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Waking Up | Michael Connaughton at Signal Arts Centre   Recently updated !

28 August to 10 September

Connaughton’s art is from a deep clairvoyant kindergarten of spiritual imageries, away from decadence which is the sleep in our dying where our evolving is the life of our spirits – sharing together art in the arts and waking up from ‘atavistic clairvoyance’ which is a very psychological trait in Ireland, alluding from a superiority complex and carried down from the lost Hibernian wisdom.

The need to be fully awake from spiritual illiteracy makes spiritual science experience so valuable. Human spiritual consciousness is drawing to the angelic. Through anthroposophical science and esoteric wisdom in new religion and homes social in scattered parts of Europe where the Celtic spread ended. Man’s materialism is leading to a near ZOMBIE state of mind, cathartic and apocalyptic especially the drug bound.

We need the humanism of Ivor Browne to help us with this new scientific and spiritual awareness and not fall into dead thinking. We need the formative growths like bio-dynamics in our food, something like the Waldorf Schooling in our educative learning through science, art and religion (spiritual).

Connaughton is also a self-published poet. He is involved with poetry events in Howth and writes with the Bayside Writer’s Group. Maeve Murran will be his guest speaker at the Opening Reception of ‘Waking Up’ on 1st September.

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

Helen Hiney at Arklow Visual Arts Gallery, Co. Wicklow

15 August to 15 September 2017

Hiney took up painting after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1989. She has had no formal art training. Initially she worked with watercolours and now paints with oils.
Hiney’s work captures the Irish landscape with a fresh and vivid eye. There is a sense both of vitality and tranquility in these works, reflecting the tones and shades of the landscapes she paints.
Hiney has exhibited across Ireland, and her work is in private collections world wide.

Arklow Visual Arts Gallery, Arklow Co. Wicklow

T: 0402 32732

Simulations | Seán Molloy at Solstice Arts Centre, Co. Meath

25 August to 13 October 2017

‘Simulations’, an exhibition of new paintings by Seán Molloy, involves the construction of a series of capriccio-inspired landscape works that make tangential references to ancient topographical features associated with the county of Meath.

While encompassing some of the more identifiable characteristics of this landscape (rich pastoral scenery, idyllic trees in full leaf, the picturesque remains of castles and follies), Molloy also introduces a set of anachronistic elements to these pictures that serve to both counteract and reinforce traditional approaches to documenting a sense of place. These elements take the form of features drawn from architectural archives, Dutch ‘Golden Age’ landscapes and over-painted abstract designs and optical devices.

The resulting oil paintings on canvas and panel are carefully considered compilations, amalgamations of landscapes half-remembered from the real world (the one we inhabit) and the various versions of it that exist in representational Western art dating from the Renaissance through to the 1700s.

T: 046 909 2300, E:
Solstice Arts Centre, Railway Street, Navan, Co. Meath |

BEAUFORT ( “about the weather” ) | Cliona Harmey at Solstice Arts Centre

25 August to 13 October 2017

In this exhibition Cliona Harmey presents a number of archival works which engage with weather and atmosphere, all of which were made and stored using recent but now almost legacy/obsolete technologies.

BEAUFORT ( “about the weather” ) takes the legacy of Sir Francis Beaufort as an initial prompt. Born in Navan in 1774, Beaufort is most famous for the development of the eponymous Beaufort Scale, used to measure wind speed by observing the visual effects of wind on other elements such as the surface of water, the smoke of a chimney, the movement of trees or people.

T: 046 909 2300
Solstice Arts Centre, Railway Street, Navan, Co. Meath

white line series | David Quinn at Solstice Arts Centre, Co. Meath

25 August to 13 October 2017

The ‘white line series’ of new paintings by David Quinn at Solstice Arts Centre is an exploration of line, space and surface. The lines in each work are incised with an oil pencil or cutting tool into carefully prepared surfaces. Quinn used a ruler to make the lines, so any deviation or variation in the line is a result of the uneven support or his unsteady hand. The pieces that feature in the exhibition are purely abstract in that they are not paintings of something else, nor are they metaphors or exercises in self-expression.

T: 046 909 2300, E:
Solstice Arts Centre, Railway Street, Navan, Co. Meath |

Landscape Contortion | David Lunney at Droichead Arts Centre

17 August to 30 September

Landscape Contortion is an exhibition of new work by Dublin-based artist David Lunney. He uses drawing, sculpture and photography to explore our perception of landscape and our surroundings. In Landscape Contortion Lunney will bring his various artistic processes to bear on a new environment; The Boyne Valley.

In some ways Landscape Contortion will be something of a sequel to Things made for drawing (2016, Eight Gallery, Dublin). In that show Lunney used The Dublin Mountains as a “guerilla sculpture garden” to create innovative and unique landscape artworks, neither realistic nor abstract. For this show in Drogheda, the artist hopes to develop these existing processes and capture the rich history and culture of the region.

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

High Tide | Hazel Egan at Dunamaise Arts Centre

25 July to 27 August.
Official Reception on Wednesday 23 August, 7pm

Due to human-generated pollution and the excessive burning of fossil fuels, the delicate balance of everyday life is disrupted as temperatures rise, ice caps melt and sea levels surge. Egan’s practice draws on the threat of imminent change and the suspense of an uncertain future. Working with the potential and poetic qualities of everyday industrial and quotidian materials, the work in this exhibition highlights relationships and cycles that can be understood on a micro and macro level. Dualities such as light and dark, weight and fragility, tension and balance position the work between imposed control and the precarious possibilities of collapse.

Exhibition and Reception run as part of Heritage Week 2017.

Dunamaise Arts Centre
Church Street Portlaoise,
Co. Laois

Beginning, End and the Journey | Josephine Geaney at Toradh Gallery, Ashbourne

15 August to 19 September

Every individual has a distinct journey on this earth. This journey in life may change but the familiar world we inhabit remains constant. Josephine Geaney wanted to create artworks that incorporate portals that lead into the different worlds of the unknown, fragmented from our daily lives.

This exhibition “Beginning, End and the Journey” represents her own interpretations of these worlds and is designed to ask the viewer to analyse and interpret the unknown. The imagery within the artworks is an amalgamation of both the existent and unfamiliar. The colours and composition of each artwork is dynamically varied to present a new world to the viewer.

Toradh Gallery
Ashbourne Library and Cultural Centre
Killagland Street
Co. Meath
T: (01) 8358002

Extensile | Anne Manning at the Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

19 August to 29 September 2017 | Opening: 18 August, 7pm
Presentation Centre, Convent Road, Enniscorthy, Co.Wexford

Visual artist Anne Manning will be exhibiting a selection of her work in the Presentation Centre this August. Extensile is an exhibition of ceramic sculpture focusing on form and process. The sculpture pieces were created in response to children’s drawings based on natural form and will be exhibited along side the drawings enabling the viewer to gain an idea of the creative process.

Contact Lisa on 0539233000 for details and information.

Lorraine Fenlon at Fairgreen SC, Carlow

10 to 27 August 2017
Fairgreen Shopping Centre, Barrack St, Carlow

The Fenlon Gallery is a pop up Gallery space in Fairgreen shopping centre, Carlow showcasing the contemporary original works and prints of Lorraine Fenlon.

The collection includes some large scale Dublin Lighthouse paintings, seascapes, landscapes and still life. Oil paintings with textural richness and new 24ct Gold Leaf works of iconic shapes on the landscape. Lorraine will also hold short demonstrations and workshops throughout the exhibition.

5th Annual Signal Open Exhibition at Signal Arts Centre


14 to 27 August

One of the founding members of the Signal Arts Centre, Jim Morrison, had always dreamed of creating an ‘Open Submission’ exhibition where the submission process was open to everyone who may not have exhibited anywhere before. He believed there is a huge amount of talent that goes unrecognised and felt that an opportunity should be there for all artists to exhibit.

The first Signal Open was in August 2014. Jim always took great pleasure when an unknown or up-and-coming artist was successful in their submission and he could not have been prouder than when he announced the ‘Best in Show’ at the opening receptions each year since.

This year, the 5th Annual Signal Open will be all the more poignant because Jim passed away suddenly on 10th July 2017. He would have said, ‘The show must go on’ and he would have been excited by the response and the quality of work submitted for this year’s exhibition.

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

TRANSFORMANCE at Shankill Castle Arts Festival 2017, Co. Kilkenny

14 to 20 August

TRANSFORMANCE is the Shankill Castle Arts Festival about the fluidity and transformation that comes from, not only the creative process, but also from the artists’ themselves, their world around them, how they depict it and how they capture these continuous changes. These transformations are akin to life long performances; transformances.

As well as displaying her recent works, Elizabeth Cope invites other artists to exhibit along side her. This year sees the 25th year of Shankill Castle hosting an exhibition during the Kilkenny Arts Festival. The exhibition offers attendees a unique cultural experience set in the Kilkenny countryside.

Over the days of the Exhibition Phoebe Cope will be leading a Drawing Marathon and Art Workshop. She will be coaching participants in their own work and also producing a series of drawings for immediate display in the exhibition, a fast and fresh exhibition where she will be immediately impacted by her surroundings. You can join in by booking at

Australian artist Rachael Wellisch came to Shankill Castle as part of the artists’ residency programme last May. Her work predominantly focuses on the transition of base matter to cultural object using natural materials.

Clare Ormerod is based at Huntington Castle, Co. Carlow. Originally from London, Ormerod has witnessed the transgression in her own work style and genre over the years. Her works resemble nature, yet are constantly evolving within a bigger network of connections. Reuben Cope is exhibiting more of his thought provoking installations that turn everyday things into objects of compelling intrigue and engagement.

Open Studio | Bernadette Kiely at Kilkenny Arts Festival 2017

13 to 20 August

Bernadette Kiely opens her studio at The Quay, Thomastown, County Kilkenny for the duration of Kilkenny Arts Festival 2017.

Displaying works relating to themes of transience, memory, perception, the passage of time and the concept of land as a precious and fragile resource, she poses the question that if there is a picture of the future in life and art, where and what might it be?

Her references include her own photographic practice, topographical paintings and drawings of historical landscapes – and maps and places as sites of memory related to her family history. Her oil paintings and charcoal and water drawings depicting shifting weather patterns such as flooding, mists and fog which alter and distort familiar landscapes and our experience of vision.

Threads of My Life | Maeve Hunter at The Courthouse Arts Centre, Co. Wicklow

5 to 25 August
Opening Reception on Sunday 13 August, 4pm

Maeve Hunter, Education and Outreach Officer will be exhibiting at The Courthouse Arts Centre. This exhibition intertwines watercolours, textiles and mixed media that narrate the artist’s love of Africa and threads of association that bind her to that Continent. Having first visited Africa as a child she returned as an adult and developed her artistic practice while travelling across all four provinces: North, South, East and West.

Her work takes inspiration from the colours, textures and people of Africa. She combines the delicacy of watercolours with African fabrics while also bringing her Celtic heritage into the visual image. A select number of textile pieces in this exhibition were created in 2013 while on an artist residency programme in Namibia.

Courthouse Arts Centre
Main Street, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow
T: 0402 38529

The Way Things Go: An Homage at The Butler Gallery, Kilkenny

12 August to 15 October

The Butler Gallery, in association with Kilkenny Arts Festival, presents the influential film The Way Things Go (1987), by world-renowned Swiss artists Peter Fischli (b.1952) and David Weiss (1946-2012). This thirty-minute film was shot in a stark warehouse where automobile tires, garbage bags, and plastic water jugs take centre stage, rolling, twisting, and exploding in what seems to be an unstoppable chain of motion, both simple and complex. The film displays a forensic attention to detail, wherein Fischli and Weiss’s devotion to detritus injects a burst of humour into the seriousness of the art world.

In honour of the 30th anniversary of the making of The Way Things Go, a group of artists has been commissioned to make a new work in homage to this important film. These include Aideen Barry, Hannah Fitz, Atsushi Kaga, Nevan Lahart, Jonathan Mayhew and Caroline McCarthy. Also included is work by artists who have a particular sympathy with, or relationship to, The Way Things Go. These include works by Maggie Madden, Isabel Nolan and Liam O’Callaghan. All of these artists have acknowledged the importance and influence of the work of Fischli and Weiss on their individual art practice, and have created works in a variety of media that pays tribute to one of the truly inventive and memorable works of art produced in the late-twentieth century.

Butler Gallery, The Castle, Kilkenny
T: 056 7761106

DUAL | Emma Barone at the Art Lounge, The Chestnut Bar, Birr

4 to 31 August

An exhibition of new fine art photography by Emma Barone at the Art Lounge. On show during Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival 4 – 11 August, continues until 31 August 2017.

Barone uses the process of recording two superimposed images on a photographic medium, usually done intentionally to produce a special effect. Her pieces capitalise on the dualities of light and dark, stillness and movement piercing the veil which divides the shadow from the substance, leaving the viewer with a glimpse into a vibrant parallel universe.

Art Lounge
The Chestnut Bar,
Green St,

Tide Line, Constant, Changing | Carol Kennedy and Verona Stellet at The Watergarden Gallery

10 August to 1 September
Opening Thursday 10 August, 7pm

Carol Kennedy and Verona Stellet both draw their inspiration in the broadest sense from the sea and its environs. Numerous field trips to the Irish coast were taken together for source material and research purposes. The result is a joint exhibition that comprises various printmaking techniques, photography, artist books and sculptures.

Their work shares a thematically similar point of departure but diverge in both practice and concept.

Verona collects natural, marine debris and other detritus from which she creates work. This detritus attains an aesthetic quality thus creating an ambivalent confrontation between the beautiful and the repellent.

Carol works intuitively in the media of photography and printmaking. The work is in essence a hope capturing fleeting moments of nature.

This exhibition is kindly supported by Tipperary County Council Arts Office
The Watergarden Gallery
Lady well Street, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
T: +353 (0) 56 7724690

Saying Something | Group Exhibition at Blackstack Studio, Kilkenny

12 to 20 August

Saying Something draws upon the force and validity of the printed image as the historical basis from which all other forms of the repeatable image emerge. Each print in the exhibition attempts to show the parameters of our new image-based economy. Saying Something consists of one limited edition image by each Blackstack Studio member that seeks to counteract, in the form of a visual antidote, that which is mass produced, mediated, and instantaneous.

Curated by Lynda Phelan

Saying Something will run in conjunction with Kilkenny Arts Festival 2017 as part of the Alternative Kilkenny Arts Fringe Festival.

Blackstack will also launch their latest BOX SET (2017) during the festival, which will be available to buy on site at the studio or online at Comprising of a number of limited edition 19 x 19cm original prints by Blackstack Studio members, this year’s BOX SET (2017) promises to deliver a varied visual treat.

Blackstack Studio
42 Parliament Street
T: 353 85 8384377

Dublin Comic Con 2017 at The Convention Centre, Dublin 1

11 to 13 August 2017
Then Convention Centre, Spencer Dock, Dublin 1

Returning for its fifth year, Dublin Comic Con brings media guests from TV and film, Comic creators, artists, fans and professionals together for a weekend of talks, workshops, demos, interactive activities and all around great family fun.
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CAIRDEAS | Debra Bowden at AKA Fringe Festival, Kilkenny

11 to 20 August

CAIRDEAS is an exhibition of new prints by Debra Bowden to celebrate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Japan.

Traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking is at the core of Debra Bowden’s work. She applies the basic techniques of this ancient art form and often deliberately exploit the printing process by varying the degree of wet and dry ink, paper and woodblock to produce diverse effects of ink-bleeding. She prints with water based inks onto a variety of Japanese papers and hand burnish (printing without a press) using a Japanese bamboo baren; a hand held printing pad. Collagraph (printing from a collage) is incorporated to produce a further variety of textures.

This body of work is a continuation of Debra Bowden’s interest in the Japanese primordial sign of the circle and is inspired by the meaning of friendship.

The Bamboo Baren Print Workshop
The HUB, Market Street, Thomastown, County Kilkenny
T: 086 067 8314