inanimate again. It is a form of perception that could happen in the flicker between this duality that motivates the work. www.juliadubsky.com

Free, no booking required.

BASIC TALKS is a series of talks with leading contemporary practitioners, taking place at The Hugh Lane on the second Friday of every month. Curated by Basic Space in partnership with The Hugh Lane, BASIC TALKS is a platform for lectures, workshops, presentations, and performances. Speakers will include artists, curators, writers, and critics who will generate discourse on producing, framing and exhibiting art.

E: basicspacedublin@gmail.com
W: basicspace.ie

Gallery 18
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

Open Call | MAC International 2018 (Submission Fee)

Application deadline: 27 April

MAC International is the largest arts prize in Ireland, offering artists from around the world an opportunity to exhibit at the MAC, with a prize of £20,000 awarded to the artist deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to the exhibition. MAC International will run from 9 November 2018 – 31 March 2019.

Spanning all three of our galleries, MAC International provides a truly global perspective on contemporary art practice. The 2016 MAC International exhibition featured work by artists based in Northern Ireland, the UK and Europe, as well as work from as far afield as the USA, Iceland, and Brazil.

Subject to the availability of funding, the MAC will cover the cost of transport of works excluding crating. If an artist is required to be on site to install a work MAC will cover flights, accommodation and per diem. The MAC will cover all installation and equipment requirements necessary for the presentation of work but will not cover the cost of production. Artists selected for the exhibition who wish to attend the launch will have one nights accommodation covered.

Please note there is a submission fee of £20 to apply.

For more information and to apply online: themaclive.com/mac-international-2018

Folded Space | Alex Pentek at the RHA

19 January to 22 April

The RHA Gallery presents a new body of work by Cork-based sculptor Alex Pentek, titled Folded Space. This site-specific series of artworks, which has been created for the foyer and atrium of the RHA is inspired by Pentek’s long-time interest in origami. Origami informs his work on a practical and philosophical level, as well as an ongoing interest in science and cosmology.

Origami is at the forefront of research into deploy-able forms for use in space exploration, such as the Miura fold. Named after Japanese astrophysicist Koryo Miura, he developed this design to allow astro solar sails to be compactly stored and unfold once in space. On a larger scale origami is now being used as a model to explain Galaxy formation [White & Vogelsberger, 2009, Neyrinck, 2012].

Varying from large scale folded surfaces to small scale more intimate folded works in paper and steel each work is a form of active structure; where the overall form and texture is informed by the complex interaction of many interconnected folded surfaces. As some of the works twist through space they become endless Mobius surfaces, the physicist’s anomaly; a surface that exists in three-dimensional space but only has two dimensions and has the mathematical property of being multi-directional.

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

Silent Rhythm | Noelle Gallagher at Linenhall Arts Centre

19 January to 17 February 2018

Recent paintings by Noelle Gallagher. “My painting practice is informed by architectural space, with the former medical school of UCD at Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin providing the source material for my current body of work. In exploring this space, one phenomenon that caught my attention was how percussion instruments were littered about the former dissection room: What was previously a place of rigorous scientific enquiry on cadavers had become a space of musical experimentation for percussionists of the adjacent National Concert Hall. But a silence, a ghostliness and a sense of temporality pervades the space, which I reference by applying diaphanous layers of oil paint to the absorbent grounds of my paintings.”

An Honours graduate in Fine Art from GMIT (2011), Gallagher has exhibited in numerous shows in Ireland and the UK including Tulca, Éigse, and The Claremorris Open. She has received an Emerging Irish Artist Residency Award from the Burren College of Art and 126 Gallery, and Individual Artist Bursaries from Galway County Council.


Linenhall Arts Centre
Linenhall St, Gorteendrunagh, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
T: 094 9023733
E: linenhallac@gmail.com
W: thelinenhall.com

The Vanity of Small Differences | Grayson Perry at the RHA

19 January to 19 March

The RHA Gallery is pleased to present The Vanity of Small Differences, 2012, by Grayson Perry which explores the artists’s fascination with taste and class. These six tapestries were created alongside the Channel 4, Bafta-winning documentary series All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry, 2012, in which Perry vis- ited three very different regions of England, exploring the taste of the different social groups he encountered.

The tapestries look at English class through the story of the life of Tim Rakewell, and his progress through modern British society from humble birth to famous death. They are composed of characters, places and objects that Perry encountered on his travels through Sunderland, Tunbridge Wells and the Cotswolds. As well as drawing on these experiences, Perry also took inspiration from art-historical imagery: often early Renaissance religious works but also, and most importantly, William Hogarth’s series of paintings A Rake’s Progress, 1733, which tells the story of the rise and fall of a young man who loses his inherited fortune through a series of bad decisions.

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

Dead Her | Sonia Shiel at Void, Derry   Recently updated !

Saturday 20 January, 4pm

Sonia Shiel is a Dublin born visual artist, whose works synthesise object, image and sound in performative and immersive installations. At Void, Shiel will premiere Dead Her, a narrated visual presentation, written, directed and performed by the artist. Dead Her is one of a number of recent narrative works that will feature in her new book of short stories each exploring the pursuit of creative agency, – or living – with and without art. It will be published in 2018, by UCD’s Parity Studios Press.

Part of ‘The Winter Series’; performances and screenings at Void, running between 11 – 20th January.

Void, Patrick Street, Derry, BT48 7EL Northern Ireland
T: +44(0)28 7130 8080
E: hello@derryvoid.com
W: derryvoid.com

The Cusp of Your Credenza & Tissue | Anita Delaney at Void, Derry   Recently updated !

16 to 18 January, 11am-5pm

The Cusp of Your Credenza is a wandering speculation through various material encounters. A woman presents a number of scenarios that involve the ingestion or ejection of substances. From toenails to statuary, muffins to monuments, The Cusp of Your Credenza wonders how we place ourselves bodily in a material world.

Tissue is a short account of the historical and anthropological role of handheld tissues in modern history. HD video and stereo audio, duration 4 minutes 17 seconds.

Irish artist Anita Delaney lives and works in London. Working mainly in moving image, she is interested in the tender and abject. She was the 2016-2017 recipient of the New Contemporaries and SPACE studio award. Recent shows include the 2017 Videonale, Bonn, Future Refrains at ASC gallery, London and she is currently working on a new moving image commission for Sick Monday at the Genesis Cinema, London.

The Cusp of Your Credenza (2015):
HD video and stereo audio, duration 10 minutes 27 seconds

Tissue (2015):
HD video and stereo audio, duration 4 minutes 17 seconds

Part of ‘The Winter Series’; performances and screenings at Void, running between 11 – 20th January.

Void, Patrick Street, Derry, BT48 7EL Northern Ireland
T: +44(0)28 7130 8080
E: hello@derryvoid.com
W: derryvoid.com

Open Call | Bram Stoker Festival 2018, Dublin

Application deadline: Monday 5 February, 9am

For four days between 26t​ h​ and 29t​ h​ October 2018, Dublin City will celebrate the life and legacy of Bram Stoker and his most famous novel ‘Dracula’. The Festival will present a programme of literary, cultural, contemporary and family events, staged across the October Bank Holiday weekend that will engage with a broad audience, promoting Dublin as the premier destination for a Bram Stoker/Gothic/Halloween break and welcoming Dubliners to the city to celebrate the author and traditions which inspired him and which have grown around the legacy of his work.

The packed programme of events mixes family-friendly adventures with late-night antics for mates, dates and everything in between and can include, but is not limited to; interactive art installations, music trails, comedy, theatre, spoken word and literary events, food events, outdoor adventures for families, parades, film screenings, exhibitions, talks and lots more; to suit thrill seekers of all ages.

This year Bram Stoker Festival are holding an open call for ideas for events and activities which may be included in the Festival programme. These ideas must have a real connection to or be thematically linked to Bram Stoker, his works, his life, his philosophy, Victorian Dublin, all things Gothic, the supernatural or the mysterious.

Be adventurous, bold and ambitious. The Festival want hairs standing on necks, horror and terror, devilishly good adventures and unique experiences in interesting locations.

A maximum budget of €18,000 (excluding VAT) in total is available. The Festival may decide to commission a number of proposals with smaller budgets or one extraordinary proposal with a budget for the full amount available. Proposal budgets should include all event and activity costs e.g. all fees (artist, speaker etc), travel, accommodation, equipment hire. A detailed budget should be included in your supporting documentation. You do not need to apply for the maximum budget.

Apply online here: bramstokerfestival.com/open-call-for-2018

If you have any queries please contact Maria Schweppe, at maria@bramstokerfestival.com

Tax Return | Performance by Keef Winter at Void, Derry

Thursday 11 January, 7pm

In Void Gallery in January ‘The Winter Series’ will investigate the sonic properties of a filing cabinet using contact mics, effects pedals and a sledgehammer.

N. Irish artist Keef Winter lives and works in London. He combines his interests in art and architecture using sculpture, installation, sound and performance. He completed a PhD in 2013 entitled ‘The Handyman Aesthetic’ at Ulster University. Winter’s studio process generates abstract apparatus that reference urban dissonance and reflect on cultish practices. He has a live act called ‘Handyman’ that mixes electronics, sounds of sheet steel, vocal samples and drumming.

Void, Patrick Street, Derry, BT48 7EL Northern Ireland
T: +44(0)28 7130 8080
E: hello@derryvoid.com
W: derryvoid.com

How To Grow (Black Moon) | Group Exhibition at Ground Floor Gallery, Dublin

18 to 21 January 2018

Aaron Smyth, Alex de Roeck, Ciaran Gallen | Mark O’Gorman, Paul McGrane, Sofya Mikhaylova.

Six artists investigate the overlap of instant and eternal gratification that defines the contemporary human condition.Today we perceive and navigate histories in ways more complex than ever, unearthing a global minded ethos struggling to define authentic experience. Through Video and 2D artworks they explore the nebulous, cyclical and engulfing nature of fulfillment.

For further information contact:



The Ground Floor Gallery
The Complex
15 Little Green Street,
Dublin 7