Category: Exhibitions and Events

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In Perpetuity | Lucy McKenna, Atrium Space: TBG+S

14 April to 17 June

Lucy McKenna’s work is concerned with the observation and constant structuring/ restructuring of information systems that attempt to explain the universe and our place in it. Through various mediums she traces different forms of data extraction, collection and communication developed by humans to understand our existence; including methods of scientific experiment, invention of technology, intuitive belief, or myth. Using visual art more as a tool of data distillation and collection rather than solely expression, her works seek to unfold the information hidden in those spaces where the analytic and the intuitive concur. Her practice is a multidisciplinary one consisting of drawing, photography, film, installation, and sculptural works.

In Perpetuity, is a work in progress that describes a language for communication with extra-solar civilisations. At its beginning is a consideration of the particle-wave phenomenon in quantum physics, where particles behave differently when they ‘know’ they are being observed. In Perpetuity considers a language that may behave differently when being observed by multiple observers. This work is an alphabet as a visual vehicle for meaning and mode of transferring information. It considers the functionality of how a new alphabet might appear under certain conditions and travel vast times and distances to transfer information, rather than what the information might be in itself.

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, 5 – 9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2
T: 01 671 0073

Reconstructing Memory | Cléa Van Der Grijn at Limerick City Gallery

28 April to 18 June
Official opening by Dr Óscar Mascareñas, Thursday 27 April, 6pm.
Followed by a performance by poet and performer Dr Óscar Mascareñas (Mexico/Ireland) and voice artist Steve Boyland (Liverpool) to celebrate Poetry Day Ireland 2017.

Reconstructing Memory is a multifaceted exploration of the approaches to death in Mexican and Irish cultures by Clea Van der Grijn. The exhibition features highlights from The Graeve Collection + LCGA Permanent Collection and Daire O’Shea, LCGA Bursary recipient 2016.

Limerick City Gallery
Carnegie Building, Pery Square, Limerick
T: (061) 310 633

Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre’s Members’ Exhibition 2017

29 April to 26 May 2017 | Opening: 28 April, 7pm
Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, Co. Cork

Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre is delighted to announce the opening of our always popular event West Cork Arts Centre’s Members’ Exhibition 2017. Running annually for more than 30 years, this exhibition showcases work by artists from across West Cork and beyond, at all stages of their careers. Submission is open to the many artists who subscribe to our Membership scheme and this year also includes our new Friendship scheme. This gives our artist Members and Friends the opportunity to exhibit across both the James O’Driscoll Gallery on the ground floor, and upstairs in Gallery II. Sculptors, painters, printmakers, ceramicists, photographers, fine artists and craftspeople bring you examples of their best work in this annual celebration of creativity and artistic skills from across the board.
The exhibition will be opened by local poet and artist Paul Ó Colmáin, with entertainment on the evening from musician Fintan McKahey.

Fever to the Form | Group Exhibition at Chapel House, Limerick

28 to 30 April
Opening Thursday 27 April 7pm with Guest Speaker Alice Maher

Limerick School of Art and Design is delighted to present Fever to the Form, a student-run exhibition curated by Cork-based artist Pádraig Spillane featuring seventeen LSAD students from 3rd Year Sculpture and Combined Media. This show features an eclectic mix of artworks each manipulating materials in very different ways. Works include performance art, video art, mixed media works, and sound art.

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Chapel House
1-4 Chapel Place,

Life after Buildings | Brendan Earley at mother’s tank station

19 April to 20 May

Walking and finding things has always played an important part in Brendan Earley’s practice, but when he moved to the mountains in Wicklow – building his own cabin in the woods – it became difficult to sustain this aspect of his practice and he began to confront equally direct and difficult questions. He was no longer content to find meaning in an arbitrary way – in the detitus of the liminal urban/industrial hinterland of cities – and during his long walks through the mountains he felt a different search had begun.

It can be argued that a significant amount of art being made today is the product of a culture that has an excess of choice and new paradigms have evolved to deal with this excess. Life after Buildings, apparently simply, struggles with three years of questioning, what if you took all that away and were left with just a few bits of sticks and a stone?

mother’s tank station
41-43 Watling Street,
Usher’s Island,
T: +353 1 6717654

Wilgefortis | Niamh McGuinne at Graphic Studio Gallery

20 April to 9 May

Graphic Studio Gallery is delighted to present, ‘Wilgefortis’, an exhibition of new work by Niamh McGuinne, presented alongside a selection of Graphic Studio editions by Alice Maher.

The portrayal of hair is a fascinating theme; it is an interesting connector between the inner and outer selves; it has been used as a symbol of attractiveness and desire. Not only viewed as a symbol of idealised femininity, it can also represent the un-sanitised reality of strong female identity often supplemented with mythical and fairy tale references. In some cultures hair itself is imbued with a quasi-religious significance.

In the 14th century a religious ‘cult’ surrounding the veneration of female bearded saints surfaced in medieval Europe. The main protagonist was known as St. Wilgefortis of Portugal possibly translating as ‘strong virgin’ or ‘holy face’. The legend recounts the story of a Catholic girl of nobility whose father had promised her marriage to a pagan. To avoid the marriage she prayed that she would become ugly and ‘miraculously’ grew a beard. Refusal to eat as a form of protest is one of the few controls one has over one’s body. The body, as a consequence, stimulates the growth of lanugo or downy hair all over as it attempts to protect itself from deprivation. Anorexia mirabilis is a condition which refers almost exclusively to women of the Middle Ages who would starve themselves in the name of God. The miracle of St. Wilgefortis might be explained by this phenomenon and in 1969 her status of sainthood was revoked.

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

Tumbleweed | Martin de Porres Wright at Building 98, Texas

15 April to 15 May

Martin de Porres Wright, Irish abstract painter and sculptor, and artist-in-residence at Building 98 for the months of March through May, exhibits his installation “Tumbleweed”, of work primarily created in Marfa, in the Ballroom of the historic Building 98, formerly the Bachelor Officers Quarters and Officers Club of Fort D.A. Russell.

Wright graduated with a Diploma in Art Direction and Design from Rathmines College, Dublin. He spent his creative working life in advertising and design and is an Irish national and international winning art director and designer. During the last four decades, Wright developed and executed creative ideas in film, theatre, photography, design and exhibitions.

The Ballroom of Building 98
705 W.Bonnie Street
Marfa, Texas

Beauty in the Commonplace | Matthew Gammon at Strule Arts Centre   Recently updated !

28 April to 27 May

Matthew Gammon specialises in creating photographic prints using the traditional intaglio printmaking technique. His work explores, through abstraction, the innate beauty to be found in the structures and patterns of the commonplace, and has featured in exhibitions by the Royal Ulster Academy, the Royal Hibernian Academy and the Royal Photographic Society.

Strule Arts Centre
Townhall Square, Omagh
Co Tyrone BT78 1BL
T: 028 8224 7831

Re: nouveau | Group Exhibition at Catalyst Arts

27 to 29 April
Opening 27 April, 6pm

Group Exhibition showcasing work of local and international students of Fine Art Lens and Sculpture Year 2. The Exhibition is organised and curated solely by the 2nd year students (who are mentored by Shirley MacWilliam, Robert Connolly and Ralf Sander). Students will present a professional body of work reflecting understanding and knowledge of contemporary art practice within sculpture , video, photography, installation and performance. The Exhibition will run for two days only and celebrates emerging new talent in the heart of Belfast Town.

Catalyst Arts
5 College Court,

On The Edge | Bridget Flinn at Solomon Fine Art

28 April to 20 May

Solomon Fine Art is delighted to host an exhibition of new paintings by the popular and hugely talented Bridget Flinn. This is Bridget’s much anticipated début solo exhibition with the gallery and will feature a selection of her stunning acrylic flower still lives. Variously sized and scaled they are each lively and expressive with a characterful and joyous quality.

Bridget’s flower paintings are distinctive for their semi-abstracted, close-cropped representation. Each piece, while appearing spontaneous, is exquisitely worked with a harmonious balance of colour and light as she brings a contemporary sensibility to a timeless subject. Her background and experience in natural history illustration is evident in the keen observation.

Solomon Fine Art
Balfe Street,
Dublin 2
T: +353 (0)86 8142380

Swansong | Tony Kew at Courthouse Arts Centre, Wicklow   Recently updated !

23 April to 19 May

Tony Kew was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1937, where he studied in the Johannesburg School of Art. In 1967 he immigrated to Toronto, Canada when he was thirty years old. During his career in commercial art in Toronto and New York he received over thirty awards of merit and creativity. He began painting seriously in 1974. Almost ten years later, in 1983 he was chosen to design images for Canada Post and for Canadian Embassies throughout the world. He now lives in Aughrim, Co. Wicklow.

Tony is a painter with a preoccupation with the human form and in the realistic and surrealistic genre. His work has sold in eleven countries: Ireland, USA, Bermuda, Canada, South Africa, Spain, England, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Italy. Tony’s work is represented in several corporate collections; collected Imperial Oil of Canada and Texaco Canada Inc as well as numerous others. His paintings have been seen on RTE on television programmes such as the Angelus, Time Out and IRIS. His portraiture has won awards.

Courthouse Arts Centre
Main Street, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow
T: 0402 38529

This is Not Architecture | Group Exhibition at Highlanes Gallery

24 April to 21 June

Owen Boss, Stephen Brandes, Gerard Byrne, Elaine Hoey, Eithne Jordan,
Elaine Leader, Maggie Madden, Colin Martin, Tom O’Dea, Winnie Pun

Architecture and the built environment is discussed and explained entirely through secondary representations- photography, film, drawing, books and TV. Paradoxically the built environment is meant to be experienced in real time and space but it is illustrated and explained through representations. Architects learn, imagine and conceive of the built environment through representation. This exhibition looks at how artists represent and discuss the built environment, what are the biases and limitations inherent in representing the real?

Curated by Highlanes Gallery Director, Aoife Ruane.

Highlanes Gallery
St Laurence St, Drogheda, Co. Louth
T: +353 (0) 41 9803311

Our Likes Will Never Be There Again | Deirdre McKenna at An Lab, Dingle, Co. Kerry

27 April to 1 May 2017
The Round House, An Lab, John St, Dingle, Co. Kerry

Mar Ná Beidh Ár Leithéidí Arís Ann/ Our Likes Will Never Be There Again  is an exhibition by Deirdre McKenna of artwork inspired by the satirical novel An Béal Bocht by Myles na gCopaleen (Flann O Brien) – A bad story about the hard life.
This exhibition uses stereoscopes and printmaking to explore the symbiotic relationship we have as a country with the tourism industry using the novel for reference as well as important landscapes of the the 20th century (for example Paul Henry) and vintage souvenir postcards. This is an interactive exhibition, the public will be able to handle the stereoscopes to view the 3D images inside. The collection of fine art prints have been hand pulled from plates using a variety of techniques including aquatint, sugarlift, drypoint, embossing and collography.
This has been an ongoing project for a number of years. Deirdre McKenna received the Madgie Hughie Eoin Scholarship in 2013 to spend some time at Cló Ceardlann na gCnoc in Donegal. The work developed here as well as through Meitheal Eitseála in West Kerry and Cork Printmakers. The artist is very grateful for the great support received from Ealaín na Gaeltacht.

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I ZADZIWI SIĘ EUROPA | Yael Bartana at

Saturday, 29 April 2017
2pm to 4pm

Social event in Polish and English. All Welcome

Light refreshments will be provided
Zapraszamy wszystkich na wydarzenie w języku polskim i angielskim.

Dołącz do nas na dwujęzyczne oprowadzanie po wystawie Yael Bartana “And Europe Will Be Strunned” prowadzone przez Olgę Dziubak, odbywajacą staż w Golden Thread Gallery w ramach Programu Erasmus+ z Wydziału Malarstwa i Nowych Mediów Akademii Sztuki w Szczecinie.

Będzie nam miło spędzić to popołudnie razem z wami oglądając wystawę oraz wymieniając się spostrzenieżniami przy poczęstunku.

Join us for a bilingual tour of Yael Bartana’s exhibition And Europe Will Be Stunned hosted by Olga Dziubak who is on a 7 month internship with Golden Thread Gallery as part of the Erasmus+ Programme from the department of Painting and New Media on Art Academy in Szczecin, Poland.

Come and spend an afternoon looking at the exhibition and meeting new people. Light refreshments will be provided.
Image Credit: Yael Bartana, Mur i wieża (Wall and Tower), 2009, video still, courtesy of Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam, and Annet Gelink Gallery, Tel Aviv.

Golden Thread Gallery, 84-94 Great Patrick St, Belfast BT1 2LU
T: +44 28 9033 0920

Performance by Amanda Coogan for Unafraid Red at QSS Gallery, Belfast

As part of Unafraid Red, currently on show in the QSS Gallery, Belfast, critically acclaimed artist Amanda Coogan will perform Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow on Saturday 29 April, from 12 noon to 4pm.

Coogan’s work encompasses a multitude of media including objects, text, moving and still images but all of these circulate around her live performances. Her expertise lies in her ability to condense an idea to its very essence and communicate it through her body. Her 2015 exhibition in the Dublin’s Royal Hibernian Academy, I’ll sing you a song from around the Town, was described by Artforum as ‘performance art at its best’.

Unafraid Red was curated by artist Colin Darke and is the first in a series of QSS member’s exhibitions in the group’s city centre gallery. This exhibition continues until 4th May 2017 and also features work by Catherine Davison, Sinead McKeever, Gail Ritchie and Jennifer Trouton.

Gallery opening hours:
Tuesday – Thursday, 10am – 5pm
Saturday 29 April, 11am – 5pm

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

A Name Unmade: Francis Ledwidge (1887-1917) | Group Show at Solstice, Co. Meath

28 April to 16 June 2017 | Opening: 27 April, 7.30pm
Solstice Arts Centre, Railway Street, Navan, Co. Meath

Sven Anderson, Patricia Burns, David Farrell, Clare Langan, Mick O’Dea, Niamh O’Malley, Sasha Sykes

‘A Name Unmade: Francis Ledwidge (1887-1917)’ is an exhibition of new and recent work by contemporary visual artists presented in response to the life and work of the Meath poet, naturalist, activist, nationalist, and soldier. Curated by Sabina Mac Mahon, select archival and biographical material, as well as excerpts from Ledwidge’s poems, also accompany the show, which takes place on the occasion of Solstice Arts Centre’s tenth anniversary.


Of Birds and Beasts | Ronan Halpin at Custom House Studios, Co. Mayo

20 April to 14 May 2017
Custom House Studios Gallery, The Quay, Westport, Co. Mayo

Custom House Studios at Westport Quay are pleased to present Of Birds and Beasts, new work by Ronan Halpin.
The title of this exhibition ‘Of birds and beasts’ makes a reference to the title of John Steinbeck’s novel ‘Of mice and men’ and also to the fantastical work of Lewis Carroll. The work for this exhibition evokes the mystery and mythology of dreams. The images are drawn from both imagination and from history. There are references to archaeology and to religion. The work reflects a personal struggle, a struggle which has been ongoing for many years; an attempt to reconcile a personal mythology and a religiosity which was bred in the bone.

OUTSIDER | Liz Byrne at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre

21 April to 13 May 2017
Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, Leitrim

OUTSIDER is an exhibition of new print work by Liz Byrne made at Leitrim Sculpture Centre, 2017.
Byrnes work is inspired by the journeys she makes outside in the landscape of North Leitrim. Being outside engages the senses, triggers memory and exercises the imagination, providing many of the initial gestures and responses for developing new work. Using small sketchbook drawings as a means of observation Byrne records a series of concepts and impressions that examine the effects of natural forces that constantly modify and challenge our more static representation of the land. These meditations on time capture the moods and atmospheres of diverse natural phenomena such as the ever changing patterns of light and cloudy skies; the rhythm and sound of rainwater; the peat soaked bog; the scarred escarpments of the valleys and the affect of wind and weather on the trees. All of these find there way into the artists work through the use of simple pattern and motif techniques that recur and are re-enacted in the natural and chemical processes of the printmakers art. It is through these multiple ideas and depictions that the artist explores, experiments and engages various print forms, often in the same piece, to describe her imagined Outside.