Category: Connaught

Of Birds and Beasts | Ronan Halpin at Custom House Studios, Co. Mayo

20 April to 14 May 2017
Custom House Studios Gallery, The Quay, Westport, Co. Mayo

Custom House Studios at Westport Quay are pleased to present Of Birds and Beasts, new work by Ronan Halpin.
The title of this exhibition ‘Of birds and beasts’ makes a reference to the title of John Steinbeck’s novel ‘Of mice and men’ and also to the fantastical work of Lewis Carroll. The work for this exhibition evokes the mystery and mythology of dreams. The images are drawn from both imagination and from history. There are references to archaeology and to religion. The work reflects a personal struggle, a struggle which has been ongoing for many years; an attempt to reconcile a personal mythology and a religiosity which was bred in the bone.

OUTSIDER | Liz Byrne at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre

21 April to 13 May 2017
Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, Leitrim

OUTSIDER is an exhibition of new print work by Liz Byrne made at Leitrim Sculpture Centre, 2017.
Byrnes work is inspired by the journeys she makes outside in the landscape of North Leitrim. Being outside engages the senses, triggers memory and exercises the imagination, providing many of the initial gestures and responses for developing new work. Using small sketchbook drawings as a means of observation Byrne records a series of concepts and impressions that examine the effects of natural forces that constantly modify and challenge our more static representation of the land. These meditations on time capture the moods and atmospheres of diverse natural phenomena such as the ever changing patterns of light and cloudy skies; the rhythm and sound of rainwater; the peat soaked bog; the scarred escarpments of the valleys and the affect of wind and weather on the trees. All of these find there way into the artists work through the use of simple pattern and motif techniques that recur and are re-enacted in the natural and chemical processes of the printmakers art. It is through these multiple ideas and depictions that the artist explores, experiments and engages various print forms, often in the same piece, to describe her imagined Outside.

Terrain | Gabrielle Bishop at Custom House Studios, Co. Mayo

20 April to 14 May 2017
Custom House Studios Gallery, The Quay, Westport, Co. Mayo

Custom House Studios Gallery at Westport Quay present Terrain by Gabrielle Bishop.

Bishop makes light vessels, carriers of data, open to subtle intention. The paintings are generally constructed from miscellaneous parts by wrapping or stretching fabric over picture frames.  In search of new outcomes to consider Gabrielle has expanded the light vessel works by introducing different surfaces to work on and experimented with scale. Following her works considering structure, colour and light, Terrain takes a look at life beyond current structures moving through liminal to post liminal terrains.

Reaction | Group Show, Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo

22 April to 6 May 2017 | Opening: 21 April, 6pm
Hyde Bridge Gallery, Yeats Memorial Building, Sligo

Reaction is an exhibition of artwork by Alison Hunter, Geraldine Beirne and Audrey Stanley, the show is a collection of art which has developed from natural and discarded fragments in our environment and surrounding area. All the work is textile based with mixed media.
The official opening will be by Tara McGowan of Cait & I.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5 pm

Alter | Robert Dunne at Linenhall Arts Centre, Co. Mayo

13 April to 20 May 2017
Linenhall Arts Centre, Linenhall Street, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

Robert Dunne works mainly with plaster and used wood, and says his work “is a way to reframe our ‘made’ environment. I try to capture physical and visual elements of my surroundings and reimagine, juxtapose and alter their structure and meaning to make new but vaguely familiar scenarios”.

Robert studied at the National Collage of Art and Design, Dublin and the Museum School of Fine Art in Boston. Last year he showed work in Carlow’s VISUAL, and was awarded a residency from Arthouse in Stradbally. This year he has two solo shows, one here at the Linenhall Arts Centre, and one in Gray Contemporary in Houston, Texas.

Open: Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat: 11am-5.30pm
T: 094 9023733, E:

Project Cleansweep | Dara McGrath at Roscommon Arts Centre

13 April to 25 May
Exhibition Launch: Thursday 13 April, 6pm

The body of work Dara McGrath will exhibit is entitled Project Cleansweep. The project surveys the landscape of chemical and biological weapons in the British Isles and its continuing legacy, interrogating deliberate state and military encroachment into and appropriation (often secretive) of the landscape, essentially a massive ‘land grab’. This bucolic landscape today holds layers of narratives that the security apparatus of the state would prefer not to tell. It is another representation of the impact of state and commercial interests on a rural setting, often causing long term problems of pollution and abandonment.

Judged by Internationally renowned photographer Martin Parr, this award was developed by curator Linda Shevlin. The aim being to provide a photographer with the opportunity to produce a body of work for exhibition at Roscommon Arts Centre as part of PhotoIreland Festival and Belfast Exposed Futures Gallery as part of Belfast Photo Festival. The artist was also supported by The Gallery of Photography through the provision of 30 hours free access to their Digital Studio for pre/production.

The exhibition is presented as part of PhotoIreland Festival before moving to Belfast Exposed as part of Belfast Photo Festival.

Roscommon Arts Centre
Circular Road
T: 090 66 25 824

Island Living | Group Exhibition at Claremorris Gallery

8 to 21 April

Island Living is an exhibition of new paintings by Aidan Crotty, Beatrice O’Connell, Paula Pohli, Peter Burns, Jennifer Cunningham and Ann Quinn.

This show came about when the gallery’s program was reshuffled and a window opened in the diary. Group shows can be like jumble sales; mixemgatherems of disparate works taken from artists with little common ground. I invited these artists were invited because the organiser intuitively felt their would hang together well, both thematically and visually.

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

Lives | Jack B. Yeats at the Model, Sligo

25 March to 1 October 2017
The Model, The Mall, Sligo

This exhibition will enable audiences to trace the development of key characters in Jack Butler Yeats’ work, through an exploration of his illustrations, pencil sketches, watercolours and the iconic oil paintings of his later mature period. In a practice that spanned seven decades and displayed a wide variety of styles, it is interesting to note that Yeats’ subject-matter changed very little from his earliest work to his latest.


Altered Environments | Kathleen O’Leary at Leitrim Sculpture Centre

31 March to 13 April 2017
Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim

‘Altered Environments’, by Kathleen O’Leary is an artist-in-residence exhibition that has been created through a montage of pre-recorded footage taken at music and arts festivals produced in Ireland and Spain during the past 12 years. The artist’s interest lies in how humans alter environments at such ‘living outdoor spaces’ and in turn challenge fixed concepts of urban-rural ‘design’, and the dichotomies of nature and culture through collaborative action and critical pathways for autonomy and freedom.

The film will go on a European tour for the World Culture Festival in Mallorca, Spain, May, 2017.

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Strange Attractors | Ronnie Hughes at The Model

15 April to 22 May

The Model is delighted to present a major solo, touring show of recent work by Irish artist Ronnie Hughes. One of Ireland’s most dynamic abstract painters, Hughes’ elegant and poised works are executed with complex technical skill, yet retain a lightness of touch. While his finished paintings display a diversity of styles, at heart they share a common concern with the lived experience, and what Hughes has described as “the beauty, the fragility and the violence of being.”

Hughes, who has been based in Sligo since the mid 1990s, has shown widely both in Ireland and the US. Major solo projects over recent years have included exhibitions at Dublin City Gallery; The Hugh Lane, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast and Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown.

Strange Attractors will tour to Limerick City Gallery of Art and the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin throughout 2017 and will be accompanied by a full-colour publication.

Exhibition Preview at 3.30pm
Ronnie Hughes in conversation with Martin Herbert at 4.30pm.
Opening Reception at 5.30pm

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

Shadows of Ourselves | Tinka Bechert at Priors PLM Medical, Co. Leitrim

31 March to 4 April

Over the last year artist Tinka Bechert has been working with Priors PLM Medical, a precision engineering company based in Carrick on Shannon, as Spark Artist-in-Residence.

Spark is an Artist-in-Residence programme organised by Leitrim County Council Arts Office and Local Enterprise Office aimed at artists who are interested in working in new environments and businesses who are interested in collaborating with artists and promoting creativity within their organisations.

Tinka Bechert’s research during the Spark Residency focused on several engineering tools and techniques employed at Priors. She was particularly fascinated by the highly unusual application of the historic Schlieren imaging technique in which ‘shadows’ facilitate highly precise measurements. The shadowgraph technique dates back to the seventeenth century and has origins in optics and the development of telescopic lenses. The use of shadowgraph processes at Priors makes visible microscopic details, such as thermal differences, that are generally invisible to the human eye.

Aspects | Brian Bourke + Jay Murphy at Hamilton Gallery, Sligo

6 to 29 April 2017
Hamilton Gallery, 4 Castle Street, Sligo

Hamilton Gallery, Sligo are very pleased to host ‘Aspects’ an exhibition by Brian Bourke and Jay Murphy.

Although these are two solo exhibitions, there is an overlapping of subject matter. Both artists travel and work in the same landscape as well as working on separate subjects. In this case, there are paintings by both artists following a residency in the Cowhouse Studios, Wexford in May 2016. The subject is the same, but seen from different angles.

Brian Bourke is also exhibiting local landscapes painted close to his studio in Galway and paintings made from work done in Aspach, near Stuttgart in Germany. Apple trees and orchards feature in both landscapes.

Jay Murphy has a series of paintings from Agadir, Morocco, depicting the Muslim locals enjoying the beach, in tents made of brightly coloured tie-dyed cloths pinned to parasols – in contrast to the ubiquitous images we see of refugees in makeshift camps and shelters. She also includes a series of paintings of bridges along the canal linking the Erne to the Shannon.

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Ailbhe Ní Bhriain at The Dock, Co. Leitrim

8 April to 27 May 2017 | Opening + Artist Talk: 8 April, 2pm
The Dock, St Georges Terrace, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim

This exhibition brings together a number of recent works by Irish artist Ailbhe Ní Bhriain for the first time. Ní Bhriain works with film, computer generated imagery and sound to create immersive multi-screen installations that play with ideas of representation and displacement. Her films depict archetypal or generic locations that have been transformed into a dream-like theatricality.

This exhibition is presented in collaboration with Domobaal, and will be shown at this gallery in London 16th June – 22nd July, 2017. Further details here

For further information contact Laura Mahon – Visual Artists & Education, E:

The Elements | Neal Greig at Custom House Studios, Mayo

23 March to 16 April 2017
Custom House Studios, Westport Quay, Mayo

Custom House Studios  are pleased to host ‘The Elements’, an exhibition of recent paintings by Neal Greig.

Neal Greig paints directly in the landscape. He responds to the weather and the day as it changes in an instinctive manner. He documents the light, space and texture, spontaneously painting the changes with a sense of urgency in an effort to catch the changing light. Working outside brings an instinctive aspect to the paintings. He paints an organic, natural space rather than a picturesque view of landscape. The range of colours is kept simple, mixing colours on the palette and on the painting, moving paint around using a wide selection of brushes and tools. His aim is to depict a distillation and observance of the passing of time, rather than a snapshot of a landscape.


‘Just being…’ | Marie Wood at The Clew Bay Hotel Westport, Co. Mayo

1 to 30 April 2017
The Clew Bay Hotel, James St, Westport, Co.Mayo

‘Just being…’ is Marie Woods’ third solo exhibition at the Clew Bay Hotel, this new body of work was created over the last twelve months.
More than 30 artworks offer a glimpse into the diverse inspirations that encompass her vision. From abstract experimental three dimensional oil paintings to mixed media paintings and collage that have been inspired by the awesome beauty of Clew Bay and its fast shifting weather.

Eerie works revealing a moody Croagh Patrick bathed in watery light, sunrises that seem to set the bay on fire, moonlit bays and reflections. The Exhibition is a distillation of the magic of this area, revealing a sense of the extraordinary that is Mayo; light, energy and passion are a constant presence throughout.


Earth + Water | James and Sally Maidment, Hyde Gallery, Sligo

22 March to 11 April 2017
The Yeats Society, Yeats Memorial Building, Hyde Bridge, Sligo

Father and daughter team James and Sally Maidment present Earth + Water, an exhibition of painting, installation and photography at the Hyde Gallery, Sligo. Both graduates of the Fine Art Department at the Institute of Technology, Sligo, the artists invite visitors to the exhibition to share their fascination with skill, place, identity and experience.

E:, T:+353 7191 42693
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm

As Above So Below | Nuala Clarke at The Linenhall Arts Centre, Co. Mayo

3 March to 8 April 2017
The Linenhall Arts Centre, Linenhall St, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

This show explores the primary alchemical formula “as above so below” through an endeavour to ‘make’ space; internal and external, above, below, all that surrounds and inhabits. The work in this show, within the space of the Linenhall, explores deeply personal preferences of order; right placement of the elements within the plane, upon the surface, right colour preferences, while simultaneously claiming and offering what was once known but is now on the periphery of awareness. They also offer what is not known, yet deeply within and without us.
Nuala Clarke’s new work invites such investigations of the unseeable and the unknowable. The images suggest a connection to primordial order. They are contemplative, mysterious, moody, celebratory; full of shaman ghosts, air, and land.

Secret Garden | Marilyn Gaffney at Custom House Studios

23 March to 16 April
Opening 23 March at 7.30pm by Dermot Seymour

Marilyn Gaffney’s exhibition “Secret Garden” gets lost in the foliage, curves of the flowers and yet it is not about the beauty of the domestic landscape itself, but the subconscious marks that are made which outlines and caresses the space within these literal subjects on the canvas. In her new body of work, Marilyn Gaffney creates paintings of the domestic landscape.

The act of her art making is a psychological process, automatic painting. Start at the passage and get lost down the track, into the foliage. The artist transends her thought process to another platform as the artwork progresses and she is semi aware of the marks she is making to the canvas.

The landscape, Gaffney believes, holds thought for magic, escapism, wonder and home. It has been a subject of hers for some time now within her practice. Psychological interests such as memory within the landscape still resonate with the artist.

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

Water Senses | Ruth Le Gear at Leitrim Sculpture Centre

10 to 25 March 2017
Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, Leitrim

Water Senses has emerged from the outcomes of research, collaboration and fieldwork based around the concept of ‘water memory’ in relation to Glenade Lough, North Leitrim. In developing the project Le Gear has meticulously archived her sensory engagement with the mystical, mythical and metaphysical forces that act upon and interact with water through Glenade. Making a set of seven water remedies from the waters of the Lough, she has created these panaceas from rarities such as the essence of the last brown bears in Ireland and the story of the Dobhar-chú. Implicit in Le Gear’s work is the idea that water is an element deserving of much greater consideration than is currently given by mankind. Water is altered by everything that has passed through it, in its chemical as well as alchemical nature and in its capacity to influence us. These forms and emotions, which have passed through the water, are also held within it. The water and ice remedies that she has created are for the water bodies themselves initially and then in turn for people, promoting healing in both. The water remedies are a way of drawing out the layers of embodied energy that are held within the water itself, each remedy interacting with the energy of the human body in a unique and positive manner.

Water Senses boxed publication which contains a unique water remedy, booklet, series of postcards and a map. First edition print of 100. Designed by Pure Designs.

Shackleton’s Endurance ǀ Pauline Garavan at Town Hall Theatre Westport, Co. Mayo

4 March to 1 April 2017
Town Hall Theatre Westport, The Octagon, Westport, Co Mayo

‘Shackleton’s Endurance’ was created by Castlebar based artist Pauline Garavan to celebrate the centenary of the rescue of Ernest Shackleton’s crew off Elephant Island in the Antarctic in 1916.

The work, measuring 143 x 96 cms, consists of 36 aluminium panels showing Shackleton’s ship ‘Endurance’ caught in the sea ice. Writing in oils, the image is made up of thousands of very closely condensed words which are taken from the extracts of Shackleton’s diary that he kept on the Endurance Expedition 1914 – 1917 and which he included in his book ‘South’. The image is taken from a night-time photograph taken by the expedition photographer, Frank Hurley.

T: 098 – 28459, E: