Category: Connaught


The Fool by the Roadside | Bryan Gerard Duffy at The Linenhall Arts Centre

18 August to 16 September
Opening Friday 18 August, 7.30pm

Bryan Gerard Duffy’s work investigates notions of psychological and physical displacement.
“I will build a great wall…” Donald Trump. Walls have played an integral role in the growth and destruction of civilizations from China to Mexico. This show explores the social consequences of walls and the process of navigating them through the everyday.

Duffy came across a decrepit army tank in the Golan Heights region in Israel prior to the 2014 bombings on Gaza, Palestine. Duffy’s exploration and interaction with the tank became a starting point for his dialogue with the Yeatsean poem ‘the fool by the roadside ‘, in which the poet counterbalances the structured and the playful in his exploration of the ageing process. Duffy’s own playful attitude to materials and situations counterbalances a very serious social conscience and political intent.
The themes of his work include post-colonialism, media, surveillance, cultural appropriation, and social, individual and collective responsibilities.

www.bryangerardduffy.com

Linenhall Arts Centre, Linenhall Street, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
T: 094 9023733
E: linenhall@anu.ie
W: thelinenhall.com


Film Screening | Sean Scully Why This Not That? at The Courthouse, Kinvara

25 August

This film is an intimate look at the artist Sean Scully. Shot in an observational style, the main narrative thread begins with a blank canvas and ends with a completed painting. The film explores the meaning of his life, work, art and creativity through his encounters with his students, at his exhibitions, with his sculpture in the South of France and at the canvas in his New York studio. Directed by Michael Doyle.

The Courthouse
Kinvara,
County Galway.
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The Art of Nature | KAVA Members Exhibition, at The Courthouse, Kinvara

19 to 27 August

This is Kinvara Area Visual Arts (KAVA) annual members exhibition and coincides with Heritage week and the annual Crinniu na mBad festival in Kinvara.

The exhibition is titled ‘The Art of Nature’, its theme is a celebration of Ireland’s natural heritage. Location: The Courthouse, Kinvara.

KAVA – Kinvara Area Visual Arts
The Old Courthouse,
Kinvara
Co. Galway
Ireland
E: kava@kinvara.com
W: kava.ie


High Winds Move Slowly | Arno Kramer and Henk Visch at The Model

19 August to 29 October
Opening Saturday 19 August, 5pm.

The Model is delighted to present High Winds Move Slowly, a very special two-person exhibition with Dutch artists Arno Kramer and Henk Visch. This show, which is curated and toured by the Museum De Buitenplaats in the Netherlands, marks the first time that these two artists have been brought together in one exhibition.

The opening reception will be marked by a gallery conversation between Arno Kramer and Henk Visch, as well as a very special performance by contemporary dancer Iris Reyes.

The Model
The Mall, Co. Sligo
T: 071 914 14 05
E: info@themodel.ie
W: themodel.ie


Summer Studio Group Exhibition at Custom House Studios and Gallery

10 August to 24 September
Opening with Anne Mc Carthy, Mayo Co Council on Thursday 10 August at 7.30pm.

Custom House Studios are pleased to host a summer group show of works by artists working in studios at Custom House Studios.

Exhibition includes works from; Nickova Behling, Jo Anne Butler, Michelle Dunne, Pam Gray, Lucy Hill, Barbara Ann Murry and Ian Wieczorek.

The Custom House Gallery and Studios
The Quay, Westport, Co. Mayo,
T: +353 (0)98 28735
E: info@customhousestudios.ie
W: customhousestudios.ie


Ionospheric | Michelle Dunne at Custom House Studios

10 August to 3 September
Opening with Anne Mc Carthy, Mayo Co Council on Thursday 10 August at 7.30pm.

In this artwork, the artist is led by a strong sense of curiosity which leading to research, exploration, deconstruct and reinterpret the world, revealing what is visible but not fully realised or perceived. She has taken holly leaves (Ilex Aquifolium) and deconstructed them by combining and altering and using traditional paper making processes, from China and Egypt.

These processes reveal a multiple of materials contained within one leaf, translucent, light-weight, an exciting vehicle for the artist to work with. Initially this research was to establish a material with which to draw on a screen (canvas) within a bath of water. However, given the nature inherent within leaves, its forms induced the artist to explore the 3-dimensional realm and incorporating the subtle usage of light.

Concurrent to the development of this work with a natural material, the artist also delved into the history of trees in Ireland. The Brehon laws which protected and classified them, ancient manuscripts, Persian architecture, biology, chemistry, geometry, symbolism, language, etymology, linguistics, metallic dyes and ancient inks, to name a few of the tangents she pursued.
Image; Michelle Dune ‘Iris’

The Custom House Gallery and Studios
The Quay, Westport, Co. Mayo,
T: +353 (0)98 28735
E: info@customhousestudios.ie
W: customhousestudios.ie


Drifting | Bláithín Ní Leannáin and Catherine Dunne at The Courthouse, Kinvara

11 to 16 August

KAVA (Kinvara Area Visual Arts) presents ‘Drifting’ – a joint exhibition of ceramics by Bláithín Ní Leannáin and painting and photography by Catherine Dunne.

For further information contact
 Catherine Dunne on 086 815 7074 or by email at cathy@icatch.ie.

KAVA – Kinvara Area Visual Arts
The Old Courthouse, Kinvara
Co. Galway
Ireland
E: kava@kinvara.com
W: kava.ie


Ceannbhan | Group Exhibition on Achill Island

6 to 19 August
Exhibition opening on Sunday 6 August, 3pm by Mick O Dea, President of the RHA.

The Achill Artists group is a collective of visual artists based on Achill, who have organized a series of 7 group exhibitions over 22 years, – last one in 2014, – each containing new works in sculpture, painting, printmaking and video.

Exhibition to include selected works by Mary Lavelle Burke / Ronan Halpin / Antic Ham / Imelda Kilbane / Amanda MacMahon / John Mc Hugh / Margo Mc Nulty / Tim Morris / Gina Morris / Maggie Morrisson / Camille Couter / Willwm Van Goor / Francie Van Maele.

These artists are developing a varied and diverse selection of works referencing the culture, community and environment of Achill Island.

Abha Teangai
Dooagh, Achill Island
T: 086 2325516
E: teangai@anu.ie


Biomorphia | Donal Adams at Teach Ban Art Gallery, Sligo

5 to 31 August
Opening on Saturday 5 August, 4pm.

In this series of paintings, Donal paints semi-abstract landscapes inspired by the wild and urban spaces of the Northwest, and Sligo in particular. Several paintings are directly informed by Doorly Park, for instance, such as Dawn at the Edge of the Forest. His paintings allow us to see a familiar landscape through a new lens- giving us an insight into how artists see the everyday world.

Teach Ban Art Gallery
Drumcliff,
Sligo
T: 087 754 9760
W: teachban-artgallery.com


From Nature | Duncan Pickstock and Nuala Clarke at Ballinglen Gallery, Co. Mayo

22 July to 8 August

With subtle minimalistic approaches, both Nuala Clarke and Duncan Pickstock create dreamlike compositions, tranquil poetic images which balance on the edge of recognition. Not quite abstract, Pickstock’s dusk-like images embody the space of the air; while Clarke’s layered watery compositions, named for Roman nature goddesses, glow as if sunlit.

Ballinglen Gallery
Ballinglen Arts Foundation,
Main St,
Ballycastle,
Co. Mayo
T: (096) 43184
E: baf@iol.ie
W: ballinglenartsfoundation.org


CRUX: A Dialogue in Metal | Group Exhibition at The Custom House Gallery

13 July to 6 August

Gunvor Anhøj, Michael Calnan, Moss Gaynor, John Hogan, Jane Murtagh.

The essence of these five artists’ work concerns the movement of metal and the story it evokes. CRUX will illustrate the diversity of metal and will showcase its myriad possibilities – from the delicate tracery of Jane Murtagh’s work, to the solid architectural forms of Moss Gaynor, to the subtle lines and sensual curves of Michael Calnan’s, John Hogan and Gunver Anhøj ‘s work.

The artists’ ideas and stories are inspired and visualised through a combination of interests in the natural world and the world of architecture and industrial design. From large scale welded metal constructions to delicate, highly finished objects – the works portray the material and the makers behind it, and this unique exhibition will reveal their stories through the dynamism of metal using a combination of contemporary practices and ancient techniques.

The Custom House Gallery and Studios
The Quay, Westport, Co. Mayo,
T: +353 (0)98 28735
E: info@customhousestudios.ie
W: customhousestudios.ie


Entirely hollow aside from the dark | AlanJames Burns, Keash Caves, Sligo

27 to 29 July

‘Entirely hollow aside from the dark’ is an immersive, psycho-acoustic artwork created by AlanJames Burns, in collaboration with writer Sue Rainsford and sound editor Ian Dunphy, touring to five caves geographically spread across the island of Ireland this summer.

The immersive installation aims to create a visceral experience of journeying into someone’s inner dialogue by using 3-dimensional audio. The cavern personifies the mind of a person questioning their reality, wherein an audible inner dialogue and choreographed sounds echo the character’s thoughts, memories and consciousness. In the darkness, this psycho-acoustic work unfolds and a symphony of sounds shifts around the cave.

The Caves of Keash in Keshcorran, Co. Sligo is the first tour location, taking place 27, 28, 29 July. These events are in conjunction with Tread Softly Festival, supported by Sligo County Council, Sligo Arts Service, Creative Ireland, The Fox’s Den Public House.

The tour of this artwork and the events at the Keash Caves are funded by Arts Council of Ireland Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme.

The events at Keash Caves are now fully booked, see the website for information about forthcoming tour locations: www.entirelyhollowasidefromthedark.com.

Regular information on tickets and the tour will be updated on social media:
Twitter: twitter.com/entirely_hollow
Facebook: facebook.com/Entirelyhollowasidefromthedark/


Irish Landscapes | Paul Dunne at The Courthouse, Kinvara

28 July to 7 August

An exhibition of original photographs by local landscape photographer Paul Dunne.

The exhibition will showcase some of Paul’s interpretative images of the beauty of the Irish landscape with particular emphasis on the areas in which Paul has worked for many years, namely Connemara, The Burren, Mayo and the Slieve Bloom Mountains.

For further details phone Paul at 087 2540676.

The Courthouse
Kinvara,
County Galway

www.kava.ie


Facing West | Group Exhibition at Boyle Arts Festival 2017, Roscommon

21 July to 18 August

Now in its 28th year, the magnificent setting of King House is again be the centerpiece for the Boyle Arts Festival, bringing established and emerging Irish artists together under one roof in this most gracious of surroundings.

“Facing West” features over 100 acclaimed artists and rising stars. Presenting works in a range of medium, including painting, drawing, sculpture, textile, ceramics and photography to make this exhibition that aims to engage, enthuse and inspire.

The exhibition has been curated by Paul McKenna and will be officially opened on Thursday 20th July at 8pm in King House by Minister Heather Humphreys.

For more information see: www.boylearts.com/boyle-civic-collection/


Umbel[bumble] | Sarah Ellen Lundy at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre

21 July to 12 August

Currently working in horticultural settings Lundy’s preoccupations with systems and spaces extends to the natural world in her multi-species collaboration with various plants, insects and human-made structures and systems of knowledge.

Weaving together a series of metaphorical meditations on the complex relations between humans and plant-life, including current environmental threats to the bee, Lundy’s exhibition activates an assemblage of everyday objects, moving images and the ephemeral performance of materials to challenge autonomy in the face of systemic and applied homogenization.

A personal testament to the fragile life-forms that co-habit nature Lundy’s work draws inspiration and incorporates elements from diverse sources and through a strong sense of the absurd the artist seeks to extend through this work an invitation to engage in alternative dialogues.

Leitrim Sculpture Centre
Manorhamilton, North County Leitrim
T: 071 9855098
E: info@leitrimsculpturecentre.ie
W: leitrimsculpturecentre.ie


BEING HERE | Keith Wilson at Aras Inis Gluaire, Co. Mayo

15 July to 15 August

Áras inis Gluaire/Erris Arts Centre is proud to present a solo exhibition of paintings by one of Ireland’s most talented and genuine artists, Keith Wilson RUA, who is based in and inspired by the environs of North Mayo.

Entitled BEING HERE, this exhibition describes Keith’s concern with the natural world of his immediate environment, at home or away from Mayo. It highlights notions of stillness, awareness and how it can be important to return and look again.

www.keithwilson.co.uk

Áras Inis Gluaire
Belmullet,
Co. Mayo,
T: 097 81079
E: info@arasinisgluaire.ie
W: arasinisgluaire.ie


Oliver Laric Exhibition at The Model

22 July to 1 October

Oliver Laric’s practice, which comprises sculpture, video and installation, explores both historical and contemporary image economies. In particular, his work attends to the dynamic context of images: how they move, transform and replicate as part of an ever-evolving visual culture.

For his exhibition at The Model, Laric presents a recent film work. Composed of found and newly animated image sequences in which bodies metamorphose from one form into another, or are caught between two states, the untitled film dialogues with the consistent cultural trope of mutable identity.

As domestic appliances transfigure into civilians, frogs become regency-style furniture and half-human/half-animal ‘furries’ cradle each other erotically, a nuanced reminder is posited of how frequently those not conforming to normative standards of identity are pathologised and marginalised. Laric’s film represents an appeal against such tendencies, while simultaneously proposing a pluralistic, open-ended vision of what a body is, and more importantly what it might become.

The Model
The Mall, Co. Sligo
T: 071 914 14 05
E: info@themodel.ie
W: themodel.ie


here, there and somewhere in between: land, sea and bog | Kaye Maahs at Claremorris Gallery

22 July to 4 August
Opening July 22, 7.30

Claremorris Gallery is delighted to debut recent fine art graduate of the GMIT, Kaye Maahs. The artist is a native of Kerry and has been living and working in the Burren, County Clare since 2003.

Maahs’ work is rooted in both the local and the personal. Her painting practice is defined by daily observations and musings. The Clare coastline, vast sheets of Burren rock, telegraph poles book-ending flat fields or a patch in the grey landscape of blazing red earth. It is the residue of these moments that informs her work. Maahs draws from the lexicon of Irish painting reminiscent of painters such as Sean McSweeney, or Donald Teskey. But Maahs’ visual language is confident and does not mimic. Unlike a lot of recent graduates whose work can be overburdened by prevailing notions “Irish painting” the artist’s voice is authentic and her technique masterful. Her subject matter is ordinary; the landscape which surrounds her, but her engagement with it is fresh, true and beautiful.

Claremorris Gallery
Mount Street, Claremorris, County Mayo.
T: (087) 791 2337
E: info@claremorrisgallery.com
W: claremorrisgallery.com