Category: Leinster – Dublin

Jonathan Mayhew and Lee Welch at NCAD Gallery, Dublin 8

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Jonathan Mayhew and Lee Welch
NCAD Gallery, 10 to 25 September 2015 | Opening Reception 16 September 2015 6-9 pm with performance at 7pm sharp

Curated by Marysia Wieckiewicz-Carroll, co-editor of Paper Visual Art Journal ∞ (Broken Mirrors), a two-person exhibition, featuring the work of Jonathan Mayhew and Lee Welch that explores the concept and representation of the future in a contemporary context. Through the medium of print, sculpture and photography this show will speculate about both the potential of the future and its legacy. In 2014, both artists were commissioned to produce visual essays for Paper Visual Art Journal (PVA), the journal of contemporary art criticism, for the upcoming hard copy edition published autumn 2015. Their contributions are visual responses to the theme of the publication, Blueprint, interacting with concepts of city planning, utopianism, science fiction, and the future of art criticism. ∞ (Broken Mirrors) is a result of the on-going dialogue between the artists and the curator and an extension of their original ideas beyond the pages of the magazine.
100 Thomas St, Dublin 8

De Luaners Group Exhibition at Signal Arts Centre, Bray

exhibitionDe Luaners
14 to 27 September 2015 | Opening Sunday 20 September 2 to 4pm
Monday to Friday: 10am to 5pm, closed lunch 1pm to 2pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 5pm

Art forms many structures in peoples lives some are interested in the formal aspects of art such as colour blending composition and perspective others are more drawn to tonal values while all working with images and shapes originating from found objects this exhibition is a group show by the artists who attend the Monday De Luan Art class at St Fergal’s Family Resource Centre under the guidance of Bray artist Tony Clarke.

Each artist has a different viewpoint in their choice of materials such as ceramic, paint, pen and ink and other mark making materials while some have explored photo collage. All forms will feature in this exhibition and each artist has something to say giving an insight into their own personalities and their choice of medium.

Silvia Loeffler at Maritime Museum of Ireland, Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire

exhibitionGlas Journal 2015 – Deep Mappings of Dún Laoghaire Harbour
12 to 27 September 2015, 11 to 5pm
Glas Journal 2015 functions as a midway profiling of a two year deep mapping project that is situated on a crossroad that joins art with geography. Introducing the harbour as a liminal space, map fragments and traces have become liquid in form and touch upon questions, such as What is a space of protection? Who am I in it? and Who is the Other?
Maritime Museum of Ireland, Haigh Terrace, Dún Laoghaire


Mags O’ Dea at DeAppendix, Blackrock, Co Dublin

16 September to 16 Oct 2015 | Opening 15 September 6:30 to 8pm
Viewing by Appointment
Possibility features in the elegant assemblage of auditory and sculptural forms on display. DeAppendix is the suburban brainchild of GP and artist, Dr Ciara McMahon, who has transformed the liminal spaces of her place of practice into a rotation of contemporary art exhibitions. De Appendix presents the work of sculptor Mags O’ Dea, a former orthopaedic nurse and a more recent graduate of NCAD, specialising in the art of glass. Possibility is an exhibition of new work which extends the artist’s hand beyond that of material fragility to form new relationships by way of material juxtapositions.

Coinciding with the opening of Possibility, there will an artist talk with Mags O’ Dea in conversation with curator Lynda Phelan.
Further information and viewing:
T: (01) 2785866
30 Ardagh Grove, Blackrock, Co Dublin

Diagrams Group Exhibition at Pallas Projects, Dublin 8

vai-diagram9 to 21 September 2015 |  Opening Friday 11 September 5pm to 8pm
Newly commissioned diagram artworks by Colin Martin, Bea McMahon, Brigid McLeer, Elvira Santamaria Torres, Craig Donald, Matin Boyle and Jackie Holt. Each artist uses the diagram to make a sketch for a new work and/or to describe a previous work and so creates narratives about the process of material production. The show explores how diagrams can provide possibilities for artists to play with the documentation and dissemination of the artwork in a digital age.

There will be a Diagrams curator and artist talk at 1.45pm Saturday 12th September as part of Dublin Gallery Weekend
Further information:
Pallas Projects, 113 The Coombe, Dublin 8

Dublin Gallery Weekend

dublin-gallery11 – 13 September

This September, Dublin Gallery Map is excited to launch the first ever Dublin Gallery Weekend, a new visual arts festival taking place in Dublin from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th September 2015. Over one weekend, contemporary art galleries across the city will throw open their doors and invite visitors old and new to experience the fantastic art on offer in Dublin art galleries. A series of special events, including exhibition openings, artist and curator talks, walking tours, late openings and workshops will take place over the weekend, and almost everything will be free of charge.

The wide range of events and exhibitions for all ages will be taking place across Dublin city in galleries such as IMMA, Nag Gallery, Science Gallery, Douglas Hyde, RHA, Project Arts Centre, NCAD and many more, featuring a range of Irish and international artists. Walking tours will showcase the cultural delights of area such as Trinity, Parnell Square, Monto, The Coombe, St. Stephens Green and Temple Bar.

With so many events happening, start planning your weekend now! Download the listings for the weekend at on our website or pick up a copy of Dublin Gallery Map, which will be available in mid August in one of over 50 locations throughout the city.

Catherine Ryan at Rua Red, Tallaght

red-ruaLittle Slices
12 to  26 September 2015

Catherine Ryan celebrates the most culturally diverse city in the world, New York City; the Big Apple. The urban landscape has always been an inspiration. The materials used are gathered and given objects, meshed into the canvas to form an interconnected organised chaos.

Further Information:
E: info@ruared
Rua Red Cafe Wall

Eimear Murphy and Eileen O’Sullivan at Art at The Ivy House, Dublin 9

1 September to 30 November 2015

Recent NCAD graduates, Eimear Murphy and Eileen O’Sullivan explore the theme of place in their work. Eimear Murphy is interested in how places carry traces of humanity and enjoys creating new environments that embody these layers of time while Eileen O’Sullivan explores the idea of belonging not just in a physical place but within social structures.

Further information:
T: 01 837 5385
Art at The Ivy House Bar and Restaurant, 114 Upper Drumcondra Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

Roisin O’Farrell at The Doorway Gallery

doorwayLeave the world behind
3 – 24 September | Opening: 3 September at 6pm
The Doorway Gallery, 24 Frederick Street South, Dublin 2
Gallery opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 10.30-6pm

The Doorway Gallery is delighted to host an exhibition by Roisin O’Farrell called Leave the world behind on Thursday, September 3rd between 6-7.30pm on 24 South Frederick Street. The exhibition will run until September 24th.

Róisín O’Farrell returns to the Doorway Gallery in September for her first solo show in Dublin for two years. In this highly anticipated show she turns to flowers for inspiration. Featuring the heavy blooms of peonies and roses, Róisín once again takes a traditional and charming subject and brings to it a contemporary feel.

The white and soft-pink flowers, in glorious, exuberant bloom are described in oil with a painterly, almost sculptural quality and are set against a background of colour and rich texture.

The show will also featured her much loved welly boot and interiors paintings.

Refreshments Served

Glencree Intervention | David Lunney at the Lab

David-Lunney-rightanglelinedup4 September – 8 November | Opening: 3 September 6pm
The LAB Gallery, Foley St., Dublin 1

The LAB is pleased to present new work by David Lunney, an emerging artist based in Dublin. The public are not usually invited to see his sculptures in public contexts but instead are presented a tightly controlled aftermath. A series of images are carefully selected and built up to capture otherwise fleeting moments of the sculptures without an audience, alone in the mountains.
His most recent body of work, ‘Glencree Intervention’, is typical of this approach. Placing a sculpture in the woods by a stream in a seemingly random location in the forest, the artist returned to find the forest had been felled around it, dramatically altering the context and exposing this private intervention. The works presented here each present a stage in a long chain of artistic actions which commence in the valley of Glencree in north Wicklow. The exhibition is accompanied by an essay by Rebecca O’Dwyer, winner of the 2014 Visual Artists Ireland/Dublin City Council Arts Office Art Writing Award.

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Emma Donaldson at The LAB Gallery

Emma Donaldson3 September – 8 November | Preview: 3rd September 2015, 6pm
The LAB Gallery, Foley St., Dublin 1
Admission Free
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 10am to 6pm, Saturday – Sunday: 10am to 5pm

The LAB is delighted to present this exhibition of new and recent work by Armagh based artist, Emma Donaldson. Emma’s objects, as she calls them, rather than sculptures, are the result of explorations of memories and experiences of the past through materials available around her, the ‘stuff of now’; domestic material, stained cotton, painted papier-mâché and gloss paint. These objects appear human in scale, inviting close conversation. Closeness creates an unease however, owing to the vulnerability of these swelling forms, standing upright on their delicate armatures. Emma’s work invites you take time to connect with the artist’s objects as constructions that mediate between her inner world and the physical world around us.

Nigel Rolfe at the Green On Red Gallery

exhibition28 August – 24 October 2015
Green on Red Gallery, Park Lane, Spencer Dock, Dublin 1

Green On Red Gallery is delighted to announce the forthcoming exhibition ‘The Burning Frame’ by gallery artist Nigel Rolfe, his first solo exhibition in the new Spencer Dock gallery.

As part of the first Dublin Gallery Weekend, Rolfe will be performing a new work titled ‘Red’ at Green On Red Gallery on Friday 11 September at 8pm. This event is free and all are welcome to attend. Booking essential. Tickets available through eventbrite:

Further events in the gallery to coincide with this exhibition will be announced on social media and on the gallery website.

Please contact us in the gallery for any further information at or 087 245 4282  |

The Anti-Room | Group Show at ArtBox

artbox the anti roomSeptember 4 – October 7 | Opening: Thursday September 3 at 6pm
Opening hours: Wednesday – Friday (11am – 5pm) and by appointment.
ArtBox, 3 James Joyce Street, Dublin 1

Artists: Janine Davidson | Naomi Sex | Nicky Teegan.
The “archive” is a grouping of work that aspires to recoup failed visions in art, and it is [the] arrangement of these works, that attempts, through multiple agencies and media, to transform the no-place of the archive, into the no place of a utopia. And yet, art’s historical frame – what we think of as “canon”, is itself a type of archive, one involved in a continuous process of self reproduction. The works here attempt a futile rebellion. Each presents itself in a way which articulates and appropriates the relationships between artist, artwork, viewer and exhibition site, using these relations as a way of exploring the structures that condition them.


Mary-Ruth Walsh at the Cross Gallery

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4 – 26 September | Opening: 3 September
Cross Gallery, 59 Francis St, Dublin 8

A new body of work by Mary-Ruth Walsh juxtaposes objects in drawings and paintings which become strangely provocative.

This exhibition follows Walsh’s recent residency in Denmark AABENRAA Artweek and the work she exhibited in The Hugh Lane earlier this year. |

Sculpture in Context Exhibition 2015

3 September – 16 October
National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9.

This September, the National Botanic Gardens will once again be transformed into a living art gallery when Sculpture in Context returns for its annual show.

Sculpture receives a spectacular presentation in the Garden, which is laid out in a variety of settings, winding through the 50 acres of landscaped grounds. As you weave your way through the garden, you will discover sculptures in the most unexpected and surprising places. Ranging in size and materials, these works of art represent the richly diverse character of Irish and International contemporary sculpture today.
Artists’ ingenuity, contemporary art and Mother Nature are wonderfully combined here and as the seasons change from summer to autumn, visitors are given a reason to return again and again to see the sculptures and the garden in ever changing conditions. Art lovers can get the most out of the sculpture exhibition with artist led guided tours of the show at the weekends.

2014 saw the addition of a major new award ‘The New Ireland Assurance Sculpture Award’. Last years winning sculpture was ‘The Family’ by Blessing Sanyanga. This is one of the largest prizes for sculpture in Ireland. Life size works and large installations are displayed throughout the gardens, ponds, Great Palm House and Curvilinear Range of glasshouses. Smaller pieces are exhibited in the gallery above the visitors’ centre. With over 160 sculptures, this is the largest and most exciting outdoor sculpture exhibition in Ireland.

Artist Led Guided Tours: Saturdays at 3pm, for the duration of the exhibition.

The National Botanic Gardens are located 3 Kilometres North of Dublin city centre, 10 minutes by bus from O’Connell Street (Nos. 4, 9 and 83)

For further information please see

U-turn | Group Exhibition at The Library Project

U-turnPresented by Black Church Print Studio
Curated by Marysia Wieckiewicz-Carroll
4 – 27 September 2015 | Preview: 3 September 2015, 6pm – 8pm
The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12pm – 6pm

Aoife Dwyer, Mary A. Fitzgerlad, John Graham, Robert Kelly, Anja Mahler, Fiona Mc Donald, Alison Pilkington.

The artists contributing to this exhibition at the Library Project, all members of Black Church Print Studio, have been selected through the process of collaborative discussions and the resulting exhibition theme is based on their shared viewpoint and interpretation of the concept of progress in the contemporary context.

U-Turn has been developed as part of a broader conversation and its counterpart, a two-person exhibition, ∞ (Broken Mirrors) will run concurrently at the NCAD Gallery. Featuring the work of Jonathan Mayhew and Lee Welch, it broadly explores the concept and representation of the future in a contemporary context.

Aodan McCardle Performance and Exhibition Tour at Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin 1

exhibitionSaturday 29th of August
Exhibition Tour 3.30pm with Olivier Cornet
Performance 4pm by Aodán McCardle

The summer group show, 5 Cavendish Row, at the new location, 3 Great Denmark Street (just beside Belvedere College), is a visual response to the history of our previous building and the Parnell Square area. As part of National Heritage Week, visitors are invited to pause at 5 Cavendish Row (opposite the Gate Theatre) on their way to 3 Great Denmark Street; first look sideways to your left, then look up to the right and try to memorise what you see.

Aodán McCardle is a performance writer, a painter, a poet, gardener, tattooist, designer and maker and he is a co-editor at Veer Books. Aodán McCardle’s performance responds to 5 Cavendish Row and the new space it’s in.

Further information:
T: 087 288 7261
3 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1

Francesco Snote at MART International Residency Space

mart-new25th – 28th August | Preview Wednesday 26th of August 6-8
MART International Residency Space (Behind the Firestation), 190A Rathmines Road Lwr, Dublin 6
Open daily 1-6pm

This exhibition culminates Turin based artist Francesco Snote’s month of working in the MART International Residency Space. Viewed in the Irish context, his mobilisation of contemporary and historical Italian cultural tropes and traditions comes to the fore.

During the residency Snote continued his investigation of the signification of surface and mark making, centralised around of ideas of the Auto. Invoking the high gloss of surface of the auto-mobile, Snote subjects this ultimate symbol of status and 20th century capitalism to its own regime of process and production. At its heart this body of work seeks to complicate taken for granted understandings of inscriptions of the hand and the machine.

Further information:

‘Instinct’ | Group Exhibition at MART

Curated by Matthew Nevin of MART.
26 August – 5 September | Opening: 26 August at 6pm
The MART Gallery, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6, Ireland.
Gallery open 1-6pm. [closed Mondays]

After a successful run in 3 galleries in Los Angeles, Instinct comes to The MART Gallery Dublin. Artists exhibiting in The MART Gallery: Dominic Thorpe, Katherine Nolan, Terence Erraught, Eleanor Lawler, Francis Fay and Liam O Callaghan.

MART curator Matthew Nevin has invited 18 emerging and established Irish visual artists and designers to take part in ‘Instinct’ a cross disciplinary exhibition showcasing work in three Los Angeles galleries: Santa Monica Art Studios Gallery, The Los Angeles Center for Digital Art and Hive Gallery and one Irish The MART Gallery during July – September 2015.

“My recent curatorial research has brought my attention to artworks created through various creative processes. By engaging with artists that are responding to the idea of instinctual and personal artistic representation and production I wish to open up perhaps sometimes a confrontational visual argument with the viewer. I have collated a series of artworks that question the role of instinctual art production. These artists strive to develop their ideas through experimentation and use of formal creative training. The exhibition focuses on the process of visual art making and design in order to achieve a collective approach in analysing the current formation of art; its patterns, imagery, performative practices and digital responses artists are making.” – Curator Matthew Nevin

The exhibition aims to celebrate and build a greater international awareness and appreciation of Irish visual art and design excellence. By building the profiles internationally it aims to begin a foundation for future development, exposure and opportunities of Irish Designers & Artists working in California and the wider USA. After the American leg a selection of works will go on to be exhibited in The MART Gallery, Dublin.