Category: Leinster


Bare Root | Group Exhibition at Wexford Arts Centre

20 October to 1 December

The Arts Department of Wexford County Council in partnership with Wexford Arts Centre are delighted to present Bare Root, a group exhibition exploring rural and farmyard environments, and the points where nature and the man-made intersect.

Situated in the County Buildings, Bare Root features the work of eleven artists including Frank Abruzzese, Michael Canning, Els Dietvorst, Michael Fortune, Janet Mullarney, Rosie O’Gorman, Helen Robbins, Blaise Smith, Brigitta Varadi, Michael Wann and Katie Watchorn.

The term Bare Root refers to a technique of arboriculture whereby a plant is removed from soil in a dormant state, from which it can more rapidly acclimate to new soil conditions. Bare Root emphasises time, materiality, and the transference of traditions from one generation to the next within rural communities. This diverse exhibition recognises the sensibilities surrounding land and labour, illuminating the nuances and materiality of Irish rural farming, capturing the traditional and common place in a profoundly uncommon yet relatable way.

Wexford Arts Centre
Cornmarket, Wexford
T: (053) 912 3764
E: info@wexfordartscentre.ie
W: wexfordartscentre.ie


The Otherworld Hall | Group Show at Solstice Arts Centre, Navan   Recently updated !

27 October to 22 December 2017

Aoibheann Greenan, Seán Hillen, Seán Lynch, Lucy McKenna, Tadhg McSweeney, Doireann Ní Ghrioghair, Nano Reid

Solstice Arts Centre is delighted to present ‘The Otherworld Hall’, an exhibition of painting, drawing, sculpture, video and audio works curated by Sabina Mac Mahon that investigates the possible relationship that exists between the archaeological evidence of pre-Christian history in the Boyne Valley and our mythic past.

Inspired by Louth artist Nano Reid’s interest in the Boyne landscape (in particular her 1963 painting ‘Where Oengus Óg Magnificently Dwells’) and a fascination with how past and present, history and myth co-exist simultaneously in the ancient monuments of Knowth, Dowth and Newgrange, ‘The Otherworld Hall’ invites participating artists to take Meath’s pre-Christian archaeological heritage as a starting point from which to explore the intriguing convergence of history, archaeology and myth that is present in the Boyne Valley’s megalithic tombs. By doing so, the exhibition encourages visitors to reconsider their preconceived ideas about how and why these monuments came to be, and what stories they really tell.

Solstice Arts Centre
Railway St, Dillonsland, Navan, Co. Meath
T: (046) 909 2300
E: info@solsticeartscentre.ie
W: solsticeartscentre.ie


Modern Experiments | Susan MacWilliam at Butler Gallery, Kilkenny   Recently updated !

28 October to 17 December 2017

The Butler Gallery is delighted to present Susan MacWilliam: Modern Experiments, the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of Susan MacWilliam’s work to date.

This exhibition is curated by Riann Coulter, Curator of the F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio, Banbridge, Northern Ireland.

Butler Gallery, The Castle, Kilkenny
T: 056 7761106
E: info@butlergallery.com
W: butlergallery.com


Frame X Frame | Exhibition at Luan Gallery, Athlone   Recently updated !

20 October to 4 December 2017

Luan Gallery is delighted to announce its winter 2017 exhibition entitled: FRAME x FRAME, showcasing works by five Irish and European animation artists: Olga Guse, Jason Watts, Jennifer Kidd, Pawel Kleszczewki and Kasia Zimnoch.

The exhibition is presented in 4 parts featuring three distinct exhibitions of work in stop motion and 3D animation. Each artist occupies a space in the gallery with Jason Watts and Pawel Kleszczewki and Kasia Zimnoch projections housed in the New Gallery and Jennifer Kidd’s and Olga Guse’ animations sitting along the River Gallery. The Library Gallery will host a display of props and drawings, highlighting the creative process undertaken by animation artists before the end result is presented to the public.

Manager Carmel Duffy says:
‘We recognise the significant growth and development of the animation sector particulary in Ireland and are delighted to support emerging and recognised Irish and International talent in our first animation focussed exhibition at Luan Gallery’.

FRAME x FRAME will be launched on Friday 20th of October at 6pm by Award winning Animator Aidan Hickey. There will be a wine reception to which all are welcome and will continue until the 04th of December 2017. Luan Gallery is delighted to welcome schools and groups for talks and tours throughout the exhibition run. Guided tours are free of cost and available on request to all.

Luan Gallery, Grace Rd, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
T: 090 6442154
E: info@luangallery.ie
W: athlone.ie/visit/the-luan-gallery/


You are Meant to be Here | Conchúir MacDhomhnuill at 23 Weafer Street, Enniscorthy   Recently updated !

28 October to 12 November 2017

Live Performance and Talk by the Artist : 14.00 till 14.30, 23 October.

Conchúir is a graduate of the world renowned Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland and is currently undertaking post graduate studies at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin. He was voted as one of the top 100 International Contemporary Artists working today in 2015 by Aesthetica Magazine London.

The body of work presented at 23 Weafer Street takes Eileen Grey’s “Non Conformist Chair, 1926” as its starting point. Conchuir explores notions of what we define the human body to be useful for over time and challenges accepted definitions of functionality. Employing photography, sculpture and text the artist takes significant shifts of “Anti Thought Development” from the Paris Commune of 1871, Ireland’s 1916 Rising, The Non Conformist of 1926, Violet Gibson (as Eileen Grey launched her chair to the world, Ireland’s Violet Gibson launched a bullet at the head of Mussolini in Italy) and the execution of the poet/playwright Federico Garcia Lorca, “To See You Naked is to Recall the Earth”.

What is it to be revolutionary? To be of use, both now and for future generations? To defy the norms of a “functioning” society?

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23 Weafer Street
Enniscorthy
County Wexford


Recent Works | Michael Boran & Stephan Loughman at Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise   Recently updated !

12 October to 11 November 2017

Dunamaise Arts Centre and Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin present an exhibition of recent work by Stephan Loughman and Michael Boran.

Michael Boran and Stephan Loughman are two artists of the same generation with family ties to Co. Laois. Within each of their practices they investigate the changing dynamic between our perception of the natural landscape and the ever expanding built environment.

Dunamaise Arts Centre
Portlaoise, Co Laois
T: 057 866 3355
E: info@dunamaise.ie
W: dunamaise.ie


May Wallace + Gilly Thomas at Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford   Recently updated !

20 October to 6 November 2017

An exhibition of paintings and sculpture at Clayton Whites Hotel brings together painter, Mary Wallace and sculptor, Gilly Thomas who both enjoy exploring the natural side of life – pure intuitive shape, simplicity of line, beauty and colour found in nature. One works in bronze; the other uses gold!

Intrigued by Japanese culture and ideas, Mary Wallace finds beauty in imperfection, extraordinary in the everyday, complexity in simple things. Her creative style is immediate, vibrant and contemporary. Her use of colour suspended in beeswax, paired with pure gold, makes for an opulent visual experience.

Gilly Thomas shows bronze sculpture influenced by the wildlife seen sauntering past her studio window. With the minimum of detail she endeavours to capture the essence of the form with simple clean lines, creating pieces that are visually quiet so you are able to absorb the natural contours with eye and hand.

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Clayton Whites Hotel
Abbey St, Ferrybank South, Wexford
T: (053) 912 2311
W: claytonwhiteshotel.com


Dream Lives | Simon McDermott at Toradh Gallery, Co. Meath

10 October to 14 November 2017

Meath County Council Arts Office presents ‘Dream Lives’ an exhibition of photography by Simon McDermott. Dream Lives is a collection of new photographs by Meath based artist, Simon McDermott. His current photo work is inspired by the world of dreams. The mysterious imagery of this intangible world is an area which Simon is currently exploring in this series.

The images in this collection deal with the symbolism of certain dreams as well as recurring dreams which the artist has experienced. These photographic representations are an attempt to scratch the surface of this world and pose questions about potential meaning and the very existence of these dreams.The role of memory in the visual representation of dreams is also an area which interests the artist. Some of these images utilize digital manipulation which is reflective of the very synthetic nature of dreaming in the human mind.

Toradh Gallery
Ashbourne Library and Cultural Centre, Killagland Street, Ashbourne, Co. Meath
T: (01) 8358002
W: www.meath.ie/CountyCouncil/Arts/ToradhGallery/


2017 Annual Meitheal Exhibition | Present and Past Staff Artists at Signal Arts Centre

23 October to 5 November 2017

Signal Arts Centre is proud to present this year’s Annual Meitheal Exhibition.

The current and past Staff Artists of the Signal Arts Centre are an eclectic group from a wide range of artistic practices and mediums who come together every year to take part in this annual event.

The theme for this year’s ‘Meitheal’ Exhibition is Equinox. As the days get shorter, and the nights get longer, the Autumn Equinox is celebrated in many different ways by different cultures throughout the world and based on this theme, this year’s ‘Meitheal’ exhibition promises to be an exceptional showcase with works of art being described as beautiful, mystical and spiritual.

Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow
T: 353 01 276 20 39
E: info@signalartscentre.ie
W: signalartscentre.ie


Breaking Rainbows | Orla Barry at Wexford Arts Centre

Performances: 20-21 October at 8pm | Exhibition: 22 October – 18 November 2017​
Exhibition Opening Reception: Saturday 21 October, 9.30pm
A live performance/installation.

Endearing, humorous and challenging, Breaking Rainbows reflects on both our interdependence and disconnection from the natural environment. Made up of a series of vignettes, Barry’s work brings us into a journey through time, conceptualisations and effects: from the realms of sheep farming traditions, ancient Greek shepherd’s singing competitions, contemporary consumerism and gender roles, to the intimate relationship of caring for a sheep about to give birth.

Orla Barry (1969) is both a visual artist and shepherd. She lived for 16 years in Brussels and now lives and works in South East Ireland where she runs a flock of pedigree Lleyn sheep. In her work she deals with the physicality and poetics of oral language. A recent leitmotif is the tension between being an artist and a farmer in rural Ireland.

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Bare Root | Group Exhibition at Wexford County Council Buildings, Carricklawn, Wexford

23 October to 1 December 2017

A group exhibition presenting eleven artists whose work explore rural environments and the points where nature and the man-made intersect.


​Exhibition Reception:
Friday 20th October at 6.00pm at Wexford County Council Buildings, Carricklawn

Guest Speaker: Curator, Anya von Gosseln

​The Arts Department of Wexford County Council in partnership with Wexford Arts Centre are delighted to present Bare Root, a group exhibition exploring rural and farmyard environments, and the points where nature and the man-made intersect. Situated in the County Buildings, Bare Root features the work of artists including Frank Abruzzese, Michael Canning, Els Dietvorst, Michael Fortune, Janet Mullarney, Rosie O’Gorman, Helen Robbins, Blaise Smith, Brigitta Varadi, Michael Wann and Katie Watchorn.​

The term Bare Root refers to a technique of arboriculture whereby a plant is removed from soil in a dormant state, from which it can more rapidly acclimate to new soil conditions. Bare Root emphasizes time, materiality, and the transference of traditions from one generation to the next within rural communities. This diverse exhibition recognizes the sensibilities surrounding land and labour, illuminating the nuances and materiality of Irish rural farming, capturing the traditional and common place in a profoundly uncommon yet relatable way.

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Wexford County Council Buildings
Newtown Rd, Carricklawn
Co. Wexford
T: (053) 919 6000
W: wexfordcoco.ie/arts-and-culture


‘Selected Works’ | Cruthú West Wicklow Arts Group at McAuley Arts and Culture Centre, Naas

12 to 26 October 2017

Cruthú Art Group was established in 2006. It brings together local artists and craft-workers and provides a platform for them to share, support and promote their art and craft disciplines. This exhibition celebrates the diversity of styles and the broad range of artistic media used within the group. It showcases a mix of photography and painting. Including works in oil and acrylic, watercolour and mixed media.

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McAuley Arts and Culture Centre
Sallins Rd, Naas East, Naas, Co. Kildare
T: 045897833
E: curator@mcauleyplace.ie
W: mcauleyplace.ie/facilities/arts-centre


SS2017 | Rowena Keaveny & Julie Spollen at Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore

16 October 2017 to 8 October 2018

This exhibition of artworks is the outcome of a visual arts project called Stop and Sit undertaken by artists, Rowena Keaveny and Julie Spollen.

It encapsulates the interactions and observations with participating staff at Tullamore hospital. Health humanities and a realisation of the unquantifiable benefits the arts have for our health is here to stay. Accessible creative spaces, where people cross between disciplines, may solve some of the health, social and care issues of our times.

This artists in residency project was a collaboration between Anam Beo, Offaly County Council Arts Office and Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore.

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Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore
Arden Rd, Puttaghan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, R35 NY51


Pop Up Gallery | Marja Van Kampen’s and Martina Furlong at Wexford Fringe Festival

19 October to 5 November 2017

Artists Martina Furlong and Marja van Kampen will exhibit their colourful paintings and limited edition prints in their Pop-Up Gallery in No. 16 George Street, Wexford at the Wexford Fringe Festival. Open daily 11.00-17.00.

The official opening of the exhibition will take place on Saturday, October 21st at 3pm.

All are welcome.

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Community Art Expo | Exhibition at Ramsgrange Community School, Wexford

16 to 22 October 2017

An exciting Community Art Expo is being organised in South West Wexford. Categories range from Pre-School to Post Primary, Parents and Local Artists. Entries will be displayed as part of the local Ramsgrange Community School RCS40 Celebrations on October 20th 2017. We are encouraging all artists to get involved. At the Exhibition launch we will also unveil a Public Sculpture made by a local artist with students. Come along on the 20th to see the wonderful work on show.

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Ramsgrange Community School
Ramsgrange
New Ross
Co. Wexford
T: (051) 389 211
W: ramsgrangecommunityschool.ie


Invisible Stories at Allenwood Village, Co. Kildaire

20 to 22 October 2017

‘Invisible Stories’ is an investigation of folklore and landscape which will take place in the village of Allenwood, Co. Kildare.

The starting point for the project was the National Folklore Collection, University College Dublin, where a large body of ethnological material collected from school children in the 1930s is housed. Last year, as part of Curator Lab at Konstfack University an earlier version of this project was exhibited in Stockholm, Sweden. However, this iteration returns the stories to Allenwood, as local engagement is a vital component of the project.

Using various sites in the locality, the project will include an exhibition with artists Vanessa Daws, Pamela de Brí and Sheena Malone, music with Ken O’Brien and local trad musicians, a bus tour of local sites, a series of talks on folklore, local history and the environment, a film screening, and a primary school folklore project which will be displayed to the public.

This project has been generously funded by Kildare County Council.

All events are free and open to all.

More information can be found on invisiblestories.org
Or by contacting Sheena Malone: sheenamalone@hotmail.com


Inhabit | Mick Fortune at Presenation Centre, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

6 October to 20 November 2017

A selection of Micheal’s video pieces will be on display from the 6th October at the Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, Co.Wexford during Inhabit, A show which voyeuristically explores found, forgotten and unusual spaces and their inhabitants, or lack thereof. Contact Lisa for details & information.

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The Presentation Centre
Convent Road, Enniscorthy. Co. Wexford
T: 053 9233000
E: presentationcentreenniscorthy@gmail.com
W: presentationcentre.ie


The Nothing Of Everything | Fiona Carey at Signal Arts Centre

9 to 22 October

Signal Arts Centre is delighted to present this body of work which explores not the opposing – seemingly incompatible – views of science, religion, theology, and spirituality, but the areas where they intersect and overlap. The exhibition consists of two bodies of work; drawings and watercolours, and encaustic paintings.

The drawings and watercolours series explores the connection of spirituality, science, and art. It draws on recurring themes in spiritually-influenced art, spanning different times and belief systems. From Tantric Hindu Art to Celtic Insular Art, from Islamic Golden Age architecture to 20th Century geometric abstract art, from Ancient Egypt to the European Renaissance religious paintings, geometry is used time and again by artists to explore and portray that which cannot be seen and can only be felt.

The series of encaustic paintings are multi-faceted, enchanting, and magnetic; representative of all things and no one thing. They capture the oneness of all existence, of creation, conception, birth, death, fleeting moments of absolute clarity and pure consciousness, epiphanies, brainwaves, awakenings. They simultaneously depict atoms, amoebae and galaxies. They are at once cellular and universal, capturing both divinity and flawed humanity.

Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow
T: 353 01 276 20 39
E: info@signalartscentre.ie
W: signalartscentre.ie


STRETCH | Group Exhibition at An Tain Arts Centre, Dundalk

12 October to 4 November

STRETCH: Creative Spark, Dundalk presents an exhibition of work from the Creative Spark Residency Programme 2017. Creative Spark Residency Programme Exhibition 2017 (funded by Create Louth) with supporting exhibition of work by Creative Spark Print Studio members.

The artists involved in the 2016 – 2017 Programme at Creative Spark were Michael Stafford (Louth); Thomas Brezing (Dublin); Olga Danilova (Russia); Chiara Leto and Giulia Vetri (Italy) and Hazel Egan (Dublin)

The exhibition will bring together new works completed during the residency programme in the medium of printmaking, mixed media and painting.

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An Táin Arts Centre (Basement Gallery),
Crowe St, Townparks, Dundalk, Co. Louth
T: (042) 933 2332
E: info@antain.ie
W: antain.ie/gallery


Group Exhibition at Courthouse Arts Centre, Co. Wicklow

15 October to 10 November

Featuring artists: Niall Lynam, Karen Walsh, Alison Tubritt and Sean O’Rouke.

Four artists from our very successful Emerging Artists Exhibition 2016 have been selected for this group exhibition. Each one has a distinct style and all have a strong future ahead as an upcoming Irish artist to watch.

Courthouse Arts Centre
Main Street, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow

T: 0402 38529

E: bookings@courthousearts.ie

W: courthousearts.ie