Category: Leinster – Dublin

alone together | Ste Murray at Powerscourt Townhouse

22 November to 14 January

An exhibition in Powerscourt Townhouse by Ste Murray, an architectural and performance photographer from Dublin. The exhibition stems from a journey made in fragments. It is the result of work gathered from years of global stumbling. A limited number of prints will be available for purchase.

For more info:

Powerscourt Centre,
William Street South,
Dublin 2

My Port, River City | Group Exhibition at CHQ Building, Dublin 1

8 to 10 December

As part of Dublin Port Company’s arts commissioning series, Port Perspectives, students from Ringsend College will exhibit new photographic works at the CHQ Building in an exhibition entitled ‘My Port, River, City’, offering new perspectives on the interplay between the capital’s port, river and city as captured through the eyes of secondary school students growing up in the midst of the city’s natural and built environment.

Students exhibiting in My Port, River, City were mentored by photographic artist Mella Travers and supported by Dublin Port Company.

The CHQ Building
1 Custom House Quay,
North Dock,

Arrival | Open Exhibition at dlr LexIcon

8 December to 21 January

The biennial Open Exhibition featuring the work of artists connected to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County. The 2017 exhibition has been selected by Gemma Tipton, journalist, writer and critic of contemporary art and architecture; the theme is Arrival.

Arrival always implies a journey, but it doesn’t have to be physical. It can be arrival at an idea, or an insight, something finished, something understood. It’s about that moment when you suddenly just know you’ve got there – wherever “there” may be. Making art can be an arrival. So too can looking at it.

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

Irina Gheorghe | Basic Talks at The Hugh Lane

8 December

Irina Gheorghe will present her current research and practice in a lecture-performance called ‘Preliminary Remarks on the Study of What Is Not There’. Irina Gheorghe studied painting and photography at the University of Arts Bucharest and is currently a PhD candidate at GradCAM, DIT. Her current work explores the notion of deviation as a technique of estranging the everyday. As tools for this estrangement, she is interested in how the language of modernism can become a platform for interstellar communication, and how the absurd structures our relationship to a world beyond perception.

Irina Gheorghe also works as part of the artist duo The Bureau of Melodramatic Research to investigate how passions shape contemporary society, as well as our affective relationship to an unhuman universe. Her projects have been shown at Trafó Gallery Budapest, WASP Bucharest, Savvy Contemporary Berlin, Pratt Manhattan Gallery New York, Times Museum Guangzhou, WING Hong Kong, HOME Manchester, CAC Vilnius, National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest, bak Utrecht, mumok Vienna, National Dance Centre Bucharest, DEPO Istanbul, Ujazdowsky Castle Warsaw and messagesalon Zurich.

BASIC TALKS is a series of talks with leading contemporary practitioners, taking place at The Hugh Lane on the second Friday of every month. Curated by Basic Space in partnership with The Hugh Lane, BASIC TALKS is a platform for lectures, workshops, presentations, and performances. Speakers will include artists, curators, writers, and critics who will generate discourse on producing, framing and exhibiting art.


Gallery 18
Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
T: + 353 1 222 5550

Yvonne McGuinness | Amharc Fhine Gall 11th Edition at Draiocht, Dublin 15

22 November to 3 February 2017

‘Holding ground where the wood lands’ is a new commission by Draíocht for the 11th edition of Amharc Fhine Gall (Fingal Gaze) funded by Fingal County Council. The annual exhibition was initiated by Fingal County Council’s Arts Office in 2004 to provide a platform for visual artists from or living in Fingal.

‘Holding ground where the wood lands’ is an immersive two-channel film installation by artist Yvonne McGuinness who grew up in Portmarnock, Co Dublin. Close to her family home there was a field where she often played. For this newly-commissioned work she has revisited this location and its surrounding area. Employing an auto-ethnographic approach, she worked with a group of male teenagers from Dublin  15 to create the film installation. McGuinness navigates this territory through the use of writing, performance, video, sound and sculptural elements. Curated by Sharon Murphy, Draíocht Curator-in-Residence 2017.
Draiocht’s Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm.

Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15 |

Momentum | PERSPEX at The Complex, Dublin 7

6 to 10 December

Momentum is a group exhibition of works by eleven emerging artists working under the name PERSPEX. The exhibition includes painting, photography and sculpture. Momentum explores the concepts of space and place; their interconnectedness and the often subtle, sometimes overlooked, influences that they exert on our lives.

The Complex
15 Little Green St,
Dublin 7
T: (01) 544 6922

Locus | David Eager Maher at Oliver Sears Gallery

30 November to 25 January

Oliver Sears Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Locus, an exhibition of eight new paintings by Dublin born artist David Eager Maher, his debut at the gallery.

While ‘locus’ is a term used in physics and medicine, its English derivatives ‘location’ and ‘locale’ strike more purposefully at the heart of Eager Maher’s motives. Technically complex, each painting is constructed using imagery taken from art historical references, real places and imagined landscapes. The environment the artist creates is empty of human figures, although the buildings and interior views imply human interaction in the past. Lush foliage permeates the compositions, a living metaphor for the end of colonialism as the jungle literally swallows up the conquistadors driven to tame it.

But ‘Locus’ also represents autobiography. The quiet within each frame reflects the artist’s self imposed isolation where, by confining himself to a small focused existence, he can attempt to understand the history of a much bigger world; One where realism is not about real things but how things are really. ‘Locus’ is the work of a 19th century explorer living in 21st century Wicklow.

An essay by Seamus McCormack will accompany the exhibition. An online catalogue will also be available.

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

Winter Group Exhibition 2017 at Solomon Fine Art

24 November to 27 January

The exhibition, opening in advance of Christmas and running until late January 2018, will showcase work by a range of artists whose pieces can be found in many notable public and private collections. Sculptors and painters in the show will include the well-known Solomon Gallery artists such John Behan RHA, Anthony Scott, Patrick O’Reilly, Margaret Egan, Comhghall Casey, Leah Beggs, Orla de Brí, Peter Killeen, Frances Ryan, Stephanie Hess, Bridget Flinn, Tom Climent, and Helen O’Sullivan-Tyrrell amongst many others. The gallery is also happy to be showing a number of invited artists at this exhibition.

Bringing together works of different media, sizes and prices, the Winter Group Show will provide the perfect opportunity to find a special gift for your loved ones this Christmas.

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

Luminous Void: Experimental Film Society Documents | Book Launch at Filmbase, Dublin

Saturday 2 December, 4pm

Experimental Film Society (EFS) is pleased to announce the publication of Luminous Void: Experimental Film Society Documents, a book chronicling the history of EFS. The book launch will feature a special live performance by Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain.

EFS is an international group of filmmakers dedicated to the creation of personal, formally challenging cinema. Originally founded by Rouzbeh Rashidi in Tehran, EFS has been based in Dublin since 2004 where it has been responsible for injecting a new energy into Irish alternative film. Its defiantly independent vision, both deeply informed by film history and radically modern, has animated over five hundred films as well as numerous performances, installations and sound works.

Luminous Void: Experimental Film Society Documents chronicles this unique chapter in contemporary underground cinema by compiling a series of essays, interviews and manifestos that set out and explore the ideas that drive and emerge from EFS filmmaking. It includes new texts by renowned film critic Adrian Martin, and by Alice Butler & Daniel Fitzpatrick, the curatorial team behind AEMI (artists and experimental moving image).

Filmbase, 2 Curved St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

KING PING PONG 2017 | Table Tennis Tourney for the Visual Arts Community, Dublin

Tuesday 28 November

King Ping Pong is the 6th annual, inter-organisational table tennis tourney for the visual arts community. Have a drink, chat and casual knock-around or compete in the tournament to be Irish art royalty.
If you would like to compete – please email

Anyone in the visual arts can play under the banner of an organisation, gallery, studio, college… – office staff, members, techs, artists, board members, curators, lecturers, registrars, writers, interns, collectors etc.

There will also be a brand new KRAZY TABLE this year, made by artist David Lunney!

It has been a year since new King Will Curtis held the KPP trophy-bat aloft for Project, and time has come again to swig a beer with one hand while swatting a small white ball away with the other.

Taking place at Kevin Kavangh, Chancery Lane, Dublin / 7 till Victory / BYOB

Captive Moments | Sarah Gallagher at Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin

3 December to 4 February
Exhibition opening by Dermot Whelan from Today FM on Sunday 3 December, 3pm

Sarah Gallagher lives in Howth, Co. Dublin where she works from her home studio. She is drawn to the natural balance of colour, the inspiring hues and textural combination of the natural environment. Sarah’s exhibition explores the contrasting light and colour of Connemara and the greyed colours of the Eastern coastline. Moving water, merging distance, waves, grasses, moddy cloud formation all stimulate her senses and urger Sarah to render that joy.

Séamus Ennis Arts Centre
Naul, Fingal, Co. Dublin
T: +353 (0)1 802 0898

Culture: a Visual Snapshot of Now | Risograph Exhibition at FRAME, Dublin 2

30 November to 20 December
Exhibition launch 30 November, 6pm

Join Damn Fine Print for our big annual end of year show at FRAME. Each year Damn Fine Print try to push the boundaries of design and showcase some of the creative talent that’s out there. The exhibition will feature 30 images from the brightest stars and rising talents in the global design industry.

Featuring exclusive risograph prints designed by artist from all over the globe inspired by the the theme culture – a visual snapshots of now. Embracing the Risograph printing method and all its beautiful quirks and character, each one of these prints will be available in strict limited edition of 30 and on sale for 30 euro on the night.

This exclusive new collection will be available to buy at FRAME, online at and also at the Damn Fine Print studio in Stoneybatter, Dublin 7.

53 South William Street, Dublin 2
T: 0860814469

Sketches from the Divine Comedy | Leonard Sexton at CHQ Building, Dublin

23 November to 2 December

Leonard Sexton uses the storey of the Dante’s Inferno to make possible comparisons to modern life.

The images in his works aim to visualise and define the pace and meaning of modern life through his paintings. It’s about a procession of life and death.

CHQ Building
Custom House Quay,
North Dock,
Dublin 1

the nature of drifting | Ulrich Vogl at Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin

23 November to 23 December
Opening reception 23 Thursday, 6pm

Ulrich Vogl presents a series of new works across a variety of media. He takes 3D maps as his starting point, playing and working with them he changes their context. In day and night / night and day, the ragged edge of a landmass contrasts with the rigid boundary between one day and the next represented by the international date line. Vogl explores the aesthetic of these mapping techniques to consider the passage of time and various discrepancies that occur in its representation.

For the piece Alpen – half restored, Ulrich Vogl commissioned the conservator for contemporary art in Hamburg and Berlin, Claartje van Haften, to restore a map of the Alps by removing streets, cities and other symbols of civilisation using the same restoration techniques often used to repair damaged paintings. In doing this, he suggests a landmass free from human colonisation. The ‘ready-made’ map gets almost completely over-painted and thus becomes a painting. ‘Back to nature’ in this case actually means leaving many human traces behind. In the process of overlaying the map, manipulating it and altering it gradually through the medium of paint, familiar topographies are subverted.

The fifteen maps in the exhibition will be presented alongside two previous installations by Vogl that have also centered on the issue of land and territory.

Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Chancery Lane, Dublin, Ireland.
T: (01) 475 9514

In Our Time | Gerard Byrne at Kerlin Gallery

1 December to 20 January

For his debut exhibition at Kerlin Gallery, Gerard Byrne presents a new video installation, In Our Time. Commissioned for the 2017 edition of Skulptur Projekte Münster, In Our Time depicts the daily activities of an archetypal commercial radio station, provoking questions around the relationship between radio broadcasting, time, pop music and collective memory. The exhibition opens with a reception in the company of the artist on Thursday 30 November, 6–8pm.

Centred around the control booth of the radio station, the camera moves continuously through the meticulously realised mise-en-scène Byrne has created, picturing in detail the cassettes and vinyl, the microphones and speakers, alongside the various other hardware used to coalesce pop music, call-ins, news bulletins and the voice of the presenter himself, into a seamless ethereal broadcast. Of non-fixed duration, In Our Time plays back in sync with actual time of day during the gallery opening hours, and as such establishes a richly complex relationship between the hidden space of the radio broadcast depicted, and the physical circumstances of the gallery viewer. As with many of Byrne’s previous works, In Our Time conjoins ideas of naturalism from film, physical presence from theatre, together with the concrete temporality of radio broadcasting, into a hybrid form influenced by Bertolt Brecht.

Kerlin Gallery, Anne’s Lane, Dublin 2
T: +3531 670 9093

Dublin Gallery Weekend 2017 | 23 – 26 November

Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 November

This weekend in November will be the third edition of Dublin Gallery Weekend. This city-wide event is a collaboration between almost 40 art galleries and museums across the city, who have joined together to present a specially programmed series of free public events such as talks, concerts, tours, workshops and more, alongside their exciting exhibitions and projects by a diverse range of artists. Dublin Gallery Weekend invites visitors to come and experience something new, and to discover art in galleries of all types ranging from the biggest modern art museums in the country to the smallest, tucked away experimental art spaces.

Participating galleries include the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane, the Project Arts Centre, Kerlin Gallery, the National College of Art and Design Gallery, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, The Lab Gallery, Artbox, The Library Project, The Royal Hibernian Academy and many more.

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That’s Not Me | Rodney Graham at IMMA

24 November to 18 February

IMMA is delighted to present That’s Not Me, a survey from 1994 to the present, of the work of Canadian artist Rodney Graham. Opening during Dublin Gallery Weekend, this is the first major presentation of Graham’s work in Ireland, focusing on his illuminated lightboxes and film works. Graham lives and works in Vancouver, Canada and is associated with the 1980s Vancouver School of post-conceptual photography alongside peers such as Jeff Wall and Stan Douglas (who so memorably exhibited in IMMA in 2014). The Vancouver School is a group defined by a style of photography in which moments from art history are replicated. Graham represented Canada at the 47th Venice Biennale in 1997 and his work features in significant museum collections around the world including Tate Modern, MoMA and the Centre Pompidou.

Rodney Graham is one of the most consistently inventive artists to have emerged in the last 40 years, tirelessly questioning what it means to be an artist today. Through genre-defying experimentalism, Graham’s practice has shifted from conceptual photography and installation to encompass film, performance, music and painting. His works, informed by psychology, literature and storytelling, present cyclical narratives layered with puns and references. Historical figures such as Lewis Carroll, Sigmund Freud, Raymond Roussel and Kurt Cobain are explored with Graham’s typical sense of humour.

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
T: 01-612990

Paper Visual Art Journal, Volume 8 Hard Copy Launch

Thursday, 23 November from 7pm to 10pm

Please join Paper Visual Art Journal for the launch of volume 8, at the Candle Bar, Kelly’s Hotel, 36 South Great Georges St (above Hogan’s).

With contributions by Rob Doyle, Colin Graham, Sara Greavu, Jennie Guy, Caoimhín Mac Giolla Leith, Eoghan McIntyre, Maeve Mulrennan, Nathan O’Donnell, Morgan Quaintance, Joanna Walsh, and Colin Ward.

Kindly supported by the Arts Council.

Black Church Print Studio Friends Print Draw Fundraiser 2017

29 November

Now in its sixteenth year, Black Church Print Studio Friends exists to allow you to show your interest in, and your support, for the Studio. An important part of our fundraising efforts, your contribution is essential for the development of the Studio’s activities and enables us to purchase necessary equipment and upgrade our facilities, in order to maintain a leading professional facility for our Member and Non-Member artists. One of the benefits of becoming a Friend of the Studio is the hugely popular annual Friends Print Draw.

How does The Friends Print Draw work?
Tickets are sold in advance. Each person who purchases a ticket becomes a Friend and is allocated a ticket number. Everyone is guaranteed to win a print.

On the night of the Draw, all Friends view the prints on display from 6pm. At 7pm, the Draw begins, with ticket numbers pulled out the Studio’s classic bowler hat. As your ticket number is drawn, you choose your favourite print from the selection.

If you are picked from the hat first, you choose from the full range of 65 prints on display. There are a maximum of 55 tickets sold, so everyone will have a choice! All prints included are by Black Church Print Studio artists, many of which are worth twice or three times the price of the Friends ticket.

Tickets: €150 (Individual) / €300 (Corporate)

Location: The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2
T: 01 6773629

Conversation in Paint | Larissa Watson at The Athena Room, Sol Art

1 to 6 December

Visual artist, Larissa Watson will showcase a selection of her mixed media paintings which depict images and feelings derived from a dream world – a place of thoughts and realities that merge the conscious reality of here, with that of other worlds and states of being.

Curated by Tony Strickland

Sol Art Gallery
8 Dawson Street Dublin 2
T: 01 6750972