Category: Leinster – Dublin

Future Histories | Kilmainham Gaol, Saturday 21 May

future-histories16 acclaimed Irish artists at Kilmainham Gaol , responding to its iconic historical associations with the 1916 Rising.

10am-10pm, Saturday, May 21, 2016
Kilmainham Gaol, Inchicore Rd, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
Free Admission

As part of the celebrations marking the centenary of the 1916 Rising, one of our most significant historical buildings, Kilmainham Gaol, is set to play host to Future Histories, a free daylong event featuring a collection of Ireland’s top performance artists this weekend.

On May 21st, as part of the Arts Council’s ART: 2016 programme for Ireland 2016, the cells of Kilmainham will once again be occupied, but this time rather than rebels, 16 Irish performance artists have been commissioned to create new work for members of the public to enjoy in this unique historical setting.

The public are freely invited to Kilmainham Gaol on Saturday the 21st of May, anytime between the hours of 10am and 10pm, for this family friendly event where they will experience new work by artists Michelle Browne, Fergus Byrne, Brian Connolly, Pauline Cummins, Francis Fay, Debbie Guinnane, Sandra Johnston, Laura McAtackney, Danny Danny McCarthy, Ciara McKeon, Alastair McLennan, Katherine Nolan, Sinéad O’Donnell, Méabh Redmond, Dominic Thorpe and Helena Walsh.

Curated by Áine Phillips and Níamh Murphy of Performance Art Live Foundation. P. A. Live is an artist-led initiative in Ireland, dedicated to and invested in live, durational performance and live art made by artist-performers.

Further information is available on the FutureHistories2016 facebook page and while the event is free, tickets must be booked through

/Glitch Festival 2016 at Rua Red and Mart Gallery, Dublin

glitch festival30 May to 11 June 2016 | Gallery 1 – Rua Red | Preview: 28 May, 3.30pm
1 to 18 June 2016 | Gallery 1 and 2 – Mart Gallery

/Glitch Festival at RUA RED is Ireland’s leading Digital Arts Festival that brings together artists utilising media and technology.

/Glitch Festival 2016 will be hosted in two Dublin based galleries. RUA RED Gallery Tallaght & The Mart Gallery Rathmines. Curators Ciara Scanlan and Matthew Nevin have devised a risk based curatorial outline for an exhibition format with parameters, which the participating artists may work within or destroy. The festival will focus on live durational events and collaboration between digital and live processes.
Glitch features work by Margaret O’Brien, Elaine Leader, Helen Mac Mahon, Janna Kemperman and Kevin Freeney of Algorithm in collaboration with CLU, Sinead McDonald and Aileen Drohan. |

National Drawing Day 2016 | National Gallery of Ireland

DrawingDay2016Saturday 21 May
10.30am – 4pm
Admission Free, all welcome.

National Drawing Day will be launched by Geraldine O’Neill ARHA in the National Gallery on Saturday 21 May at 10.30am.
The programme for the day will feature life drawing and still life sessions (11am – 1pm); artists’ drawing demonstrations (11am – 4pm); and family drawing workshops (3pm – 4pm).
The Gallery Shop is offering a 10% discount on the day.
For a list of participating venues, go to

National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
T: (01) 661 5133

Open Invitation to Networking Event for Artists

sabina25 May, 6pm

A second Artists Networking Event is taking place on 25th May in Dublin at The Red Bank Wine Bar, the basement of The Duke Gallery, Duke Street, Dublin 2 starting at 6pm. The first of these events took place on the 27 April and it is envisaged that this event will repeat monthly and be held on the last Wednesday of each month.

Artists or those involved in art related disciplines are invited to come along for a drink and a laugh. Artist Sabina Iancu will host the event and will be around to welcome everybody and make the necessary introductions. More details to be published here:

Kaleidoscope | End of Year Show, ITB

bit-endofyearshow-2016Join the Creative Digital Media students at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown at the Kaleidoscope End of Year Show 2016, where a range of innovative and talented students will exhibit their projects.

Thursday 19th May 2016, 5.30pm – 9pm
Friday 20th May 2016, 10am – 4pm

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, Blanchardstown Road North, Dublin 15
T: 01 8851000

End | Eamonn Doyle Photobook Launch at The Library Project, Dublin

the library projectFriday, May 28 at 7pm
At The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar Street, Dublin 2

Taking place in the same local Dublin streets as i and ON, ‘End.’ is a collaborative work from Eamonn Doyle, Niall Sweeney and David Donohoe. Though apparently the concluding work of a trilogy, ‘End.’ actively opens up the relationship of the three books, their collected imagery and subject matters. Built around the photographs of Doyle, it also includes illustration and sound elements by Sweeney and Donohoe respectively.

Finding Forms | Hannah Brown and Cara Thorpe at Cross Gallery

cara-thorpe copy12 May to 4 June

During the 18th and 19th Centuries, landscape painting was thought of in relation to three aesthetic concepts: the picturesque, the pastoral and the sublime. Pastoral landscapes celebrate mankind’s ability to tame nature, often depicting harvests and livestock. The Picturesque refers to the charm of discovering the landscape in its natural state. The third concept is the sublime, works that show nature at its most fearful, the terror and power imposed on us by nature.

These works by Hannah Brown and Cara Thorpe seem to sit somewhere between the pastoral and picturesque, and the sublime, however, rather than the fearfulness inflicted by natures natural state, these feelings of uncertainty and malevolence are evoked through depicting man-made landscapes or man’s interventions within the landscape. Although stylistically different, both Hannah Brown and Cara Thorpe portray the foreboding natures of their landscapes through the processes of finding forms in their art making.

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

Bbeyond Performance Monthly, Dublin

performance-monthly21 May
The location is the War Memorial Gardens at Islandbridge (

The next Performance Monthly will take place on the 21st May, Dublin.

Performance Art Monthly Meetings are committed as a free experimental action art space, open to anybody who wants to join an unconventional dialog through the action. Inspired by Alastair Maclennan and Boris Nieslony, members of the Black Market International entity, these monthly encounters, have been taking place especially in Belfast, since 21st June 2008.

Please meet at the entrance on Con Colbert Rd and South Circular Rd at 12 noon. The gardens have a formal layout but there is broader parkland surrounding the gardens. So if anyone want to joins us please meet at the Con Colbert Entrance at 12 noon.

Afterwards there is only a 15 minute walk to Kilmainham Gaol and we can visit the Future Histories Performance Art Event in Kilmainham Gaol.

In Sight Exhibition at Powerscourt Centre

in-sight5 to 29 May

Over the past 12 months 45 people, who have recently or are currently coping with homelessness, were given disposable cameras to capture an insight into their daily lives and experiences. A selection of these photos will be exhibited in the Powerscourt Centre, South William Street, Dublin from the 5th to the 29th of May 2016. Editions of all photos in the exhibition are on sale online and at the exhibition to raise funds for the Dublin Simon Community to help combat homelessness in Ireland.

Powerscourt Centre, 59 South William Street, Dublin 2

Three Weeks – Six Videos – Two Rooms | Video Programme at Ellis King

ellis-kingThree Weeks > Six Videos > Two Rooms is a video programme taking over both gallery spaces at Ellis King and spanning a three week period from 14 May to 4 June 2016. Two artist videos will be played concurrently for a singular week duration and for each consecutive week thereafter over this course. Each screening will be played on continuous loop from 12pm onwards each opening Saturday during this programme.

14 May to 20 May
Timothy Furey | Flannery Silva

21 May to 27 May
Grear Patterson | Yves Scherer

28 May to 4 June
Ryan Estep | Siera Hyte

Ellis King, unit 7, White Swan, Donore Avenue, Dublin 8
T: + 353 1 453 7605

Works | Ramon Kassam at Green on Red Gallery

ramon-kassam20 May to 2 July | Opening Reception Thursday, 19 May, 6pm

Ramon Kassam’s paintings combine the thematic of the artist’s workspace (canvas, studio and urban environment) with formal and conceptual references to the autonomous reality of modernist abstraction. In his new series of paintings at The Green on Red Gallery, Kassam continues to develop invented narratives that centre around an artist’s supposed activities, environment and viewpoints. The works in this exhibition have a particular focus on the creative output (works) of his hypothetical practitioner.

Because Ireland is an island, perhaps there was, or still is, the potential for forms of painting to emerge that are particularly endemic to the here, like Ireland as a sort of Galápagos Islands model for painting. Maybe the proliferation of landscape in Irish painting, or the murals in Northern Ireland are cases for that, forms of painting that emerged as a result of our particular conditions. Those forms of Painting could be viewed as an act of repossession, a land grab or reclaiming of territory through the medium. Kassam’s approach in recent work to imagine a semi fictional world to site an artist in, is an ongoing project and an attempt to create his own conditions for the emergence of potential practice and narratives.

The aesthetic Kassam’s work is influenced by the painted fabric of the Irish urban environment and his appreciation for modernist abstracted painterly language. Blocks of colour and form are haphazardly combined to create visual arrangements and narratives. Canvases are often cropped, flipped, glued, and can incorporate various studio materials such as tape, photographs, paper, wood, tacks, etc. These processes and concepts on show are intended to provide multiple readings of the work, but ultimately aim to connect to painting’s visual tradition, and the physical and psychological landscape of Kassam’s real world.

Green On Red Gallery, Park Lane, Spencer Dock, Dublin 1
T: +353 87 2454282

Group Exhibition at The House Restaurant, Howth, Co. Dublin

Nicola-Lynch-Morrin-Dark-Iris2 May to 6 June 2016
4 Main Street, Howth, Co. Dublin

‘Art at’ The House Restaurant. This group exhibition features the work of Pamela Leonard, Susan Early, Sorca O’Farrell, Nicola Lynch Morrin, Elke Thonnes, Julie Ann Haines, Louise Leonard and Jenny Lane.

For more information please contact: Cathy Boyle T: 0868124846, E:

The Humanizer | Simon Fujiwara at IMMA, Dublin 8

humanizerposterFINAL5.920 May to 28 August 2016
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8

A new work by Berlin based, British/Japanese artist Simon Fujiwara, titled The Humanizer, is presented by IMMA on the occasion of the centenary of the Easter Rising. The Humanizer is Fujiwara’s proposition for an imagined Hollywood biopic composed almost uniquely of sound and based on the life of historical Irish nationalist figure Roger Casement (1864-1916). Created with contemporary Hollywood movie professionals including renowned screenplay writer Michael Lesslie (Macbeth, 2015; Assassin’s Creed, 2016) and Oscar winning designer Annie Atkins (The Grand Budapest Hotel, 2014; Bridge of Spies, 2015).

The Humanizer is one of three major new works commissioned by IMMA that reflect on the legacy of the commemoration of the Irish State. New commissions by Irish artists Jaki Irvine and Duncan Campbell will be presented later this year.


Caoimhe Kilfeather at The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin 2

ck_garden20 May to 27 July | Opening: 19 May, 6pm
Gallery 1, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin 2

‘Season and evening and weather’ by Caoimhe Kilfeather at The Douglas Hyde Gallery.
Caoimhe Kilfeather creates places of reflective presence; they are sparsely appointed with crafted objects that are charged with thoughts and associations. Kilfeather’s installations don’t draw attention to themselves, but they are nonetheless possessed of quiet strength and confidence.

E:, T: 01 896 1116

The Interaction Project | Group Show at Eblana House, Dun Laoghaire

crosscurrent_aineteahanmyrajago_vai_image13 to 21 May 2016
Eblana House, Eblana Avenue, Dun Laoghaire

‘The Interaction Project’ brings together thirty artists from different disciplines. Working in pairs, the artists have collaborated to create new work e.g. a sculptor with a poet, a film maker with a painter. By arousing ideas and practices beyond individual artists’ traditional approaches, this ‘Interaction’ has led to the creation of innovative new artworks.

Participating artists: Cathy Dillon, Shabnam Vasisht, Myra Jago, Aine Teahan, Leo Cullen, Peter Derbyshire, Ann Marie Webb, Jean Ryan, Hanan Dyra, Veronica Heywood, Louise Gambrill, Shane Cusack, Iris O’Connor, Patricia Demery, Patrick Molloy, Amy Fox, Conleth Gent, Triona Mcmorrow, Miriam Sweeney, Joyce Duffy, Mary O’Connor, Mary White, Natalie Connolly, Nancy Previs, Ida Mitrani, James Hally, Eliot Smith, Sandra Schoene, Gaby Browett, Alan Hayes, Darina Meagher and Deirdre Kearney

The exhibition is curated by Jackie Ball. Participating artists will be in attendance at all times, allowing visitors the opportunity to meet and discuss the works with them.

Contact for further details:

Cloudlands | Rachel Tynan and Eszter Nemethi at ArtBox, Dublin

Cloudlands-National-Tour.-Titans-220 May to 2 June 2016 | Opening: 19 May, 7pm
ArtBox, 3 James Joyce Street, Dublin 1

The Cloudlands National Tour by Helium Arts invites audiences into the creative lives of teenagers in hospital. Themes of alternate realities, escape and hidden stories are revealed through two distinct pieces of artwork, developed by artists Rachel Tynan and Eszter Nemethi with teenagers in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and Cork University Hospital.

Cloudlands will open in Dublin with a panel discussion in The LAB on 19 May at 6pm. Chaired by socially engaged curator Annette Moloney, the panel includes Cloudlands artists Rachel Tynan and Eszter Némethi, Dr Emma Curtis (Medical Director, National Paediatric Hospital Development Board), and artists Marie Brett and Aideen Barry. The talk will be followed by the launch at ArtBox.

The Cloudlands National Tour is funded by an Arts Council of Ireland Touring and Dissemination of Work Award.

Gallery hours: Thursday 11am to 6pm, Friday and Saturday 11am to 5pm and by appointment
For tour information see

Constellations | Jordi Fornies at Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin 1

jordi_asian_cities22 May to 10 June 2016 |  Opening: 22 May, 3pm
Olivier Cornet Gallery, 3 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1

‘Constellations’ by Jordi Forniés is an exhibition based on photographs taken between 2014 and 2015 in different cities of Asia. Textures found as part of buildings and made naturally with materials like plaster, paint, bricks, stone, metal and paper. All the photographs were taken with a Pentax 645z medium format camera using 55mm and 120mm lenses. Photographs were processed using Adobe Photoshop CS6, sized 100×75 cm, and print using mineral pigment print in cotton rag paper and over-painted with ink. |