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Iontaisi an tSaoil / Living Wonders | Artworks and Public Art Workshops in Spiddal, Co Galway   Recently updated !

30 June to 2 July

Ealaíontóirí: Dan Ó Flatharta, Lelia Ní Chathmhaoil, Nuala Ní Fhlathúin agus Andrea Rossi.
Taispeántas ealaíne nua-chumtha agus ceardlanna ealaíne sa bpobal le linn Féile Traidphicnic, Spidéal, Co na Gaillimhe! Bígí linn i gcomhair ealaín faoin aer, físeán coincheapúil, fírinní malartachta, taos súgartha, ainmhithe cainteacha, grá i measc an athchúrsáil agus go leor eile! Tógann an togra uaillmhianach seo inspioráid ón dán cáiliúil ‘Cúl An Tí’ le Seán Ó Riordáin agus rúndiamhair an ghnáth shaol. Is téama oscailte é seo, ag tarraingt aird ar an splanc chruthaítheach sa saol laethúil, sa smaoineamh fánach, agus sa nath coitianta. Le linn an togra tugadh cuireadh do chearthar físealaíontóir comhaimseartha atá lonnaithe go háítiúil teacht le chéile thar thréimse 3 mhí le saothair nua a chruthú do Fhéile Traidphicnic. Eolas: 0872270006 /


Artists: Dan Ó Flatharta, Lelia Ní Chathmhaoil, Nuala Ní Fhlathúin and Andrea Rossi
New contemporary artworks and public art workshops during Féile Traidphicnic in Spiddal, Co Galway. Join us for art in the open air, conceptual film, alternative facts, play dough installations, talkative animals, and true love found amidst inventive recycling. And much, much more! This ambitious project takes inspiration from the poem ‘Cúl An Tí’ by Seán Ó Riordáin and its evocation of the many wonders of daily life. Iontaisí an tSaoil / Living Wonders is an open-ended theme suggesting the creative potential inherent in everyday situations, stray thoughts and familiar phrases.
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Two Step | Juliet Ball + Cormac O’Neill at Oughterard Courthouse, Co. Galway

29 June to 9 July 2017
Oughterard Courthouse, Co. Galway

Two Step is an exhibition of pottery and painting by Juliet Ball and Cormac O’Neill who have been working side by side and sometimes collaborating for many moons.
Both have exhibited in Ireland and abroad but this is the first time they are to exhibit side by side so close to home. Juliet, of Cloonmore Pottery, works in high fired stoneware and porcelain, specializing in smoke fired stoneware, and Cormac paints, usually non figuratively, large and small, in various media.

13 | Group Exhibition at The Courthouse, Kinvara

1 to 10 July
Opening 30 June, 7pm

13 is an exhibition of paintings by 7 emerging artists who graduated from GMIT (Galway Mayo Institute of Technology – Cluain Mhuire campus) in May 2017 with a BA in Fine Art.

The artist are Penny Cahill, Rachel Coyne, Marie Cunningham, Carmel Daly, Carol Feeney, Joan Finnegan and Mary Fuller. The exhibition will be hosted by Kinvara Area Visual Arts (KAVA) and is showing in The Courthouse, Kinvara.

For further details contact Rachel at

KAVA – Kinvara Area Visual Arts
The Old Courthouse, Kinvara
Co. Galway

Kathryn Crowley at Secret Garden Cafe, Galway

9 June to 7 July

“In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing”. ~Robert Ingersoll.

Kathryn Crowley presents a new body of paintings, photography, drawing and sculpture at the Secret Garden Cafe, Galway.
Following her father’s death because of a hit-and-run driver in December 2016, the songwriter/artist found herself unable to make music, so started painting.  A few months later she broke her ankle and spent 3 months in isolation.

In an attempt to cope with her injuries, stay sane and avoid whiskey, Kathryn decided that colour therapy was one way to start alchemising her emotions.

Kathryn is also blogging her exhibition. Read the stories behind the pictures, see her images and order art, from 9 June at

The Secret Garden
4 William St West,

In Real Time | Erin Hagan, Michael Hanna and Dave Loder at 126 Artist Run Gallery

15 June to 2 July

Engage Art Studios and 126 Artist Run Gallery are please to present In Real Time, an exhibition of work by Erin Hagan, Michael Hanna and Dave Loder, curated by Nuala Ní Fhlathúin at 126 Artist Run Gallery, Galway.

This exhibition dwells deeply in time; work that draws on playful binaries and real time judgements, and a slow echoing consideration of language, materiality and meaning in the present moment. Some of these works originated as art projects in public spaces, in far off locations, and are re-presented as documents and traces. Others are constructed in the 126 gallery space and embody an intuitive sculptural response to here and now.

In Real Time is part of a collaborative exchange project between Engage Art Studios, Galway and Platform Arts, Belfast in which Engage member Nuala Ní Fhlathúin curates Erin Hagan, Michael Hanna and Dave Loder who are all members of Platform Arts. It a continues the long standing partnership between Engage and 126 Artist-Run Gallery. The second leg of this project will be an exhibition of Engage members in Belfast in October 2017.

126 Artist-Run Gallery
19 St Bridgets Place,
The Hidden Valley,
Woodquay, Galway
T: 0864491366

Becoming Christine | Amanda Dunsmore at Galway Arts Centre

27 May to 9 July, 2017
Opening by Dr. Lydia Foy Friday 26 May, 6pm
Artist talk and exhibition tour: 27 May, 2pm

Becoming Christine by Amanda Dunsmore in partnership with Christine Beyon is a multi-media and ‘selfie’ portrait exhibition, curated by Liz Burns and has an accompaning publication; Becoming Christine.

The ‘selfies’ follow Christine Beynon’s journey and transition over the past 12 years – to becoming a woman. These self portraits range in tone from the painful, to the playful, from the mundane to the contemplative to the joyful. The immersive sound installation and narrated artwork was a result of a collaborative partnership between the artist and Christine Beynon. Over the year Amanda recorded a series of conversation between herself and Christine – where Christine described her journey to becoming a woman. ‘I had a dress at eleven, I used to play with dolls and things like that, I had a dress, it was like a black sequin dress, one of the aunts, gave me this dress and said ‘go put that on and give us a twirl’ and they all laughed at me, and I took it off and that was the last time somebody saw me in a dress until I came out in 2006….’ Christine 2013.

The artist Amanda Dunsmore filmed a new video portrait of Christine to accompany the sound installation, photographs and publication. Video portraiture has been an artistic methodology developed by Dunsmore over 10 years as part of her ongoing Keeper project, which documents key moments in recent Northern Ireland history and its political figures. These intimate silent video portraits developed by Dunsmore are based on the artist’s interest in re configuring the boundaries of portraiture.

Galway Arts Centre
47 Lower Dominick Street, Galway
T: (091) 565 886

The Seabirds of Salthill | Helen Caird at Galway Atlantaquaria

Exhibition launch Saturday 20 May, 1pm

The project, by Helen Caird, aims to encourage people to appreciate the diversity of wildlife along the shore of Salthill and promote birdwatching along its route.

The exhibition will be on permanent display at the Galway Atlantaquaria.

Galway Atlantaquaria
The Promenade
Galway, Ireland
T: (091) 585 100

Fleeting | Laura Kelly at 126 Artist-Run Gallery, Galway

13 to 28 May 2017
126 Artist-Run Gallery, 15 St Bridget’s Place, Galway

Laura Kelly’s process-based practice is focused on making an expanded form of drawing. Her constructed drawing installations move between the wall and floor and are constituted from a variety of ephemeral materials – including paper, wood, thread, graphite and tape – and incorporate both 2- and 3d elements.

For this exhibition, she has created two new works. Both works allude to an ambiguous and dislocated sense of place. Informing her work is a broad range of reference points ranging from the pictorial landscape tradition, the nature of perception, mark-making and the creation of illusion to Japanese spatial aesthetics. This current work is the continuation of a series begun during a Winter Residency in The Banff Centre, Canada in 2016.

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Christopher Banahan at the Kenny Gallery, Galway

21 April to 19 May 2017
The Kenny Gallery, Liosbán Retail Park, Tuam Road, Galway

‘Galway 4040 / Remains of Us’ by Christopher Banahan Road is an imaginary retrospective view of Galway by archaeologists in 4040 , who re-discover fragmented portrait remnants of iconic Galway people from today.
Their identity is lost and the future archivists have to name the people in the portraits and imagine what life’s they lead. Therefore the exhibition focuses on identity and how we judge people on first appearance rather than really knowing them, as unknown citizens are mingled with the famous.

brainchild I Members Show, 126 Artist-Run Gallery, Galway

21 April to 7 May 2017
126 Artist-Run Gallery, 15 St Bridget’s Place, Galway

‘brainchild’ is the 126 Artist-Run Gallery’s 10th Annual members’ show, which will be held in both 126 Gallery in Galway and The Western Carolina University (WCU) Fine Art Museum, USA. This exhibition is particularly exciting as we will also offer one of our members a month-long residency opportunity at WCU in October of this year.

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Out There | KAVA at The Courthouse Kinvara, Co. Galway

29 April to 14 May 2017 | Opening: 28 April, 7.30pm
At The Courthouse, Kinvara, Co. Galway

‘Out There’ is a new KAVA exhibition from three Kinvara painters, Pam Fleming, Marian Coady and Rosaleen Tanham, all graduates of GMIT. The paintings are their individual response to the outside world and are very diverse in both style and emotion.
Opening with Seamus McGuinness

Gallery hours: Daily, 11am to 6pm

Hilary Morley at Murrays Nile Lodge, Galway

13 April to 5 May 2017
Murrays Nile Lodge, Galway

Murrays Nile Lodge will host ‘Knocknacarra: Living on the Edge’  a solo show by Hilary Morley.
In this exhibition Morley seeks to capture the magic of the Galway suburb of Knocknacarra through a series of small paintings, drawings and collage works. Hilary Morley recently graduated with a BA in Fine Art from GMIT. This is her first solo exhibition.

Anseo is Ansiud | Angeline Cooke at Renzo Gallery Café, Galway

14 March to 18 April 2017
Renzo Gallery Café, Eyre Street, Galway

Anseo is Ansiud – Here and There, the second solo exhibition by Galway artist Angeline Cooke.
Cooke’s preferred medium is watercolour, but in this exhibition she rediscovers oils and painting on silk. Her subjects are Galway and the natural and cultural heritage of the west of Ireland, as well as places she has visited while on holidays abroad.  Proceeds from sales of the works will go towards the Irish Kidney Association Galway Branch and to the Dialysis Arts Programme, Merlin Park Hospital.

Blackout | Niall Walsh at Galway City Gallery

17 March to 6 April 2017 | Opening: 16 March, 6pm
Galway City Gallery, 15 New Dock Street, Galway

Galway City Gallery presents ‘Blackout’, a selection of new work by Niall Walsh.
‘Blackout’ is a collection of wall mounted sculptures, using a combination of textured carbonized wood, berries, paint and pins. The berry works are an ode to winter, the works with images are a study of elements of modernism, and the title work ‘black-out’ is a combination of the two, with contemporary political reference.

Gallery opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm
T: +353 (0)86 0665756, E:

The Last WIlderness | Cecilia Danell at Galway Arts Centre

10 March to 19 April 2017
Galway Arts Centre, 47 Domnick St, Galway

In a post-nature future the unconscious mind will be the last wilderness.
Galway Arts Centre presents ‘The Last Wilderness’,  a solo exhibition by Cecilia Danell. Cecilia Danell (b.1985) is a Swedish artist based in Galway since 2004. While regarding painting as her main medium, her work is multifaceted and also utilises experimental film, installation and photography. The starting point for this body of work was a residency at the Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale, Norway in early 2016 and her proposition: “In a post-nature future, the human mind will be the last wilderness”. Influenced by Jungian psychology, existentialism and Utopian/Dystopian science fiction, Danell’s work uses landscape as a metaphor for the exploration of the human psyche. By experiencing and documenting the Scandinavian landscape on foot she explores ideas about wilderness and solitude and how the yearning for an authentic life may be no more than a construct. Exhibition opened by Sue Rainsford.

The Last Wilderness will also tour to The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick on Shannon in 2017.
Artist Talk: 2pm Saturday 25th March, admission free, no booking required.

Galway Arts Centre
47 Lower Dominick Street, Galway
T: (091) 565 886

Birgit Lochmann at Town Hall Theatre, Galway

11 March to 10 April 2017 | Opening: 10 March, 5.30
Town Hall Theatre, Courthouse Square, Galway

Town Hall Theatre presents an exhibition of new paintings by Birgit Lochmann.
This solo show showcases the latest oil paintings produced by Lochmann in the last 3 years. Curated and hosted by artist Margaret Nolan.
Cllr Nial McNelis will be the guest speaker at the launch.

Imagining Galway | Galway Print Studio Artists at the Arts Corridor, UHG

17 February to 20 April

Featured artists: Norah Brennan, Shane Crotty, Mike Davoren, Mary Geeleher, Louise Hynes, Vanessa Jordan, Pauline Kane, Ger O’Brien, Brendan O’Sullivan, Heidi Reich, Mary Ryan, Elena Santos and Serena Slevin and gmit 2016 bursary winner Gerry Fahy.

In August 2016, Galway Print Studio was honored to have been selected to represent Ireland at Euro Celtic Art 2016, part of the 46th Festival Interceltique de Lorient in Brittany. The exhibition, entitled Imagining Galway, featured the work of 13 artists from Galway Print Studio and celebrated the status of Galway as a place of creativity and imagination.

Thanks to Galway University Hospital Arts Trust and Arts Director, Margaret Flannery, this exhibition will be displayed in the Arts Corridor of Galway University Hospital.

Galway Print Studio’s participation in Euro Celtic Art 2016, at the 46th Festival Interceltique de Lorient, was a clear indication of the strong cultural links between Lorient and Galway.

As an artist collective with a passion for print, Galway Print Studio aims to enhance, encourage and support a stronger printmaking community in Galway and the West of Ireland.

Galway Print Studio
Ballybane Enterprise Centre, Galway.
T: +353 91 773759

Between Dog and Wolf | Group Exhibition at Galway Arts Centre

27 January to 4 March

Emma Finn | Hannah Fitz | Helen Mac Mahon | Nicos Nicolaou | Karen Roulstone | Anna Spearman | Rory Tangney

Galway Arts Centre is delighted to present its new group exhibition Between Dog and Wolf. For this exhibition, seven artists were asked to respond to its title with existing work or with works in progress.

The title of the exhibition Between Dog and Wolf refers to the French phrase “L’heure entre chien et loup” and is seen to describe several different things. It can refer to the twilight or gloaming hour when transformation can happen; people can take risks, adopt different characteristics or turn from one form into another. When something is vague, unclear or unknown as to be mistaken for something else; i.e. a dog can be mistaken for a wolf, or vice versa. As well as that, when it can be hard to tell the difference between things, i.e. dogs and wolves, friends and foes. It’s not because one has turned into the other, but that the differences have been hidden so only similarities remain, giving a distorted perception. Curator Maeve Mulrennan was also interested in how the phrase relates time and light to the animal kingdom and the body.

Galway Arts Centre
47 Lower Dominick Street, Galway
T: (091) 565 886

Photography Exhibition at Loughrea School of Art

3 to 10 February

Loughrea School of Art presents an exhibition of work by the beginners photography class tutored by Mairead Cunningham. The exhibition represents the culmination of work from each of the students over the last few months as they have practiced and developed their passion for photography.

Themes explored in the work include nature, changing seasons and the quiet beauty of local areas in east Co. Galway.

Loughrea School of Art
58A Main Street,
T: (091) 841 886

#deadboycatfilmsexyselfiesuccessquotesgalway | Sebastian Mügge at 126 Artist-Run Gallery

19 January to 5 February
Opening 19 January, 6pm

Swedish/German artist Sebastian Mügge has been filling the walls of 126 with a large-scale composite drawing, made of your social media posts and submitted pictures.

His large-scale charcoal drawing is the first of series of exhibitions, talks, online works and workshops as part of our year-long interrogation of contemporary drawing.

Sebastian Mügge (b. 1981 in Bonn, DE) is a German-Swedish interdisciplinary artist based in Umeå, SE. He received his MFA from Umeå Academy of Fine Arts in 2011.

He works in the intersection of painting, drawing, found objects, sculpture and installation. Alternating these mediums to find something which might connect these means of expression so they can become just one body of work- integration instead of segregation. These projects, mostly based on expanding collections, can result in research-oriented and expressive site-specific, often monumental sculptural pieces. In his experimental approach the sensual aspect is crucial as its function is to get the viewer emotionally involved in the artwork, and furthermore stimulate his intellectual curiosity.

His work consists of recycling/sampling of ephemeral materials and carefully selected objects which are ready to be integrated in his art projects. He likes to play with historical and every day references, mixtures of cultural backgrounds and art historical quotations. Through his practice he is exploring the performative aspect of studio production where a dialogue between the systematic and the open-ended is created.

126 Artist-Run Gallery
19 St Bridgets Place,
The Hidden Valley,
Woodquay, Galway
T: 0864491366