Category: Munster – Cork

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   Recently updated !

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

Music Prints | Craig Carry at Cork Printmakers

9 to 31 March 2017
Cork Printmakers, Wandesford Quay, Clarke’s Bridge, Cork

‘Music Prints’ is a solo exhibition by Craig Carry, at Cork Printmakers’ Print Showroom.
The show features a series of limited edition hand-pulled screen-prints, resulting from both commission and personal-based work. The work unites Craig’s professional background in graphic design and a lifelong passion for music. In 2012, he set up the music website Fractured Air with his twin brother Mark, which has to-date featured regular contributions from an array of artists, including: Nils Frahm, Julia Kent, Hauschka and Cillian Murphy.

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Landmarks and Lifeforms | Frieda Meaney and Danny Osborne at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre

10 March to 20 April
Opening Friday 10 March at 7.00pm with guest speaker, writer and documentary maker Manchán Magan.

Sculpture cast from red hot lava, fin whale bones engraved with the whale’s final journey before beaching, a video installation layering endangered fish with a chorus of birds and prints of dinosaur skeletons; these are some of the intriguing artworks that feature in the latest exhibition at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen.

Landmarks and Lifeforms is an exhibition by Danny Osborne and Frieda Meaney, two artists who live and work on the Beara Peninsula on the western seaboard. The artists’ interests in geology, biology, marine science and zoology as well as travel and navigation is presented in this exhibition through painting, print, video installation and sculpture, combining scientific with artistic interpretations of the natural world. Their individual artworks are presented alongside a large collaborative print work where Osborne’s images of cooled lava forms are placed side by side with Meaney’s bird, gorilla and human heads.

A panel discussion with Frieda Meaney, Danny Osborne, zoologist Dr. John Quinn, and poet and navigator, Theo Dorgan will take place on Saturday 1 April at 12 noon.

Initiated and developed by Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Landmarks and Lifeforms will be presented in different iterations at Limerick City Gallery of Art (7 September to 22 October 2017) and Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda (3 February to 14 April 2018).

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

Cork Arts Society Members Exhibition 2017 at The Lavit Gallery

7 to 25 March
Opening Tuesday 7 March, 5pm, with the chairperson of Cork Arts Society and The Lavit Gallery, Joe Burns,

Annually, members are invited to submit work for consideration. Members range from professional artists to amateurs. They are young and old. Many are seasoned exhibitors, while others are showing for their first time. Each year, we ask three external adjudicators to make the selection, and with 255 submissions this year, our highest ever, making the selection of the final 98 pieces a difficult task. It did, however, provide us with quite a diverse selection of painting, sculpture, print, photography, drawing and collage.

A highlight of the Lavit Gallery programme, there is something for everybody. This exhibition provides a fantastic opportunity to see the variety of talent there is on offer, along with the chance to add to, or even begin, one’s own collection.

Artists in this year’s exhibition:
Agnes Earley, Amna Walayat, Anastasia O’ Donoghue Healy, Angela Gilmour, Ann Hassett, Anna Barden, Anna Moore, Anne McCarthy, Anne Patrick, Anne Prendeville, Anne Quirke-Cahill, Bríd Muldoon, Bridget Ryan, Cass Fitzpatrick, Catherine McSweeney, Charles Mountjoy, Clare Bradshaw, Con Scanlon, Crona Mc Carthy, Damaris Lysaght, Dee Pieters, Deirdre Frost, Deirdre O’ Donnell, Denis Keenan, Des Fitzgerald, Dolores Marlene Stephenson, Dominic Daly, Eamonn A. Harris, Edward Quinn, Eileen Hourihane, Elaine Hill, Elizabeth Scannell, Eoin Cassidy, Evelyn Goold, Felix Faulkner, Frank McGee, Geraldine Walley, Helen O’ Keeffe, Helena M. O’ Neill, James O’ Connor, Jennifer McAleer, Jesús Barbado, Joanna Kempen, Joe Healy, Josef Keys, Jules Thomas, Julie Kelleher, Katherine Griffiths, Kay Scully, Kenny Morris, Leah Murphy, Lesley Kelly, Lilli Wunderlich, Linda Sebeo Cohu, Lorna Swanton, Maeve McManamon, Maria Dowling, Mary Dwane, Mary Gough, Mary Kelleher, Mary Murphy Jennings, Mary O’ Neill, Mary O’ Sullivan, Maureen O’ Connor, Michael Whelton, Niall McCarthy, Niall O’ Neill, Padraigin Cooney, Patsy Atkinson, Peg Quinlan, Peter Wolstenholme, Raphael Llewellyn, Renee Quinn, Rita O’ Connell, Rose Philpott, Sile Kelly, Sonia Caldwell, Sue Van Coppenhagen, Tony Fenton, Una O’ Brien, Volodymyr Lashko, and Wendy Dison.

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

Watermarked | Holly Walsh at James Barry Exhibition Centre, Cork | Exhibition Dates Extended

6 February to 3 March

CIT Arts Office and Office of the Registrar and VP Academic Affairs are delighted to present this solo exhibition of paintings by Holly Walsh, CIT CCAD BA Hons Fine Art 2016. Holly’s work is inspired by the subtleties of landscape, and the subjectivity of our perception of the spaces around us. Holly also won the Cork Arts Society Student of the Year Award for her Degree Show, and has a concurrent solo exhibition in the Lavitt Gallery from 7 to 25 February.

James Barry Exhibition Centre
CIT Bishopstown Campus, Rossa Avenue, Cork
T: 021-4335860

Skin/Nahk/Oda | Group Show at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork

4  to 24 March 2017
CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork

Skin is a covering, a membrane, an essential organ of life. It can be vulnerable or protective, camouflaging or sensual. It is visible record of age and experience. Its many properties link it closely with cloth.

The SKIN/NAHK/ODA exchange project has challenged textile students to create art forms based on an open investigation of the formal, technical and conceptual potential of the complex identities of living organisms.

This project brings together three European Colleges: CIT Crawford College of Art and Design; Tartu Art College of Estonia; and Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania. Textiles students from each College have worked simultaneously since October 2016 on this shared research project that will come to Cork in March 2017 for its first exhibition.

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Isteach agus Amach | Elisa Feiritéar ag Ionad Cultúrtha, Corcaigh

2 March to 27 April
Opening Tuesday 2 March, 7.30pm

Elisa Feiritéar is a native of west Kerry on the Dingle peninsula. She has an honors Fine Art Degree from the Crawford College of Art and Design and on completing won the Registrar’s Prize award, the Joan Clancy award and more. Since then she has had many solo exhibitions including the James Barry exhibition Centre, CIT, Cork; An LAB Dingle, Co Kerry; St John’s Arts Centre, Listowel and group exhibitions Lismore Castle Arts, St Patrick’s Hospital Dublin, Fringe Festival Galway and her work resides in both private and public collections at home and abroad.

This work ‘Isteach agus Amach’ is a simple narrative of her everyday surroundings.

Ionad Cultúrtha
Baile Mhúirne,
T: +353 (0)26 45733

MEANWHILE | Group Show at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork

3 to 25 February 2017 | Opening: 2 February, 6pm
CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork

MEANWHILE is an exhibition featuring work by recent graduates of CIT Crawford College of Art and Design.
This exhibition reflects a cross-section of artists that emerged from CIT Crawford College of Art and Design in recent years who made something happen in Cork and further afield after graduating, and continue to do so. The artwork they produced, the organisations they established, the events they set in motion, however small or large, are part of the story of Cork City after the economic collapse of 2008, and how artists show resilience and determination to thrive in the face of crises and depression.

The artists included in this exhibition are Rebecca Bradley, Mark Buckeridge, Tom Doig, Christabel Geary, Gerald Heffernan, Jessie Malone, Rachel McDonnell, Frank McGrath, Kate-Bowe O’Brien, Emily O’Flynn, Aideen Quirke and Pádraig Spillane. |


Artist Talk | Jessie Malone at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery

Wednesday 15 February, 1pm
Duration: 45 mins approx.

On Wednesday 15th February, Jessie Malone will give a talk about her approach to printmaking and illustration. Jessie will give a demonstration of the processes involved in creating lino cut prints and discuss her previous projects.

Jessie Malone graduated from Crawford College of Art and Design in 2013 with a BA in Fine Art. Upon graduating, she received the 12 month bursary award from Cork Print makers and remains a member. She also is a member of Sample-Studios. Her work has been exhibited throughout Ireland, as well as in the UK, Spain and Australia and is part of both private and public collections including the OPW (Office of Public Works) and Cork City Council. Jessie recently curated 16, a unique box-set and exhibition of prints in response to the theme of the 1916 Easter Rising which toured Ireland and the UK.

Free event, to reserve a place register here:

CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery
Wandesford Quay
T: (021) 433 5210

SPIRAL | Group Exhibition at Working Artist Studios, West Cork

17 to 25 February
Opening 17 February, 7pm with Majella O’Neill Collins

Siobhán Arnold, Nigel Connell Bass, Ossín Hanrahan, Kay Hutton, Rachael James, Daniel Jefferies, Nicola Kitley, Marie McFarlane, Daniel Mahony, Eímhín McGuirk, Emma Nixon-Gray and Robert Sobura.

Surprising, Perceptive, Intellectual, Rational, Abstract, Lucid are all words that could be used to describe the work presented by the students of the Professional Arts Practice QQI Level 6 Course, studying at the Cork College of Commerce, West Cork Campus, Skibbereen. Formerly Rossa College. This eclectic group, diverse in age, background and culture has come together to explore various themes in a variety of media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and combined materials. Their differing approaches allow interesting contrasts in techniques and interpretations. The close proximities of such individualistic work provide scope for many personal responses from such varied stimuli to be found at this idiosyncratic exhibition.

Working Artist Studios
North Street, Skibbereen, West Cork
T: 086 162 8471

Holly Walsh at The Lavit Gallery, Cork

7 to 25 February | Preview 7 February 5pm

Beginning in 1967, The Student of the Year Award has been given by the Lavit Gallery to a graduate of the Crawford College of Art and Design, who shows promise and potential. The Lavit is proud to support emerging artists as part of its programme, and to develop relationships with these artist over the coming years and stages of their career. The award includes a solo exhibition in the Lavit gallery and a cash prize.

This year’s recipient is Holly Walsh, whose process revolves around the act of observing. The intense focus instilled in observing a landscape, interpreting it and marking it down. This leads her to see qualities that aren’t apparent at first glance. Areas of haziness contrast with more solid forms, echoing the changeable aspects of the places she tries to capture. Chinese ink paintings are a fundamental influence for her as they explore the more ephemeral qualities of landscapes as well as portraying nature. Her practice is a combination of recording outside phenomena and an expression of internal experience.

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

WATERMARKED | Holly Walsh, James Barry Exhibition Centre, Cork

6 to 24 February 2017 | Launch: 9 February, 4pm
James Barry Exhibition Centre, CIT Bishopstown Campus, Rossa Avenue, Cork

CIT Arts Office and Office of the Registrar and VP Academic Affairs are delighted to present this solo exhibition of paintings by Holly Walsh, CIT CCAD BA Hons Fine Art 2016.
Holly’s work is inspired by the subtleties of landscape, and the subjectivity of our perception of the spaces around us. Holly also won the Cork Arts Society Student of the Year Award for her Degree Show, and has a concurrent solo exhibition in the Lavitt Gallery from 7-25 February. See for details.

Gallery Times: Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm

Doonmacfelim | Ivan Daly at the Triskel Arts Centre, Cork

3 February to 25 March 2017  | Opening:  2 February, 6pm
Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin St, Cork City

Doonmacfelim is an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Ivan Daly at the Triskel Arts Centre.
In his first solo exhibition Ivan Daly presents a series of paintings and drawings made in response to the powerful coastal landscape of Co. Clare. Doonmacfelim is the particular stretch of coastline the artist has drawn imagery from, it’s a small townland near Doolin. |

Gaolbreak | Angela Fulcher at Cork City Hall

27 January to 25 February | Preview 27 January, 6pm
Atrium, Anglesea Street, Cork City Hall

In November 1923, prisoners held at Cork City Women’s Gaol launched an escape attempt. Tying together bed sheets to construct a rope ladder, the prisoners descended from the walls of the prison and made their bid for freedom. In Gaolbreak, Cork-based artist Angela Fulcher draws on this history to create a large scale fabric installation in the atrium of Cork City Hall. Knotted lengths of bedding fall from the building’s balconies, obliquely referencing this story of revolt in recognition of Ireland’s Decade of Commemorations. Fulcher brings to bear her fascination with the world of consumer-driven textile design, using contemporary items from low-cost suppliers like Michael Guineys and Penneys. Using sometimes kitsch, heavily patterned material, Fulcher looks beyond the garish to consider prospective connections between everyday devalued materials and their extraordinary potentials.

This project builds on Fulcher’s substantial body of work which has led to growing recognition of her practice. Paying close attention to the details and qualities of materials and surfaces, Fulcher explores the contexts and philosophies associated found materials. Her intelligent and subtle subversions touch on the histories and politics of manufacturing, fashion and obsolescence, the vagaries of taste and the realm of traditional feminine making. Fulcher takes a unique approach to sculpture. Her recent practice has involved creating large-scale, temporary textile sculptures that engage their environment: Sun Stopping at VISUAL, Carlow (2016) reflected on its site, creating striking interventions outside the gallery; Vermiculated Render Quoins to Ground Floor (2016) at the Engage Festival Bandon echoed the patterns on the Allin centre’s walls, translating them into textile sculptures of heavily patterned upholstery fabric and red pleather. Creating surprising, intelligent and witty works of art, Fulcher scrutinizes our everyday environment, picking out derided artefacts in order to consider their implications.

Curated by Pluck Projects
Catalogue with essay by Prof. Jessica Hemmings, Professor of Crafts & Vice-Prefekt of Research at the Academy of Design & Crafts (HDK), University of Gothenburg, Sweden. |

We Will Be Sorry | Peter Nash at MA:AP Studios, Cork

27 and 28 January 2017 | Opening: 26 January, 6pm
MA:AP Studios (CIT Crawford College of Art & Design), Government Buildings, Sullivan’s Quay, Cork

We will be sorry, is a culminating exhibition of new work by the 2016 Masters in Art & Process (MA:AP) Residency Award recipient, Peter Nash.
We will be sorry takes the form of a tangible thought structure composed from drawing, animation and sculptural assemblage. The works are an exploration of human fallibility in a digital age of instant information, mistruth and increasing automation.

Gallery opening times: 11am to 5pm