Category: Munster – Limerick

Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone | Group Exhibition at Ormston House

23 March to 27 May
Opening Thursday 23 March, 7pm

Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone is an exhibition of contemporary art that responds to a science-fiction story of mind-controlling images.

Ormston House invites you to the preview of Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone, a CCA Derry~Londonderry touring initiative co-curated by Alissa Kleist and Matt Packer. The exhibition features works by Alan Butler (IE), Clawson and Ward (UK), Eva Fàbregas (ES/UK), Pakui Hardware (DE/LT), Joey Holder (UK), John Russell (UK), and Andrew Norman Wilson (US).

The exhibition takes its title, Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone, from a 1994 book by Belfast-based science fiction writer Ian McDonald. In the book, McDonald describes a young graphic design student, Ethan Ring, who is able to create images that bypass rational thought and control the mind of the viewer. The ability of Ethan Ring’s images to induce tears or ecstasy, to heal, and even kill people attracts the interests of governmental forces, who see the opportunities of harnessing this power for their own ends. As well as being a story of art’s capacities to change people’s emotional and physical behaviour, the book is a story of the artist’s struggle to manage these responsibilities.

The exhibition of the same name is not a direct response to the narrative of this story, but, instead, stages a number of artworks that explore ideas of how our perceptual and physical behaviours are transfigured by objects, images, and new technologies. Included in the exhibition are works that reference the way that the physical actions of the body are anticipated by design, such as the animated character of self-assembly furniture in Eva Fàbregas’s video installation The role of unintended consequences (Sofa Compact). Also included in the exhibition are works that suggest the body in a ‘post-human’ hybrid state – the puppetry in Andrew Norman Wilson’s Reality Models, in John Russell’s large print Parallel Domination Facility, or in Pakui Hardware’s series of free-standing sculptural works that contain fleshy images of indeterminable organic or artificial matter, sourced from NASA’s archive. A violence upon the body is suggested in works by Clawson and Ward: their ‘branding iron’ sculpture and a print work This ear says that the artist is not well schooled in anatomy…the ear screams and shouts against anatomy…, which shows an appropriated image of Joseph Stalin’s ear. Throughout the exhibition, the body exists in fragments and is subject to various regimes of control and imposition.

Ormston House
9-10 Patrick Street

Mid-19th century French Drawings by Edme de Saux, Hunt Museum, Limerick

20 to 31 March 2017 | Opening: 21 March, 1pm
The Hunt Museum, The Custom House, Rutland Street, Limerick

An exhibition of Mid-19th Century French Drawings by artist Edme de Saux will be displayed as part of The Francophonie 2017 Festival organized by Alliance Française.
Interpretative tours highlighting Hunt Museum collection links with France will be delivered on Saturday 25th March.

Silent Stories | Miriam McConnon and Eoin Mac Lochlainn at the Belltable Limerick

11 March to 7 April
This two-person exhibition opens on Saturday 11 March, 3pm with guest speaker Monica Spencer.

The Olivier Cornet Gallery is delighted to present ‘Silent Stories’, an exhibition of work by gallery artists Miriam McConnon and Eoin Mac Lochlainn at the Belltable in Limerick. This exhibition gathers under the same roof the work of two artists represented by the Olivier Cornet Gallery in Dublin, two artists interested in the narratives behind domestic structures and household objects.

With his series of paintings of abandoned fireplaces in derelict houses on the West coast of Ireland, artist Eoin Mac Lochlainn reflects on Irish emigration in the 21st century. It was inspired by a poem by Cathal Ó Searcaigh entitled: “Na Bailte Bánaithe”, a poem about how spirits haunt the land, long after the people who lived there have gone. The artist spent some time in the Donegal Gaeltacht during the last few years, searching for and exploring the old homesteads that were mentioned in the poem.

Miriam McConnon‘s most recent paintings and drawings pose questions about the influence that domestic objects have over our sense of who we are and how we live. When does an object exist for us, become a part of our lives? When we use it every day, break it, repair it, hold it, wash it? Then does it become our object or at the very least an object that we relate to? How relevant are they to our individual stories? Do these objects become part of the pattern of our life? Do they reveal a hint of the intimate story that is our life? In her current body of work Miriam speaks to each individual bringing them on a journey of contemplation about their own everyday pattern of life.

For more information see:

Belltable Arts Centre
69 O’Connell Street

Faces and Places | Gerry Andrews at The Hunt Museum

24 February to 30 March

Gerry Andrews’ interest in photography started as a nineteen year old while working in The Limerick Leader. In recent years, he has traveled extensively throughout South East Asia, South America, India and Cuba. In 2011, he spent a period of time making a photographic record of the vanishing tribes in the Omo Valley in Ethiopia and this work was subsequently featured in a profile of him on RTE television. He has received numerous photographic awards for his images. He has a specific interest in social documentary photography and was awarded a Fellowship by the Irish Photographic Federation for his work in this genre.

Temporary Exhibition Gallery
The Hunt Museum, The Custom House, Rutland Street, Limerick
T:+353 (0)61 312 833

The Painting Show | Group Show at Limerick City Gallery

9 February to 16 April 2017
Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA)

Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA) presents The Painting Show, a touring exhibition from the British Council. This  exhibition will offer visitors an overview of contemporary British painting by 15 British artists who all have a unique and diverse approach to their work.

Exhibiting artists include: Merlin Carpenter, Celia Hempton, Dawn Mellor , Stuart Cumberland, Neal Jones, Alan Michael, Dexter Dalwood, Morag Keil, Michael Simpson, Kaye Donachie, Fiona MacKay, Sue Tompkins, Michael Fullerton, Lucy McKenzie and Padraig Timoney.

The underlying theme of The Painting Show is influenced by Unlawful Assembly (2013), a book of crime fiction stories written by artists Lucy McKenzie and Alan Michael. In the foreword to this book, artist Ed Atkins and gallerist Martin McGeown propose that the plot structures of crime novels, designed to lead the reader on a journey that questions the stability of truth and fiction, mirror the subversive way in which certain painters manipulate their medium, its history and the audience’s understanding of it. The artists in this exhibition have different approaches to experimenting with painting: they play with the romanticism of the act of painting, wryly imitate historical styles and question the relationship between the artist, the subject and the viewer.

The Painting Show brings together new additions to the British Council Collection alongside generous loans, and is accompanied by a catalogue. The exhibition was curated by the British Council and was previously shown at CAC Vilnius in Lithuania in 2016.

The exhibition is part of Perspectives, a programme of art and literature that explores the cultural relationship between the UK and Ireland, 100 years on from the moment of the Easter Rising.

For more information about the British Council contact: Mary Doherty, Senior Press Officer
For further information on the exhibition at LCGA please contact: E: |



Soft | Limerick Printmakers Curatorial Award Exhibition at the Belltable

21 February to 4 March
Opening on Tuesday 21 February, 6pm

Featuring work by Hue Hale, Billy Lingwood, Daire O’ Shea, and Aaron Smyth.
Curated by Luke Donnelly

‘Manliness’ – In an age of progressing social visibility of gender and sexuality , this notion of the masculine, the codes of the ‘default man’* are being hemmed and readjusted, the knuckles of man are being forced to be picked up from generations of being dragged heavily on the ground and the wounds exposed and examined.

* Perry, Grayson. The Descent Of Man. 1st ed. Penguin Books, 2016.

Five emerging artists, negotiate what it means to be male now.

69 O’Connell Street,

Limerick Printmakers
T: 061 311806

Jumping Backwards into a Wave | Weekly Conversation Group at Ormston House

Saturday afternoons from 1 to 2pm

Ormston House in partnership with EVA International is launching a weekly event reflecting on the evolution of Ireland’s Biennial in Limerick. Working from archival records, the group will gather for lunch every Saturday to review and discuss the EVA publications – from design treatments to the curatorial essay, and prize-giving to colloquia, but most importantly the artworks and artists who have contributed to the history and legacy of the exhibition.

The title of the group is taken from an artwork by Siobhán Cuffe exhibited in the first manifestation of EVA International: the 77 Exhibition. Over the past 40 years, EVA International has grown from Limerick’s artist-led, grassroots exhibition to Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art. The publications that accompany each edition are a rich repository chartering the trajectory of artistic practice and critical thinking in the international art world.

The group will meet at Ormston House on Saturday afternoons from 1-2pm. Participants are welcome to bring along their lunch and we will serve tea and coffee. On occasion, invited guests – EVA artists, curators, writers, technicians, administrators, managers, and board members – will join the conversation. For further information or to join the group, please email Álvaro at

The conversation group is an idea proposed by Inti Guerrero, appointed curator of EVA International 2018.

Ormston House
9-10 Patrick Street

The Workspace Social at Ormston House

The Workspace Social is a weekly event developed as an alternative format for artists’ talks and networking. Every Thursday from 1-2pm, a local or visiting artist is invited to join us for lunch: to discuss a recent project, to share new research or to propose an activity. Participants are welcome to bring along their lunch and to eat with the artist.

This Thursday 9 February, we welcome students, alumni and staff of the MA in Social Practice and the Creative Environment at LSAD for lunch. The Workspace Social will follow “Some Joined-Up Thinking” – a morning of presentations of recent and on-going socially-engaged projects by alumni, Michael Cleary, Baerbel Schlueter and a presentation by current MA SPACE postgraduates which frames some of the questions socially-engaged practitioners face when developing or running projects.

If you are interested in leading a Workspace Social or proposing an idea, please contact Wayne O’Connell at

Ormston House
9-10 Patrick Street

BUZZ + HUM | Richard Gorman and Samuel Walsh at Limerick City Gallery

9 February to 16 April

Buzz and Hum is a simple and direct connection to the gallery spaces. The conviction and commitment of both artists to reviewing and revising their respective work is one of clear determination. The exhibition brings the work of both artists together so the rhythms of each artist’s work is allowed its own space while also tuning into the rhythms of the other’s work. A special publication ‘BUZZ + HUM’ accompanies the exhibition with an essay by Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith which is an elegant insight into the work of both artists.

Richard Gorman and Samuel Walsh will be in conversation at LCGA on Friday 10 February at 3.00pm.

Limerick City Gallery
Carnegie Building, Pery Square, Limerick
T: (061) 310 633

Works on Paper | Emily Robards at The Adare Heritage Centre, Co. Limerick

1 to 28 February 2017
Adare Heritage Centre, Co. Limerick.

A collection of drawings, etchings, screen prints, mono prints and dry points by visual artist Emily Robards are on view and for sale at the Dovecot Restaurant in the Adare Heritage Centre, Co. Limerick.

The Adare Heritage Centre is open: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm |

I’ll sing you a song from around the town | Amanda Coogan at Limerick City Gallery of Art

amanda-coogan24 November to 29 January
Official Opening on Thursday 24 November by Patrick t. Murphy, Director RHA 6pm

I’ll sing you a song from around the town is a manifestation of Coogan’s, highly acclaimed exhibition at the RHA in 2015. Amanda Coogan is one of the most exciting contemporary visual artists whose practice revolves around Performance Art. Her expertise lies in her ability to condense an idea to its very essence and communicate it through her body.

Amanda Coogan has been the recipient of the AIB’s Art prize in 2004. She has performed and exhibited her work extensively including the Venice Biennale, Liverpool Biennial, IMMA, Dublin, RHA, Dublin and Uilinn, West Cork. Coogan is represented by the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin.

Amanda will present a series of durational performances in the LCGA during the exhibition.
The performances will be held on Thursday 24 November 6-8pm and Friday 25 November 12 noon- 4.00pm.
Further performances will take place in January 2017 – contact LCGA for information. Admission Free.

Published jointly by RHA, Dublin, Uilinn, West Cork Arts Centre and LCGA, the publication, “I’ll sing you a song from around the town” accompanies the exhibition and is available in the gallery reception. Price €15

Limerick City Gallery
Carnegie Building, Pery Square, Limerick
T: (061) 310 633

somewhere in the middle | Maggie Madden at Limerick City Gallery of Art

maggie-madden24 November to 29 January
Official Opening on Thursday 24 November by Patrick t. Murphy, Director RHA 6pm

Madden likes to work with found materials. Her use of discarded telephone cable, and more recently fibre-optic cable, offer a palette of colour and opportunity for imaginative associations.

Born in Connemara, and living in Dublin, Madden’s most recent solo exhibition was hardly audible, at mother’s tankstation, Dublin 2016. She has participated in group shows including Future Anthologies, RHA 2015 and Tulca, Galway, 2015. She has been the recipient of awards and residencies and recently completed a one year Project Studio at Temple Bar Gallery+ Studios.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a brochure with texts by Sarah Baume and Patrick T. Murphy.

Limerick City Gallery
Carnegie Building, Pery Square, Limerick
T: (061) 310 633

Limerick Printmakers Winter Members Exhibition 2016, The Belltable, Limerick

befunky-collage-vai-sml25 November to 17 December 2016 | Opening: 24 November, 6pm
The Belltable, 69 O’ Connell street, Limerick

This will be the fourteenth Limerick Printmakers Winter Members Exhibition, an event that has become an integral part of LP’s annual programming. LP is dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the scope and talent that exists among Limerick Printmakers studio members while simultaneously highlighting the multitude of printmaking techniques and processes that are in popular use today.
The Limerick Printmakers artists featured are Ailbhe Barrett, Mike Byrne, Emer Casey, Sinead Dinneen, Pamela Dunne, Aine Finnegan, Deirdre Gallagher, Helena Grimes, Gavin Hogg, Dan Kenny, Joe Lane, David Lilburn, Yvonne Locke, Moya Ni Cheallaigh, Tony O’ Loughlin, Kate O’ Shea, Verona Stellet, Paul Tarpey, Clodagh Twomey, Isabella Walsh.

Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 12 to 5.30pm
T: 061 311806, E: |

Twilight Head Cult | Kevin Mooney at Ormston House, Limerick

ormston-house18 November to 22 January 2017
Ormston House, Patrick Street, Limerick

Ormston House is proud to present Twilight Head Cult, a solo exhibition of new and recent paintings by Kevin Mooney.

Dwellings, sweathouses or astronomical observatories? The structures dotted throughout Kevin Mooney’s Stranger Island (2016) and other landscapes depict playful perspectives on how our ancestors lived and saw the world. Spearheaded by Chief (2014), Mooney’s recent research into the “cult of the head” has evolved into an archive of sorts. Picking through embellished accounts and unreliable speculations on pagan parties and tribal conflicts, on seers and magic mushrooms, Mooney reimagines an Irish art history through Storyteller (2016) as a cultural entanglement.

Twilight Head Cult events:

An evening with Eddie Lenihan
Saturday 19 November, 5-6pm

Lisa O’Sullivan and Michael O’Sullivan of Céilí Allstars & special guests
Friday 2 December, 7-8pm / BYOB

For full details of the events, join us on Facebook as we prepare to launch our new website. Further events TBA.
For tours or press queries, please contact us at

The White Cottage | Jo Slade at The Sailor’s Home, Limerick

upward-head-201618 November to 1 December 2016 | Opening: 17 November, 7.30pm
The Sailor’s Home, O’Curry Street, Limerick

The exhibition The White Cottage is the culmination of several years work by the poet and artist Jo Slade.


The White Cottage of poetry, painting, sculpture, installation and video. Through these various media Jo investigates and explores questions that are pertinent today, that challenge established ways of thinking and highlight the condition of the outsider, the displaced and the forgotten.

EMERGE_N_C | Group Exhibition at LSAD

emerge-n-c7 to 12 November

EMERGE_N_C is a group exhibition that brings together emerging contemporary artists. As individuals they explore various themes and topics through fine art. As a group they all work in the realm of photography and lens based media.

Participating artists: Peter Apas, Lynne Brislane, Síomha Callanan, Marc Craig, Belinda Kiernan, Ciara Magee, Michelle Meaney Lisa O’Brien, Éilis O’Gara, Kerry O’Sullivan, Leona Smyth.

Limerick School of Art and Design
Clare St,
T: (061) 208 871

Light Moves – Ireland’s international festival dedicated to dance on film | Limerick

Vivienne card.indd3 to 6 November

Locations: Light Moves will take place in locations across Limerick, including Dance Limerick’s home in John’s Square with the historic St John’s Church, Belltable Arts Centre and Limerick City Gallery of Art.

This year’s festival will feature artists from home and abroad, past and present, including Tacita Deane, Terence Malick, Olwen Fouéré, Jennifer Walshe, Temper-Mental MissElayneous, Laura U. Marks, Vivienne Dick, John Scott, Douglas Rosenberg, and Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion.

Light Moves, Ireland’s festival of dance on film, is back for its third year, with a programme that showcases beautiful, thought-provoking and cutting-edge new work in Limerick venues. The festival is an opportunity for audiences to watch, learn, film, compose, dance, discuss and participate. The programme will include Irish and world premieres, performances, installations, workshops, labs and talks from leading artists and thinkers from across the world. Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA) will be home to the screenings from visual artist Tacita Dean and will also exhibit works from the ground-breaking 24 Frames Per Second project developed by Sydney-based contemporary multi-arts centre Carriageworks. These works will include The Fourth Notebook, which takes Nijinsky’s letter “To mankind”as the score for new choreography by London-based dancer Banjamin Ord. Other installations at the Gallery will include Lift, Carry, Hold by Douglas Rosenberg, in which Rosenberg invites participants to allow him to lift and hold them for as long as his strength allows.

Creature | Daniel Ryan at CB1 Gallery, Limerick

creature-201624 to 27 October
Opening 24 October, 7.30pm

Daniel Ryan is a native of Tipperary and based in Limerick City. His practice focuses on contemporary animal portraiture through oil paint and pen drawing. His work aims to draw on intersections between the human and animal rationale to accommodate allure with an uncertain undertone. After exhibiting extensively both nationally and internationally over the years Creature will be Ryan’s third solo exhibition to date.

For further details contact

CB1 Gallery
51a O Connell Street,
Limerick City

Memoria | Edwina Morrissey at The Belltable, Limerick

picture-to-be-on-posteretc-sml25 October to 5 November | Opening Tuesday 25 October, 6pm

Limerick Printmakers are delighted to announce the opening of Memoria, an exhibition of new work by emerging Limerick based artist Edwina Morrissey. Morrissey is the recipient of the 2015/16 Tom Fox Painting Award, an accolade bestowed on an outstanding graduate of LSAD’s Painting degree program each year. The award was created in Tom’s name by the Fox family with the aim of supporting and encouraging a graduate painter from Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD) in the early stages of their career.

The Belltable, 69 O’ Connell street, Limerick
Limerick Printmakers
T: 061 311806