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The Night | Alexandra Hopf at The Model, Sligo   Recently updated !

24 February to 14 April

Alexandra Hopf is a Berlin based artist working across video, painting and sculpture, with a research interest in individual memory, psychoanalysis, and the construction of art history. By revisiting the oeuvre of renowned artists of the Surrealist, Constructivist or Minimalist avantgardes, and underlining the prevalence of male figures in art historical narratives, Hopf investigates the creation of myths, and uncovers lesser-known historical facts.

Artist Talk with Alexandra Hopf
Wednesday 1 March, 2pm

Alexandra Hopf will invite you to look at her work as part of her residency at The Model and will lead a discussion on her exhibition The Night.

Supported by the Goethe-Institut Irland and the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (IfA).

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

Sligo Boogie Woogie; New Paintings | Philip Shiels at Custom House Gallery

23 February to 19 March
Opening on Thursday 23 February,7.30pm

Throughout the last 20 years, Philip Shiels has worked in painting, printing, photography and film referencing physical, literary and imagined landscapes, his ongoing interest in history and philosophy is echoed in fragments and traces, whilst trying to get away from a literal concept.

He is interested in moments of awkwardness or uncertainty in painting. Increasingly drawn to insouciance and a sense of unresolvedness, his paintings remain on the edge of a determining realisation. He strives re-examine the idea of a landscape and the subversion of that idea the same time.

He is influenced by the Northern Romantic painting tradition and in particular German and Scandinavian painting from the beginning of the Twentieth Century. Not in a nostalgic sense, but in the freedom that their direct approach to paint achieved.

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

Field and Foreshore | Malachy Costello at Custom House Gallery

23 February to 19 March
Opening on Thursday 23 February,7.30 pm with Sligo based writer, Brian Leyden.

Custom House Studio at Westport Quay are pleased to host Field and Foreshore; paintings from Mayo and Roscommon by Malachy Costello.

This exhibition focuses on a series of paintings based on the Coastal landscape of Mayo and to contrast these paintings from the Roscommon Leitrim area, the objective being to explore the physical differences and similarities between the two environments, on one hand, a landscape of low lying fields and hedges, and on the other, one of shoreline and rock where land meets the sea.

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

‘What Matter / Cén t-údar’ | Noah Rose at Áras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet

23 February to 2 April
Opening Thursday 23 February, 6pm

A solo exhibition of work by Noah Rose. Developed during his 2016 residency at Leitrim Sculpture Centre and now re-presented at Áras Inis Gluaire, the bilingual arts centre for Erris in the Mayo gaeltacht. The exhibition comprises sculpture, installation, printmaking, letterpress and sound pieces. The work explores the relationship of language, memory, memorialisation and the materiality of stone, and considers the relationship between language and cultural identity and the processes of transmission of written and spoken language across different historical periods in a pan-European context.

Áras Inis Gluaire, Béal an Mhuirthid, Co Mhaigh Eo
Erris Arts Centre, Bemullet, Co Mayo.
T: 097 81079

Fading Memories | Stephanie McGowan at The Hyde Bridge Gallery

21 February to 14 March
Opening Tuesday 21 February, 6pm by Emma Stroude

The work explores materiality; each carefully selected material/ objects has the ability to maintain its individual character/ personality, while also indicating a description of time. The objects suggest time within their function or through their visual appearance of which aesthetically look aged, distorted, weathered and/or broken. Objects/materials contain our personalities; each possession bears the ability to indicate the life of its previous owner, allowing us to question the possibilities of its history.

Drawing on distant, global, cultural and the notion of incepted memories, selected images blur the line between reality and fantasy. By using specific materials in combination with chosen Images, Stephanie aims to create an atmosphere of which we all can have a personal experience, the space of which becomes a window to another moment in time, allowing us to question the space in which we live.

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

The Cabinet of Wonders 3 | Linenhall Arts Centre, Co. Mayo

1 February to 20 May 2017
Linenhall Arts Centre, Linenhal Street, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

The latest manifestation of the Cabinet of Wonders has just been unveiled in the Foyer of the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar. This ongoing project takes its inspiration from the fashion for Cabinets of Curiosities, which found their beginnings in the Renaissance and were still much in fashion till the late 19th century. Inspired by the eclectic approach of the original collector-curators, The Cabinet of Wonders #3 presents a series of works by : Paul Bokslag, Cecilia Bullo, Stefania Corbelli, John Gayer, Annabel Konig, Chris Leach, Cecilia Moore and Cosette Olohan.
The Cabinet of Wonders project is devised and curated by Ian Wieczorek.

Opening times: Monday to Friday,  10am to 5pm; Saturday, 11am to 5.30pm
Contact: Linenhall Arts Centre. T: 094 9023733, E:
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A Bounce Borrowed | Group Exhibition at The Dock

4 February to 25 March

A Bounce Borrowed Is The Dock’s first new exhibition of 2017. The exhibition is the second in a series which bring together artists who are at varying stages of their artistic development and careers. They are Felicity Clear, Richard Forrest, Helen Hughes, John O’ Kane and Jane Rainey. All five artists bring a distinct approach to their work, though collectively they are motivated by an interest in the play and the interplay of materials, such as paint, pattern, sculptural gestures, colour and narratives.

The title of the exhibition A Bounce Borrowed references a shared interest in play and a kind of joy that maybe found in bringing together these varied works and the consequent energy to be encountered within the exhibition.

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

Among Things at Roscommon Arts Centre

3 February to 31 March | Preview: 3 February, 4pm

Karl Burke, Padraig Cunningham and I Am Here Group

“Among Things” is an exhibition of a selection of artworks as the culmination of a collaborative project between two artists, Karl Burke and Padraig Cunningham, and the creative group I Am Here. I Am Here is a creative and vibrant ensemble based in Boyle town supported by their parents and friends along with the staff and volunteers of the Brothers of Charity.

Commissioned by curator Linda Shevlin and Roscommon County Council Arts Office, this project involved numerous and varied workshops with the group covering sound & music, sculpture and clay moulding, painting, storyboarding for film along with camera and filming techniques.

The workshops brought the group together to produce physical outputs within a conceptual framework, resulting in the production of a new body of artworks spearheaded by the leading artists. During this process a number of concerns became apparent namely individuality and finding one’s place in the world.

Roscommon Arts Centre
Circular Road
T: 090 66 25 824

Mountains Move While Oceans Do Not | Des Cullen at LSC

27 January to 14 February

Working primarily with discarded limestone Cullen distils a series of large-scale organic structures that emerge directly from his involvement with the properties of the material. These material transactions take account of the fragmentary patterns and shapes that the artist sees as potential tendency within the stone.

Through a process Cullen describes as ‘evolutionary’ the works complex structure is revealed slowly over long periods of time using a variety of techniques such as grinding, carving and the use of found cut-stone. Inspired by the work of ancient cultures, as well as the structures suggested by fractal geometry, the resulting works illicit patterns that operate across different scales and origins in the natural world and which are repeated with varying degrees of intensity and gesture throughout the exhibition.

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

Quadrants | Tom Climent at Custom House Studios, Mayo

27 January to 19 February 2017 | Opening: 26 January, 7.30pm
Custom House Studios, Westport Quay, Mayo

Custom House Studios are pleased to host ‘Quadrants’, an exhibition of paintings by Tom Climent. Tom Climent is a painter from Cork, his recent works focus on creation of a structured space, while investigating the boundaries between abstraction and representation.

The paintings in this exhibition reference associations to land and our search and desire to find a place within it. His work process is largely intuitive, the act of painting for him starts a process of discovering unintended connections and relationships, of searching for reason and meaning in the unique situation that emerges. The first marks and structures create the environment for a process that requires him to constantly re-evaluate what’s important so he can find out what the painting will be.



In pursuit of stillness | Daniel Chester at The Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo

20 January to 11 February 2017
The Hyde Bridge Gallery, The Yeats Society, Yeats Memorial Building, Hyde Bridge, Sligo

The Hyde Bridge Gallery presents ‘In pursuit of stillness’ by Daniel Chester.
This is an awarded exhibition on behalf of the Hyde Bridge. Daniel’s work was selected from the Cairde Visual group show in 2016.
In an age of continuous personal bombardment of technology such as smart phones, tablets, twitter, Facebook, TV etc., finding stillness and solitude in the our world can be at a premium. The current body of work is a visual enquiry into finding stillness in landscape and in particular the artists personal understanding of this pursuit.

E:, T:+353 7191 42693 |

Framework | Elaine Leader at Linenhall Arts Centre

20 January to 25 February

An exhibition of drawings and models by Elaine Leader. Elaine Leader’s practice involves drawing, architectural models and temporary experiential installations. These are psychological, disrupted, in-between spaces, which are activated by the viewer. They employ familiar kinetic architectural and engineering mechanisms from everyday life and repurpose them in a way to de-stabilise our preconceptions of space and how we move through it.

In her practice she creates ambitious large scale and complex installations that need to be experienced in order to complete their understanding. She creates complex architectural spaces that are activated by the viewer. The final and most important collaboration takes place with her audience, often unbeknownst to them, which makes Leader’s practice unique within the artist-artwork dichotomy.

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

Fanned Apart; Portraits of Women from The Niland Collection | Curator’s Tour at The Model

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This special exhibition curated on the occasion of the centenary of the 1916 Rising allows a glimpse into women’s lives in the twentieth century. The fifteen selected oil paintings by artists such as Estella Solomon, Barbara Warren, George Russell and Jack B. Yeats portray women in Ireland from different perspectives and with different artistic approaches. The exhibition also
features many female painters from The Niland Collection and illuminates the connections and friendship within the circle of gifted women and men in a turbulent century.

The curatorial tour, facilitated by curator Heike Thiele, will encompass an in depth, behind the scenes examination of the Artists, their work and the connections forged between them.

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

REDDOT 2016 | Group Exhibition, Roscommon

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The Old Xtra-Vision space, Main street Roscommon Town

REDDOT 2016 Visual Arts Exhibition.

Group exhibition of local Artists, with live performance by Noel Molloy of his work ‘DA DA MA MA THE CHILD RISING’ on 17 December. REDDOT 2016 – Organised by Angie Duignan, kindly supported by Roscommon County Council Arts Office, with venue provided by REA Seamus Carthy.

Exhibition opening hours Monday to Saturday, 12 to 6pm. Closed 18 Dec. 24 December 12 to 3pm.

Native Oak and Shane Cannon at Ted Lavelle’s, Achill Island

14992038_1236547719701226_438571078112260859_nSaturday 17 December, 9pm

An Intimate Evening of Music and Art by singer song writer Native Oak and visual artist Shane Cannon.

The two have been friends for over a decade. Their common bond through out that time has been their creativity and shared experiences in the sea while surfing around Irelands inspiring coastline. They have decided to collaborate to create an intimate evening of music and art.

This promises to be a unique experience both musically and artistically not to be missed. It will be held in Teds which is located in the heart of Achill Island, a creative and cultural hub of the West of Ireland for over a century now.

The evening itself will consist of:
-A musical performance by Native Oak.
-A display of and introduction to Shane Cannons latest art works titled ‘Series 4″ given by the Artist himself.
-It will also consist of a presentation/performance of a collaborative song/art piece created especially for the night.

To find out more about both men see below:
Native Oak –
Shane Cannon –

Tickets €10 available on the night.

DA DA MA MA THE CHILD RISING | Noel Molloy, Roscommon Town

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Roscommon Town


Performance starting 3pm at Harrision Court center moving onto Main Street and concluding at the pop up exhibition of visual art REDDOT at the old Xtra Vision shop, duration one hour.

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Made in a Day | Group Show at Ballina Arts Centre, Co. Mayo

made-in-a-day-logo-small8 to 23 December 2016
Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St, Ballina, Co. Mayo

Made in a Day is an exhibition of work made by artists from North Mayo and West Sligo. All of the work in the exhibition was made in Ballina Arts Centre on one day (26th November). As well as being an exhibition of work by local artists, the show serves as a demonstration of live, almost-spontaneous creativity.
Participating artists: Gus Lynott, Claire De Berry, Patricia Neville, Margret Field, Marliese Hertfelder, Bridget Maguire, Sarah McGragh, Dennis Quinn, Sabine Lacey, Una Morris, Sylvia Thirlway, Zoe Wood, Mary Treacy, Michael Timlin, Sara English, Mary Connolly, Margaret Kelly, Val McLoughlin and Pax Amphlett.

Ballina Arts Centre opening hours:  Monday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm.

Reconstructing Memory | Cléa van der Grijn at The Model

clea317 December to 22 April
Opening Sat 17 December | 5pm Cléa van der Grijn in conversation with Catherine Marshall, 6pm Opening Reception

The Model is pleased to present an exhibition of newly commissioned work that marks a major turning point in the practice of Irish artist Cléa van der Grijn. Reconstructing Memory is a multifaceted experiential and textured exploration of the societal disparities in approaches to death in Mexican and Irish cultures. Film, photography, sculpture, painting and installation are all sensitively utilised in this rich, beautiful and considered exhibition.

Through her artistic practice van der Grijn seeks to unravel the rational, social and emotional circumstances that are constructed around death; and through the use of multiple mediums, she unpicks the complexities of the culture of death and reconstructed memory.

Reconstructing Memory will tour to Limerick City Art Gallery, The Solomon Dublin and Rochester Arts Centre USA.

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