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Art in Mind | Panel Discussion at Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda

Saturday 18 November, 3pm to 4.30

Art seems to impact us all differently.

But how does it do that? How does art impact our minds?

Can it influence our mental state? And does science affect the process of art making?

Join us at ‘Art in Mind’ to explore more about the positive impact that art can have on our beautiful minds. With a fascinating panel of artists, psychologists and neuroscientists, live experiments and lots of conversation, this event will highlight the connections between science and art, and will give you a deeper appreciation of the value of creativity on our minds.

Contributors for ‘Art in Mind’ Drogheda include Daniel Glaser, Neuroscientist and Director, Science Gallery London and Clara Rose, Music Therapist, Singer/Songwriter. The event will be hosted by Scientist and Artist, Niamh Shaw.

Free entry | Pre-booking required | Refreshments provided

Drogheda: Highlanes Gallery, Laurence Street, Drogheda
Register here:

More information:
T: +353 1 661 5133

Sonia Shiel in Conversation with Dawn Williams | Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

Thursday 19 October at 1pm

No booking required – all welcome

Shiel’s immersive works invite you to explore the illusory world in which a fictional artist finds herself. Shiel’s far-fetched work exaggerates a sense of the quizzical and mischievousness that we encounter in our everyday lives while trying to make sense of our surroundings. Come and enjoy the drama of Sonia Shiel’s exhibition, Rectangle, squared. Featuring large-scale paintings, punctuated by smaller scale sculptures and an accompanying text written by the artist.

Sonia Shiel: Rectangle, Squared. Until 28 October

Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork
T: +353 (0)21 480 5042

Artist Talk | Aideen Barry at Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

Thursday 2 November at 1pm

No booking required – all welcome

Seduced by the concept of the ideal home-maker and the working woman as proposed by the media, Aideen Barry’s stop-motion film, Not to be Known, shows the artist overwhelmed by the monotony and magnitude of domestic chores in nightmarish scenarios.

Aideen Barry: Not To Be Known Until 4 November

Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork
T: +353 (0)21 480 5042

Open Call to Filmmakers | 3 Minute Short Film with b-side, Weymouth, UK

Deadline: 19 March

b-side would like to commission a film maker/s to produce a 3 minute short creative film with the young people of Weymouth Space Youth Project. SPACE support Dorset’s youth who are or may be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender.

b-side would like to commission a film maker/s to make a short music video about our local LGBT community by our local LGBT community. The film will be toured to local schools and colleges with the aim to raise awareness of LGBT issues, tackle phobic behaviour and increase young people’s skills.

b-side are in the process of writing and recording a song with a group of young people from Space Youth Group (LGBT group) in Weymouth. They are working with Bristol songwriters Rosina Buck and Brontë Kirkby, Rosina worked on #MyClitoris a music and film project for young people to spread awareness of female genital mutilation. For more information:

Visual Rhythm | Group Exhibition at Graphic Studio Gallery

21 January to 11 February

Graphic Studio Gallery is delighted to announce the presentation of ‘Visual Rhythm’, an exhibition of artworks that celebrate a sense of rhythm.

Richard Gorman, Grainne Cuffe, Felim Egan, Elke Thonnes, Ronnie Hughes, Gerard Cox, Maser, William Crozier, Louise Leonard, Yoko Akino, Charles Tyrrell, David King, Alice Maher, Stephanie Hess, Nicola Lynch Morrin, Vaida Varnagiene, Alison Kay, Diana Copperwhite and more.

Graphic Studio Gallery
Through the arch, off Cope Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
T: +353 1 679 8021

Crystalline | Siobhan McDonald at Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris

26 January to 12 March

‘Crystalline’, is a series of artworks relating to the dying glaciers. This installation brings the elements of contemporary engineering together with prehistory in the use of carbon and charred bone. The artwork is created to mark the launch of the Solar Orbiter into Space in 2018. Siobhan McDonald in collaboration with Enbio and the European Space Agency.

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

In Crystalline, McDonald reflects on the creative processes and formative energies in nature contained within atmospheres, molecules, sounds and seeds. Positioning her work within geological history, McDonald explores our understanding of time and our relationship with a continually changing environment.

In the exhibition hall of the Centre Culturel Irlandais, (and later on at the European Space Agency in Amsterdam), Crystalline brings together a selection of works related to the substance of ancient and historic natural forms. Oil paintings are based on photographic plates found in the remains of several Arctic expeditions during the 19th century. A space and time outside was formed when the artist discovered a set of 190-year-old seeds that came from the Franklin Exhibition in 1825. She is now developing a work with the Millennium Seed Bank at Kew Gardens to explore the potential life force of the seeds. For the duration of the exhibition scientists will test the seeds as a live project. ‘Cyathea australis,’ investigates the early tools of photography reducing this medium to its bare essentials in a series of photogenic drawings that interrogate an era before the Anthropecene. The silhouettes of our earliest plants in this series are generated by a 400-million-year- old atmosphere.

Centre Culturel Irlandais
5 Rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris, France
T: +33 1 58 52 10 30

Open Call | Street Art Project for Mountshannon Arts Festival 2017

Deadline: 30 January

Mountshannon Arts Festival Committee are looking for submissions by artists for the 23rd annual festival from 25th May – 5th June 2017, this years festival theme is ‘From Home’.

They are seeking proposals for street art projects, in and around Mountshannon, Co. Clare. They hope for larger projects: possibly in the Aistear; around the National school/Childcare centre; and a floating sculpture on the lake, but also welcome submissions for smaller projects.

Proposals will be assessed considering the following:

[i] Durability. Artworks that enhance the village into the future, with little or no maintenance
[ii] Cost. Budgets between €500 – €2000 but projects whose budget falls outside those parameters will also be considered.
[iii] Accessibility (e.g.something that is usable [but safe], interactive or something that invites active participation.)
[iv] A project that could involve others in the creative process, where the artist acts as a facilitator.
[v] All works need to be completed no later than 17th May 2017

Please return all submissions, including as much detail as possible including costs, to Peggy Boyle, Cappaduff, Mountshannon, County Clare, or to:-

Proposals will be selected by 14th February. Projects that are not chosen this year, may be considered for future arts festivals.

For more information visit

Open Call to Photographers | SuperMassiveBlackHole PDF Magazine

SuperMassiveBlackHole is pleased to announce a new open call for work to be included in the next NEW FRONTIERS issue, due for release in 2017. While the PDF magazine has been in deep sleep, life support systems are coming back online, and it is time to see what is out there. Where is the unusual, the dangerous, the strange and the alien?

For this theme, the only requirement is your originality.

Established in 2009 by Barry W Hughes, the freely available PDF magazine has gone on to showcase the work of hundreds of young and emerging talents as well as some of contemporary photography’s pioneers and more established names such as Peter Fraser, Jeremy Millar and Asger Carlsen. Combining open submissions, commissions and selections, SuperMassiveBlackHole has served as a touchstone for practitioners, professionals, educators, students and enthusiasts alike. Each thematic issue of the magazine has been published three times per year as a 52 page document enabling it to be viewed online, downloaded or printed offline.

5 Jpg files from a single body of work. 300 dpi and at least 1200 pixels on widest side. Do not send portfolios.

Project statement no more than 400 words. Biography no more than 200 words.

We are also interested in writing on photography: reviews of an exhibition, book or website. Writing should not exceed 1000 words. Include a biography of no mare than 200 words.

Please LABEL your images with the correct TITLES (images with no titles will be labelled ‘untitled’) and include a website address if you have one, as well as your country of residence.

If you want your work featured on our blog just send a link in an email to your project on your personal website. Please include “Blog Submission” in the subject line of your email.

For photobook submissions we only review individual books sent to us. Send an email with “Book Submission’ in the subject line.


Due to the high volume of submissions we can only notify successful candidates of publication.

Upcoming Workshops at RHA School

David Eager Maher 'Catch' Oil on wood panel. 2015. 40 x 50 cmUpcoming workshops for October and November at the RHA School and booking deadlines:

David Eager Maher | Works on Paper

8 and 9 October
This is a two day workshop with artist David Eager Maher. Eager Maher’s practice is predominately focused upon works on paper and is a skill based representational approach. He will initially present his own practice and discuss his methods and research. The course will instruct and demonstrate ways to think about and make figurative / representational images. Participants will learn how to balance various technical approaches, such as, drawing, painting, collage and photography. Through the activity of making, students will discover and follow unforeseen visual decisions. A keen emphasis will be placed upon narrative and imagination. These themes will alter and find a fluidity from conception to completion.

Application Deadline: 9 September 2016
Fee: €150


Nick Miller | Meeting Nature

24 to 26 October 2016
A three day workshop focusing on individual responses to nature, working in the landscape from a working base at Borris House, Co. Carlow. Lead by Nick Miller.

Participants are requested to bring clothing, materials and equipment appropriate and feasible for working outside. This can include painting, drawing and other media, but prior to attending the participant must think through how they may establish their outdoor working space (whether using portable easel, table, ground sheet). Consideration should be given to the practicality, portability within the context of their own experience, ambition and approach. Should the weather prove too difficult, there will be an internal workspace, and alternative approaches to the weather, working inside or from protected sites.

Borris House is approximately a 70 minute drive from Dublin and is commutable. Students who wish to organise their own overnight accommodation can contact Borris House at or Tel: +353 (0)59 977 1884

Application Deadline: 30 September 2016
Fee: €300


Timothy Hawkesworth and Lala Zeitlyn | Intensive Workshop

18 to 20 November 2016
A three day intensive workshop with artists Timothy Hawkesworth and Lala Zeitlyn that focuses on deepening the personal relationship with painting and drawing. Timothy Hawkesworth will also be giving a talk, The Rigor of Wildness, on Thursday November 17th in the Friends Room. This talk is open to the public and will begin at 5:30PM.

Application deadline: 14 Ocotber 2016
Fee: €350



As part of the RHA School Access Programme, two free places on RHA School Workshops, Courses, Life-drawing sessions and Masterclasses will be offered. One to an artist currently enrolled at any of the third level art colleges in Ireland. The second free place will be offered to an artist of merit at any stage of their career. This additional free place has been made available through the generosity of an anonymous donor. Artists and art students who wish to be considered for these places should include a statement with their online application form.
Artists interested in participating in any of these featured courses should apply by completing the application form on the RHA website –
For more information on the courses listed, please contact Academy Co-ordinator, Kate McBride, at

Loose Ends | Willie Doherty at Kerlin Gallery

loose_ends_installation_81_13 September to 19 October | Opening Friday 2 September, 6pm

Kerlin Gallery announces Loose Ends, a historic new body of work by the world-renowned Irish artist Willie Doherty (b. 1959, Derry), comprised of a two-screen video installation and accompanying photographic diptychs.

Loose Ends turns our attention to the passage of time and its powerful, corrosive effect on our hopes, beliefs and sense of identity. Across two screens, Doherty uses the camera and spoken word to focus on the details and textures of two very different locations. Both associated with the 1916 Easter Rising – a key event in the history of Irish independence, the sites are examined in detail through the use of a slow, almost trance-like, zoom. Doherty’s lens absorbs the material evidence of each location today, 100 years after the events of 1916, asking whether a residual response to these events continues to be played out, or how the voices and actions of one generation and the ‘vapours of the past’ resonate in the unconscious of another.

Kerlin Gallery, Anne’s Ln, Dublin 2
T: +3531 670 9093

The Ringing Forest | Juan Delgado at Belfast Exposed

Juan-Delgado copy25 to 28 August | Opening Thursday 25 August 5pm

This show explores the forest environment in a piece that challenges viewers to shift their perspective, questioning notions of the natural world. The artist’s concept of Green Noise refers to sound generated by the movement of tree trunks, leaves, wind and other natural phenomena as well as the intensely personal sound of tinnitus.

Bounce! Arts Festival
Belfast Exposed Studio Gallery
The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
T: +44 (0)28 9023 0965

Upcoming Arts Council Northern Ireland Funding Deadlines and Information Clinics

Arts-council-niThe Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Support for the Individual Artist Programme (SIAP) is now open for funding applications. The annual programme offers a range of funding awards for individual artists working across all artform areas, including visual art, dance, drama and music.

New for 2016 are two new international arts residencies in India specifically for artists from Northern Ireland. These include the Sanskriti Foundation residency in New Delhi and the Shruti Foundation Vedaaranya residency in Ramgarh Shekhawati, Rajasthan. More information is available here:

The Sanskriti Foundation has hosted over 600 artists, poets, scholars and writers as-well as 300 craft makers from across the world and is offering two six-week residencies for artists from Northern Ireland. The Vedaaranya residency offers a unique opportunity for a visiting artist to present their collaborative work with local artists or craft makers at the Vedaaranya Heritage Arts and Healing Festival, 6-8 December, 2016. They are offering two artists a one-month residency each. Both residencies offer a uniquely serene, inspiring, stimulating and enabling environment for artists to work, reflect and interact with other artists.

In addition, the Arts Council will host a series of SIAP information clinics in Belfast and Portadown this July and August where Arts Council officers will provide guidance and advice on the application process.

The following SIAP schemes are now open, closing for applications at 4pm on Thursday 25th August 2016:

  • General Arts Awards
  • Artists Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES)
  • Major Individual Award (MIA)
  • Artists’ International Development Fund (Individuals)
  • Travel Awards (Rolling programme)
  • Self-arranged residencies
  • Mike Moloney Award
  • Anne O’Donoghue Award

The following schemes are also open and will close at 4pm on Thursday 11th August:

  • India Platforms: The Sanskriti Foundation in New Delhi and the Shruti Foundation, Ramgarh Shekhawati, Rajasthan
  • Womex Bursaries for the WOMEX World Music Expo in Santiago de Compostela, Spain 2016

SIAP advice clinics will take place in:

  • Arts and Disability Forum 109 – 113 Royal Avenue, Belfast on Tuesday 26th July at 10:30am
  • Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts, Belfast on Wednesday 27th July at 10:30am
  • Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown, Wednesday 3rd August at 10:30am

Online registration for each of these sessions is available at the Arts Council Website along with full information on all schemes, application forms and guidance notes. Visit

Deadline Reminder | Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme

arts_council_logoDeadline: 27 June (Round 2)

Twice yearly, the Arts Council offers grants to enable artists and communities of place and/or interest to work together on projects. The Scheme is managed by Create.

The scheme is open to artists from any of the following artform disciplines: architecture, circus, street art and spectacle, dance, film, literature (Irish and English language), music, opera, theatre, visual arts and traditional arts. The projects can take place in a diverse range of social and community contexts, e.g., arts and health; arts in prisons; arts and older people; arts and cultural diversity.

The aim of the scheme is to encourage meaningful collaboration between communities of place and/or interest and artists. It is essential that consultation take place between the artist and the community group, so that both parties are involved in deciding on the nature of the project realisation. Group ownership of the art should be maintained at every stage. The Project Realisation may result in a variety of outcomes.

For information on the Scheme and how to apply, see above weblink or contact Katherine Atkinson, or phone 01 4736600.

Gallery Talk | Markiewicz and the Others | Fiona Barber at Highlanes Gallery

MarkiewiczSaturday 18 June at 11.30am

One hundred years after the Rising, the many roles of women in Ireland’s revolutionary period are increasingly being acknowledged. As was the case during her own lifetime, the most publicly visible of all of these has been Constance Markiewicz. Her prominence as both revolutionary and later politician was also reinforced by an active construction of her own identity through contemporary photographs.

The image of Markiewicz as glamorous revolutionary has proved remarkably durable. To what extent, however, does this focus obscure our knowledge of other women who played significant roles in 1916, such as Nora Connolly, Kathleen Lynn or Margaret Skinnider?

This talk, Markiewicz and the Others: representing women of 1916, engages with the dual focus of the exhibition Beyond the Pale in using a range of visual material, including both photographs from the Rising and the work of artists today, to reveal and explore the diversity of women’s roles in 1916 and subsequently.

Fionna Barber, lecturer and writer, is Reader in Art History at Manchester School of Art.

Highlanes Gallery, Laurence Street, Drogheda, Louth
T: + 353 (0) 41 9803311

ART WORKS | Carlow Arts Festival 2016

Carlow-arts10 to 19 June

ART WORKS Prize Awards Party: 16 June, 8pm

Carlow Arts Festival and VISUAL Carlow present ART WORKS, the 37th annual open submission exhibition and art prize. Running for 10 days at VISUAL and St Patrick’s College, in a quick burst, this exhibition celebrates the energy, creative power and diversity of visual arts practices in Ireland. It features work by artists selected from open submission:

Doireann Ní Ghrioghair, Jenny Brady, Jennifer Trouton, Gabhann Dunne, Susan Mac William, Bennie Reilly, Bridget O’Gorman, Tom Climent, Marcel Vidal, Mark P Cullen, Martina O’Brien, Bartosz Kolata, David Beattie, Paul Hallahan, Helen Blake, Stephen Morris, Robert Dunne, Blaise Smith, Susan Connolly, Katie Watchorn, Tracy White Fitzgerald, Tom Climent, Patrick Redmond, Paddy Joe Rickard, Michelle Deignan, Maria O’Brien, Mella Travers, Michelle Browne, Hanneke van Ryswyk, Hugh McGettigan, Cecile Johnson Soliz, Jane Rainey, Vera Ryklova, Rebecca Bradley, Alan Phelan, Lee Welch, Seán Guinan, Samuel Tobin, Roisin Lewis, Anna Boyle, Gypsy Ray, Tommie Lehane, Paul Mosse, Tom Fitzgerald, Mandy O Niell, Jonathan Mayhew, Tia Vellani, Kate Nolan, Michelle Byrne, Meghan Heeney, Gregory Sean Sheehan, Richard Carr, Kevin Gaffney and Joan Sugrue.

as well as 5 invited artists; Stephen McKenna, Denis McNulty, Aideen Barry, Jaki Irvine and Brian Duggan.

This year ART WORKS has been selected by Annie Fletcher, Senior Curator, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven and Claire Feeley, Producer Barbican, London.

VISUAL, Old Dublin Road, Carlow
T: +353 59 917 2400

Solo Irish ’16 | Jenny McConnell at Nordic Makers



Nordic Makers is launching its new bimonthly exhibition series entitled Solo Irish ’16 on 04 May, 2016 with the solo exhibition of County Donegal artist Jenny McConnell. Solo Irish ‘16 is a series of solo exhibitions focused on showcasing some of Ireland’s most talented young artists.

Jenny McConnell was born and raised in the Irish countryside of County Donegal. McConnell made the move to Belfast to complete a degree in Fine & Applied Art at the University of Ulster. After graduating in 2012, she moved to Dublin to continue her art practice, where she lived and worked until 2014 when she immigrated to Australia for one year. It was not until McConnell’s time in Australia that she began to fully appreciate and value the rugged beauty of her native landscape. This realisation has greatly influenced her transition from her earlier figurative work into abstract landscapism.

Nordic Makers, The Lighthouse, George’s Street Lower, Dun Laoghaire

Voyagers – An Invitation to Come Away | Anne Marie Webb at Dun Laoghaire Art Gallery

Anne-marie-webb16 April to 14 May
Opening Saturday 16 April from 2pm to 4pm

In response to W.B.Yeats poem, “The Stolen Child”, Ann Marie Webbs’ new work can read as experiential maps created through doing and making. Staying with underpainting and using colour to create space Webb draws us from the ground of home to possible journeys into the unknown. Her work is informed by emmigration, poetry, personal history and a testing of what a sense of place could be. (Rachel Fallon)

Dun Laoghaire Art Gallery, 102 Upper Georges Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin
T: 01 2800564

Documenting Your Work with Veronica Nicholson, Portlaoise

prof-dev-for-facebook313 May 2016 | Cost: €20 – €40 | Available Spaces: 12
Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise

Visual Artists Ireland in partnership with Dunamaise Arts Centre.

The importance of good quality documentation of your work cannot be understated. Good photographs can make all the difference to your exhibition proposals, funding applications, curator visits and online visibility.

During the day we will look at:

Getting to know your Digital SLR (DSLR) camera, what settings to use
What other equipment is needed for a basic set-up
Guidance on image format
Lighting: how to light 2D, how to light 3D work, using available light, and using artificial light.
Post-processing in computer/laptop using software that came with your camera and/or other free software.
Guidance on what format to use when saving master images for future use.

For more information and to register please visit:

Visual Artists Ireland Cafe at DLR Lexicon Library

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Visual Artists Ireland in partnership with ArtNetDLR @ DLR Lexicon

This VAI Cafe involves a Show & Tell with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area artists presenting their work or concepts in an informal atmosphere. This event also welcomes interested artists, curators and artistic directors allowing them to keep up to date on what is current in artists’ studios without the need to do a large number of studio visits, as well as providing the wider general audience with an inside view of artistic practice.

The format is very simple. 10 artists are given 5 minutes each to present and speak about their work or concepts in 10 slides. These presentations are in a rolling format, which provides both for excitement and also in most cases precludes complicated overly academic or theoretical language which allows many access points for the informal networking that takes place after the presentations.


For more information and to register please visit: