Category: Rest of Ulster.

A Road To The West | Karol Mac Gairbheith at Falcarragh Visitor Centre, Letterkenny

4 to 31 July

After a decade practicing architecture in London Karol returned home with a new found appreciation of the architectural landscape of the west of Donegal. This exhibition is a body of work exploring the beauty of the hidden landscape of Dunfanaghy, Falcarragh, Gweedore, the Rosses, and the islands of Inishbofin and Gola.

Falcarragh Visitor Centre, An tSean Bheairic
Falcarragh, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
T: 074 91 80888

In this time and In this place | Kate Beagan at The Market House, Monaghan

15 June to 30 July

Kate Beagan exhibits a new body of work investigating the theme “In this Time and in this Place” at the Market House, Monaghan.
The exhibition consists of 10 oil paintings depicting rural locations in Co. Monaghan. It is grounded in her knowledge of a county that she has grown up in and returned too after many years.

Capturing the peaceful loneliness of rural Monahan Kate’s landscapes reflect that these places have change little with time.
The subject matter is conveyed with directness, spontaneity and bold expressive strokes applied with various tools and brushes to create paintings that are as tactile as they are expressive.

Arts Office, Market House, Monaghan
T: 047 38162

Landing | Group Show at Donegal Airport

9 to 30 June 2017
Donegal Airport

‘Landing’ is a 3 person show featuring the work of mixed media artist Kim Sharkey, artist and poet Roisin Duffy, and Emily Bazeley who works with natural collage.
The exhibition will be held in the unusual venue of Donegal Airport, which was recently voted the second most scenic Landing on the planet, and is situated in the heart of the Gaeltacht.

For further information contact Roisin Duffy on 087 9145416

At Sea | Lisa McGill at An Grianan Theatre, Co. Donegal

3 March to 17 June 2017
An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

‘At Sea’ is a solo exhibition by seascape artist, Lisa McGill. As a young girl, Lisa spent several summers on Rutland Island off the coast of Donegal, the island of her forbears, so she likes to believe that this explains the tug of the sea. She regularly spends time painting on the now uninhabited island.

For further details, contact An Grianan, +353 74 912 3288/ 074 912 0777


Naturama | Melissa Doran at Theatre Arts Centre, Monaghan

31 March to 25 May 2017
Theatre Arts Centre Castleblayney, Monaghan

Naturama is an exhibition by Melissa Doran at Íontas Theatre Arts Centre Castleblayney, Monaghan.
Featuring limited edition archival pigment ink prints based on illustrations from the bestselling Naturama book, written by Michael Fewer and illustrated by Melissa Doran (Gill Books).
The illustrations depict scenes of Irish wildlife, and are created with a combination of hand drawing and digital collage. Exhibition Reception on Thursday May 4th from 7pm.

For more info email

Safarnama | Amna Kiran at Johnston Central Library, Cavan

17 April to 5 May
17 April, 4pm: official launch by Fergal Curtin, Cathaoirleach, Cavan County Council and guest speaker Andrea Connolly.

As part of the Cruinniú na Cásca national day of culture, to be held on Easter Monday, 17 April, Cavan County Council and Cavan County Library Service will host ‘Safarnama’, an exhibition by Amna Kiran, at Johnston Central Library, Cavan Town.

‘Safarnama’ is a collection of paintings that capture images of the artist’s journey from her native Pakistan to her adopted home in Cavan, Ireland. She thinks of the work as “my heart, my fellow traveller” and describes ‘Safarnama’ as “mostly conceptual, figurative and architectural in nature”.

The artist constantly seeks to assimilate new influences in her work and to develop in maturity through travel and life experience.

The artist has a Masters Degree in Related Arts from the University of Punjab in Pakistan. She has lived in Cavan for eight years and during this time she has worked at The Moth Studio. She has participated in group shows as part of Rianta during Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann and is a member of Solas Art Gallery, Ballinamore, where she has exhibited.

30 Years, Artists, Places | Group Exhibition at An Gailearai Donegal

8 April to 19 May
Opening Saturday 8 April, 8pm

One of the most significant exhibitions of Irish artists in recent years, 30 Years, Artists, Places marks 30 years since Local Authorities embarked on providing for the arts locally, featuring 30 artists and 30 places.

Renowned artists such as Tony O’Malley, Alice Maher, Robert Ballagh, John Kindness, Norah McGuiness, Sean McSweeney, Sean Lynch and John Shinnors alongside emerging artists Cora Cummins, Cleary Connolly, Lisa Fingleton, Jenny Brady, Vanessa Lopez and David Stephenson and many others feature in the exhibition, which is being funded by The Arts Council.

A Portrait of this Region | Johanna Nulty at Townhall Cavan Arts Space

8 to 29 April
Opening Saturday 8 April, 7pm

The first solo exhibition by emerging artist Johanna Nulty at Townhall Cavan Arts Space opening on Saturday 8th April 2017. The exhibition will be opened by leading Irish visual artist Aideen Barry.

Local artist Johanna Nulty invites you to join her for the opening of her first solo show titled “A Portrait of the Region”. In this exhibition Nulty presents a series of sculptural assemblages made from an assortment of items collected from people in her hometown of Cavan. Each artwork is titled with a local Cavan surname. Taking Objects as signifiers of how we live Nulty explores the potential of these objects together to form “Multiple personas”. By re-configuring household goods into abstract or figurative forms, she liberates them from being functional objects and allows them to develop new identities in unfamiliar settings.

Johanna Nulty will exhibit “A Portrait of the Region” at Cavan for three weeks in April 2017 with an opening event on Saturday 8 April continuing on till 29 April 2017. She has selected artist Sally O’Dowd as mentor and curator for this show. Bullock Lane Residency is an initiative of Cavan County Council arts office and supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Townhall Cavan Arts Space
Townhall Street, Cavan,
Co. Cavan
T: (049) 436 5441

Objectecture | Kevin McLaughlin at Artlink, Co. Donegal

22 to 29 March 2017
Artlink Fort Dunree, Co. Donegal

Artlink presents ‘Objectecture’ a selection of works by Kevin McLaughlin.

‘Objectecture’ is an exhibition of sculptural works that showcases for the first time McLaughglin’s long term engagement with assemblage, constructions and found objects. This body of work seeks to draw on and explore overlooked aspects of non-typical sculptural materials. The coded energy and kinetic dynamics of certain materials in certain forms and configurations is undeniable and it is these physical characteristics that highlight the desirability of utilising such materials to articulate space and ideas. Some of these sculptures have been ‘in process’ for up to 8 years.

Opening hours: Daily 10.30am to  4.30pm,  Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4.30pm

In the beginning was water | Kasia Zimnoch and Pawel Kleszczewski on Residency at Townhall Cavan

6 December to 24 March

“In the beginning was Water”, this is the title of new work by Konik artists, Kasia Zimnoch and Pawel Kleszczewski as part of their Bullock Lane Residency at Townhall, Cavan.

The artists are working on an animation project researching Irish legends and stories relating to water. With Cavan’s prolific lakes and soft Irish climate water is an obvious theme for the Cavan based Polish artists. The animation will be based in the Marble Arch Caves and the artists are working on storyboards and backgrounds.

“We visited the Marble Arch Caves at the end of the summer and we were enchanted and fascinated by its beauty. We want to show some of the famous crystal formation and stalactites in our story. With the help of Cavan Public Participation Network and Daniel Downey we met with the “Golden Oldies”. We listened to their stories and we have selected the Salmon of Knowledge and the Shannon Pot, the beginning of the River Shannon for our animation”.

This year the artists have travelled extensively promoting “Broken Tale” animation which they launched in Cavan as part of Culture Night 2016.

Broken Tale has featured in film and animation festivals including: 34th International Young Audience Film Festival ALE KINO! Poznan, Poland, the InShadow Festival Lisbon, the Clones Film Festival, Baboró – International Arts Festival for Children, Galway, Stockholm Fringe Festival STOFF 2016, International Visual Arts Competition inSPIRACJE, Szczecin, Poland. It has also received screenings at Australian Fairy Tales Society Conference and Beltane Fire Festival Edinburgh, Scotland.

The artists have made connections in the arts world in the host venues that they have visited and are hoping to further this international dimension of their work with the quintessential Cavan animation “In the beginning was Water”.

Bullock Lane Residency is an initiative of Cavan County Council arts office and support by the Arts Council.

Perspectives on Empathy | Sinéad Smyth at The Garden of Reflection, Derry~Londonderry

27 February to 1 March
Opening Monday 27 February, 6pm

A series of contemporary paintings by Donegal/Derry artist Sinéad Smyth. A collection of work including portraits based on individuals who have worked towards change and transformation (1916-2016). Individuals with strong vision and beliefs who influenced the cultural and political development of the island of Ireland at both local and national levels.

Other works include other portraits and abstract paintings based on ideas of perception and empathy relating to displacement, change and transformation affecting personal ego and global developments.

The Garden of Reflection
Bishop Street,
T: +44 (0) 28 71261941

Perspectives on Empathy | Sinead Smyth at Artlink, Donegal

20 to 24 February

A series of contemporary paintings by Donegal/Derry artist Sinéad Smyth. A collection of work including portraits based on individuals who have worked towards change and transformation (1916-2016). Individuals with strong vision and beliefs who influenced the cultural and political development of the island of Ireland at both local and national levels.

Other works include other portraits and abstract paintings based on ideas of perception and empathy relating to displacement, change and transformation affecting personal ego and global developments.

Fort Dunree, Co. Donegal
T: 0838696513

Dotti Was A Deer Gallery and Studio Launch Exhibiton

dotti-was-a-deer3 to 22 December

Dotti Was A Deer is a unique collection of lighthearted illustrative textile and paper prints by Jackie O’Neill. Saturday 3 December will be a celebration and offical gallery launch where you can enjoy some delicious mulled wine, a 20% discount on all prints and a 10% discount on all framed prints and textiles.

Dotti Was A Deer Gallery and Studio will open every Thursday and Friday 10am to 7pm and every Saturday 10am to 5.30pm.

Bridge St, Cavan
(Upstairs from Hallmark Cards, formerly Sloweys TV)

Michelle Boyle at Townhall Cavan Arts Space,Co. Cavan

cedarwood-road16 November to 3 December 2016 | Opening: 12 November , 7pm
Townhall Cavan Arts Space, Townhall St, Co. Cavan

‘In my father’s house there are many rooms’ an exhibition by Michelle Boyle at Townhall Cavan Arts Space.

Michelle Boyle is a visual artist based in Garryross, Virginia where she works between her studio beside the family home and the Blackchurch studios in Dublin. Boyle works in both oil and watercolours and her exhibition ‘In my father’s house there are many rooms’ is her first solo show in Cavan. This show forms the basis of a developing body of work that draws on issues around love and loss. The work touches on things remembered and re-imagined from the artist’s childhood as well as more recent themes that arose during a Residency in India earlier this year where her natural father is from.

Alongside the personal works she will be showing an ongoing series of small paintings on wood called ‘Incidental Icons’. These are painted from newspaper images of anonymous people caught up in war or conflict. It is the artists attempt to spend time with, and consider, these people whose nameless faces pass through our lives relentlessly every-day.

The artist will do 3 Artist’s Talks during the exhibition, contact Townhall Cavan Arts Space for details.

Gallery hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm
T: 049 436 5441 | |

Ireland’s Minority – is anyone listening? | Mike Stone at Johnston Centre Library, Cavan

mike-stone19 to 28 October

An exhibition of portraits by Mike Stone taking pace at the Johnston Centre Library, Cavan.

This exhibition is a unique collection of Portraits of Traveller men, women and children. It is part of the work of the Extern Travller Network raising awareness on Mental Health in the Travller Community.

Ita Madden, co-ordinator of the Extern Traveller Network works with the community. Ita speaking about the exhibition says ” this is an important exhibition because the Traveller Community allowed Mike Stone to capture them in their homes, with their families and experience the reality of their lives. I am very grateful to the families who gave us that access. I really hope that people come along to see this work. It was a great pleasure for me to work with Mike Stone on this exhibition and I have for many years worked to build confidence with members of the Traveller Community and I am grateful for their enthusiasm for this work.”

This exhibition is available to tour and contacts can be made with Ita Madden through the Extern Traveller Network.

Loose Ends | Willie Doherty at Earagail Arts Festival 2016

Willie Doherty10 July to 24 September

Loose Ends is a new commission by Willie Doherty exploring how people, events and places associated with the 1916 Easter Rising are remembered and imagined today. The Easter Rising and the subsequent partition of Ireland have had an obvious influence on Willie Doherty’s life and work.

The political charged terrain of Derry City is a central and recurring theme of his work, as is the landscape of neighboring County Donegal. The work builds on Doherty’s interest in the relationship between landscape and memory. The project explores if a residual response to these events continues to be played out and how the voices and actions of one generation resonate in the unconscious of another.

Exhibition will be touring to Kerlin Gallery Dublin and Matt’s Gallery London

Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny
46 Port Rd, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Aground | Centenary Programme Exhibition Event, Donegal

screen-shot-2016-09-08-at-15-56-4016 and 17 of September 2016
Masonic Hall/ Sea Scout Den, Moville, Donegal

Aground is a visual arts exhibition and event taking place in Moville on September 16th and 17th as part of the Donegal 2016: Cultural Expression programme. The artworks on show include sculpture, photographs, drawings and writings. Themes and subjects range from Erskine Childers’ propaganda press and marine warfare, to ‘native’ flora and plants, narratives of map-making and a sculptural ‘Ladder’.

Aground has been produced by LOCI Artists’ Group, formed in 2014 by five women working in visual art, research and writing. Our core shared interests are notions of belonging and the complex relationships between place and identity.

Friday: Aground Arts Workshop with LOCI artists and members of the Sea Scout troop(name) in Moville. The artwork produced by the young people will be displayed in the exhibition on Saturday 17 September.
Saturday 11.00am Aground exhibition open until 5pm. Artists will be available to give a tour/talk throughout the day. Admission free and all welcome.
Saturday 3.00pm Aground Open discussion with the artists Bryonie Reid, Rachel Glynn, Siun Hanrahan, Amanda McKittrick, Mhairi Sutherland and invited speaker Martin Lynch, local historian and cultural guide. Admission free and all are welcome.

Venue: Moville and Family District Resource Centre, Moville

Of Land and Sea | Sinead Smyth at Tullyarvan Mil, Co. Donegal

22 to 26 August 2016 | Opening: 21 August, 6.30pm
Tullyarvan Mill, Mill Ln, Ballymacarry, Buncrana, Co. Donegal

‘Of land and sea’ is a solo exhibition by Inishowen artist Sinead Smyth. Smyth paints primarily in oils, creating portraits and landscapes which interpret the energy of the land. Smyth is largely self-taught, painting and drawing since childhood, she has spent time studying and working with several professional artists.

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Mark II – Insiders and Outsiders | Artlink Members’ Show 2016

artlink25 to 25 August | Opening Reception Friday 5th August, 6pm

Artlink are pleased to announce that they will be hosting their second annual Members’ Show at the Saldanha Suite at Fort Dunree. This year’s exhibition by curator, researcher and 126 Board Member Lucy Elvis, has “Insiders and Outsiders” as its theme.

Outsiders can be lovers of nature, those who are drawn to the wilds, but equally those who place themselves or are placed at the fringes. Resistant to the prevailing forces of society the outsider is romanticised, excluded and pitted inevitably against those on the inside. Insiders and outsiders are often contrasted as urban as opposed to rural, as convention against non-conformism, as those that belong and those on the fringes.

Artlink membership has a national reach. This year’s exhibition has a diverse range of submissions that explores the theme of insiders and outsiders in a variety of contexts and mediums.

Saldanha Suite, Fort Dunree, Buncrana
T: +353 (0)74 9363469

Group Show at Eragail Arts Festival 2016

eragail201615 to 17 July

A host of Donegal’s creative talent gather together to breathe new life into an unused commercial building in Letterkenny. Taking over a Town Centre Building on Justice Walsh Road, artists and designers turn the space into a hub of creativity, showcasing the work of some of the county’s best talent. The exhibition will bring together over 50 of Donegal’s creative entrepreneurs across a wide range of disciplines, including music, fine art, sculpture, film-making, graphic design, illustration, fashion design, ceramics and wood-turning. Live demonstrations by exhibition artists daily.

Dr Scally Place, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal