Category: Leinster – Dublin

memory needs a landscape | Bernadette Kiely at Taylor Galleries

4 to 28 May

Following on from her recent exhibition at the Solstice Arts Centre, Navan (‘A second world – any given day’ (Nov. 2016 – Jan. 2017), Bernadette Kiely’s work continues on the theme of the passage of time and the transient, fragile nature of the physical world, evident in her work to date – shifting landscapes cloaked in fog and mist, the flooding of rivers and land and shadows of tree and plantlife.

In this exhibition, ‘memory needs a landscape’, celebrating Bernadette’s 20th year working with the gallery, she expands on this theme. Bernadette Kiely’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Elected as an Aosdana member in 2007, her work is held in both public and private collections in Ireland, the UK, Europe, Korea and the USA.

Taylor Galleries
16 Kildare Street
Dublin 2
T: 01 676 6055

ALL CHOIR at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Saturday 29 April, 8pm

ALL CHOIR is predominantly a singing group, with a goal and ambition to use the commonality of music as a starting point for discussions, social gatherings and occasional live performances. ALL CHOIR is inclusive of class, ethnicity or musical knowledge and is open for singers of all levels of abilities to join. ALL CHOIR met each week throughout April and will perform in the atrium of TBG+S on the 29th.

Mark Buckeridge’s work primarily focuses on composition, performance, drawing and is heavily influenced by his background in music, with a history of producing, publishing and disseminating projects as sonic outputs such as EP ‘Ground Yourself’ (2012), Live installation ‘I could use this knife but I won’t’ (2013) and ‘Instructions for electronic station’ (2014). His Zine series titled ‘How to write a pop song’ charts a fictionalised chronology of music from 1950’s to modern day. The work ALL CHOIR is predominantly a singing group formed by the artist in May of 2016 for FLEXIBILISM at Catalyst Arts.

ALL CHOIR takes place as part of TBG+S’ Studio 6 Open programme and is curated by Roisin Bohan with support from Dublin City Council.
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The Atrium, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (Entrance through the side door, Fownes St. Lower)
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I Modh Ruin | Screening of Rionach Ni Neill film at DanceHouse, Dublin

4 May, 6.30pm

I Modh Ruin, a short film by Rionach Ni Neill, premiere launch with Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh is part of Age and Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival 2017.

Seoladh gearrscannán I Modh Rúin le Ríonach Ní Néill, coimisiúnaithe agOireachtas na Gaeilge le tacaíocht ó The Community Foundation for Ireland. Sa ghearrscannán seo, a nascann ceol, agallaimh agus damhsa, cíorann an cóiréagrafaí Ríonach Ní Néill céard a spreag mná, atá idir 60 agus 90 bliain d’aois anois, chun a ngasúir a thógáil le Gaeilge taobh amuigh den Ghaeltacht.

Launch of I Modh Rúin, a short film by Ríonach Ní Néill. What would compel you to go against the status quo and bring up your family as Irish speakers in English-speaking Ireland? The story of 5 women who, between the 1950s and 1980s, did just that.

Tickets: Admission Free. No booking required.
In association with Dublin City Council and Dance Ireland.

Foley Street
Dublin 1

In Perpetuity | Lucy McKenna, Atrium Space: TBG+S

14 April to 17 June

Lucy McKenna’s work is concerned with the observation and constant structuring/ restructuring of information systems that attempt to explain the universe and our place in it. Through various mediums she traces different forms of data extraction, collection and communication developed by humans to understand our existence; including methods of scientific experiment, invention of technology, intuitive belief, or myth. Using visual art more as a tool of data distillation and collection rather than solely expression, her works seek to unfold the information hidden in those spaces where the analytic and the intuitive concur. Her practice is a multidisciplinary one consisting of drawing, photography, film, installation, and sculptural works.

In Perpetuity, is a work in progress that describes a language for communication with extra-solar civilisations. At its beginning is a consideration of the particle-wave phenomenon in quantum physics, where particles behave differently when they ‘know’ they are being observed. In Perpetuity considers a language that may behave differently when being observed by multiple observers. This work is an alphabet as a visual vehicle for meaning and mode of transferring information. It considers the functionality of how a new alphabet might appear under certain conditions and travel vast times and distances to transfer information, rather than what the information might be in itself.

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

Reconstructing Memory | Cléa Van Der Grijn at Limerick City Gallery

28 April to 18 June
Official opening by Dr Óscar Mascareñas, Thursday 27 April, 6pm.
Followed by a performance by poet and performer Dr Óscar Mascareñas (Mexico/Ireland) and voice artist Steve Boyland (Liverpool) to celebrate Poetry Day Ireland 2017.

Reconstructing Memory is a multifaceted exploration of the approaches to death in Mexican and Irish cultures by Clea Van der Grijn. The exhibition features highlights from The Graeve Collection + LCGA Permanent Collection and Daire O’Shea, LCGA Bursary recipient 2016.

Limerick City Gallery
Carnegie Building, Pery Square, Limerick
T: (061) 310 633

Life after Buildings | Brendan Earley at mother’s tank station

19 April to 20 May

Walking and finding things has always played an important part in Brendan Earley’s practice, but when he moved to the mountains in Wicklow – building his own cabin in the woods – it became difficult to sustain this aspect of his practice and he began to confront equally direct and difficult questions. He was no longer content to find meaning in an arbitrary way – in the detitus of the liminal urban/industrial hinterland of cities – and during his long walks through the mountains he felt a different search had begun.

It can be argued that a significant amount of art being made today is the product of a culture that has an excess of choice and new paradigms have evolved to deal with this excess. Life after Buildings, apparently simply, struggles with three years of questioning, what if you took all that away and were left with just a few bits of sticks and a stone?

mother’s tank station
41-43 Watling Street,
Usher’s Island,
T: +353 1 6717654

Wilgefortis | Niamh McGuinne at Graphic Studio Gallery

20 April to 9 May

Graphic Studio Gallery is delighted to present, ‘Wilgefortis’, an exhibition of new work by Niamh McGuinne, presented alongside a selection of Graphic Studio editions by Alice Maher.

The portrayal of hair is a fascinating theme; it is an interesting connector between the inner and outer selves; it has been used as a symbol of attractiveness and desire. Not only viewed as a symbol of idealised femininity, it can also represent the un-sanitised reality of strong female identity often supplemented with mythical and fairy tale references. In some cultures hair itself is imbued with a quasi-religious significance.

In the 14th century a religious ‘cult’ surrounding the veneration of female bearded saints surfaced in medieval Europe. The main protagonist was known as St. Wilgefortis of Portugal possibly translating as ‘strong virgin’ or ‘holy face’. The legend recounts the story of a Catholic girl of nobility whose father had promised her marriage to a pagan. To avoid the marriage she prayed that she would become ugly and ‘miraculously’ grew a beard. Refusal to eat as a form of protest is one of the few controls one has over one’s body. The body, as a consequence, stimulates the growth of lanugo or downy hair all over as it attempts to protect itself from deprivation. Anorexia mirabilis is a condition which refers almost exclusively to women of the Middle Ages who would starve themselves in the name of God. The miracle of St. Wilgefortis might be explained by this phenomenon and in 1969 her status of sainthood was revoked.

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

On The Edge | Bridget Flinn at Solomon Fine Art

28 April to 20 May

Solomon Fine Art is delighted to host an exhibition of new paintings by the popular and hugely talented Bridget Flinn. This is Bridget’s much anticipated début solo exhibition with the gallery and will feature a selection of her stunning acrylic flower still lives. Variously sized and scaled they are each lively and expressive with a characterful and joyous quality.

Bridget’s flower paintings are distinctive for their semi-abstracted, close-cropped representation. Each piece, while appearing spontaneous, is exquisitely worked with a harmonious balance of colour and light as she brings a contemporary sensibility to a timeless subject. Her background and experience in natural history illustration is evident in the keen observation.

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

Smile | Eve Woods at Pallas Projects, Dublin 8

27 to 29 April 2017 | Opening: 26 April, 6pm
Pallas Projects/Studios, 115–117 The Coombe, Dublin 8

Smile–Eve Woods.
Smile is an exhibition of paintings about nightmares; teeth; anxiety; the ambivalence and possibilities of dreams contrasting with vividity and certainty.

It is this area of belief and knowing I probe without the facts to back it up, a conviction without the proof. And these are the areas which spawn pseudoscience & urban legend, mysteries & hearsay.

This space in the overlap of dreams and myth and how what we believe, from our personal myth upwards, builds the physical structure of the world. And how this is mapped in our online network, a delineation of our thoughts and words. Anxiousness following the map of accessible information

*Don’t believe what you read on the internet

The Waiting Room | Ella Bertilsson+Ulla Juske, ArtBox, Dublin 1

28 April to 20 May 2017
Opening Thursday 27 April, 6pm

Artists: Ella Bertilsson and Ulla Juske.
The Waiting Room is a narrative driven audio-installation that challenges our perception of time. Waiting rooms are liminal, transitional places. A place where you wait to go somewhere else, impersonal and quickly forgotten. Waiting rooms are often functional spaces where the visitor has little control on how much time the wait will last. Here Ella Bertilsson and Ulla Juske’s waiting room at ArtBox creates a zone of attention; emphasising and acknowledging the subjective experience of time passing. Throughout the gallery space an audio-narrative based on interviews with astrophysicists and astronomers can be heard speculating on what time is and how to define it.

3 James Joyce Street, Dublin 1

Relatively Speaking | A Guided Walking Tour Across Two City Art Galleries

Thursday 27 April at 1pm  | Meeting point: Project Arts Centre

Relatively Speaking is the guided walking tour that takes place across three of Dublin’s most well-known contemporary art galleries, Project Arts Centre, Gallery of Photography and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. The tour introduces 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 Project Arts Centre, you will be introduced to the international group exhibition Colourless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously. Visitors will be guided to the next venue, the Gallery of Photography for the exhibition Union by Noel Bowler. Finally, the tour will end at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, where you will be guided through the solo exhibition The living and the dead by Mark Swords.

Free admission, booking is essential. Please click here to book your free ticket:

IN CONTEXT 4 – In Our Time: Artists’ Introductions at RUA RED

Wednesday 26 April 2017 | 10.30am to 1pm
Green Room, RUA RED – South Dublin’s Arts Centre

An introduction to the successful artists and the six new public art projects set to be commissioned under IN CONTEXT 4 – IN OUR TIME, South Dublin County Council’s Public Art Programme 2016-2019 under the Per Cent for Art scheme.

The aim of the Artists’ Introductions session is to bring together the IN CONTEXT 4 – IN OUR TIME commissioned artists in a public event for the first time. Artists Nathan O’Donnell, Sarah Browne, Rhona Byrne and Yvonne McGuinness, Fiona Dowling and George Higgs, Veronica Coburn and Ciarán Taylor will present their projects ideas and inspirations to an intimate audience.

Limited capacity, please RSVP to

Whispering to the Ground | Patrick Redmond at the Molesworth Gallery, Dublin

20 April to 26 May 2017
The Molesworth Gallery, 16 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2

The Molesworth Gallery is delighted to present Whispering to the Ground, an exhibition of new work by Patrick Redmond. The idea of the ‘uncanny’ has always been central to Redmond’s work and again underpins this exhibition. The word ‘uncanny’ has come to be defined as anything strange or mysterious and is derived from the now obsolete use of ‘can’ to mean ‘know’; hence, canny for knowing. Thus the ‘uncanny’ equals the ‘unknown’ or the ‘unconscious’. Freud’s term for the ‘uncanny’ is Das Unheimlich, which literally translates as ‘the unhomely’. In the context of Redmond’s appropriation and re-contextualising of everyday objects and scenes, the German idiom suits very well, as these seductive pieces are distilled from such a peculiarly psychological intensity.

Contact Teresa or Ronan at the gallery for more information

The Art of It | Event: Cruinniú na Cásca, Bedford Hall, Dublin Castle

17 April 2017

Participating artists: Laura Skehan, Bassam Al-Sabah, Sven Sandberg, Gary Coyle, Aideen Barry, Janet Mullarney and Sara Baume
‘The Art of It’ is the free but ticketed visual art strand of Cruinniú na Cásca on Easter Monday 17 April 2017, curated by Clíodhna Ní Anluain.
11am : ‘Where We Are Now and What We Are Making’ chaired by Cristín Leach
12.30: Art school graduate and writer Sara Baume on art in her novel ‘A Line Made by Walking’.
14.45pm: ‘Artists and Performance’ Aideen Barry and Garry Coyle
15.45: Janet Mullarney in conversation with Aoife Ruane, Direcotr of the Highlanes Gallery, Dundalk.

Colourless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously | Group Show at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin 2

21 April to 17 June 2017 | Opening: 20 April, 5.30pm
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Project Arts Centre presents Colourless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously, an international group exhibition that delves into the story how twenty four Orthodox icons came to be housed in the collection of the National Gallery of Ireland. Curated by David Upton the exhibition will bring together five contemporary art practices Erik Bulatov, Ida Lennartsson, gerlach en koop, Raqs Media Collective, and Alessandro Balteo-Yazbeck & Media Farzin. It stems from and seeks to open ideas of dissolution, dispossession, and loss, cultures in crisis and futures altered, of crisis – but more so the what happens after?
There will be a talk with Curator David Upton and two featured Artists at 5pm on the opening night.

Stream | Group Show at the Complex, Dublin 7

20 to 23 April 2017 | Opening: 20 April, 5.30
The Complex Dublin, 15 Little Green Street, Dublin 7

The concept behind Stream is to provide a platform for recent graduates, nurturing creative talent circulating regionally and nationally. After college opportunities are scarce, many of the established galleries in Dublin require a visual artist to grind year after year at their practice before giving the necessary podium to introduce their work.

Stream seeks to address this discord with a varied programme of exhibitions focused on supporting early career artists.

Work by: Bassam Al-Sabah, Alex de Roeck, Peader Joliffe Byrne, Paddy Joe Rickard, Paul McGrane, Mark O’Gorman, Ronan O’Reilly and Leonard Traynor.

Hanging On A Thread | Aoife Banks at Inspire Galerie, Dublin 1

21 to 23 April 2017 | Opening: 20 April, 6pm
Inspire Galerie, 56 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1

Hanging on a Thread by Aoife Banks is a multi-sensory exploration of the loss, destruction and dissolution of physical matter incurred by the consumer driven fast fashion industry. Focusing on sculptural textile forms and audiovisuals, Hanging on a Thread is an immersive experience that pays tribute to the lives lost in garment factory disasters whilst casting a critical eye on consumer culture and the garment industry. Hanging on a Thread is multidisciplinary artist and sustainable fashion designer Aoife Banks’ debut solo exhibition.

Martin Creed Tour | Whelans, Dublin 2

3 May 2017, 8pm | Tickets: €15
Whelans, Wexford Street, Dublin

Basic Space is proud to present two live gigs of Turner Prize winning artist and musician, Martin Creed in Dublin and Limerick.

Martin Creed was born in 1968 in Wakefield and grew up in Glasgow. He learned violin from the age of three, changing to piano and guitar as a teenager. Having been unsure whether to study music, art, English, psychology or architecture he decided to apply to art school, believing that you could do all those things there. He attended the Slade School of Fine Art in London between 1986 and 1990. Soon after graduating he began producing musical compositions alongside his visual work. Over the years he has continued to work across many different media. |

Voices of Memory | Sound Art Installation by Christina Kubisch, National War Memorial Gardens

16 April to 30 September
12pm to 8pm

A Riverside Sound Art Installation at the Irish National War Memorial Gardens is a sound composition by German artist Christina Kubisch (sound engineering by Eckehard Güther) located at the banks of the Liffey in the Irish National War Memorial Gardens. Envisaged as a contemporary commemoration to Irish loss of life in WWI, it is composed of two parts. The names of the soldiers who died fighting in WW I, which were read and recorded by volunteers from Ireland’s Memorial Records: World War I 1914-1918, are transmitted via four speakers.

As a counterpoint, at interspersed intervals, the sounds of the river Liffey can be heard. Recorded using a hydrophone so as to pick up the minute sounds of insects and fish, this second aspect is incorporated to offer pause for reflection.

In cooperation with Dublin City Council, supported by Office of Public Works and Trustees of the Irish National War Memorial Gardens.