Category: Leinster

Monument | Ross Watson at The Chimera Gallery, Mullingar

25 March to 15 April 2017
The Chimera Gallery, 32 Oliver Plunkett St, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

The Chimera Gallery present ‘Monument’, a new collection of paintings by award winning Northern Irish artist Ross Watson.

The work features the leftovers of the fossil fuel industry – structures that give testimony to the industry they once served.

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The Dargle – So Beautiful | Biddy Scott and Ray Cranley at Signal Arts Centre

10 to 23 April
Closing Reception Friday 21 April 7pm

Signal Arts Centre is delighted to present ‘The Dargle – So Beautiful’, by Wicklow artists Biddy Scott and Ray Cranley. The Dargle River rises in Glensroulan in the Wicklow mountains and after a short dramatic course meets the sea at Bray harbour. The aim of this exhibition is to re-appreciate our familiarity with this beautiful river and to re-address our interest in its rich cultural history.

From the mid-1700s to the early 1800s, the Dargle became one of the most popular sources of inspiration for Irish landscape artists. George Barret, Thomas Roberts, Thomas Sautell Roberts, James Arthur O’Connor and many others came to the Dargle to find that variety of ‘Landscape’ which this increasingly popular genre demanded.

The leading patrons of art, the owners of the landscape were informed by a growing interest in the natural sciences and in the aesthetics of beauty. But throughout this period this proprietorship was marked, not only by this surging intellectual curiosity but by increasing fear of the marginalised and the dispossessed. This was the age of revolutions.

The Dargle’s landscape provided a visual manifestation of both light and darkness: the charm of natural beauty and the disquiet of sublime drama, as delineated by the contemporary Irish philosopher, Edmund Burke (1729-97).

Ray Cranley and Biddy Scott are re-appreciating the Dargle’s landscape in various media: Oil, acrylic, egg tempera, pen and graphite.

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

Living Arts Project Exhibition at Wexford Arts Centre

1 April to 6 May 2017 | Opening: 1 April, 3pm
Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford

Living Arts Project Exhibition 2016-17 in association with Wexford County Council and the Arts Council.
​The Living Arts Project was established in 2013 as a long term visual arts educational scheme, supporting the existing partnership between Wexford Arts Centre and the Arts Department of Wexford County Council. The aim of this project is to provide children with an understanding and appreciation of contemporary art. The project also seeks to support the primary school curriculum by introducing teachers to new techniques and teaching methods. The Living Arts Project exhibition represents a selection of work produced by the participating schools and artists, offering pupils and their families a chance to see their work presented in a professional gallery. Exhibition opened by County Arts Officer Liz Burns.

The following artists and schools were selected to participate in this year’s programme: Mary Claire Kehoe with St. Patrick’s National School, Gorey, Co.Wexford; David Begley with Cushinstown National School, Foulksmills, Co. Wexford; Tara McGinn with Kennedy Park National School, Wexford Town and Oonagh Latchford, Our Lady of Fatima National School, Wexford Town.

T: 053 9123764, E:

Thread+Water | Kate O’Neill at McAuley Place, Naas, Co. Kildare

17 to 30 March 2017
The Lobby, Mc Auley place, Nas, Co. Kildare.

Kate O’Neill, NCAD graduate is this months artist in the lobby in Mc Auley Place.

O’Neill’s work is largely concerned with the human spirit, what makes us unique and how we sit alone yet together within everyday contemporary culture and society. Kate mainly paints in watercolour, taking inspiration from nature and the world around her, her hand sewn thread adds another dimension to her artwork.
Thread & Water is a contemporary, ethereal and deeply engaging exhibition of abstract and flower paintings. |

Hulks | Ian Calder at Signal Arts Centre, Bray   Recently updated !

27 March to 9 April 2017 | Launch: 31 March, 7pm
Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co Wicklow

Signal Arts Centre is delighted to present ‘Hulks’, by Wicklow artist Ian Calder.

In the summer of 2016 Calder travelled from Inis Oirr in the Aran Islands, through the Scottish Highlands and to the Hebridean island of Skye sketching and photographing wrecked and abandoned boats. This subject matter is a departure from Calder’s abstract work, and his first love of equestrian painting, but seems to square a circle and represents not just the ageing of once seaworthy vessels, but is a comment on the fragility of life and the human condition.

Further information:
T: 353 01 276 20 39, E:

Resort | Tamsin Snow and Sarah Tynan at Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray

10 March to 22 April

Tamsin Snow and Sarah Tynan’s collaborative work encompasses painting, video, photography, CGI animation and sculpture. Their work focuses on the architecture of transient spaces and derives from their ongoing investigation into the legacies of modernist architecture and the relationship between art, architecture and design. For this exhibition at the Mermaid Arts Centre, they will present a newly commissioned body of work supported by the Mermaid, Arts Council of Ireland and the Wicklow Arts Office.

An artist’s talk will take place on Thursday 30 March at 6pm

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

Handling Fossils | Event with Clogh Writers and Sarah Lincoln, Co. Kilkenny

Tuesday 14 March 2017, 7.30pm
Clogh Community Hall, Clogh, Co. Kilkenny

Handling Fossils is an hour long audio-visual event taking place at Clogh Community Hall, Clogh, Co. Kilkenny.

This event is a collaboration between Clogh Writers and visual artist Sarah Lincoln, in which they creatively explore the complex subterranean landscape in this geologically rich North Kilkenny area.

This is a free event. Please book in advance at: or contact Sarah at: 087 6144072.

Global Irish Design Challenge Exhibition, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny

10 February to 1 May 2017
National Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, Kilkenny

The idea for the Global Irish Design Challenge grew from a desire to seek out designers and innovators who are driven to find solutions to the challenges humanity faces. Centred on core themes of sustainability, wellbeing, sense of place and innovation, designers of Irish lineage or with a strong affiliation to Ireland were invited to submit projects that addressed societal issues or provided an ingenious solution to a problem. The challenge received over 140 entries from 14 countries and following a selection process by an international panel of judges, over 50 projects were chosen for exhibition. The nature of entries range from ground-breaking work by multi-national companies to projects by designers that could have significant impact if further developed. Transformative projects such as Arup Ireland’s Bangladesh project which, following the disaster in the textile factory in Rana Plaza, established a system to ensure safety in the workplace, has been adopted by 5,000 factories in India and by the United Nations. The InstaTemp MD is a new type of thermometer. It uses sensor technology to measure core-body rather than external body temperature. Developed by Design Partners for Arc Devices it was used as a diagnostic aid that helped to stem the spread of Ebola in Liberia. Steri-pak, designed by Moses Rowen, is a low cost solution that aims to re-purpose gas cylinders into autoclaves for general-use sterilisation to give people access to low cost, effective sterilisation where it was previously unavailable.


All That You Love Will Be Carried Away | Shane McCormack at Signal Arts Centre

13 to 26 March
Opening Reception: Thursday 16 March 7pm

The title of the exhibition comes from a Stephen King short story of the same name that involves a traveling salesman, Alfie Zimmer, who pulls into a Motel 6 in Nebraska for the night. His hobby while on the road is to record strange bathroom graffiti which he discovered on his many long, lonely travels. In his solitary life of a travelling salesman with only miles and miles of the empty road for his companion, those “voices on the walls” became his friends; something to think about during the long drive, something precious and important, something that “spoke” to him.

Shane McCormack’s process of photography often involves walking for hours around the urban landscape seeking out areas and places that appeal to him. He tries to record places and scenes that are overlooked by people in their daily lives, to use photography to highlight these scenes and to draw attention to them.

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

Stages | Sharon Murphy at Dunamaise Arts Centre, Co. Laois

9 March to 30 April 2017 | Opening: 9 March, 7pm
Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, Co. Laois

Stages is a new exhibition of photography, video and vocal testimony by Dublin-based artist Sharon Murphy, whose practice is rooted in performance. Set in the world of contemporary dance this work is an extended intimate portrait of young performers as they move, stand still and move again making their mark in the dance of life. It reveals uncanny tensions between adolescence and adulthood, individuality and uniformity, strength and vulnerability, inner truth and outer performance.
Stages was initially conceived during a year-long artist’s residency (2015-2016) with Dublin Youth Dance Company (DYDC) funded by the Arts Council and supported by Dance Ireland. Official Opening by Mary Nunan, choreographer & performer.

T: 057 86 63355

Muanna na Bólachta | Judy Lawler at McCauley Arts and Culture Centre, Co. Kildare

2 to 16 March 2017
McCauley Arts and Culture Centre, Naas, Co. Kildare

McCauley Arts and Culture Centre present ‘Muanna na Bólachta’ a body of new work by Judy Lawler.

Judy’s exhibition explores the theme of cattle and their historical importance in Irish society. The artist finds the figurative forms of cattle inspiring and their images timeless.

Cubus | Martina Galvin at the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny

11 March to 23 April 2017 | Opening: 11 March, 2.30
Butler Gallery, The Castle, Kilkenny

The Butler Gallery is delighted to present Cubus, an exhibition of new sculpture by Martina Galvin.

Galvin presents evolutions of earlier sculptural works alongside a body of new work developed specifically for the Butler Gallery. This new work explores the use of industrial materials that includes painted steel, wood and acrylic. The installation titled Cubus is a series of repeated geometric forms painted in a range of dynamic colours.

Meet the Artist: Tuesday 28 March, 1pm

T: 353-56-776-1106, E:

Winter Trees from the Artist’s Garden | Mary Lee Murphy at The Laois Arthouse

11 March to 13 April 2017 | Opening: 11 March, 1.30pm
The Laois Arthouse Gallery, Stradbally, Co. Laois presents:

The Laois Arthouse presents ‘Winter Trees from the Artist’s Garden’ , an exhibition of drawings by Mary Lee Murphy.
While her work normally takes her to the remote rocky shores of Connemara, this exhibition of work was done in the artist’s garden.
The exhibition will be officially launched by Lord and Countess Rosse of Birr Castle, Co Offaly.

For more details contact T: 057 8664033, E: |

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