Category: Leinster – Dublin

Sam Walsh Liam Flynn Exhibitions at Oliver Sears Gallery

2 February to 16 March

Unknown Territory | Sam Walsh
Unknown Territory is Sam Walsh’s second exhibition at the gallery. Recent small scale works on paper and on canvas reprise the artist’s foremost concern of depicting observation and emotion in his own long studied abstract language. The works on paper rely more on coloured lines for depiction while the paintings are bolstered with fields of colour.

In addition, works from the 2001 Airborne scenes are being shown. Rich, graphite images on paper, these works are intensely personal. Here, the artist tries to represent the complexities of combat drawing on the wartime experiences of his father.

12 Oak Vessels | Liam Flynn
Liam Flynn, a regular exhibitor at the gallery, continues to innovate using a technique of turning wood that is more than three thousand years old. Using oak as his sole material the timber is first turned while still green allowing later seasoning to effect shape and form. Within these dozen vessels are references to footed cauldrons, fluted silver vessels, and earthenware urns from antiquity.

Flynn takes the concept of a vessel, applies expert technique and creates a fine art object. The visibility of fine art values within the traditional applied art context is becoming ever clearer.

Oliver Sears Gallery
29 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
T: +353 1 644 9459

somewhere city, paintings | Leonard Sexton at The Doorway Gallery

4 to 20 February | Opening Saturday 4 February, 2pm

Leonard Sexton’s paintings attempt to personalize and draw comparisons between certain social and political ideals. In more recent times, a large body of his work is influenced by the text of ‘Dante’s Inferno’.

In this current body of work, the use of colour and brushworks, combine towards complications, questions and away from a clear expression of an abundance and perfect nature. The paintings are about dissolving, movement and the change over time. The object is to paint a place, and make it wholly personal, that considers emotional turbulence, exchange and emotional resonance. A placeless quality to all parts of the same place could reveal a more intimate connection. Urban histories social system becomes personalised. All that forms a collision of materials and psychological background.

The Doorway Gallery
24 South Frederick Street Dublin 2
T: 01 764 5895

Group Show at Origin Art Gallery, Dublin 2

27 January to 14 February 2017
Origin Gallery, 37 Fitzwilliam Street Upper, Dublin 2

Group show at Origin Art Gallery. The exhibition features work by: Suzy O’ Mullane, Ronan O’ Reilly, Leah Hewson, Pete Monaghan, Mary Tritschler, Carole Shubotham, Kathrine Geoghegan, Jacqueline Stanley, Susan Morley and Patrick Walshe. With 20% off for January.

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

Exposure | Emily Peat at NCAD Gallery, Dublin 8

30 January to 1 February 2017 | Opening: 30 January, 6pm
National College of Art and Design, 100 Thomas St, Dublin 8

Exposure is a solo exhibition of photography by Emily Peat. The photographs show the complicated relationship fluorescent lights in motion have with each other. The collection marks a fork in the artist’s creative flow from working in black and drawing to a collection in which she explores bright and bold colours through the medium of photography. Peat found herself with a collection of vivid, neon images through experimentation, serendipity and happy accidents. The subjects of many of her photographs are friends, old and new. The large images, powerful colours and big themes result in a strong impact on viewers of the collection. The pictures are a variety of unedited long exposure portrait shots captured digitally. Emily is currently a first year student at NCAD.

Curated by Vis Cult
Vis Cult is a curatorial group of eleven Visual Culture BA students comprising of Rebecca Auld, Luke Colgan, James Delany, Ellen Doyle, Hollie Gilson, Ali Horan, Grace Lynch, Eppi Maminingo, Clodagh Moore, Emma O’Connor and Michelle O’Malley. The project was undertaken as part of BA and the group are very excited to present the artist’s work.

Vis Cult
T: 0862369169
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Irish Society of Botanical Artists Open Day

Saturday 4 February, 11.00 to 4.00pm
Visitor Centre, National Botanic Gardens

Learn about the Irish Society of Botanical Artists with:

• Painting demonstrations
• Botanical cards, prints, catalogues etc for sale
• Information on ISBA membership and botanical art tuition
• Children’s arts and crafts corner

Raffle in aid of the Simon Community.

Free illustrated talk – An ISBA and Irish Garden Plant Society joint event – 2.00pm Visitor Centre Auditorium

Guest Speaker: Stephen Butler (Curator of Horticulture, Dublin Zoo)
Zoo habitats – immersing the animals and visitors in naturalistic planting at Dublin Zoo

BARDO | Aisling Conroy at Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin 1

5 February to 4 March 2017 | Opening: 5 February, 3pm
Olivier Cornet Gallery, 3 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1

The Olivier Cornet Gallery is delighted to present ‘Bardo’ a solo show by invited artist Aisling Conroy.

Aisling Conroy’s latest work, explores the idea of intention, reincarnation and repetition within physical and psychological realities. Her paintings, are impressions of pseudo-ritualistic meditative aids, focusing on Eastern iconographic art and Tantric art. Conroy attempts to represent portals and patterns that must be passed through or broken during the process of transformation and ultimately liberation, within love, life, death and rebirth.

Also on exhibition will be a number of items on loan from the Patrick Scott Archive in the National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL), Dublin. Through this invaluable archive, Aisling has drawn parallels between her own art practice and life as an artist. A Patrick Scott drawing, one of his studio books and personal photographs will be included alongside the work in ‘Bardo’. Guest speaker: Pauline Cummins, artist |

Parc Du Souvenir | Stephen Brandes at Oonagh Young Gallery

26 January to 24 February
Opening Thursday 26 January, 6pm

Oonagh Young Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Stephen Brandes, Parc Du Souvenir inspired by the lives and legacies of two very different individuals. Patrick Geddes, an eccentric polymath who was a radical influence on city planning in Edinburgh during the early 20th century, and Gűnter Grass, author of The Tin Drum, who witnessed the utter destruction of his home city, Danzig, during the Second World War. Through his multi-disciplinary approach, Brandes has developed these points of interest into a broader meditation on historical periods of ‘enlightenment’ and their subsequent periods of ‘suspension’. Architecture, monuments and artifacts recur throughout the work as displaced signs that remain after the ideologies that produced them have collapsed, out of context and often out of shape.

The exhibition consists of a large drawing on floor vinyl, with video and a selection of drawings and collages. The video combines two works, Sitzfleisch Recalls and Sitzfleisch Reflects. Brandes invented the fictional Alfred Sitzfleisch five years ago and continues to explore and satirise the events of this hapless character through a stream-of-consciousness style memoir. In this work, Sitzfleisch makes a journey across Europe and fantasises about crossing paths with Geddes and Grass whilst facing various misfortunes along the way. The floor vinyl drawings continue a process Brandes describes as ‘cerebral attic clearance’; a conceptual, organic unfolding of all the ideas preoccupying him to generate an epic multilayered vista.

Brandes’ work manipulates a multiplicity of elements that balances humour and poignancy, absurdity and profundity and the familiar and the sinister.

Oonagh Young Gallery
James Joyce Street, Dublin 1
T: +353 1 8558600

Two Exhibitions by Catherine Delaney and Fiona Hackett at Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon

27 January to 12 March

The two exhibitions opening at dlr LexIcon in January are: ‘then again’ – an installation by Catherine Delaney and ‘Mausoleums of Precious Belongings’ – photographs by Fiona Hackett.

‘then again’ an installation by Catherine Delaney consists of an assemblage of unwanted clothes that are heaped in the corner of the Gallery space. These are produced by actions such as random piling, loose stacking and dropping, allowing the assemblage to shift and move in unpredictable ways emphasising the nature of the material. The physical nature of matter alone motivates its use, rather than the artist’s subjective decision making.

Fiona Hackett’s work in ‘Mausoleums of Precious Belongings’ explores the spaces of self-storage facilities in this conceptual documentary photography project. The exhibition will include images of these strange spaces as well as portraits of people with some of the items that they are storing. The concept behind the work speaks to uncertain, complicated times and the unsettled, fragmented lives which are lived as a result.

Municipal Gallery
LexIcon, Haigh Terrace, Moran Park, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
T: 01 2362759

30 Years Artists Places at Draiocht, Blanchardstown   Recently updated !

12 January to 25 March
Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15

One of the most significant exhibitions of Irish artists in recent years, 30 Years, Artists, Places marks 30 years since Local Authorities embarked on providing for the arts locally, featuring 30 artists and 30 places.

Renowned artists such as Tony O’Malley, Alice Maher, Robert Ballagh, John Kindness, Norah McGuiness, Sean McSweeney, Sean Lynch and John Shinnors alongside emerging artists Cora Cummins, Cleary Connolly, Lisa Fingleton, Jenny Brady, Vanessa Lopez and David Stephenson and many others feature in the exhibition, which is being funded by The Arts Council.

The collection speaks of places, people and home which reflect upon local authority arts development as just that, of a place and of a people, of rural and urban Ireland, of home in a changing island where we are bold with new ideas but rooted in our past.

The exhibition is a must see, not just for the extraordinary line up of Irish artists but for the stories of how each work came to be purchased, commissioned or acquired by local authorities. Therein lies the real narrative; the quiet, genuine and imaginative support for Irish artists demonstrated by our local government for the past 30 years.

Ground and First Floor Galleries

T: 01 8852622

Art in Public Space at Patricia McKenna Artist Studio, Dublin

Sunday 29 January, starting at 11:00 a.m.

As part of start’17 – the International Celebration of Contemporary Sculpture, Patricia McKenna is hosting a small informal event in her studio where there will be food and conversation and a continuous projection of artists work throughout the event.

I am interested in the diversity and broad range of the concept and possibilities of working with art in public spaces.

The artists Patricia has invited engage with Public Space on a number of different levels, some create large scale sculpture, others through performance using music, sound and dance while others use Landscape and nature as the source and site of their work, some work alone while others engage with local groups and communities.

There will be an ongoing discussion about the work and Public Art in general.

Participating Artists:
Katherine Atkinson, Bernadette Beecher, Ber Burns, Clare Behan, Anne Cradden, Diana Caramaschi, Remco de Fouw, Clodagh Holahan, Trish Hurl, Rachel Joynt, Maria Kerin, Mark Lawlor, F X Murphy, Eileen McCann, Patricia McKenna, Therry Rudin, Carole Shubotham.

Please register to attend:

Patricia McKenna Artist studio
17 Abbey Road, Monkstown
A94FK54 Dublin

Under Surveillance and Zeitgeist at Project Arts Centre

25 and 26 January

The Goethe-Institut Irland presents two events that consider and explore data privacy in our digital age: Under Surveillance and Zeitgeist, taking place at Project Arts Centre, Dublin.

On Wednesday 25 January, the Goethe-Institut and Connect the Dots present “Under Surveillance”, a dinner and discussion about digital information, data protection and identity. While data may indeed be the key to unlocking a better future, we often get swept away in the positive, almost rapturous language that surrounds new technological developments. This leaves us little time to reflect on the effects on our identity, on our emotional wellbeing, on our security versus our privacy. If we are indeed digital by default, how do we know if it’s working for us and not against us…?

Over a long table dinner in Project Arts Centre’s The Cube, people from all backgrounds and different interests – from artists to politicians to data analysts to leaders of tech companies to academics– including Renate Samson, Chief Executive of Big Brother Watch; Eamon Ryan, Green Party leader; Edward McDonnell, Director of CeADAR Centre for Applied Data Analytics; and journalist Una Mullally – discuss this incredibly important and increasingly complex topic.

The following evening, Thursday 26 January, Turkish artist Nezaket Ekici presents the performance / installation Zeitgeist, which has been realised in Santa Monica, LA (2006), Istanbul (2006), Herford (2010) and Stuttgart (2011).

Is it possible to see modern cities – becoming more and more identical – with an outsider’s eye? To what extent is Dublin still itself? In the face of a constructed persona, does the city still embrace its own reality? In ‘Zeitgeist’, Ekici aims to expose a contrary insight without representing the city’s well-known image.

Prior to her gallery performance, the artist will run through Dublin with a camera, filming the people and the city, moving like a living security camera throughout Dublin. In Project Arts Centre’s The Cube, you’ll see this marathon film, and next to it, a second projection showing a live close-up of the artist’s face, who runs on the spot, in front of her film.

Under Surveillance – dinner and dialogue about information and identity in the digital age
At The Cube, Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex Street, Dublin 2
FREE but ticketed: 

Zeitgeist by Nezaket Ekici
Wednesday January 25th, 8pm
Duration 2 hours, no interval
At The Cube, Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex Street, Dublin 2
FREE but ticketed:

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Launch of Artistic Programme for 2017

Friday 20 January, 6pm

Join us at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios to celebrate the launch of our new artistic programme for 2017.

Sheila Pratschke, Chair of the Arts Council, will launch the 2017 Artistic Programme and unveil our new publication, which presents a round-up of the exhibitions, events and opportunities for artists, that we have planned for the coming year.

The full programme of events will be available from from 20 January 2017.

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

Visual Rhythm | Group Exhibition at Graphic Studio Gallery

21 January to 11 February

Graphic Studio Gallery are delighted to announce the presentation of ‘Visual Rhythm’, an exhibition of artworks that demonstrate a sense of rhythm. Art with an element of repetition, a repeated pattern, or a sense of rhythmic movement is presented in multiple media.

Highlights include, Sling Series, a group of boldly coloured abstract works by Richard Gorman, that hinge upon repeated variations of a central motif made up of flat shapes laid one upon the other: a square; a curved triangle; a diamond. An enormous etching by Grainne Cuffe, with intricate curved lines depicting a swooping tulip in full bloom. Yoko Akino’s small, distinctive landscapes, with detailed blocks of patterned lines that represent views from the east and west coast of Ireland, influenced by her memories of the Honshu coastline, between the Japanese and Pacific Ocean. Charles Tyrell’s exuberant lithographs, that appear to almost spin with splashes of colour. David Kings lazer cut steel sculptures, Felim Egan’s rhythmic carborundum prints, and Alison Kay’s shimmering patterned ceramics.

The Gallery will run a print demonstration on Saturday 28 January, at 2pm, unveiling the mystery behind some of the print making methods used in the exhibition. Attendance is free, but booking is essential.

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

The Darker Room | Group Exhibition at GalleryX

20 January to 4 February

‘The Darker Room’ is a group photographic exhibition by Irish and international photographers, both up and coming and well known. A collection of discomforting images, a mix of film and digital, these works of portraiture are united by a dark and mysterious mood as the artists engage shadow and darkness in tone, expression, style and mood.

Darkness holds a special place for GalleryX and in these artists’ lives and work. Without the dark, there would be no light and these photographers surely shine a light into a dark world, the darker room.

Curated by Deirdre O’Sullivan

GalleryX, 65 William St S, Dublin 2
T: (01) 549 1630

PALPABLE | Group Exhibition at Steambox

20 January to 5 February
The exhibition launches Friday 20 January, 6pm

The exhibition features three artists, Mireia Avila (IMOCA Artist in Residence, from Valencia Spain), Daniele Idini (ITA/IRL) and Salvatore Fullam (IRL) whose work explore fantasy/reality and past/present dichotomies by using different art mediums and methods of research. Curated by Klara Mamuzic.

School Street, Dublin 8

Relatively Speaking: A guided walking tour across three city art galleries, Dublin 2

Thursday 19 January | 1pm
Meeting point: Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
Free admission, booking is essential.

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.

Beginning at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, you will be introduced to Barbara Knezevic’s solo exhibition Exquisite tempo sector. Visitors will be guided to the next venue, the Gallery of Photography for the exhibition Prix Pictet – Disorder. Finally, the tour will end at Project Arts Centre, where you will be guided through the collective show The Wild.

Book a spot for your parents, friends, cousins, housemates and anyone who you think might like to learn more about the things you love.
Book here:

TBG+S + GPO Witness History | Walking Tour with artist Barbara Knezevic

Wednesday 18 January, 1pm
Meeting point: Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
Free event, booking essential.

GPO Witness History and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios are delighted to present a unique walking tour between Barbara Knezevic’s solo exhibition, Exquisite tempo sector at Temple Bar Gallery and her An Post, public art commission They are of us all, at the GPO Witness History Centre, O’ Connell Street, Dublin.

This unique artist-led tour will give an opportunity for participants to view and experience two different works by Barbara Knezevic. Beginning at TBG+S Gallery, the artist, will give an introduction to her solo exhibition, Exquisite tempo sector. She will then lead participants to They are of us all, created for an internal courtyard within the GPO and as part of GPO Witness History. This permanent artwork is one of a series of artworks that An Post commissioned to commemorate the events of 1916. The artist will speak about the work and the commissioning process.

The tour will take approximately one hour and is free for all attending. Places are limited so sign up early.

Book here:

Sound and Vision | Group Exhibition at Green Gallery, Dublin

4 to 31 January

To commemorate the 1st anniversary of the death of Rock Idol David Bowie, The Green Gallery are excited to announce an exhibition of paintings and sculptures about and depicting the great man.

Fans of David Bowie have submitted pieces of original art for selection, with some of the works for sale. ‘Sound and Vision’ is the only Bowie event open throughout the day in Dublin City and shines a light on some amazing Irish artists. Bowie’s music is being played throughout the exhibition so the exhibit has a unique exciting and atmospheric feel to it as you stroll, sing, and dance around.

The ‘Sound and Vision Bowie Art Exhibition’ is being held in the Dome Exhibition Space, top floor of St. Stephens Green Centre.

The Green Gallery
Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, Dublin 2
T: 085 198 8441

Bound and Embraced | Group Exhibition at GalleryX

7 to 14 January

The exhibition, curated by Marco Carboni, features the work of four Italian artists; Saturno Buttó, Riccardo Mannelli, Giancarlo Bozzani and Diego Magliani.

The first exhibition of the year at GalleryX is dedicated to the erotic practice of bondage. Bondage plays with the tension between submission and free will; between pleasure and pain; between desire and power.

GalleryX, 65 William St S, Dublin 2
T: (01) 549 1630

TEN:Reworked | Liv O’Donoghue at Project Arts Centre

9 January to 11 January
Performance 11 January, 6.30pm

As part of The Wild, Liv O’Donoghue presents TEN:Reworked. TEN is a study in pure movement, distilled from ten independent sections and developed into a duet.

Created by Liv O’Donoghue in collaboration with sound designer Tom Lane, the piece premiered in 2011. Since then it has toured around Ireland, as well as to the Oslo Opera House (Norway), the Laiks Dejot Festival (Latvia) and the Festival Instances, (France).

Liv will be resident in the gallery from Mon 9 Jan until the performance on Wed 11 Jan. TEN was previously presented at Project Arts Centre in 2013.

Liv O’Donoghue trained as a dancer and now works within a variety of performance practices. Her own work has been presented widely across Europe.

Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
T:+353 1 8819 613