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P A L I M P S E S T | Group Show at Five Lamps Arts Festival 2021

03/07/2021 – 31/07/2021 @ – very year the Five Lamps Arts Festival lights up the arts in Dublin’s North Inner City at the beginning of Spring with loads of events happening during a week in various venues around the area. This year we have a hybrid edition with online and in-person events, following the HSE guidelines. In CHQ Buildings the […]


Sculpture Exhibition | Sallyanne Morgan at The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre

15/08/2021 @ 12:00 am – Sallyanne returned to Ireland in 2019 after 17 years abroad and is currently finding her artistic feet as a sculptor in Bettystown, Co. Meath.  She began working in glass fiber reinforced cement (GFRC) after college as an alternative to ceramics.  The cement is either directly applied to armature and ferrous materials or is cast from clay.  Included sometimes are other materials such as marble dust; engraved […]

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non-appétit | Mary O’Leary at Muine Bheag Arts

14/08/2021 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Muine Bheag Arts is delighted to present, non-appétit, a pop-up culinary experience led by artist Mary O’Leary. This event will explore thought-provoking Irish seaweed recipes, based on a satirical Irish seaweed cookbook. This is a free event. Book your ticket here. Mary O’Leary is a visual artist based in Ireland who recently graduated with a […]

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The Bleach Field | Eileen McCarthy at South Tipperary Arts Centre

14/08/2021 – 26/08/2021 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Eileen McCarthy is an abstract interdisciplinary Contemporary Irish artist and a member of Visual Artists Ireland. She holds a B.A Fine Art Painting., (Hons) from Limerick School of Art and Design she is a post-graduate (Hons) of UCC which is evident throughout her artwork. Eileen is a native of Tipperary her passion for art lies […]

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Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media

Award winning Grafton Architects announced as principal design consultants of the €29m Crawford Art Gallery redevelopment project

From the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media: Taoiseach, Micheál Martin T.D. and Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin T.D today announced that the contract for the design for the redevelopment at the historic Crawford Art Gallery has been awarded to Grafton Architects. The overall plan provides…


CCA Derry~Londonderry shortlisted for £100,000 Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021

CCA Derry~Londonderry has been selected as one of the five finalists for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021, the world’s largest museum prize. The Centre for Contemporary Art has been exhibiting emerging artists from Northern Ireland alongside international peers since 1992. Today CCA creates opportunities for audiences to experience ambitious, experimental and engaging contemporary…


VAI Summer Gallery Guide 2021

To mark the much-anticipated reopening of galleries, museums and art centres, we have compiled a Summer Gallery Guide to inform audiences about forthcoming exhibitions happening in July and August across Ireland and Northern Ireland. These exhibition details have been collated based on organisational websites and correspondence. All information was correct at the time of writing;…

Array Collective, Pride, 2019; photograph by Laura O’Connor, courtesy Array and Tate Press Office.

Out Now – July/August 2021 issue of The Visual Artists’ News Sheet

VAN’s summer issue has just been despatched to arts organisations and VAI members nationwide, while the digital version is now available for subscribers in the members’ area of the VAI website. To mark the much-anticipated reopening of galleries, museums and art centres, we have compiled a Summer Gallery Guide to inform visual art audiences about…

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