Category: Leinster – Dublin

187th RHA Annual Exhibition

The RHA Annual Exhibition, now in it’s 187th year, is the most ambitious event in the Academy’s calendar. Ireland’s largest open submission exhibition includes painting, sculpture, print, photography, drawing and architectural models and it brings together the works of RHA Members, invited artists and artists selected from open submission.

This year, the open submissions have provided over half of the exhibition and were rigorously selected by a panel of Academy Members, over a period of 5 days, from a vast number of applicants, which involved over 2,400 artworks.

A prize fund of almost €60,000 is distributed to artists recognized for their artistic achievement in various disciplines and includes 8 awards for works in any medium, 4 awards for sculptural works, 2 awards for painting, 2 awards for photography (1 emerging), 1 award for a senior artist, 1 award for portraiture and 1 award for architecture.

This years exhibitors include, John Behan RHA, Liam Belton RHA, Shane Berkery, Margaret Corcoran, Gary Coyle RHA, David Crone RHA, Dorothy Cross ARHA, Mollie Douthit, Rita Duffy, Gabhann Dunne, James English RHA, David Farrell, Martin Gale RHA, Mark Garry, Joy Gerrard, Richard Gorman RHA, James Hanley RHA, Charles Harper RHA, Pat Harris ARHA, Eithne Jordan RHA, Vera Klute, Alice Maher RHA, Colin Martin RHA, Janet Mullarney ARHA, Carolyn Mulholland RHA, Maeve McCarthy RHA, Stephen McKenna RHA, Sinead Ni Maonaigh, Abigail O’Brien RHA, Eilis O’Connell RHA, Mick O’Dea PRHA, Geraldine O’Neill ARHA, Kurt Opperman, Alan Phelan, Vivienne Roche RHA, Una Sealy RHA, Rose Stapleton, Amelia Stein RHA, Imogen Stuart RHA and Donald Teskey RHA.

Vernacular | Brian Gallagher at the United Arts Club, Dublin

25 May to 11 June
Opening 25 May, 8pm by artist Una Sealy RHA

Brian’s third solo show in the United Arts Club is an exploration of our environment and vernacular architecture via Scraperboard and mixed media. Scraperboard is a Sgraffito medium – the process is the reverse from usual mark making.

Beginning with a black board there is a gradual removal of parts of its thin dark surface to reveal the white china clay beneath.
Influenced by Thomas Bewick and the generation of wood engravers like Brian’s art college tutor Peter Reddick, the results are unique original one of pieces, not prints.

United Arts Club
3 Fitzwilliam Street Upper,
Dublin 2
T: +353 1 66 11 4 11

Of Birds and Beasts | Ronan Halpin at Solomon Fine Art

26 May to 25 June

Solomon Fine Art is delighted to host an exhibition of new sculpture by Ronan Halpin. The work for this exhibition ranges in size from small to medium-scale and in style from representational to purely abstract. Ronan Halpin, a master of materials, uses painted steel, brass, bronze, copper, polished concrete and the recycled parts of old machines. He also uses Corten steel which has been allowed to rust and take on the patina of its surroundings. These works were designed to inhabit the landscape and were shaped by it. Colour is very much to the fore in this body of work.

Ronan Halpin lives and works on Achill Island in Co. Mayo. He has worked as a sculptor for almost 30 years and is a graduate of the National School of Art & Design and Yale School of Art in the US where he achieved a Masters in Fine Art in 1984. His work is in numerous private collections, including those of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney and former Taoiseach John Bruton.

The title of this exhibition ‘Of Birds and Beasts’ makes a reference to the title of John Steinbeck’s novel ‘Of Mice and Men’ and also to the fantastical work of Lewis Carroll. The work on show evokes the mystery and mythology of dreams with references to history, archaeology and religion.

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

Celina Muldoon | Live Installation/Performance at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Saturday 27 May, 8pm

Adorned in lavishly constructed costumes, multiple performers interact with and invite audience participation to interrogate and challenge notions around stereotypical ideas of representation and identity. The event commences with a voyeuristic tableaux and transfigures into a role swapping spectacle. Militaristic helmets adorned with go-pro cameras; live footage streamed to monitors positioned among the audience. How do we respond when the gaze is flipped? What unfolds when…’The Watcher’… becomes… The Watched? The farce plays out; perpetual; nonsensical; tit for tat squabbling; resonating; an underlying collective understanding. We are passively and unconsciously subject to constant scrutiny.

This ‘Untitled’ live interactive installation is an architecturally informed response to Studio 6 and The Atrium Space in TBG+S. Referring to Foucault’s Panopticon theory, Judith Butler’s ‘Gender Performativity’ and analysing the body as representation of political agency, the work is realised through a sci-fi re-enactment of mythological narratives. Designed by Jeremy Benthom in 1798 the Panopticon is a laconic architectural construct of modern disciplinary power. With this in mind Muldoon attempts to initiate dialogue between the elliptical aspect of Temple Bar Gallery and Studios’ Atrium space and Bentham’s design.

Tickets €8, book your ticket here:

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

Performing a Translation | Group Exhibition at Ormond Studios

26 to 28 May

AsWeMaySink, Dorota Borowa, Chloe Brenan, Claire Burke, Niamh Coffey, Sarah Edmondson, Hazel Egan, Kieran Gallagher

Performing a Translation is the first exhibition of work by current members of Ormond Studios since its relocation. ‘Translation’ is a term used in geometry to describe a function that moves an object a certain distance. The object is not altered in any other way. It is not rotated, reflected or re-sized. In a translation, every point of the object must be moved in the same direction and for the same distance.

In moving from No. 6 to No. 4 Ormond Quay, Ormond Studios have performed this translation, preserving the studio as a nucleus of art-making, a place to translate, test and transform ideas. Works reflect on this geometric term in an expanded sense, interpreting translation more broadly as a paradigm of mediation that includes aesthetic, political, topographical and intertextual transformations.

This exhibition is held in conjunction with Bealtaine Festival 2017.

Ormond Studios
4 Ormond Quay Lower, North City, Dublin

Insect Exhibition | Lica B Browne at Outhouse, Capel Street

22 May to 3 June
Opening Friday 26 May, at 7pm (Gourmet Menu served this date)
Outhouse, 105 Capel St Cafe

How beautiful are we? Humans ask the mirror. It reflects back to us the answer in a curious Insect form.

The Insects in this exhibition share with us their private sexual lives; their varied gender types; and their numerous relationship styles. Their answer to ‘How beautiful are we?’ is that we are beautiful is our endless variations. Celebrating them amongst ourselves is the pinnacle of human civilization and key to our future survival.

To integrate their wisdom and life experience, the insects bravely offer themselves to us in the Gourmet Menu:

Water crackers with stout cheese and organic Crickets
Spicy Libyan salad with fine English herb Crickets
Exotic dates, California raisins and mighty Buffalo Worms
Natalie shot with Queen Mealwaorms
Granberry and Orange energy bar
Coconut and Cacao energy bar
One Alien Grasshopper (first to eat it, gets a free picture!)

CAFE HOURS: Monday – Friday: 1:00pm – 9:30pm and Saturday: 1:00pm – 5:30pm

Lica B Browne
Professional Artist, Writer, DJ, Healer and Teacher.

Graduate Exhibition Institute of Art, Design + Technology, Dun Laoghaire

26 May to 1 June

The Institute of Art, Design + Technology will host their annual Graduate Exhibition which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Exhibition is an ideal opportunity for potential employers, collectors and the public to spot the latest talent and see the current trends in design, art and film.

Curated by students the show will feature a culmination of work from our degree programmes including students of Animation, Art, Design for Stage and Screen, Film, Photography, Visual Communications, and 3D Design + Model-making.

Filmmaker and founder of Other Voices Philip King will officially open the Exhibition on Friday, 26 May at 5pm.

Institute of Art, Design + Technology
Kill Avenue, Dún Laoghaire,
Co. Dublin
T: + 353 1 239 4000

Stray Lines | Live Comics Reading at Instituto Cervantes, Dublin

22 May, 6.30pm

Instituto Cervantes and the Irish comics collective Stray Lines invites you to a live reading of comics by seven of the most promising indie comics makers from Ireland and beyond. They will perform live readings of their short comics. This immersive storytelling event combines music, sound design, projected illustration and live performance in what feels like a cross between theatre and animation. As well as contributions from the authors, we will wrap up the evening with some audience participation, where the attendees, alongside the illustrators, will create a story live. Don’t miss the chance to leave your imprint.

Featuring the participation of Sarah Bowie (IE), Alan Dunne (IE), Debbie Jenkinson (IE), Elida Maiques (ES), Alé Mercado (ES), Fintan Taite (IE) and Emy Peyret (FR), this is an unmissable event.

Price: Free, yet ticketed. Bookings:
(Early booking strongly recommended)

Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2
Tel.: 353 01 631 15 33

Celina Muldoon | Live Installation/Performance, TBG+S, Dublin 2

Saturday 27 May 2017, 8pm | Cost: €8
Studio 6, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin 2
(Entrance through the side door, Fownes St. Lower)

Live Installation/Performance by Celina Muldoon.
Adorned in lavishly constructed costumes, multiple performers interact with and invite audience participation to interrogate and challenge notions around stereotypical ideas of representation and identity. The event commences with a voyeuristic tableaux and transfigures into a role swapping spectacle. Militaristic helmets adorned with go-pro cameras; live footage streamed to monitors positioned among the audience. How do we respond when the gaze is flipped? What unfolds when…’The Watcher’… becomes… The Watched? The farce plays out; perpetual; nonsensical; tit for tat squabbling; resonating; an underlying collective understanding. We are passively and unconsciously subject to constant scrutiny.

For more information visit:

Book your ticket here:

The Changing | Artist Talk: Gary Coyle and Vivienne Roche, dlr LexIcon, Co. Dublin

Wednesday 24 May 2017, 6.30-8pm
Gallery, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire

Artists Gary Coyle and Vivienne Roche discuss the diversity of their work as artists and the range of media they use, chaired by the artist and curator Gavin Murphy. This is an opportunity to hear artists illustrate, discuss and answer questions on the formal and technical aspects of their practice.

To book this free talk go to and search for dlr LexIcon Gallery
Part of the Exhibition Learning Programme for SurprEYES! Works from the Arts Council


Port Walks Podcast | Sheelagh Broderick

1 May to 31 October 2017

Sheelagh Broderick.
Port Walks is a site-specific public artwork. It is an online audio project connecting Dublin Port Seafarers with Dublin Port Walkers by providing an opportunity to engage with local surroundings through the medium of podcasts. Walkers on the Great South Wall and around Dublin Bay are invited to Download, Walk & Listen via iTunes / Stitcher & Soundcloud.

The Great South Wall at the entrance to Dublin Port is the site for a 4k walk that probes into global shipping practices. Written and narrated by Sheelagh Broderick, Sound by Dan Guiney, Music: The Good Ship Lifestyle written and performed by Chumbawumba , Fiol for String Trio written by Linda Buckley and performed by Mairéad Hickey, Georgy Kovalev & Ella van Poucke.

The first podcast addresses the radical reconfiguration of contemporary shipping and seafaring in the last 50 years. Subsequent podcasts will be uploaded to Other events will also follow through the Summer. The project is a Dublin Port, Port Perspectives commission.

Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings | Paul Winstanley at Kerlin Gallery

20 May to 1 July
Opening Friday 19 May, 6pm

Kerlin Gallery is pleased to present Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by Paul Winstanley. The exhibition will open with a reception in the company of the artist on Friday 19 May.

In this exhibition, Winstanley reimagines lost paintings and drawings by the Dutch Golden Age artist Pieter Saenredam (1597–1665). Best-known for his depictions of whitewashed church interiors, Saenredam captured the restrained character of Dutch Reformation architecture and popularised a new style of realism in the 17th Century. His reverence for serene, deserted interiors, precise use of perspective and muted tones find an echo in Winstanley’s work, which has depicted similarly ascetic spaces in the past: British art schools during summer break, vacant walkways, veiled windows and empty TV lounges.

Winstanley began this body of work with Lost (After Saenredam), which recreates a missing Saenredam painting of Utrecht’s Mariakerk (1647) from a surviving, and technically accurate, preparatory sketch (1642). In a second work, Faith (After Saenredam), the artist shifts the viewpoint slightly to include a window and golden tapestry known to have existed in the church, rendering the tapestry in gold leaf. Made to the same dimensions, and using the same source material, the differences between these two paintings underscore the ambiguities implicit in reimagining such works.

Kerlin Gallery, Anne’s Lane, Dublin 2
T: +3531 670 9093

MOR | Group Exhibition at Graphic Studio Gallery

11 May to 10 June

Graphic Studio Gallery is delighted to present, ‘MÓR’, an exhibition highlighting oversized original prints made at Graphic Studio.

Maser, Tony O’Malley, Elke Thonnes, Micheal Farrell, Cliona Doyle, Michael Cullen, Grainne Cuffe, Anne Madden, Ethan Murrow, Jane O’Malley, Vincent Sheridan, Niamh McGuinne, Brian Lalor, Gwen O’Dowd and John Noel Smith.

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

My Mother’s Field | Margo Banks at Origin Gallery

11 May to 12 June

Margo Banks is an assured, accomplished draughtsperson, painter and sculptor. She works rapidly and loosely at the big, boisterous drawings which are the cornerstones of her work; many depicting certain totemic animals of those hillsides. She has a keenly observed mastery of form, using a muscular shorthand to pin down telling essentials of anatomical detail: the strange ungainly bone-structures of cattle and goats; the kinetically jointed skulls of her ever-popular, blunt-nosed hares. These she overlays with an impatient blizzard of strokes, swipes, smudges, hatchings, scribble-explosions and wildly inscribed fragments of poetry. The effect is of peculiar force and blurred animation; topped with restless scrubs and sprays of outlandish colour which are yet somehow perfectly apposite.

Origin Gallery
37 Fitzwilliam Street Upper, Dublin 2
T: 01 662 9347

Pixel | Max Seigne at Inspire Galerie, Dublin 1

19 to 25 May 2017 | Opening: 18 May, 6pm
Inspire Galerie, 56 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1

Inspire Galerie presents ‘Pixel’ by Max Seigne. French Native Max is presenting his work for the first time in Ireland.

Seigne  takes the pixel from the world of computers and constructs images in the real world using beads to build images, creating new environments and scenarios. Old paintings are often used to highlight the contrast between modern technology and and the natural environment, creating a bridge from the representation of the real world to an imagined one. Giving new meaning to both the pixelated work and the traditional landscape, merging new with old, the real with the imagined.

TURAS | Christine Carey at The Lunchtime Gallery, Park West, Dublin 10

12 May to 12 July 2017
New venue “The Lunchtime Gallery”, Unit 11, The Plaza, Park West, Dublin 10

TURAS is an exhibition of paintings and sculpture by Christine Carey. TURAS is from a series of photographs of a large empty factory that once held a workforce, Semperit tyre factory in Ballyfermot.
The aluminum sculpture TURAS is a commemoration in three dimensional form, a connection of the past to the present. Torn fabrics once covered the body of the remains, bellowing in the winds, revealing the reflective surface of steel beneath. It was a portrait in solid form; it portrayed a visual for me of life and of memories once held there.
The derelict site is now an isolated building with an energy and identity still present. Holding traces of narratives that are interwoven and embedded into the fabric of the site. Carey’s work attempts to cross over and connect architectural imagery with the ageing of memory, a movement and link between time and space.

Illuminate | Corrina Earlie, ‘Art at’ The House Restaurant, Howth

15 May to  5  June 2017
House Restaurant, 4 Main Street, Howth, Co. Dublin

‘Art at’ The House Restaurant presents ‘Illuminate’ by Corrina Earlie.

Earlie’s paintings each tell a short story in capsule form: children’s toys are abandoned on a deserted beach; a no-parking sign stands forlornly in a misty field, where no one is ever likely to want to park; a seaside resort is shrouded in rain. The compositions are pared back, meticulously edited, to pinpoint the essence of the scene at a particular moment in time, and to evoke suggestion and meaning.

School Portraits | Group Show at Draiocht Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

20 May to 24 June 2017 | Opening: 24 May, 6pm
Ground & First Floor Galleries, Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15

School Portraits takes the viewer into the world of school to see contemporary artists’ representations of young people, school buildings and the wide range of activities and experiences that go on during a school day. The exhibition presents work by sculptor John Ahearn, photographer Mandy O’Neill and painter Blaise Smith who have immersed themselves, often for extended periods of time, to create bodies of work that capture the rich and varied moods and lived experiences of Irish school life. The exhibition will also include new work produced in a collaborative project between filmmaker Kilian Waters, Draíocht Curator-in-Residence, Sharon Murphy and Room 13 Dublin 15.

Gallery opening hours:  Monday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm
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Recall + Reflection | Susan Harris and Mick Wilkins at The Athena Room at Sol Art Gallery

19 to 25 May
Opening Friday 19 May 2017, 6pm with speaker Michael McWilliams.

Recall: Susan Harris
The works in this show reflect Susan Harris’ love of paint, strong visible brushstrokes and a journey into abstract expressionism. The paintings are an exploration of colour and movement responding to human emotion, memory, music, poetry and the landscape. Her work is about feeling and making the surface work.

Reflection: Mick Wilkins
The sculptural works presented within Mick Wilkins’ exhibition are centred around spaces and stories; the relationships between sculptural elements and materials. The title piece Reflection explores the synergy between modern commercial materials and ancient natural materials to create an intimate space. This theme of reflection, space and history flows through each work.

The Athena Room at Sol Art Gallery
8 Dawson Street Dublin 2
T: 01 6750972

Contrast, Light + Illuminated Dusk | Mo Kelly at The Red Bank, Dublin 2

12 to 22 May 2017 | Opening: 11 May, 6pm
The Red Bank, 17 Duke St. Dublin 2

The Red Bank present ‘Contrast, Light + Illuminated Dusk’ an exhibition of new work by Mo Kelly.
This exhibition marks Mo Kelly’s twentieth solo exhibition to date. Her new collection of work explores the contrast of light and dark spaces with illuminated objects highlighted using incandescent precious metal hues of gold, silver and bronze.