Category: Connaught – Galway


Through A Glass Darkly | Margaret O’Brien at Galway Arts Centre

11 August to 9 September
The exhibition will open on 11 August, 6pm. The same evening, Margaret O’Brien in collaboration with two contemporary dancers will present Be-ing, a free performance in Nuns Island Theatre.

Margaret O’Brien works with installation and sculpture using a variety of materials and methodologies including electrical currents, live sound, light, moving image and kinetics. Her approach is not prescriptive, and involves an experimental use of materials that disturb a pre-existing or familiar relationship to the object, for example chimney brushes, copper piping and neon tubing. With strong sensitivities to gallery site and context, O’Brien develops immersive installations as a means of connecting materially, physically and psychologically to a space, whilst challenging passive modes of viewing in the audience. O’Brien draws on the physical and psychological relationship of the viewer to the environment and manipulates the psyche in an immediate, involuntary response to the work.

On Friday 11 August Margaret O’Brien will present Be-ing, a free live dance performance with Eve Rogers and Elizabeth Clarke that marks a new departure in her practice. The 6 minute performance will run at 6.45pm and 7.45pm. Through repetition and the reflexive structure of Be-ing, the piece explores philosophical ideas of time, space and self, using flash lighting and the movement of dance. The work produces after-images on the retina of the viewer that are equally as present and compelling as the brief moments the live scene is illuminated and perceived.

Galway Arts Centre
47 Lower Dominick Street, Galway
T: (091) 565 886
E: info@galwayartscentre.ie
W: galwayartscentre.ie/ga


Dark Night of the Soul | Ana Maria Pacheco at Galway International Arts Festival 2017

17 to 30 July

Ana Maria Pacheco looks fearlessly into the dark heart of humanity and seeks out the light. This powerful solo exhibition by the Brazilian–born artist features major works that have rightly brought her international critical and popular acclaim.

Ana Maria Pacheco is a painter, sculptor and printmaker who was born in Brazil in 1943 and has lived in England since 1973. The first non–European associate artist of the National Gallery, London, Pacheco’s nineteen figure installation Dark Night of the Soul [pictured here] was inspired by her time in residence there.

Pacheco encourages the viewer to get close to her figures and exploits the respective scale of each to challenge the audience’s physical and moral equilibrium. Her work deals with issues of control and the exercise of power, drawing upon the tensions between the old world of Europe and the new world of her Brazilian birth and looks unflinchingly upon the perilous world we encounter.

Backstage at the Festival
Gallery talk with the artist, 18 July, 2pm

Festival Gallery
Market St
Galway
www.giaf.ie/events/anamariapacheco


Golden Record | Group Exhibition at Galway Arts Centre for GAIF 2017

17 to 30 July

The Voyager Golden Records, created to go on board Voyagers 1 & 2, contained recordings varying from two people kissing to mathematical equations. This group exhibition looks at our need to record, document and create objects in order to make sense of the world and our place within it.

Featured artists include Dorothy Cross, Laura de Búrca, Ed Devane, Jane Locke, Susan MacWilliam, Lucy McKenna, Suzanne Mooney, Lorraine Neeson, Paul Nugent, Niamh O’Malley, Richard Proffitt and Jennifer Walshe.

Curated by Maeve Mulrennan.

Galway Arts Centre
47 Lower Dominick Street, Galway
T: (091) 565 886
E: info@galwayartscentre.ie
W: galwayartscentre.ie/ga


Impressions | Group Exhibition at Galway International Arts Festival 2017

17 to 30 July

Impressions 2017 represents all that is happening in the print world right now providing a unique platform for emerging and established artists including some of the biggest names in Irish contemporary art.

Presented in collaboration with the Centre for Creative Arts and Media and Galway Print Studio.

Curated by artist Jason Hicklin.

Centre for the Creative Arts and Media,
GMIT
www.giaf.ie/events/impressions-open-biennale


Inscriptions | Ailbhe Ní Bhriain at Galway International Arts Festival 2017

Ailbhe Ní Bhriain is a Cork–based artist who works with film and photography.

The photographic series Inscriptions combines imagery from a number of different sources, referencing museum artefacts, expansive landscapes and studio debris.

The work takes its starting point from a text by Samuel Quiccheberg entitled Inscriptions of the Immense Theatre. This is the earliest published text on museology and outlines the methods for the collection and categorisation of objects, images and artefacts from across the world.

Backstage at the Festival
Gallery talk with the artist, 19 July, 2pm

Festival Gallery,
Market Street,
Galway
www.giaf.ie/events/ailbhenibhriain


After The Raft of Medusa | John Beard at Galway International Arts Festival 2017

17 to 30 July

John Beard’s version of The Raft of the Medusa allows one to comprehend the Romantic grandeur and powerful beauty of the great masterpiece by Theodore Géricault which hangs in the Louvre, Paris.

Géricault’s painting depicts the horrifying fate of sailors dying on a raft after the shipwreck of the French frigate Medusa off the West African coast 200 years ago, in July 1816.

For GIAF 2017, the artist is creating a second much darker, life–size mirrored version of the work which will hang, at adistance of 30 meters, opposite his painting After The Raft of the Medusa. The installation of both of Beard’s enormous works evokes questions of the viewer about aspects of reality, illusion, imagination and memory.

Backstage at the Festival
Gallery talk with the artist, 17 July, 2pm

The Shed,
Galway Docks
www.giaf.ie/events/johnbeard


Can We Ever Really See Each Other? | Nicola Gunwhy at Galway International Arts Festival 2017

17 to 30 July

Nicola Gunwhy was born in Liverpool. Alongside her own development as an artist, she trained as a Clinical Psychologist, completing her Doctorate on children’s experiences of illness.

In this exhibition of photography and installation, she draws upon her personal and professional experience of chronic health conditions, to examine the intersection between arts and health.

University Gallery
Galway
www.giaf.ie/events/nicola-gunwhy


Solar Pavilion / Flag | John Gerrard at Galway International Arts Festival 2017

17 to 30 July

Galway International Arts Festival premieres four newly commissioned art works by John Gerrard one of Ireland’s most celebrated international artists.

Featuring the rivers Amazon, Danube, Nile and Yangtze, each computer simulation introduces a portrait of a small section of each river, integrating the buildings and flora on the riverbanks as visible reflections. At the centre of the scene is a gasoline spill – accurately refracting the light to create a vivid prismatic field, endlessly changing shape over time.

The roll of the river creates a flag–like form, which the artist sees as a precise political representation of contemporary conditions. As is typical with Gerrard’s work, the scenes are non durational, instead they are rendered live to unfold over the course of an annual solar cycle, with each Flag keyed to its particular local time.

Backstage at the Festival
Gallery talk with the artist, 17 July, 2pm

O’Donoghue Theatre
NUI Galway
www.giaf.ie/events/johngerrard


Memory Has a Pulse | Group Exhibition at 126 Artist-Run Gallery and University Art Gallery, Galway

16 to 30 July
Preview Sunday 16 July, 4pm

Memory Has A Pulse is an exhibition of works, spread over two venues by Sean Cotter, Gary Robinson and Thomas Brezing at 126 Artist-Run Gallery and University Art Gallery (The Quad), NUI Galway, University Road, Galway.

Part of Galway International Arts Festival 2017.

126 Artist-Run Gallery
19 St Bridgets Place,
The Hidden Valley,
Woodquay, Galway
T: 0864491366
E: contact@126.ie
W: 126.ie


Making of Sound and Scenery | Annie Leblond and Susan Prediger at Murray’s, Salthill

3 to 31 July

Making of Sound and Scenery is an exhibition by Annie Leblond and Susan Prediger. Beautiful and unique musical instruments made by Annie Leblond from the association Pepilune Cuatro. Recycling, ecololy and music are the key words for this exhibition.

The guitars are made out of old chairs, wood from woodshops destined for the fire. The instruments will be displayed alongside a photographic exhibition by Susan Prediger.

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Murrays
1 Nile Lodge,
Lower Salthill,
Galway H91 AT1F


the promise of the past is compromised and becomes nostalgia in the present | Austin Ivers at 126 Artist Run Gallery

3 to 5 July
Opening on Monday 3 July, 7pm

126 Gallery are pleased to present a launch and exhibition by founder of 126, Austin Ivers, as part of their ongoing Exquisite Corpse video project.

In this intermediary work, Austin has been thinking about process and memory, how the past is simultaneously present and absent and about the tools used to objectify a thought. Here, an assembled memory is processed, represented (via sound and video) and lost, repeatedly.

126 Artist-Run Gallery
19 St Bridgets Place,
The Hidden Valley,
Woodquay, Galway
T: 0864491366
E: contact@126.ie
W: 126.ie


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

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 / nuala123@gmail.com.

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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.
Info: 0872270006 / nuala123@gmail.com.

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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.

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julietball.wixsite.com/cloonmorepottery


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 rachelmeehancoyneart@gmail.com

KAVA – Kinvara Area Visual Arts
The Old Courthouse, Kinvara
Co. Galway
Ireland
W: kava.ie


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 lchemyarts.tumblr.com/

The Secret Garden
4 William St West,
Galway


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.

www.engageartstudios.com

126 Artist-Run Gallery
19 St Bridgets Place,
The Hidden Valley,
Woodquay, Galway
T: 0864491366
E: contact@126.ie
W: 126.ie


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
E: info@galwayartscentre.ie
W: galwayartscentre.ie/ga


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
E: info@nationalaquarium.ie
W: nationalaquarium.ie


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.

For further information please contact contactg@126.ie
126.ie/ | www.laurakellyartist.com/