Category: Munster – Cork

Portraits: Women of Cork and the U.S. Navy 1917-1919 at Sirius Arts Centre

5 May to 17 September

In 1917 thousands of American naval servicemen came to Ireland to participate in the First World War. Their interactions with local women, particularly in Cork where they were based, became a major social issue. Many Irish women married these American sailors, with Queenstown / Cobh in particular seeing a large number of weddings. Who were these women and what were their stories? New research by Damian Shiels to identify them using U.S. passport applications has revealed something of the past – and the portraits of many. The exhibition at Sirius Arts Centre will consider a number of these images, and the stories of those young women depicted.

The organiser of the exhibition, Damian Shiels, is an archaeologist and historian with Rubicon Heritage Services Ltd. Formerly a curator in the National Museum of Ireland, he is a specialist on Irish military archaeology and history. His latest book “The Forgotten Irish: Irish Emigrant Experiences in America” was published by The History Press in 2016.

Sirius Arts Centre
The Old Yacht Club, Cobh, Co. Cork
T: 021 4813790

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.

John Corkery and Tom Campbell at St Peters, Cork   Recently updated !

20 April to 28 May

Artists John Corkery and Tom Campbell will present an exhibition of new work at St Peters Cork on North Main Street. Both artists are based in Outlaw Studios.The first part of the show will be focused on Tom Campbells work till the 10th of May then John Corkery will show until the 28th of May.


elsewhere | CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery and Elizabeth Fort, Cork

28 April to 20 May

elsewhere is a selected group exhibition by members of Backwater Artists Group, curated by Helen Farrell. The exhibition takes place across two sites in Cork city, CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery and Elizabeth Fort.

In this exhibition selected artists are responding to a specific site within either CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery or Elizabeth Fort. The two sites offer them the opportunity to challenge the physical space of the art gallery or to respond to spaces within the Fort that once functioned as domestic dwellings, a Garda Station and Training Centre, as well as the North West parapet and an air raid shelter.

A key aspect of this project is the collaborative support of CIT Crawford College of Art and Design including an interactive project with undergraduate students of the college. The students involved have each been paired up with an exhibiting artist. The documentation of this interactive project will be presented in the project space of the Gallery for the duration of the exhibition.

Locales | Group Show at Doswell Gallery, Co. Cork

30 April to 15 May 2017 | Opening: 29 April, 6pm
Doswell Gallery, West Square, Rosscarbery, West Cork

Artists include; Johnny Bugler, Kari Cahill, Kevin Callaghan, Rachel Doolin, Fiona Kelly and Luke Sisk.
This exhibition brings together six Irish artists whose works express their own locales within the theme of environment. Painting, ceramic, print and light-works engage the viewer with the dynamic relationships we forge and imagine between ourselves and the world.
‘Locales’ represents artists who have their own particular way of identifying the departure point from the subject and material of this world and using within their own. |

Group Show at Catherine Hammond Gallery, Co. Cork

21 April to 1 June 2017
Catherine Hammond Gallery, Skibbereen, Co. Cork

Irene Barry, David Creedon, Dominic Turner and Gwen Wilkinson.
The four photographers in this group show are all overtly influenced by art history. These photographers compose work in a similar way to  painters, leaving room for the viewer to imaginatively engage with the created image.
Opening speaker, Fionna Kearney, Director, UCC Glucksman Gallery.

Oil Is The Devil’s Excrement | David Jacques at the Triskel, Cork

6 April to 27 May 2017
Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin St, Cork City

‘Oil Is The Devil’s Excrement’ is a film installation and accompanying exhibition by David Jacques using the infamous quote by OPEC originator Juan Pablo Pérez Alfonzo as a starting point to explore the devastating rise of an Oil industry tethered to Capitalism. The narrative then weaves through a variety of historical and thematic registers taking in Jungian theory, medieval Daemonology and Cold War era ‘Weird Fiction’.
The animation at the centre of David Jacques’ exhibition at Triskel Christchurch takes its title from Alfonzo’s prophetic call. A call that also acted as an invocation, ‘Oil is the Devil’s excrement’ was an allegoric line attributed to pre-modern Native peoples in Latin America.


Caroline Bowen at the Douglas Library, Cork

8 April to 5 May 2017 | Opening: 8 April, 2.30pm
Douglas Library, Douglas Village Shopping Centre, Douglas, Cork

Caroline Bowen will launch her first solo exhibition at the Douglas library, Cork.

For this exhibition, Bowen’s oil paintings focus mainly on sea and landscapes. There will be a range of calendars and greeting cards created by the artist which will be on display at the launch.

Karelia | Noora-Mari Pelkonen+Third Edition at Cork Photo Gallery

6 April to 1 June 2017
Cork Photo Gallery, The Lord Mayor’s Pavilion, Fitzgerald’s Park, Cork City

The Cork Photo Gallery are pleased to invite you to the launch of Karelia an exhibition by Noora-Mari Pelkonen.
Noora Pelkonen creates a haunting story of the Finnish Karelians in exile, living in the deep forests, dreaming of the other forests over the Russian border: the ones they call home. Her pictures show us the precious objects they brought with them when they were exiled in the aftermath of war, and the way they now inhabit this this lost imaginary landscape where they really belong.

Featuring: Third Edition, A photobook show, Cedric Van Turtelboom, Christopher Nunn, Sean Lotman, Enda Bowe and Terje Abusdal.

Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm |

The Devils Jigsaw | Kirsten Murray at The Gallery Room, Cork

8 April to 31 May 2017 | Opening: 7 April, 6pm
The Gallery Room, The Natural Foods Bakery, Paul Street, Cork

Kirsten Murray presents ‘The Devils Jigsaw’ an exhibition of fine art picassiete mosaic works.

Murray has been making fine art mosaics from a wide variety of materials for the past seven years. The opening features local musicians Niall O’Carroll and Fintan Lucy.

Contact @thedevilsjigsaw on facebook or @kirstenblah on twitter for further information.

Residency Revisited | Group Exhibition at The Lavit Gallery

4 April to 6 May

Debbie Dawson, Eileen Healy, Angie Shanahan and Eileen Singleton.

The Lavit Gallery, while based on Lavitt’s Quay, in the late 80s and early 90s, offered part of its space to an Artist in the form of a residency. Now, almost 30 years later, we have asked former artists in residence to exhibit work that is current to their practice.

Working with stained glass, Debbie Dawson’s current practice and research is concerned with inner dialogues and is very much rooted in narrative. Autobiographical references heavily influence the creation of scenarios that are edited and filtered through the creative process.

Eileen Healy is a figurative artist, working mainly in pastel and oil from models in her studio at the Backwater Studios in Cork. A strong believer in the practice of drawing from life, she focuses on composition, colour and light. Her work conveys crisp and sensitive draughtsman of consummate skill.

One of Angie Shanahan’s primary instincts is to try and distil the sense and soul of places that capture her attention. The physical reality we see and the invisible conceptual reality harboured in the spirit of the place. The often undocumented and overlooked aspect of the built environment, vernacular architecture most.

The Lavit Gallery
5 Father Mathew St, Cork
T:(021) 427 7749

Meetings with Ivor | Alan Gilsenan Film Screening at Uillinn, Cork

Thursday 6 April, 8pm

Meetings with Ivor is an 81-minute documentary on the life and work of ground-breaking psychiatrist Ivor Browne. Browne has been a central figure in Irish mental health for many decades. His pioneering and often controversial work on behalf of the many who cannot speak for themselves is well-known.

Already more than 5000 people have seen Alan Gilsenan’s acclaimed new film in its first weeks. This is a phenomenal record for a new Irish documentary that first saw the light of day just one month ago. It had a premiere screening at Dublin’s IFI Cinema on January 14th last during the First Fortnight Festival, attended by President Michael D Higgins. Demand was such that two extra screenings had to be added the following day. Since then, it’s got a limited release and has been garnering 4 and 5 star reviews and lots of positive reactions from audiences young and old.

2.20’ trailer viewable at

Bookings 02822090 or
Tickets €8, Proceeds to support Lisheens House Sucide Prevention Charity

Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre
Skibbereen, Ireland
T: (028) 22090

Parc du Souvenir | Stephen Brandes at Sirius Arts Centre

9 April to 21 May
Opens Saturday 8 April, 3pm

Stephen Brandes presents his most recent body of work for Sirius Arts Centre – digital slideshows, collages and a monumental drawing; presented together as an expanded fiction and narrated by a character recounting his memories of travelling Europe through the mid 21st century.

The exhibition brings together a wildly eclectic nebula of ideas and images, fed by historical research, personal pilgrimage and even debates provoked in provincial pubs. It was initially inspired by the lives of two very different people; Gűnter Grass, author of The Tin Drum and Patrick Geddes, a Scottish polymath whose revolutionary plans for redesigning Dublin to help heal its social inequalities, were banjaxed merely a year later, by the 1916 Rising.

This is also a wider meditation on the legacy of history, of periods of enlightenment and their moments of suspension, revealed in the objects, buildings and monuments that remain often out of context and out of shape.

Geddes once reflected that, “it is interesting sometimes to stop and think and wonder what that place you are currently at used to be like in times past, who walked there. Who worked there and what the walls have seen”. Turned to face the future, this statement effectively becomes Branders’ mantra, delivered however with customary poignancy, absurdity and a gallows humour.

Sirius Arts Centre
The Old Yacht Club, Cobh, Co. Cork
T: 021 4813790

Mná | Group Show at Mayfield Arts Centre, Cork

24 March to 21 April 2017
Mayfield Arts Centre, Newbury House, Old Youghal Rd, Mayfield, Cork

Mayfield Arts Centre presents ‘Mná’, a group show featuring the work of Aibhe Barrett, Angela Burchill and Bríd Heffernan. Following on from the recent global women’s marches, this exhibition presents the work of women artists from the Cúig studio group at the Mayfield Arts Centre.

Ailbhe Barrett has experimented with various media and materials over the years, developing her own unique style. Barrett takes inspiration from films, nature, the people she meets and the sculptural works of other artists.
Recently Angela Burchill has been working with layered acrylic inks and embroidery on canvas. A departure from her distinct works inspired by religious iconography, these new works explore the textures, patterns and colours of the Irish Landscape.
Bríd Heffernan has experimented with various materials working primarily with mixed media, dry point etchings and drawing with acrylic inks. Heffernan takes inspiration from the world of style and fashion, incorporating elements of patterns and vivid colours into her work.


Soft Ground | Group Show at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork

1 to 22 April 2017
CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork

Soft Ground is a three person exhibition featuring work by Sophie Behal, Maeve Lynch and Cliodhna O’ Riordan. The exhibition is a multi-disciplinary installation of new works and an interactive testing area exploring materiality and site-specificity. The artists have a shared curiosity that drives their work around structures, the transformation of matter, and its generative properties.Soft Ground explores the idea of a rest period in relation to the artists’ individual practices; where the gallery acts as a ground for them to come together for a time.


Concretus: Ulterior Objects | Sophie Gough at TACTIC, Cork

30 March to 20 April 2017
Elizabeth Fort off Barrack St, Cork City

In the first exhibition of TACTIC’s 2017 programme, since its departure from Sullivan’s Quay, TACTIC, with National Sculpture Factory, in conjunction with Cork City Council and Elizabeth Fort, are proud to present: Concretus: Ulterior Objects – a solo exhibition by LSAD graduate Sophie Gough.

Curated by Emily O’Flynn and TACTIC’s curatorial residency graduates Alison Fogarty (CCAD) and Dervla Mulcahy (LSAD), this exhibition is the result of TACTIC, Sample-Studios and National Sculpture Factory’s Graduate Award Residencies.

Gough’s practice is concerned with disrupting the relationships we have with familiar materials through their representation as art objects. In considering the fusion of concrete and plastic this new body of work solidifies her most recent research whilst on her residency at Sample-Studios and the National Sculpture Factory.
This exhibition will take place in the beautiful and historic Elizabeth Fort off Barrack St, Cork City. |

The Nation Loves It | Jasmina Cibic at Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

30 March to 8 July

This short but powerful and visually rich film explores the role of architecture as an agent of political rhetoric reworking a selection of speeches on new nationally and ideologically endorsed architectural projects into a single monologue.

Jasmina Cibic’s work draws a parallel between the construction of national culture and its use value for political aims, encouraging the viewer to consider the timelessness of psychological and soft power mechanisms that are utilised by individuals and political powers for their own reinsertion and reinvention.

The film, perhaps, has particular resonance as Ireland moves forward from recession and enters a renewed expansion of new building projects and economic growth – will we learn from the past or be swayed again by political and capital rhetoric?

Artist Lunchtime Talk: Tuesday 23 May, 1 pm

Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork
T: +353 (0)21 480 5042

The Crawford at the Castle, a Homecoming | Exhibition at Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

11 March to 10 June

This exhibition showcases master works from The Crawford national collection. Here the works have been carefully refigured, following their formal display in the State Apartments and Coach House Galleries at Dublin Castle (October 2016 – February 2017).

Since 1204, Dublin Castle has operated as a fortress, vice-regal court, prison, government complex, seat of power, and has now been re-imagined as an cultural site. The Crawford at the Castle exhibition displayed a selection of works from the Crawford Collection and allowed for the creation of multi-layered resonances exploring themes of power, state, and identity. Returning to Cork, this exhibition offers a unique juxtaposition of historical and contemporary art and examines recurring themes in our social history and personal narratives.

The Beara Peninsula – West Cork Regions Series at Uillinn

16 March to 13 April
Launching 16 March, 5pm

Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre is launching a new series of foyer exhibitions, join us after work to kick off your St Patrick’s Day Weekend with quality local artisan craft beer from Baltimore and some quality local artwork from the Beara Peninsula. Get a first look at affordable local art and celebrate local culture and enterprise, with the West Cork Brewing Co. and spoken word poetry from Skibbereen based poet Cormac Lally.

Regions is a series of exhibitions giving local artists from across our catchment area, at all stages of their careers, an opportunity to showcase their work. Seven instalments, each four weeks in duration and each focusing on a particular region will take place between March and September 2017. West Cork Arts Centre covers the Skibbereen and Bantry urban and rural area which stretches from the Beara Peninsula in the west, to Clonakilty in the east, from Dunmanway in the north, to the islands of Cape Clear and Sherkin in the south.

The first showcase in the series features artists from the Beara region. Including Glengarriff, Castletownbere and stretching as far as Kenmare, each of these artists draws inspiration from the wild landscape surrounding them on this beautiful peninsula. Artworks featured in the showcase include original paintings, limited edition prints, photographs and mixed media works, and are all priced at less than €400. If you are an art lover on a budget and would like to support local artists then this is the place for you. The series of exhibitions will continue throughout the summer with submissions currently being sought for the second showcase in the series, focusing on the Bantry region.

For more information please contact Alison at 028 22090 or

Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre
Skibbereen, Ireland
T: (028) 22090