Category Archives : Leinster – Dublin

Ormond Studios 5 Year Anniversary Exhibition II

ormond-5Co-Curated with Sandra McAllister + James Ó hAodha
6 – 11 November | Opening: 6 November at 6pm
Open daily (Friday 7th-Tuesday 11th) 12pm-5pm or by appointment.

Lucy Andrews, Alan James Burns, Amanda Elena Conrad + Róisín Beirne, Jennette Donnelly, Jason Dunne, Rachel Marum, Sandra McAllister, Martina McDonald, Joseph Noonan Ganley, James Ó hAodha, Nicky Teegan

To celebrate 5 years’ successful running Ormond Studios is excited to present two exhibitions featuring new and existing work from a selection of current artists and past members who have contributed to the space since its founding.

Ormond Studios was founded in 2009 by 11 recent graduates from IADT and NCAD as a non-hierarchal, self-organised art initiative for emerging artists. The ongoing aim of Ormond Studios is to provide a centrally situated, affordable and discursive workspace with facilities for emerging visual artists in Dublin that is collaboratively run and entirely artist-led.

To mark half a decade functioning as a unique creative hub in Dublin City Centre, past and present members of Ormond Studios will come together to create two exciting exhibitions. These anniversary shows will highlight the diversity of creative talent that has fed and driven the space during its five year existence, and serve as a representation and reminder of the varied practices the space has been home to in this time.

Dublin Art Book Fair 2014 at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

dublin-art-book-fair7 – 9 November 2014
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, 5- 9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
Friday + Saturday: 11am- 6pm
Sunday: 1pm -6pm

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios are delighted to present the fourth edition of the Dublin Art Book Fair.

Each year, the Dublin Art Book Fair offers the latest art, photography and related books published in Ireland and internationally. It aims to offer a succinct snapshot of contemporary art publishing worldwide.

Running for the past three years, the fair features a range of publications from invited publishers and publishing houses, as well as an open submission artist’s books and zines area. In addition to offering books from over 30 international publishers the fair will boast a comprehensive collection of aesthetically focused literature and unique one-off editions including everything from photography, graphic design, sculpture and painting to curation, politics and philosophy.

The programme for the fair will also include a series of supporting talks and workshops, artists’ readings, artworks and a pop-up café.


For more information on fair events and publishers featured, please visit:

Marcioninetten78 at The Complex

oitnbOrange is the new Black
14 – 16 November | Opening: 14 November at 6pm
The Complex, Benburb Street, Smithfield. Dublin 7

Marcioninetten78 is delighted to invite you to his highly anticipated solo exhibition Orange is the new Black.

This is Marcio’s 3rd Irish solo exhibition. Three years after his first, Orange is the new Black is by far the biggest, boldest and most ambitious yet. He invites you to take a trip down his childhood memory lane to discover the bright and dark sides of colour. His artwork is an invitation for those who want to take the trouble to watch the world through his eyes. He returns to The Complex to completely transform the space with original paintings, a selection of photographs and installations, most of which have never been seen before
at The Complex, Benburb Street, Smithfield. Dublin 7. | |

‘BLUE’ | Group Exhibition at Gallery 27

exhibitionBLUE – An exhibition of Irish and Italian artists
Curated by Tony Strickland and Art Focal Point
13 – 18 November | Opening: 13 November at 6pm – Opening speakers: Tony Clarke, Roberto Fiano
Gallery 27, 27 South Frederick, Dublin 2
Opening hours: 1pm – 5.30pm

Gallery 27 is delighted to present BLUE – a collaboration between 17 Irish and Italian artists. This exhibition will feature painting, sculpture, print, mixed media and photography

Art Focal Network was set up by Tony Clarke and Roberto Fiano to provide a platform for international artists and to give them an opportunity to showcase their work at an affordable cost.

The artists: Tony Clarke, Liam Kelly, Gary Kearney, Luke Cristoffersen, Lorraine Cross, Lorraine Lynch, Beate Gillson, Jonathan Curran, Jenny Dann, Maria Grazia De Rosa, Zoe D’Annolfo, Maddelena Modugno, Lucia De Santis Michele Grimaldi, Roberto Fiano, Franca Simion, Valentina Sonzogni

Renate Debrun at the Helix

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1 – 30 November
The Helix, DCU, Collins Avenue, Dublin 9

Limited edition prints and monotypes by Renate Debrun will be on show at the Helix, DCU, Collins Avenue, Dublin 9, during the month of November. Opening hours Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat/Sun and until 11pm if there is an event on (check at

This exhibition contains recent work as well as older pieces made over the last ten years, and it includes drypoint etchings, linocuts and monotypes.

Brainbelt Illustration Collective Design Week Exhibition

Brainbelt_logoBrainbelt Illustration Collective Design Week Exhibition 2014
MVP, 29 Upper Clanbrassil St., Dublin 8 (
Opening night: Fri. 7 November 7pm.
Exhibition runs from: 3 November – 15 December 2014. (MVP opens daily from 4pm)

Brainbelt’s Design Week Exhibition will showcase the illustration collectives’ current personal projects. Design week has always been a way for Brainbelt members to step outside the group themed exhibitions, projects or collaborations and present whatever projects they have on the go. It will be awesome. Come along and enjoy some art, maybe buy some and have a drink in the very nice MVP on Clanbrassil Street.

The exhibition launches Friday the 7th of November at 7pm and runs for 6 weeks. It features work by Michelle Cunningham, Emma Rowe, Alan Dunne, Stephen Mc Carthy, Jamie Murphy, Lauren O’Neill, Eileen O’Neill, John Corrigan, Stephen Mc Nally and Rachel Corcoran. All artists will have prints for sale on the night and throughout the exhibition. We look forward to seeing you there.

Duncan Campbell, Primal Architecture & Launch of Winter Programme at IMMA

immaFriday 7 November, 6.00 – 8.30pm
The opening of Primal Architecture includes live performances:

Kevin Atherton, Timepiece (1974–2014)
6.00 – 7.00pm, IMMA Courtyard

Bedwyr Williams, 20º (2014)
7.15pm, IMMA, First Floor, Landing

The opening reception is followed by Primal Rising , a live music and DJ night which marks the start of IMMA’s winter opening weekend.

Duncan Campbell:
8 November 2014 – 29 March 2015
The first major exhibition in Dublin of the work of Irish-born artist Duncan Campbell, a nominee for the 2014 Turner Prize. Combining archival and filmed material Campbell’s films question our reading of the documentary form as a fixed representation of reality, opening up the boundaries between the actual and the imagined, record and interpretation. This solo exhibition comprises four of his major film works; Bernadette (2008); Make It New John (2009); Arbeit (2011) and It for Others (2013).

Primal Architecture:
Kevin Atherton / Jeremy Deller / Jesse Jones / Mike Kelley / Linder / Conrad Shawcross / Bedwyr Williams
8 November 2014 – 1 March 2015
Borrowing its title from Mike Kelley’s iconic work, Primal Architecture, this exhibition brings together works by both international and Irish artists that elaborate on notions of pseudo-autobiography, sexuality, consciousness, identity, architecture, power and nostalgia. The selection of works on display spans generations, and across varied media including installation, video, sculpture, drawing, performance and photography.

IMMA’s Winter Opening Weekend:
Join us for a weekend programme of activities including talks, tours, and music drawn from the exhibitions across IMMA.

‘Making a Show of Ourselves’ Group Show at Ranelagh Arts Centre

exhibitionMaking a Show of Ourselves
at Ranelagh Arts Centre, No. 26 Ranelagh, Dublin 6
Exhibition runs until 16 November 2014

Making a Show of Ourselves is the irreverent title of the forthcoming exhibition at Ranelagh Arts Centre. It showcases the divergent nature and approach of four female Irish artists, Laura Averill, Kathleen Delaney, Alwyn Gillespie and Evanna O’Boyle.

Evanna O’Boyle focuses on the landscape and café scenes with bright interiors, scenes from the everyday peopled with friends. A hive of activity of the West Pier at Howth informs and inspires Laura Averill’s work. Her paintings are imbued with the texture of an industry in which weathered and rusting fishing trawlers are hoisted from the water onto tracks that cross the harbour road and lead to the dry dock; where boats are welded, bashed, repaired, resealed and repainted before being returned again to sea.

Kathleen Delaney explores the inner realms, creating dark interiors that hold ceramic shoes and hearts shining from the charred edifices. Her canvases are filled with words from the internal lyrical dialogue. Watercolours and bronzes are the media used by Alwyn Gillespie. In her watercolours she looks at the animal world, landscape and the nude.

Michelle Byrne at the Olivier Cornet Gallery

exhibitionVia Magna
9 November – 7 December | Opening: 9 November at 3pm
Olivier Cornet Gallery, JF Studios, 5 Cavendish Row (Parnell Square), Dublin 1

The Olivier Cornet Gallery is delighted to present Via Magna , an exhibition of new works by gallery artist Michelle Byrne.
The show will open on November 9, 3 pm at JF Studios, 5 Cavendish Row (Parnell Square), Dublin 1 where it will be shown till December 7.

Michelle Byrne is a sculptor living and working in the Blackstairs region of County Carlow. Since Graduating from GMIT, Galway in 1992 Michelle has exhibited in group shows in Ireland, the UK and France.

In addition to exhibiting, Michelle has worked on both private and public commissions. In 1997 Michelle was invited by The Arts Council to have a solo show at their premises in Merrion Square, Dublin. Michelle works mainly in Kilkenny Limestone and also in Bronze and steel.

Recent large scale public commissions include a 3 meter Limestone tower for the Carlow redevelopment group and a 1.2 Meter Limestone sphere for Ballygarvan National school, Co. Cork. One of Michelle’s sculptures (‘Sphere’) was acquired in December 2013 by the OPW as part of a group show with the Olivier Cornet Gallery.

In May 2012 Michelle won the Conor/Moran Award for Outstanding Sculpture at the Annual RHA Exhibition. The piece entitled ‘Journey’ was a limestone model for a per cent for art commission for Thomastown National School, Co. Kilkenny. The full scale limestone sculpture was sited in October 2012 and was officially unveiled by President Michael D Higgins on the 29th of May 2013. Michelle documented the making of the sculpture ‘Journey’ in a book which will be available at her show ‘Via Magna’.

Debbie Chapman at Farmleigh Cow Shed Gallery

debbie-chapmanOpening: 6 November at 7.30pm
Farmleigh Cow Shed Gallery, Phoenix Park, Dublin

Artist Debbie Chapman & Dublin City Council proudly present Chapelizod ‘Dereliction’.

The culmination of a community arts project led by Irish artist Debbie Chapman. It is a multimedia installation of drawings, photos, sculpture, painting, poetry and video in response to the decline in the immediate environment on the residents of Chapelizod, Dublin. |

Michelle Byrne at Olivier Cornet Gallery

3a_smallerThe Olivier Cornet Gallery is delighted to present ‘VIA MAGNA’, an exhibition of new works by gallery artist Michelle Byrne. The show will open on November 9, 3pm at JF Studios, 5 Cavendish Row (Parnell Square), Dublin 1 where it will be shown till December 7.

‘Via Magna': In her recent work, Michelle has been interested in mapping and journeys, looking at the physical geography of a place, the journeys we take and the experience we gain.

Saidhbhín Gibson at The LAB & Natural History Museum

Saidhbhín GibsonNatura natura
Until 8th November
The LAB Gallery, Foley Street, Dublin 1 | Open Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm
Natural History Museum, Merrion Square, Dublin 2 | Open Tue – Sat, 10am – 5pm, Sun, 2 – 5pm

Saidhbhín Gibson’s exhibition Natura natura takes place across two locations in Dublin’s city centre: The LAB Gallery on Foley Street and the Natural History Museum on Merrion Square. Developed during a recent residency in collaboration with Dublin City Council Arts Office and the Natural History Museum, Saidhbhín investigated the museum’s collection and developed a response culminating in the exhibition Natura natura.

John Behan RHA at Solomon Fine Art

7 – 29 November
Solomon Fine Art, Balfe St, Dublin 2

From Friday 7th November to Saturday 29th November Solomon Fine Art is delighted to be hosting an exhibition of work by Ireland’s foremost sculptor in bronze John Behan RHA. Behan’s latest works focus on one of his most enduring themes, Famine Ships and works relating to the Great Famine.

This latest body of work is what the artist calls, ‘a review of where I stand’ – a kind of summation of attitude and experience. With his long running series of Famine Ships, from the huge National Famine Memorial in County Mayo (26 x 20ft) or Arrival (21 x 24ft) sited at the United Nations building in New York, to the smaller ‘table’ sculptures, Behan has consistently explored the relationship between our famine history and our present selves.

His sculpture continues to be characteristically fresh and unique. The shape of the ships, the articulation of the bodies and their distorted expression varies from one work to the next, as does their patination. Some of these individual pieces have a ghost-like quality, others a solidity and sense of urgency; his shipwreck moves into the realm of drama and his elongated figures, either moving or posed, are full of pathos.

‘Phoenix Rising: Art and Civic Imagination’ Group Exhibition at The Hugh Lane

exhibitionPhoenix Rising: Art and Civic Imagination
6 November – 29 March | Opening: 5 November at 6.30pm
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1, Ireland

Stephen Brandes, Mark Clare, Cliona Harmey, Vagabond Reviews, Stéphanie Nava and Mary-Ruth Walsh

Phoenix Rising explores the current place of civic ideals in urban life and contemporary art practice. It presents contemporary artists’ responses to the urban environment using different strategies to understand and represent the city. It references Dublin’s 1914 Civic Exhibition which was inspired by the work of Scottish biologist, sociologist and planner Patrick Geddes and which attempted to re-imagine Dublin as “the phoenix of cities”. Phoenix Rising will be accompanied by a programme of talks, film screenings and other special events.

Chris Evans at Project Arts Centre

chris-evansClerk of Mind
Curated by Kate Strain
5 November – 17 January | Opening: 4 November at 6pm
Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

You are welcome to join us and Chris Evans for the opening of Clerk of Mind in the Gallery on Tuesday 4 November from 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Chris Evans’ work is characterised by the realisation of unsolicited assignments and evolves through conversations with people from a broad range of professions – selected in relation to their symbolic or public role. Recently this has included the directors of a luxury jewellery company and members of the international diplomatic community.

Collaboration becomes entangled along invisible paths of consultation and negotiation, encased in the resulting art objects they produce. This newly commissioned exhibition reconfigures three of his existing works especially for Project Arts Centre.

Clerk of Mind runs from 5 November 2014 until the 17 January 2015.

Cleary Connolly’s Meta-perceptual Helmets at the Dead Zoo

cchelmutIf we have two eyes, they why is our vision so limited? Why do we have so little depth perception? Why don’t our two eyes offer us two different views of the world? Why don’t they allow us to look behind and in front at the same time, or sideways in both directions? Looking through Michael Land’s defining work Animal Eyes, we see that nature has explored all of these possibilities: the Hammerhead Shark has hyper-stereo vision; the horse sees 357° around itself; the chameleon has separately rotatable eyes…

Artists Cleary Connolly have spent several years developing an extraordinary series of helmets, art that can help us to explore these and other mysteries of visual perception. The artworks are inspired by early 20th Century experiments in perceptual adaptation , and the complex optics were developed over eighteen months by Cleary Connolly in consultation with research institutes in Paris and Montreal , through funding from the Arts Council.

The collection has been hand-crafted in aluminium by master coachbuilder Neil McKenzie, and will be on view at the National Museum of Ireland in the Natural History building (known as the Dead Zoo), for one week only, November 9th – 16th 2014, before taking up residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris from December 2014 to February 2015 .

‘Imitator 2′ | Japanese & Irish Visual Arts Exhibition at MART

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6 – 14 November | Opening: 5 November at 6pm – Sake and sushi for all
MART, 109a Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6
Opening hours: 1-6pm Daily – closed Mondays.

Japanese Artists:
Takahashi Kohei,Takesi Ikeda, Makiko Yamamoto.
Irish Artists: Trish McAdam, Andrew Carson, Róisín O.

‘Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery’

Ciara Scanlan & Matthew Nevin have collaborated with 3 Irish Artists, and 3 Japanese artists to create and interactive and challenging exhibition. The show in MART Rathmines is the culmination of a residency undertook in Kyoto arts centre in the summer 2014.

The narcissism of modern culture; selfies, minor feats of ‘fame’ and our obsession with self indulgent self promotion via social media has changed how we live day to day.

The project involves artists Ciara Scanlan & Matthew Nevin, [ curators of MART] working alongside Trish McAdam a filmmaker and Artist, Andrew Carson a Visual Artist and Róisín O a singer to utilize their talents from their own disciplines to analyse the process of ‘imitation’. Takahashi Kohei, Takesi Ikeda, Makiko Yamamoto are artists based in Kyoto Japan whose work on show is based on mimicry. All works on show are video and we will set each piece up so the audience interacts and ‘imitates’.

Chris Wilson at The Doorway Gallery

chris-wilsonSmall Islands
6 November – 4 December | Opening: 6 November at 6pm – Speaker: Dr. Yvonne Scott, Director, Triarc (Trinity College Irish Art Research Centre)
The Doorway Gallery, 24 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2

The Doorway Gallery is delighted to host an exhibition by Chris Wilson called Small Islands on Thursday, November 6th between 6-8pm on 24 South Frederick Street. The exhibition will be officially opened by Dr.Yvonne Scott, Director, Triarc (Trinity College Irish Art Research Centre) and the show will continue until December 4th.

The works in the exhibition Small Islands, aim to celebrate “place”. They extract the textures and surfaces of sections of ground, often a coastal rock form, capturing the lines and patterns of the land that one literally stands upon and transforms this intimate space into the idea of a much larger landscape. The paintings are created through painted layers of subtle marks, each layer slightly obscured by the next. In places the layers representing these hidden histories of mark making are more visible. The surface becomes a canvas of lines and borders with shifting patterns of strata suggesting boundaries, but also movement and a landscape of changing and multiple viewpoints.

The small bronzes juxtapose these opposing viewpoints in a single form. Casts of rocks taken from formations along the north Antrim coast where I live, provide the solid structure that supports the small buildings on the surface. The fissures and lines of the rocks are transformed into a mountain side, a valley or headland through the placing of the small buildings. The rock castings and the paintings play with an aerial perspective that is combined with a traditional linear pictorial perspective to create landscapes that explore an attachment to place.

‘InterPlay’ | Group Exhibition at The Joinery

Curated by Mary Cremin
7 – 16 November | Opening: 6 November at 6pm
The Joinery, Arbour Hill, Dublin 7
Opening hours: 12pm-6pm

Richard Forrest, Adam Gibney, Ocusonic

The era of the internet has hailed the most significant cultural shift in the twenty first century. The way we interact with technology to mediate our lives is unprecedented. InterPlay explores artists’ relationships with materiality, sound and visuals that work with technology as a genesis or point of origin. Adam Gibney engages with sound and sculpture as a means to investigate semiotics and its relationship with technology. The sculptural work employs a mantra as a meditative tool to remove the viewer from reality; he is interested in this use of language not as a means of communication but to induce transcendental moments through repetition. Richard Forrest’s sculptural work infiltrates the digital world and breaks down imagery to its pixelated form, the result occupying the space between the virtual and the real.  Ocusonic’s immersive installation explores the possibilities of creating visual music through the use of digital programming. The exhibition takes the viewer from the real to the virtual, creating a sense of inhabiting the inner workings of the digital world.

Ruby Wallis at Pallas Projects/Studios

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29 October – 1 November | Opening: 29 October at 6pm
Pallas Projects/Studios, 115-117 The Coombe, Dublin 8
Opening hours: 12pm – 6pm

Through my practice I argue for a return to the senses by engaging with the landscape, through the sort of ‘haptic’ experience film can provide. I have chosen Coolorta, a small alternative community in the West of Ireland for the location of this research. This is where I lived as child. The three artworks, Autowalks, Moving Stills and Turlough Swim are made through lens-based art practice and explore the boundary between empirical and phenomenal forms of research. Drawing on the writings of Judith Butler, Maurice Merleau Ponty, Laura U Marks and Vivian Sobchack I have engaged in walking and filming, ‘slow film-making’, ‘the close up’ and the ‘point of view shot’. The cinematic approach adopted moves over the course of the project from a perspective which privileges sight above the other senses, to an engagement with haptic filmmaking, which seeks to explore the inter-subjective experience involved in the relationship between the spectator, subject and filmmaker. There are critical difficulties in my approach; retrospection can be prone to nostalgia, which can produce a romantic view of the past, yet Julia Kristeva proposes that visiting this melancholia can be potent within artistic practice.