Category: Exhibitions and Events

National and International, by Region/City

Acquisition Collection | Contemporary Photography Exhibition at The Clinton Centre   Recently updated !

2 to 17 June
Exhibition opening Friday 2 June, 7pm with Dr. Suzanne Lyle, Head of Visual Arts at Arts Council of Northern Ireland

This exhibition will showcase photography from the Collection of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. The works are by emerging and established artists and will include pieces by artists such as Willie Doherty, Donovan Wylie, Mary McIntyre, Simon Burch and Jan McCullough.

Northern Ireland has a particularly strong photographic art scene and many artists from here are exhibiting their work nationally and internationally to great acclaim. This exhibition will show a range of subject matter including the arctic, portrait images, and landscape seen from a variety of perspectives. The images make us question our society in different ways and the artists share their unique viewpoints.

The Clinton Centre
BT74 6AA
028 6634 2806

Seeing Things | Kevin Mooney at ArtBox   Recently updated !

1 June to 24 June

In this latest body of work Kevin Mooney presents a series of paintings inspired by the ancient history of art in Ireland, and more specifically the poetry of Seamus Heaney. The series takes its title from the Heaney poem “Seeing Things”.

Making reference to his father’s passing, Heaney’s work explores the thread of nature itself, the senses laid bare; exposing the links between body, spirit and heritage. In “Seeing Things” land becomes material, exposed and reflexive, the stuff of life coming to the surface and what has gone before momentarily intermingling with the now. It is here that much of Mooney’s work resides.

3 James Joyce Street,
Dublin 1



THE HIDE SUITE | Garrett Phelan at Stoney Road Press, Dublin 3

25 May to 16 June

As part of THE HIDE PROJECT by Garrett Phelan, a major public art commission by Fingal County Council, THE HIDE SUITE is a set of 28 individual prints on Japanese paper presented in a solander box and accompanied by a commissioned text by Isabel Nolan. Each print features a detailed drawing of a bird recorded by the artist that is associated with THE HIDE PROJECT. THE HIDE SUITE is produced in association with Stoney Road Press fine art print studio.

Further information on THE HIDE PROJECT is available at:

Stoney Road Press
Stoney Road,
Dublin 3.

T: 01 8878544

Colours of the Wind: Ariadne’s Thread | Anne Madden at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane   Recently updated !

1 June to 10 September

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane is delighted to present Colours of the Wind: Ariadne’s Thread, an exhibition of recent works by Anne Madden. Madden’s abstracted landscapes see imaginative and emotional responses to place and memory. Her colour-saturated paintings are imbued with symbolic potency, dwelling on the complexities of the natural order and the tragedy of existence.
Her new work is inspired by the Greek goddess Ariadne whose love for Theseus saved him from death by the Cretan Minotaur. For Madden, myth opens doors to notional places and, in this body of work, Ariadne weaves her way through celestial spaces, her golden thread curling about her. The skies alternate between spectacular luminosity and foreboding, the threat of the infernal embodied in the image of the Minotaur.

Over her six-decade career, Madden has continually sought an understanding of the natural order and through her art attempts to uncover realities that exist but are unseen. The exhibition explores themes with a mnemonic effect linking us to the heritages of long ago while at the same time alerting us to the unfathomable magnitude of the Cosmos.

Catalogue: A fully illustrated catalogue with essays by Brian O’Doherty and Yvonne Scott will accompany this exhibition.

Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
T: + 353 1 222 5550

187th RHA Annual Exhibition   Recently updated !

The RHA Annual Exhibition, now in it’s 187th year, is the most ambitious event in the Academy’s calendar. Ireland’s largest open submission exhibition includes painting, sculpture, print, photography, drawing and architectural models and it brings together the works of RHA Members, invited artists and artists selected from open submission.

This year, the open submissions have provided over half of the exhibition and were rigorously selected by a panel of Academy Members, over a period of 5 days, from a vast number of applicants, which involved over 2,400 artworks.

A prize fund of almost €60,000 is distributed to artists recognized for their artistic achievement in various disciplines and includes 8 awards for works in any medium, 4 awards for sculptural works, 2 awards for painting, 2 awards for photography (1 emerging), 1 award for a senior artist, 1 award for portraiture and 1 award for architecture.

This years exhibitors include, John Behan RHA, Liam Belton RHA, Shane Berkery, Margaret Corcoran, Gary Coyle RHA, David Crone RHA, Dorothy Cross ARHA, Mollie Douthit, Rita Duffy, Gabhann Dunne, James English RHA, David Farrell, Martin Gale RHA, Mark Garry, Joy Gerrard, Richard Gorman RHA, James Hanley RHA, Charles Harper RHA, Pat Harris ARHA, Eithne Jordan RHA, Vera Klute, Alice Maher RHA, Colin Martin RHA, Janet Mullarney ARHA, Carolyn Mulholland RHA, Maeve McCarthy RHA, Stephen McKenna RHA, Sinead Ni Maonaigh, Abigail O’Brien RHA, Eilis O’Connell RHA, Mick O’Dea PRHA, Geraldine O’Neill ARHA, Kurt Opperman, Alan Phelan, Vivienne Roche RHA, Una Sealy RHA, Rose Stapleton, Amelia Stein RHA, Imogen Stuart RHA and Donald Teskey RHA.

Not a Monochrome Set | Noel Murphy at ArtisAnn Gallery, Belfast   Recently updated !

1 to 30 June

Internationally acclaimed Belfast artist, Noel Murphy, in conjunction with the ArtisAnn Gallery, will be presenting a series of new works – his first Irish exhibition in five years – entitled ‘Not a Monochrome Set’.

The new works, at first glance all black and white paintings, are instantly recognisable as the work of a master. Belfast-born Noel Murphy has exhibited widely throughout Europe and the Americas but is perhaps best known for painting ‘The Northern Ireland Assembly in Session’. This 4’6 x 8 foot portrait depicts all 108 members of the Northern Ireland Assembly, which currently hangs in the Senate Chamber in Parliament Buildings.

ArtisAnn Gallery
70 Bloomfield Avenue, Belfast, BT5 5AE

17th Annual Signal Arts Society Members Exhibition

6 to 18 June

Signal Arts Centre is delighted to present the 17th Annual Exhibition of works by members of the Signal Arts Society.

This exhibition is a showcase for members of Signal Arts Society and being a group show includes a diverse range of content, a varied selection of mediums and always something to delight even the most discerning of palettes.

Signal Arts Society was launched in 2001 and is affiliated with Signal Arts Centre. The society consists of artists working in many different arts practices but membership is not exclusive to artists, anybody with an interest in the arts can join.

Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow.
T: 353 01 276 20 39

The Seabirds of Salthill | Helen Caird at Galway Atlantaquaria   Recently updated !

Exhibition launch Saturday 20 May, 1pm

The project, by Helen Caird, aims to encourage people to appreciate the diversity of wildlife along the shore of Salthill and promote birdwatching along its route.

The exhibition will be on permanent display at the Galway Atlantaquaria.

Galway Atlantaquaria
The Promenade
Galway, Ireland
T: (091) 585 100

Vernacular | Brian Gallagher at the United Arts Club, Dublin

25 May to 11 June
Opening 25 May, 8pm by artist Una Sealy RHA

Brian’s third solo show in the United Arts Club is an exploration of our environment and vernacular architecture via Scraperboard and mixed media. Scraperboard is a Sgraffito medium – the process is the reverse from usual mark making.

Beginning with a black board there is a gradual removal of parts of its thin dark surface to reveal the white china clay beneath.
Influenced by Thomas Bewick and the generation of wood engravers like Brian’s art college tutor Peter Reddick, the results are unique original one of pieces, not prints.

United Arts Club
3 Fitzwilliam Street Upper,
Dublin 2
T: +353 1 66 11 4 11

St. John’s College Graduate Exhibition 2017, Cork

26 to 30 May
Exhibition opening on Friday 26 May from 6:30pm, with Cllr. Terry Shannon and music by the St. John’s Gospel choir.

St. John’s Central College extends an open invitation for all to visit the college on Sawmill street Cork to see it’s 2017 graduate exhibition. For over a quarter of a century thousands of students have been taking the further education route in St. John’s College and have used the opportunity to prepare themselves for employment or further studies.

This year’s exhibition features creativity from twenty courses with displays of student work in Art, Design, Computer, Media, Engineering and hand-craft areas. There will be displays on all four floors of the college’s main building with hundreds of pieces of work presented in a very professional manner. Visitors to the exhibition will see student creativity expressed in a range of areas from fashion design to painting, musical instrument making to photography, film screenings to computer games demonstrations.

St. John’s Central College
Sawmill Street
T: +353 21 4255500

Of Birds and Beasts | Ronan Halpin at Solomon Fine Art

26 May to 25 June

Solomon Fine Art is delighted to host an exhibition of new sculpture by Ronan Halpin. The work for this exhibition ranges in size from small to medium-scale and in style from representational to purely abstract. Ronan Halpin, a master of materials, uses painted steel, brass, bronze, copper, polished concrete and the recycled parts of old machines. He also uses Corten steel which has been allowed to rust and take on the patina of its surroundings. These works were designed to inhabit the landscape and were shaped by it. Colour is very much to the fore in this body of work.

Ronan Halpin lives and works on Achill Island in Co. Mayo. He has worked as a sculptor for almost 30 years and is a graduate of the National School of Art & Design and Yale School of Art in the US where he achieved a Masters in Fine Art in 1984. His work is in numerous private collections, including those of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney and former Taoiseach John Bruton.

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 on show evokes the mystery and mythology of dreams with references to history, archaeology and religion.

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

Celina Muldoon | Live Installation/Performance at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios   Recently updated !

Saturday 27 May, 8pm

Adorned in lavishly constructed costumes, multiple performers interact with and invite audience participation to interrogate and challenge notions around stereotypical ideas of representation and identity. The event commences with a voyeuristic tableaux and transfigures into a role swapping spectacle. Militaristic helmets adorned with go-pro cameras; live footage streamed to monitors positioned among the audience. How do we respond when the gaze is flipped? What unfolds when…’The Watcher’… becomes… The Watched? The farce plays out; perpetual; nonsensical; tit for tat squabbling; resonating; an underlying collective understanding. We are passively and unconsciously subject to constant scrutiny.

This ‘Untitled’ live interactive installation is an architecturally informed response to Studio 6 and The Atrium Space in TBG+S. Referring to Foucault’s Panopticon theory, Judith Butler’s ‘Gender Performativity’ and analysing the body as representation of political agency, the work is realised through a sci-fi re-enactment of mythological narratives. Designed by Jeremy Benthom in 1798 the Panopticon is a laconic architectural construct of modern disciplinary power. With this in mind Muldoon attempts to initiate dialogue between the elliptical aspect of Temple Bar Gallery and Studios’ Atrium space and Bentham’s design.

Tickets €8, book your ticket here:

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

Personal Deployable Crannog | Paddy Bloomer at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre

19 May to 3 June

Bloomer’s creations of ‘machines that don’t exactly work’ present a humorous and critical challenge to the dysfunctional and irrational technologies that drive societal change. Working mostly with the found detritus of technology Bloomer presents hybrid experiments that move across diverse concerns and boundaries placing himself and his work within the technological landscape and the many challenges, opportunities as well as dangers that underpin its unfettered development.

His interests lay in finding and exploiting unusual power sources, waste disposal sites, health and safety legislation and subverting public infrastructure towards alternative forms of mobility and human settlement. This highly collaborative practice engages with a wide range of communities and found materials through extensive and immersive fieldwork and it is out of these encounters that the artist orchestrates new work and activates new sites of concern.

Leitrim Sculpture Centre
Manorhamilton, North County Leitrim
T: 071 9855098

Performing a Translation | Group Exhibition at Ormond Studios

26 to 28 May

AsWeMaySink, Dorota Borowa, Chloe Brenan, Claire Burke, Niamh Coffey, Sarah Edmondson, Hazel Egan, Kieran Gallagher

Performing a Translation is the first exhibition of work by current members of Ormond Studios since its relocation. ‘Translation’ is a term used in geometry to describe a function that moves an object a certain distance. The object is not altered in any other way. It is not rotated, reflected or re-sized. In a translation, every point of the object must be moved in the same direction and for the same distance.

In moving from No. 6 to No. 4 Ormond Quay, Ormond Studios have performed this translation, preserving the studio as a nucleus of art-making, a place to translate, test and transform ideas. Works reflect on this geometric term in an expanded sense, interpreting translation more broadly as a paradigm of mediation that includes aesthetic, political, topographical and intertextual transformations.

This exhibition is held in conjunction with Bealtaine Festival 2017.

Ormond Studios
4 Ormond Quay Lower, North City, Dublin

Insect Exhibition | Lica B Browne at Outhouse, Capel Street

22 May to 3 June
Opening Friday 26 May, at 7pm (Gourmet Menu served this date)
Outhouse, 105 Capel St Cafe

How beautiful are we? Humans ask the mirror. It reflects back to us the answer in a curious Insect form.

The Insects in this exhibition share with us their private sexual lives; their varied gender types; and their numerous relationship styles. Their answer to ‘How beautiful are we?’ is that we are beautiful is our endless variations. Celebrating them amongst ourselves is the pinnacle of human civilization and key to our future survival.

To integrate their wisdom and life experience, the insects bravely offer themselves to us in the Gourmet Menu:

Water crackers with stout cheese and organic Crickets
Spicy Libyan salad with fine English herb Crickets
Exotic dates, California raisins and mighty Buffalo Worms
Natalie shot with Queen Mealwaorms
Granberry and Orange energy bar
Coconut and Cacao energy bar
One Alien Grasshopper (first to eat it, gets a free picture!)

CAFE HOURS: Monday – Friday: 1:00pm – 9:30pm and Saturday: 1:00pm – 5:30pm

Lica B Browne
Professional Artist, Writer, DJ, Healer and Teacher.

Graduate Exhibition Institute of Art, Design + Technology, Dun Laoghaire

26 May to 1 June

The Institute of Art, Design + Technology will host their annual Graduate Exhibition which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Exhibition is an ideal opportunity for potential employers, collectors and the public to spot the latest talent and see the current trends in design, art and film.

Curated by students the show will feature a culmination of work from our degree programmes including students of Animation, Art, Design for Stage and Screen, Film, Photography, Visual Communications, and 3D Design + Model-making.

Filmmaker and founder of Other Voices Philip King will officially open the Exhibition on Friday, 26 May at 5pm.

Institute of Art, Design + Technology
Kill Avenue, Dún Laoghaire,
Co. Dublin
T: + 353 1 239 4000

Archive | Margo McNulty at Linenhall Arts Centre

26 May to 1 June

A multimedia exhibition of video, photoetchings and photographic prints based on the experiences of the artist’s grand uncle, who was detained as one of many Republican internees in the 1940s in the Curragh camp in Kildare. The exhibition also connects with the subject’s family home on Achill Island, Co. Mayo.

McNulty’s work concerns itself with the intersection of personal and public histories and how these histories and meanings can be embedded in material objects. Recent Irish exhibitions include the Museum of Country Life, Roscommon Arts Centre, and Claremorris Open Exhibition, and recent international group shows include Paris, Cologne, Leuven (Belgium) and Poland. McNulty studied Fine Art in GMIT and completed a Masters in Fine Art at NCAD, Dublin. She is currently a member of Graphic Studio and lectures in the Design Department in AIT.

Curated by Catherine Marshall.

Linenhall Arts Centre, Linenhall Street, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
T: 094 9023733

Stray Lines | Live Comics Reading at Instituto Cervantes, Dublin   Recently updated !

22 May, 6.30pm

Instituto Cervantes and the Irish comics collective Stray Lines invites you to a live reading of comics by seven of the most promising indie comics makers from Ireland and beyond. They will perform live readings of their short comics. This immersive storytelling event combines music, sound design, projected illustration and live performance in what feels like a cross between theatre and animation. As well as contributions from the authors, we will wrap up the evening with some audience participation, where the attendees, alongside the illustrators, will create a story live. Don’t miss the chance to leave your imprint.

Featuring the participation of Sarah Bowie (IE), Alan Dunne (IE), Debbie Jenkinson (IE), Elida Maiques (ES), Alé Mercado (ES), Fintan Taite (IE) and Emy Peyret (FR), this is an unmissable event.

Price: Free, yet ticketed. Bookings:
(Early booking strongly recommended)

Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2
Tel.: 353 01 631 15 33

At Sea | Lisa McGill at An Grianan Theatre, Co. Donegal

3 March to 17 June 2017
An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

‘At Sea’ is a solo exhibition by seascape artist, Lisa McGill. As a young girl, Lisa spent several summers on Rutland Island off the coast of Donegal, the island of her forbears, so she likes to believe that this explains the tug of the sea. She regularly spends time painting on the now uninhabited island.

For further details, contact An Grianan, +353 74 912 3288/ 074 912 0777


WHO GOES THERE | Chris Doris at Ballina Arts Centre and Custom House Studios, Westport   Recently updated !

20 May to 11 June

Who Goes There inquires into ideas of self and a rural society on an ambiguous edge between disintegration or renewal as old structures and resources give way and new potentialities arise.

Large scale monoprints, Open paintings and a series of landscape works on paper utilize a balance of text and image to evoke the freedom in observing phenomenal reality as contingent and empty of permanence and inherent substantiality.

This perspective is applied in black and white, in the context of post crash rural Ireland, so-called “austerity”, economic and social duress, dubious truths in the public space and a questioning of fundamental tenets of social and personal meaning. Chris Doris’ clinical practice in Dublin and Mayo has shifted from trauma work to a creative performance consultancy for creative professionals.

Ballina Arts Centre
Barrett St, Ballina, Co. Mayo
T: 096 73593

The Custom House Gallery and Studios
The Quay, Westport, Co. Mayo,
T: +353 (0)98 28735