Category: Leinster – Dublin


Music in Glass | Róisín de Buitléar at The Ark, Dublin

20 January to 10 February 2018

Sound, captured in glass, is explored in the exhibition of work by Irish glass artist Róisín de Buitléar. Part of the TradFest Children’s Hub 2018.

Featuring pieces from Róisín’s Irish Incantation/Ortha series, the exhibition features a series of beautiful glass objects that capture the essence of musical sound and pitch in glass form. Some of the sculptures are made to evoke the sound and duration of a musical note, others will remind you of musical instruments that look like they could be played.

In fact while visiting the exhibition, you will see a video of them being played by musicians Liam Ó Maonlaí and Peter O’Toole along with hearing Róisín talking about the inspiration for her work.

Alongside the exhibition display will be a fun interactive glass sound exploring area using glass objects found in everyday life that will enable you to try out making your own glass music.

DATES & TIMES
Saturdays 20, 27 Jan & 10 Feb, and Sun 28 Jan @ 10.30am – 4.30pm (last entry 4pm).

BOOKING INFORMATION
Please note during busy periods some waiting may be required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Ark
11a Eustace St,
Temple Bar, Dublin 2
T: +353 (0)1 670 7788
E: boxoffice@ark.ie
W: ark.ie


Kapton Cadaverine | Sam Keogh at the Kerlin Gallery

27 January to 10 March

At the centre of Sam Keogh’s practice is writing and object making. The works orbit a figure – most recently, Sesame Street’s Oscar the Grouch – describing its contours with a combination of handmade objects, written word and careful staging. Attempting to take Oscar out of the quarantine of representation, Keogh repurposes this figure as a chorus of counter-cultural refusals, archetypes, narratives and objects. These various threads are matted together to present a textural impression of his form, tangled in the senses of the viewer; an artistic strategy used to problematise an image of the world today.

Kerlin Gallery, Anne’s Lane, Dublin 2
T: +3531 670 9093
E: gallery@kerlin.ie
W: kerlingallery.com


Twists and Torcs | Exhibition Tour at the National Museum, Dublin

20 January 2018 at 11.30am

Location: Archaeology Museum, National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Participants will meet at the main reception area of the museum.
FREE admission, all welcome. Click here to book your ticket.

As part of her research into her current exhibition The Breath from Fertile Grounds at TBG+S artist Otobong Nkanga made a visit to the National Museum of Ireland, where Museum Educator Annie Birney introduced her to some of the golden artefacts displayed in the Museum. The techniques applied and developments made in the twists and torcs of the gold jewellery directly inspired her work Handshake, which is the central axis of the exhibition.

This public tour of the National Museum of Archaeology will visit both the Prehistoric Ireland, and Ór – Ireland’s Gold exhibitions and finish by looking at artefacts from the Irish Iron Age in The Treasury exhibition.

Participants will discover what archaeology can tell us about the skills needed to survive and thrive in the past, examine artefacts from Prehistoric Ireland and explore the special meanings and functions that these objects held for those who created them.

Participants should arrive ten minutes early. This event is fully wheelchair accessible.

National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology
Kildare St
Dublin 2
T: (01) 677 7444


Relatively Speaking | Guided Walking Tour at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

18 January 2018 at 1pm

Meeting point: Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
FREE admission, booking is essential. Click here to book your ticket.

Would you like an opportunity to introduce your friends and family to contemporary art? Relatively Speaking is the guided walking tour that takes place across three of Dublin’s most well-known contemporary art galleries, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Gallery of Photography and Project Arts Centre. The tours introduce their current exhibitions to those who might not be so familiar with contemporary art and offer an interesting insight into the work for those who are. The whole tour, contained within Temple Bar, will take about 60 minutes (approx.), with 15-20 minute tours taking place in each gallery.

January’s tour will begin at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios with Otobong Nkanga’s first solo exhibition in Ireland, The Breath From Fertile Grounds. Visitors will be guided to the next venue, the Gallery of Photography for the exhibition of Krass Clement‘s work entitled The Light Gleams an Instant. The tour will finish with a visit to Project Arts Centre to take in the docu-fiction project by Szabolcs KissPál, From Fake Mountains to Faith (Hungarian Trilogy).

The tour will meet on Thursday 18 January at 1pm at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. Book a spot for your parents, friends, cousins, housemates and anyone who you think might like to learn more about the things you love.

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
5 – 9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2
T: 01 671 0073
E: info@templebargallery.com
W: templebargallery.com


The Breath From Fertile Grounds | Supporters Club Tour at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

23 January 2018 at 11am

Meeting point: Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

To attend, join the Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Supporters Club here and book your place by emailing muriel@templebargallery.com

Programme Curator Rayne Booth will guide TBG+S Supporters and RHA Friends through The Breath From Fertile Grounds, Otobong Nkanga’s first solo exhibition in Ireland. The Breath From Fertile Grounds is an installation of entirely new work emerging from a research visit to Dublin. Nkanga’s interests in architecture and the body, in landscapes, organic growth and exchanges are carefully combined in her different projects. This exhibition has been conceived as a “space of remains and revitalisation”.

A collage of elements spreads across the gallery, along with a wall drawing and the sculptural “intersect” that binds the two central pillars around a stone. The bog clashes with the metal and brick work of industry and disused urban waste to highlight resistance and mutualisation. Networked structures propose a constellation of thought in times of transformation and crisis.

After the talk at TBG+S, Supporters and Friends will move next door to Black Church Print Studios where they will receive a tour of the print facilities. Black Church Print Studio is an artists’ collective which supports and promotes the development of contemporary art practice through the medium of printmaking. This is achieved through the provision of excellent studio facilities, a diverse artistic programme, and by the promotion of fine art print as a leading art form both nationally and internationally.

On the day, RHA Friends can avail of a 10% discount on TBG+S Supporters Club membership.

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
5 – 9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2
T: 01 671 0073
E: info@templebargallery.com
W: templebargallery.com


War Changes Its Address: The Aleppo Paintings | Brian Maguire at IMMA

26 January to 6 May

This new exhibition brings together Brian Maguire’s latest body of work, resulting from a visit to Syria in 2017. It is shown in the context of earlier work made in response to the refugee crises hitting Europe’s shores as a result of the Syrian conflict. The Aleppo Paintings document the ruined buildings of the city, offering a visceral and stark insight into the physical consequences of war and the international arms trade that fuels all conflict. As with all his work, Maguire’s work is informed by first-hand experience of the city of Aleppo and its people and is fuelled by a desire to see beyond the news coverage to gain a personal insight into the reality of the situation. Maguire’s paintings bear stark testament to the human suffering implicit in his depiction of the building fragments left after the bombardment, underlining the need for justice.

Brian Maguire’s work emerges from social and political situations and a deep engagement with a particular place or group of people. He approaches painting as a gesture of solidarity and has undertaken projects in prisons, women’s shelters and psychiatric institutions.

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
T: 01-612990
E: info@imma.ie
W: imma.ie


Quotidian Tensions between the Domestic and the Unexpected | Vanessa Donoso López at Golden Thread Gallery

11 January to 17 February
Opening Thursday 11 January, 6pm

The Golden Thread Gallery is delighted to be starting the New Year with a new exhibition by Dublin based artist Vanessa Donoso López. For this exhibition Vanessa gathered soil from three different relevant locations in Spain. Utrilla, in the Spanish midlands, Alanís de la Sierra (during my residency in Casa de las Artes, Alanís) in the south of Spain and Camallera (during her residency in Nau Côclea) in Girona, north of Catalunya. Then, soil was processed and clay extracted. She made familiar multi-cultured clay objects that will first engage with real life, then later transforming themselves into sculptures as a way of defying the function of the domestic object.

Prior to the opening of the exhibition, a meal was organised for the gallery personnel. In all societies, eating is a powerful way to initiate and maintain human relationships. The way of eating links with the group itself and its history and it has a huge force of evocation of intimate and primal experiences. For this meal, a traditional La Mancha soup, was served in bowls made with clay from Utrilla, salads with Girona recipes, were served of plates made with clay from Camallera, and wine from Andalucía was served in cups made from Alanís clay. The gallery will become a transitional space, the dinner will work as a bridge, and the plates, the spoons, the forks, the cups and bowls will turn into tools as extensions of our bodies.

Clay is a recorder of marks, and on clay was found the first evidence of the written word which starts with cuneiform script inscribed into clay slabs. It has deep literary history and relationship to narrative. On clay slabs was written the ‘Epic of Gilgamesh’, which is the oldest piece of literature ever found, written on 2100BC by the Sumerians. The main characters of this Epic, shared a meal and told their story. Clay presents itself as a historic super-material that works as a catalyzer being able to link physical experimentation to multi layered histories and multicultural interactions.

Golden Thread Gallery, 84-94 Great Patrick St, Belfast BT1 2LU
T: +44 28 9033 0920
E: info@gtgallery.co.uk
W: goldenthreadgallery.co.uk


Portale (Portals) | Susanne Wawra at The LAB Gallery

18 January to 4 March
Opening Thursday 18 January, 6pm

In her Memento series, Wawra works in mixed-media painting that incorporates photography. Acting as a spectator in her own life, she is connecting autobiography to socio-political and cultural history, particularly her growing up in the German Democratic Republic. She was born into and spent her childhood in a country and system that no longer exists. On patterned fabric from the domestic private sphere, she employs print and paint processes and layers to create a collaged composition. The process she uses pushes Wawra’s emotions across the personal narrative around her parents’ past. It enhances, it obstructs, it communicates with the visible layers in the piece and the invisible layers within her psychological involvement which informs each intervention interweaving print and paint.

This allows for the creation of something that hovers between the real and the imagined; a memory. Portale (Portals) is an accumulative piece consisting of 28 individually titled works, fragments of the past, memories, imaginings from Wawra’s family photo archive dating from the late 1970s and 80s and advertising, propaganda and product packaging from GDR times. These pieces are constructed to work together as well as individually, inherent in the creation was breaking of an image from one canvas to another, a spreading or bleeding of the individual onto the whole.

The LAB Gallery
Foley Street, Dublin 1
T: 01 222 5455
E: artsoffice@dublincity.ie
W: dublincityartsoffice.ie/the-lab


Keepers of the Port | Moira Sweeney at The LAB Gallery

18 January to 4 March
Opening Thursday 18 January, 6pm

Keepers of the Port is a single screen documentary film which developed out of earlier site-specific multi-screen installations. Stevedoring Stories (2012) was commissioned for Tall Ships Dublin and Rhythms of a Port.was exhibited during PhotoIreland 2014 in an old cargo warehouse on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay. In the new expanded lyrical portrait, filmed and directed by Moira Sweeney on Dublin’s docks, a tender pride in working life emerges within the stories and memories of the custodians of the port. As a group of former dockworkers set about preserving their legacy, daily life continues for the stevedores, boatmen, marine operatives and port managers who keep this gateway to the world open.

Rarely seen archive footage and arresting industry visuals are amplified by the rugged harmonies of forklift warnings, creaking wood and metal, squeaking ropes and pulleys, and seagulls. The local activity of loading and unloading cargo and containers persists as a busy, humming backdrop to the steady arrival and departure of transnational ships. As the film moves through each discrete yet interconnected hub of dock activity, the filmmaker narrates her reflections on the evolving picture of vibrant, transforming port life. Recurring themes across the film include a nostalgia for lost communal tradition and solidarity, the precarity of seafarers’ lives and the complexity of a global digitalised structure which controls ship movement into and out of ports.

The LAB Gallery
Foley Street, Dublin 1
T: 01 222 5455
E: artsoffice@dublincity.ie
W: dublincityartsoffice.ie/the-lab


Settling the Past | Nickie Hayden at The LAB Gallery

18 January to 4 March
Opening Thursday 18 January, 6pm

For this exhibition of new work, Nickie Hayden brings together paintings, sculptures and written word.
Reflecting on personal experiences of pain, abuse, bereavement and a lifelong struggle with literacy, Hayden recognises the role painting has played in expressing her emotions in the past.

Through the past year, taking part in a programme for Adult Dyslexics, she has found the intense experience of working through language has to be particularly cathartic.For this new work, Hayden explores the everyday difficulties and historic traumas experienced by people who have been affected by dyslexia and the trauma caused by abuses of power. The exhibition itself seeks to create a space of calm, a settling space, evoking the peace the artist has found through painting and a feeling of empowerment through words.

The LAB Gallery
Foley Street, Dublin 1
T: 01 222 5455
E: artsoffice@dublincity.ie
W: dublincityartsoffice.ie/the-lab


Transit Gateway | Silvia Loeffler at The LAB Gallery

18 January to 4 March
Opening Thursday 18 January, 6pm

For the past year, Silvia Loeffler has been deep mapping the changing face of Dublin Port since Medieval Dublin through to the present day. Based at Terminal 1 in Dublin Port, Silvia hand painted and installed a series of 9 large scale maps on site to be seen by passengers travelling through the terminal. We are delighted to present this work on loan from Dublin Port Company at the LAB, where we have hosted a series of monthly seminars convened by Silvia as part of her commission. Transit Gateway was commissioned by Dublin Port Company as part of Port Perspectives, its arts commissioning series aimed at strengthening the bond between Dublin Port and the City and bringing Dublin Port to new audiences through the arts.

The LAB Gallery
Foley Street, Dublin 1
T: 01 222 5455
E: artsoffice@dublincity.ie
W: dublincityartsoffice.ie/the-lab


Folded Space | Alex Pentek at the RHA

19 January to 22 April

The RHA Gallery presents a new body of work by Cork-based sculptor Alex Pentek, titled Folded Space. This site-specific series of artworks, which has been created for the foyer and atrium of the RHA is inspired by Pentek’s long-time interest in origami. Origami informs his work on a practical and philosophical level, as well as an ongoing interest in science and cosmology.

Origami is at the forefront of research into deploy-able forms for use in space exploration, such as the Miura fold. Named after Japanese astrophysicist Koryo Miura, he developed this design to allow astro solar sails to be compactly stored and unfold once in space. On a larger scale origami is now being used as a model to explain Galaxy formation [White & Vogelsberger, 2009, Neyrinck, 2012].

Varying from large scale folded surfaces to small scale more intimate folded works in paper and steel each work is a form of active structure; where the overall form and texture is informed by the complex interaction of many interconnected folded surfaces. As some of the works twist through space they become endless Mobius surfaces, the physicist’s anomaly; a surface that exists in three-dimensional space but only has two dimensions and has the mathematical property of being multi-directional.

Royal Hibernian Academy
Ely Place, Dublin 2
T: (01) 661 2558
E: info@rhagallery.ie
W: rhagallery.ie


The Vanity of Small Differences | Grayson Perry at the RHA

19 January to 19 March

The RHA Gallery is pleased to present The Vanity of Small Differences, 2012, by Grayson Perry which explores the artists’s fascination with taste and class. These six tapestries were created alongside the Channel 4, Bafta-winning documentary series All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry, 2012, in which Perry vis- ited three very different regions of England, exploring the taste of the different social groups he encountered.

The tapestries look at English class through the story of the life of Tim Rakewell, and his progress through modern British society from humble birth to famous death. They are composed of characters, places and objects that Perry encountered on his travels through Sunderland, Tunbridge Wells and the Cotswolds. As well as drawing on these experiences, Perry also took inspiration from art-historical imagery: often early Renaissance religious works but also, and most importantly, William Hogarth’s series of paintings A Rake’s Progress, 1733, which tells the story of the rise and fall of a young man who loses his inherited fortune through a series of bad decisions.

Royal Hibernian Academy
Ely Place, Dublin 2
T: (01) 661 2558
E: info@rhagallery.ie
W: rhagallery.ie


How To Grow (Black Moon) | Group Exhibition at Ground Floor Gallery, Dublin

18 to 21 January 2018

Aaron Smyth, Alex de Roeck, Ciaran Gallen | Mark O’Gorman, Paul McGrane, Sofya Mikhaylova.

Six artists investigate the overlap of instant and eternal gratification that defines the contemporary human condition.Today we perceive and navigate histories in ways more complex than ever, unearthing a global minded ethos struggling to define authentic experience. Through Video and 2D artworks they explore the nebulous, cyclical and engulfing nature of fulfillment.

For further information contact:
gumcollective@gmail.com
stream1info@gmail.com

gumcollective.com
facebook.com/Streamprojects17

 

The Ground Floor Gallery
The Complex
15 Little Green Street,
Smithfield
Dublin 7


Red Bricks and Railings | Walking Tour with Architect Gráinne Shaffrey

13 January 2018 at 3pm

Location: Meet at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios for an introduction. The walking tour will last circa 30 minutes, please wear appropriate clothing for outdoors.

FREE admission, all welcome.

In response to Otobong Nkanga’s current exhibition, The Breath from Fertile Grounds at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, architect Gráinne Shaffrey of Shaffrey Architects will lead a tour of the local area. The tour will take in the different red brick work and wrought iron railings that define Dublin as a city. This event will be framed by conversations that Shaffrey and Nkanga had in the development of the exhibition, which includes reclaimed bricks and wrought iron elements inspired by the fabric of Dublin city.

Gráinne Shaffrey is an architect. The practice, Shaffrey Architects, has been involved in a number of architectural and research projects, often in collaboration with others, which have engaged with the materials and construction techniques found in Dublin City. One of these is field research into traditional brick pointing techniques found in Dublin City, which has contributed to a renewed interest and skill in ‘wigging’, a practice very typical in Georgian Dublin and continued into the 20th Century. Materials and their application in all aspects of architecture is an important strand of interest for the practice.

Booking: eventbrite.ie

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
5 – 9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2
T: 01 671 0073
E: info@templebargallery.com
W: templebargallery.com


EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, Docklands, Dublin

9 January to 23 December 2017

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum is a state-of-the-art interactive experience located in the beautiful vaults of the CHQ building in Dublin’s Docklands, the original departure point for so many of Ireland’s emigrants. It will inspire and guide visitors on a journey to discover the stories of Irish emigration around the world, from early times to the modern day.

Over the centuries, some 10 million people have left the island of Ireland. At EPIC you can step through 20 themed galleries to find out why people left, see how they influenced the world they found, and experience the connection between their descendants and Ireland today. Immerse yourself in the stories of some of the most remarkable tales of sacrifice, endurance, adventure, and discovery the world has ever known. EPIC brings these amazing stories to life in a unique and spectacular way.

Prices:
Adult (Age 16-64): EUR 14
Senior (Age 65+): EUR 12
Child (Age 6-15): EUR 7
Infants (Age 5 and under): EUR 0
Family ticket (2 adults and 2 child): EUR 35
Combo ticket (EPIC and the Irish Family History Centre): EUR 22

Booking link

Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum,
CHQ
Dublin
D01 T6K4
W: epicchq.com


Push and Pull | Niall de Buitléar at the RHA

19 January to 11 February

Niall de Buitléar presents Push and Pull a new body of work for the RHA Ashford Gallery. The work in this exhibition employs an abstract vocabulary that is articulated through the layering and accumulation of simple forms that in their multiplicity become more complex structures.

Drawing is central to the artist’s practice and de Buitléar is interested in how drawing can ow into other media. There is a back and forth dialogue between the two-dimensional and three-dimensional, the handmade and the digital. The artist also takes inspiration from ideas relating to music. The paintings in Push and Pull are influenced by the writings of musician David Byrne, in his book How Music Works, 2012, where Byrne describes his collaborations with musician Brian Eno and the band Talking Heads, 1975-1991 and their attempts to structure music using layered textures rather than following the conventional western musical structures, to create a composition that is “multilayered and non-hierarchal; it has no centre or focal point.”

De Buitléar’s paintings begin with the circle. He composes this circle into multiples that are then arranged geometrically and become the main framework for layered, linear, black and white works that continuously explore ideas of tex- ture, rhythm, structure, tone, and movement.

Royal Hibernian Academy
Ely Place, Dublin 2
T: (01) 661 2558
E: info@rhagallery.ie
W: rhagallery.ie


Primed Vision | Stephanie Deady at Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin

11 January to 10 February 2018

Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin presents a solo exhibition of new paintings by Stephanie Deady.

Stephanie Deady works from photographs, found images and from memory to create paintings of her surroundings, both experienced and recalled. On wooden panels, the paintings depict part of Deady’s studio, the counter top in the kitchen of a friend’s house and the corner of a living room in Italy, among other alcoves. Within these compositions small and precise brush strokes present austere and pared back scenes. To counter this, other paintings present landscapes and interiors, fragmented by gestural brushstrokes. Deady often focuses on one image and through close observation; she presents various iterations of the same space. In this way, subtle changes in the representation of the space become apparent. Minor adjustments to the perspective and horizon allude to a concern and curiosity with how a place is transformed in its representation.

Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Chancery Lane, Dublin, Ireland.
T: (01) 475 9514
E: info@kevinkavanagh.ie
W: kevinkavanaghgallery.ie


Between the Sea and the Sky | Olivia O’Dwyer and Dawny Tootes at Ranelagh Arts Centre

19 January to 8 February

An exhibition of abstract landscapes and aluminum sculptures that depict the sky, sea and land.

Recent works that explore our surroundings through observation by absorption, an emotional response to the landscape.

Ranelagh Arts
26 Ranelagh,
Dublin 6
T: 01 547 7775
E: info@ranelagharts.org
W: ranelagharts.org


Headland | Elizabeth Magill at the RHA

19 January to 25 February

Elizabeth Magill makes works of tremendous beauty. Following a hugely successful opening exhibition; the Limerick City Gallery of Art is delighted to bring Elizabeth Magill’s Headland to the RHA. The exhibition was curated by Limerick City Gallery of Art’s director Una McCarthy and is a recipient of an Arts Council Touring and Dissemination Award.

Headland opened in Limerick in early September and was seen by over 12,000 people during its twelve week run, which made it one of the most popular exhibitions to open at LCGA in recent years.

Magill explains that although her work refers to landscape it is more like an exterior view, an attempt to create a setting or space to place things….a kind of deposit of thoughts and observations within the framework of a personal and painting practice.

Join Elizabeth Magill and Barbara Dawson for a talk and walk through the exhibition at the RHA at 5.30 pm 31st January 2018

The exhibition will travel to the Ulster Museum in April 2018.

Royal Hibernian Academy
Ely Place, Dublin 2
T: (01) 661 2558
E: info@rhagallery.ie
W: rhagallery.ie