Category Archives : Leinster – Dublin

Lecture by Conor Walton: Subverting Modernism: My Life as a Painter

talksandlecturesLecture by Conor Walton, artist

6.30pm Thursday 5 February 2015

Over the last twenty years Conor Walton’s portraits, figure paintings and still lifes have won international acclaim and established him as a distinctive voice in the field of representational painting. Essentially a figurative painter in the European tradition, he sets out ‘to maintain his craft at the highest level, using paint to explore issues of truth, meaning and value’. His works are attempted answers to the three questions in the title of Gauguin’s famous painting: ‘What are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going?’ This talk will provide an introduction to his work, his methods and philosophy.

Lecture in Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland, No.5 South Leinster St. (beside National Gallery) at 6.30pm followed by a wine reception.

Cost: €12 (students €5)

This is a Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland event. Advance booking is required. Visit the Friends Desk in the Millennium Wing; phone (01) 661 9877; or email

‘this attentive place’, Caoimhe Kilfeather | Book Launch at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

temple-bar-galleryWednesday 28 January 2015, 6 -8 pm
Top floor atrium, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, 5 – 9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is pleased to host the launch of ‘this attentive place’, a new book published in connection with Caoimhe Kilfeather’s exhibition of the same name which took place at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios in 2014.

The book includes texts by John Hutchinson, Chris Clarke and Raymund Ryan, documentation of the exhibition at TBG+S as well as other artworks, photographs and drawings.

Each book (an edition of 400) is a unique edition – the covers and end leaves of each one are original cyanotype prints. Design by David Joyce. TBG+S are also pleased to welcome Chris Clarke, who will read from his essay on Caoimhe Kilfeather’s work during the launch.

John Busher and Aisling Ní Chlaonadh at Pallas Projects/Studios

Opening: 29 January at 6pm | Gallery Talk: 29 January at 5pm
Pallas Projects/Studios, 115-117 The Coombe, Dublin 8

The Project Space at PP/S presents Transferrals, an NCAD MA Graduate show by Art in the Contemporary World (ACW) alumni John Busher and Aisling Ní Chlaonadh.

Transferrals is a reference to the unknown, and now
this is marked with both uneasiness and hesitation. Showcasing work by both artists made during their time in NCAD, John and Aisling share a mutual interest in the practice of painting and its place in the context of contemporary visual art. The shared concerns of both artists range from a preoccupation with the role of photography within contemporary painting discourse, to the exploration of phenomenological interests that inform their respective practices. |

Janine Davidson at Black Church Cabinet

janine-davidsonCaptive Light
18 December – 31 January
Black Church Cabinet, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The Black Church Cabinet is an experimental exhibition space in the heart of Temple Bar.

Black Church Cabinet is a niche, vertical vitrine situated at street level. With a wide incidental audience, the space is highly visible, and offers a great opportunity for showcasing new talent in the centre of Dublin’s cultural quarter.

The current exhibition runs from December 18th 2014 – January 31st 2015. Artist and Black Church Studio Member, Janine Davidson has contributed a triptych of Giclee prints entitled, Captive Light. |

Experimental Film Club | ‘The Starry Messenger’ at Irish Film Institute / Weds / 6.30pm /Jan 21st

starry-messengerJanuary 21st at 6.30pm
Irish Film Institute, Temple Bar, 6 Eustace Street, Dublin

‘The Starry Messenger’ was initially an exhibition curated by Declan Sheehan for Derry’s Void Gallery in 2014, a project engaging with the materiality of film as a manifestly analogue physical and chemical process. Seven artist filmmakers engage with the materiality of the film medium through physical and digital manipulation of celluloid, the use of alternative processes, whilst also engaging with film as a trace of time, of site, and of memory.

Pamela de Brí at National Photographic Archive

pamela-de-bri-midland9 January – 24 May
National Photographic Archive, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Opening times: Mon – Sat 10 – 5; Sunday: 12 – 5

Midland – Lár Tíre: Cycling the MGWR from Past to Present is the third and most comprehensive in a series of exhibitions, which involved the artist Pamela de Brí cycling the entire route of the old railway network, the former Midland Great Western Railway (MGWR).

This bilingual multimedia installation consists of photographs, audio clips, maps, video, notebooks and sculptural work taken from The Midland Project. |

Head of Wantastiquet Performance at Steambox Gallery

head_of_wantastiquet_vaiSaturday, 24 January at 8:30–11:30pm
Steambox Gallery, School Street, Dublin 8

Sonic arts performance of Head of Wantastiquet with Fuzzy Hell, Three Eyed Makara and GOD HATES DISCO.

What: Head of Wantastiquet (USA/DE) is Paul LaBrecque’s (Sunburned Hand of the Man, Astral Blessing) solo shaman body melt unit. The music is a thoroughly Modern/NOW take on the early minimalist experiments of John Cale’s Sun Blindness tapes, projected through a prism that refracts into hallucinatory images of Andrew Wyeth and Caspar Friedrich, the temporal finality of Altamont and Kenneth Anger, the bare feet grounded to the soil of Träd Gräs och Stenar, and the beautiful desolation of Doc Boggs’ early 20th century Appalachian hollers.

Cut & paste electronics from Dublin’s most favored basement dweller:

Three Eyed Makara
The sounds of sea creatures battling on the sea floor.

Fuzzy Hell
J Mascis meets Prince on a lake in Athlone.

‘Dream Lover’ | Group Exhibition at Eight Gallery

dream-loverDream Lover
23rd January – 6 February | Preview: 22 January at 6pm
Eight Gallery, 1st Floor, No. 8, Dawson Street, Dublin 2


Dream Lover is a three-person project at Eight, Dublin, by Irish artists Seán Guinan, Ramon Kassam and Aidan O’Sullivan. It intends to open out to the viewer three distinct yet connected painting practices.

The title Dream Lover refers to the popular rock n’ roll song written and recorded in 1959 by Bobby Darin. The title here is intended to imply a conception of desire that is centered in the ideal or the idealized object, state, space or figure, which embodies the values and traits of the subject/dreamer; a conceptual premise arising from this grouping of practices. Each practice is driven by a sense of desire and escapism, which is paradoxically contained within a set of strict parameters. It is amid the constraints of the physical and psychological spaces of the studio, canvas and tradition of painting, that each artist attempts to seek and play out these instinctive desires. Dream Lover as a cultural concept, arising in film, music, art, stories, etc, represents an ongoing impulse in society to grasp or understand things via expressive processes.

RHA New Acquisitions at RHA , Dr. Tony Ryan Gallery

12.-Rachel-Joynt-RHA-700x390RHA New Acquisitions
January 16, 2015 – April 26, 2015
Dr. Tony Ryan Gallery

In January 2015, the second RHA recent acquisitions exhibition will be held in the Dr. Tony Ryan Gallery. This show will comprise of Members’ work that are called Diploma pieces, following the historic tradition that newly elected Members are required by our bylaws to donate a significant piece of their work to the Academy collection.

During the fighting of Easter week in 1916, Academy House, the RHA’s original purpose built gallery and school on Middle Abbey Street, was destroyed. The entire Summer Exhibition, archives and collection were lost, amounting to the biggest cultural loss in the city during that turbulent time.

Some gaps in the collection were addressed in the intervening years but there are unfortunately huge deficits in the representation of historical Members’ work in the collection. In an ideal world the aspiration would be to redress this imbalance and restore the collection to the significance it deserves as the oldest artistic collective on this island.

Recently we have been successful in garnering wonderful diploma pieces from our current membership. The show in January will include work by Eilis O’Connell RHA, Dr. Imogen Stuart RHA, the late Conor Fallon RHA, Una Sealy ARHA, Blaise Smith ARHA, Maeve McCarthy RHA, Rachel Joynt RHA, Martin Gale RHA and others.

The RHA Assembly approved recently that a special section in the collection be created for drawings. Members have been invited to donate a drawing in addition to their diploma piece and some of these will also be included in the January exhibition. I plan to have a publication for 2016 on the collection as the most fitting way not just to commemorate the darkest time in the RHA’s history but also to serve as a reminder of our recovery and our state of good health today.

Nick Miller at RHA

Scabiosa-2014-700x390Nick Miller
Vessels: Nature Morte
January 16, 2015 – April 26, 2015
RHA Foyer

Between painting people and landscape, I bring elements of the natural world into the studio to try and hold them in paint in arrangements that resonate: a Still-Life in other words, although I prefer the french term Nature Morte, which brings to mind the reality of the cycle of life, nature and death that underlies the genre. I returned to painting flowers in 2011 because I had begun using them in a collaborative creative project at North West Hospice. As is traditional in visiting the sick, I bring flowers, using them as a subject for watercolours in a temporary studio on the ward. If appropriate, I engage with patients through the work, sometimes leading to portraits, interiors and sometimes just to flower paintings.

By early 2013, this practice in the Hospice had generated a new energy in my own studio for a new series of Nature Morte paintings. The process had become embedded, and the paintings became ways for me to make remote connection with my own mother, who was terminally ill over a long period: a way of attending her, even if not physically. They are titled by what is in them, but the vessels are equal subject: vases, bottles and pots she collected in her life.

Mollie Douthit at RHA Ashford Gallery

10.-Mollie-Douthit-700x390January 16, 2015 – February 22, 2015
RHA Ashford Gallery

For Douthit, painting begins in a place of order, mixing colors based on sight, placing objects in a clear and certain place. Working from life, the process unfolds, leading to images that hinge between the poetics of paint, and the specifics of the object. The process reaches an end when she is unable to truthfully put down another mark that relates to the object, or the new space it exists in.

Amelia Stein at RHA Gallery

January 16, 2015 – February 22, 2015
RHA Gallery I

Amelia Stein RHA is known and lauded for her sumptuous black and white photographs. Whether the subject is the graveyards of the Middle East, the Palmhouse at the Botantical Gardens, or portraits of artists, Stein brings together subtle tonality with psychological insight. This new suite of work sees two innovations from the artist.

Firstly, she turns her camera onto the Barony of Erris in the north west of Mayo. Wild and bleak, this landscape has challenged and shaped its inhabitants over the millennia. Stein divides this selection into studies of sky and bog. Sky, that immense and charged element, dominates and scores these images. Habitations, sometimes domestic, sometimes agricultural, and sometimes an evolution from one to the other vie with the topography for equality under the indifferent and awesome sky. Her bogs are not the wild heathland but the scared worked surface of the turf cutting. The evidence of labour, of subsistence is audible in the ridges and plains of these hand worked pits. The piling and protection of the saved turf is almost anthropomorphic, telling of the personalities of those working the bog.

Stein introduces a new method of presentation for these images. Producing large prints, freed of the frame, these works hold an authorative presence in the gallery, offering the viewer an immersive and contemplative experience.

Mark Garry at RHA Gallery

khs6qoCzLLVZiuqcLZsXMNXhHcdyiL8ukRW_ek1Y1lg-700x390A New Quiet by Dublin based artist, Mark Garry.
January 16, 2015 – February 22, 2015

This is the fifth major solo exhibition Garry has undertaken over the past twelve months. Mark creates beautifully considered ephemeral works that act as embodiment’s of slow time. His works are measured and quiet, often requiring meticulous systems of construction. They combine physical, visual, sensory and empathetic analogues, creating arrangements of elements that intersect space and form relationships between a given room and each others.

‘CANALICULUS PURGAMENTORUM’ | The Domestic Godless at Broadstone Studios

listingsFriday 16th & Saturday 17th January 2015
Broadstone Studios, 22 Harcourt Terrace, Dublin 2

Inspired by the ubiquitous carousels of global sushi outlets, The Domestic Godless bring Canaliculus Purgamentorum to Broadstone Studios, Dublin, their latest project presenting a collection of amuse-bouches along a canal assembled from sewage ducting.

Each dish will offer a nostalgic reminiscence of the universally experienced miserable seaside holiday or otherwise pointed towards Broadstone Studio’s previous existence as the Asylum for Aged Governesses and Unmarried Ladies in 1870, replete with humour and a sense of the absurd. For example, what happens when you cross ice-cream with the contents of an Edwardian vanity cabinet? What did the stuffing from the seats of a 1974 Ford Cortina actually taste like? And what ever happened to that baked bean that escaped from your full-Irish breakfast?

For over ten years The Domestic Godless have been a thorn in the foot of Irish gastronomy, with an irreverent disregard for current fashions and culinary trends. They have introduced to the world such delights as Sea Urchin Pot Noodle, Foot & Mouth Terrine, Carpaccio of Giant African Land Snail and Victorian high tea wrought from all manner of fertilizer, often in the setting of anarchic installations.

Tickets are available for €20 at Eventbrite:

Limited places available. This show involves eating and tasting but is not a full meal. Unfortunately, special dietary requirements cannot be accommodated.

Canaliculus Purgamentorum is co-produced with Broadstone Studios and is supported in part by the Arts Council Project Award 2014. |

Laura Jean Zito at The Fotana Café

December 15, 2014 – January 31, 2015
The Fotana Café, 21 Lower Camden Street, Dublin (Near Harcourt Street off St Stephen’s Green)

Meet the Artist: 9 January, 5-8pm; 17 January, 5-8pm

Black & white and colour photographs taken wandering around the shores of the Red Sea in Sinai.

Please join us on the second floor.

‘Beginning and The End of The World’ | Group Exhibition at BLOCK T

exhibitionBeginning and The End of The World
9 – 23 January | Exhibition Opening: 8 January 6.00pm
BLOCK T, Haymarket House, Smithfield Square, Dublin
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 9am-7pm

Philip Napier | Joost Elschot [UT] | Maurice Gobert [RO] | Rudolf Samokejl [PRG]

This contribution to the Apprentice Master Project 2014 is conceived as a concentrated period of time spent working together in Dublin and at the very South West of Ireland, being resident at Cill Rialaig.

Two public moments will take place in BLOCK T Gallery which will frame this passage of communications.

– Thursday 8th January 6.30pm
– Friday 16th January 6.30pm

The Apprentice Master Project is conceived and organised by Kunstpodium-T, Holland, with partners in Ireland England Holland Belgium Czech Republic

This project is realised with the support of BLOCK T Dublin, NCAD School of Fine Art and Cill Ralaig Project, Co Kerry

Sarah Walker at the Oliver Sears Gallery

exhibitionThe Boxing Diaries
15 January – 19 February | Preview: 15 January 2015, 6 – 8pm
Oliver Sears Gallery, 29 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2
Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 10am – 5.30pm; Saturday: by appointment

Oliver Sears Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of The Boxing Diaries an exhibition of new paintings by Sarah Walker who is showing in the gallery for the first time. This intimate series of paintings with dead flat spaces and heavily impastoed figures documents the travails of the artist’s two sons as they train and compete as young amateur boxers from 2009 to the present day.

The images portray the drama inside the ring. The interaction between fighter and trainer and the patient waiting of a mother ferrying her children to meetings around the country. Here the joy of watching dedication and success in her own is bittersweet as this is a violent sport and, inevitably she witnesses her children getting hurt.

Sarah Walker writes: ‘The paintings are about parenting, youth training and respect between trainers and youth engaged in a sport with a specific culture. They are about the social, cultural and physical distance between the background of a parent growing up in Dublin 4 and the life of teenagers growing up in West Cork with a huge interest in a sport not available in their home area, the achievements of a couple of trainers and a group of young boys coming from a relatively tiny club in Bantry with the longest distance to travel of any of their opponents’.

The artist was born in Dublin and lives with her family in Eyeries, West Cork. Her mother was the well-known art critic Dorothy Walker.

The exhibition continues until 19th February 2015.

Richard Proffitt at Kevin Kavanagh Gallery

richard-proffittWild Cries of Ha-Ha
8 January – 6 February | Opening: 8 January at 6pm
Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Chancery Lane, Dublin 8

Wild Cries of Ha-Ha is the translated name of one of the eight great charnel grounds described in Hindu and Buddhist spiritual texts. They are places of transformation, where the living and the dead communicate, populated by shamans, roaming spirits and corpses. These extremely sacred sites are feared and opposed by those without a strong-will and only the most devoted believers of asceticism and ritual practices can worship there.

Richard Proffitt’s atmospheric assemblages and installations are eerily accurate representations of the sanctuaries and relics used by cults, tribes, hippies, and loners in their attempts to communicate with otherworldly energies. We encounter intensely detailed shrines illuminated with sinister red darkroom lamps or flashing disco lights, burnt-out campfires with infinitely looped chants and mantras, ramshackle shelters plastered with anarchist newspapers, medicine wheels sprinkled with sage and incense, and collages of record covers, psychedelic posters and drug paraphernalia.

Throughout all of Proffitt’s work, ordinary objects, scraps of discarded junk, and obsessively collected artifacts are crafted and altered into tools of divination or magic. Wire hubcap rings are reconfigured into elaborate dream-catchers with feathers, bones, cassette-tape, and pin-badges dangling like talismans. Totemic icons and fetishes are fashioned from crude bits of driftwood, bones and charity shop treasures. What appear to be ancient slates with silvery etched primitive drawings are absurdly revealed to be painted foil crisp-packets.

Roseanne Lynch and Davide Grouppi at the nag Gallery | Exhibition Extended

nag-galleryExtended until 31st January
Curated by Helen Kilmartin and Mark St. John Ellis
nag Gallery, 59 Francis Street, Dublin 8
Opening hours: Wednesday – Friday 10.30 – 5.00,  Saturday 11.00 – 5.00

nag Gallery and Minima present the lighting of Davide Groppi and the photographic work of Roseanne Lynch.

This is the third collaboration between nag Gallery and Minima of 2014. The director of Minima, Helen Kilmartin suggested using the space for the lighting of designer Davide Groppi and this was responded to with the curatorial decision of Mark St. John Ellis to exhibit the photograms and photographs of Roseanne Lynch who deals with light and space. The installation strongly demonstrates the aesthetic philosophy of the two companies and the successful marriage of design and fine art where the barrier between the two is confused. |

The Amulet: Exploring Infant Loss | Marie Brett at The LAB

marie-brettThe Amulet: Exploring Infant Loss with Artist Marie Brett
16 January – 28 March 2015 | Launch Event: 15 January, 5-7 pm
Round Table Discussion: 16 January, 3-5 pm
The LAB Gallery, Dublin City Council, Arts Office, The Lab, Foley Street, Dublin 1
Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm Mon-Fri, 10am – 6pm Sat

We all have amulets, those special objects often hidden away in drawers and cupboards which mark a significant time, occasion or person in our lives. Bereaved parents worked with artist Marie Brett to locate an amulet they possessed which has significance in relation to the loss of their baby. Marie recorded the stories behind the chosen amulets and these stories, together with visual materials gifted by the parents, formed the basis for a new artwork. Intimate and universally relatable, you’ll feel and think differently about loss after seeing this show.

The Amulet will launch at The LAB Gallery, Dublin, with a special performance event from 5-7pm on Thursday 15 January 2015. Artists Ceara Conway, Helga Deasy, Dominic Thorpe and Frances Mezzetti will respond to the artwork through voice, dance and performance art. On Friday 16 January, there will be a Round Table discussion from 3-5pm hosted by Create with participants from arts, healthcare and bereavement settings. These events are free and all are welcome. To book a place at the Round Table discussion visit

The Amulet Exhibition Tour is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland’s Touring and Dissemination of Work Award. The Dublin Exhibition and Public Programme is supported by Create, the National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts. |