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Christmas Miscellany Exhibition at Hamilton Gallery, Sligo

14 December to 27 January

Hamilton Gallery is pleased to present our 7th Annual Christmas Miscellany exhibition. This year’s exhibition includes both paintings and limited edition fine art prints.

Featured artists:
Yoko Akino, Jean Bardon, Petra Berntsson, Jonathan Cassidy, Joe Dunne, Catherine Fanning, Michael Flaherty, Conor Gallagher, Annie Harrison, Stephen Lawlor, Kate MacDonagh, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, James Mc Creary,Trudie Mooney, Niall Naessens, Leonora Neary, Lars Nyberg, Seamus O’Byrne, Ruth O’Donnell, Sorca O’Farrell, Cormac O’Leary, Patrick Pye, Vincent Sheridan, Emma Stroude and Heidi Wickham.

You can now purchase Christmas Miscellany artworks, for the first time, online through the gallery website.

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

The Undeadly Reading Group | Jessica Kelly at At the Station, Co. Leitrim

Sunday 17 December, 7pm

Jessica Kelly will host an Undeadly Reading session in Mohill’s defunct 19th-century railway station. This will be the closing event of the ARRIVAL exhibition.

Participants will gather around the open fire of the former waiting room, surrounded by Kelly’s site-specific, text-based installations: Lines Re-opened and Public Tomb to Assemble the Crowd. Utilising snippets from seminal speeches by Irish orators of old, these works will colour this iteration of The Undeadly Reading Group.

The Undeadly Reading Group will manifest itself through the participants at the session, who will be guided to read aloud in turn and in unison. This will be followed by a discussion of the texts.

The reading list is based upon the following criteria:

– The writer should be dead.
– The text is about after-life/death or ‘other’ existences.
– The text must be in the writer’s original words (e.g. not a translation).

No need for advance reading or preparation beforehand, as the text will only be provided on arrival. Fluency in English is essential, as well as the willingness to read aloud.

The Undeadly Reading Group:
Jessica Kelly:

At the Station
Mohill, Co. Leitrim

In Sight | An Criú at Charlestown Arts Centre, Co. Mayo

3 to 20 December

In Sight is an exhibition of cross-disciplinary art work at Charlestown Arts Centre, Co. Mayo by artists associated with renowned Galway-based performance company, Macnas.

The epic Macnas parades that grace the streets worldwide are created through a huge team effort and belief in a common vision. Though the artists work hand-in-glove with each other on making the parades, this exhibition is a unique coming-together of artists and their individual work.

This one-off exhibit presents a rare opportunity to see the work of painters, sculptors, designers and performers​ ​who create magic on the streets year round. This exciting exhibition features the work of painting, metal work, sound and video installations, sculpture and textiles from over 25 artists based in Ireland and the UK:

Angie Byrne, Pete Casby, Tommy Casby, Mikey Dawson, Dave Donovan, Mary Doyle, Eugene Finnegan, Chris Gibbons, JoJo Hynes, Áine Lawless, Paul McDonnell, Dara McGee, Tom Meskell, Gavin Morgan, Emma O’Grady, Michelle Ruane, Ger Sweeney, Lisa Sweeney, Cherie White, Bill Wright, Debbie Wright, Dave Young.

Charlestown Arts Centre
Ballagh St, Lavy Beg,, Charlestown, Co. Mayo
T: 083 822 8279

ARRIVAL | Djeribi and Jessica Kelly at At the Station, Mohill, Co. Leitrim

10 to 17 December

ARRIVAL is the second exhibition by Djeribi and Jessica Kelly at the old railway station in Mohill. It marks the culmination of their 3-month programme of events and happenings at the space, which commenced with Departures, their initial joint exhibition in September. For ARRIVAL, the artists will present site-specific works that reflect their engagement with the building during this time.

Jessica Kelly hosted a series of salons in the space, which saw the original open fireplaces of the station became centre stage for the conversations that ensued. Thus she has decided to use this feature as the starting point for her work in this exhibition. Starting with the idea that we arrive upon this earth with a new life to work with, Djeribi will tease the idea of ARRIVAL to show pieces that question what she can show own existence so far: a record of daily practices, an accumulation of encounters.

Carrowbeg Cooks | Group Exhibition at The Custom House Gallery

10 December to 21 January
Exhibition opening with guest speaker Daren Cawley on Sunday 10 December, 3pm.

Carrowbeg Artists, Sarah Kelly, Trish Kelly, Anna Rose Lowry, Marion Mc¬Ging, Máire Maguire and Gerry O’Malley have been meeting for art workshops weekly in The Custom House Studios. Supported by The Upstart Project, from Mayo County Council Arts Office, the group have worked on a different project each year including, Bronze casting, Film, Pottery and an Artist’s book; A Book of Shopping. They have opportunities to explore different artistic pro¬cesses, experiment with new techniques, develop their skills and their styles of working in Printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpture and books.

All projects have been facilitated and directed by artists Caroline Masterson and Gráinne O’Reilly, and have been completed each year to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The group have also had opportunities to meet and work with several other artists from the local and international community.

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

Custom House Studios Gallery Winter Exhibition 2017

10 December to 21 January
Exhibition opening with guest speaker Cll Teresa McGuire on Sunday 10 December, 3pm.

Custom House Studios Gallery at Westport Quay are pleased to present an annual group Winter Exhibition 2017 featuring Art works in Printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpture and photography from 50 artists who have worked at Custom House Studios during 2017.

Artists participating are; Gunvor Anhøj / Nickova Behling / Gabrielle Bishop / Veronica Bolay /Tom Brawn / Breda Burns / Jo Anne Butler / Michael Calnan / Tom Climent / Malachy Costello / Chris Doris / Michelle Dunne / Martina Faherty / Marilyn Gaffney / Betty Gannon / Moss Gaynor / Ralph Gelbert / Ginny Gibbons / Pam Gray / Neal Greig / Ronan Halpin / Sean Hardie / Marliese Hertfelder / John Hogan / Lucy Hill / Sarah Kelly / Trish Kelly / Eithne Kilroy / Anna Rose Lowry / Conor Mc Keown / Maura Maguire / Leonie Martin /Marion Mc Ging / Caroline Masterson / Jacinta Moore / Barbara Ann Murray/ Jane Murtagh / Susie Quinn / Gerry O’Malley / Niamh O Doherty / Gráinne O’ Reilly / Dermot Seymour / Phillip Shiels / Eamonn de Staic / Benita Stoney/ Betsy Stirratt / Daria Tchapnova / Saoirse Wall / Chanelle Walshe / Ian Wieczorek.

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

Wanderland | Group Exhibition at GMIT Castlebar Campus

15 November to 6 December

Featuring artists: Alan Gavin, Marliese Hertfelder, Katie J Delaney

This is the fourth year of the successful Summer Residency programme in the G.M.I.T. campus. This year the show focuses on the theme Wanderland.

According to the artists, the theme was chosen as the work meanders around the history of the building inside and outside of the walls.

GMIT Castlebar
Westport Rd,
Co. Mayo

Turbulence | Group Exhibition at The Model, Sligo

2 December 2017 to 22 April 2018

The Model is delighted to present Turbulence, a new exhibition featuring the work of several important contemporary Irish and international artists, from Sat. 22 Dec. 2017 to Sun. 22 Apr. 2018.

Turbulence looks at the way in which contemporary artists, such as Rossella Biscotti (IT), Elaine Hoey (IE), Gülsün Karamustafa (TR), Naiza Khan (UK/PK), Eoin McHugh (IE), Cengiz Tekin (TR) and Sarah Wood (UK), are responding to the migrancy crisis facing today’s world. The exhibition will also feature key works by Jack Yeats drawn from the collection of The National Gallery of Ireland, Sligo’s Municipal Niland Collection as well as from a number of prestigious private collections.

This major exhibition takes place across all seven galleries at The Model, and considers the freedom of movement – and the lack thereof – of many people in today’s world. The exhibition will explore the way in which politics, power and the movement of people have historically shaped our world, and will consider contemporary concerns around post-colonialism, socio-politics, hospitality and humanity.

Speaking about the new exhibition The Model’s Acting Director Emer McGarry said “This exhibition is inspired by a small group of allegorical paintings created by Jack Yeats in the direct aftermath of WWII. In these paintings Yeats explored his concern regarding the mass displacement of people that followed the war. Turbulence looks at the way in which displacement and enforced migrancy is still a major concern to artists working today”.

Turbulence will open on Sat. 02 Dec. at 5pm with a drinks reception and food by Sligo Global Kitchen followed by an opening performance with Donal O’ Kelly.

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

WONDERMENT | Group Exhibition at Claremorris Gallery

18 November to 24 December

WONDERMENT is a group exhibition at Claremorris Gallery celebrating ten years in business.

Featuring artists:
Brian Bourke, Barrie Cooke, Michael Farrell, Martin Gale, Bernadette Kiely, Hughie O’Donoghue, Tony O’Malley, Dermot Seymour, Camille Souter, Donald Teskey and Charles Tyrrell.

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

Meet the People | Conor Mc Keown at The Custom House Gallery and Studios, Westport

16 to 28 November

An ongoing collection of Portraits recording people in Westport. Meeting the people on the streets of Westport. more than ‘Covies’ or blow-in’s the scope of the collection of photos is not just confined just to the ‘natives’. Couples, siblings, individuals, friends, characters. Mainly captured in the style of street portraits, the photos show the person / people within their routine, the unglorfied, humble everyday tasks, back and forth, that makes up the sequence and fabric of the town.

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

9 Walls | Group Exhibition at Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo

15 November to 15 December

Exhibiting Artists:
Daniel Chester, Sara Villarreal De Hough, Alison Hunter, Anna Hryniewicz, Dorothee Kölle, Kaye Maahs, Chloe Jo Mcginty, Marilin North, Maureen O’Neill and Julie Potter.

The exhibition is supported by the Sligo County Council, Arts Grant Scheme 2017.

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

The Waiting Room | Christopher Mahon at At the Station, Mohill

12 November 2017

During ‘In more than admiration he admired’, Christopher Mahon sets up a conversation with a rug. Bleached in a bathtub, dyed in a pier-side washing machine, this XL rug spreads across the floor of Mohill Station waiting room. Throwing off spotted patterns pinched from Titian, the piece acts as a prelude to future outings.


Christopher Mahon is a sculptor and choreographer. His work often employs elements of performance, movement and dance, together with stone sculptures that more often than not imply human action or presence.

Mahon (b. 1988, Dublin) recently completed an MA in Art Research and Collaboration IADt (2016). Recent exhibitions and performances include The Longest Arms In The History Of Pugilism starring Oona Doherty at IMMA, Dublin (2017), tantrum-twisters at Open Avoonds De Appel, Amsterdam (2017), only connect at Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin (2017), You Can’t Un-See Something at Lambert Puppet Theatre, Dublin (2016), and This is Public & Sexy, curated by RGKSKSRG, Dublin (2016). Mahon will begin a two-year residency at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam in 2018.


The Waiting Room is an experimental salon series hosted by artist Jessica Kelly at the old railway station in Mohill. Taking place on Sunday afternoons, the salon welcomes a different special guest on each occasion, who is given free reign to use the space as they wish: for a lecture, discussion or other form of experimental or participative event.

The titular waiting room sets the stage for philosophical and artistic enquiry, conversation and reflection on the nature of existence and the passing of time.

At The Station
The Old Station, Station Road, Mohill
T: +353 86 877 6204

Open Studio and Artist Talk with Daniel Chester at The Model

The Model is delighted to announce that Daniel Chester, recipient of The Model Cara Award 2016, is Artist-in-Residence throughout November. Chester will run an Open Studio at The Model’s Process Room between 10am-2pm daily until 02 Dec, where the public have the chance to watch this talented painter at work and talk to him about his ideas and techniques.

His current body of work focuses on the rural landscapes of the west of Ireland, the spaces that are left to the elements – uncultivated land, overgrown and wild but also rich in wildlife. Chester, who is based in Leitrim, has shown widely across Ireland. Recent solo shows this year have included exhibitions at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, Hydebridge Gallery, Sligo and Chimera Gallery, Mullingar. His work is held by Sparkhase Bank, Germany, Bank of Ireland, Leitrim County Council, OPW, Chimera Gallery and in many private collections throughout USA, Australia, Ireland, UK and Europe.

An artist’s talk with Daniel Chester will take place at The Model on Thursday 16 November at 2pm.

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

‘The Park Project III’ & ‘A Portrait: Lough Key’ at Roscommon Art Centre

10 November 2017 to 12 January 2018

Lough Key has been home to communities of humans for millennia, as a body of water it has functioned as a place of refuge and contemplation, as a trade route and economy, as a site for recreation and stability. The ecology of this body of water can be seen as a site of constant renewal, a waterway of connectivity between manmade and naturally occurring parcels of land dotted throughout the surface of the waters.

In the communities that continue to live in the vicinity of this watery world, Lough Key commands huge, almost visceral, affection as a repository of memory, of time passed in aquatic suspension, as an intense emotional mirror of celestial and temporal bodies. The constant movement of the water, its undercurrents and surface tensions create a hypnotic dream world of interconnected realms of the states of water, as vapour, as liquid, as solid.

For this years’ iteration of the Park Project, commissioned artist Anna Macleod chose to work in collaboration with Boyle based artist Padraig Cunningham. They worked with community members to create a portrait of Lough Key as a time-scape through the life cycle of the Mayfly ( order: Ephemeroptera) from the Greek, meaning ‘living a day’.

About the Park Project:
The Park Project takes on the form of a residency that allows an artist to occupy the spaces in and around Lough Key in Co. Roscommon, collecting history and exchanging knowledge that will inform their future work, while working within the historical and contemporary contexts of the site.

The Park Project is supported by Roscommon Arts Centre & Roscommon County Council Arts Office.

Roscommon Arts Centre
Circular Road
T: 090 66 25 824

A Journey Through Time and Place | Marie Wood at Ballina Arts Centre

3 November to 22 December 2017

An exhibition of mixed media, collage and painting.

Marie Wood has been a practising artist for 16 years, and moved to Mayo three years ago, (she is originally from Manchester with Donegal family ties).

Following three successful years exhibiting in Ireland, Marie is excited to be having a solo exhibition at the Ballina Arts Centre. More than 30 artworks offer a glimpse into the diverse inspirations that encompass her vision. The mixed media paintings and collages have all been inspired by the places she has lived.

The exhibition reflects a journey through diverse locations, and the works depict Wood’s response to being in that ‘place’. From a series of portraits depicting ‘Strong Women’ and influenced by the study of portraiture of medieval Queens, to the depiction of the Geisha in Japanese Art. Irish Dancers, frozen in a time gone by, create a joyous but eerie evocation. ‘Floral’ works with altered perspectives using ‘found’ and painted papers to discover the ‘essence’ of the subject and take them beyond ‘still life’. Landscape and Boat reflections revealing the awesome beauty of Scotland, Northern England and Clew Bay and the influence of weather, revealing the “abstract” in the everyday.

The exhibition is a distillation of the magic of each place, revealing a sense of the extraordinary; energy and passion are a constant presence throughout.

Marie has exhibited widely in public and commercial galleries throughout Scotland and England more recently in Ireland.

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

O’Malley Collection Exhibition at Custom House Studios, Westport

2 to 28 November
The exhibition will be formally opened by Pearce O’Malley on Thursday 2 November, 7.30pm.

Custom House Studios are pleased to host an exhibition of a selection of works from the The Irish American Cultural Institute’s O’Malley Collection of 20th – Century Art at the University of Limerick.

In 1938 Irish Republican Ernie O’Malley returned to his childhood home of Mayo with his American wife, artist Helen Hooker. They made their home at Burrishoole Lodge, near Newport on the northern shore of Clew Bay. The couple began to collect art works and build a collection of modern Irish, European and American Art, as well as photographs and objects. They also set out examining life in rural Ireland and compiled an extensive collection of photographs of examples of Irish sculpture, as well the people in Mayo, capturing their way of life and the environment that surrounded them.

This collection is now owned by The Irish American Cultural Institute, and is on loan to the University of Limerick. The exhibition includes works by Irish artists, Evie Hone, Paul Henry, Patrick Hennessy, Anne Yeats, Cecil Salkeld Ffrench, Mainie Jellett, Louis Le Brocquy, Sean O’Sullivan, Robert Burke, Michael O’ Sullivan. American painters including works by Dorothy Brett, Chauncey Ryder, Rockwell Kent, Mahroni Young, Mark Tobey, and Europeans Elizabeth Rivers, Amedo Modigliani, Aristide Maillol, Georges Rouault and Pierre Boujet.

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

Homefront | Alan Tarpey at J.S Murray’s Bar, Knockcroghery, Co.Roscommon

5 November

“Homefront” is a one-day solo exhibition by artist Alan Tarpey, featuring old and new works. The artist has featured on “Brent Pope: Inside Out”, an RTE One documentary covering outsider art, in 2015.

The exhibition will commence from 1pm and finish at 11pm.

JS Murrays Bar,
Knockcroghery village,
on the N61 between Athlone and Roscommon.

Phone: 086-1771525

MECHANISM | Andrew Kearney at The Dock, Carrick on Shannon

27 October to 9 December 2017

Mechanism is a solo exhibition by Andrew Kearney. Devised as an ambitious group of installations that redefine our experience of The Dock galleries.

Andrew Kearney creates installations using sculpture, light, photography, sound, and technology usually in response to specific sites, spaces or events. Mechanism is a body of work that continues Kearneys exploration of the layered history of buildings.The installations become detailed investigations of the spaces for which they are made.

For Mechanism this is achieved by a group of interrelated large-scale installations that use industrial materials to integrate the architecture of the early nineteenth-century courthouse with that of the contemporary art centre; meanwhile a range of electronic devices links the life of the town with that of the interior space of the gallery.

Artist Talk and exhibition preview
Friday 27th October 6pm
Andrew Kearney in discussion with Dr.John Logan, Architect and Sarah Searson Director of The Dock

Exhibition continues until 9th December, 2017

Image: Courtesy the artist & Central Cultural Irlandais.

The Dock, St Georges Terrace, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim
T:(071) 965 0828

The Moon Belongs to Everyone | Maeve Clancy at Galway Arts Centre

16 to 29 October 2017

The Moon Belongs to Everyone is an immersive installation that looks at journeys of child migrants and how to feel safe and ‘at home’ while moving through unknown spaces to a new home.

Artist Maeve Clancy uses the creation of temporary spaces beautifully made with paper to explore self-identity and a sense of self in children within the current landscape of the mass movement of people across the world. This show uses the simple notion of the universality of the night sky to examine the rights of the child, the moon being a symbol of unity in a world that is complex, complicated and often incredibly cruel. Can unity be found without the stripping away of one’s identity or difference?

This exhibition contains two environments: a space to be explored and which takes the visitor on a journey. The audience will discover hints of identities, people who have passed through and scraps of story. Then the audience’s journey is stopped. Not over, but halted. They can go no further and must sit and wait. Beautiful paper huts give them a place to shelter while they wait. Inside they can sit and read stories in image and words of other children who have left one home to find another elsewhere. Some in search of a better life, others to find a place of refuge.

Galway Arts Centre
47 Lower Dominick Street, Galway
T: (091) 565 886

Find Your Gods | ShelkyBean at Ballina Arts Centre, Co. Mayo

14 September to 28 October 2017

Exhibition of digital illustrations by Kiltimagh based artist, ShelkyBean. Modern day gods take many forms; actors, musicians, artists, political figures. They are necessary to navigate through the world which is “dark and full of terrors”. ShelkyBean has created portraits based on her own collection of gods, tenderly arranging them in dream landscapes, existing somewhere between fan and allegorical art. They are an attempt to question many issues, while also keeping in mind, these individuals we raise to god-like status, are fallible human beings too.

Supported by Mayo County Council

Admission free and all are welcome.

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