Category: Exhibitions and Events

National and International, by Region/City

Bá | Michael McSwiney and Luke Sisk at Doswell Gallery, Cork

8 October to 5 November

Bá (as gaeilge) refers to a vast open body of water-namely the sea or the ocean. Given the poetic nature of the Irish language the word can be used as a metaphor or descriptively to express feeling. Elegant and deep Bá refers to the sublime nature and idea of the sea as being an entity of infinite depths.

Michael portrays a world of panoramas of land and sea. The relationship between the sea, its affect on its immediate surroundings and the abstract process of experiencing such “affects” has established an internal dialogue which Michael has been developing since his childhood growing up in Cork harbour. Memory forms a base whereupon the intense process of layering and peeling back materials such as tar, pigment and earth allow Michael to explore the atmosphere of such memories. Often taking months to complete, the works are the product of much distillation.

Luke Sisk uses ceramic and glass as a way of documenting events and places, past and present. Light, texture and form are key to conveying these ideas and investigations. His work is heavily influenced by both architecture and the sea, having grown up on the mouth of Cork Harbour. The materials he uses allow him to recreate his memories in 3D, combining hard architectural lines with soft textural surfaces. With clay he can manipulate how light falls on a surface, while glass allows me to play with light transmitting through the surface.

Doswell Gallery
West Square, Roscarbery, Co. Cork
T: +353 (0)23 8848137

the artist’s eye | Mona Hatoum at the Douglas Hyde Gallery

27 October to 13 January

The Douglas Hyde Gallery is pleased to present a new series of invited solo exhibitions in Gallery 2, titled ‘the artist’s eye’. Acknowledging the crucial role artists play in influencing and shaping other artistic practices, this series asks those exhibiting in Gallery 1 to invite an artist of significant influence to present work in Gallery 2. For the first instalment in this series Abbas Akhavan has invited Mona Hatoum to present the film ‘Roadworks’ (1985).
This video dates from the early stages of Hatoum’s practice, though she had already been living in London, where she is still based, for ten years. Perhaps most renowned now for her work in sculpture and large-scale installation, throughout her career she has adeptly subverted the familiar to unsettle and discomfit the viewer.

The Douglas Hyde Gallery
Trinity College, Dublin 2
T: 01 896 1116

Variations on a Garden | Abbas Akhavan at the Douglas Hyde Gallery

27 October to 13 January

Abbas Akhavan’s practice ranges from site-specific ephemeral installations to drawing, sculpture, video, and performance. The domestic sphere, as a forked space between hospitality and hostility, has been an ongoing area of research. Earlier works have explored the relationship between the house and nation state and how the trauma and systemic violence enacted upon civilians can be inherited and re-enacted within the family. More recent works have wandered into spaces just outside the home – the backyard, the garden, and other domesticated landscapes. His research is deeply influenced by the specificity of the sites where he works: the architectures that houses them, the economies that surround them, and the people that frequent them.

Comprising a series of sculptures, video and photographic works, ‘variations on a garden’, curated by Georgina Jackson, is Akhavan’s first solo exhibition in Ireland.

The Douglas Hyde Gallery
Trinity College, Dublin 2
T: 01 896 1116

Fragments | Carolyn Wall at Red Couch Space, The Courthouse Gallery

28 October to 2 December

Working in glass and ceramics, Carolyn Wall is interested in the transformative powers of the kiln, which can mutate materials into new objects. For this exhibition she uses a combination of recycled glass, ceramics, hessian, copper wire and flax to create Fragments, an installation suspended from on high. Investigating ideas of presence and absence, the work also uses light and shadow as an invisible component, playing on notions of human strength and fragility.

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

Daniel Chester, Carin McCana and Brian Twomey at The Courthouse Gallery, Co. Clare

28 October to 2 December

Three new exhibitions in our main gallery explore themes of rural commonage, the modern and medieval mind and the perspective of a rural postman. While appearing to have a disparate relationship to one another, each artist is concerned with teasing out representations of landscape, place, superstition and reality.

Beyond the Plains | Daniel Chester
Daniel Chester explores rural commonage through his large-scale landscapes painted on aluminium, which draw on 19th century romantics including David Caspar Friedrich and William Blake. Like the Romantics, he is interested in the natural world with its seasonal cycle of birth, death and resurrection. His landscapes are charged with atmosphere, and occasionally, menace, curiously devoid of people and animals.

New Age Medieval | Carin McCana
Drawing on Hieronymus Bosch’s masterpiece The Cure of Folly, Carin McCana is interested in parallels between the medieval and the modern mind. Bosch often warned his viewers not to be swayed by superstition, while at the same time giving form to the spirits and gremlins imagined by his subjects. In this exhibition, McCana investigates modern suspicion around science and logic, her vibrant figurative compositions offering a departure from previous abstract works.

A Postman Connects | Brian Twomey
In his daily rounds as a postman in North Clare and South Galway, Brian Twomey has seen many changes along his regular route. He uses these years of observation to build a picture of the area as seen through his eyes, at once connected to the place yet distanced by his role as the viewer inside the post van. At times riotous, always joyful, and charged with energy, Twomey has a keen eye for the detail of country life and the developments of the modern world.

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

Perceived Irishness | Yaqoub Jemil BouAynaya at Gallery of Photography Ireland

26 October to 5 November

Perceived Irishness is a multi-media installation exploring what it means to be Irish today. The exhibition by Yaqoub Jemil BouAynaya is based on his PhD research in Sociology at Trinity College Dublin. BouAynaya worked with people across the island of Ireland to discuss themes relating to identity, ethnicity and citizenship. This exhibition seeks to raise awareness of the perceptions of identity and give an insight into the experiences of belonging and displacement. It considers how we define notions of ‘otherness’, shared coexistence and the construction of nationhood.

Through an extensive process of engagement, with a broad cross section of people from rural community groups through to displaced people; BouAynaya explores how Irishness is perceived. By withholding details of the identities and backgrounds of the individual subjects photographed, Yaqoub challenges the viewer to question how we attach perceived cultural identity to portraits and highlights the fluid nature of representation. This considered approach raises questions around the ability of the medium of photography to represent collective cultural identity and how, often unintentionally, photography can reinforce cultural stereotypes.

Talk event and panel discussion: 1pm Thursday 2nd November.

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

Patterns (The Falling Figures and other stories) | Praneet Soi at CCA Derry

27 October to 16 December
Opening Friday 27 October at 7pm.

Living and working between Amsterdam and Kolkata, India, Praneet Soi often develops work through an intuitive understanding of his social, economic and cultural landscape. One of his continuing concerns is the casting of a personal narrative over politicised subject matter. This installation is presented across CCA’s three gallery spaces and is the artist’s most significant presentation in Ireland and the UK to date.

The exhibition will include recent paintings and a newly commissioned sculpture. A video work incorporating the artist’s documentation of the Smyth & Gibson luxury shirt factory in Derry and the Mughal Minto Album at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin is mapped to play on a specially designed curvilinear wall. Included within this body of works is Srinagar – on loan from the Van Abbemuseum collection – an extensive installation of wall-based drawings/texts and 47 papier-mâché tiles meticulously hand-painted with experimental motifs and patterns by the artist and Kashmiri artisans.

Patterns (The Falling Figures and other stories) is generously supported by the British Council, the Mondriaan Foundation, and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. With special thanks to the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, and Smyth & Gibson, Derry.

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

Anthony Scott Exhibition at Solomon Fine Art

27 October to 18 November

Solomon Fine Art is delighted to host an exhibition of recent sculptures in bronze by the Irish sculptor Anthony Scott.

Born in rural Fermanagh, Anthony Scott attended university in Belfast and completed an MA in Cardiff in 1993. Now living and working under the shadow of the great Ben Bulben in Sligo, Scott is primarily known for his beautifully stylised bronze animals, traditional in form, but with a modern twist. His animals draw upon Celtic mythology and literature, their expressions and stances imbued with human characteristics invoking heroism and passion.

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

Pop Up Limerick Museum, Various Locations

Limerick Museum in association with Creative Ireland, will be popping up in towns and villages throughout Limerick County.

A pop-up museum is created by the public and is accomplished by the public bringing along their historic objects relating to their community, including but not limited to old postcards, photographs or from local sporting events or businesses.

The pop-up museums will take place between 11am and 4pm on the particular day and will be created in collaboration with local residents across County Limerick.

The purpose is to engage people of all ages and walks of life in a reflection and conversation about the meaning of objects in our lives and histories.

The roadshow will be visiting:

Murroe – 21 October – Murroe Community Hall
Askeaton – 28 October – Askeaton Community Centre
Kilmallock – 4 November – Kilmallock Pastoral Centre
Abbeyfeale – 11 November – Leens Hotel
Newcastle West – 18 November – Newcastle West Community Centre

More information here:

RDS Visual Art Awards 2017 Exhibition

25 to 30 October

The RDS Visual Art Awards provides a platform for graduating artists as they transition from student into early professional career. A team of independent curators view the end of year degree shows in selected colleges around the country. They have selected a longlist of artists, who will be invited to apply online for the 2017 RDS Visual Art Awards.

A panel of five judges nominated by the RDS, RHA, IMMA and National Gallery of Ireland, have selected artists from these applications for inclusion in this curated exhibition in the RDS Concert Hall. Nick Miller is curator of the Exhibition in 2017.

A Tour with Curator Nick Miller will take place on Wednesday 25 October, 3pm. Booking essential:

Dublin 4
T: 01 240 7242

The Light of Other Days | Roisin O’Farrell at Hayfield Manor Hotel, Cork

15 to 29 October

The Gallery Kinsale is delighted to announce The Light of Other Days, a solo exhibition of Irish artist Róisín O’Farrell at The Hayfield Manor Hotel Cork.

‘The Light of other days’ refers to the imagery that Roisin has drawn from Irish country Life. One generation away from her Cork roots and now living in Co. Wicklow Róisín’s work has been influenced by great Irish Country Houses such as The Hayfield Manor, Killruddery House, Ballyfin Demense and many others.

Associations and illusions resonate in these paintings. Formal drawing rooms bathed in light, colourful families of welly boots by the kitchen door, loose landscapes in fully saturated colour. The work explores light, time and space within the setting of the Irish country home with both memories of the past and hopes for the future.

The Gallery Kinsale
T: 086 844 8589

Bare Root | Group Exhibition at Wexford Arts Centre

20 October to 1 December

The Arts Department of Wexford County Council in partnership with Wexford Arts Centre are delighted to present Bare Root, a group exhibition exploring rural and farmyard environments, and the points where nature and the man-made intersect.

Situated in the County Buildings, Bare Root features the work of eleven artists including Frank Abruzzese, Michael Canning, Els Dietvorst, Michael Fortune, Janet Mullarney, Rosie O’Gorman, Helen Robbins, Blaise Smith, Brigitta Varadi, Michael Wann and Katie Watchorn.

The term Bare Root refers to a technique of arboriculture whereby a plant is removed from soil in a dormant state, from which it can more rapidly acclimate to new soil conditions. Bare Root emphasises time, materiality, and the transference of traditions from one generation to the next within rural communities. This diverse exhibition recognises the sensibilities surrounding land and labour, illuminating the nuances and materiality of Irish rural farming, capturing the traditional and common place in a profoundly uncommon yet relatable way.

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

Porous Plane | Lennon at IMMA

13 October 2017 to 30 September

Porous Plane by Irish artist Lennon (b. 1947), presents a range of work from the 1970s to the present which includes 1/3/92B (1992) from the IMMA Collection and Folded/Unfolded (2017), shown originally in Lennon’s first solo exhibition at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin in 1972 and made especially for the IMMA Galleries as part of this exhibition.

Lennon’s exhibition is part of a curatorial approach that explores works in the IMMA Collection where artists are invited to place their early work among their current practice – ‘Then and Now’. Lennon’s art which he titles Porous Plane, began in the 1970s with the Folded/Unfolded paintings and has continued to explore innovative forms of painting, most recently, Al13s, Denier7s, Autochthones and the on-going Arbitrary Colour Collections.

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
T: 01-612990

IMMA Collection: Coast-Lines | Group Exhibition at IMMA

13 October 2017 to 30 September 2018

Drawing on the paradox implicit in the word ‘coastline’ – for never has a coast followed a linear course – the title of this exhibition throws a line around a 12 month programme of changing displays of artworks and archival material that will explore our sense of place, perception, representation and memory. Works by Dorothy Cross, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Clare Langan, Richard Long, Anne Madden, Anita Groener, Michael Mulcahy, Donald Teskey, Tony O’Malley, Alexandra Wejchert, Bridget Riley and others variously explore pattern and line, surface, folds, enclosures, erasures, borders, terrain, the inherent coastal tensions between motion and stillness and any attempt to map what our senses perceive. Others such as Brian O’Doherty, Hamish Fulton, Tim Robinson and OMG collective variously engage photographic, linear, linguistic and coded systems to invoke a mind/body relationship.

A key work in the exhibition shown at IMMA for the first time is the monumental installation, Tabernacle (2013), an extraordinary work by Dorothy Cross in which a life-size currach forms the roof of a hut-like structure from which that opens towards a projection of her video Sea Cave (2013). Cross previously used the Currach as part of her set design for the English National Opera’s 2008 production of J.M. Synge’s haunting play ‘Riders to the Sea’, (1903) directed by Fiona Shaw.

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
T: 01-612990

The Edge of the Landscape | William Crozier at IMMA

13 October 2017 to 8 April 2018

IMMA presents a major retrospective of the Scottish-born, Irish artist William Crozier (b. Glasgow 1930, d. Cork 2011). Best-known in Ireland for the lyrical landscapes he made close to his home in West Cork from the mid-1980s, this exhibition will present these familiar works against a backdrop of his early work inspired by the Existentialist movement and the anxieties of the post-war period. The exhibition will be shown sequentially across the two venues with Crozier’s later works from 1985 showing at West Cork Arts Centre (15 July – 27 August 2017) and his earlier works shown at IMMA (13 October – 2018). Both exhibitions are curated by Sean Kissane (Curator, Exhibitions, IMMA).

Irish Museum of Modern Art,
Royal Hospital,
Dublin 8
T: 01-612990

The Otherworld Hall | Group Show at Solstice Arts Centre, Navan   Recently updated !

27 October to 22 December 2017

Aoibheann Greenan, Seán Hillen, Seán Lynch, Lucy McKenna, Tadhg McSweeney, Doireann Ní Ghrioghair, Nano Reid

Solstice Arts Centre is delighted to present ‘The Otherworld Hall’, an exhibition of painting, drawing, sculpture, video and audio works curated by Sabina Mac Mahon that investigates the possible relationship that exists between the archaeological evidence of pre-Christian history in the Boyne Valley and our mythic past.

Inspired by Louth artist Nano Reid’s interest in the Boyne landscape (in particular her 1963 painting ‘Where Oengus Óg Magnificently Dwells’) and a fascination with how past and present, history and myth co-exist simultaneously in the ancient monuments of Knowth, Dowth and Newgrange, ‘The Otherworld Hall’ invites participating artists to take Meath’s pre-Christian archaeological heritage as a starting point from which to explore the intriguing convergence of history, archaeology and myth that is present in the Boyne Valley’s megalithic tombs. By doing so, the exhibition encourages visitors to reconsider their preconceived ideas about how and why these monuments came to be, and what stories they really tell.

Solstice Arts Centre
Railway St, Dillonsland, Navan, Co. Meath
T: (046) 909 2300

Alternate Truth | Rita Duffy at Hunt Museum, Limerick

13 October to 20 November 2017

One of Northern Ireland’s foremost and ground breaking artists, Rita Duffy, presents a number of drawings in response to the permanent Hunt Collection. Wishing to create inventive narratives for objects in the museum, Duffy utilises historical and literary elements to illustrate the collection in new environments.

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

Modern Experiments | Susan MacWilliam at Butler Gallery, Kilkenny   Recently updated !

28 October to 17 December 2017

The Butler Gallery is delighted to present Susan MacWilliam: Modern Experiments, the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of Susan MacWilliam’s work to date.

This exhibition is curated by Riann Coulter, Curator of the F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio, Banbridge, Northern Ireland.

Butler Gallery, The Castle, Kilkenny
T: 056 7761106

MECHANISM | Andrew Kearney at The Dock, Carrick on Shannon

27 October to 9 December 2017

Mechanism is a solo exhibition by Andrew Kearney. Devised as an ambitious group of installations that redefine our experience of The Dock galleries.

Andrew Kearney creates installations using sculpture, light, photography, sound, and technology usually in response to specific sites, spaces or events. Mechanism is a body of work that continues Kearneys exploration of the layered history of buildings.The installations become detailed investigations of the spaces for which they are made.

For Mechanism this is achieved by a group of interrelated large-scale installations that use industrial materials to integrate the architecture of the early nineteenth-century courthouse with that of the contemporary art centre; meanwhile a range of electronic devices links the life of the town with that of the interior space of the gallery.

Artist Talk and exhibition preview
Friday 27th October 6pm
Andrew Kearney in discussion with Dr.John Logan, Architect and Sarah Searson Director of The Dock

Exhibition continues until 9th December, 2017

Image: Courtesy the artist & Central Cultural Irlandais.

The Dock, St Georges Terrace, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim
T:(071) 965 0828