Category: Connaught – Galway

EX-VOTO the body + the institution | Group Exhibition at Galway Arts Centre

19 January to 10 March

Lucy Beech, Jenna Bliss, Cecilia Bullo, Judy Foley, Sinéad Gleeson, Rajinder Singh

Ex-Voto is a group exhibition that addresses the colonisation of the human body, the treatment of the body by State, corporate, medical and pharmaceutical institutions.

This exhibition also explores the subjective experiences of health and illness in the context of institutions. The relationship between Institution and the individual, the role of power and the impact of capitalism and commerce are investigated in works by contemporary visual artists.

The exhibition frames the artist as witness, mirroring Michel Foucault’s theories in The Birth of the Clinic, that clinical medicine is fundamentally an encounter between people. Michel Foucault’s The Birth of the Clinic addressed the patient’s corporeal experience and vulnerability in the context of modern medicine:

“The presence of disease in the body, with its tensions and its burnings, the silent world of the entrails, the whole dark underside of the body lined with endless unseeing dreams, are challenged as to their objectivity by the reductive discourse of the doctor, as well as established as multiple objects meeting his positive gaze.” (Foucault, The Birth of the Clinic xi).

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

Decline and Fall | Conor McGrady at NUI Galway

10 January to 30 April

The works in this exhibition examine architecture as an ideological signifier. They include paintings of monuments, shrines, and mausoleums, and drawings of prisons. In both cases, architecture operates as a form of enclosure and effects a sense of hegemonic order, representing individual power in the form of the funerary monument and state power in the form of the prison.

Conor McGrady is an artist and Dean of Academic Affairs at Burren College of Art. He has exhibited internationally, with one-person exhibitions in New York, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago and Zagreb. Group exhibitions include the 2002 Whitney Biennial in New York, The Jerusalem Show VII: Fractures (Qalandiya International Biennial), D-0 Ark Underground Biennale of Contemporary Art, Sarajevo-Konjic, and IK-00 Spaces of Confinement in Venice. Editor of Radical History Review’s Curated Spaces, his writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Ruminations on Violence (Waveland Press, 2007) State of Emergence (Plottner Verlag, 2011), State in Time (Drustvo NSK Informativni Center, Ljubljana, 2012) and The Design of Frontier Spaces (Ashgate, 2015).

Staff Club, Quadrangle, NUI Galway

Research Exhibition | Levi Hanes at University Art Gallery, NUI, Galway

11 to 16 December 2017

The newly refurbished Art Gallery, in the Quadrangle, NUI Galway will present recent artworks by Levi Hanes. The artworks were developed over the course of an Irish Research Council funded, practice-based PhD at the Huston School of Film & Digital Media as a part of the Digital Arts & Humanities programme considering the role of slapstick and critical aesthetic theory in contemporary art. The Research Exhibition will consist of artworks featured in the thesis including large and small-scale digital prints, painted objects, free standing sculptures, a floor installation and video. The exhibition is generously supported by the NUI Galway Arts Office.

Opening hours: Monday 1pm-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday 12pm-4pm. The gallery is currently not wheelchair accessible.

University Art Gallery
National University of Ireland, Galway |

KAVA Members Annual Postcard Exhibition, Kinvara

8 to 10 December

KAVA (Kinvara Area Visual Arts) will hold its Annual Postcard Exhibition, it will be officially launched by Maria Hannigan in The Courthouse, Kinvara, on Friday 8th December at 8pm, and will continue on Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 6pm. All of the original art works on sale will have been created by KAVA artists. They will be A5 (maximum) in size and will be sold anonymously at the unbelievably low price of €30. You won’t know the name of the artist until after you have purchased the artwork.

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

The Harbour Winter Art Fair at Galway City Gallery

1 to 24 December

Galway City Gallery are delighted to host The Harbour Winter Arts fair. The exhibition will showcase contemporary art in Ireland, with artists from both Irish and international backgrounds. This is an excellent opportunity to pick up an original Christmas present for someone special.

Exhibiting artistsinclude:

Tony Lock, Emma Zukovic, Brian Kielt, Antonio José Vallejo, Sabina Egan and Elizabeth Mulligan

Galway City Gallery
15 New Dock Street, Galway
T: +353 (0)86 0665756

A5 Art Fair at Galway Arts Centre

1 to 3 December 2017

Galway Arts Centre is delighted to announce the A5 Art Fair. Running from 1 – 3 December 2017, the Galway Arts Centre will be host to an affordable art fair with work by acclaimed local and national artist. Each artist will have three works available, A5 size or smaller, all €100.

The A5 Art Fair is a fundraiser for the Galway Arts Centre, with the chance to collect new multi-disciplinary artwork and contribute to the exciting programme of exhibitions, workshops and events of Galway Arts Centre.

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

They Call Us The Screamers | TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, Galway

3 to 19 November
The official launch will take place at the Connacht Tribune Print Works on Friday 3 November, 7pm

The 15th TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, titled They Call Us The Screamers, is curated by Matt Packer. It features the work of Fabienne Audeoud, Sam Basu and Liz Murray, Kian Benson Bailes, David Beattie, Oisin Byrne, Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh, Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain, Liz Magic Laser, McGibbon O’Lynn, Yvette Monahan, Yoko Ono, Plastique Fantastique, Richard Proffitt, Bob Quinn, Florian Roithmayr (with Meredith Monk), Kaspar Oppen Samuelsen and Marie-Louise Vittrup, and Lucy Stein, including 13 new commissions and projects.

The exhibition is presented across six venues in Galway: Galway Arts Centre, 126 Artist- Run Gallery, Nun’s Island Theatre, Connacht Tribune Print Works, Barnacles Hostel, and University Hospital Galway.

They Call Us The Screamers takes its reference from a book written by Jenny James that gives an account of the primal therapy commune that she established in County Donegal in the mid 1970s and the controversy that followed. The reference provides the title and thematic compass for the exhibition, with artworks orientated to ideas that are held together by the historical episode, including ideas of withdrawal and selfhood, autonomy and self-sufficiency, voice and neurosis, and future culture.

Opening Weekend Performances & Events
All performances and events are free and open to all. No booking required, but capacity is limited in all venues so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Friday 3 November, 6pm: Performance By Plastique Fantastique. Venue: Nuns Island Theatre, Nuns Island

Friday 3 November, 8pm: Performance By Oisin Byrne. Venue: Connacht Tribune Print Works, Market St

Saturday 4 November, 1pm: Performance By Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain. Venue: Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick St

Saturday 4 November, 2pm: Performance By Plastique Fantastique. Venue: Nuns Island Theatre, Nuns Island

Monday 6 November, 2pm: Artist Talk, Sue Rainsford in association with GMIT. Venue: Life Drawing Room, CCAM, GMIT, Monivea Rd

For a full programme visit:

Identity | Art Link Collective at The Church Gallery, Ballinasloe Library

24 October to 14 November 2017

Preparations are underway for this year’s annual art exhibition by the Artlink Collective. Working under the theme of “Identity” the artists – Jackie Eastwood, Ness Porter Kelly, Kate Desmond Kelly, Anne Towers, Lucy Desmond Kelly, Rosemarie Langtry, Noreen O’Sullivan, Catherine Patrickson and Tom Finn – will come together to show their work in a wide variety of mediums including paint, ink, ceramics and encaustic. The artists come from the counties of Galway, Roscommon and Westmeath.

The art exhibition will be officially opened by on Tuesday, 24th October by internationally renowned writer Nuala O’Connor at 6.30pm in Ballinasloe Library’s Church Gallery. All are very welcome to attend. The exhibition will run until Tuesday, 14th November.

During the exhibition an artist’s talk will take place on Tuesday, 7th November at 6.30pm in the Church Gallery. This year’s speakers will be Anne Towers and Catherine Patrickson and they will talk about their work in the exhibition.

Church Gallery
Ballinasloe Library, Society Street
Ballinasloe, Co. Galway
T: +353 90 964 3464

Keeping in Touch | Group Exhibition at Arts Corridor, University Hospital, Galway

20 October to 1 December 2017

Artists: Loretta Costello,Cathy Hopkins, Elaine McHugh, Stephanie McLaughlin,Deirdre Murphy, Meadhbh Ní Eidhin, Julia O’Keeffe, Fiona Rooney, Clodagh Wade.

A group show by nine artists who studied Fine Art (paint) together at GMIT Galway. It is a culmination of many years of shared experiences and artistic endeavour by the group.

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University Hospital Galway
Newcastle Rd, Galway, H91 YR71
T: (091) 524 222

Aesthetic Fusion | Group Exhibition at Church Gallery, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway

10 to 20 October 2017

Artists Grainne Coughlan, Ruth Millar, Patricia Kavanagh, Elizabeth Lartey and Matt Kavanagh.

A mixed media exhibition hosted by a group of Galway Artists who have come together through their common love for art and creativity.

This exhibition promises to have something to appeal to all.

Come along and enjoy the diverse range of art on show from landscape paintings and portraiture to ceramic sculptures.

Contact Grainne Coughlan:

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Church Gallery
Ballinasloe Library, Society Street
Ballinasloe, Co. Galway
T: +353 90 964 3464

RESIDUE | Phoebe Cummings and Gail Mahon at Galway Arts Centre

12 to 27 October
Official opening by Katharine West, Artist and Lecturer in Ceramics at Gmit CCAM; Centre for Creative Arts and Media, Thursday 12 October, 6 pm .

The 4th edition of Contemporary Clay titled RESIDUE curated by Kate Howard and Rob D’Eath features the work of UK based clay artists Phoebe Cummings and Gail Mahon.

RESIDUE- aims to explore ceramic traditions and new creative developments. It will focus on clay-based work of a nonfunctional nature by the acclaimed ceramicist Phoebe Cummings from the UK and recent Royal College of Art MA graduate Gail Mahon from Derry. Taking a variety of forms—from large scale to site-specific sculpture installations, the work in this exhibition underscores artists’ enduring relationship with clay.

October 12, 11am: Artist Talk – at the Centre for Creative Arts and Media, Monivea Rd. Free event, booking required at

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