Category: Exhibitions and Events

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Christmas Miscellany Exhibition at Hamilton Gallery, Sligo

14 December to 27 January

Hamilton Gallery is pleased to present our 7th Annual Christmas Miscellany exhibition. This year’s exhibition includes both paintings and limited edition fine art prints.

Featured artists:
Yoko Akino, Jean Bardon, Petra Berntsson, Jonathan Cassidy, Joe Dunne, Catherine Fanning, Michael Flaherty, Conor Gallagher, Annie Harrison, Stephen Lawlor, Kate MacDonagh, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, James Mc Creary,Trudie Mooney, Niall Naessens, Leonora Neary, Lars Nyberg, Seamus O’Byrne, Ruth O’Donnell, Sorca O’Farrell, Cormac O’Leary, Patrick Pye, Vincent Sheridan, Emma Stroude and Heidi Wickham.

You can now purchase Christmas Miscellany artworks, for the first time, online through the gallery website.

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

Discovered Landscape | Peadar Mc Daid at Moonshine Cafe, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

15 to 31 December

Peadar Mc Daid is inspired by the everyday life that evolves around him, people, nature, the environment and the ever changing landscape of the North and West of Ireland. This year he found himself with a boundless energy and eagerness to paint new surroundings and landscapes, something new in his work.

At the beginning of this year he began to regularly walk around Donegal. He found inspiration of the light, dusk, ocean and the landscape. Each day that he walked brought its own inspiration – watching nature change, the endless cycle. As with all artists Peadar strives to create his own style. Peadar describes it as a constant battle to develop his work, to try to reach complete satisfaction. He also thinks the day that stops happening will be the day to put away the paint brushes.

Moonshine Cafe
Co. Donegal

RED | Exhibition Closing Event at Artlink, Donegal   Recently updated !

19 December, 1pm to 3pm

Closing Event for RED exhibition at Artlink Fort Dunree. An opportunity for a final get together for the year and to help us get into the festive spirit. Also a chance for artists to collect their work at the same time.

This is a group exhibition based on the theme “Red”. A word of mouth call out to see how far our network extends without the use of social media.

28 Artists have engaged and submitted.

Fort Dunree,
Co. Donegal
T: 353 (0)838696513

Taciturn | Anne Tweedy at Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford   Recently updated !

4 to 27 January

Garter Lane Arts Centre is delighted to present ‘Taciturn’, a solo exhibition by Anne Tweedy. Anne Tweedy is a recent graduate of the Waterford Institute of Technology Department of Creative and Performing Arts and 2017 recipient of the Garter Lane Graduate Studio Bursary.

Her work explores the effect of childhood experiences on our adult lives. Her work examines childhood vulnerability, influenced by the Syrian refugee crisis and, closer to home, the Tuam babies scandal.

‘As children, we have no power to protect ourselves and no voice to speak out- we are dependent on our caregivers, as well as chance or circumstance- my work focuses on the vulnerability of childhood and how these experiences impact us into adulthood.’
This new body of work employs both sculpture and photography to explore the suffering endured by children and the impact of their damaged lives.

Garter Lane Arts Centre
O’Connell Street, Waterford
T: 051 855038

Hubris | Oscar Dempsey at Rua Red

14 December to 20 January
Opening Reception: 14 December, 6pm

Oscar Dempsey winner of last year’s Winter Open at Rua Red has created a body of new, large-scale works for his first solo show as an emerging artist.

Using the anatomy of Hyenas as a visual focal point, he takes influence from their “Dominance Hierarchy” through the intrasexual conflicts in a Matriarchal system. The works resemble limbless figures and torsos from the Roman and Renaissance period. The sculptures attempt to impersonate male nudes as they stand in antagonising positions while being deemed weak by their dangling limbs. In this show, Dempsey explores materials such as latex, styrofoam, wood and metal while utilising a time consuming, hand-carving method to create these large sculptural works.

Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24.
T: 01 451 5860

The Winter Open 2017 at Rua Red

14 December to 20 January
Opening Reception: Thursday 14 December, 6pm

Rua Red is pleased to present the Winter Open Exhibition 2017, an annual exhibition of work by artists living in Ireland chosen from an open submission call by this year’s selection panel (Hugh Mc Carthy, Lorna Kavanagh, Maolíosa Boyle and invited panel member, Curator Jennie Guy) This year’s show includes a range of mediums including sculpture, painting, drawing, ceramics, print and photography.

Featuring artists:
David Turner; Lorraine Cleary; Patricia McCormack; Aurélie; Phill Foley; Paul Hallahan; Bennie Reilly; Emma McKeagney; Laura Wade; Daithi Magner; Victoria J. Dean; Shea Dalton; Ray Murphy; Marvin Baldemor; Brian Hanlon; Eva Walsh; Mark Kelly; Beatrice O’Connell; Clare Lyons; Jane Cassidy; John Cullen; Martin Redmond; Gerry Davis; Dermot Hallahan; Danny Kelly; Sean O Rouke; Karl O Reilly; Celiene Sheridan; Yvanna Greene; Fiona Finlay; Niamh Porter; Fiona Reilly; Kieran Gallagher; Gergely Eortzan Nagy; Cara Donaghey; Roisin O Sullivan; Rory Tangney; Michael Power; Robert Ellis; Mario Sughi; Rodger Hudson; Robert Dunne; Ian Cumberland; Belinda Deutinger and Olivia Hassett.

The public also have the chance to vote for their favourite artwork, the artist of which will win the People’s Choice Award, a cash prize of €1000, sponsored by the Square Shopping Centre.

Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24.
T: 01 451 5860

Smaller + Faster | Nadine Stewart at tuesday coworking space berlin, Germany

13 December to 25 January

Friend of tuesday coworking and all-round good egg, Nadine Stewart, will be exhibiting her latest works at the space for six weeks.

After stumbling upon a box of old photographs outside a bookshop in Prenzlauerberg, and after a very short exchange between Nadine and John (co-founder of tuesday coworking) and the extremely well-oiled woman minding the shop, they walked away with a trove of over a thousand old family photographs of complete strangers.

The photographs in this exhibition date from early to mid 1900s. The people in the photographs are unknown, but this does not take away from their ability to evoke a feeling of familiarity, inspiring the viewer to revisit memories of similar situations with our own families. Each photograph tells a small part of a bigger picture.

The first selection of photographs will be shown under the title “smaller + faster”.

tuesday coworking space berlin
Feurigstrasse 51, 10827 Berlin, Germany

The Undeadly Reading Group | Jessica Kelly at At the Station, Co. Leitrim

Sunday 17 December, 7pm

Jessica Kelly will host an Undeadly Reading session in Mohill’s defunct 19th-century railway station. This will be the closing event of the ARRIVAL exhibition.

Participants will gather around the open fire of the former waiting room, surrounded by Kelly’s site-specific, text-based installations: Lines Re-opened and Public Tomb to Assemble the Crowd. Utilising snippets from seminal speeches by Irish orators of old, these works will colour this iteration of The Undeadly Reading Group.

The Undeadly Reading Group will manifest itself through the participants at the session, who will be guided to read aloud in turn and in unison. This will be followed by a discussion of the texts.

The reading list is based upon the following criteria:

– The writer should be dead.
– The text is about after-life/death or ‘other’ existences.
– The text must be in the writer’s original words (e.g. not a translation).

No need for advance reading or preparation beforehand, as the text will only be provided on arrival. Fluency in English is essential, as well as the willingness to read aloud.

The Undeadly Reading Group:
Jessica Kelly:

At the Station
Mohill, Co. Leitrim

Uillinn Christmas Fair 2017, Skibbereen, Co. Cork

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 December, 11am to 4pm

Uillinn Christmas Fair is a fabulous opportunity to purchase locally made Christmas gifts by local artists and crafts people. With over 40 exhibitors selling everything from prints to vegan desserts, it’s set to be the place to pick up those last minute gifts again this year.

An amazing variety of woodcraft, ceramic, textile, mosaic, confectionary, jewellery and other craft, design and gift providers. As usual we will have carol singing, mulled wine, a prize draw to create a very festive atmosphere, with Kalbos@Uillinn providing delicious hot drinks, hot and festive food and yummy cakes.

Admission is free to the public, so pop in and have a look around the fair, purchase some last minute gifts and take the kids to see the puppet show.

Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre
T: (028) 22090

Christmas Print Bazaar at Cork Printmakers

7 to 21 December

The Christmas Print Bazaar is an exhibition of mini-prints by our artist members, currently on display at Cork Printmakers’ Print Gallery.

Soak up the yuletide atmosphere with a visit to Cork Printmakers and view an extravaganza of original prints, handmade by artists from all over Cork, Munster and further afield. With prices starting at €25, this is a great opportunity to buy something you won’t find on the high street, as well as supporting professional, local artists. These high quality artworks are individually crafted by artists, using traditional printmaking techniques such as the etching, lithography, photo intaglio as well as screen-printing and digital printmaking.

The POP UP Shop is also open with an array of gifts such as notebooks, postcards, tote bags, aprons and more. The new limited edition Christmas card designs for 2017 are available to purchase. Each card is printed on fine art Somerset paper and hand-cut at our Studio. Gift Vouchers make special gifts, which can be used to purchase artwork or a course from the extensive Adult Education Programme.

Cork Printmakers
Wandesford Quay,
Clarke’s Bridge,
T: (021) 4322422

Contemplating OTHER: I know you are, You know I am | Group Exhibition at Gallery Route One, California   Recently updated !

21 December to 28 January

Group Exhibition, curated by Patricia Watts, founder of ecoartspace. Invited artists: Alice Escott, Linda Guenste, Brigitta Varadi.

Through paintings, sculpture and installation the human/animal relationship is examined while addressing such issues as confinement, wildness, and husbandry.

Gallery Route One,
11101 Highway One,
Ste. 1101,
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
T: +1-415-663-1347
E:, curator Patricia Lee watts

Ancient and Wild | Group Exhibition at Johnston Central Library, Cavan   Recently updated !

11 December to 6 January

As part of the Creative Ireland programme, Cavan County Council arts and heritage office and the UNESCO Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark have invited twelve artists to engage with and respond to the landscape, geology, and socio-political history of County Cavan and in particular the area of the Geopark.

The landscape, the rivers and the human responses to the geology and the natural habitats that we have today are intriguing. Landscape is and remains a source of interest for artists and those of inquisitive minds. Many fold, is the fascination of the diverse landscape and the years of human habitation and natural occurrences that define Cavan.

The artists participating in this project are from a range of arts disciplines and include: music, storytelling, literature, curating, architecture and the visual arts. They are: Bee Smith, Heather Brett, Jim Fee, Ben Mc Cabe, Freda Young, Cormac Mc Cann, Elena Duff, Rikki van den Berg, Siobhan Harton, Rosarie Mc Hugh and Konik Artists Pawel and Kasia.

Johnston Central Library
Farnham Centre, Farnham St, Abbeyland, Cavan

Winter Show at Graphic Studio Gallery

9 December to 10 January

Graphic Studio Gallery is delighted to announce its annual Winter show, featuring work by 52 artists responding to the National Botanic Gardens, as well as our 2018 Sponsors Portfolio, and other new work.

Sponsors Portfolio 2018
Paul Muldoon, Ailbhe Barrett, Vaida Varnagiene, Julie Ann Haines and Maser

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

2oC | Group Exhibition at Olivier Cornet Gallery

17 December to 15 February
Official opening on Sunday, 17 December 2017, 3 pm with guest speaker Dr Jonathan Derham (EPA)

‘2° C’ is an artists’ response to climate change, curated by Olivier Cornet with the support of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ireland. Presented at VUE Contemporary Art Fair (RHA Dublin) in early November, the show runs at the Olivier Cornet Gallery until February 2018. The exhibition at the gallery will feature more work than in its initial presentation at VUE.

‘2° C’ features works by: Annika Berglund, Hugh Cummins, John Fitzsimons, Jordi Fornies, Claire Halpin, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Miriam McConnon, Yanny Petters, Kelly Ratchford, Fred Rupp, Aisling Conroy, David Fox, Paul James Kearney, Sheila Naughton, and Vicky Smith.

Olivier Cornet Gallery, 3 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1
T: 087 288 7261

Welcome to the Anthropocene | Laura Skehan at The Complex

14 to 17 December

Fingal County Council Arts Office and BLOCK T are delighted to announce Laura Skehan’s exhibition ‘Welcome to the Anthropocene’. This work is the culmination of a one-year Graduate Studio Award in BLOCK T Studios, Dublin 8; part of FUEL, Block T’s Visual Arts Programme dedicated to the support and professional development of recent graduates.

Laura Skehan’s work explores our dynamic relationship with the physical landscape, focusing on areas of significant geological interest. Engaging with painting, sculpture materials and video projection, her practice combines a language of movement, image and objects. With her research deeply rooted in natural physics, geology, classical philosophy and dance, she explores the body as a conduit of ideas, drawing comparisons with other moving elements from the physical world. Using research methods from environmental anthropology, she dissects our relationship with the political, social and geological histories of these places. She attempts to validate the role of the artist in contemporary culture using visual and aural analogies. Her attention remains on our influence on the physical landscape, emphasizing the importance of kinesthetic, material and environmental awareness.

The Complex
15 Little Green St,
Dublin 7

Christmas Quilts | Loose Thread Quilters at Larne Museum and Arts Centre

7 December to 5 January

Loose Thread Quilters is a small group of active quilt makers drawn from all over Northern Ireland. Formed in 1996, the group established to promote the practice and art of patchwork, appliqué and quilting for the traditional quilt maker and the contemporary fabric artist.

The membership covers a wide range of abilities from beginners to tutors of the craft, all united by a common love of fabric art. Through a programme of exhibitions around the country, fellow quilters and the general public are able to enjoy the work.

2 Victoria Road,
BT40 1RN
T: 028 28 262443

Art of the Heart | Group Exhibition at South Tipperary Arts Centre

1 December to 6 January

‘The Art of the Heart’, a group exhibition of Tipperary artists, with work by Gerry Davis, Mary Finn, Noel Long, Marie O’Driscoll, Ciarnad Ryan, Philip Ryan, Dóirín Saurus and Andy Whelan, curated by Denise Meagher.

South Tipperary Arts Centre
25 Gladstone Street
Co. Tipperary
T: 052 61 27877

War Art in Context | Paul Woods at CYMS Hall, Kildare

5 to 18 December

2018 will be a major international centenary with main events planned to take place in the EU and UK, as well as Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand. In Ireland, artistic and cultural responses to the centenary of WW1 Armistice will follow suit from last year’s centenary programme success.

This body of work joins the larger discourse on the Irish perspective and identity among international voices. Presented in a local context, it will be accompanied by 3-week programme of events, including public talks, guided tours, school and community groups workshops.

This project is supported by KCC Arts Service and Creative Ireland funding.

Saint Brigids Square, Kildare

In Sight | An Criú at Charlestown Arts Centre, Co. Mayo

3 to 20 December

In Sight is an exhibition of cross-disciplinary art work at Charlestown Arts Centre, Co. Mayo by artists associated with renowned Galway-based performance company, Macnas.

The epic Macnas parades that grace the streets worldwide are created through a huge team effort and belief in a common vision. Though the artists work hand-in-glove with each other on making the parades, this exhibition is a unique coming-together of artists and their individual work.

This one-off exhibit presents a rare opportunity to see the work of painters, sculptors, designers and performers​ ​who create magic on the streets year round. This exciting exhibition features the work of painting, metal work, sound and video installations, sculpture and textiles from over 25 artists based in Ireland and the UK:

Angie Byrne, Pete Casby, Tommy Casby, Mikey Dawson, Dave Donovan, Mary Doyle, Eugene Finnegan, Chris Gibbons, JoJo Hynes, Áine Lawless, Paul McDonnell, Dara McGee, Tom Meskell, Gavin Morgan, Emma O’Grady, Michelle Ruane, Ger Sweeney, Lisa Sweeney, Cherie White, Bill Wright, Debbie Wright, Dave Young.

Charlestown Arts Centre
Ballagh St, Lavy Beg,, Charlestown, Co. Mayo
T: 083 822 8279