Category: Leinster – Dublin

Lisa Fingleton at Irish Film Institute, Dublin 2

wfi-150Power of the Personal Story
10th May 2015 at 1pm
Ireland on Sunday is a monthly showcase for new Irish film at the Irish Film Institute. This month’s programme focuses on the power of the personal story. It features the work of award winning artist, activist and filmmaker Lisa Fingleton. who is based on a farm in North Kerry and is actively involved in the current campaign for marriage equality. She believes strongly in the power of the personal story to bring about change.

The programme includes a series of short unapologetically autobiographical films documenting pivotal moments in her life over the last ten years. Delighted and Deranged (2006) explores the the everyday struggles in the life of a artist. Happy Out (2008) weaves together the challenges and joys of making a documentary with Ireland’s only lesbian choir. Waiting for You (2014) to a powerful and heartfelt insight into Lisa and her partner’s 5 year-long quest to have a baby.

Lisa Fingleton will participate in a post-screening Q&A

Alice Richard as part of Inhabit, Dublin 1

exhibition5 repas à t’aimes
Monday 4th May to Tuesday 5th May
Taking place in a private house, Dublin 1

Within the collective exhibition Inhabit showing the work of NCAD’s 2nd year media students, Alice Richard invites you to get together around a meal and the question what does that mean to eat? There will be no answer but 5 meals cooked by the chef Nicolas Boyard,

Monday 4th:
Breakfast (gluten, lactose and coffee free)
Lunch (Blood Food Diet)
Dinner (Macrobiotic Diet)

Tuesday 5th May:
Breakfast (same but different, still gluten, lactose and coffee free)
Lunch (Raw Food Diet)

Both Nicolas Boyard and Alice Richard believe that food can feed a lot more than our stomach and are working to create an experience,

Booking is necessary, 25 guests maximum for each meal,

Information coming through this event:

Kelly Ratchford and Emily Mannion at the Olivier Cornet Gallery

exhibitionSalad days
10 – 30 May | Opening: 10 May at 3pm
Olivier Cornet Gallery, 5 Cavendish Row, Parnell Square, Dublin 1
The Olivier Cornet Gallery is delighted to present Salad days, an exhibition of new works by gallery artist Kelly Ratchford and invited artist Emily Mannion.

Salad Days – an expression referring to a youthful time of carefree innocence and pleasure, accompanied by the inexperience, enthusiasm, idealism, or indiscretion of youth. This is certainly an expression that captures the work of the artists Kelly Ratchford and Emily Mannion.

Emily Mannion is an artist based in Dublin. Her practice spans painting, drawing and sculpture. Her previous and ongoing work look at the juncture of where reality and make believe coexist. She is particularly concerned with how we negotiate the fragile space between experience and memory in a manner that is filled with humour, and braced with pathos. Emily recently completed a permanent installation with architect Thomas O’Brien (Totobark), in Ards forest park in Donegal titled Jeffry’s House.

Using mixed media on canvas, wood, paper and ready-made boxes, Kelly Ratchford works to create ambiguous images that allude to experiences not necessarily comfortable, easy or tasteful. Her interest in these lonely and anxious states competes with an enthusiasm for colour, street art, humour and pictures drawn by young children. It is this tension and the challenge of using simple lines to create more layered images that provide the basis for her work.

Sally-Anne Kelly at Draiocht

sallyannekellyupon becoming aware of our Self
8 May – 11 July
Ground Floor Gallery, Draiocht Blanchardstown
Draiocht’s Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm. Admission is Free.

Sally-Anne’s work is based around the various projections of the self that are presented by a subject and how this can be reflected in the different faces and lives of a site or location. She is interested in exploring the trace people leave behind them in a space and what story this can tell. Her work is an exploration into the discarding of identity, the instability and interchangeability of the self and the curated subject; the different versions of a person that they choose to share with different people in different platforms or situations. Through several methods of mold making, casting and making copies of the subject she creates objects that are based on the subject themselves in a variety of different materials. A copy of a copy, or a version of a version, something that is made from the original, but in the process of making becomes forever altered.

Sally-Anne Kelly is a visual artist based in Dublin. She works in a variety of mediums including sculpture, photography and performance. In 2011 she graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. In 2010 she studied experimental scenography and movement at the Jacques Lecoq International School in Paris after completing her BA in DIT.

Helen Mac Mahon at Draiocht

8 May – 11 July
First Floor Gallery, Draiocht Blanchardstown

The work in Profero is the result of a fascination with the phenomena of light, movement, perception and space. They are the result of observation and they function to reveal the artificial ecosystem that exists between the viewer and these intangible elements. They co-exist in a state of continual flux, changes occurring in one facet having a perceptible impact on the others. The pieces are experimental in nature and this exploratory process is as important as the finished piece. The unpredictability of the techniques used is key to discovery, revealing previously overlooked properties and characteristics. Commonplace materials, such as light, glass, and lenses are used, showing their potential to act in surprising ways, distorting and obscuring the very things it is their function to reveal. Maintaining the material’s original form is important so it can be experienced in new ways, revealing the extraordinary residing within the heart of the ordinary. The curiosity of the viewer is rewarded as their interaction shows them to be a catalyst, ‘activating’ the works and bringing to light latent potential in the materials and the beauty of the natural laws that create them.

Helen Mac Mahon is a Dublin based artist working primarily with installation and sculpture. She graduated from Fine Art, DIT in 2013. She is currently a member of Ormond Studios, an artist run collective in Dublin City Centre.

Orla Walsh at Gallery 27

Curated by Tony Strickland
7 – 13 May | Opening: 7 May at 6pm | Opening speaker – Niall Breslin
Gallery 27, 27 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2
Opening hours: 1 – 5pm

Dublin artist Orla Walsh will showcase a new selection of her iconic paintings based on consumer products.

For more information, please email:

‘May Quartet’ | Group Exhibition at Graphic Studio Gallery

may-quartetMay Quartet
7 – 30 May
Graphic Studio Gallery, 8a Cope St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Graphic Studio Gallery is delighted to host an exhibition of works by four of our highly reviered Graphic Studio Dublin members and artists.

A member of Aosdána, printmaker James McCreary employs that quietly powerful print medium mezzotint for the luxurious quality of its tone to explore the world of old fashioned sweets and forgotten treasures, inspired by a traditional sweet that fellow artist Yoko Akino brought back from Japan many years ago.

Gerard Cox will be concentrating on bronze sculpture for this exhibition. Cox, having worked in wood as a sculptor, began making woodblock prints in 1999 and for this body of work he has cast his woodblock prints in bronze, thus fusing together both his love of printmaking and sculpture. With glints of gold coming through the mottled green patination, Cox’s sculptures are alike to light hitting pools of water.

Jennifer Lane is a long established printmaker specialising in woodblock printmaking with her work having been exhibited in Peking, Singapore, and Yohohama, Japan. Lane’s woodblock prints derive from an extensive series of drawings from life and nature. Lanes use of colour and complexity showcase the exceptional craftsmanship that imbues this wonderful technique.

Yoko Akino is renowned for her imaginative graphic statuesque figures set against backgrounds of intricate and geometric design. With work in both etching and linocuts, the exhibition will demonstrate Akino’s interest and expertise in line drawing.

Lucy Doyle at The Doorway Gallery

lucy-doyleRecent Paintings 2015
7 – 28 May | Opening: 7 May at 6pm
The Doorway Gallery, 24 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2

The Doorway Gallery is delighted to host an exhibition by Lucy Doyle called Recent Paintings 2015 on Thursday, May 7th between 6-8pm on 24 South Frederick Street.

“This exhibition represents the paintings I have been working on over the last year and a half. For this show I have set out to include more than my usual amount of flowers into my work. With every show I try and have a cohesive theme. I will often use new source material for my subject matter, so that I can continually experiment with my painting, yet still develop and expand my old and favourite subjects. This keeps me challenged and also enables me to push my painting style to new limits, helping to keep my paintings vibrant, expansive, and fresh”. Lucy Doyle

‘Lying in Wait’ | Group Exhibition at Tallaght Hospital Art Gallery

exhibitionLying in Wait
27 April – 1 October
Tallaght Hospital Art Gallery, Hospital Street, Tallaght Hospital, Dublin 24

Tallaght Hospital’s National Centre for Arts and Health is hosting an exhibition of selected artworks produced by adult patients attending Tallaght Hospital over the last six months.

The exhibition, led by artist in residence Deirdre Glenfield, represents a valuable, positive and creative engagement for patients in the hospital environment. In a situation where patients often feel out of control, art can serve as a therapeutic and healing tool, helping to reduce stress and anxiety and provides an opportunity for self-expression.

Exhibited in conjunction with the patient’s work, are stills from a video artwork by Deirdre Glenfield titled ‘The Waiting Room’, exploring tensions experienced by patients in the waiting room when faced with life changing health implications.

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Sean Scully at the National Gallery of Ireland

exhibition9 May – 20 September
National Gallery of Ireland, Clare Street, Dublin 2
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9.30-5.30; Thu 9.30-8.30; Sun 11.00-5.30; Public Holidays 10.00-5.30

This exhibition marks Sean Scully’s 70th birthday. It shows a number of paintings from the 1980s-2014, such as Fort 2 (1980); Paul (1984); Helen (1997); Window One (2014), as well as photographic work, Aran (2005) and Manhattan Shut (2014).

IMMA Collection: Fragments

immaIMMA Collection: Fragments
1 May 2015 – 26 July 2015
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Military Rd., Kilmainham, Dublin 8

This exhibition borrows its title from Philosopher Walter Benjamin’s comparison of the work of translation to re-assembling fragments of a broken vase – the individual fragments must come together, but need not be like each other. This could also be taken as an allegory for exhibition making, or collecting.

The exhibition includes the first-showing since their acquisition of a number of recent works by Irish artists, including The sky looks down on almost as many things as the ceiling, (2013) a wall based sculpture by Aleana Egan and commissioned works by Ronan McCrea and Alan Phelan. The latter two are lens-based works titled Medium (Corporate Entities) and Include me out of the Partisan Manifesto, which resulted from IMMA’s programme of temporary exhibitions. McCrea’s photographic enquiry into spaces where corporate art collections are hung, took place before the economic collapse.

Caoimhe Kilfeather’s newly acquired lead sculpture Abbreviation, (2011) joins works by Michael Warren, Shirazeh Houshiary, Brian King and Kathy Prendergast selected from the IMMA Collection. These works have an aesthetic and historic affinity with the sculpture and drawing of Gerda Frömel – whose retrospective, will be running concurrently in IMMA’s Garden Galleries.

GILBERT & GEORGE’s large-scale photowork Smoke Rising, (1989), Nigel Rolfe’s Dance Slap for Africa, (1983) and will be shown along with other activist works or works with emphasis on performance including a film by Phil Collins and historic works by Marina Abramović. Fragments will include a number of Subjectivist works by WW II imigrès, the White Stag artists, bequested by the late artist Patrick Scott to IMMA in 2014. Scott exhibited with the White Stag from 1941 and the group swopped each others paintings. The donation is particularly rich in key works by Kenneth Hall who was a close friend of Scott.

Now in her 85th year, Camille Souter’s works included in Fragments are among some of her finest works of the 1950s and 60s and show her interest in Miró, Klee, Jackson Pollock and Arte Povera. In 1958 Lucio Fontana bought two of her paintings.

A pioneer of Conceptual Art and author of the renowned Inside the White Cube, Brian O’Doherty / Patrick Ireland’s enduring obsession with themes of language, perception and identity are represented by a selection of his works from the IMMA Collection dating from 1954 onwards and include a major new Rope Drawing which is a recent gift to IMMA by the artist, entitled: The doors to good and evil and the windows to heaven – Christina’s World, Rope Drawing No # 123, 2015.

‘Connections In The Garden’ | Group Exhibition at Knockrose Garden

Cnx-in-Garden-AdConnections In The Garden
8 – 31 May
Knockrose Garden, Kilternan, Co. Dublin
Opening hours: Friday to Sunday from 1pm – 6pm

Connections the Garden, art exhibition by Niamh Cooke and friends: Trish Banks, Natalie Doyle and Conor Cooke.

Stained glass art, multimedia, painting and woodwork.

For further info: Niamh, Trish, |

Hugh Lane (1875-2015): Dublin’s Legacy and Loss

hugh-lane30 April – 4 October 2015
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Charelmont House, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

Hugh Lane (1875-2015): Dublin’s Legacy and Loss celebrates Hugh Percy Lane, the philanthropist and art dealer who presented a priceless collection of artworks to Dublin to establish a Gallery of Modern Art in 1908.

Lane drowned aboard the Lusitania on 7 May 1915, after the liner was torpedoed by U-boat 20 off the south coast of Cork on its return from New York to Liverpool. He was thirty-nine years old. The exhibition presents Hugh Lane’s vision for the visual arts in Ireland at the turn of the 20th century with works by Impressionist artists Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas and Auguste Renoir hanging together with their Irish contemporaries including Walter Osborne, Frank O’Meara, John Lavery and Roderic O’Conor.

Declan Clarke at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

declan-clarke-talk30 April – 4 October 2015
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Charelmont House, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

Artist/filmmaker Declan Clarke presents his most ambitious production to date. His installation consists of a trilogy of films produced between 2013 and 2015 that reflect upon the impact of modernism and its visual representation in Europe. Clarke selects seminal moments of social history and introduces them into a narrative as active ‘agents’. These then function as oblique commentaries on the causes, effects, and ongoing ramifications in today’s global politics. The most recent film, Wreckage in May, commissioned by The Hugh Lane, focuses on the suppression of the Paris Commune in 1871. Visitors to the exhibition can expect to see Gustave Courbet’s The Diligence in the Snow and Berthe Morisot’s Jour d’Ete alongside the film screening of Clarke’s films.

Gabhann Dunne at The LAB Gallery, Dublin 1

exhibitionMagenta Honey
1 May to 13 June 2015 | Opening Thursday 30 April 6-8pm

Gabhann Dunne’s work deals with the space within which rational language has failed and meaning is found in contemplation. This is what Philip Guston described ‘the third hand’. Positive psychology refers to it as autotelic flow where through the action of painting, the poles of reality and imagination can be reflected upon. The Metaphysical spectre of meaning of meaning overcome in an exchange for a movement away from limitations of human concerns towards a greater inhuman realm of existence that can be had in the observation of animals, environment and landscape. Placing ourselves not as separate to these but as participants and subjects of change.

Further information:
The LAB Gallery, Foley St, Dublin 1