Category: Munster – Cork

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

The Landscape of Saved Memories | Mary Cooke at St. Peter’s, Cork

20 to 30 June

The Landscape of Saved Memories series is new work on paper resulting from Mary’s research of human mitochondrial DNA which is inherited solely from the mother (maternally inherited). Mitochondrial DNA enables researchers to trace maternal lineage far back in time.

There is revolutionary expression and form in this process based work. This work is journal like, as in life, the pigeonholing, the fragmentation of thought and feeling. The work evolves and developed through the interaction of ink, paper, water and place. Mary experimented with different types of water, noting the effects of each on her marks. The different waters add subtly to each layer. River Lee, rainwater, tap and limestone well water from the family home, create a different voice, a different flow, a different image and a different mood.

Materials are the cornerstone of Mary Cooke’s process based work. The artist works intuitively bringing materials together into a form, distilling and shaping, creating a context, working to something that feels cohesive and complete. Within the repetition/meditate nature of this process, slipping between the conscious and unconscious, memory and experience, allowing the intimacies examine an evolving truth revealed.

St. Peter’s
North Main St,
Cork City

Flight or Fight | Niamh Leonard+Lorraine McDonnell, Working Artist Studios, Co.Cork

30 June to 21 July 2017
Working Artist Studios, Skibbereen, Co.Cork

Flight or Fight is a joint exhibition of paintings, drawings and sculpture by Cork city based artists – Niamh Leonard and Lorraine McDonnell.

The title of this exhibition represents the shared commonalities found in each artist’s work. Exploring The ‘Fight or Flight’ response as a theme and also the simple interpretation of the words individually, ‘Fight’ and ‘Flight’.

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Sight Lines | Monica Groves at Mill Cove Gallery

29 June to 13 July

An exhibition of vibrant new paintings by Monica Groves. She describes herself as a late starter and only began to paint after rearing seven children, running a hotel in Pembrokeshire and sailing around the western seaboard.

She visits those remote locations where the spirit of landscape is most palpable – amongst the mountains, lakes, islands and rock formations of Beara and southwest Kerry. With no formal training she paints to express her feelings and does so with great energy and vigour. Her work intuitively focuses on the interaction of colour, while trying to define the spirit of place within the Irish landscape. She concentrates on the essence of location rather than the actual scene.

Mill Cove Gallery
The Beara Peninsula
Co. Cork
T: 353 2770393

Breaking Rainbows | Orla Barry at Crawford Art Gallery

Performance: 22 to 23 June at 6pm | Exhibition: 24 June to 26 August 2017

Breaking Rainbows by Orla Barry, a live performance and installation, continues its tour to Crawford Art Gallery and the Cork Midsummer Festival. First shown at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and premiered as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival.

Exploring the boundaries of art and life, Breaking Rainbows uses the relationship between wo/man and animal, and the cannibalistic, symbiotic tension between [Orla Barry] the artist and [Orla Barry] the shepherd to reflect on the primal and poetic and unpredictable bond we have with the natural world. Presented as a live performance and video installation, Barry’s new work is a fascinating journey into the land of shepherding through the lens of ‘doing’ rather than ‘observing’ the job at hand.

A World of Painting | Ailbhe Barrett at Cork City Library

19 June to 30 June

Opening Tuesday 20 June, 1pm

Ailbhe Barrett will exhibit a selection of new paintings inspired by her love of film. Ailbhe is from Shanakiel, Cork and has been employed as an artist in residence at Mayfield Arts since 2009 as part of Cúig studio programme.

Cork City Library
57-61 Grand Parade, Centre, Cork

T: (021) 492 4900


Layers and Lines | Stephen Murray at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork

23 June to 8 July
The exhibition will be officially opened by Trish Brennan on Thursday 22 April at 6.30pm

CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery presents Layers and Lines a solo exhibition by Stephen Murray, which is taking place in our gallery project space from.

Stephen Murray creates intricate and abstract drawings across the surfaces he uses. Using pen and ink, his drawings are often reminiscent of aerial mappings or architectural plans. It is exciting to see these works intuitively evolve over the course of weeks and sometimes months.

A selection of his work to date will be exhibited in Layers and Lines – from deeply detailed and layered perspex grids, abstract drawings and recent explorations into three dimensional, collaborative works.

Stephen Murray is an artist in residence at Mayfield Arts Centre and is a member of Cúig supported studios. Stephen has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally, including recent exhibitions at Gallerie Outsider Art in Amsterdam, Galway Arts Centre, Crawford Art Gallery in Cork and Imagine Arts Festival in Waterford.

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

Mono No Aware | Holly Walsh + Helle Helsner at Doswell Gallery, Co. Cork

18 June to 9 July 2017
Doswell Gallery, West Square, Roscarbery, Co. Cork

Mono No Aware is an exhibition of new works from Holly Walsh and Helle Helsner. Helsner presents dynamic sculptural works in bronze, while Walsh presents large scale vistas of ink, influenced by oriental techniques.
Holly Walsh is an Irish artist, her studio is based near Waterfall Co.Cork. Holly graduated in 2016 with a B.A Fine Art from The Crawford College of Art and Design.
Helle Helsner was born in Copenhagen, she moved to Ireland in 1994 to study Fine Art at The Crawford College of Art and Design. |

Babel Unbound | Leslie Mutchler + Jason Urban at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork

17 June to 8 July 2017
CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Clarke’s Bridge, Wandesford Quay, Cork

A multi-disciplinary exhibition by Leslie Mutchler + Jason Urban (USA) – part of a trail of shows accompanying the FIRST EDITION Print Symposium, initiated by Cork Printmakers and presented as part of Cork Midsummer Festival 2017.
Babel Unbound, focuses on ephemeral editions, prints and printed multiples within the context of the library as a curated and performed space.
A series of printed works, risographs, xeroxes and screen-prints become a publication pulled apart, ephemeral and in-flux, lining walls of the CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery. Photographs, 3D printed objects and large-scale digital prints break up the monotony of the splayed publication and help to loosely connect pieces of text, re-paginated essays, screen-captured images, and scans of book spreads. The gallery becomes a circular space without hierarchy; with no beginning and no end- babel unbound.

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Point of No Return | Sean Hanrahan at Cork Harbour Festival

3 to 11 June

In celebration of Cork Harbour Festival, and the harbour’s maritime heritage, a nautical flag has been hoisted by Elizabeth Fort for the festival run, created by artist Sean Hanrahan. The design is based on Streamers (the red segment of the flag) which could be found on the foremasts of old world sailing ships. The White on Blue square represents, in modern nautical terms, the Naval signal flag ‘P’ as in Papa. When this signal flag is hoisted on a ship in Harbour it means: Ship is about to sail. We can take this as a reference that convicts held in Elizabeth Fort are about to leave Ireland to be deported across the seas. Many, if not all, would never again return to Ireland. Sean Hanrahan is a Cork based artist, and member of the Backwater Artist group. He is also crew member of Meitheal Mara’s Flagship boat ‘FionnBarra’ which will participate in this year’s Ocean to City race as part of the Cork Harbour Festival.

Elizabeth Fort, Barrack Street, Cork City
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New paintings by Charlotte Kelly at Mill Cove Gallery

15 to 29 June

An exhibition of new paintings by Charlotte Kelly. Drawing is the key factor to all of Charlotte Kelly’s work. Strong influences of Sean Mc Sweeney, Patrick Collins and Tony O’Malley are evident in her painting.

Charlotte’s work has evolved from the traditional to the abstract. Charlotte describes it as spiritually gratifying to express herself through her paintings, working with the oil paints, mixing the colours, considering the texture and letting her imagination take over. Initially her work is immediate, covering the canvas vigorously, letting it sit, then nurturing it until it reaches its full potential.

Mill Cove Gallery
The Beara Peninsula
Co. Cork
T: 353 2770393

Child’s Play | Michael Kempson at Triskel Arts Centre, Cork

15 June to 26 August

Print Exhibition by Michael Kempson (Australia) – part of a trail of shows linked into the FIRST EDITION Print Symposium, Cork Printmakers organised as part of Cork Midsummer Festival. Official trail takes place on the afternoon of Saturday 24th June.

Kempson’s practice over the last 30 years has focused on the discipline of printmaking, a suite of mediums synonymous with the packaging and mass circulation of ideas. His approach to art making combines rich historical traditions, practiced in both the Eastern and Western hemispheres, with cutting edge technological developments to facilitate connection between people and communities.

Cork Printmakers presents
A Print Symposium, 23 and 24 June 2017 at Millennium Hall, Cork City
Presented as part of Cork Midsummer Festival

Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin Street, Cork

Beyond Silence: A Bell Rings in an Empty Sky | Danny McCarthy at Crawford, Cork

26 May to 12 August

Multiple ceramic bells and mesmeric static musical figurines installed in the Crawford Art Gallery prompt the viewer to pause a while. The work allows a moment, for the imagination to grow with the sounds prompted by the visual spectacle.

McCarthy’s practice has long concerned itself with promoting the simple of idea of listening. In a departure from creating sound, for this exhibition, McCarthy foregrounds our daily, ever present background soundscape.

The Artist brings together over 500 found ceramic objects, which have been either muted by the artist or by their material restrictions. McCarthy is a gatherer and scours car boot sales and second hand shops to find discarded objects that have been overlooked and under used.

Beyond Silence playfully triggers memories to create potential imaginary mindscapes. The installations are accompanied by drawings created by the artist during a recent residency at the prestigious Rauschenberg Foundation in Florida. McCarthy immersed himself in the legacy of Robert Rauschenberg’s practise, which led to his use of erasure as a tool of engagement in the drawings and further engaged with his interest in listening.

Publication Launch: Sat 8 July, 12 – 3pm

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

MACHINES | David Ian Bickley at Cork County Library

1 to 22 June

MACHINES is a single channel film and is the sequel to David Ian Bickley’s critically acclaimed work, MATERIALS. Based on a symbol driven narrative MACHINES describes the mind of man as interfaced with the elemental forces of nature. Whereas MATERIALS presented the common Earth elements as alien to our being, MACHINES is the code, the dialogue by which we attempt to speak to them.

LHQ exhibition space at Cork County Library
Carrigrohane Road, Cork

West Meets West | Group Exhibition at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre

3 June to 8 July 2017

An exhibition featuring the work of three leading artists from the West of Cornwall, Philip Booth, Matthew Lanyon and Tony Lattimer. This is a key exhibition, and the start of an exciting new initiative by Uillinn, which will build on the historic links between Cornwall and West Cork to develop a cultural exchange between the two regions, made more possible now, due to the new air link this year between Cork Airport and Newquay in Cornwall.

The many historic links and similarities between the two seaboards including Cape Clear’s Saint – Ciarán – travelling over to Cornwall from Ireland and, through his missionary work, becoming Cornwall’s own patron saint (there known as Piran) – much celebrated on his day of 5 March. Other links involved metal mining (most of the 19th century mines in Cork worked under Cornish Mine Captains), fishing and fish processing (from medieval times into to the twentieth century) and, of course, through artists in both areas being attracted by the quality of light on the peninsulas and a perceived unspoilt ‘idyllic’ rural lifestyle.

A number of events will take place during the exhibition. Including a panel discussion on Saturday 3 June at 12 noon with Philip Booth, Tony Lattimer and Judith Lanyn; an illustrated talk on Saturday 10 June at 12 noon by Robert Harris; guided tours of the exhibition and a guided tour of the sites in West Cork with connections to Cornwall.

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

Tairleareach | Group Exhibition at Cork City Hall

31 May to 12 June

Tairlearach, is an exhibition that steps away from the historical ‘grand’ narratives of Cork Harbour and the Lee valley river system and rather shifts our perspective sideways, illuminating beyond geographical specificities how water can pervasively enter into our lives and imaginations.

With Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, Anthony Kelly and David Stalling, Anthony Noel Kelly, Carol Anne Connolly, Peadar Lamb, Deirdre McKenna, Elisa Feiritear, Jed Niezgoda, John Sunderland, Rory O’Toole, Sarah Lincoln.

Curated by Dobz O’Brien and Harry Moore.
Supported by Meitheal Mara.

Cork City Hall
Anglesea St, Ballintemple, Cork City

Letters From Home | Maureen Considine at Mayfield Arts Centre, Cork

18 May to 8 June 2017
Mayfield Arts Centre, Newbury House, Old Youghal Road, Mayfield, Cork

Mayfield Arts Centre presents Letters from Home, an exhibition of photograms by artist Maureen Considine.

Considine’s photograms are mandala-like circles of light, tone and shade. This series, ‘Soul Images’, is influenced by Jungian psychoanalysis and the archetypes of the Self, the Anima and the Animus. The Self, at the centre of the psyche, is often represented as a circle/ mandala. The Anima/Animus is also the part of the psyche that is directed inward, and is in touch with the subconscious. The objects chosen are cut-glass and crystal bowls, ashtrays, candle holders etc. These objects are associated with the domestic, the decorative, the feminine which positions the works as ‘other’ to the established attributes of western art.


Love Doesnt Ask For A Passport | Krzysiek Rosa at Triskel Arts Centre, Cork

29 May to 3 June
Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin St, Cork

This exhibition is an exploration of love through the eyes of filmmaker and photographer Krzysiek Rosa who moved to Ireland year ago. The last thing he was expecting to find was love.

When the Polska Eire Festival invited Krzysztof to contribute an exhibition of artwork to the 2017 festival he decided to document a variety of couples who met and fell in love in Ireland. One of the elements Krzysztof found fascinating was how each couple encountered cultural differences in romance and relationships. In a short film he interviews the couples about their experience of finding love on Irish soil. All couples are presented with the same questions to give a benchmark on the varied experiences of the couples.

The Landscape of Saved Memories | Mary Cooke St. Peter’s, Cork

3 June to 1 July 2017
St. Peter’s, North Main St., Cork City

The Landscape of Saved Memories is a series of new works on paper by Mary Cooke. Mary states that these works are a departure from her earlier output, but they are more of a formal departure than a conceptual one. The drawings are executed in ink: her brushstrokes initially seem haphazard: automatic, meandering, free flowing and drifting rather than structured. However, a certain order has been imposed on this seeming chaos. Mary makes reference to biology, to cell structures, likening her lines to DNA strands, and the chemical workings of the brain, and it’s capacity for memory storage, both in the short term and the long term, and its emotional effects.

St. John’s College Graduate Exhibition 2017, Cork

26 to 30 May
Exhibition opening on Friday 26 May from 6:30pm, with Cllr. Terry Shannon and music by the St. John’s Gospel choir.

St. John’s Central College extends an open invitation for all to visit the college on Sawmill street Cork to see it’s 2017 graduate exhibition. For over a quarter of a century thousands of students have been taking the further education route in St. John’s College and have used the opportunity to prepare themselves for employment or further studies.

This year’s exhibition features creativity from twenty courses with displays of student work in Art, Design, Computer, Media, Engineering and hand-craft areas. There will be displays on all four floors of the college’s main building with hundreds of pieces of work presented in a very professional manner. Visitors to the exhibition will see student creativity expressed in a range of areas from fashion design to painting, musical instrument making to photography, film screenings to computer games demonstrations.

St. John’s Central College
Sawmill Street
T: +353 21 4255500