Category: Connaught

Beauty in the Commonplace | Matthew Gammon at King House, Roscommon

24 June to 9 July
Exhibition opening Friday 23 June, 7pm

Matthew Gammon’s exhibition Beauty in the Commonplace at King House, Boyle. The exhibition consists of forty hand printed photo intaglio images, all of which have been created over the past three years. Matthew seeks the innate beauty to be found in the structures and patterns of architecture and nature, creating imagery from the commonplace.

King House
Military Rd
T: (071) 966 3242

Crazy Jane | Group Exhibition at Hamilton Galley, Sligo

13 June to 2 September

‘Crazy Jane’ is the third iteration of Hamilton Gallery’s annual invited artists exhibition series themed around the works of W B Yeats. Ninety two visual artists from all over Ireland bring their own contemporary visual reflections to bear on Yeats’ most potent and visceral female foil Crazy Jane.

Hamilton Gallery,
4 Castle St,

T: +353 71 91 43686



Nerve and Sinew | Betsy Stirratt and Chanelle Walshe at Custom House Gallery

15 June to 9 July
Opening Thursday 15 June at 7.30 pm with Guest Speaker Gayor Seville, Public Art Co-ordinator, Mayo County Council.

This exhibition presents a series of paintings by Betsy Stirratt (Indiana USA) and Chanelle Walshe (Dublin, IRE). The paintings focus on mystery, magnificence and intricacies within the human body. Stirratt presents a number of works from her series La Maladie and Walshe presents works from her recent series Beatland. Both artists spent extensive periods of time in medical museums and libraries in order to make the works.

Stirratt presents delicate and beautifully rendered sections, such as a hand or a torso on flat backgrounds, often gold-leaf or wax. The works address our underlying revulsion towards disease and decay and the inevitable progression toward old age and death that is the fate of each one of us.

Walshe also works from sections of the body, focusing in particular on internal organs such as the heart and the lungs. Her paintings depict the organs in various energetic states. Similarly to Stirratt’s works, the forms are isolated and offered up to the viewer like a gift or a sacrifice.

On Saturday 17 June at 2pm the artists will talk about their work in the gallery facilitated by Alice Maher.

The Custom House Gallery and Studios
The Quay, Westport, Co. Mayo,
T: +353 (0)98 28735

The Colour of Distance | Bernadette Kiely at Claremorris Gallery, Co. Mayo.

10 June to 8 July

Claremorris Gallery is pleased to present ‘the colour of distance’, an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Bernadette Kiely.

Best known for her paintings of landscapes based on the themes of the passage of time and the transient, fragile nature of the physical world, Kiely is inspired by the riverrine landscape in which she lives (the river Nore) and the river Suir, where she grew up. her references include philosophies of time, of distance and of perception. She employs imagery from her own photographic practice, geographical and historical landscapes, maps and weather imagery and topographical and archeological drawing. She also referes to places and objects as sites of memory as related to her family history. Her oil paintings, employing a spare, restrained palette, depict shifting weather patterns such as flooding, mists and fog, which alter and distort familiar landscapes and our experience of vision. These sit alonside monotype drawings of areas in flood and objects in shadow.

Claremorris Gallery
Mount Street, Claremorris, County Mayo.
T: (087) 791 2337

Out of the Blocks | ITSligo Graduate Exhibition

8 to 15 June
Opening Wednesday June 7, 7pm. with guest speaker Aideen Barry

This year’s Fine Art graduates showcase their work in the studio complex ‘Block K’. Re-configuring their studio spaces to become places of display, the sixteen graduates present an exciting exhibition of individual themes and methodologies. There are also some shared concerns; most notably in the activation of memory, feminist politics and representations of nature (particularly through painting) in urban, rural, and more fantastical settings.

Fine Art Graduate Exhibition BA (Level 8).

IT Sligo
Block K,
Clarion Road,

Forged Carved Cast | Group Exhibition at Hamilton Gallery, Sligo

1 June to 2 September

Orla de Brí, Cathy Carman, Catherine Greene and Eileen Mac Donagh

The primary elements of contemporary Irish sculpture are drawn together in “Forged Carved Cast” an exhibition by four of Ireland’s celebrated sculptors Orla de Brí, Cathy Carman, Catherine Greene and Eileen MacDonagh. The artists have made a personal selection of small and medium works which will feature in the exhibition. Their selections collectively give insight into their unique voices, the forging, carving and casting processes they are involved in, and the variety of materials used ranging from bronze to stone. The exhibition is a fascinating and dynamic insight into the world of contemporary Irish sculpture.

Hamilton Gallery, 4 Castle St, Sligo
T: +353 71 91 43686

Group Exhibition at The Friary, Ballyhaunis

27 May to 4 June

This group show comprises the work of four women artists living in Ballyhaunis and its town lands.

Ann Burke, Xanthe Pratt, Mary Smyth and Moira Stratford at the , Co. Mayo.


The Friary
Abbey St,
Co. Mayo

The Last Wilderness | Cecilia Danell at The Dock, Co. Leitrim

2 June to 16 August 2017 | Opening: 2 June, 6pm
The Dock, St George Terrace, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim

This solo exhibition is an expansion of Cecilia Danell’s recent show at Galway City Arts Centre in March 2017. For the show at The Dock we will re-contextualise Danell’s stunning paintings of Scandinavian landscapes by making references to her interests in film, theatre and performance.  Many of the paintings make reference to her native Sweden and were developed during a residency in Norway. The exhibition incorporates an experimental film piece, shot on Super 8 film in the forest landscape at Bona, County Östergötland and The Old Theatre in the town Vadstena near where Danell is originally from. The film will be screened from a small theatre set constructed of a plywood forest. The works play between ideas of realism and artifice. Danell is interested in the relationship between cinema and dream and in how the landscape can act as a metaphorical stage set for the human psyche. She seeks to investigate the correlation between landscape, staged realities and the theatre.


GMIT Mayo Campus Graduate Art Exhibition 2017

3 and 6 to 9 June 2017 | Opening: 2 June, 6pm
St. Mary’s Hall, GMIT Mayo Campus, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

GMIT Mayo Campus Graduate Art Exhibition 2017 will take place in St. Mary’s Hall, GMIT Mayo Campus.
The Exhibition in GMIT Mayo will be formally opened by poet and former GMIT lecturer, Dr Sean Lysaght, at 6pm in St Mary’s Hall on campus. The show is open to the public and all exhibited works will be available to purchase.

The exhibition will run from Saturday 3rd June from 10am to 1pm and will continue from Tuesday 6th June to Friday 9th June from 10am to 5.30pm.

Personal Deployable Crannog | Paddy Bloomer at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre

19 May to 3 June

Bloomer’s creations of ‘machines that don’t exactly work’ present a humorous and critical challenge to the dysfunctional and irrational technologies that drive societal change. Working mostly with the found detritus of technology Bloomer presents hybrid experiments that move across diverse concerns and boundaries placing himself and his work within the technological landscape and the many challenges, opportunities as well as dangers that underpin its unfettered development.

His interests lay in finding and exploiting unusual power sources, waste disposal sites, health and safety legislation and subverting public infrastructure towards alternative forms of mobility and human settlement. This highly collaborative practice engages with a wide range of communities and found materials through extensive and immersive fieldwork and it is out of these encounters that the artist orchestrates new work and activates new sites of concern.

Leitrim Sculpture Centre
Manorhamilton, North County Leitrim
T: 071 9855098

Archive | Margo McNulty at Linenhall Arts Centre

26 May to 1 June

A multimedia exhibition of video, photoetchings and photographic prints based on the experiences of the artist’s grand uncle, who was detained as one of many Republican internees in the 1940s in the Curragh camp in Kildare. The exhibition also connects with the subject’s family home on Achill Island, Co. Mayo.

McNulty’s work concerns itself with the intersection of personal and public histories and how these histories and meanings can be embedded in material objects. Recent Irish exhibitions include the Museum of Country Life, Roscommon Arts Centre, and Claremorris Open Exhibition, and recent international group shows include Paris, Cologne, Leuven (Belgium) and Poland. McNulty studied Fine Art in GMIT and completed a Masters in Fine Art at NCAD, Dublin. She is currently a member of Graphic Studio and lectures in the Design Department in AIT.

Curated by Catherine Marshall.

Linenhall Arts Centre, Linenhall Street, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
T: 094 9023733

WHO GOES THERE | Chris Doris at Ballina Arts Centre and Custom House Studios, Westport

20 May to 11 June

Who Goes There inquires into ideas of self and a rural society on an ambiguous edge between disintegration or renewal as old structures and resources give way and new potentialities arise.

Large scale monoprints, Open paintings and a series of landscape works on paper utilize a balance of text and image to evoke the freedom in observing phenomenal reality as contingent and empty of permanence and inherent substantiality.

This perspective is applied in black and white, in the context of post crash rural Ireland, so-called “austerity”, economic and social duress, dubious truths in the public space and a questioning of fundamental tenets of social and personal meaning. Chris Doris’ clinical practice in Dublin and Mayo has shifted from trauma work to a creative performance consultancy for creative professionals.

Ballina Arts Centre
Barrett St, Ballina, Co. Mayo
T: 096 73593

The Custom House Gallery and Studios
The Quay, Westport, Co. Mayo,
T: +353 (0)98 28735

Pathway | Exhibition at Nazareth Care Village, Sligo

26 May to 3 June

‘Pathway’ is a collaborative art commission between residents of Nazareth Care Village and artists Catherine Fanning and Brigitta Varadi.

Twelve sculptural ceramic artworks have been designed and made for the grounds of the Care Village. Preceding the sculptural work an exhibition will show the interaction and journey the project took over a nine month period.

The commission is funded by the Per Cent for Art Scheme, managed and administered by Sligo County Council Arts Office in partnership with Nazareth Housing Association.

Atrium Gallery, Nazareth Nursing Home, Church Hill, Sligo.
26 May, 2pm – Opening Reception, 3pm – Artists Talk.

Archiving Activism | Breda Burns at The Model

24 to 31 May
Exhibition launch 24 May, 6pm

Artist Breda Burns has been commissioned by Bealtaine Festival 2017, in partnership with Sligo Arts Office and Mayo Arts Office, to develop a sound and radio-based work, ‘Archiving Activism’. This commission has developed in response to the Bealtaine 2017 theme of collectivism. A society only progresses when citizens care enough to contribute to its fabric and its future. The arts can be the mortar that holds society together and counties Mayo and Sligo are particularly blessed with the contribution its citizens have made to this field. These people are often the unsung architects of a thriving society where people can access music, visual arts, and literature in so many different ways.

As a response to this commission, Breda Burns will collate an archive of the vanguards of the arts community and through a series of radio interviews to be broadcast locally, an archive of ephemera relating the artist-led movement in the Sligo/Mayo region. Breda will run archiving activism drop in days in advance of the exhibition, collecting the memories, stories and printed materials of those involved in establishing or running arts projects, festivals or exhibitions in the counties of Mayo and Sligo during the 1970’s – 90’s. Breda will also create an ‘Archiving Activism Manifesto’ with a commissioned text by author Brian Leyden in response to the archive.

The Model
The Mall, Co. Sligo
T: 071 914 14 05

Eikyo | Cróna Gallagher at The Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo

16 May to 16 June

This new collection of artworks is an investigation into the fauna and flora of the west of Ireland which has had a direct influence on the artist’s creativity.

The artist takes her influence from the early Edo period of Japanese art and through this style explores the idea of the warrior in nature and the need for indigenous species to protect and defend themselves from the challenges that the modern world and global influence bring.

The idea of a butterfly as warrior with its colourful tiled wings is explored, the scales of a fish, the sting as the sword of the bee. The myths associated with the natural world and the stories of their warriors are investigated alongside the history and legends of the west of Ireland.

The Collection serves as a reflective celebration of the warrior spirit that resides within the animals and plants of Irelands west and is completed by a series of painted panelled works, triptychs, diptychs grouped pieces, print and drawings.

Hyde Bridge Gallery
Yeats Memorial Building
Douglas Hyde Bridge, Sligo
Tel: 071 9142693

Featherheads+Dreamers II Event at The Model, Sligo

20 May 2017
The Model, The Mall , Sligo

Following on from its success in 2016, Featherheads and Dreamers returns with a line-up of contemporary voices; authors, poets, performers, musicians, and visual artists, that reflect themodern Irish cultural landscape.

This year’s event includes author Kevin Barry; actor, writer and activist Donal O’Kelly; and Sligo band The Hunter. Curated by Patrick Karl Curley.

7:1 Artists Group at Ballina Arts Centre, Co. Mayo

4 May to 29 June 2017
Ballina Arts Centre, Ballina, Co. Mayo

7:1 Collective: Re:presenting the West. The 7:1 Collective is a group of third year students from GMIT Castlebar Campus’ BA Visual Art course. Members of the collective are: Aiga Blowick, Maggie Coggins, Lindsay McConnell, Catherine McLoughlin, Val McLoughlin, Sarah McNicholas, Una Morris and Mary Walsh. This is their first exhibition as a collective.

Zephyr | Alice Maher at Claremorris Gallery

6 to 27 May
Exhibition opening 6 May, 7.30pm

In Alice Maher’s show Zephyr; works on paper, we see the breadth and variety of her practice in drawing, print and watercolour. Maher’s reference points include art history, mythic narrative and, more recently, medical textbooks. Her shape shifting figures call down and mischievously intervene with the oft times problematic representation of the feminine throughout all of these fields.

Zephuros was the god of the west wind in Greek mythology, and appears on many archaic world maps, blowing ships off course and keeping civilisation confined to the ‘known world’. In her intense watercolours, the inner and outer body enfolds and unfolds simultaneously and elements intermingle in hybrid arrangements. After a recent brush with illness herself, the artist’s works reveal not only an occupation with corporeal transformation, but also a fascination with our contemporary societal unease with the abject, with decay and with death.

A woman carries a monstrous heart upon her back in Hunter; we are not sure if she has birthed herself from this organ or if it is, in fact, devouring her for its own nefarious purposes. ‘Distilling and braiding a representational web between Hieronymus Bosch and Leonora Carrington’s fantastical subject-object-animal-vegetal transfigurations, Maher’s mutating maids are excessively, incongruently and defiantly within process of becoming and change’, wrote Tina Kinsella on the occasion of Maher’s show The Glorious Maids of the Charnel House at the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery in 2016.

Claremorris Gallery
Mount Street,
County Mayo.
T: (087) 791 2337

Animals in Print | Bernie Fleming at The Leitrim Design House

27 April to 27 May

The Leitrim Design House are delighted to showcase ‘Animals in print’ a stunning collection by Bernie Fleming. Bernie’s farming background is a huge source of inspiration for her work. Using vibrant colours and bold shapes, family pets and farm animals are prominent features in many of her pieces, making it a very accessible and enjoyable collection for art lovers of all ages.

Bernie is a printmaker currently residing in Connemara. Working with lino and wood she is drawn to traditional methods to create her prints. Through many hours of observation and engagement with her animals this collection has emerged through an exploration of colour, texture, shape and pattern.

The Leitrim Design House
Carrick- on- Shannon,
Co Leitrim
T: +353 71 965 0550