Category: Munster

Group Show at Marco Polo Art Cafe, Co. Tipperary

25 March to 25 April 2017
Marco Polo Art Cafe, Main Street, Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary

Marco Polo Art Cafe present ‘Nature and Belonging’,  an artistic collaboration based on poems by Aoife Reilly.
Visual art by: Valerie Maldiney, Shane Reilly, Aisling O’Leary, Denny Baldin and Kate Nolan
Music by: Shay Hannon (flute), Maggy McEntee (voice & guitar)

Massimo Bartolini at Lismore Castle Arts, Waterford

2 April to 26 May 2017 | Opening: 1 April, 5pm
Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Co. Waterford

Lismore Castle Arts presents the first solo exhibition in Ireland of Massimo Bartolini.
Responding to the unique gallery space that is St Carthage Hall, the artist has created a new organ piece specially for the building. The piece takes the form of a ‘well’ with a music box inside – the box plays the first 10 bars of the John Cage work In a Landscape. Related to other organ works by the artist, it functions like a barrel organ which plays automatically. The air blown through the metal pipes first passes through the holes in the music roll, giving rise to variations in tone and length.
This exhibition is kindly supported by The Arts Council Ireland, Frith Street Gallery, London and The Shifting Foundation.

Anthony McCall at Lismore Castle Arts, Co. Waterford

2 April to 15 October 2017 | Opening: 1 April, 6pm
Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Co. Waterford

Lismore Castle Arts is delighted to present a solo exhibition by Anthony McCall, bringing together seminal early works such as ‘Line Describing a Cone’ (1973), alongside complex new works such as ‘Swell’ (2016). This will be Anthony McCall’s first solo exhibition in Ireland and presents a rare opportunity to see this important and groundbreaking work.
The exhibition will be accompanied later in the summer by a fully illustrated catalogue, featuring install images of the exhibition at Lismore, and is kindly supported by Sean Kelly Gallery, New York and Sprüth Magers London.

Exhibition Seminar: 1 April – 3pm, Lismore Heritage Centre, with Anthony McCall, Lizzie Carey Thomas, Lisa Le Feuvre, chaired by Anthony Haughey. Free Event, booking essential.


Gooee (Margaret) O’Brien at The Old Market House Art Centre, Co. Waterford

15 March to 22 April 2017
The Old Market House Art Centre, Dungarvan, Co.Waterford

The Old Market House Art Centre present ‘The Immensity Within Ourselves’ a solo show by Gooee (Margaret) O’Brien.

O’ Brien is fascinated by Formalism, both in terms of the creation of Form, and the revelation of the process by which Form develops from matter. This practice quadripartite; idea, matter, process and form (in that order) is at the core of the artists work. The backstory to the sculpted work is that of the films Philomena and The Magdelene Sisters. The painting The Immensity Within Ourselves and the sculptures are a metaphor for that capacity of human societies to close their eyes to the inhumane treatment of others.

Artistic Journeys | Adrian Everson and Bob Scot at St Johns Arts Centre, Co. Kerry

1 to 21 April 2017 |  Opening: 1 April, 8pm
St. John’s, The Square, Listowel, Co. Kerry

St. John’s Theatre + Arts Centre presents ‘Artistic Journeys’ an exhibition of work by artists Adrian Everson and Bob Scott.

Two Kerry artists display a range of pictorial work in oils, acrylics, charcoal, watercolours and needle felted wool on canvas, board, foil and fabric. Some purely imaginative, some figurative, abstracts, landscapes and ‘cave art animals’. Much inspired by the natural beauty of the Kerry countryside, some by literary works.
Exhibition opening by Jimmy Deenihan.

Contact Adrian Everson on 085 712 0827 / or Bob Scott on 087 671 2269


The Old and the Weary | Ben Reilly at GOMA Gallery of Modern Art Waterford

11 March to 30 April 2017
GOMA Gallery of Modern Art Waterford, 6 Lombard Street, Waterford

GOMA presents ‘The Old and the Weary’ a solo exhibition by Ben Reilly.
The world stepped into when we explore Ben’s work is made up of things, materials, objects, stuff. Is it a door handle? A leather boot? A bag of materials that looks like but isn’t quite coal? Does it matter? These are old things. But the sense of the old is that of time as something pure. Unlike the reworking of the past we find in so much popular culture, this is a sensuous oldness; we want to touch and explore. We want to feel the object of time itself. The installation Zeppelinis one example. The title refers to the object of the zeppelin itself with all its historical associations. But when engaging the sculpture, we are drawn to its clunky feel, its use of essentially old materials, bringing us back to that sensuous oldness that is not the past but time.

Gallery opening hours: 1pm to 6pm from Thursday to Sunday

CRUX: A Dialogue in Metal | Group Exhibition at glór, Clare

3 March to 1 April

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.

A Guided Tour of the Exhibition and Artists’ Talk, facilitated by John Tynan of The Crafts Council of Ireland will take place on Saturday 4 March at 11.45am.
Free of charge and all welcome.

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

Glimpse of a Forgotten Past | Zuzana Jezikova at The Courthouse Gallery

3 March to 22 April
Opening 3 March, 8pm

Zuzana Jezikova‘s recent work is inspired by Celtic mythology and legends, the stories that people were telling and passing on to each other while sitting around fires, the impact of their storytelling strengthened by the contrast of fire light and the surrounding darkness.

To express this concept, Zuzana creates ceramic lamps and sculptures. She uses different types of clay (predominantly black stoneware and porcelain) and combines them with other materials in a reference to Irish ancient heritage

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

Broken Tale | Kasia Zimnoch and Pawel Kleszczewski at The Courthouse Gallery

3 March to 22 April
Opening 3 March, 8pm

For their debut exhibition at The Courthouse Gallery, artists and filmmakers Kasia Zimnoch and Pawel Kleszczewski exhibit a body of work detailing their most recent animated work, Broken Tale.

The artists create complex worlds of art which include many elements: animation, drawing, painting and prints. Their method of working is based on extensive cultural research of theoretical material which relates to the subject they are working on; they seek legends, myths, local stories, scientific studies.

Their most recent animation, Broken Tale, has been screened at film festivals in Ireland and abroad. It was a finalist in the final of International Visual Arts Festival in Spiracje Szczecin, Poland (2016), and qualified for the 28th International Film Festival in Girona, at Stockholm Fringe Festival (STOFF) in 2016 and the Enniskillen Visual Arts Open (2016).

As part of the exhibitions supporting programme, Kasia Zimnoch & Pawel Kleszczewski are holding a series of animation workshops for people with disabilities and for artists, in conjunction with Clare Arts Office’s EMBRACE Arts and Disability Programme, supported by the Arts Council. For information on the artist’s workshop, visit the event page:

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

Dystopia | Mick Fortune at The Source Arts Centre Gallery

3 March to 29 April

This collaboration between the Goma Gallery of Modern Art in Waterford and The Source Arts Centre, Thurles presents the work of Wexford Artist Mick Fortune who uses video, photography and installation to investigate the relationship between individuals and the spaces in which they exist. With reference to pre-narrative cinema, Jungian psychology and Mythology and the unstructured nature of events, the work intends to allude to the presence of the camera as a mere coincidental event in a recurring cycle of decay.

With a strong emphasis on lighting, Fortune enables the figures to merge into their surroundings, as events seem to unfold and a sense of foreboding is heightened. As a result of this the performers exist in a sense of suspended animation, drifting through the space which takes significance above their existence. The show features several new works from 2017 and is curated by Jenna Whelan and Sandra Kelly of Goma.

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

Asylum Archive | Vukasin Nedeljkovic at Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford

10 February to 8 April 2017  | Opening: 9 February, 7pm
Garter Lane Arts Centre Main Gallery, Waterford

Garter Lane Arts Centre is delighted to present Asylum Archive, an exhibition of photography, artefacts and found objects created by visual artist and researcher Vukašin Nedeljković. Asylum Archive is directly concerned with the everyday realities of asylum seekers in Ireland, drawing on Nedeljković’s personal experience of being an asylum seeker and living in direct provision centres throughout Ireland.
Nedeljković is a visual artist and PhD student at the Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice at Dublin Institute of Technology. He initiated the Asylum Archive as a multidisciplinary project to collaborate with asylum seekers, artists, academics, civil society activists and immigration lawyers, amongst others, with a view to creating an interactive documentary cross-platform online resource which critically brings forward accounts of sociological/geographical displacement, memory loss, trauma, and violence.

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For These Days | Alan Bourke at The Source, Co. Tipperary

1 to 22 February 2017
The Source Arts Centre, Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Alan has a highly distinguishable style, characterised by surreal imagery and intricate detail which leaves the interpretation open to the viewer. This approach means that Alan does not lead the observer to any
particular conclusion, but instead encourages them to find something they identify with, or at least to enjoy the vibrant colours.

The title ‘For These Days’ is inspired by Alan’s journey through the global recession and he hopes that his dynamic work will lend colour to an otherwise ordinary day.

Ray of Light | Gary Kearney at Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford

10 February to 8 April 2017 | opening 9 February, 7pm
Garter Lane Arts Centre, O’Connell Street, Waterford

Garter Lane Arts Centre is delighted to present Ray of Light, an exhibition of cityscapes by Gary Kearney. Kearney’s work examines aspects of the city and urban dwelling- its architecture and how the city space is shaped as vast amounts of information are processed and infinitely altered through our obsession with construction and progression. His work presents a stark vision of the urban environment and of modern society, where humans are absent and yet traces of their presence and impact are felt throughout his work.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 5.30pm and during evening performances.
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Geological Cake | Emerging Irish Artist Residency Award Exhibition, Burren College of Art, Co. Clare

4 to 24 February 2017 | Opening: 3 February, 6pm
The Gallery, Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare

Geological Cake is a joint exhibition between the Burren College of Art and Gallery 126 featuring work by recipients of the 3rd Emerging Irish Artist Residency Award in September of 2016. The opening reception at BCA will include a talk by geologist, Eamon Doyle, from the Burren Geopark. Featured Artists: 1iing Heaney, Alex Holzinger, Fiona Kelly and Dervla Mulcahy.

Geological Cake, constructs ersatz topographies, monuments, edifices and pseudo-geographies. In a fragmentary era where things, both tangible and technological, are fluid and in flux, the work attempts to document, reproduce and reference the Artist’s direct environs. Utilizing discarded, quarried and invisible technological geographies the four artists visually explore historical, geological, psychological and gadgetry debris to construct ley lines in which to navigate a terrain saturated with stuff. Absorbed in the landscape are layers of anthropic intervention within this ancient gateaux.

Contact: Lisa Newman, E:, T: +353 657077200

First View | W.I.T Students at Garter lane Arts Centre

26 to 29 January
2 February to 5 February

Garter lane Arts Centre, in collaboration with Waterford Institute of Technology Department of Creative and Performing Arts is proud to present First View, an exciting visual arts project which offers final year Visual Arts students the experience of installing and exhibiting their own work publicly in a gallery setting.

The concept behind this annual exhibition is to offer students in the final year of their studies the unique opportunity to mount a professional exhibition of their work in the public arena. The students will be exposed to the full process of mounting an exhibition in a professional context. First View is as much a learning environment as it is an exhibition- at this critical juncture in their artistic careers, this project empowers students with the opportunity to learn in a hands-on way about designing promotional materials, working with professional technicians to install their work and promoting their work with local press. They have the chance to build key skills and awareness for success in their artistic careers and develop them in a professional context. For many students, this will be the first time their artwork will be seen publicly so First View presents an exciting glimpse of the emerging talent in Waterford.

First View runs in two phases, with the first group show opening in Garter Lane Arts Centre on Thursday, 26 January at 6.30 pm and continues until Sunday 29. The first exhibition showcases innovative and exciting work in a variety of media by students Anne Tweedy, Thomas Jenkins, Mariana Jarabkova, Kerri-Ann O’ Grady and Clare Scott.

The second group show opens in Garter Lane Arts Centre on Thursday, 2 February at 6.30 pm and continues until Sunday 5 February featuring work by Margaret O’ Neill, Stephanie Harvey, Rory Van Dokkum, Rory Young and Caolain Power.

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

Graduates | Group Show at GOMA Gallery of Modern Art, Waterford

19 January to 23 February 2017
GOMA Gallery of Modern Art (formerly SOMA) 6 Lombard Street, Waterford City

The Graduates is a exhibition consisting of three artists work: Michael Fortune, Maxine McDaid and Marie Lee. The show is curated by two past Graduates of W.I.T Jenna Whelan and Sandra Kelly. Each of the artists displaying their works has recently received BA in Visual Arts from W.I.T and has made new work for the show.


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Aileen Hamilton, Blawnin Clancy and Kaye Maahs Exhibition Openings at The Courthouse Gallery

20 January to 25 February
Opening Friday 20 January, 8pm

The Courthouse Gallery is delighted to welcome Aileen Hamilton, Blawnin Clancy and Kaye Maahs, who each exhibit new and recent work at the Gallery.

Barcelona-based artist Aileen Hamilton will be installing 3D drawings in the main gallery space, as well as showing new works on paper. The show ‘The surrounding water will instantly fill the void’ refers to the futile attempt to dig a hole in sand that is underwater. The surrounding water will instantly fill the emptied spot.

Also showing in the main gallery, Blawnin Clancy’s ‘On the Horizon’ reflects on the ethereal realm of the mist-shrouded islands and outcroppings off the Irish coast. Islands and headlands are seen as profiles beneath the blanket of the stars and glow of the moon. The islands are tangible but yet remain out of reach, sparking our curiosity to discover the unknown.

Exhibiting in the Red Couch Space, emerging artist Kaye Maahs has been living and working in the Burren since 2003, where the local landscape informs her painting practice. In the words of Seamus Heaney, Maahs aims to ‘Uncode all Landscapes’ through recording and resconstructing the everyday rural surroundings she has experienced in Clare and Co Kerry.

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

Female/Mystic | Olivia Furey and Keith Blake at Source Arts Centre, Tipperary

8 December to 21 January
Meet the artists on 13 January in The Source Gallery from 7.30pm as they talk about their work.

Olivia Furey is a visual artist from Co. Sligo, currently living and working in Limerick city. Olivia is interested in DIY punk aesthetics. Olivia has produced an installation of feminist punk zines that are on display in The Source Arts Centre. The zines are inspired by Olivia’s interest in music, contemporary culture and her own opinions as a feminist. The zines consist of a variety of album cover parodies, as well as writings about several different issues in the contemporary music industry such as commercialisation and creativity control issues. Olivia aims for these zines to encourage DIY ethics and independent thinking for contemporary musicians/artists.

Keith Blake lives and works in Co. Tipperary. Blake’s work in Female/Mystic is a reflection on the word ‘rumination’. In an article titled Rethinking Rumination by Susan Nolen-Hoeksema et al that was featured in Perspectives on Psychological Science it is defined as ‘a mode of responding to distress that involves repetitively and passively focusing on symptoms of distress and on the possible causes and consequences of these symptoms.’ Unfortunately, this leads to inertia as opposed to problem-solving. What interests Blake is how the history of the word suggests a correlation between this method of digestion and a cognitive process and how the former is used to elucidate the latter. Blake’s work is concerned with how the corporeal can be adapted and used metaphorically as a means to describe something that is non-concrete. Blake uses the mediums of photography and painting and is interested in what Caroline Wake Bynum calls the ‘somatic quality’ of female mystics and how the body of the female mystic is interpreted.

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