Category: Exhibitions and Events

exhibitions and events

Glimpse of a Forgotten Past | Zuzana Jezikova at The Courthouse Gallery

3 March to 22 April
Opening 3 March, 8pm

Zuzana Jezikova‘s recent work is inspired by Celtic mythology and legends, the stories that people were telling and passing on to each other while sitting around fires, the impact of their storytelling strengthened by the contrast of fire light and the surrounding darkness.

To express this concept, Zuzana creates ceramic lamps and sculptures. She uses different types of clay (predominantly black stoneware and porcelain) and combines them with other materials in a reference to Irish ancient heritage

The Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street, Ennistymon, Co. Clare
T: 065 707 1630

Broken Tale | Kasia Zimnoch and Pawel Kleszczewski at The Courthouse Gallery

3 March to 22 April
Opening 3 March, 8pm

For their debut exhibition at The Courthouse Gallery, artists and filmmakers Kasia Zimnoch and Pawel Kleszczewski exhibit a body of work detailing their most recent animated work, Broken Tale.

The artists create complex worlds of art which include many elements: animation, drawing, painting and prints. Their method of working is based on extensive cultural research of theoretical material which relates to the subject they are working on; they seek legends, myths, local stories, scientific studies.

Their most recent animation, Broken Tale, has been screened at film festivals in Ireland and abroad. It was a finalist in the final of International Visual Arts Festival in Spiracje Szczecin, Poland (2016), and qualified for the 28th International Film Festival in Girona, at Stockholm Fringe Festival (STOFF) in 2016 and the Enniskillen Visual Arts Open (2016).

As part of the exhibitions supporting programme, Kasia Zimnoch & Pawel Kleszczewski are holding a series of animation workshops for people with disabilities and for artists, in conjunction with Clare Arts Office’s EMBRACE Arts and Disability Programme, supported by the Arts Council. For information on the artist’s workshop, visit the event page:

The Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street, Ennistymon, Co. Clare
T: 065 707 1630

The Spice-Box of Earth | Clive Bright at The Hamilton Gallery

2 March to 1 April
Opening Thursday 2 March, 6pm

The Hamilton Gallery presents the exhibition ‘The Spice-Box of Earth’ – New drawings and paintings by Clive Bright

In this exhibition the artists focus of work has drifted from a nostalgic grappling for a sense of place and history to grappling with the present. Searching for an understanding and perspective of where we truly fit in the ecology of our place. Understanding the role of even the tiniest organism within the web of living things around us. Observing the knock-on effect of it being there or not has on the whole system. The cycles of energy, the niches of life, the microcosms within microcosms and the lessons that can be learned by studying the relative patterns throughout.

Hamilton Gallery, 4 Castle St, Sligo
T: +353 71 91 43686

Echo | Shauna McGowan at Ards Arts Centre

2 to 25 March 2017 | Opening: 2 March, 7pm
Ards Arts Centre – Sunburst Gallery, Ards Arts Centre, Town Hall, Conway Square, Newtownards

Ards Arts Centre presents Echo a solo exhibition by Shauna McGowan. This work in progress exhibition, reflect’s Shauna’s exploration of printed textile surfaces created during a 2 week residency in Ballinglen Arts Foundation in August 2016. Mysticism has formed the basis of Shauna’s practice. The stillness and energy of the landscape encouraged these vibrant and arresting prints. Informed by the light, wild landscape and atmosphere of the remote North Mayo countryside Shauna’s work will give an insight into studio life during residency.
Shauna attended the Ballinglen Arts Foundation on a bursary received from Ards and North Down Borough Council.

Shauna will be hosting an artist talk and bursary information session on Wednesday 8 March from 7 – 9pm at Ards Arts Centre. Attendance is free, however booking is essential. To reserve your space please call 028 9181 0803 or email

The Present Is Not Enough – Part I at CCA Derry~Londonderry

Saturday, 4 March, 12pm to 9pm

CCA Derry~Londonderry in collaboration with Basic Space is delighted to host ‘The Present Is Not Enough – Part I’, featuring work by Olivia Sparrow and Kian Benson Bailes. ‘Part I’ takes place as part ‘The Edge of Things’, a series of one-day exhibitions curated by CCA and Sean Lynch.

Please join us at CCA for an inclusive day of events open to everyone in Derry/Londonderry and beyond. We would like to especially welcome the LGBTQAI+ community to attend a late opening of music and drinks, from 6pm – 9pm Sparrow will host the Queer Day School (ticketed event), a free peer-led workshop facilitating the creation of oral, written or audio/visual pieces. Queer Day School focuses on creating sites of peer learning and the communal dissemination of knowledge, primarily engaged with the queer community. Sparrow’s role

‘Part I’ is a Basic Space project curated by Daniel Bermingham. It is the first in a series of curatorial initiatives, crafting sites of institutional critique through performative and pedagogical practices, responding to the writings of the late José Esteban Muñoz. Occupying CCA as an ephemeral community centre, the public is invited to engage with a series of political, social and artistic actions. Over the course of the day Saturday, March 4th, CCA will be host to the display of artistic and performative practices, peer learning workshops, an archive and a late opening.

‘The Present Is Not Enough’ series emerged from a frustration with political pacification and tokenism as a response to structural disenfranchisement. This has been given particular impetus due to the rise of right-wing populism and the urgent desire to craft alternate futurities, through which new presents can be fabricated. ‘Part I’ aims to imagine a durational utopism through sites of artistic display: a “nonplace”; blurring the distinction between public gathering and performative acts of private desire and representation. In this commonage, individuals and communities can gather in the mutual aspiration of imagining radically alternate futurities.

Programme –
12pm – Open
12pm – 4pm – Queer Day School
6pm – 9pm – Late opening

Queer Day School, book here:

Please email if you interested in attending and would like to avail of a bus from Belfast. If there is enough interest, a courier bus can be arranged.

Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry
10–12 Artillery St, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6RG
T: +44 (0) 28 7137 3538

I Ask You, Do You Believe in Miracles | Clinton Kirkpatrick at Ards Arts Centre

2 to 25 March 2017 | Opening: 2 March, 7pm
Ards Arts Centre, Town Hall, Conway Square, Newtownards

Ards Arts Centre – Georgian Gallery presents ‘I Ask You, Do You Believe in Miracles?, a solo exhibition by Clinton Kirkpatrick.
Clinton will be giving an Artist’s Talk on Thursday 23 March from 7 – 8pm.  Clinton will also be facilitating a Drawing and Monotype Print Workshop inspired by his exhibition on Saturday 4 March.

For more information please visit:

Late Night Art Belfast, Thursday 2 March   Recently updated !

LNABLate 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.

Share your own experience on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Periscope and Pinterest and share this story with the world.


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 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:


Engine Room Gallery
Donegall Square South

Interstice – Adrian O’Connell

Interstice, O’Connell’s new exhibition, transforms paintings into critical social commentary in an era of globalization and a growing new world order. His paintings examine the current trend of information gathering. In particular, elements of the recognisable barcode are metaphorically used to convey how one’s personal data may be collated to track one’s movements, patterns of spending and possibly in the not so distant future, indicate whom one may or may not vote for. The construct of the monochrome paintings reveal layer upon layer of under painting and palette knife work generating imagery that encompass multitudes of gestural marks, that at first glance render the work as abstract, yet on closer inspection, recognisable forms, shapes, and even text is unveiled. This method of drawing upon drawing covers the surface of the canvas and serves to intentionally corrupt the imagery.


Platform Arts Gallery
Gallery 1
Opening Thurs 2nd March, 6-9pm

Space in Time – Erin Hagen

Erin Hagan’s work is expressionistic in nature, and connects to a sense of mystery and spiritual complexity. She maintains a material process within her work without having preconceived ideas of what the outcome will be. This process offers a sense of encountering, finding or revealing.
Hagan’s work ranges from painting and drawing to installation and sculptural aspects. Space in Time will include her most recent works.

Exhibition continues until 25th March


Golden Thread Gallery
Thu 26th January – Sat 11th March
100 Works – Sean Hillen

“Sean Hillen works in a space even Francis Bacon would tidy, creates collages that would give someone with 20:20 vision a headache, and is as much a cultural institution as a working artist.”
Cora Burke LeCool in 2013

Sean Hillen: 100 Works is the first major solo exhibition of Sean Hillen in Northern Ireland, and is focused on his practice as a collagist, with works dating back to the early 1980’s.His distinctive images have been circulating in Irish visual culture for over 30 years. Having grown up in Newry in an intense phase of the Northern Ireland conflict, he studied in London at LCP and at the Slade School. His earliest works were art/documentary photos which quickly became source material to a series of series of paradoxically funny but politically-charged photo-collage works, amounting to around 70 made between 1983 and 1993, when he moved to live and work in Dublin.
In the Irish Times chief critic Fintan O’Toole wrote that they “remain the best expression of what it felt like to be in Northern Ireland during the Troubles”


Real Sketchy
The Green Room at 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!

Watermarked | Holly Walsh at James Barry Exhibition Centre, Cork | Exhibition Dates Extended

6 February to 3 March

CIT Arts Office and Office of the Registrar and VP Academic Affairs are delighted to present this solo exhibition of paintings by Holly Walsh, CIT CCAD BA Hons Fine Art 2016. Holly’s work is inspired by the subtleties of landscape, and the subjectivity of our perception of the spaces around us. Holly also won the Cork Arts Society Student of the Year Award for her Degree Show, and has a concurrent solo exhibition in the Lavitt Gallery from 7 to 25 February.

James Barry Exhibition Centre
CIT Bishopstown Campus, Rossa Avenue, Cork
T: 021-4335860

Trauma + Triumph | Go Girl collective at QSS Gallery, Belfast

2 to 9 March
Opening evening: Thursday 2 March 6pm

Go Girl presents a diverse and visually exciting exhibition featuring a cross-section of artistic practises from women working in the areas of: illustration, painting, performance, video, design, fashion, music and photography. The exhibition is presented over two rooms and will feature a live music performance on the opening night.

Go Girl Collective:
Go Girl is a collaborative community of young creatives based in Belfast and Derry who believe in feminism, opportunity and inclusion.

Queen Street Gallery and Studios
31-33 Bedford Street, Belfast City Centre
Phone: +44 28 90 24 31 45

HUMANS NEED NOT APPLY | Group Exhibition at the Science Gallery, Dublin   Recently updated !

10 February to 21 May

In an automated world, will it be time to put humans out to pasture? Are we hurtling together towards a leisure-time utopia or robot-tended human zoos? HUMANS NEED NOT APPLY, the free spring exhibition at Science Gallery interrogates the supposedly seismic changes that artificial intelligence (AI) is bestowing on society.

The exhibition will give visitors the chance to explore the creative possibilities of machine learning — sparking conversations on potential futures that are simultaneously celebratory, beneficial, dystopian and humourous.

Science Gallery
The Naughton Institute, Pearse St, Dublin 2.
T: (01) 896 4091

Skin/Nahk/Oda | Group Show at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork   Recently updated !

4  to 24 March 2017
CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork

Skin is a covering, a membrane, an essential organ of life. It can be vulnerable or protective, camouflaging or sensual. It is visible record of age and experience. Its many properties link it closely with cloth.

The SKIN/NAHK/ODA exchange project has challenged textile students to create art forms based on an open investigation of the formal, technical and conceptual potential of the complex identities of living organisms.

This project brings together three European Colleges: CIT Crawford College of Art and Design; Tartu Art College of Estonia; and Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania. Textiles students from each College have worked simultaneously since October 2016 on this shared research project that will come to Cork in March 2017 for its first exhibition.

E:, T: (021) 4335210 |

Independence | DoubleTAKE Artists Studio at Rua Red, Dublin 24

4 March to 22 April 2017 | Opening: 7 March, 7pm
Rua Red South Dublin Art Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24

DoubleTAKE Artist Studio holds its first major public exhibition ‘Independence’.
The group exhibition celebrates the creativity of 70 artists with disabilities who took as their inspiration the idea of independence arising from the 2016 centenary events. The exhibition sees the launch of a book ‘Journey’s to Independence’ profiling the work of the individual artists and demonstrating the continuing need to integrate people with disabilities in our wider artistic culture.

Gallery hours: 9am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday
For full details visit:

It’s very new school | Group Show at Rua Red, Dublin 24

4 March to 22 April 2017 | Opening: 3 March, 6pm
Gallery 1, Rua Red South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24

‘It’s very new school’ is a group exhibition at Rud Red exploring how art can impact education featuring work from John Beattie, Sarah Browne, Ella de Búrca, Priscila Fernandes, Mark O’Kelly, Maria McKinney, and Sarah Pierce.
Curated by Jennie Guy.

This exhibition addresses a crisis.

Gallery hours: 9am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday

For full details visit:

Proverbs | Robert Ellis at Belfast Exposed Photography   Recently updated !

3 March to 15 April 2017 | Opening: 2 March, 7pm
Belfast Exposed Photography, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast

Belfast Exposed is pleased to present Proverbs by Robert Ellis, an on-going body of work using photographic images and audio recordings that engages with the contemporary landscape of Uganda while exploring its layers of memory.

While the proverbs themselves exist as a result of concentrated wisdoms based on experience, the images here do not attempt to portray the age-old wisdoms. Rather, they seek to create a platform which might allow them to be re-imagined. Wandering through this unfamiliar landscape, Ellis’ photographs linger on the people and its landforms.

Fluid in approach, there are no fixed stories to tell, or no conclusive outcomes to communicate, rather an overarching narrative considers how place is experienced, in terms of its aesthetic values, and for the layers of memory and history that it holds.

Artist Talk: Wednesday 12 April, 1pm. Please visit the events page for more information.

BEFORE | Victor Sloan at Belfast Exposed Photography   Recently updated !

3 March to 15 April 2017
Belfast Exposed Photography, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast

Belfast Exposed is pleased to present, BEFORE, an exhibition opening up the photographic archive of Victor Sloan, one of Northern Ireland’s most prominent contemporary artists. Sloan is known internationally for his visceral art works of images relating to the Troubles. These works are made through a process of intervening directly onto photographic negatives by scoring, scratching and mark-making with a number of materials including pen, paint and bleach.

This new exhibition reveals an excerpt from an extensive but little seen body of archival photographs that Sloan made in the 1970s and 80s in Northern Ireland. The images document the activities and characters that populated Sloan’s daily life; the urban development of his hometown of Craigavon; and the constant and pervasive presence of the political conflict.

For the artist these photographs functioned as a type of preliminary ‘sketchbook’, shaping the distinctive style and thematics he would later become known for. Viewed together as an exhibition they represent Sloan’s significant contribution to the tradition of Northern Irish documentary practice.

A limited edition publication will be produced to accompany the exhibition.

Artist Talk: Victor Sloan In Conversation with Feargal O’Malley Friday 10 March, 2pm. Free admission, booking advised.

Hinterland | Daniel Chester at The Chimera Gallery, Co. Westmeath

24 February to 24 March 2017
The Chimera Gallery, 32 Oliver Plunkett St, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

The Chimera Gallery presents Hinterland, a body of paintings by visual artist Daniel Chester. ‘Hinterland’ looks at the land away from the coast; boglands, streams, marshlands, forests and mountainous regions all come into play in this current exhibition.
Definition: Often, hinterlands or the remote or less developed parts of a country; back country. |

Exhibitions by Erin Hagan and Rachel Rankin at Platform Arts Belfast

3 to 25 March
Opening Thursday 2 Mar, 6pm

Platform Arts Belfast Upcoming Exhibitions: Space and Time and Making Scenes

Gallery 1, Erin Hagan: Space and Time
Erin Hagan’s work is expressionistic in nature, and connects to a sense of mystery and spiritual complexity. She maintains a material process within her work without having preconceived ideas of what the outcome will be. This process offers a sense of encountering, finding or revealing.
Hagan’s work ranges from painting and drawing to installation and sculptural aspects. Space in Time will include her most recent works.

Gallery 2, Rachel Rankin: Making Scenes
In gallery 2 we have our graduate resident show by Rachel Rankin. Her work explores and re-writes narratives relating to her sense of self, often in contrast to her idea of an image of Utopia. Through the use of video and performance, an autobiographical narrative is created, using metaphor and anecdote. The focus is often on perceptions of the artist’s body as a female one, and associations of woman as maternal, sexual and domestic figures. Rankin, in making work, creates acts in time to protect the ideas that sit very old within her. Through her work, she is either filling up or emptying out herself in some way. She allows hidden things to leak out.

Platform Arts, 1 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA
T: 028 9031 1301

The Playground Project at VISUAL, Carlow

11 February to 21 May

For spring the ground floor galleries at VISUAL will be transformed into an indoor playground exploring play and a recent history of playgrounds. This exhibition has been realised in collaboration with Kunsthalle Zurich, Switzerland.

Until the 1980s—and in rare cases until today—playgrounds were places for social experiments, risky projects, and spectacular sculptures. Architects, urban planners, artists, parents, and children were invited to leave their comfort zone and to venture something new. Curated by Gabriela Burkhalter, The Playground Project will bring many of these exemplary, but nowadays forgotten initiatives, pioneering acts, and adventures back, and install three playgrounds for children to run, hide and climb.

The playground is a byproduct of the industrialized city of the twentieth century. Even now, it continues to be both an ugly duckling and a coveted space. A focal point for ideas about education and childhood, about urban planning and public space, about architecture and art, about creativity and control, the playground has repeatedly resisted institutional and ideological appropriation and grown in its own sometimes quite anarchic ways. The coexistence of contradictory expectations, moments of temporary progress, and radical developments makes playgrounds so exciting. Still, as hardly anyone sees playgrounds as part of their cultural heritage, much of their history has been forgotten or can barely be understood anymore—even if all of us often have quite precise personal memories of this niche where we met our friends, took pride in new things we dared to do, braved danger without thinking about it, and learned to confront and resolve conflicts.

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art
Old Dublin Rd, Carlow
Phone:(059) 917 2400

Hinterlands | Phill Foley at Art at The Ivy House

28 February to 28 May

Art at The Ivy House is delighted to present Phill Foley’s first solo exhibition – Hinterlands. Phill Foley is an artist living in the west of Ireland who is interested in images of nature and landscape. He works with painting and drawing, making 2d works in which he explores memory, identity and observation through depictions of landscape. Foley’s work comes from various locations along Ireland’s west coast and is developed through a process of onsite observation and studio work. By working with specific locations and creating imagery from them the artist explores the connection of landscape to a sense of identity.

This exhibition title – Hinterlands – refers to the extensive countryside around the west of Ireland’s population centres. The term “hinterland” is of German origin and loosely translates as “the land behind”. The use of the term in reference to these places is telling of our perceptions of them as remote and yet connected to us. The paintings in this exhibition feature images of these hinterlands and explores them as not only geographically “behind” but also in the sense that our connections to the natural landscape can lie behind our sense of identity.

Art at The Ivy House Bar and Restaurant
114 Upper Drumcondra Road, Dublin 9

Faces and Places | Gerry Andrews at The Hunt Museum

24 February to 30 March

Gerry Andrews’ interest in photography started as a nineteen year old while working in The Limerick Leader. In recent years, he has traveled extensively throughout South East Asia, South America, India and Cuba. In 2011, he spent a period of time making a photographic record of the vanishing tribes in the Omo Valley in Ethiopia and this work was subsequently featured in a profile of him on RTE television. He has received numerous photographic awards for his images. He has a specific interest in social documentary photography and was awarded a Fellowship by the Irish Photographic Federation for his work in this genre.

Temporary Exhibition Gallery
The Hunt Museum, The Custom House, Rutland Street, Limerick
T:+353 (0)61 312 833