Category: Leinster

The Meeting | Group Exhibition at Laois Arthouse   Recently updated !

1 to 28 July

County Laois Arts Officer Muireann Ní Chonaill and Dublin gallerist Olivier Cornet met for the first time at the Speed Curating event arranged annually by Visual Artists Ireland (VAI) as part of their artists’ Get Together at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). Through working side-by-side in the chapel at IMMA, meeting artists at this event, the idea for the joint exhibition was born. From the artists they met last year, Olivier invited David Fox and Vicky Smith and Muireann invited Darina Meagher and Aileen Hamilton to participate in this joint exhibition.

The exhibition will open in the Laois Arthouse, Stradbally, Co Laois, on Saturday 1st July, 1pm and will run there until Friday 28th July. Guest Speaker at the opening: Monica Flynn, Professional Development Officer, Visual Artists Ireland (VAI)

The exhibition will travel at the end of the month to the Olivier Cornet Gallery, 3 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1 where it will open on Sunday 6th August, 3pm. The show will run there until 3rd September. Guest Speaker at the opening: Noel Kelly, CEO and Director of Visual Artists Ireland (VAI).

Laois Arthouse
Stradbally, Co. Laois
T: 057 866 4033/ 13

Bristle: Hair and Hegemony | Group Exhibition at Highlanes Gallery   Recently updated !

8 July to 23 September
Exhibition opening Saturday 8 July, 3pm

Highlanes Gallery continues its 10th Birthday Programme with a special exhibition Bristle: hair and hegemony which draws on the rich scientific, literary, political and aesthetic contexts in which hair plays a central role. It brings together a range of artworks and objects from the 17th century to the contemporary moment, and from diverse ethnic and cultural contexts.

It features work by historic and contemporary artists including Albrecht Dürer, William Hogarth, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Matthew and Mary Darly, Hashiguchi Goyo, James Barry, Abigail O’Brien, Joanne Procter, Stephen Lau, David Hockney, Bharti Parma, Alice Maher and Helen Chadwick.

In addition to commissioning new work and borrowing a range of contemporary art from emerging and established artists, the exhibition presents art from major public collections, the National Gallery of Ireland, Chester Beatty Library, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin City Gallery, the Hugh Lane, the British Council Collection, the Arts Council of Ireland and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland as well as Drogheda Municipal Art Collection and private collections. These wide-ranging examples, some familiar, many not shown before, offer a sense of the extent of representations and meanings given to hair in visual art and material culture over the centuries.

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

Luma + Encounters | Helen Mac Mahon and Nerosunero Exhibitions at Luan Gallery

1 July to 26 August

Luan Gallery will present two exhibitions side by side for the months of July and August. Luma by Helen Mac Mahon will feature in the New and River Gallery spaces while Encounters by Mario Sughi will be shown in the Library Gallery.

Dublin based artist Helen Mac Mahon uses light as a catalyst throughout her practice. Utilising a mixture of sculptural elements with natural and artificial light, Helen creates a compilation of art installations which generate a myriad of light effects resulting in an interactive art viewing experience. The artist will create large metal mesh installations to hang across the vast window spans of Luan’s River Gallery, referencing the reflections of light on the surface of the Shannon waters below. In the New Gallery the artist will display a series of ‘light paintings’ and sculptural works that all play with light and perception.

Against these light based works will hang the digital paintings of artist nerosunero. Dublin based, Italian born artist Mario Sughi, who goes by the alias nerosunero, makes large scale digital paintings which present snapshots of strangers’ lives. Son of famed artist Alberto Sughi, Mario turns the gallery viewer into voyeur with his large bold works showing everyday scenes in brilliant techni-colour. As though ‘people watching’ on a summers day, some of the works in Encounters seem as if viewed from a park bench or street side café, while other more intimate scenes seem more sinisterly captured through a key hole or hidden camera.
The combination of these two artists’ contrasting works will create a diverse viewing experience for the gallery’s summer audience.

Luan Gallery, Grace Rd, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
T: 090 6442154

The Red Ribbon | Mary Furlong at Toradh Gallery, Ashbourne

21 June to 25 July

Mary Furlong is a photographer living in Trim, she is interested in stories, personal living histories and local places and their hidden histories, the commonplace and the generally overlooked. She is inspired by what she finds around her, everyday objects and situations, chance remarks, snippets and stories. Mary looks for what she thinks is extraordinary in the everyday. She also likes to work collaboratively within communities.

A few years ago while living in Wexford she met a Traveller woman from the West, Mrs. Sweeney, who told her a superstition about wearing something red, a ribbon tied to your underwear, as a protection against harm.

The red ribbon story stayed with Mary and after moving back to Trim, the town she grew up in, she met Kay McCabe of the Castle Meadows Involve Youth Club. Mary talked to Kay about a project idea she had to collect more Irish Traveller traditional beliefs and superstitions and to illustrate them with photographs and Kay offered to help, the project was named The Red Ribbon.

The initial set of photographs have been exhibited widely, they were shown as part of the 2016 PhotoIreland Festival in the group show Landscape Rising at the Solomon Fine Art Gallery, Dublin and selected for the 2016. Enniskillen Visual Arts Open

The thirteen photographs exhibited in the Toradh Gallery are a combination of the initial set and newer work made this year.

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

Noel Cleary Exhibition at Signal Arts Centre, Co. Wicklow

3 to 16 July

It is over 2 years since Noel Cleary died. Noel was an important part of the Arts Community in Bray, pivotal in the creation of Culture Night, central to maintaining relations between Signal Arts Centre and the community.

A much loved teacher of painting, as well as a father, a husband and friend. This show is to remind us of the art and artist that we lost and to provide access to a little bit of the many works that he created.

As well as prints of his work, this exhibition will include video work, some of which will be shown for the first time.

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

And Creatures Dream…A New Language | Group Exhibition at Wexford Arts Centre

3 July to 25 August

The Arts Department of Wexford County Council in partnership with Wexford Arts Centre are delighted to present And Creatures Dream…A New Language, a group exhibition which reveals in part how the visual arts are represented in County Wexford, with focus in this exhibition, on painting.  The selected artists involved actively engage with the language of paint, wholeheartedly referencing its distinguished history, while making adventurous forays beyond.

The artists included in the exhibition are Robert Armstrong, David Begley, John Busher, Ciaran Bowen, Eamonn Carter, Serena Caulfield, Helen Gaynor, Aileen Murphy, Kate Murphy, Rosie O’Gorman, Breda Stacey, Emma Roche, George Warren and Michael Warren.

For further information on the exhibition please contact Catherine Bowe, Visual Arts Manager on +353 (0)53 91 23764.

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

Flowers Floating Either Way | Sinead Fahey at KCAT Gallery, Co. Kilkenny

1 to 9 July

Sinead Fahey will have her first career retrospective celebrating 17 years of the development of a unique voice in Irish visual art. Sinead’s bright and striking images demonstrate a unique perception and expression and have been a hallmark of KCAT Studio (Callan, Co. Kilkenny). A native of Carrick-on-Suir, Sinead has travelled and shown her work widely both nationally and internationally.

KCAT Gallery
Mill Lane,
Co. Kilkenny

T: 0567755115



Life and Local | Noel McCormack and Margaret Walker at St. Brigid’s College, Co. Kilkenny

1 to 9 July

Noel McCormack is based in Dunamaggan, Co. Kilkenny. He has exhibited for several years at the KCAT end of year show in Callan. Noel’s work is primarily figurative in ink, charcoal and pencil, at times combining these to create intensely detailed and sensitive portraits.

Margaret Walker presents an exhibition of new work developed over a number of years depicting various iconic buildings and locations around Callan. Margaret is a native of Callan and is a member of the KCAT Studio in Callan.

St. Brigid’s College
Co. Kilkenny

Amhrán Na Farraige | Esther O’Kelly at The Pigyard Gallery, Wexford   Recently updated !

1 to 21 July
The opening will take place on 30 June at 6.30pm with special guest Bernadette Doolan.

The Pigyard invite you to an exhibition of work by artist Esther O’Kelly. Esther’s themes are inspired by sealife and a long family tradition of fishermen. Each piece evokes a strong coastal connection. Drawn towards the beauty and natural forms of the coastline, Artist Esther O’Kelly creates vibrant paintings that seek to capture a memory and evoke a sense of place.

This exhibition celebrates the natural beauty of our rugged coastline the dwelling places dotted along it and the lives lived on our shores. It seeks to ignite our curiosity and imagination, to wonder at the mystery of life, to explore what is beyond the illusion and discover the unseen reality of who we truly are.

Pigyard Gallery
Spectrum Art + Framing,
13 Selskar Street,
T:(053) 9122019

Lamp Black and Moonlight | David Begley at Courthouse Arts, Co. Wicklow

28 May to 30 June

Lamp Black and Moonlight is an exhibition of animations, drawings and monotypes by David Begley. David Begley is an artist and writer based in Wexford, currently working in the mediums of drawing and printmaking.

Recently David Begley’s work has been presented at Cinema Club, New York, Animfest Athens, Greece, Oriel Myrddin and Oriel Davies, Wales, VISUAL, Carlow, The RHA, Dublin, DAS2015, Belfast and The Linenhall Arts Centre, Mayo. David was awarded The Artists Film Award at In Motion, Wales in 2015 and an Artlinks Visual Arts Bursary in 2014.

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

ART WORKS | Carlow Arts Festival at VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art

10 to 19 June

Carlow Arts Festival in collaboration with VISUAL Carlow and Carlow Local Authorities Arts Office are delighted to present ART WORKS, a 10-day summer exhibition of visual art, and the 37th annual open submission in Carlow.

A fantastic opportunity to see work by 60 artists currently working in Ireland, this exhibition will be located at various sites across the town of Carlow. Selected from an open call to artists to submit their work, ART WORKS celebrates the energy, creative power and diversity of visual arts practices in Ireland.

The Éigse Prize of €3000, for an outstanding piece of work, and the Hotron sponsored ART WORKS prize of €1000, for work by a recent graduate, will be presented at the ART WORKS Party on June 16 at 8pm.

This year ART WORKS has been selected by Annie Fletcher, Senior Curator, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven and Claire Feeley, Producer, Barbican London.

Artists: Dennis McNulty, Aideen Barry, Jaki Irvine, Stephen McKenna, Brian Duggan, Doireann Ní Ghrioghair, Jenny Brady, Jennifer Trouton, Gabhann Dunne, Susan MacWillian, Bennie Reilly, Bridget O’Gorman, Tom Climent, Marcel Vidal, Mark Cullen, Martina O’Brien, Bartosz Kolata, David Beattie, Helen Blake, Stephen Morris, Robert Dunne, Blaise Smith, Susan Connolly, Katie Watchorn, Tracy White Fitzgerald, Tom Climent, Patrick Redmond, Paddy Joe Rickard, Michelle Deignan, Maria O’Brien, Mella Travers, Michelle Browne, Hanneke van Ryswyk, Hugh McGettigan, Cecile Johnson Soliz, Jane Rainey, Vera Ryklova, Rebecca Bradley, Alan Phelan, Lee Welch, Seán Guinan, Samuel Tobin, Roisin Lewis, Anna Boyle, Gypsy Ray, Tommie Lehane, Paul Mosse, Tom Fitzgerald, Mandy O’Neill, Michelle Byrne, Meghan Heeney, Paul Hallahan, Jonathan Mayhew, Tia Vellani, Kate Nolan, Gregory Sean Sheehan, Richard Carr, Kevin Gaffney and Joan Surgue.

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

When Walking | Eithne Jordan at The Butler Gallery

24 June to 30 July
Opening Reception: Saturday, 24 June, 3pm

The Butler Gallery is delighted to present an exhibition of new gouaches and paintings by Eithne Jordan, one of Ireland’s leading painters.

This body of work has been made during Jordan’s one-year residency at the Tony O’Malley Studio on Bridge Street in Callan, County Kilkenny. Armed with a camera and intrepid walking legs, Jordan captured and recorded what she encountered on her frequent walks about Callan and the surrounding countryside. Carefully studying the assembled images back in the studio, tough decisions were made as to which to dedicate to painting.

Jordan was particularly struck by the vernacular architecture, both the remarkable and the unremarkable, encountered throughout the countryside. This eclectic miscellany of both public and domestic buildings is imbued with character and atmosphere. Familiar bungalows are made singular by their owner’s use of faux Georgian pillars or decorative stone cladding. A melancholic cottage sits abandoned and boarded up, just like so many others throughout this country. Jordan deftly captures a pink-hued sky just before the sun sets; a water tower, a church ruin, leafless trees, each are silhouetted against the late evening light. The unmistakable architecture of a local convent looms tall and makes its presence felt within the landscape. An empty football pitch borders a ghost estate, awaiting the animation of games to come.

Tony O’Malley’s early works captured the essence of his beloved Kilkenny. Eithne Jordan has taken her own path through his familiar landscape, tenderly responding in her inimitable way, distinguished by her particular eye and life experience.

Butler Gallery, The Castle, Kilkenny
T: 056 7761106

30 Years, Artists, Places | Group Exhibition at Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise

10 June to 15 July 2017 | Reception: 29 June, 5pm
Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise

Following an extensive 18-month national tour to venues nationwide, this is a must see at Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise. It is an extraordinary line up of Irish artists, who rarely find themselves curated into one room. The accompanying souvenir catalogue gives details on each artwork.
Artists include; Tadhg McSweeney, Jane McCormack, Theo McNab, John Minihan, Frances Leach, Jan Voster, Julie Merriman, David Stephenson, John Kindness, Constance Short, Roisín McGuigan, Robert Ballagh, Tony O’Malley, Lisa Fingelton, Padraig Cunningham, Seán Lynch, Gary Robinson, Seán Cotter, Jenny Brady, Cora Cummins, Ronnie Hughes, Micky Donnelly, Naomi Draper, Seán McSweeney, Anne Cleary & Denis Connolly, Alice Maher, Patric Stevenson, Norah McGuinness, John Shinnors, and Vanessa Donosa López. Curated by Muireann Ní Chonaill, Laois Arts Officer.

To mark the closing of the exhibition there will be a Reception and Panel Discussion, in the company of participating artists, arts institutions, arts officers and Irish Art collectors on Thursday 29 June at 5pm.  Guest Speaker Liz Meaney, Arts Director Performing & Local Arts, Arts Council of Ireland

The Goose Field | Mary Duffy at Signal Arts Centre, Bray

20 June to 2 July 2017 | Opening: Friday 23 June, 7pm
Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Signal Arts Centre is delighted to present ‘The Goose Field’ by Wicklow Artist Mary Duffy.

This series of paintings is based on what the artist sees every day: the field next door to her studio known as The Goose Field. This 20 acre field provides the artist with endless opportunities for contemplation as it changes throughout the day and is transformed throughout the seasons.

‘The Goose Field’ is supported by the Arts Council’s Arts and Disability Connect Scheme managed by Arts and Disability Ireland.

Further information on the exhibition:

Kustom Kulture | Ger Marum at The Presentation Centre, Wexford

24 June to 11 August
Official opening 24 June, 7.30pm.

This unique exhibition of Kustom Kulture artwork is a prime example of blurring creative boundaries. Ger utilises unusual objects and creates fantastic one off pieces based on a niche market with roots in American Rock and Roll. The Official Open night will feature a host of all things kustom including cars and bikes along with Ger’s original artwork.

The Presentation Centre
Convent Road,

T: 053 9233000

Blueprint 2027 | Group Show at Carlow Arts Festival

9 to 13 June 2017
Blueprint, Dublin St, Carlow

‘Blueprint 2027’ is Blueprint Carlow’s annual exhibition of contemporary artworks by artists based in Carlow and the south east.

Tadhg McSweeney, Katie Watchorn, Adam Bohanna, Rosalind Murray, Saidhbhin Gibson, Brandon McLane, Brian Bastick, Ian Mannion, Brigid Teehan, Mary Cullen Kelly and Maureen Phelan will be showing works as part of this year’s show, ‘2027’.

Supported by Carlow Arts Office.

Contact Mary or Anthony at

Elements | Tina Claffey at Birr Theatre and Arts Centre

9 June to 21 July

Tina Claffey’s fascination with our native bogs and wetlands continues with her new exhibition. In ‘Elements’ she delves deeper into our natural wilderness, encouraging the viewer to immerse into an underworld of fantasy and mindfulness. Using traditional photographic techniques, she conveys the mood of the twilight hours and the effect of the natural elements while also venturing beneath the water of the mysterious bog pools to reveal the treasures and inhabitants we cannot see.

Birr Theatre and Arts Centre
Oxmantown Mall,
Co. Offaly

T: 057 91 22911

SITE WORKS at Carlow Arts Festival

7 to 13 June 2017
Various Location

SITE WORKS ’17 presents six new site specific* works of art. Inspired by Carlow and its rich narratives, these works create new perspectives on old stories and inhabit locations in unexpected and refreshing ways. There’s a long tradition of inviting artists to Carlow to make and present works of art. SITE WORKS continues on this legacy offering a unique platform for artists to come, explore and respond.

This years SITE WORKS and artists are:

Shane Berkery Exhibition at The Chimera Gallery, Mullingar

27 May to 23 June

The Chimera Gallery will host a solo exhibition for Irish-Japanese artist Shane Berkery. Berkery currently has 3 streams of work. In the first, he works with photos from the 1950s and 60s taken by the Japanese side of his family. He translates into paint on canvas the feeling of nostalgia and transient memory that these photos evoke. In the second, the source images are personal photos in which the figures exude a quality of immediacy. The third consists of figure studies to better understand the language of anatomy. In all, the source image he works with demands his engagement and this is ultimately what he would like his paintings to achieve.

Curated by gallery owner Dave O’Shea.

Chimera Gallery,
30-32 Oliver Plunkett Street,
Co. Westmeath
T: (087) 803 83 57

Rennie Buenting at Deighton Memorial Hall, Carlow

7 to 13 June 2017 | Opening: 7 June, 5.30pm
Deighton Memorial Hall, Dublin Street, Carlow

Rennie Buenting, a Dutch born artist, based in Carlow, will be presenting a contemporary show of work from her masters in print media from Glasgow and new work concerning the Carlow Sugar Factory, its closure, and the end of sugar production in Ireland.
WHERE HAS ALL THE SUGAR GONE? consists of prints, installations, sculpture, sound, and a hand-made booklet. This show is grant aided by Carlow County Council and Artlinks.