Category: Leinster

17th Annual Signal Arts Society Members Exhibition

6 to 18 June

Signal Arts Centre is delighted to present the 17th Annual Exhibition of works by members of the Signal Arts Society.

This exhibition is a showcase for members of Signal Arts Society and being a group show includes a diverse range of content, a varied selection of mediums and always something to delight even the most discerning of palettes.

Signal Arts Society was launched in 2001 and is affiliated with Signal Arts Centre. The society consists of artists working in many different arts practices but membership is not exclusive to artists, anybody with an interest in the arts can join.

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

Crypsis | Boz Mugabe at the Signal Arts Centre, Bray

22 May to 4 June 2017
Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow

CRYPSIS – This exhibition consists of work planned and executed from late 2015 into 2017. Purposely veering in a monochromatic direction, it twists and turns around visual ideas of stealth & tribalism. Strange exoskeletal figures and singular-purpose forms exist in a predominantly featureless landscape – part Petri dish, part circadian fragment – purgatorial resin leaking from a rusted vessel in psychological landfill.

Crypsis is the attribute of moving / existing without detection.

Amanda Tapley at Caffe Latte, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Laois

3 to 31 May 2017
Caffe Latte, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Church Street, Portlaoise, Laois

A collection of new Still Life work by Artist Amanda Tapley.
Tapley’s subject matter is carefully chosen, using natural objects alongside man-made items, with the intention of highlighting the beauty of the everyday and the harmony between man and nature.
Painting from life and using carefully constructed compositions and close attention to detail Amanda draws our attention to the qualities, textures and surfaces of the subject matter.

T: +353 57 866 3355 |

Beyond these Walls | Carlow IT Fine Art Degree Exhibition, Wexford Arts Centre

19 May to 10 June 2017
Wexford Arts Centre

Wexford Arts Centre in partnership with the Wexford Campus School of Art and Design (IT Carlow) are pleased to present the annual BA (Hons) Fine Art Graduate exhibition entitled Beyond these Walls.

Through painting, drawing, photography, printmaking and sculpture, the exhibition examines challenging topics prevalent within contemporary society such as cultural identity, diaspora and the mediation of war through various media. Wider areas of research such as psychology and gender identity are also touched upon, and the physical body is examined through movement and by scrutinizing small details such as skin marks and strands of hair to ascertain how they capture an individual’s identity.

Beyond these Walls features work by Philip Bodger, Helen Cleary, Michelle Colfer, Ian Doyle, Elis K, Alyce Geraghty, Aoife Glynn, Emma Hearne, Shannon Keegan, Patsy Kent, Fiona Martin, Anne Martin Walsh, Meghan McLachlan, Catherine Murphy and Andrew Wickham.

Narratives in Making | Group Exhibition at National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny

12 May to 5 July

Narratives in Making, a curated exhibition of contemporary work from the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland’s publication, PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2017 – 2018. The exhibition features the work of the 28 designer-makers selected by an international panel for inclusion in the biennial publication for demonstrating excellence in craftsmanship, design quality and technical skill. Narratives in Making will show at the National Craft Gallery, before moving to Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales from 22 July to 24 September 2017 as part of its international tour.

Narratives in Making will feature new works by 28 Irish makers across a variety of disciplines, including ceramics, wood, leather, basketry, glass, metals, furniture and jewellery. Curated by Gregory Parsons, the exhibition considers the provenance of each object – who made it, where it was created, the techniques and materials used – as this informs our relationship with the piece. There are fascinating stories: from the love of material and the rituals of making, to the design process and the physical rhythm and time involved. The curator also takes into account the contribution contemporary craft makes to our well-being, through the life-enhancing intelligence of the maker’s hand, the delight in what it produces and the joy of owning the object. As you become absorbed in their world, you also become a part of these narratives in making.

National Craft Gallery
Castle Yard, Kilkenny
T: (056) 779 6147

From Garden To Mountain | Anne McLeod at Signal Arts Centre, Bray

8 to 21 May 2017 | Reception: 12 May, 7pm
Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Signal Arts Centre is delighted to present ‘From Garden To Mountain’ by award-winning watercolourist Anne McLeod.

McLeod lives in rural Wexford and draws her themes from her immediate environment. Her exhibition plots a loose route from her own yard and garden, along laneways with views to the hills and sea, and past ditches with flowers and foliage.

The Spaces of the Imagination | Melissa O’Faherty at Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray

5 May to 3 June
Exhibition opening: Thursday 4 May at 6pm

Melissa O’Faherty is a visual artist based in Co. Wicklow. This is her first solo show at Mermaid Arts Centre. While Melissa is trained in the classical skills of drawing the main focus of her artistic practice is exploring and pushing the boundaries and physical materials of drawing. Her work process is both experimental and focused.

For her upcoming show at Mermaid called “The Spaces of the Imagination’, she exhibits visual diaries which look at the drawing thought process and also new work which imagines the environments of new planetary worlds where the scientific actuality and the artistic imagination may meet.

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

Eamon O’Kane at The Butler Gallery, Kilkenny

6 May to 11 June 2017 | Opening: 6 May,  3pm
Butler Gallery, The Castle, Kilkenny

The Butler Gallery is delighted to present an exhibition of new work by Eamon O’Kane, a Belfast born, Denmark based artist known for working across a wide range of media.
The title of this exhibition, ‘Does all the beauty of the world cease when you die?’, is taken from The Last Dream of the Old Oak Tree by Hans Christian Andersen (1858). The show will consist of various artworks which together explore the history of, and humankind’s relationship to, the natural world.

Meet the Artist Talk: prior to exhibition reception on Saturday May 6th at 2pm.

E:, T: 056 7761106

Paintings at the Priory| Group Exhibition, Kells

1 to 5 May

Pictures at the Priory is a charity art exhibition and sale held each year by the Kells Union Church of Ireland parish. This is an exhibition and sale of artworks and crafts produced by artists from throughout Ireland.The event is an excellent opportunity for people to visit the ‘Priory’ a historic house in Kells village.

Featured artists this year include Nicola Bebbington, William Grace and John Flinn.

There are raffle prizes, an opportunity to bid for a Kevin Fennelly sculpture and live music. Refreshments provided and admission only 6 euro which even includes a glass of wine.

Contact email: or message on the Priory FB page.

The Priory (Rectory),
County Kilkenny

Bealtaine Festival Artist’s Breakfast Event | Pauline Cummins and Frances Mezzetti, Callan, Co. Kilkenny

Friday 12 May, 9am to 12pm

Come join us for a special “Artists’ Breakfast” with Pauline Cummins and Frances Mezzetti in Fennelly’s, Callan as part of Age and Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival 2017. Enjoy breakfast in the company of the artists as they reflect on their Bealtaine Artists’ Residency with Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent and discuss how these residencies affect their practice.

Artists Pauline Cummins and Frances Mezzetti’s Bealtaine Artists’ Residence at KCAT takes place from 8 – 12 May, as part of KCAT’s “Engagement” programme, the artists will work alongside KCAT’s studio artists with a view to exploring working relationships and researching potential future partnerships over longer durations.

Tickets: Admission to the Artist’s Breakfast is Free. No booking required.

13 Upper Bridge Street, Callan, County Kilkenny

Swansong | Tony Kew at Courthouse Arts Centre, Wicklow

23 April to 19 May

Tony Kew was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1937, where he studied in the Johannesburg School of Art. In 1967 he immigrated to Toronto, Canada when he was thirty years old. During his career in commercial art in Toronto and New York he received over thirty awards of merit and creativity. He began painting seriously in 1974. Almost ten years later, in 1983 he was chosen to design images for Canada Post and for Canadian Embassies throughout the world. He now lives in Aughrim, Co. Wicklow.

Tony is a painter with a preoccupation with the human form and in the realistic and surrealistic genre. His work has sold in eleven countries: Ireland, USA, Bermuda, Canada, South Africa, Spain, England, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Italy. Tony’s work is represented in several corporate collections; collected Imperial Oil of Canada and Texaco Canada Inc as well as numerous others. His paintings have been seen on RTE on television programmes such as the Angelus, Time Out and IRIS. His portraiture has won awards.

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

This is Not Architecture | Group Exhibition at Highlanes Gallery

24 April to 21 June

Owen Boss, Stephen Brandes, Gerard Byrne, Elaine Hoey, Eithne Jordan,
Elaine Leader, Maggie Madden, Colin Martin, Tom O’Dea, Winnie Pun

Architecture and the built environment is discussed and explained entirely through secondary representations- photography, film, drawing, books and TV. Paradoxically the built environment is meant to be experienced in real time and space but it is illustrated and explained through representations. Architects learn, imagine and conceive of the built environment through representation. This exhibition looks at how artists represent and discuss the built environment, what are the biases and limitations inherent in representing the real?

Curated by Highlanes Gallery Director, Aoife Ruane.

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

A Name Unmade: Francis Ledwidge (1887-1917) | Group Show at Solstice, Co. Meath

28 April to 16 June 2017 | Opening: 27 April, 7.30pm
Solstice Arts Centre, Railway Street, Navan, Co. Meath

Sven Anderson, Patricia Burns, David Farrell, Clare Langan, Mick O’Dea, Niamh O’Malley, Sasha Sykes

‘A Name Unmade: Francis Ledwidge (1887-1917)’ is an exhibition of new and recent work by contemporary visual artists presented in response to the life and work of the Meath poet, naturalist, activist, nationalist, and soldier. Curated by Sabina Mac Mahon, select archival and biographical material, as well as excerpts from Ledwidge’s poems, also accompany the show, which takes place on the occasion of Solstice Arts Centre’s tenth anniversary.


The Ros Tapestry, Ros Tapestry Exhibition Centre, Co. Wexford

Ros Tapestry Exhibition Centre, The Quay, New Ross, Co. Wexford

The Ros Tapestry project is an artistic undertaking involving over a hundred and fifty people working over eighteen years. This exhibition consists of fifteen large embroidered panels telling the story of the Normans and their arrival in South East of Ireland. This epic story is brought to life through thread and its’s a must see. It is arguably the largest tapestry panel of its kind in Europe and is indeed a cultural gift for many generations.

Dundalk Photographic Society, An Táin Arts Centre, Co. Louth

22 April to 6 May 2017
Basement Gallery, An Táin Arts Centre,  Dundalk, Co. Louth

Dundalk Photographic Society has a strong tradition and reputation for producing highly regarded photographic fine art, and contemporary and traditional photographic works.
Annually, Dundalk Photographic Society exhibits a collection representing their membership’s season of work. This year’s competition shall be judged by one of France’s most esteemed and successful fine art photographers, Mr Christophe Kiciak.

T: 042 9332332 / 0429329281, E:

Alchemy | Isabelle Gaborit at Signal Arts Centre, Bray

24 April to 7 May

Isabelle is a contemporary artist, though her preferred medium of encaustic is ancient. In her studio located on the scenic shores of Lough Derg, she has rekindled the ancient painting process of Encaustics, an immediate and tactile painting method using molten pigmented beeswax. Her creative process involves the application of semi-transparent layers of wax, paint, photography and pigment, striving to create depth and translucency without compromising the spirit of the medium or subject matter. The physical process of encaustic painting echoes the alchemist’s repertoire of metamorphosis of all matter and the process of manipulating mediums with the subject matter emerging in its true light, via the transmutation of base materials, transformed through fire and heat. During this alchemical process, matter shifts and transforms, resisting fixity, manifesting in between the boundaries of the intangible and the figurative, opening doors to a world both sensual and contemplative.

As a student Isabelle gained a foundation in sculpture, drawing and painting at l’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Poitiers, France and graduated in 2006 with an honours degree in fine arts in Ireland. Since then she has been exhibiting her work extensively, nationally and internationally, in Northern Ireland, China and France. She is a former member of Artspace in Galway and G126, and is now one of the founding members of Art in studios, East Clare Art Trail.

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

Elsewhere | Group Exhibition at Luan Gallery, Athlone

29 April to 23 June
Exhibition launch Saturday 29 April at 6pm

Featuring artists Catherine Rock, Lawrence O’Neill and Lelia Henry.

The exhibition is presented in 3 parts featuring three distinct exhibitions of work in painting, sculpture and drawing. Each artist occupies a solo space in the gallery with Catherine Rock’s abstract expressionist paintings housed in the New Gallery, Lawrence O’Neill’s 3D sculpted objects sitting along the River Gallery and Lelia Henry’s black and white charcoal drawings residing in the Library Gallery.

Although this exhibition is very much rooted in Athlone with its creators living and working in the town, the content of the show transports the viewer to somewhere else entirely, hence the title of the show: Elsewhere. This show is testament to the sheer wealth of artistic talent that resides in Athlone.

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

Greystones Art Group Annual Exhibition

28 April to 1 May 2017
South Beach Previlion, Greystones, Co. Wicklow

This will be the 52nd annual exhibition of The Greystones Art Group. All members can exhibit and the current membership is somewhere around 70 in number! We have a yearly program of demonstrations by known artists in any medium of interest and a weekly group meeting for art practise and discussion. This year we will have a side show of images inspired by a favourite poem and we hope to extend this project into a cooperative venture for Culture night.

Gallery hours: Open daily 11 to 8pm,closes Monday at 5pm

Annual Open Call Exhibition at The Presentation Centre, Co.Wexford

28 April to 23 June
Opening Friday 28 April at 7.30pm

An exhibition by a collection of local, national and international artists who applied via open call to exhibit. The Open Call Exhibition aims to celebrate creativity in all forms, The open call was open to amateur and professional artists with no limitations on size, theme, medium or age.

Now in it’s second year the Open Call has flourished and continues to promote artists and creative people and their passion to share their work.

Contact Lisa at The Presentation Centre for details and information on 0539233000

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

Inspirational Colours | Group Exhibition at Riverbank Arts Centre

28 April to 1 June

Artists: Lorna Corrigan, Karl Fitzgerald, Jason Turner, Mary Cody, Eileen Mulrooney, Diana Chambers, Sinead Fahey, Declan Byrne, Margaret Walker.

An exhibition of artworks by studio artists from the KCAT studio Callan, Kilkenny, selected and curated by artists from The Art Group, KARE, Eyre Street, Newbridge. This exhibition represents the first collaboration between these two art groups and is the first KCAT exhibition in Newbridge.

Curatorial team: Jennifer Howell, Conor Hanrahan, Stephen Cash, Niamh Devine, Brendan Burke, Tracey Campbell, Ronnie Shortt, Jean Fitzgerald.

This is a curatorial project as part of the Creative Well ‘This Must Be the Place’ Residency at Riverbank Arts Centre.

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