Category: Munster

Fragments | Carolyn Wall at Red Couch Space, The Courthouse Gallery

28 October to 2 December

Working in glass and ceramics, Carolyn Wall is interested in the transformative powers of the kiln, which can mutate materials into new objects. For this exhibition she uses a combination of recycled glass, ceramics, hessian, copper wire and flax to create Fragments, an installation suspended from on high. Investigating ideas of presence and absence, the work also uses light and shadow as an invisible component, playing on notions of human strength and fragility.

The Courthouse Gallery,
Parliament Street,
Co. Clare
T: 065 707 1630

Daniel Chester, Carin McCana and Brian Twomey at The Courthouse Gallery, Co. Clare

28 October to 2 December

Three new exhibitions in our main gallery explore themes of rural commonage, the modern and medieval mind and the perspective of a rural postman. While appearing to have a disparate relationship to one another, each artist is concerned with teasing out representations of landscape, place, superstition and reality.

Beyond the Plains | Daniel Chester
Daniel Chester explores rural commonage through his large-scale landscapes painted on aluminium, which draw on 19th century romantics including David Caspar Friedrich and William Blake. Like the Romantics, he is interested in the natural world with its seasonal cycle of birth, death and resurrection. His landscapes are charged with atmosphere, and occasionally, menace, curiously devoid of people and animals.

New Age Medieval | Carin McCana
Drawing on Hieronymus Bosch’s masterpiece The Cure of Folly, Carin McCana is interested in parallels between the medieval and the modern mind. Bosch often warned his viewers not to be swayed by superstition, while at the same time giving form to the spirits and gremlins imagined by his subjects. In this exhibition, McCana investigates modern suspicion around science and logic, her vibrant figurative compositions offering a departure from previous abstract works.

A Postman Connects | Brian Twomey
In his daily rounds as a postman in North Clare and South Galway, Brian Twomey has seen many changes along his regular route. He uses these years of observation to build a picture of the area as seen through his eyes, at once connected to the place yet distanced by his role as the viewer inside the post van. At times riotous, always joyful, and charged with energy, Twomey has a keen eye for the detail of country life and the developments of the modern world.

The Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street, Ennistymon, Co. Clare
T: 065 707 1630

Here and Through | Luca Truffarelli and Federico Ortica at South Tipperary Arts Centre   Recently updated !

9 October to 27 October 2017

Luca Truffarelli and Federico Ortica invite the audience to experience the present as a personal journey via an interactive mixed-media installation. A short video piece will be shown as part of the work, representing the endless voyage of a soul through past, present and future.

‘Here and Through’ will be the opening event of the Tipperary Dance Platform Internation Dance Festival.

All are welcome.

South Tipperary Arts Centre
25 Gladstone Street
Co. Tipperary
T: 052 61 27877

Halcyon Days | Group Exhibition at glór, Ennis, Co. Clare

13 October 2017 to 13 January 2018

glór is delighted to announce the launch of Halcyon Days, a group exhibition of mixed media work from both established and emerging artists on Friday 13th October at 6.30pm.

Artists nationwide were asked to respond to the theme of Halcyon Days, a phrase which we now use nostalgically, recalling the seemingly endless sunny days of youth.

Ceramic work is presented by Helen Griffin, Niamh Harte and Jane Seymour; textile artists include Joke Buursma and Nicola Henley, and beautiful fine art prints come from Ria Czerniak-LeBov; Norah Brennan; Debbie Godsell; Maeve Coulter; Johnny Horne and Louise Leonard. The work of two photographers features – that of Hennessey Award nominee Gerry Blake and Mark Baker with his Portraits of Hebron. Sara Dowling has produced a fascinating video and performance piece, whilst Maree Hensey and Catriona Moloney have created work that is both poignant and magical, and laden with nostalgia.

Painters featured include Nathalie El Baba, Vivienne Bogan, Imelda Bradly, Tom Climent, Wil Gilchrist, Kevin Lowery, Jill Miller, Adam Pomeroy and David Smith. Each painter has responded to the theme differently and has created captivating and inspirational work for glór’s gallery spaces.

One artist will receive a €2500 Curator’s Award on the opening evening of the exhibition.

The exhibition will be opened on Friday 13th October by Dr. Eleanor Flegg, Writer and Craft Historian.

glór, Causeway Link, Ennis, Co. Clare
T: 065 684 3103

“… I never think of the future, it comes soon enough…” | Bernadette Kiely at Imagine Arts Festival, Waterford

19 to 29 October 2017

Imagine Arts Festival 2017. Bernadette Kiely | “…i never think of the future, it comes soon enough…”

An exhibition of painting, drawing and moving image.

Best known for her paintings of river and flooded landscapes based on the themes of the passage of time and the transient, fragile nature of the physical world, Bernadette Kiely’s references include landscape and environmental photography, contemporary and historical painting, geographical and historical landscape drawings, maps, weather imagery and topographical and archaelogical drawing.

She also references memory as related to the landscapes of her family history.

‘I never think of the future, it comes soon enough’ is a known quote from Albert Einstein. Kiely uses it metaphorically in relation to her work based on land and water in the present time. She poses the quote as a question and invites us, through her artwork, to contemplate the value, or not, of thinking about the future in relation to the landscape of the contemporary world.

Bernadette Kiely grew up in Carrick on Suir, County Tipperary and graduated from the College of Art and Design, Waterford I.T. with a first class honours in Graphic Design Communications. She studied drawing at the Slade School of Fine Art, University of London, UK and is a self taught painter.

Elected to the membership of Aosdana in 2007 she has exhibited her work in both individual and group exhibitions nationally and internationally.

Her work is held in public and private collections in Ireland, UK, Europe, Korea and the USA. She lives and works in Thomastown, County Kilkenny and is represented in Ireland by Taylor Galleries, Dublin.

Ania Afshar Exhibition at Clare Museum, Ennis

2 to 14 October

Ennis-based tapestry artist Ania Afshar will exhibit a selection of her hand-made tapestries at the Clare Museum. Born in Poland, Ania Afshar began her apprenticeship in printing tapestries at the while studying at the university. Each unique piece that she creates is printed by hand using an age old process of carved wood blocks and ink.

For Ania the work of making tapestries is an act of worship. Every design represents an allegory with a long-standing historical significance. The process of creation, the harmony and rhythms of world, and respect for nature and social diversity are all ubiquitous. The process of culling the raw materials from the earth and mixing them together represents the natural elements coming together, bringing the artist closer to god by imitating the original creation.

The artist will hold a free printing demonstration at Clare Museum on Saturday 7 October at 2.30 p.m.

For more see

Clare Museum
2 O’Connell Street, Clonroad Beg, Ennis, Co. Clare.

Kerry Visual Arts Artists’ Showcase 2017

22 September to 13 October

The Kerry Visual Arts Artists’ Showcase features the work of Des Fitzgerald, Karen Hendy, Kaye Maahs, Roisín McGuigan, David Morrison, Philip O’Rourke, Niamh Porter and Tracy Sexton

Tralee man Des Fitzgerald is a sculptor and photographer whose work is inspired from his strong visual sense and is often theme based, while Portmagee’s Karen Hendy uses unconventional media in her work such as plastic wrap, turf and sticks which are then layered with paper, gesso and paint oftentimes referencing the environment. Emerging artist Kaye Maahs works in oils and is a painter whose work is rooted in the personal and the local. Tralee’s Roisín McGuigan has expanded from the tradition of paint on canvas to the use of non-traditional surfaces and includes drawing, digital media and found objects. Her central focus is place and geographic connection. David Morrison makes the familiar appear unfamiliar in his work and uses photography, digital media, canvas and paint to create his works of art. Castleisland based Philip O’Rourke is interested in photojournalism and street photography. He captures fleeting moments and likes to include a human element in the stories he tells through his photography.

Department of Culture, Heritage + the Gaeltacht, New Road, Killarney

Nurture: Before Their Wings Fold | Yvonne Hennessy at Dromineer Literary Festival, Tipperary

6 to 8 October

Dromineer Literary Festival are honoured to host an exhibition by Galway based artist, Yvonne Hennessy. At 2pm, Saturday October 7 at Lough Derg yacht Club, committee member Geraldine McNulty will introduce the work of Yvonne Hennessy, whose painting Tree House, is the cover image for this year’s festival brochure.

Yvonne Hennessy is an animation professional, lecturer and visual artist. She lectures in animation at third level. Her work marries classical animation techniques with installation arts practices. She is also currently working in collaboration with her wife, poet Liz Quirke, on a visual artistic response to poems from Quirke’s debut collection, The Biology Of Mothering, which will be published by Salmon Poetry in 2018. Hennessy’s concerns include representing connection, biology and nature through visual art.

Lough Derg Yacht Club and Nenagh Arts Centre, Tipperary.

Culture Night at Joan Clancy Gallery, Co. Waterford

22 September 2017

Joan Clancy Gallery will celebrate Oíche Chultúir in the Waterford Gaeltacht.

Joan Clancy Gallery in Mweelahorna, An Rinn in the Waterford Gaeltacht are throwing their doors open in celebration of Culture Night – Oíche Chultúir on Friday September 22 from 5 – 9pm with work by Ciara Gormley, Blawnin Clancy, Damaris Lysaght, Rayleen Clancy, Sinead Ni Chionaola, Katarzyna Gajewska, Noeleen Crossan and others.

“Donal Clancy will join us for a few tunes from 7.30 – 8pm after which we will serve canapés” said Joan Clancy.

The work of this talented group of artists is a feast for the eyes and ears in this extraordinary gallery overlooking Dungarvan Bay and the Comeragh Mountains in the Co Waterford Gaeltacht .

Joan Clancy Gallery is located between Coláiste na Rinne (Ring College) and the Cunnigar Beach 10k south of Dungarvan and the Greenway, and is well signposted.

Joan Clancy Gallery
Mweelahorna, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford
T: 086 813 4597

Apple Treasures | Theresia Guschlbauer + Lyn Mather at South Tipperary Arts Centre

9 to 30 September 2017 | Opening: 9 September 2017, 3pm

South Tipperary Arts Centre presents Apple Treasures by 2Cando Arts – Theresia Guschlbauer and Lyn Mather. A multidisciplinary research project exploring
Clonmel’s rich apple heritage through documents, artefacts and local stories.

South Tipperary Arts Centre, 1 Nelson Street, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary


Therianthropy | Marie Connole at Clare County Museum

4 to 30 September

Therianthropy is the mythological ability of human beings to metamorphose into other animals by means of shape shifting.
Clare artist Marie Connole will exhibit a new series of paintings at the Clare County Museum inspired by shapeshifting in Irish storytelling.

The artist will provide a free public talk on the series at 6.30pm on Friday 22nd September as part of Culture Night 2017.
All ages welcome for what will be an enlightening discussion on an intriguing subject.

Clare County Museum
2 O’Connell Street,
Clonroad Beg,
Co. Clare

Lines Tell Lies | Marie Hanlon at The Source Arts Centre, Thurles, Tipperary

9 September to 26 October 2017

In this exhibition Marie Hanlon presents small sculptures, wall works and a moving image piece. Lines Tell Lies initially attempts to persuade the viewer to accept realities which do not exist. Line is employed as a transforming and provocative element in works which are concerned with the act of seeing and ideas of perception.

The impetus for the exhibition came from a previous work called Cornerspace in which 39 still images of corners and items placed in corners are linked in an unfolding video montage. The slow-moving sequence mixes fictitious constructs made of studio props, with real places. The idea here was not not to fully disguise the fiction but rather to set in motion a dreamlike sequence of suggestion and association. Rhona Clarke’s electronic sounds for Cornerspace are devised to evoke texture, spatial illusion and mystery. Aural echoing and reverberation mirror the unfolding imagery as it seeks to transcend its limitations. What is suggested is sometimes more real than what is actually there.

The ideas, materials and props from Cornerspace became the starting point for the other pieces in the exhibition. Using glass, perspex, pencils, nails, staples etc. the works are concerned with skewing reality, distorting scale, proposing associations and so on. The viewer is asked to believe that air has solid form and that illusion has real substance. Reality blurs into fiction through means which are playful and intriguing; lines deceive the eye and all is not what it seems. An interval of time exists between the first moment of looking and the true realization of what is actually there. This short span allows a shift from looking to seeing, from seeing to perceiving.

The Source Arts Centre
Cathedral Street,
County Tipperary
T: +353 504 90204

Gone Reflections | Luke Fowler at Lismore Castle Arts

19 August to 15 October

Lismore Castle Arts is proud to announce a new commission with the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas. We have jointly invited and commissioned Luke Fowler to create a new sound work for both locations. The work will premier in Lismore before traveling on to Nasher in 2018. The commission for Lismore will be located in Lismore Castle Gardens.

Luke Fowler (b. 1978, Glasgow) is an artist, filmmaker and musician based in Glasgow. His films explores the rules and forms of biographical and documentary filmmaking; traversing diverse fields from sonic experience to marginalised cultural figures.
For Lismore, he has draws on practices of focussed listening and architectural acoustics to create a multi-channel sound installation. Using everyday objects found on site to sound spaces both inside and outside the castle. Fowler has created a composition that subtly examines the material history of the castle and its acoustic design.

Gone Reflections is located in Broghills Tower in the Upper Gardens.

Lismore Castle Arts
Lismore Castle, Co. Waterford
T: (058) 54288

Acts of Patience | Mollie Douthit at The Courthouse Gallery

2 September to 28 October

Based primarily in the Burren since 2013, painter Mollie Douthit brings a new body of work, ‘Acts of Patience’ to The Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon this September. Douthit exhibits new drawings, watercolours and oil paintings, each on an intimate scale. Made in Ireland and North Dakota, the work spans the artist’s life here and at home. A series of studies of a favourite chair from her Burren studio appears in various guises, draped with objects belonging to close friends, while her beloved dog Ted is captured in a succession of nimble drawings of eloquent economy.

The Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street, Ennistymon, Co. Clare
T: 065 707 1630

Conjecture Unfolding | Anne Harkin-Petersen at The Courthouse Gallery

2 September to 21 October

Anne Harkin-Petersen presents Conjecture Unfolding, a body of work produced at her Galway studio over the past 18 months. A painter who enjoys challenging the rules of colour, Harken-Petersen makes abstract works that play with scale. For this exhibition she has made small scale works as diptychs and triptychs, moving on from her last exhibition’s experimentation with a palette of blue and white, that explore ideas of mystery and the unknown.

Artist Biography
Anne Harkin-Petersen is a painter based in Co Galway. She received her Researching M.A. in Art History and Critical Theory in 2005, and has been a recipient of awards in recognition of her work including the Tyrone Guthrie Regional Bursary Award (2003 and 2004) and the Patricia Burke Brogan Annual Arts Award (2002).

The Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street, Ennistymon, Co. Clare
T: 065 707 1630

Archetype/ Uchronia | Sinead McDonald at Garter Lane Arts Centre

31 August to 28 October
Opening Thursday 31 August, 7.30pm

Archetype is a new site-specific installation exploring the relationship between motherhood and bereavement, and the often hyper-ridiculous media representations of female grief and ‘hysteria’. Accompanying Archetype is Uchronia, a series of real and alternate self-portraits examining life’s pivotal moments and how decisions, accidents and circumstances change us.

Both works invite questions on free will, fate and predestination. While Archetype investigates the tropes and stereotypes of the unhinged female in the wake of child-loss, and the inherent representation of an inevitable fall into madness, Uchronia looks at what would happen if divergent paths had been taken. Arising from the death of the artist’s son in 2000 and the subsequent birth of a surviving child, these works share themes of shame and regret layered with unexpected paths of humour and survival. Together they question whether we have the power to shift our own narratives.

Garter Lane Arts Centre
O’Connell Street, Waterford
T: 051 855038

The Infinite Whatever | Debbie Godsell at Garter Lane Arts Centre

31 August to 28 October
Opening Thursday, 31 August, 7.30pm

Garter Lane Arts Centre is delighted to present The infinite whatever, a solo exhibition of screen prints, photography and photo-riston prints by Debbie Godsell. The ‘infinite whatever’ is a term coined by the New York Times travel writer Eric Werner who describes his experiences of ‘thin’ places as where ‘’the distance between heaven and earth collapses and we glimpse the divine, transcendent, or the infinite whatever’’. In these places, we may be ‘jolted out of old ways of seeing the world.’

This collection of new work responds to Werner’s theory with imagery gathered from the west Cork landscape- documenting such places that resonate and offer a refuge. Places where a person may experience a rare sense of wellbeing or briefly connect with their essential self. Alongside the landscape, the image of the child in this work explores fragility, curiosity, vulnerability and the belief that children live close to these ‘thin’ places.

Garter Lane Arts Centre
O’Connell Street, Waterford
T: 051 855038