Textile Tensions a Retrospective Exhibition | Eleanor Lawler at The MART Gallery


Textile Tensions a Retrospective Exhibition | Eleanor Lawler at The MART Gallery Date/Time
Date(s) - 14/05/2022 - 03/06/2022
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

MART Gallery





The MART Gallery Dublin proudly presents ‘Textile Tensions – Eleanor Lawler’, a retrospective exhibition on one of Ireland’s most exciting performance Artists, on May 14th 2022 at The MART Gallery Rathmines, 190a Rathmines Road Lower. Dublin 6.


Join us for the opening reception of Textile Tensions at 1pm on Saturday May 14th 2022 at The MART Gallery Rathmines.

1pm: Exhibition Opening.

2pm: A Limited Seated Screening of ‘The Invisible Woman’.  [book tickets on our website

3pm: Live Art Performances by Livestock Performance Art Platform


Exhibition Runs May 14th – June 3rd | Wed-Sat 1-6pm 

The exhibition celebrates the artwork of Eleanor Lawler, who passed away in 2019. Over several decades Eleanor reached across communities, audiences and artists to become a well regarded figure in contemporary art in Ireland. Eleanor endeavoured to create a space of support, development and care for performance artists and their practice through her curatorial work with Livestock a Performance Art Platform. Through her own work she developed, created and showcased critically acclaimed works and performances in Ireland, Europe and the USA. Her work continues to speak to audiences through her teachings, imagery, videography and sculpture. This exhibition showcases a selection of Eleanor’s work through image, film and associated live performances.


The exhibition will also see the launch of a limited edition Artist Catalogue documenting the performance history of Eleanor Lawler and featuring a retrospective text by Dr. Katherine Nolan.   – Pre Orders available to purchase by emailing info@mart.ie


The exhibition, catalogue and performances have been curated by Ciara Scanlan, Katherine Nolan, Francis Fay, Matthew Nevin and Lorcan Lawler.


About the Artist: Eleanor Lawler

Eleanor Lawler’s work concerned ideas around domesticity, being female and the ageing body. Her artwork manifested as performance, curation, textiles, movement, installation and film. Since 2001 she showcased and performed work across Ireland, Europe and USA. Her film work has been shown in Liverpool Biennale, Whitechapel Gallery and as part of “Visual Deflections” in 2008/9. Eleanor was an associated artist of the MART Gallery and Studios in Dublin from 2010-2019 with which she exhibited nationally and internationally and which continues to support the legacy of her work, launching a studio residency in her name and a retrospective exhibition in 2022.

Eleanor participated in the Butoh & Live Arts Moving Bodies Festivals in 2016-2017, which included a residency in Turin, Italy. Her film The Invisible Woman, was shown at LACE Gallery in Los Angeles in 2018 and in 126 Gallery Galway as part of Diffraction in 2020. As a curator she focused on supporting emerging artists by building a strong environment of support and mentorship. She co-curated the performance art platform Livestock with Francis Fay since 2011 and was an Assistant Director at Dublin Live Art Festival for 2013-2015. She held a BA Fine Art from DIT, Dublin and an MA in Textiles from Goldsmiths College, London. Eleanor died in 2019 from ovarian cancer. She is deeply missed and completely irreplaceable.


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