Category: Leinster

Reflection Within the Art of Portrait | Monika Ferris at Signal Arts Centre

22 January to 4 February 2018

Monika Ferris is a portrait artist from Poland currently living in Merrion Square, Dublin. Her upcoming exhibition at the Signal Arts Centre will include portraits focused to express the energy and beauty of a human, especially female and her inner magic.

Reflecting within the art of portraits is a way of capturing a portrait and what we actually see while looking at the other person. Many emotional influences can impact on the final portrait expression; therefore leading to the deepest point of presenting a portrait.

From universal reflection on the human condition and the penetrating portrait depth, to the existential mirrors combined with paintings, triggers captured reactions of the viewer’s portrait.

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

A Calf Remembered | Katie Watchorn at Wexford Arts Centre

27 January to 24 February 2018

Opening on Saturday 27th January at 3.00pm at Wexford Arts Centre

Guest speaker: Ann Mulrooney, CEO, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow

Wexford County Council and Wexford Arts Centre are pleased to present A Calf Remembered, a new exhibition of work by Katie Watchorn, winner of the Emerging Visual Artist Award 2016. The exhibition will run from 27th January to 24th February at Wexford Arts Centre.

Katie Watchorn’s practice is rooted in the materiality of rural farming, highlighting the processes of contemporary and ancestral Irish life and traditions which are often understated and overlooked. Frequently looking inward at the acreage of her father’s dairy farm, Watchorn is interested in the presence of livestock and softer somatic substances in a contrastingly harsh farmyard setting. A Calf Remembered references yearly farming fluctuations, home remedies for cattle, and the physical vehicle of the dairy cow; her cyclical life and ‘the hot brewery of gland cud and udder’.

Raised on a dairy farm in rural Co. Carlow, Katie Watchorn received a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Painting from the National College of Art and Design in 2014. In recent years, Watchorn has exhibited in VISUAL, Carlow; TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, Galway; Foundation 14, Offaly; and NCAD Gallery, Dublin. She won the George Berkeley Gold Medal for Visual Arts at the 2014 Undergraduate Awards, a 2015 Artlinks Bursary Award from Carlow County Council, and the HOTRON Recent Graduate Award 2016 selected by Annie Fletcher. Katie has recently been a recipient of a Next Generation Arts Council Award to produce new work in 2017/2018.

Wexford Arts Centre
Cornmarket, Wexford
T: (053) 912 3764

Design through the ages | Youth Arts Festival at Courthouse Arts Centre, Co. Wicklow

9 to 26 January

Now in its 5th year, our Youth Arts Festival is going from strength to strength with over 400 young artist and performers taking part from all around south Wicklow.

As a multi-tiered art event across visual art, music, theatre, spoken word and dance we are delighted to exclusively offer The Courthouse Arts Centre as youth venue for the entire month of January.

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

Black and White | Jane O’Malley at The Butler Gallery

13 January to 25 February

Jane O’Malley’s use of drawing laid the foundations for her artistic career. This exhibition and accompanying publication is a survey of the artists black and white works on paper, never seen before in such volume and range. Jane has an eye for beauty and a gift for creating a strong sense of place, which is reflected in much of her subject matter. This survey will, for the first time, show a very strong and surprising body of work that reveals a starkness of line devoid of the usual high colour most closely linked to her work.

The drawings, many gathered from Jane’s notebooks, sketchbooks, and her visual diaries, span a lifetime of work, of travel, of working alongside her husband, the artist Tony O’Malley, and of time spent alone. Jane displayed a confidence in her use of line right from the beginning. She loved to draw as a child and the more she drew, the stronger the work became. This collection of works on paper charts a journey from St Ives in Cornwall to Clare Island in County Mayo, and from there to Physicanstown in County Kilkenny, with many exotic trips to the Bahamas, the Tropics and Lanzarote. It reads almost like a travelogue. No matter where they landed the O’Malley’s captured the essence of life around them.

In his last days Tony O’Malley kept reminding Jane to keep working “Janie, promise me you will keep on with your work”. True to her word, Jane has continued to draw and paint and has added to her exceptional body of work. This diverse selection of works in ‘Black & White’ display a range and skill set that is the backbone of all her work over the past forty years. These works are full of curiousity and joy and provide an intimate glimpse into a life richly lived.

Butler Gallery, The Castle, Kilkenny
T: 056 7761106

A Celebration | Bray Adult Education Centre Exhibition at Signal Arts Centre

8 to 21 January

Bray Adult Education Centre (BAEC) exists to provide a second chance in education to adult learners. For the past decade and a half it has seen some of the most significant developments in education in Bray. Today there are over 150 students attending a variety of certified courses at BAEC. Subjects include Science, History, Information Technology (including Comp TIA A+), Childcare Studies, Art, Metalwork, Woodwork and ESOL. The Centre also exists to profile and promote student work.

The BAEC Art/ Craft/ Design Exhibition this year is a celebration of students’ work – past and present.

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

The Collective | Group Exhibition at Riverbank Arts Centre

5 to 26 January

Creative Well kick off the new year with a show from the collective of artists from the Open Studio project. This will be a group show, showcasing the works and talents of the artists attending the studio over the past 3 years. A lively variety of media, makers and technique.

“This Must Be the Place” is an arts and health residency at the Riverbank Arts Centre. Throughout 2017 and 2018 The Creative Well Arts Programme and Riverbank Arts Centre will open the McKenna Gallery to explore the gallery as a space and place for making, discussion, encountering and exhibition to huge success.

The Creative Well Programme is an inclusive visual arts project funded by Kildare County Council Arts Service and supported by The HSE Health Promotion Unit.

For queries on this year’s programme Carolann Courtney (Arts and Wellbeing Specialist for Co. Kildare) at or 083 1709589

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street, Newbridge, Co. Kildare
T: (045) 448327

Mary Ward’s Amazing World of Wonder by Caroline Conway and Tina Claffey at Birr Castle Courtyard

6 January 6 to 8 pm

Caroline Conway and Tina Claffey. An outdoor projection of macro photography and zoetrope animation illuminating Birr Castle Courtyard celebrating the work of the 19th century microscopist Mary Ward, and narrated through an adaptation of her book “The Amazing World of Wonder revealed by the Microscope” published in 1858. The narration, written in the style of letters to her family, is read by Lalla Ward, Great granddaughter of Mary, against a sound scape of music and insect noises.

This project was commissioned by Offaly County Council with funding from Creative Ireland and has been performed with community groups in Ferbane, Banagher, Clara and Birr. This projection is part of the Illuminate Herstory Festival, and is for one night only, Woman’s Little Christmas, Jan 6th from 6 – 8 pm, in Birr Castle Courtyard, connected to Mary Ward through science and family.

Contact Caroline Conway at for further information.

How The Light Gets In | Brian Cregan at Riverbank Arts Centre, Co. Kildare

19 to 22 December
Exhibition Launch, Tuesday 19 December, 6.30pm

Inspired by a childhood spent living on the edge of the Curragh, artist Brian Cregan has created a series of photographs using pinhole photography. The cameras used in the work have been constructed from everyday objects and adapted to become light-proof boxes with pinhole apertures; in essence, cameras in their simplest form. Some of these include an old binoculars case that was used watching the races at the Curragh, an artillery shell from the Curragh Camp and a picture frame. They are based on the centuries-old idea of the camera obscura, an optical device used to create paintings and drawings.

Working from a darkroom, setup at Newbridge Educate Together primary school, Cregan has created images that seek to reconnect with the discoveries, experiments and failures of early pioneers in photography from the 1800s. Depicting diverse topography from woodlands to historical sites, the images also represent the rich heritage and landscape of the Curragh and surrounding areas. The artist will run a series of photography workshops during the exhibition, as well as a series of exhibition tours explaining some of the ideas behind the work.

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street, Newbridge, Co. Kildare
T: (045) 448327

War Art in Context | Paul Woods at CYMS Hall, Kildare

5 to 18 December

2018 will be a major international centenary with main events planned to take place in the EU and UK, as well as Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand. In Ireland, artistic and cultural responses to the centenary of WW1 Armistice will follow suit from last year’s centenary programme success.

This body of work joins the larger discourse on the Irish perspective and identity among international voices. Presented in a local context, it will be accompanied by 3-week programme of events, including public talks, guided tours, school and community groups workshops.

This project is supported by KCC Arts Service and Creative Ireland funding.

Saint Brigids Square, Kildare

Vista | Aileen Kavanagh+Rosemarie Langtry at Aras an Chontae, Co. Offaly

8 to 22 December 2017

Vista is an exhibition of new work by two Offaly artists, Aileen Kavanagh and Rosemarie Langtry.  Kavanagh presents a new body of work in which she has developed a deep connection with country-side, sea-scapes and city-scapes. Langtry describes her approach to forming a unique and individual piece, at any one time, as “in the moment”. Hues and forms of the local landscape, rust and found objects combine inspire her creatively to providing an intriguing art form to encapsulate memories from bygone days.

Áras an Chontae
Co. Offaly

53 Its only a number | Rosemarie Langtry at SVP Charity Shop, Athlone

1 to 23 December 2017

Artist Rosemarie Langtry’s latest exhibition in Vincent Shop, 10 church St, Athlone has been inspired by her birthday. On the theme “It’s only a number” Rosemarie has created 53 encaustic paintings one for each year. Each piece is framed, signed and priced at just that number.
The artworks will be on display throughout the month of December, Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 6.00pm and Rosemarie suggests you come along early to get the pick of the pieces.

St Vincent de Paul Charity Shop
10 Church Street, Athlone

Ebb + Flow | Meath Arts Group at the Toradh Gallery

5 December to 16 January

Meath Arts Group is a group of around 25 artists from or living in Co. Meath, disciplined in various media – printing, painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, mixed media and textile art. Having exhibited both individually and within group shows in Ireland and abroad, the group was formed 11 years ago to allow the participating artists to explore shared ideas. They meet on a regular basis to plan exhibitions, collaborate on themes and learn new skills. At various intervals artists share their ongoing work, thus unavoidably shaping and shifting how the theme is being read.

In this exhibition the artists are responding to the theme Ebb + Flow. The varied subjects of the artworks represent the distinctive characters of the members, expressed by using different materials and processes and captures the diversity of interpretation. The artworks create a rich tapestry of the individual artists’ response to the theme and blurs the boundary between reality and art.

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

Sonic Pollinators | Karen Power at Tullamore Community Arts Centre

Tuesday 5 December, 8pm

During 2017 Offaly County Council commissioned composer Karen Power to explore the world of pollinators through sound. Karen has recorded 1000s of pollinators over the spring and summer in Offaly and has then composed music using the recordings. Hear the premier performance of sonic pollinators with Quiet Music Ensemble at Tullamore Arts Centre.

sonic pollinators(2017) aims to capture, represent and juxtapose the real and imagined, or re-imagined, place, time and uniqueness of Offaly and its pollinators through music/sound. After 6 months of listening and recording natural and managed pollinators throughout Offaly, this pollinators project comes to its completion. Natural settings include: Clara Bog, Lough Boora Discovery Park + Birr Castle Garden’s. Managed settings were accessed in collaboration with Offaly Beekeeping Association.

This project is funded by Creative Ireland and is part of Offaly County Council’s Heritage Plan 2017-22 to promote the All Ireland Pollinator Plan.

Cost: Free, but booking essential email: or leave a message on 057 9346839.
Facebook event link:

Tullamore Community Arts Centre
High Street, Tullamore

Christmas Fair at Signal Arts Centre, Bray

4 to 24 December

Signal Arts Centre is delighted to open its’ doors again for this years’ Christmas Fair. Following on from previous years, the Christmas Fair promises to be filled with locally created hand-made crafts where you will be able to buy authentic gifts for everyone on your shopping list all in one place.

The Christmas Fair is open from 10am – 5pm everyday.

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

Orientation | Group Exhibition at Droichead Arts Centre, Co. Louth

30 November to 3 March

Orientation, a group exhibition, a celebration and showcase of artists living and working in Drogheda and surrounding areas. The exhibition celebrates and desires bring attention to the range and wealth of artistic work being produced in this compact area. Orientation suggests a shift in focus and an acknowledgement of the importance of locality and place. Curated by Dorothy Smith.

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

Emma Finucane | Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow

1 December 2017 to 27 January 2018

Emma Finucane develops artwork through dialogue, process based, participatory and collaborative practice. Her work has frequently combined education, research and artistic practice. This exhibition is a response to the findings of a research project she instigated in UCD School of Nursing and Midwifery in 2014.

Emma lives in Greystones, and is a founder member of Outpost Studios in Bray Co. Wicklow. She completed a BFA at NCAD in 1997 and an MFA in 2006. She has been commissioned and supported by the Arts Council Ireland, CREATE, Wicklow, Carlow, Cavan and Kildare County Councils. Her work has been shown in Ireland the UK, Germany, Denmark and the US and can be found in many private and public collections including: OPW, AIB, DIT, and UCD.

Emma has recently presented at Art and Health Check Up, Check In, The Model Sligo; Attitude Precedes Form, The Library Project, curated by Hilary Murray (2017) Outpost, Mermaid Arts Centre, Co.Wicklow; Rosebud, The Library Project, curated by Alison Pilkington and Cora Cummins (2016) Women’s Art Library, Goldsmiths, London; Welcome Disturbances, The Lab, Foley St.; Presented at Motherhood and Creative Practice, London Southbank University.

More information.

Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow
T: 01 2724030

HERE | Nicholas Harpur at Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy

24 November 2017 to 19 January 2018

Through his documentation of people, places, and moments, a world of personalities, routines, and habits are revealed. Touching on prospects and questioning the choices people make, in particular, their reasons to stay ‘HERE’. His work invites us into the lives and experiences of others through a careful approach, and although he is very much a part of the situations depicted, Nicholas creates a sense of voyeurism through his documentary style photography.

The Presentation Centre
Convent Road, Enniscorthy. Co.Wexford
T: 053 9233000

Coastlines | Serena Caulfield at Coast, Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford

17 November to 30 December 2017

‘Coastlines’ is a culmination of paintings, drawings and studies made over a five year period. The work is a response to the place that Caulfield lives as well as from my forays further afield, such as flying a glider over Kilmore Quay and Cullenstown and an artist residency at Cill Rialaig.

As a regular walker, in the fortunate position of living and working on the Wexford coast, Serena Caulfield is interested primarily in engaging with the landscape, which is in a constant flux. Her individual perception of somewhere that is very familiar to me is a catalyst for new ideas on a daily basis; Herodotus said you cannot step into the same river twice, and it is the same with each walk, and indeed with each artwork.

To this end, Caulfield explore sand responds to stimuli in the landscape; ideas stem as she walks, and each new engagement leads to a new understanding of her habitat, made clearer by the process of rendering it visually.

Emphasising the importance of draftsmanship and mark-making in an attempt to give a distinctive expression to the Irish landscape, Serena Caulfield strives to discover her artistic identity and visual language as an emerging Irish artist in the contemporary art world.

Kilmore Quay
Co. Wexford

David McEwen at the School House for Art, Co. Wicklow

24 to 26 November 2017 | Opening: 24 November, 6.30pm

This November the Schoolhouse Gallery is delighted to welcome artist David McEwen to exhibit a selection of his works.

The exhibition ‘An introduction to the paintings of David McEwen’ will take place from Friday the 24th of November.
The Gallery will be open on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th from 9:30 am to 5pm.

School House for Art, The Square, Enniskerry Village, Co. Wicklow
T: + 353 (0) 1 286 9594

Nonetheless Here | Markus Davies at Signal Arts Centre, Bray

20 November to 3 December 2017

Artist Markus Davies will be showing, his latest series of paintings, for the first time in his hometown of Bray with the support of the Signal Art Gallery.

Originally from Germany Markus studied Fine Art at the National college of Art and Design in Dublin. He has widely exhibited his work in Ireland and the UK.

In the past Markus has collaborated with Irish and international Artists in the aim to raise awareness of disused spaces within our towns and cities. He’s currently planning a new project in London, which will see him collaborating with UK based artists trying to create a dialogue between Artists across different disciplines, with similar interests and influences in relation to the urban environment.

“Nonetheless Here” inaugurates elements of Architecture and encounters the spaces, places and structures that surround us in day to day life.

The paintings are typically generated in response of the Artist own personal experience of the build environment we live in. Questioning how he perceives these spatial experiences and what he senses and feels while encountering these places.
Each painting oversteps the boundaries between art and everyday space, exploring tangible elements, unforeseen spatial configuration and ever changing conditions of our surroundings.

Markus is constantly analyzing images of the build environment trying to confront the blandness of these commodified urban spaces through the medium of paint and a format of human reflection.

For more information please visit or contact Markus direct via email:

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