Category: Exhibitions and Events

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Adrift With Uncertainty | Kathryn Kelly at The Courthouse Gallery, Co. Clare

30 June to 29 July

“Adrift with Uncertainty’ is a series of landscape-based photographic works, taken during a time when Kathryn Kelly was living abroad during a period of personal significance. Working with the medium of photography she undertook to document her observations of the natural environment as a means to create and reveal accounts of emotional, psychological and sensory experiences. The works which are figurative in nature are a contemplation on our position in, and connection to, place and time within our outer surroundings and inner experience. They act metaphorically, to express the fragility and transience of the passing of time.

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

Alchemy | Isabelle Gaborit at The Courthouse Gallery, Co. Clare

30 June to 29 July

In her studio on the scenic shores of Lough Derg, Isabelle Gaborit has rekindled the ancient painting process of encaustics, an immediate and tactile painting method using molten pigmented beeswax. Her creative process involves the application of semi-transparent layers of wax, paint, photography and pigment, striving to create depth and translucency without compromising the spirit of the medium or subject matter.

In this exhibition Isabelle Gaborit was compelled to explore the primal theme of light embedded in our connection to watery depths and fiery furnaces. She strives to conjure up a sense of mystery in the works, in order to ignite the imagination of the viewer and reflect on the aesthetic power of light enhanced through layers of translucent beeswax. Beeswax has been used since ancient times to preserve, protect and seal. The encaustic layering process allows the capturing of the dynamics of flow, light and imagery emerging in unexpected ways, luring the viewer to dive in ghostly pools and through fiery gateways.

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

Life and Death in the Garden | Anne Madden at Taylor Galleries

30 June to 22 July

Drawing on elements of the natural environment surrounding the artist’s home and studio, ‘Life and death in the garden’ comprises a series of closely observed studies of fruits, flowers, birds, skulls and bones in graphite, watercolour and gouache on papier d’Arches.

Born in London in 1932, Anne Madden studied at the Chelsea School of Arts and Crafts from 1950. In 1958 she settled in the small village of Carros, France where she lived and worked with her husband, the painter Louis le Brocquy, for many years before returning to Ireland in the 1990s. Madden represented Ireland at the 1965 Venice Biennale and in 1986 was elected a member of Aosdána. In 2004 she was conferred with an honorary degree by University College Dublin and was made an Officier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government the same year. She has had over fifty solo exhibitions, the most recent of which, Colours of the Wind – Ariadne’s Thread, runs at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane from 1 June to 10 September 2017. Her work is included in numerous private collections in Ireland and abroad, as well as the public collections of The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon; Musée du Louvre, Paris; State Art / OPW Collection; AIB; Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; and Trinity College Dublin, among others

Taylor Galleries
16 Kildare Street
Dublin 2
T: 01 676 6055

Tread Softly | Michelle Rogers at Rathfarnham Castle

15 June to 10 August

A mid- career retrospective of the work of Michelle Rogers, an Irish artist based between Rome and New York. Michelle Rogers is a human rights and environmental artist and activist and is exhibiting work from the last 20 years at Rathfarnham Castle in Dublin.

Highlights of the exhibition include “Martyrdom of a Drag Queen” (after Caravaggio) “Eco Primavera” with 100 endangered species and Panti Bliss as St Catherine. One room is dedicated to Street Art Projects.

The exhibition is organised by the OPW and The Paul Kane Gallery.

Rathfarnham Castle
153 Rathfarnham Rd,
Dublin 14

Lapse of Time | David O’Kane at Gallery Baton, South Korea

29 June to 29 July

‘Lapse of Time’ at the Gallery Baton in Seoul, South Korea. An exhibition of David O’Kane’s animated video works ‘Rxh7’ and ‘Der Spieler’. This is the second exhibition at ‘Observation Deck’, Gallery Baton’s new dedicated space for video art and related installation. The inaugural exhibition by Bae Yoon Hwan opened on the 17th May 2017.

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Who put Bella in the wych elm? | Isabella Walsh at Limerick City Gallery

30 June to 27 August

Who put Bella in the wych elm?” is a true story, a murder-mystery involving an unidentified female skeleton found inside a hollow tree in Hagely Wood, Worcestershire 1943. It is a complex tale of murder, mystery and intrigue.

This book acts as a metaphor for the whole story – there is a brief period where the truth may be gleaned before the information degrades. Events leave marks and traces of their occurrence. Although the actual details can fade and disappear quite quickly, some elements are long lasting. The story may seem completely changed and outwardly bear little or no obvious relation to the event, but would not exist without the original circumstance.

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

The Space Between | Chris Doris at Limerick City Gallery

30 June to 27 August

The Space Between brings together large scale Open paintings derived from observation in mediation of the other, a monumental work – “a self portrayed as process”; Who Goes There.

Comprising of a grid of 200 A4 images on sandpaper and a series of paintings on paper which are rooted in post “austerity” West of Ireland. Doris’ studio based practice and public art works are informed by and interest in consciousness, in the relational field that connects us and in how the self is constructed relationally. This is the animating field of the space between things.

The Open Paintings invite us to attune to the stillness of Being as subtle and open. The sandpaper and landscape works evoke systems – self and societal – that are ambiguous. They may be disintegrating or in the flux of moving to a higher level of organisation. It is this being present to the complex ambiguity of relational experience that open up the still field of presence.

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

Strange Attractors | Ronnie Hughes at Limerick City Gallery

30 June to 27 August

Touring exhibition by Irish artist Ronnie Hughes, one of Ireland’s most dynamic abstract painters, Hughe’s elegant and poised works are executed with complex technical skill, yet retain a lightness of touch. While his finished paintings display a diversity of styles, at heart they share common concern with the lived experienced, and what Hughes has described as “the beauty, the fragility and the violence of being.”

The exhibition was organised and toured by The Model, home of The Niland Collection, Sligo and after its exhibit at Limerick City Gallery of Art will tour to the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-colour publication.
The project has been generously supported through the Arts Council Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme.

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

Luma + Encounters | Helen Mac Mahon and Nerosunero Exhibitions at Luan Gallery

1 July to 26 August

Luan Gallery will present two exhibitions side by side for the months of July and August. Luma by Helen Mac Mahon will feature in the New and River Gallery spaces while Encounters by Mario Sughi will be shown in the Library Gallery.

Dublin based artist Helen Mac Mahon uses light as a catalyst throughout her practice. Utilising a mixture of sculptural elements with natural and artificial light, Helen creates a compilation of art installations which generate a myriad of light effects resulting in an interactive art viewing experience. The artist will create large metal mesh installations to hang across the vast window spans of Luan’s River Gallery, referencing the reflections of light on the surface of the Shannon waters below. In the New Gallery the artist will display a series of ‘light paintings’ and sculptural works that all play with light and perception.

Against these light based works will hang the digital paintings of artist nerosunero. Dublin based, Italian born artist Mario Sughi, who goes by the alias nerosunero, makes large scale digital paintings which present snapshots of strangers’ lives. Son of famed artist Alberto Sughi, Mario turns the gallery viewer into voyeur with his large bold works showing everyday scenes in brilliant techni-colour. As though ‘people watching’ on a summers day, some of the works in Encounters seem as if viewed from a park bench or street side café, while other more intimate scenes seem more sinisterly captured through a key hole or hidden camera.
The combination of these two artists’ contrasting works will create a diverse viewing experience for the gallery’s summer audience.

Luan Gallery, Grace Rd, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
T: 090 6442154

Textile Exhibition by Fiona Clancy at Sarah Walker Gallery, Co. Cork   Recently updated !

1 June to 9 July

An exhibition featuring textiles by Fiona Clancy with paintings by Sarah Walker. Fiona Clancy’s textiles are large scale abstract compositions of stitched fabric made with her own hand dyed fabric. She makes contemporary wall hangings using a traditional patchwork technique.

Originally from Kilkenny, Fiona studied fashion design and is a member of the Craft Council of Ireland and the Spikey Jar Artists Group. Last year Fiona exhibited a solo show as part of the Kilkenny Arts Week in The Berkley Art Centre, Thomastown and since 2009 she has taken part in group shows in Jerpoint Glass Thomastown, The Mill Heritage Centre Mountmellick, Abbeyleix Library and most recently in The Grannery Craft Centre, Cahir.

Sarah Walker shows two new paintings from the tree series, oil on canvas.

Sarah Walker Gallery
Cametringane, Castletownbere, Co. Cork
T: (027) 70387

Iontaisi an tSaoil / Living Wonders | Artworks and Public Art Workshops in Spiddal, Co Galway   Recently updated !

30 June to 2 July

Ealaíontóirí: Dan Ó Flatharta, Lelia Ní Chathmhaoil, Nuala Ní Fhlathúin agus Andrea Rossi.
Taispeántas ealaíne nua-chumtha agus ceardlanna ealaíne sa bpobal le linn Féile Traidphicnic, Spidéal, Co na Gaillimhe! Bígí linn i gcomhair ealaín faoin aer, físeán coincheapúil, fírinní malartachta, taos súgartha, ainmhithe cainteacha, grá i measc an athchúrsáil agus go leor eile! Tógann an togra uaillmhianach seo inspioráid ón dán cáiliúil ‘Cúl An Tí’ le Seán Ó Riordáin agus rúndiamhair an ghnáth shaol. Is téama oscailte é seo, ag tarraingt aird ar an splanc chruthaítheach sa saol laethúil, sa smaoineamh fánach, agus sa nath coitianta. Le linn an togra tugadh cuireadh do chearthar físealaíontóir comhaimseartha atá lonnaithe go háítiúil teacht le chéile thar thréimse 3 mhí le saothair nua a chruthú do Fhéile Traidphicnic. Eolas: 0872270006 /


Artists: Dan Ó Flatharta, Lelia Ní Chathmhaoil, Nuala Ní Fhlathúin and Andrea Rossi
New contemporary artworks and public art workshops during Féile Traidphicnic in Spiddal, Co Galway. Join us for art in the open air, conceptual film, alternative facts, play dough installations, talkative animals, and true love found amidst inventive recycling. And much, much more! This ambitious project takes inspiration from the poem ‘Cúl An Tí’ by Seán Ó Riordáin and its evocation of the many wonders of daily life. Iontaisí an tSaoil / Living Wonders is an open-ended theme suggesting the creative potential inherent in everyday situations, stray thoughts and familiar phrases.
Info: 0872270006 /

Liminal Acts | DIT BA Photography Graduate Exhibition at Gallery of Photography

3 to 18 June
The exhibition will be opened by Ruairí Ó Cuív, Public Art Manager, Dublin City Council on Tuesday 6 June, 6pm

The School of Media at the Dublin Institute of Technology is pleased to announce details of the 2017 DIT BA Photography Graduate Exhibition Liminal Acts.

Liminal Acts is the title chosen by our graduates to reflect the place of the graduate exhibition as a transitional stage or liminal site between college and professional working life, where the work produced by these makers moves them from one stage into the next.

DIT Photography Graduate Exhibition 2017 ‘Liminal Acts’
Natasha Cleary, Sarah Cullen, Julia Delatowska, Alisha Doody, Aisling Gordon, Stephen Keaveny, Antonia Kenny, Jade Kenny, Teresa Kilker, Josef Kovac, Shauna Lally, Catarina Leone, Oisin McFarland, Emma Roche-Hegarty, Lena Scalzo

Gallery of Photography Ireland
Meeting House Square
Temple Bar – Dublin 2
T +3531 6714654

domestic affairs | Group Exhibition at Platform Arts

7 to 22 July
Opening Thurs 6 July, 6-9pm

Francesco Simeti | Zsofia Schweger | Ursula Burke
Curated by Hayley Gault

We are inside and outside it. No so-called ‘elevated’ activity can be reduced to it, nor can it be separated from it…And another thing: do you think art is external and superior to real life…? Similarly, do you think that politics and state are above everyday life and external to society?

Gallery 2
Platform Arts, 1 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA
T: 028 9031 1301

DUBLIN From Darkness Into Light | Andy Sheridan at The Copper House Gallery

23 to 30 June

DUBLIN From Darkness Into Light is an exhibition of photography by Andy Sheridan in aid of Pieta House.

Pieta house provide an amazing service to some of the most vulnerable in our society; those who are in danger of taking their own lives, and those who are left to deal with the aftermath of those that do. To go on the annual walk from Darkness Into Light is to appreciate just how many people are affected by all of this. The scale is overwhelming. So much resilience and collective strength in the face of so much sorrow and grief. The sun will rise again tomorrow. Life must go on.

All images are A2 Giclée prints from the Copper House with beautiful walnut frames and non-reflective glazing by Morris Deegan from Frame Foundry.

The Copper House Gallery
St Kevin’s Cottages, Synge Street, Dublin 8
T: 01 5354332

The Red Ribbon | Mary Furlong at Toradh Gallery, Ashbourne

21 June to 25 July

Mary Furlong is a photographer living in Trim, she is interested in stories, personal living histories and local places and their hidden histories, the commonplace and the generally overlooked. She is inspired by what she finds around her, everyday objects and situations, chance remarks, snippets and stories. Mary looks for what she thinks is extraordinary in the everyday. She also likes to work collaboratively within communities.

A few years ago while living in Wexford she met a Traveller woman from the West, Mrs. Sweeney, who told her a superstition about wearing something red, a ribbon tied to your underwear, as a protection against harm.

The red ribbon story stayed with Mary and after moving back to Trim, the town she grew up in, she met Kay McCabe of the Castle Meadows Involve Youth Club. Mary talked to Kay about a project idea she had to collect more Irish Traveller traditional beliefs and superstitions and to illustrate them with photographs and Kay offered to help, the project was named The Red Ribbon.

The initial set of photographs have been exhibited widely, they were shown as part of the 2016 PhotoIreland Festival in the group show Landscape Rising at the Solomon Fine Art Gallery, Dublin and selected for the 2016. Enniskillen Visual Arts Open

The thirteen photographs exhibited in the Toradh Gallery are a combination of the initial set and newer work made this year.

Toradh Gallery
Ashbourne Library and Cultural Centre
Killagland Street
Co. Meath
T: (01) 8358002

BIBLE | Momo Okabe at Framewerk, Belfast

23 June to 22 July

In these award-winning, explicit portraits, Okabe sensitively presents her subjects: two of her transgender lovers who are going through the intense period of their transitions.

Okabe is the first Japanese photographer to receive FOAM’s Paul Huf award (a photography prize initiated by Dutch museum FOAM for photographers under 35 across the world) in 2015.

FOAM Magazine is an international photography magazine that connectsa global network of photographers, photography enthusiasts and professionals.

Framewerk, 10 Upper Newtownards Road, BT4 3EL Belfast
T: +44 7931 655 155

Two Step | Juliet Ball + Cormac O’Neill at Oughterard Courthouse, Co. Galway   Recently updated !

29 June to 9 July 2017
Oughterard Courthouse, Co. Galway

Two Step is an exhibition of pottery and painting by Juliet Ball and Cormac O’Neill who have been working side by side and sometimes collaborating for many moons.
Both have exhibited in Ireland and abroad but this is the first time they are to exhibit side by side so close to home. Juliet, of Cloonmore Pottery, works in high fired stoneware and porcelain, specializing in smoke fired stoneware, and Cormac paints, usually non figuratively, large and small, in various media.

Noel Cleary Exhibition at Signal Arts Centre, Co. Wicklow

3 to 16 July

It is over 2 years since Noel Cleary died. Noel was an important part of the Arts Community in Bray, pivotal in the creation of Culture Night, central to maintaining relations between Signal Arts Centre and the community.

A much loved teacher of painting, as well as a father, a husband and friend. This show is to remind us of the art and artist that we lost and to provide access to a little bit of the many works that he created.

As well as prints of his work, this exhibition will include video work, some of which will be shown for the first time.

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

Hannah Fitz, Áine McBride, Daniel Rios Rodriguez, Marcel Vidal at Kerlin Gallery

7 July to 26 August
The exhibition will open with a reception and afterparty on Thursday 6 July, 6pm.

Kerlin Gallery is delighted to present an exhibition by four emerging Irish and international artists: Hannah Fitz, Áine McBride, Daniel Rios Rodriguez and Marcel Vidal. Each of these artists will be exhibiting at Kerlin Gallery for the first time.

Hannah Fitz (b. 1989, Dublin) works predominantly with sculpture and video, making groups of objects that collectively build and break down basic formal identities.

Áine McBride’s (b. 1987, Co Donegal) sculptures formally reference domestic, urban and commercial motifs and imagery. The works use photographs of day-to-day environment as their starting point, but undergo various processes of transformation to become fully abstracted sculptural forms.

Daniel Rios Rodriguez (b. 1978, Killeen, Texas) makes semi-figurative paintings that combine images from nature with fantastical visions.

Marcel Vidal (b. 1986, Dublin) works with painting and sculpture, using manipulated or obscured imagery to induce an atmosphere of unease.

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

And Creatures Dream…A New Language | Group Exhibition at Wexford Arts Centre

3 July to 25 August

The Arts Department of Wexford County Council in partnership with Wexford Arts Centre are delighted to present And Creatures Dream…A New Language, a group exhibition which reveals in part how the visual arts are represented in County Wexford, with focus in this exhibition, on painting.  The selected artists involved actively engage with the language of paint, wholeheartedly referencing its distinguished history, while making adventurous forays beyond.

The artists included in the exhibition are Robert Armstrong, David Begley, John Busher, Ciaran Bowen, Eamonn Carter, Serena Caulfield, Helen Gaynor, Aileen Murphy, Kate Murphy, Rosie O’Gorman, Breda Stacey, Emma Roche, George Warren and Michael Warren.

For further information on the exhibition please contact Catherine Bowe, Visual Arts Manager on +353 (0)53 91 23764.

Wexford Arts Centre
Cornmarket, Wexford
T: (053) 912 3764