Category Archives : Leinster – Dublin

Tom Hunter at Green On Red Gallery

exhibitionTom Hunter
Axis Mundi & Bathing Places, Dublin Bay
20 February – March 28, 2015 | Opens Thursday, February 19, 6-8pm
Green On Red Gallery

The Green On Red Gallery is delighted to announce the opening of Tom Hunter’s fourth solo exhibition, Axis Mundi & Bathing Places, Dublin Bay, at the Spencer Dock gallery on Thursday, February 19, 6-8pm.  The show consists of two separate bodies of work, one made in the last 2 years in the artist’s native England, the other made while on the Artist’s Residency Programme in the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin in 2006.

The artist will give a talk on his work on March 6th, 1-2pm in the Green On Red Gallery in Spencer Dock.  Free.  Booking advisable.  On March 12th Donal Curtin, Senior Partner, BCK Chartered Accountants and Chairman of the Board of Chambers Ireland will give a talk in the gallery on The Art of Collecting at 6pm.  All welcome.

Green On Red Gallery, Park lane (rere of apartments), Spencer Dock, Dublin 1.
T: +353 (0) 1 6713414 or +353 87 245 4282

Leonard Sexton at The House Restaurant, Howth

Braced and Bound

24 February – 16 March 2015
New Waves
The House Restaurant, Howth

New Waves comes from times reflecting on Ireland’s coast. These paintings are wild and weathered, fighting to be furiously passionate and tell exciting tales. The artist has tried to imply through pain, a wonderfully impending sense of doom, as a watch word for all those lost at sea. The boats balance on a knife edge above a vast cavern, water world. Ideas of the harbour as safe haven, boats resting on top of a monstrous power.

home: Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Open Submission Exhibition Opens at dlr LexIcon

exhibitionFriday 13 February – 22 March
Admission is FREE.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Open Submission exhibition, ‘home’, is now on view in the new Municipal Gallery at dlr LexIcon.

The exhibition opened on Friday 13 February as winners selected from the 358 artworks entered in the Open Submission were announced.

David Stephenson was chosen as the overall winner for his photographs of ‘Raymond’ and the two runners up were Judy Foley and Mark Granier.

Selected by Mark St. John Ellis of nag Gallery Dublin, the exhibition features fifty works by thirty seven artists. As selector, Ellis took a universal look at the interpretation of home and selected artworks that reflected the wide range of responses.

The Arts Office is also running a programme of drawing and painting workshops with professional artists to coincide with the exhibition. For further details please


Tara Moran-Woods at Eight Gallery

Preview Friday 20 February, 6 – 8pm.
21 Feb – 6 March.
Eight Gallery, 8 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

ESSOFREE/FORESEES – is based on the life of a visually impaired person. I have researched the condition through a family member who has gradually lost their sight over the past 20 years. Through mixed media and installation the exhibition will feature personal belongings and household items that have been adapted to adjust to everyday life and daily tasks.

Katherine Boucher Beug at Oliver Sears Gallery

Katherine Boucher BeugEquations
26 February – 1 April
Oliver Sears Gallery, Molesworth St, Dublin 2
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 10.00am-5.30pm

Oliver Sears Gallery is pleased to announce the launch of Equations, an exhibition of new work by Cork based artist Katherine Boucher Beug. The exhibition falls into three parts. There are large canvases, subtle watercolours three dimensional works which showcase Boucher Beug’s exploration in using new materials. The artist has said that some of these works are difficult, but after a while they start to exert an influence, like gentle persuaders, revealing experience, opening up sideways ways of seeing the world. Some are also deceptively, and deliciously simple. This describes the assemblage Voyage perfectly. Taken together, the works reveal an individual and unique language. Built on the artist’s researches into colour theory, these works create a lively exchange that reaches out to the viewer. The pieces all interrelate as a collection but speak volumes as standalone pieces. As the artist puts it, there’s a cellist, a jazz pianist, a baroque harpsichord player, all inside, and all with a voice to be heard. The canvases with rough, forceful surfaces made from tin, paper, fabric and nails act as a preparatory sketch for the highly finished sculptural pieces.

Her works can be found in the Arts Council, Bank of Ireland and AIB Collections, Crawford Municipal Gallery and University College Cork.

Equations will be available in the Oliver Sears Gallery from February 26th – April 1st 2015.

Collaborations Festival Exhibition 2015 Exhibition at Smock Alley Theatre

King-Aisling-Smyth19 February – 5 March | Opening: 19 February at 7pm
The Banquet Hall, Smock Alley Theatre, Exchange St. Lower, Dublin 8.
Opening hours: Weekdays 5.30pm – 10.30pm, Saturdays 1.30pm – 10.30pm, Sundays 2pm – 8pm, Mondays – closed

Collaborations Festival of Ideas is proud to present its 2015 exhibition. This group multidisciplinary show features both emerging and established artists and designers working across the mediums of paint, ink, interactive installation, sculpture, sound and textile design. The exhibition focuses on works that are the result of collaborative making, or which will evolve throughout the festival with participation from its audience.

The exhibition opens to the public at 7pm Thursday 19th, runs until Thursday March 5th and admission is free.

Event image by Aisling Smyth.

‘Navigating The Public Space: Anticipation’ Performance by Leah Smith at Connolly Station

listings20 February at 11am

Leah Smith was the winner of Talbot Gallery & Studios Most Promising Graduate Award 2014 for her performance piece at IADT graduate exhibition. As part of her residency Leah’s performance project will take place in three different locations forming a triangle around the gallery, in doing so bringing art into the public space. The three part performance series is in collaboration with three mentors. Contemporary Irish performance artists Amanda Coogan, Dominic Thorpe and Ciara McKeon will each work with Leah exploring the theme of negotiating a public space. Each performance is choreographed to respond to the space and is realised through specific materials and actions. The project recognises the sense of division felt within our society, an aspect mirrored by the separation felt between performer and viewer. Leah’s work aims to bridge the gap between the two through creating a relationship with the audience. The diverse and multi cultural location of Dublin 1 adds to the development of Leah’s previous performances, as she reaches out and embraces a new audience. The nature of performance art is ephemeral, no two performances are the same, the outcome and the audience’s reaction is uncertain in this sense the artist is exposed and vulnerable. This sense of anticipation is tackled by Leah in her first performance of the series.

The first performance ‘Navigating the public space: Anticipation’ mentored by Amanda Coogan will start at 11am on Friday the 20th February 2015 in Connolly Station. Viewers are invited to engage with the performances ongoing conversation. To Coincide with the performance, a tour has been organised to visit the cluster of art spaces in Dublin 1.

Meet at Connolly Station Information Desk 11am Fri 20th Feb WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT?Take a tour of the contemporary in this historic pocket of the city, meet the curators, find out more about the artists from emerging to established, and enjoy a cup of tea/coffee and a chat. Come along, bring a friend and make some new ones. Hosted by The LAB Gallery, Talbot Gallery and Studios, ArtBox Oonagh Young Gallery and Design HQ and Fire Station Artists’ Studios .

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Alan Phelan at the Oonagh Young Gallery

alandeleteif you aren’t all mine
19 February – 20 March | Opening: 19 February at 6pm
Oonagh Young Gallery, 1 James Joyce St, Liberty Corner, Dublin 1

Oonagh Young Gallery is pleased to present if you aren’t all mine, the second solo exhibition in the gallery by Alan Phelan.

The show will be the first Dublin presentation of his 2014 film “Edwart & Arlette”, after exhibitions of the work in Belfast, Stockholm and Treignac, France; as well as the prestigious Bonn Kunstmuseum “Videonale.15” which opens later this month.

The film “Edwart & Arlette” was developed from Phelan’s first gallery project “Handjob” which acted like an open notebook ideas from which the script for the film was developed. That installation has been revised for the exhibition “Selective Memory” at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork and on view there until 15th March 2015.

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Tim Goulding at Taylor Galleries

1-Tim-Goulding-Patching-the-Void-4-2014-monoprint-23-x-23-cm-001‘Patching the Void’ by Tim Goulding
Private View: Thursday 19 February 2015, 6 to 8pm
20 February to 7 March 2015
Taylor Galleries, 16 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Taylor Galleries is pleased to present ‘Patching the Void’, an exhibition marking the launch of a boxed set of etchings and original poems by Tim Goulding that runs from 20 February to 7 March 2015. The show also features a series of related paintings and drawings.

The ‘Patching the Void’ suite of six colour etchings is based on unravelling and patching and was printed as an edition of 30 at Graphic Studio Dublin in 2014. The prints are inspired by energetic particles, veins, threads and used textile surfaces and make sparse poems with textural and calligraphic features with a nod to the ‘wabi-sabi’ aesthetic of Japan. The accompanying poems investigate the path of self-realisation. They speak to the part of humans that loves truth and are unflinching in their acceptance of whatever presents itself; celebrating the sacred in the commonplace.

Jenny Fox at Draiocht

vizjennyfoxDistant Thoughts and Faded Songs
20 February – 25 April
First Floor Gallery, Draiocht, Blanchardstown, Co. Dublin
Draiocht’s Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm. Admission is Free.

Jenny’s work is an emotional response to light and space, exploring the concept place. The predominant mood behind her work is one of dense stillness and unhindered horizon, a sense of quiet and restfulness; an empty place, as if the subject has simply stepped out. Her canvases can appear empty, cold and pared back, but on closer inspection are rich with subtle texture and tone, her colours muted, almost monochrome at times, like the diffused sunlight on an overcast day; indistinct structures nestling within this abstract place veiled by a transparent mist. The composition evolves as the process of applying plaster and oil paint begins. It is these materials, and their application, which creates an environment where things can happen by chance. It is this element of chance which provides the moment of excitement, when the work is led somewhere unexpected . This continues throughout the making process, as the work builds in layers of thin colour, settling into crevices and filling spaces, only to be sanded or scratched back and then re-applied, gradually building a richness of depth.

Jenny works on as many as eight pieces simultaneously. She was brought up in Mayo and now lives and works in Co. Tipperary. A graduate of NCAD, her work is represented in several public collections, including those of University College Dublin, Iona Tech and TSB, as well as private collections in Ireland, UK and Germany.

Bartosz Kolata at Draiocht

20 February – 25 April
Ground Floor Gallery, Draiocht, Blanchardstown, Co. Dublin
Draiocht’s Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm. Admission is Free.

In 1915 Fred Bradna became the Equestrian Director of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus and remained in that position until 1945. They were a part of the show in Hartford Circus in 1944 which saw one of the worst fire disasters in the history of the USA with an estimated 167-169 people dead and more than 700 injured. The show was attended by approximately 7,000 people.

‘Some photographs of Fred Bradna’s troop were a starting point for my canvases. In these paintings I challenge myself with my pessimistic worldview and believe that human existence has no sublime meaning or value. My works are often on the borderline of being kitschy and comical. That is how I see the circus when it is stripped of its romantic and sentimental vision. In these paintings I assemble different and sometimes opposite situations, using my own sense of humour. By combining vintage acrobats, animals, clowns and freaks with modern day people I try to express the senselessness and absurdsity of our nature. By constantly staying with traditional and conservative values, we are unable to deal with our consciousness, leading us to unhappiness and in the end to destruction.’

‘I See a Darkness’ | Group Exhibition at Kevin Kavanagh Gallery

i-see-a-darknessI See a Darkness
19 February – 14 March 2015 | Opening: 19 February at 6pm
Kevin Kavanagh, Chancery Lane, Dublin

Eleanor Duffin { Lorraine Neeson { Paul Nugent { Niamh O’Malley { Nicky Teegan

Upon entering the endangered & extinct species room on a recent visit to the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, almost all of the lights went out. Walking through the long room in this crepuscular mode was an oddly fitting—eyes swimming through darkness and history in the glooming dim. As banal as it seems to highlight, elevated brightness is intrinsic to most displays of fine art—including video works closeted in dark rooms. We don’t tend to wander round galleries squinting, unless it’s from over-illumination, but tempered brightness and tones can offer more than they hide. Stepping into darkness, with both terror and exhilaration, is an essential and universal passage.

This exhibition, which started an an idea to broadly explore the history and mythology of the black mirror*, as both theme and object, has crystallised into a collection of visual incantations by five artists. These will be textually accompanied by excerpts from a variety of fiction and non-fiction sources in the form of a booklet.

*which in a most (un)common forms holds otherworldly connotations and links to unconscious planes { black magic, hypnotism, divination, scrying and catoptromancy} and was a tool (dubbed a Claude Glass) used by painters across Europe during the eighteenth century as an image reflector, to compose scenes to work from—its black surface tonally compressing overly bright landscapes.

I See a Darkness will travel to Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, 26th March – 2nd May 2015.

PLASTIK Dublin 20 – 22 February, IFI, TBG+S, FILMBASE

eventPLASTIK Festival 2015 

PLASTIK Festival of Artists’ Moving Image culminates in a weekend of screenings, talks and performance 20, 21, 22 February 2015 in IFI, TBG+S & Filmbase.

Season tickets are available via IFI box-office for €60 or €50 for students / unwaged.
Individual tickets to events available and

A collaboration between LUX Critical Forum Dublin (a meeting group for artists involved with the moving image), LUX, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and the Irish Film Institute. Spread over three days and a number of venues PLASTIK is Ireland’s first festival devoted entirely to artists working with the moving image, creating a new platform for this area of practice and featuring a broad selection of works, many of which will be screening here for the first time.

PLASTIK in Dublin opens with a programme of films selected by Gerard Byrne and Sarah Pierce from the LUX archive. The Festival features works by over thirty artists including Cerith Wyn Evans, James Richards, John Smith, Cory Arcangel, Frances Stark and Wilhem Hein & David Gatten (attending special guests of the festival), and many more. A series of discursive events initiated with the support of Maeve Connolly (IADT) and Benjamin Cook (LUX), take place at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.

Saturday evening will feature a live performance by London based artist Hannah Sawtell and the festival will close on Sunday evening with a focus on the work of Christoph Schlingensief. Other guests of the festival include curators Filipa Ramos (Vdrome), Peter Taylor (International Film Festival Rotterdam), Guillaume Breton (Rowing Projects) and attending speakers including Regina Barunke (Temporary Gallery), George Clark (TATE) and Isla Leaver-Yap (LUX Scotland).

We are hugely grateful to the Arts Council for their support in making this festival possible.

Look forward to seeing you there,
Jenny Brady, Daniel Fitzpatrick, Sibyl Montague, Fifi Smith (Festival Curators)

/portals/, A Play by Ella de Burca at ArtBox

A play by Ella de Búrca.
/portals/ provides an integral part of de Burca’s solo exhibition GOBO which takes place at ArtBox from February 5th – March 14th.

ArtBox: 3 James Joyce Street, Dublin 1

Starring: Jill Harding, Bob Kelly and Aine Ní Laoghaire. Written by Ella de Búrca. Two performances, 40min each, will take place in ArtBox on February 12th and 13th from 7-8pm. Spaces are limited, booking is essential.


X and Y went to an art opening.
They argued about the images on display.
Y went home and fell asleep.
She has reoccurring nightmares about the disagreement as she attempts to organise her thoughts.

Brian Palm at Duke Street Gallery

brian-palm-VA1Down Our Way
19 February – 19 March | Opening: 19 February at 6pm
Duke Street Gallery, 17 Duke Street, Dublin 2

Brian Palm’s newest exhibition Down Our Way returns to a subject that has ignited the artist’s imagination for over four decades. As an art student in the late 1970’s Brian took a flat in a house on Percy Place, facing the Grand Canal in Dublin. The surrounding streets and community became the focus of, and inspiration for much of his artwork. During this period Brian took hundreds of black and white photographs of local children, colourful characters, the elderly inhabitants and the rapidly disappearing architectural fabric of the neighbourhood. Ever since, these images have proved to be a constant source of inspiration for Brian’s unusual technique of combining original photographic imagery with oil paint and yacht varnish to create evocative Dublin street scenes. During the past few years Brian has reconnected with two of the children whose images appear in the work, Wendy and Karen. Both of whom plan to be present on the night.

The exhibition opening will take place at 17 Duke Street on the 19th of February from 6-8pm. |

‘Into The Dark’ | Group Exhibition at Gallery X

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13 February – 20 March | Preview: 12 February at 6.30pm
Gallery X, 3 Herbert Street, Dublin 2
Opening hours: Wed – Sun, 10am – 5pm

Artists include(in no particular order):
– Jeremy Beswick (UK)
– Rotten Fantom (Russia)
– Magda Zak (IRL)
– Ariadne Castro (Portugal)
– Irene Gaspari Photography (Italy / IRL)
– Fi Killeen Photography (IRL)

With a theme of the occult, the arcane, the magical, the symbolic, the mystical……this collection brings together works from all over the world that express that primal interest and connection with the world that is not seen.

Some exquisite works, in various media, that will intrigue, unsettle, enrich and evoke.

Will you follow us into the dark?

‘A Terrible Beauty’ | Group Show at The Octagonal Room

exhibitionA Terrible Beauty
12 – 28 February
The Octagonal Room, City Assembly House, 58 South William Street, Dublin 2

The Olivier Cornet Gallery is delighted to announce that the group show A Terrible Beauty which the gallery presented at Vue 2014 (National Contemporary Art Fair at the RHA) in early November 2014 will be shown at the Octagonal Room, City Assembly house from February 12 to February 28 by kind invitation of the Irish Georgian Society.

This touring exhibition is a response to the photographic work of Olivier Cornet’s great grand uncle François Bost who served World War I as a photographer. It features works by the following gallery artists: Michelle Byrne, Hugh Cummins, Mark Doherty, Conrad Frankel, John Fitzsimons, Jordi Forniés, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Yanny Petters, Kelly Ratchford, Hanneke van Ryswyk, and Adrienne Symes.

The show does not confine itself to any one conflict but instead reflects the artists’ responses to calamities and tragedies of all kinds, including war, and their consequences.

The show is accompanied by an essay by arts writer Cathy Dillon.