Category: Leinster – Dublin

The Art of Survival | Patrick Willocq at The Copper House Gallery

8 to 31 May
Exhibition launch 5 May, 9pm

The Art of Survival is a commission for international charity Save the Children, and has been produced in collaboration with refugee communities, depicting what it’s really like to be a refugee child.

This series goes beyond the usual news reportage imagery of refugee crisis, bringing a fresh approach to humanitarian story telling. The elaborately staged scenes bear witness to the hopes, fears and challenges faced by Burundian children seeking refuge in Tanzania, and Syrian children who have fled to Lebanon. It explores past memories, present-day realities and dreams for the future.

There are over 3.5 million refugee children around the world out of school. Without an education, these children have no future. Internet search for children refugees generate thousands of similar looking images. Willocq felt that repetitive broadcasting by popular media meant these stereotypes did not work anymore and that a different way of story telling was required. He wanted to humanise personal stories hoping people would take notice of the breadth and complexity of children seeking refuge, and was totally committed to taking every chance to put a human face to children refugees and to deliver fresh and unique photography.

The idea was to show real children and tell their real stories, by involving the subjects, listening to them, creating a decor together with them, by staging their lives and their desires. Through participative and performative staged photography, Willocq wanted to have real children role play themselves to tell stories in a unique visual way while upholding their dignity. This art project was going to provide a rare chance for the children refugees to express themselves and he wanted the resulting photos to be empowering representations of these children.

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

Nexus | Don Cronin at Cross Gallery, Dublin

4 to 27 May
Opening reception Thursday 4 May, 6pm
The exhibition will be opened by the sculptor Holger C. Lönze

Don Cronin studied sculpture to degree level at the Crawford College of Art and Design, graduating in 1994 having previously completed a B.A. in Philosophy at U.C.C.

Now based in his studio near Innishannon, Co. Cork, Don divides his time between work produced as public art and more intimate work produced for galleries. County Councils including Cork, Kerry, Mayo, Leitrim and Tipperary have commissioned work from the artist under the Per Cent for Art Scheme. His Work also features in several public and private collections including those of U.C.C., Mr. Dermot Desmond and The Civic Art Collection of San Francisco. He works in a variety of materials but most often in bronze, where aesthetic concerns are central.

Cross Gallery
59 Francis Street
Dublin 8
T: +353 1 473 8978

The Recount of Conflict | PhotoIreland Festival 2017   Recently updated !

1 to 31 May
Official launch Thursday 4 May, 7pm

Celebrating its 8th edition in 2017, PhotoIreland Festival brings to Dublin another exciting edition packed with free exhibitions, workshops, photobook launches, and talks. This year, the festival explores how Photography is used to share accounts of personal experiences related to conflict: The Recount of Conflict.

The festival is divided in three sections: Main Exhibitions, the shows produced and curated by the festival; Featured Exhibitions, selected relevant exhibitions that are produced and curated by other organisations; and the Open Programme, all the fringe exhibitions presented by individuals and organisations that add with their spontaneity to the festival flair.

The two Main Exhibitions this year are hosted at The Tara Building, a recently renovated space that now offers studio and shared co-working spaces. These are the first exhibitions to be held at The Tara Building since their launch.

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The Art of Survival | Patrick Willocq at The Copper House Gallery, Dublin 8

8 to 31 May 2017 | Launch: 5 May, 9pm
The Copper House Gallery, St. Kevin’s Cottages, Synge Street, Dublin 8

Patrick Willocq, The Art of Survival – PhotoIreland Festival 2017

The Art of Survival is a commission for international charity Save the Children, and has been produced in collaboration with refugee communities, depicting what it’s really like to be a refugee child.

This series goes beyond the usual news reportage imagery of refugee crisis, bringing a fresh approach to humanitarian story telling. The elaborately staged scenes bear witness to the hopes, fears and challenges faced by Burundian children seeking refuge in Tanzania, and Syrian children who have fled to Lebanon. It explores past memories, present-day realities and dreams for the future.


Deep Clean | Oona Doherty at Dublin Dance Festival

2 to 28 May 2017
Dublin Dance Festival Box Office, Festival House, 12 Essex Street East, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Deep Clean, an exhibition of collages by Northern Irish choreographer Oona Doherty, one of Ireland’s most exciting and promising dance artists, will be on view at the Festival Box Office as part of Dublin Dance Festival.


PROTEST SONGS | Performance Voyage 7 Screening, TBG+S, Dublin 2   Recently updated !

3 May 2017, 6pm
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin 2

Performance Voyage 7 is a programme of international video performances and screenings on the theme of Protest Songs, curated by Finnish Artists Association MUU and London based artist Heidi Kilpelȁinenae. As part of the evening, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios has created a programme on citizen activism and DIY protesting with artists Seamus Nolan, Seoidin O’Sullivan and Avril Corroon. It is also an occasion to welcome 2017 HIAP/TBG+S Residency recipient, Diego Bruno to TBG+S.

Protest songs are typically associated with movements calling for social change, and this ethos comes across strongly in the selection of works in Performance Voyage 7. The video performances reflect current political and social phenomena widely, and defend personal, environmental, political, and philosophical spaces through art.

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breathe | Gary Robinson at Origin Gallery, Dublin 2

28 April to 9 May 2017
Origin Gallery, 37 Fitzwilliam Street Upper, Dublin 2

Gary Robinson is a visual artist who lives and works in Longford. Primarily a painter, he has extended his practice in the last four to five years to include three dimensional work and installations. He uses his local environment, urban and rural, to inform the content of his work often making it metaphorically and literally the actual ‘raw material’ of his art.

Gallery hours: Monday to Friday, 10 to 5.30pm

Rectangle, a written thing | Sonia Shiel at Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin 8

4 to 27 May 2017
Kevin Kavanagh, Chancery Lane, Dublin 8

Kevin Kavanagh presents ‘Rectangle, A written thing’ by Sonia Shiel.
Rectangle, a written thing, 2017, is presented in four ensembles. These painted works conjure theatrical tropes without motion, containing performative moments within the stasis and composition of painting. Such poles of action and inaction, recurring throughout the installation, are echoed in an accompanying script. This written thing provides a space to situate the work in a critical context by exploring its own real and imagined materiality, – and it tells the story of an artist who, in being mistaken for a tree, learns what it is to be expressive.

Sonia Shiel’s work examines her protagonists’ attempts to survive the odds of nature and the illusory world around them, through laws of their own making. Many of her works engage with each other symbiotically or con/sequentially within mixed-media installations, creating surreal narrative sequences. Often taking the form of scripted video, audio and live performances, Shiel’s works synthesise object, image and sound in self-reflexive stories of construction, exploring how real things in the world can simultaneously declare themselves fabrications and yet compel a shared make-believe.

Dublin Rises | Stephen Walsh at Inspire Galerie, Dublin 1

5 to 12 May 2017 | Opening: 4 May, 6pm
Inspire Galerie, 56 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1

Inspire Galerie will host ‘Dublin Rises’, a solo exhibition of paintings by Dublin based artist Stephen Walsh.
This collection of paintings is a commemoration to the men and women who fought and died in the 1916 rising. From the ashes of the 1916 rising..Dublin Rises.

Glitch Festival Dublin 2017 at Rua Red   Recently updated !

2 May to 10 June

Glitch Festival is celebrating its 6th year and has grown into Ireland’s foremost digital arts festival. Glitch Festival brings leading media and technology artists, curators and artist groups together with audiences to draw out connections between art, culture and technology with the aim of fostering greater critical understanding and debate around artist’s interaction, investigation and intersection with technologies.

Glitch 2107 | Sedimentary Structures
Feat. David Beattie, Livestock, Cliona Harmey, Robin Prince, David Lunney, Richard Forrest, Cathy Coughlan and Cécile Babiole.
Curated by Matthew Nevin and Ciara Scanlan of MART. Assistant Curator: Deirdre Morrissey

Exhibitions listed below. Find full details at

Gallery 1 | Traces of the Live Event
2 – 11 May

memory needs a landscape | Bernadette Kiely at Taylor Galleries   Recently updated !

4 to 28 May

Following on from her recent exhibition at the Solstice Arts Centre, Navan (‘A second world – any given day’ (Nov. 2016 – Jan. 2017), Bernadette Kiely’s work continues on the theme of the passage of time and the transient, fragile nature of the physical world, evident in her work to date – shifting landscapes cloaked in fog and mist, the flooding of rivers and land and shadows of tree and plantlife.

In this exhibition, ‘memory needs a landscape’, celebrating Bernadette’s 20th year working with the gallery, she expands on this theme. Bernadette Kiely’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Elected as an Aosdana member in 2007, her work is held in both public and private collections in Ireland, the UK, Europe, Korea and the USA.

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

ALL CHOIR at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Saturday 29 April, 8pm

ALL CHOIR is predominantly a singing group, with a goal and ambition to use the commonality of music as a starting point for discussions, social gatherings and occasional live performances. ALL CHOIR is inclusive of class, ethnicity or musical knowledge and is open for singers of all levels of abilities to join. ALL CHOIR met each week throughout April and will perform in the atrium of TBG+S on the 29th.

Mark Buckeridge’s work primarily focuses on composition, performance, drawing and is heavily influenced by his background in music, with a history of producing, publishing and disseminating projects as sonic outputs such as EP ‘Ground Yourself’ (2012), Live installation ‘I could use this knife but I won’t’ (2013) and ‘Instructions for electronic station’ (2014). His Zine series titled ‘How to write a pop song’ charts a fictionalised chronology of music from 1950’s to modern day. The work ALL CHOIR is predominantly a singing group formed by the artist in May of 2016 for FLEXIBILISM at Catalyst Arts.

ALL CHOIR takes place as part of TBG+S’ Studio 6 Open programme and is curated by Roisin Bohan with support from Dublin City Council.
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The Atrium, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (Entrance through the side door, Fownes St. Lower)
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I Modh Ruin | Screening of Rionach Ni Neill film at DanceHouse, Dublin

4 May, 6.30pm

I Modh Ruin, a short film by Rionach Ni Neill, premiere launch with Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh is part of Age and Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival 2017.

Seoladh gearrscannán I Modh Rúin le Ríonach Ní Néill, coimisiúnaithe agOireachtas na Gaeilge le tacaíocht ó The Community Foundation for Ireland. Sa ghearrscannán seo, a nascann ceol, agallaimh agus damhsa, cíorann an cóiréagrafaí Ríonach Ní Néill céard a spreag mná, atá idir 60 agus 90 bliain d’aois anois, chun a ngasúir a thógáil le Gaeilge taobh amuigh den Ghaeltacht.

Launch of I Modh Rúin, a short film by Ríonach Ní Néill. What would compel you to go against the status quo and bring up your family as Irish speakers in English-speaking Ireland? The story of 5 women who, between the 1950s and 1980s, did just that.

Tickets: Admission Free. No booking required.
In association with Dublin City Council and Dance Ireland.

Foley Street
Dublin 1

In Perpetuity | Lucy McKenna, Atrium Space: TBG+S

14 April to 17 June

Lucy McKenna’s work is concerned with the observation and constant structuring/ restructuring of information systems that attempt to explain the universe and our place in it. Through various mediums she traces different forms of data extraction, collection and communication developed by humans to understand our existence; including methods of scientific experiment, invention of technology, intuitive belief, or myth. Using visual art more as a tool of data distillation and collection rather than solely expression, her works seek to unfold the information hidden in those spaces where the analytic and the intuitive concur. Her practice is a multidisciplinary one consisting of drawing, photography, film, installation, and sculptural works.

In Perpetuity, is a work in progress that describes a language for communication with extra-solar civilisations. At its beginning is a consideration of the particle-wave phenomenon in quantum physics, where particles behave differently when they ‘know’ they are being observed. In Perpetuity considers a language that may behave differently when being observed by multiple observers. This work is an alphabet as a visual vehicle for meaning and mode of transferring information. It considers the functionality of how a new alphabet might appear under certain conditions and travel vast times and distances to transfer information, rather than what the information might be in itself.

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, 5 – 9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2
T: 01 671 0073

Reconstructing Memory | Cléa Van Der Grijn at Limerick City Gallery

28 April to 18 June
Official opening by Dr Óscar Mascareñas, Thursday 27 April, 6pm.
Followed by a performance by poet and performer Dr Óscar Mascareñas (Mexico/Ireland) and voice artist Steve Boyland (Liverpool) to celebrate Poetry Day Ireland 2017.

Reconstructing Memory is a multifaceted exploration of the approaches to death in Mexican and Irish cultures by Clea Van der Grijn. The exhibition features highlights from The Graeve Collection + LCGA Permanent Collection and Daire O’Shea, LCGA Bursary recipient 2016.

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

Life after Buildings | Brendan Earley at mother’s tank station

19 April to 20 May

Walking and finding things has always played an important part in Brendan Earley’s practice, but when he moved to the mountains in Wicklow – building his own cabin in the woods – it became difficult to sustain this aspect of his practice and he began to confront equally direct and difficult questions. He was no longer content to find meaning in an arbitrary way – in the detitus of the liminal urban/industrial hinterland of cities – and during his long walks through the mountains he felt a different search had begun.

It can be argued that a significant amount of art being made today is the product of a culture that has an excess of choice and new paradigms have evolved to deal with this excess. Life after Buildings, apparently simply, struggles with three years of questioning, what if you took all that away and were left with just a few bits of sticks and a stone?

mother’s tank station
41-43 Watling Street,
Usher’s Island,
T: +353 1 6717654

Wilgefortis | Niamh McGuinne at Graphic Studio Gallery

20 April to 9 May

Graphic Studio Gallery is delighted to present, ‘Wilgefortis’, an exhibition of new work by Niamh McGuinne, presented alongside a selection of Graphic Studio editions by Alice Maher.

The portrayal of hair is a fascinating theme; it is an interesting connector between the inner and outer selves; it has been used as a symbol of attractiveness and desire. Not only viewed as a symbol of idealised femininity, it can also represent the un-sanitised reality of strong female identity often supplemented with mythical and fairy tale references. In some cultures hair itself is imbued with a quasi-religious significance.

In the 14th century a religious ‘cult’ surrounding the veneration of female bearded saints surfaced in medieval Europe. The main protagonist was known as St. Wilgefortis of Portugal possibly translating as ‘strong virgin’ or ‘holy face’. The legend recounts the story of a Catholic girl of nobility whose father had promised her marriage to a pagan. To avoid the marriage she prayed that she would become ugly and ‘miraculously’ grew a beard. Refusal to eat as a form of protest is one of the few controls one has over one’s body. The body, as a consequence, stimulates the growth of lanugo or downy hair all over as it attempts to protect itself from deprivation. Anorexia mirabilis is a condition which refers almost exclusively to women of the Middle Ages who would starve themselves in the name of God. The miracle of St. Wilgefortis might be explained by this phenomenon and in 1969 her status of sainthood was revoked.

Graphic Studio Gallery
Through the arch, off Cope Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
T: +353 1 679 8021

On The Edge | Bridget Flinn at Solomon Fine Art

28 April to 20 May

Solomon Fine Art is delighted to host an exhibition of new paintings by the popular and hugely talented Bridget Flinn. This is Bridget’s much anticipated début solo exhibition with the gallery and will feature a selection of her stunning acrylic flower still lives. Variously sized and scaled they are each lively and expressive with a characterful and joyous quality.

Bridget’s flower paintings are distinctive for their semi-abstracted, close-cropped representation. Each piece, while appearing spontaneous, is exquisitely worked with a harmonious balance of colour and light as she brings a contemporary sensibility to a timeless subject. Her background and experience in natural history illustration is evident in the keen observation.

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