Category: Leinster

Hinterland | Daniel Chester at The Chimera Gallery, Co. Westmeath

24 February to 24 March 2017
The Chimera Gallery, 32 Oliver Plunkett St, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

The Chimera Gallery presents Hinterland, a body of paintings by visual artist Daniel Chester. ‘Hinterland’ looks at the land away from the coast; boglands, streams, marshlands, forests and mountainous regions all come into play in this current exhibition.
Definition: Often, hinterlands or the remote or less developed parts of a country; back country. |

The Playground Project at VISUAL, Carlow

11 February to 21 May

For spring the ground floor galleries at VISUAL will be transformed into an indoor playground exploring play and a recent history of playgrounds. This exhibition has been realised in collaboration with Kunsthalle Zurich, Switzerland.

Until the 1980s—and in rare cases until today—playgrounds were places for social experiments, risky projects, and spectacular sculptures. Architects, urban planners, artists, parents, and children were invited to leave their comfort zone and to venture something new. Curated by Gabriela Burkhalter, The Playground Project will bring many of these exemplary, but nowadays forgotten initiatives, pioneering acts, and adventures back, and install three playgrounds for children to run, hide and climb.

The playground is a byproduct of the industrialized city of the twentieth century. Even now, it continues to be both an ugly duckling and a coveted space. A focal point for ideas about education and childhood, about urban planning and public space, about architecture and art, about creativity and control, the playground has repeatedly resisted institutional and ideological appropriation and grown in its own sometimes quite anarchic ways. The coexistence of contradictory expectations, moments of temporary progress, and radical developments makes playgrounds so exciting. Still, as hardly anyone sees playgrounds as part of their cultural heritage, much of their history has been forgotten or can barely be understood anymore—even if all of us often have quite precise personal memories of this niche where we met our friends, took pride in new things we dared to do, braved danger without thinking about it, and learned to confront and resolve conflicts.

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art
Old Dublin Rd, Carlow
Phone:(059) 917 2400

Bringing in the Catch | Patrick Conyngham at An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk

2 March to 8 April | Opening: 1 March, 7pm
Basement Gallery, An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk, Co. Louth

An Táin Arts Centre presents Bringing in the Catch by Patrick Conyngham.

Whether trawling the depths of the subconscious or skimming the surface, Conyngham brings together a wide variety of exploratory paintings in this new collection of work. Using colour in an intuitive way, from bold large works to smaller more sensitive pieces, these symbiotic and energetic paintings push the limits of the medium and haul the viewer into their midst.
T: 042 9332332 / 0429329281, E:

I Wanted to Write a Poem | Jonathan Mayhew at Wexford Arts Centre

27 February to 25 March 2017 | Opening: 25 February, 3pm
Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Ferrybank South, Wexford

​Wexford County Council and Wexford Arts Centre are pleased to present I Wanted to Write a Poem, a new exhibition of work by Jonathan Mayhew, winner of the Emerging Visual Artist Award 2015.
Artist Jonathan Mayhew will be in conversation with Independent Curator Rachael Gilbourne at the opening reception.

The work of Jonathan Mayhew intertwines the poetic with post-conceptual practices. Through his interest in poetry, literature and technology, Mayhew manipulates physical and invisible materials to contemplate pockets of daily life.

For information on the Emerging Visual Art Award please contact Catherine Bowe, T: +353 (0)53 91 23764, E: |

Solace | Derval Freeman at Signal Arts Centre

27 February to 12 March
Opening Reception: Friday 3 March 7pm with guest Derek Dean of The Freshmen.

Signal Arts Centre is delighted to present ‘Solace, an exhibition of paintings and photography by Derval Freeman.

Derval’s paintings are like pages from the visual diary of her thoughts, feelings and surroundings at a given time. She is drawn to nature and is preoccupied by the philosophy of time and the relevance of our existence. Her work focuses on details in the landscape that give a sense of fragility.

Derval is based in County Wicklow and finds that being surrounded by the forestry’s and vast open mountainous landscapes triggers a strong sense of place. It evokes a wonder that drifts between the relevance of humanity and the purpose of existence. In isolating herself in nature this way a dialogue emerges that has a strong influence on her while painting in the studio. Challenges are mind-based and how the environment is depicted presents an inner challenge to the artistic mind; the painting action is queried: balance, depth, weight and accentuation of each stroke is called into question, namely, ‘is this depiction what I actually want to represent – is it too abstract?’

‘Solace’ is a collection of Derval’s most recent paintings and photography. The work references the open landscape of the Wicklow Mountains and the forests that give her a sense of interior and protective shelter. All give her a sense of belonging and solace.

Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow.
T: 353 01 276 20 39

Divergent | Lar Joyce at The Presentation Centre Enniscorthy Co.Wexford

25 February to 10 April 2017 | Opening 24 February, 7.30pm
The Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy Co.Wexford

The Presentation Centre presents ‘Divergent’ a solo show by Lar Joyce.  Joyce is a self taught artist who lives and works in Co.Wexford. This exhibition is a celebration of experimentation and new paths in life.

Contact: Lisa Byrne 0858409875

Modern Experiments | Susan MacWilliam at Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda

18 February to 8 April
Opening Saturday 18 February, conversation with the artist Susan MacWilliam and artist Mairead McClean at 2.30pm.

Highlanes Gallery is delighted to announce its upcoming exhibition Susan MacWilliam: Modern Experiments. This exhibition, touring from Highlanes Gallery’s cross-border partner, the F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio in Banbridge is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of Susan MacWilliam’s work to date.

Modern Experiments presents key pieces from the artist’s career with a focus on works created from 1998 onward when the artist started working with video. Since then, MacWilliam’s work has investigated obscure and overlooked histories, and cases of perceptual and paranormal phenomena. Using anecdote, reconstruction, forms of portraiture, and detailed editing, she has made work about mediumship, ectoplasm, x-ray vision, telepathy, table tilting, clairvoyance, and dermo-optical perception.

The work presented in Modern Experiments forms a unique and significant body of material exploring peripheral subjects, and those that are beyond mainstream scientific and psychological study. Consisting of twenty-eight of Susan MacWilliam’s works, the exhibition features fourteen videos and video installations including The Last Person, 1998 (Shortlisted for IMMA Glen Dimplex Artists Award 1999), Dermo Optics, 2006 (exhibited at 2009 Venice Biennale) and KATHLEEN, 2014 (Derry-Londonderry City of Culture Commission), alongside other aspects of her diverse practice, including photographic works, stereoscopes, neon and sculptural works such as Book Spheres, 2014.

Highlanes Gallery
St Laurence St, Drogheda, Co. Louth
T: +353 (0) 41 9803311

Wolf Lorien at Birr Theatre and Arts Centre

1 February to 1 March

Birr Theatre and Arts Centre is delighted to be featuring the work of artist Wolf Lorien for the month of February. Wolf is a representational artist based in County Clare. He graduated with a B.A. (Hons.) in Fine Art and an M.A. in Fine Art (Painting) from the Limerick School of Art and Design. He is also an experienced art tutor in both Co. Clare and Co. Galway, and has taught all ages and abilities over the past 16 years.

His work often focuses on aspects of history, myth and folklore, both ancient and present day. Much of his art concentrates upon figurative studies, inspired by the point where our spiritual or higher ideals take physical form.

Birr Theatre and Arts Centre
Oxmantown Mall, Birr Co. Offaly
T: 057 91 22911

From The Ground | Gail Clark at Signal Arts Centre

13 to 26 February
Opening Reception: Friday 17 February 7pm

Signal Arts Centre is delighted to present ‘From The Ground’, a collection of mixed media encaustic works by Canadian artist Gail Clark.

Gail is a Canadian artist currently living and working in Ireland. Over the past five years, Gail has explored Ireland collecting found objects and deriving inspiration from its natural and urban landscapes.

Trained in encaustic, Gail is currently studying at the Fine Art Programme in Bray. Her work has also been exhibited at the Sculpture in Context show at the Royal Botanical Gardens in 2016. Gail’s work re-contextualizes and transforms found objects using mixed media, encaustic wax and collage techniques.

Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow.
T: 353 01 276 20 39

An Afterwards | Mark Garry at Luan Gallery, Athlone

11 February to 22 April 2017
Grace Rd, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Luan Gallery presents An Afterwards by Mark Garry. The exhibition will feature new work by Garry and will respond directly to the architecture and design of Luan Gallery. A native of Mullingar, Garry is renowned for creating delicately considered site specific installations. In his Luan Gallery show, Garry will respond to the physical gallery spaces while reflecting on time spent visiting relatives in Athlone as a child.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a brief publication with written contributions by Rachael Gilbourne, Assistant Curator of Exhibitions at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Submerged | Rosemarie Langtry at Dean Crowe Arts Centre, Athlone

3 February to 12 March
Opening Friday 3 February, 6pm by the Mayor of Athlone , John Dolan

“Submerged” is an exhibition of work by visual artist Rosemarie Langtry was inspired by the flooding of 2016 in and around Athlone.
With a mixture of paint, mixed media and encaustic wax the artist has recorded our vulnerability at the hands of nature and its devastating effect on the town. With a degree of delicacy and using a variety of mediums Rosemarie has produced a lasting record of a devastating time for the residents and businesses in the locality.

Rosemarie Langtry lives in Ballinahown and her work often references the local landscape. She recently moved from the Making Space studios Athlone and currently works from her studio in Ballinahown village .

For further information contact Rosemarie on 0863934603 or visit her website,

Dean Crowe Theatre and Arts Centre
Chapel St, Athlone Co Westmeath
T: (090) 649 2129

Coast | Lelia Henry at Signal Arts Centre

30 January to 12 February | Reception 5 February, 3pm

Signal Arts Centre is delighted to present ‘Coast’ an exhibition of drawings by Lelia Henry. Lelia Henry’s drawings are intuitive, a direct response to the landscape. Her process involves building up tones gradually, adding layer upon layer, creating texture on the surface. I try to covey the essence and atmosphere of a place, while maintaining a sense of depth.

The inspiration for these drawings came from a month-long trip to the Fanad Penninsula in Donegal last year. Walking on the beach every day, she found her attention was drawn constantly to the crumbling dunes. Unusually high tides over the last five years have left the dunes almost completely washed away in places. Fence posts dangle uselessly from barbed wire, or have their bases completely exposed. While it is presumed that the dunes will eventually regenerate, the landscape will have been irrevocably changed. It is this shifting landscape that Lelia Henry explores in her drawings.

Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow.
T: 353 01 276 20 39

Three Strands | Kate Murtagh-Sheridan at The Watergarden Gallery, Co. Kilkenny

27 January to 2 March
Opening Friday 27 January, 7pm

There are three primary strands within Kate’s practice: experimental sculptures, expressionist ceramics and modern frescos.  Each strand influences and encourages the next, therefore they subconsciously evolve together.

Kate takes inspiration from nature and weathered, man-made objects that she finds. Using her camera, she constantly gathers images on adventures around the countryside, photographing the intense colours and compositions of nature and the many old, dilapidated farmsteads of Leitrim and Roscommon. For example, recently Kate has discovered a time capsule near where she lives – a perfectly preserved forge. Although silent now, it was full of traces of the lives that made it a hive of activity 100 years ago. Images like this are the research that informs her work. The craft skills she has learned help her to expose the materials that she works with to reveal their unique properties and beauty. This includes form, texture and colour vibrancy.

The Watergarden Gallery
Ladywellstreet, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny.
T: (056) 772 4690

Subtext | Joanna Hopkins at Droichead Arts Centre

19 January to 18 March
Opening Thursday 19 January, 7.30pm

Through video, installation and interactive work, SubText intends to explore the unease of a digital dependent society, and its implications on empathy and consent. Are humans becoming less empathetic and physically interactive with each other, due to a growing dependence on digital devices, constant camera surveillance and online interaction?

Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell St., Drogheda, Co. Louth.
T: 041 9833946

Pushing Boundaries | Print Makers Council of Great Britain at Dunamaise Arts Centre

12 January to 18 February
The exhibition will be officially opened by artist Geraldine O’Reilly on Thursday, 12 January at 7pm.

This collection presents the very best of printmaking practice, embracing all forms of contemporary and traditional original printmaking, from over fifty artists. The exhibition includes film, installation, sound pieces and artists’ books, pushing the boundaries of what constitutes a ‘print’ and covers a range of concerns from the political and social, the aesthetic and formal, to the self and the personal, creating a dynamic dialogue with other contemporary art practices. This exhibition tours to Dunamaise via Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin.

Dunamaise Arts Centre
Portlaoise, Co Laois
T: 057 866 3355

Personae | Butler Gallery Collection featuring loans from the IMMA Collection

14 January to 26 February | Opening 14 January, 2.30pm

The Butler Gallery has an outstanding resource in its fine permanent collection. Established in 1943, the collection has continued to flourish through gift, loan and purchase. The gallery has an ongoing commitment to make sure this collection is exhibited and enjoyed by the public. Including loans from the Sir Basil Goulding Collection and from private collections, the Butler Gallery Collection is an eclectic catalogue of diverse genres that can be read and appreciated on many levels.

For the 2017 collection exhibition the Butler Gallery is honored to include a very special group of works on loan from the Permanent Collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). This group incorporates a seminal sculpture by Louise Bourgeois, self-portraits by Chuck Close and John Coplans, prints by Alex Katz and Paula Rego, and a photographic portrait by Thomas Ruff. The theme of Personae running through the exhibition focuses our eye on portraits, figures or other forms that either readily reveal or camouflage an identity. Narratives indisputably evolve upon viewing works as diverse as the openness and glamour of Diane Arbus’s Girl in a shiny dress, NYC 1967 to the enigma of Jackie Nickerson’s portrait of a woman in the Sultanate of Oman, whose identity is hidden by a headdress.

The works from IMMA have been selected in response to, or in sympathy with, the works chosen for this exhibition from the Butler Gallery Permanent Collection. The IMMA selection adds freshness and maintains currency in the viewing of beloved works in the ever-evolving collection we are fortunate to maintain here in Kilkenny.

Butler Gallery, The Castle, Kilkenny
T: 056 7761106

Laoch na Laochra | Dara Vallely at an Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk

12 January to 18 Feburary | Opening: 11 January 7pm
Basement Gallery, An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Laoch na Laochra is an art exhibition by Dara Vallely based on a book published by Gael Linn in 2015. The paintings portray the heroism of the legendary Cú Chulainn, legendary warrior of Ulster. During his short but heroic life, magic, romance, betrayal and violence mark every twist and turn. In the epic story of the Táin, the Cattle raid of Cooley, Cú Chulainn vigorously defends Ulster. The paintings reflect this energy, they are vibrant in colour and energetic in style, drawing on traditional Irish art and international modernism to produce a compelling visual narrative.

an Táin Arts Centre
Crowe St, Townparks, Dundalk, Co. Louth
T: 042 9332332 / 0429329281

Absent Presence | Nicky Kruseman at Signal Arts Centre, Bray

16 to 29 January 2017 | Opening: 19 January, 7pm
Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co Wicklow

Signal Arts Centre is delighted to present ‘Absent Presence’ an exhibition of paintings by Wicklow artist, Nicky Kruseman.
This is an exhibition of oil and acrylic paintings based on shells gathered by Kruseman over many years.

T: 353 01 276 20 39,

Clay Forms | Group Show at Signal Arts Centre, Co. Wicklow

9 to 15 January 2017 | Opening: 12 January, 7pm
Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue Bray, County Wicklow

Signal Arts Centre is delighted to present ‘Clay Forms’ an exhibition of ceramics by a group of artists from the Stillorgan College of Further Education. The exhibition offers the community an insight into the ceramic process by including a photo diary of how the artists created work using different techniques and styles.  All of the ceramic pieces are made of clay which are then transformed into decorative and functional art.

T: 353 01 276 20 39,

Episodic Memory | Caroline Jacobsz at The Presentation Centre, Co. Wexford

lisa-213 January to 20 February 2017 | Opening: 13 January, 6.30pm
The Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, Co.Wexford

Episodic Memory by Caroline Jacobsz.
Episodic Memory is an exhibition of mixed media work influenced by life experiences/ memory process. The exhibition features drawings of national and international icons using techniques such as drawing from photographs, tracing, redrawing, inventing, rubbing, sewing and machine embroidery.

Contact: Lisa Byrne, T: 0858409875 |