The Visual Artists’ News Sheet

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists presenting case study articles on all aspects of the lives of professional artists, alongside features offering critical reflection and analysis of relevant aspects of the art world in Ireland and internationally. The Visual Artists’ News Sheet reports and reflects upon the broadest possible range of issues relevant to Irish visual artists across Ireland. The Visual Artists’ News Sheet is also committed to giving coverage to the diversity of contemporary Irish visual arts practice in terms of media, generation and geography. The Visual Artists’ News Sheet’s inclusive remit encompasses artists working in traditional and contemporary modes; established and emerging artists; artists who are based throughout the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet maintains a commitment to focusing on the experience and voice of the individual artist; with a view to supporting peer-to-peer information exchange and dialogue amongst artists. The majority of the content of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet is written by artists and is from and about their direct experience of exhibitions/project initiatives, studio groups or other forms of artist collectives.

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Out Now | July / August Issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

Over the last few months, the livelihoods of artists have been catastrophically affected by the unprecedented public health restrictions, undertaken to protect against the spread of COVID-19. The closure of all cultural venues has resulted in the cancellation or postponement of thousands of exhibitions and events across Ireland. VAN’s July/August issue features profiles from numerous…

May / June 2020 Issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

The May/June 2020 issue of The Visual Artists’ News Sheet has been dispatched to VAI members nationwide. Given that all our gallery distributors remain closed, many of the articles have been archived on the VAN website (links below). This issue was assembled remotely, with the editorial remit responding to the rapidly shifting scenario, as contributors…

March / April 2020 Issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

We are thrilled to present VAN 100 – the 100th issue of The Visual Artists’ News Sheet – which coincides with the 40th anniversary of Visual Artists Ireland this year. For these reasons, we are celebrating the organisation’s origins in sculpture, with this special issue. Central to VAN 100 is a specially commissioned survey, Four…

January / February 2020 Issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

The January – February 2020 issue of The Visual Artists’ News Sheet is out now. The first issue of 2020 introduces Visual Artists Irelands’s new discursive programme, ‘VAN Chats’, which aims to further emphasise our publishing activities through a series of public talks and events. Following a screening event at Project Arts Centre organised by…

November / December 2019 Issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN ) is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists. The final issue of 2019 profiles a range of significant projects including: Dorothy Cross’s recent performative event, Heartship; Sinead McCann’s socially-engaged project, film and touring exhibition, The Trial; and Eimear Walshe’s recent commemorative project, commissioned by Roscommon County Council.…

September / October 2019 Issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN ) is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists. VAN’s 2019 themed issue focuses on contemporary Irish photography and moving image, probing the expanded parameters of each medium in the digital age. With an abundance of image-making technologies now readily at hand within our daily lives, this issue…

July / August 2019 Issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN ) is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists. This issue features a range of conferences, exhibitions, residencies and events that took place towards the end of 2018, while also profiling several ongoing artistic projects and collaborations. Members of VAI receive a copy of the VAN delivered straight…

May / June 2019 Issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN ) is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists. This issue features a range of conferences, exhibitions, residencies and events that took place towards the end of 2018, while also profiling several ongoing artistic projects and collaborations. Members of VAI receive a copy of the VAN delivered straight…

March / April 2019 Issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN ) is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists. This issue features a range of conferences, exhibitions, residencies and events that took place towards the end of 2018, while also profiling several ongoing artistic projects and collaborations. Members of VAI receive a copy of the VAN delivered straight…

January/February 2019 Issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN ) is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists. This issue features a range of conferences, exhibitions, residencies and events that took place towards the end of 2018, while also profiling several ongoing artistic projects and collaborations. Members of VAI receive a copy of the VAN delivered straight…

November / December 2018 Issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

The final issue of 2018 is loosely themed around several prominent anniversaries being celebrated this year, offering a retrospective glance at the evolution of various Irish arts organisations. Given the upcoming 40th anniversary of Visual Artists Ireland in 2020, we are currently working on the SSI/VAN archive (which extends back to 1980), with a view…

September / October 2018 Issue

The latest issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet is a special issue focusing on the infrastructure and supports in place for emerging artists nationwide. A range of specially commissioned extended essays, profiles and case studies offer practical advice across a range of themed sections including: Galleries & Workspaces; Residencies; Graduate Awards & Opportunities; Postgraduate…

July / August 2018 Issue

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN ) is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists. Members of VAI receive a copy of the VAN delivered straight to their door. The News Sheet is also available to pick up free of charge in galleries and arts centres. In light of the historic vote to repeal…

May – June 2018 Issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN ) is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists. Members of VAI receive a copy of the VAN delivered straight to their door. The News Sheet is also available to pick up free of charge in galleries and arts centres. This issue has a timely focus on several…

VAN January – February 2018

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN ) is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists. In the Columns for this issue, Áine Phillips offers a topical overview of gender issues in the arts, while Fiona Woods discusses best practice in artist-focused commissioning in her column ‘Has the Artist Been Consulted?’. In the NI column,…

VAN January – February 2017

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN ) is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists. Writer and researcher Joanne Laws is the guest editor and her column features on page 5. Several interviews are included in this issue: Joanne Laws spoke to Alistair Hudson about the Arte Útil movement; Conor McFeely interviewed Andres Serrano…

VAN September – October 2016

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN ) is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists. Artist and curator Linda Shevlin continues as guest editor in this issue, which takes ‘participation’ as its theme. In their columns, Shevlin, Annette Moloney and Katherine Atkinson discuss ideas around this theme relating to their repective practices and roles…

VAN May – June 2016

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN ) is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists. For this issue, art critic James Merrigan continues as guest editor. In his column ‘Where’s Our Marty Baron?’, he discusses the role of the editor and of the art critic. Our regional focus for this issue is County Meath,…

VAN March – April 2016

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN ) is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists. For this and the May – June issue we have invited art critic James Merrigan as guest editor. For this issue he proposed the theme of sex, which threads its way through the contributions by Alan Butler, Jennifer Mehigan,…

VAN Jan/Feb 2016

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN ) is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists. The first VAN of 2016 begins with columns from Irene Murphy, who discusses moving to a home studio, and Jonathan Carroll, who talks about his recent trip to London to visit a talk by P.J. Harvey and an exhibition…

VAN July/Aug 2016

The July/August Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN) is available and has been sent to all members. Selected articles on art criticism, artist-led spaces, funding in Northern Ireland and online works are up on the new VAN blog at: http://visualartistsireland.com The July/August issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet was guest edited by Linda Shevlin and features articles…

VAN Nov/Dec 2016

The November/December Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN) is hot off the press! It will be sent by post to all VAI members and arts organisations in the coming days. Guest editor Joanne Laws looks back at a series of prominent projects and themes from 2016. The topic of commemoration is explored in Helen Carey’s column…

VAN Jan/Feb 2017

Writer and researcher Joanne Laws is the guest editor of the Jan/Feb issue of the VAN, out now. Several interviews are included in this issue: Joanne Laws spoke to Alistair Hudson about the Arte Útil movement; Conor McFeely interviewed Andres Serrano during his recent exhibition ‘Torture’ at Void, Derry; while Rayne Booth spoke to Benjamin…

VAN March/April 2017

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists presenting case study articles on all aspects of the lives of professional artists, alongside features offering critical reflection and analysis of relevant aspects of the art world in Ireland and internationally. In January 2017, we learned of the sad passing of…

VAN May/June 2017

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists presenting case study articles on all aspects of the lives of professional artists, alongside features offering critical reflection and analysis of relevant aspects of the art world in Ireland and internationally. From late-February to mid-April, a series of public meetings were…

VAN July/Aug 2017

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists presenting case study articles on all aspects of the lives of professional artists, alongside features offering critical reflection and analysis of relevant aspects of the art world in Ireland and internationally. Members of VAI receive a copy of the VAN delivered…

VAN Sept/Oct 2017

September – October 2017 is a themed issue that focuses on contemporary Irish painting, offering timely insights into recent exhibitions, seminars, residencies and current studio practices. With so many vibrant painters currently working in Ireland and a wealth of painting exhibitions taking place nationwide, this thematic inquiry cannot be comprehensive. The issue places emphasis on…

VAN Nov/Dec 2017

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN ) is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists. In the columns for this issue, Nick Miller discusses his role as curator of the RDS Visual Arts Awards 2017, while CEO of Visual Artists Ireland, Noel Kelly, offers insights into artistic censorship in Ireland. The NI column comes…

VAN Critique November/December 2015: ‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place’ Mel French at Luan Gallery, Athlone

Mel French ‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place’ Luan Gallery, Athlone 5 September – 30 October MEL French is well known as the recipient of public commissions, but ‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place’ at the Luan Gallery is her first solo show. The two handsome rooms of the gallery, one dark and…

VAN Critique November/February 2015: ‘Into The Woods’, Gary Coyle at the RHA, Dublin

Gary Coyle ‘Into The Woods’ RHA, Dublin 4 September – 18 October 2015 THE overwhelming feeling upon entering into the RHA’s Ashford Gallery, given over to Gary Coyle’s compact solo exhibition, is of crossing into the realm of fantasy and fairy tales. This is thanks to the show’s eponymous work which covers all four walls,…

VAN Critique November/February 2015: ‘Softening the Stone’, Chris Campbell- Palmer at Platform Arts

Chris Campbell-Palmer ‘Softening the Stone’ Platform Arts, Belfast 4 September – 24 October ‘SOFTENING the Stone’, a solo exhibition of work by London-based Chris Campbell-Palmer (b. Belfast, 1990), marks an exciting time in the career of the artist and in the evolution of Platform Arts as an exhibition space. Founded in 2009 as a studio…

VAN November/December 2015

5. Column. Sarah Pierce. Divisions of Pleasure. 6. Column. Jonathan Carroll. Charlotte Rampling’s Toes. 8. VAI News. VAI projects, campaigns and events. 8. News. The latest developments in the visual arts sector. 9. Regional Focus. Visual art resources and activity across the border region, North and South are outlined by: Townhall Cavan, Fermanagh Arts Office,…

VAN September/October 2015

5. Column. Kim Macaleese. Forward. 6. Column. Fifi Smith. The MExIndex. 8. VAI News. VAI projects, campaigns and events. 8. News. The latest developments in the visual arts sector. 10. Regional Focus. Wexford’s visual art resources and activity outlined by Wexford Arts Centre, Cow House Studios, Gerda Teljeur, Aileen Lambert, Rosie O’Gorman and Michael Fortune.…

VAN Critique September/October 2015: Ruth E. Lyons at the Mermaid Arts Centre, Co Wicklow

Ruth E. Lyons The Sea, The Sea 31 July – 5 September Mermaid Arts Centre, Main Street, Bray, Co Wicklow I first encountered the great chunks of rock salt that appear in this exhibition at the artist’s rural Co Offaly studio, a former hay loft located in a soft and yielding bog land landscape far…

VAN Critique September/October 2015: Laura Gannon Silver House Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre

Laura Gannon Silver House Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre 18 July – 12 August 2015 Commissioned for Uillinn, Gannon’s exhibition comprises a new body of experimental large-scale architectural drawings and a new film work, Silver House. The film was shot locally in Goleen, West Cork, during the Spring of 2015. The work is a collaboration…

VAN Critique September/October 2015: El Lissitzky: The Artist and the State at IMMA

El Lissitzky: The Artist and the State, with Rosella Biscotti, Maud Gonne, Nuria Guell, Alice Milligan, Sarah Pierce and Hito Steyerl Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin Garden Galleries 30 July – 18 October 2015 Curatorial practices require imaginative conceits, while considerations of funding and timing require pragmatic ones to boot. All of these appear…

VAN Critique September/October 2015: Jan McCullough at Belfast Exposed

Jan McCullough Home Instruction Manual Belfast Exposed 3 July – 22 August 2015 Jan McCullough’s project ‘Home Instruction Manual’ developed from the artist’s interest in traditional instruction manuals. Typing “how to make a home” into Google, she soon found an online chat forum where the participants gave instructions on how to transform a ‘house’ into…

VAN Critique September/October 2015: Anna MacLeod at The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Leitrim

Anna MacLeod Water Conversations, A Survey of Works, 2007 – 2015 The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon 3 July to 12 September 2015 Water Conversations is an ongoing research project by artist Anna MacLeod. Over the past eight years MacLeod has travelled internationally to conduct research and engage in dialogue with artists and communities around the global and…

VAN Critique July/August 2015: Gabhann Dunne at The LAB Gallery, Dublin 1

Gabhann Dunne Magenta Honey The LAB Gallery, Dublin 1 1 May – 13 June 2015 Gabhann Dunne has been painting since the 1990s and is an artist for whom the alchemy involved in manifesting an entity from paint appears effortless. He also demonstrates an easy aptitude for drawing. The compression of these abilities into effective…

VAN Critique July/August 2015: Adrian Ghenie, Pieter Hugo and Olaf Brzeski at The MAC, Belfast

Adrian Ghenie, Pieter Hugo, Olaf Brzeski ‘I will go there, take me home’ Curated by Gregory McCartney 8 May – 26 July 2015 The MAC, Belfast ‘I will go there, take me home’ marks the second installment of the MAC’s guest curator programme, which offers independent curators the opportunity to develop exhibitions in the MAC’s…

VAN Critique July/August 2015: Kathy Prendergast at Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

Kathy Prendergast ‘OR’ Crawford Art Gallery, Cork 10 April – 13 June 2015 The elegant first floor landing and Gibson galleries at the Crawford have been emptied of their fine paintings and ‘objets d’art’ to accommodate Kathy Prendergast’s exhibition ‘OR’, which also extends into the adjoining modern gallery. At the centre of the landing, Prendergast’s…

VAN July/August 2015

1. Cover Image. Cliona Harmey, Dublin Ships, installed February 2015 North Wall Quay Dublin. Commissioned by Dublin City Council, photo by Ros Kavanagh 5. Column. Chris Clarke. Scratching the Surface. 6. Column. Joanne Laws. Articulating Value. 7. Column. Jonathan Carroll. Who’s Afraid of Performance Art? 8. Column. Tara Byrne. Ageism & Cognitive Dissonance. 10. Regional…

VAN May/June 2015

5. Roundup. Recent exhibitions and projects of note. 5. Column. Morgan Quaintance. The More Real You Become? 6. Column. Orla Whelan. Athomestudios. 7. Column. Georgina Jackson. The Conversation Continues. 8. VAI News. VAI projects and events. 8. News. The latest developments in the visual arts sector. 10. Regional Focus. Tipperary Arts Office, Jenny Fox, Lorraine Cleary, Source, STAC. 13. Residency. Sustained…

VAN Critique March/April 2015: Sabina Mac Mahon at Belfast Exposed Photography and Queen Street Studios & Gallery

Sabina Mac Mahon ‘An Ulaid – South Down Society of Modern Art’ Belfast Exposed and Queen Street Studios, Belfast 16 January – 28 February Sabina Mac Mahon’s research project, An Ulaid – South Down Society of Modern Art, is displayed in two different venues in Belfast: Belfast Exposed Photography and Queen Street Studios & Gallery.…

VAN Critique March/April 2015: Teresa Gillespie at Wexford Arts Centre

Teresa Gillespie ‘below explanation (clocks stop at 3pm and existence continues)’ Wexford Arts Centre 12 January – 7 February 2015 “Phenomenology fails to provide a guaranteed tether to the world and its things. The relationship between consciousness and content remains to be worked out.” (Arthur C. Danto) (1) The annual Emerging Visual Artist Award (EVAA)…

VAN March/April 2015

1. Cover Image. Amanda Ralph, Paper Boats, River Brosna, Clara 2000. Public Art Commission for Offaly Co. Council. Re-installed at Lough Boora in 2014. 5. Roundup. Recent exhibitions and projects of note. 5. Column. Treasa O’Brien. Roads of Least Resistance: Irish Attitudes to Protest and Civil Disobedience. 6. Column. Amy Kieran. Exploring Visual Arts Audiences…

VAN Critique Jan/Feb 2015: Nom Nom Collective at White Lady Art

Nom Nom Collective ‘Nomstalgia’ White Lady Art Wellington Quay, Dublin 29 Nov – 23 Dec 2014 The Nom Nom Collective comprises eight artists who have worked together for around a decade, five of whom are included in their current exhibition ‘Nomstalgia’, at White Lady Art on Wellington Quay. Lints (Denmark), Poncho (Ireland), Dr Lamps &…

VAN Critique Jan/Feb 2015: Debra Bowden ‘Beginnings’ at the Toradh Gallery

Debra Bowden Beginnings 17 November – 16 December 2014 Toradh Gallery, Ashbourne, Meath Cows. Why are they such a popular subject for paintings? In many hands, even when well executed, they come across as sentimental, chocolate-box images, anodyne and unchallenging. In Debra Bowden’s work, now showing at the Toradh Gallery in Ashbourne, Co. Meath, they…

VAN Critique Jan/Feb 2015: ‘Uchronia’, Sinead McDonald at Draiocht, Co Dublin

Sinead McDonald Uchronia 28 November – 7 February 2015 Draiocht, Blanchardstown, Co Dublin Artist Sinéad McDonald does not like her photo being taken.1 So what motivated McDonald to produce her first solo exhibition made up almost entirely of self-portraits? The answer is that while McDonald is the subject, artist, photographer, director and all-round protagonist in…

VAN Critique Jan/Feb 2015: ‘Art & Activism’ – Published by Fire Station Artists’ Studios, 2014

Book Review / Anne Mullee Art & Activism Editors: Liz Burns and Clodagh Kenny Published November 2014 The latest publication from Fire Station Artists’ Studios is less of a manifesto or call to arms and more of a provocation asking, ‘what does activism really mean to artists?’ The book is a slim volume containing a…

VAN Critique Jan/Feb 2015: ‘Studies on Shivering’, Damir Očko at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin

  Damir Očko Studies on Shivering 21 November 2014 – 24 January 2015 Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin The clear and ordered manner in which Damir Očko’s works are arranged in ‘Studies on Shivering’ may initially conceal the extent to which Očko intends for these works to slide across into each other and cross-pollinate.…

VAN January / February 2015

5. Roundup. Recent exhibitions and projects of note. 5. Column. Jonathan Carroll. Fag Ends. 6. Column. Linda O’Keefe. Socio-sonic Textures. 7. Column. Mark Fisher. A Time for Shadows. 8. News. The latest developments in the visual arts sector. 8. VAI News. Research, projects and campaigns. 9. Regional Focus. Visual arts resources and activity in Wicklow.…

VAN November / December 2014

CONTENTS: 5. Roundup. Recent exhibitions and projects of note. 5. Column. Francis McKee. Under the Radar. 6. Column. Jason Oakley. Let’s Be Modern About It. 7. Column.Conor McGrady. Ex-centric Alternatives. 8. News. The latest developments in the visual arts sector. 8. VAI News. Research, projects and campaigns.

VAN Critique Sept/Oct 2014: Graham Gingles at The MAC, Belfast

Graham Gingles ‘At times like these men were wishing they were all kinds of insects’ The MAC, Belfast 3 July – 17 August 2014 ‘At times like these men were wishing they were all kinds of insects’, Graham Gingles’s installation at the MAC, comprises a maze-like structure of architectural elements – doors, window frames, bannisters,…

VAN Critique Sept/Oct 2014: Eva Rothschild at Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane

Eva Rothschild 23 May 2014 – 21 September 2014 Dublin City Gallery, the Hugh Lane Eva Rothschild’s sculptural practice is positioned within the aesthetic of an earlier generation of artists, whose oeuvre was determined by intrinsic material properties and an obstinate respect for classical modernity. Artists like Richard Deacon, Alison Wilding, Richard Wentworth and, in…

VAN Critique Sept/Oct 2014: Caoimhe Kilfeather at Temple Bar Gallery

Caoimhe Kilfeather ‘This Attentive Place’ Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin 20 June – 20 August 2014 Caoimhe Kilfeather seems interested in the space around objects as much as the objects themselves. In her recent exhibition a diaphanous blue screen (made from overlapping sheets of oiled and pigmented paper) reshaped the gallery’s coordinates and provided an atmospheric…

VAN Critique Sept/Oct 2014: ‘The Starry Messenger: Seven Artist Filmmakers’, VOID, Derry

‘The Starry Messenger: Seven Artist Filmmakers’ 5 Aug – 26 Sept 2014 VOID, Derry Marika Borgeson, Janine Davidson, Rebecca Myers, Michaela Nettell, Samantha Rebello, Talena Sanders, Ana Vaz; curated by Declan Sheehan. ‘Starry Messenger’ presents the work of seven contemporary artist filmmakers in a kind of cry from the heart for the medium of film. It…

VAN Critique Sept/Oct 2014: Marilyn Lerner at Butler Gallery

Marilyn Lerner Circle in the Square Butler Gallery, The Castle, Kilkenny 9 August – 5 October 2014 For artist Marilyn Lerner New York is a frenetic city from which her practice provides a haven of peace. This exhibition, Circle in the Square, Lerner’s first in Ireland, comprises 21 examples of her work, the main body…

VAN September/ October 2014

5. Roundup. Recent exhibitions and projects of note. 5. Column. Cliodhna Shaffrey. Alternative Scenarios. 6. Column. Jonathan Carroll. Theme Or No Theme? 7. Column. Chris Clarke. Site Unseen. 8. News. The latest developments in the visual arts sector. 8. VAI News. Research, projects and campaigns. 9. Regional Focus. Visual arts resources and activity in Kilkenny.…

VAN Critique July/August 2014: Nickey Teegan and Conor Mary Foy at NCAD Gallery, Dublin

Nicky Teegan and Conor Mary Foy ‘At dawn we will stand in a circle, as the sun rises it will renew the souls of the pure’ NCAD Gallery, Dublin 11 April – 15 May 2014 Nicky Teegan and Conor Mary Foy have worked as collaborators on other projects and At dawn we will stand in…

VAN Critique July/August 2014: Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh at Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin

Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh ‘Contours’ Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin 01 May – 23 May Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh’s showing at the Kevin Kavanagh gallery reveals the latest phase in her dynamically evolving practice. ‘Contours’ finds her parked, for now, within a ‘difficult’ aesthetic that feels like an up-to-the-minute exploration of the parameters of painting. Working largely in…

VAN Critique July/August 2014: Susan Connolly at The MAC, Belfast

Susan Connolly Something About Some Thing To Do With Paint 9 May – 22 June The MAC, Belfast For work so rooted in surface and medium, Susan Connolly’s ‘Something About Some Thing To Do With Paint’ makes surprising use of light – translucency is the first taste of the exhibition space. Upon descending into the…

VAN Critique July/August 2014: Kennedy Browne at Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

‘The Myth of the Many and the One’ Kennedy Browne The Myth of the Many in the One The Crawford Art Gallery 11 April – 7 June 2014 Titles can be abstracted, distanced, tenuously connected, and even arbitrary, but The Myth of the Many in the One is exactly what it describes, an exploration of…

VAN Critique July/August 2014: ‘Re-Framing the Domestic in Irish Art’ at Highlanes Gallery

‘Re-Framing the Domestic in Irish Art’ Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Co Louth 29 April – August 2014 Paintings from Drogheda’s Municipal Art Collection provide a starting point for this ambitious exhibition co-curated by Highlanes director Aoife Ruane, artist Amanda Coogan and art historian and writer Jane Humphries. Drawing on the respective interests of the curators, the…

VAN July / August 2014

CONTENTS: 5. Column. Treasa O’Brien. Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A. 6. Column. Boredom, Compulsion & Anxiety. Mark Fisher. 7. Column. Constructing Migration. Emily Mark–Fitzgerald. 8. News. The latest developments in the visual arts sector. 8. VAI News. Visual Artists Ireland’s research, projects and campaigns. 9. Regional Profile. West Cork, Resources and Activities – Blue House Gallery; Kinsale…

VAN Critique May/June 2014: Robert Kelly at Droichead Arts Centre

Robert Kelly ‘Interconnectedness’ Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda 9 March – 25 April ‘Interconnectedness’, the title of Robert Kelly’s exhibition of abstract prints at the Droichead Arts Centre, alludes not only to the visual links created between works through the repeated use of plates, but to the persistence of motifs and themes that have informed his…

VAN Critique May/June 2014: Richard Gilligan at The Copperhouse Gallery, Dublin

Richard Gilligan ‘DIY’ The Copperhouse Gallery, Dublin 13 March – 3 April Secluded down a quiet laneway off Synge Street, Dublin the ‘Copper House’ is wrapped in thin sheets of the eponymous metal, an eccentric cladding for an otherwise nondescript industrial block. The two- storey structure houses a photographic studio and digital printing service with…

VAN Critique May/June 2014: Ailbhe Barrett and Joan Sugrue at The Courthouse Gallery

‘Overworlds’ New Work by Ailbhe Barrett and Joan Sugrue The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon 14 March – 3 April In We Have Never Been Modern, the French sociologist of science Bruno Latour observes that climate change is simultaneously material, discursive and socially constructed. It is at once a product of natural phenomena, of power relations and…

VAN Critique May/June 2014: Patrick Altes at Triskel, Cork

Patrick Altes ‘A Story of Revolutions’ Triskel, Cork 14 March – 20 April 2014 Connections between writing and image are a major component in Altes’s exhibition of digital imagery, paintings and texts at Triskel. The show’s title states the exhibition’s goal: to tell ‘A Story of Revolutions’. One particular mode of sequential visual story telling…

VAN Critique May/June 2014: Dorothy Cross at Royal Hibernian Academy Gallery, Dublin

Dorothy Cross ‘Connemara’ Royal Hibernian Academy Gallery, Dublin 13 March – 27 April Moving into semi-darkness in the RHA’s Gallery 1 for Dorothy Cross’ ‘Connemara’ initially feels like entering a museum: silent and still. The only light comes from two video pieces projected on the walls and from overhead spotlights, which pick out the works…

VAN May / June 2014

CONTENTS: 5. Column. Be There. VAI Get Together 2014. 6. Column. Jonathan Carroll. Recalling Bocadillo-gate. 5.Roundup. Recent exhibitions and projects of note. 7. Column. Els Borgart. Forwards & Backwards. 8. News. The latest developments in the visual arts sector. 8. VAI News. Visual Artists Ireland’s research, projects and campaigns. 9. Regional Profile. Donegal. Artlink, Fiona…

VAN Critique March/April 2014: Kevin Mooney at Talbot Gallery

‘Dog Island Tales’ Kevin Mooney 6 – 27 February 2014 Talbot Gallery, Dublin KevIn Mooney’s exhibition ‘Dog Island Tales’ straddles itself somewhere between Outsider Art and its sophisticated and more strategic cousin, Expressionism. It’s good to find a young artist grappling with this difficult language of painting. Mooney’s work betrays a hard won struggle and…

VAN Critique March/April 2014: Gráinne Bird at Higher Bridges Gallery

‘Hirsute’ Gráinne Bird Higher Bridges Gallery, Enniskillen 6 February – 8 March 2014 Hair salons and barbershops do not often act as art supply stores for artists, but in the case of young Irish artist Gráinne Bird, they provide her primary material: human hair. ‘Hirsute’ is the artist’s first solo exhibition in Northern Ireland, in…

VAN Critique March/April 2014: Paul Quast at Luan Gallery

‘DE_Cline ’ Paul Quast luan Gallery, Athlone. 17 January – 16 March 2014 Paul Quast exhibits a large body of work in the New Gallery and River Gallery at Luan. He works in installation / sculpture and here deploys an impressive array of technology, including projectors, laser beams, prisms, lights, magnets and ferro-fluid – demonstrating…

VAN Critique: March/April 2014: Feriel Bendjama at The Return, Goethe-Institut

Feriel Bendjama ‘We, They and I’ 16 January – 17 April 2014 The Return, Goethe-Institut Irland, Dublin 2 When France outlawed the wearing of face-covering veils in 2011, ‘the veil’ had been a potent trope of feminist inquiry for some time. Various representations of the hijab, burqua, niquab and chador had appeared in contemporary art…

VAN Critique March/April 2014: Jackie Nickerson at Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

  Jackie Nickerson ‘terrain’ 16 January 2014 – 15 February 2014 Jack Shainman Gallery, New York JackIe Nickerson reveals a compassionate tenderness and gravitas for her subjects while taking photographs of the land and the people in sub- Saharan Africa. In Nickerson’s photographs, seemingly conventional art-historical tropes like portrait and landscape photography are merged to…

VAN Critique March/April 2014: Jaki Irvine at Frith Street Gallery, London

Jaki Irvine ‘this thing echoes’ Frith Street Gallery, London 17 January – 1 March 2014 Golden Square, where Frith Street Gallery sits reservedly, is a be-statued lulling-patch just off the persistent traffic of London’s Regent Street. In what might be an homage to a visitor’s typical route to the gallery – traversing buzzing throngs of…

VAN March / April 2014

CONTENTS 5. Roundup. Recent exhibitions and projects of note. 5. Column. Mark Fisher. Making Demands. 6. Column. Jason Oakley. I wouldn’t start from here …  7. Column. Chris Clarke. Everyone’s a Critic. 8. News. The latest developments in the visual arts sector. 8. VAI News. Visual Artists Ireland’s research, projects and campaigns. 9. Regional Focus.…

VAN Critique Jan/Feb 2014: Mark Durcan at The Lab, Dublin

Mark Durcan ‘I’m astonished, wall, that you haven’t collapsed into ruins’ ‘ The Lab, Dublin’  15 November 2013 – 25 January 2014 Time and memory merge into each other; they are like the two sides of a medal. it is obvious enough that without time, memory cannot exist either  – Andrei Tarkovsky, Sculpting in Time: Reflections…

VAN Critique Jan/Feb 2014: ‘A Lamb Lies Down’ at Broadstone Studios, Dublin

‘A Lamb Lies Down’ (David Eager-Maher, Mark Mcgreevy, Lee Welch, Rachael Corcoran, Adrian duncan, Beagles and Ramsay, Martin Healy, Ricky Adam, Vanessa Donoso López, Jonathan Mayhew) Broadstone Studios, Dublin 4 – 30 November 2014 This exhibition borrows its title from a double album (A Lamb lies down in Broadway as one of the ten) by…

VAN Critique Jan/Feb 2014: Sinead Rice, Flowers Gallery, London

Sinead Rice ‘Small is Beautiful: Who’s Afraid of Red Yellow & Blue’ Flowers Gallery, London  3 December 2013 – 4 January 2014 Sinead Rice’s work is second on the left as you enter the largest of three rooms on the ground floor of Flowers Gallery, which make up the exhibition ‘Small is Beautiful: Who’s Afraid…

VAN Critique Jan/Feb 2014: Mary Burke ‘Memory Traces’ at Draiocht, Dublin

Mary Burke ‘Memory Traces’ Draiocht, Dublin 23 November 2013 – 1 February 2014 Looking out the window of the bus to Blanchardstown, you see semi-detached houses – lots of them. As you move through one area to another, you may see some variation in style, but there is nonetheless a strong sense of sameness. The…

VAN Critique Jan/Feb 2014: Dragana Jurisic, ‘Yu: The Lost Country’, Belfast Exposed

Dragana Jurisic ‘Yu: The Lost Country’ Belfast Exposed 25 October – 23 December 2013 ‘Dragana Jurisic’s YU: The Lost Country’ is based on the book, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon by Rebecca West. The exhibition re-traces the author’s steps through Yugoslavia in 1937. West was an Anglo Irish writer who identified closely with Yugoslavia and…

VAN Critique Jan/Feb 2014: ‘The Work of Micheal Farrell’ Crawford Gallery, Cork

‘The Work of Micheal Farrell’ Crawford Gallery, Cork  9 November 2013 – 4 January 2014 This exhibition, produced by Solstice Arts Centre, and subsequently shown at the Crawford Gallery, aimed to re-evaluate the work of the late Micheal Farrell (1940 – 2000), from abstract minimalist to cultural commentator, opening with his Celtic series from the…

VAN Critique Jan/Feb 2014: ‘Common Ground’ at Occupy Space, Limerick

‘Common Ground’ Occupy Space, Limerick (Aine Phillips, Amanda Dunsmore, Deirdre O’Mahony, Fiona Woods & Sean Taylor) 8 – 30 November 2013 Ground Up Artists Collective (GUAC) is concerned with strengthening the foundations for art created in rural areas, through research and collaborations. The GUAC annual exhibition for current members was held recently at the Ennistymon…

Sustaining the Ephemeral

VAI Professional Development Masterclass with Nigel Rolfe at the Dublin Live Art Festival 2013, photo by Fiona Killeen EL PUTNAM DISCUSSES VISUAL ARTISTS IRELAND’S PRESENTATION OF A MASTERCLASS BY NIGEL ROLFE AND THE DISCUSSION ‘SUSTAINING PERFORMANCE BASED PRACTICES’ AT THE DUBLIN LIVE ART FESTIVAL IN SEPTEMBER 2013. During the Dublin Live Art Festival, which took…

VAN January/February 2014: ‘Held Captive by the Site’, Sarah Allen Profiles ‘Art Lot’

PROFILE: ART IN THE PUBLIC REALM ‘HELD CAPTIVE BY THE SITE’ SARAH ALLEN PROFILES ‘ART LOT’, A PROGRAMME OF TEMPORARY VISUAL ARTS PROJECTS PROGRAMMED BY JONATHAN CARROLL FOR A VACANT LOT IN DUBLIN CITY CENTRE. A little corner at the junction of Harcourt Road and Richmond Terrace has been undergoing some curious changes over the…

VAN January / February 2014

CONTENTS 5. Column. Rebecca Strain. Snooping & Shooting in the Dark.(Archived) 5. Roundup. Recent exhibitions and projects of note. 6. Column. Emily Mark Fitzgerald. A Special Beauty in all that is Goodly … (Archived) 7. Column. Jonathan Carroll. Steadier on its Feet. 8. News.The latest developments in the visual arts sector. 8. VAI News. Recent VAI…

VAN November/December 2013: Critique Supplement – ‘Alphabet’, West Cork Arts Centre

‘Alphabet’ 21 September – 09 November 2013 West Cork Arts Centre  As a research exercise, I asked a child, an adult and an artist to recite the alphabet, allotting each letter a word that begins with that letter. I implored them not to think about it too much, to simply say the first thing that…

VAN November/December 2013: Critique Supplement – ‘Death Drive’ at Galway Arts Centre

‘Death Drive’ Vanessa Donoso Lopez, Stine Marie Jacobsen, Maximilian Le Cain, Siobhan McGibbon 07 September – 05 October Galway Arts Centre  Developed in Beyond the Pleasure Principle, Sigmund Freud’s contested Theory of Death Drives posits instincts that strive towards a zero-point of tension; opposed to the life instincts, they yearn to bring the living back…

VAN November/December 2013: Critique Supplement – ‘False Memory Syndrome’ at Temple Bar Gallery

‘False Memory Syndrome’ Michael Boran, Sabina McMahon, Sarah Pierce, Alan Phelan  05 – 26 September 2013 Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin In September 2013, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios marked three decades of prominence in Dublin’s designated cultural quarter. The ground floor gallery is an accessible exhibition space, open to the busy street through its entirely…

VAN November/December 2013: Critique Supplement – Cora Cummins ‘The Black Rose, The Green Pool and The Blue Sky at VISUAL

Cora Cummins ‘The Black Rose, The Green Pool and The Blue Sky’ Visual, Carlow 05 October – 05 January In her book ‘The Artificial Kingdom’, the writer Celeste Olaquiaga borrows the metaphor of dust to describe the rundown state of dreams in modernity. This exhibition by Cora Cummins, ‘The Black Rose, The Green Pool and…

VAN November/December 2013: Critique Supplement – ‘Labour and Lockout …’, Limerick City Gallery of Art

‘Labour and Lockout …’ Limerick City Gallery of Art  9 August – 1 October 2013 ‘Labour and Lockout …’ formed part of a nationwide, labour-themed visual arts programme, devised in response to the centenary of the 1913 Lockout. The exhibition, augmented by the seminar ‘Land / Labour/ Capital’, reflected on contemporary labour conditions against the…

VAN November/December 2013: Critique Supplement: Sculpture in Context at National Botanic Gardens

‘Sculpture in Context’ National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin  5 September – 18 October 2013 Stationed in the verdant surroundings of the National Botanic Gardens, ‘Sculpture in Context’ is an annual open submission exhibition drawing entrants from Ireland and abroad, with some Irish graduate artists also invited to participate. This year there are over 150 artists taking…

VAN November/December 2013

  CONTENTS 5.Roundup. Recent exhibitions and projects of note. 5.Column. Column. Mark Fisher Space to Think. 6.Column. Jason Oakley Even in Sweden. (Archived) 7.Column. Chris Clarke Status Update. 8.News. The latest developments in the Visual Arts Sector. 9.Regional Focus. Resources and activity accross Cavan. 12.Project Profile. New Others New Difficulties. Jonathan Cummins discusses ‘When I Leave These…

VAN September/October 2013: Critique Supplement: ‘Russian Dolls’ at Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast

‘Russian Dolls’ Sighle Bhreathnach-Cashell, Cian Donnelly and Matthew Walmsley Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast 27 June – 3 August 2013   A man stands motionless on the roof of a burnt-out car, silhouetted in the darkened gallery. He has his back to us; his long arms hang limp and his bowler hat-clad head is bent down.…

VAN September/October 2013: Critique Supplement: ‘The Drawing Box’, Ranelagh Arts Centre

‘The Drawing Box’ Ranelagh Arts Centre, Dublin  18 July – 17 August   ‘The Drawing Box’ is the brainchild of Outland Arts member Diane Henshaw (www.outlandarts.org). This collective places an emphasis on sharing skills and ideas with members and non-member artists and the community at large. So it seemed like a natural extension to come up…

VAN September/October 2013: Critique Supplement: ‘New Irish Works’, PhotoIreland 2013

‘New Irish Works’ PhotoIreland 2013  Published July 2013  ISBN 978-0-9576849-0-4   PhotoIreland 2013 spanned Dublin, Limerick and Cork, occupying multiple venues throughout these cities. The festival was ambitious in its scope and the variety of lens-based media, which included the work of established international artists such as Gerard Byrne at Temple Bar Gallery and Willie…

VAN September/October 2013: Critique Supplement | Helen O’Leary at Catherine Hammond Gallery

Helen O’Leary ‘Irregular Activity’ Catherine Hammond Gallery, Glengarriff, West Cork July 19 – 15 August 15   I suspect that the economy of picturesque Glengarriff is driven by tourism; one might say the town’s ‘regular activity’ is the business of souvenir and craft shops, for the summer months at least. From street side flowerboxes to…

VAN September/October 2013: Critique Supplement | Pádraig Timoney at Raven Row, London

Pádraig Timoney ‘Fontwell Helix Feely’ Raven Row, London 27 – April – 23 June   Eminent American literary critic Harold Bloom’s concept of the ‘anxiety of influence’ theorised that poets were perpetually in contention with their own precursors, wrestling with the rampant references that inevitably populate art forms burdened by long traditions. The idea’s unhappily…

VAN July/August 2013: Critique Supplement | Magnhild Opdøl at Butler Gallery

Magnhild Opdøl ‘Point of No Return’ Butler Gallery, Kilkenny 15 June – 28 July 2013 Entry into ‘point of no return’ first brings viewers into contact with four pairs of vintage postcards depicting deer. The pairings, all of which share the title some sort of truth, are striking for their similarities and dissimilarities. For example,…

VAN July/August 2013: Critique Supplement | ‘POV (points of view)’ at Monster Truck

‘POV (points of view)’ Monster Truck, Dublin 17 may – 15 June 2013 ‘Points of View’ at Monster Truck is a group show where the artists involved have all addressed how lens based media – mainly photography – functions to represent a subject or a place. They are also connected through having lived or worked…

VAN July/August 2013: Critique Supplement | ‘Octagon’ Group Show at West Cork Arts Centre

‘Octagon’ (Alison Cronin, Marie Cullen, Sharon Dipity, Paul Forde-Cialis, Ian Humphreys, Tess Leak, Susan Montgomery and Sarah Ruttle) West Cork Arts Centre, Skibereen 4 May – 8 June 2013 Something flutters in the corner of my eye and vanishes as soon as I swivel my head. A pair of white hands looms out from the wall.…

VAN July/August 2013: Critique Supplement | Gillian Fitzpatrick at Goethe Institut, Dublin

Gillian Fitzpatrick ‘Die Welt von Morgen (Tomorrow’s World)’ Goethe Institut, Dublin 8 May – 21 June 2013 Exhibitions in the Goethe Institut’s Return Gallery have the benefit of a beautifully compact and architecturally distinctive space, with a lineage of frequently interesting artistic projects, guided over the years by several distinctive curatorial voices.

VAN July/August 2013: Critique Supplement | Eamon Colman ‘Scattered Showers’ at Triskel Christchurch, Cork

Eamon Colman ‘Scattered Showers’ Triskel Christchurch, Cork 16 May – 31 August 2013 Time was, when oppositional writers in the West during the Dark Ages (which corresponded with the full Renaissance of Arab culture) investigated happiness in a profusion of writings. Happiness was topical when serfdom and slavery were still normal. If this review could…

VAN September/October 2013

CONTENTS 5. Roundup. Recent exhibitions and projects of note. 5. Column. Gaynor Seville. Why Apply? Gaynor Seville addresses some misconceptions about the public art application process. 6. Column. Lily Cahill. Making It. The realities of living and working as a visual artist. 7.Column. Jonathan Carroll. Nouvelles Vague: What a Drag. Disappointment at the Palais de…

VAN July/ August 2013

CONTENTS: 5. Roundup. Recent exhibitions and projects of note. 5. Column. Emily Mark-FitzGerald. The Feedback Loop. Cultural democracy in the age of the Internet. 6. Column. Jonathan Carroll. The Generals Assemble. 7.Column. Mark Fisher. Imperfect Loops & Screen Memories. Agency, Freud and eerie GIFs. 8.News. The latest developments in the visual arts sector. 9.Regional Focus.…

VAN May/June 2013: Critique Supplement | Ffrench/Harte ‘The Sovereigns’

Ffrench/Harte ‘The Sovereigns’ Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre, Bray 7 March – 11 April 2013 Rope bridges incite all sorts of responses. Linked to recollections of playground fun, tree house adventures or daring action movie escapes, they trigger feelings of excitement and fear. Encountering Ffrench / Harte’s rope bridge in the Mermaid Arts Centre’s bright…

VAN May/June 2013

CONTENTS 5.Column. Get Together 2013. It’s For Everybody. 5.Roundup. Recent exhibitions and projects of note. 6.Column. Emily Mark-FitzGerald. The Feedback Loop. 8.Column. Seán O Sullivan. Visual Arts Workers’ Forum. 8. News. The latest developments in the visual arts sector. 9. Regional Focus. Visual arts resources and activity in Sligo. 12.International. Ireland in Venice 2013:  Richard…

VAN March/April 2013

CONTENTS 5. Roundup. Recent exhibitions and projects of note. 5. Regional Column: Northern Ireland. Feargal O’Malley. Artist Residencies. 6. Column. Jonathan Carroll. The Life of Ryan. 8. News. The latest developments in the visual arts sector. 9. Regional Profile. Visual arts resources and activity in Mayo. 12. Tribute. Valerie Earley. On these pages, with friends…

VAN March/April 2013: ‘Into the Light: The Arts Council – 60 Years of Supporting the Arts’

INTO THE LIGHT: THE ARTS COUNCIL – 60 YEARS SUPPORTING THE ARTS Crawford Art Gallery, Cork (4 Dec 2012 – 23 Feb 2013). Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane (28 Nov 2012 – 24 Feb 2013)
. Limerick City Gallery (30 Nov 2012 – 18 Jan 2013)
. The Model, Sligo (7 Dec 2012 – 24 March 2013).…

VAN January/February 2013

CONTENTS 5. Roundup.Recent exhibitions and projects of note. 5. Column. Emily Mark Fitzgerald. Philanthropy and the Arts. 6. Column. Chris Clarke. After the Fact. 7. Column. Treasa O’Brien. Knowing Me, Knowing You. 8. News. The latest developments in the visual arts sector. 9. Regional Profile. Visual arts resources and activity in Clare. 13. Policy. A…

VAN November/December 2012

CONTENTS 5. Roundup. Recent exhibitions and projects of note. The latest developments in the arts sector. 5. Column. Mark Fisher. 6. Column. Jonathan Carroll. 8. News. The latest developments in the visual arts sector. 9. Regional Profile. Visual arts resources and activity in Antrim. 13. Art and Politics. Living Museum. Brian Kennedy on a recent…

VAN: September / October 2012

CONTENTS 5. Roundup. Recent exhibitions and projects of note. The latest developments in the arts sector. 5. Column. Treasa O’Brien. 6. Column. Christopher Clarke. 8. News. The latest developments in the visual arts sector. 9. Regional Profile. Visual arts resources and activity in Leitrim. 13. Profile. Space Time Travel. Artist Sara Haq writes about her…

Richard Gorman ‘Kozo’ Kerlin Gallery, Dublin 20 January – 25 February 2012

‘Kozo’, currently showing in the Kerlin Gallery, comprises a body of work created by Richard Gorman on textured paper, handmade by the artist himself in Japan, after which the show is titled. “Just buying the paper doesn’t seem to be enough. I like to give value to the object I’m going to paint.”1

Isabel Nolan ‘A Hole Into the Future’ The model, Sligo 10 December 2011 – 12 February 2012

A dignified brown donkey greets the viewer at the entrance to Isabel Nolan’s solo exhibition at The Model, Sligo; its seductive implacable eyes gaze out from the large-scale photograph presaging the qualities and properties of the work to come. Nolan writes in the elegant catalogue accompanying the exhibition, “I am able to articulate afresh an…

‘The mind was dreaming. The world was its dream.’ Solstice Arts, Navan 19 January – 25 February 2012

Dreams typically take us into the realm of wonder, horror, or a mixture of both. They leave us feeling elated, pensive, gasping for breath, or shortchanged when we wake. The selection of paintings, watercolours, sculpture, and video, that constitutes Solstice Gallery’s ‘The mind was dreaming. The world was its dream’ reminds viewers of these experiences…

Ben Reilly ‘Cyclops’ Fiona Woods ‘Terrascope’ Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon 14 January – 19 February 2012

Two shows opened at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, in the new year. Inside the main gallery were the prints and sculptures of Ben Reilly, and in the Red Couch Space upstairs, the ceramics of Jackie Maurer and paintings by Fiona Woods. In the dimmed lights of the main gallery space, the sculptures in Ben Reilly’s…

John Ryan ‘Polyptych Subsets: Experiments with Paint’ The Joinery, Dublin 15 – 19 December 2011

As an exhibition, ‘Polyptych Subsets’ questions whether an artist can allow an artwork to ‘cause’ itself. John Ryan outlines his own practice in terms of contingency, what might or might not happen, experimenting with “what paint can do itself when exposed to the elements, air and gravity”. Broadly speaking, the moment an artwork is made…

Sylvia Grace Borda ‘Churches’ belfast Exposed 20 January – 2 March 2012

‘Churches’ is an exhibition by Canadian photographic artist Sylvia Grace Borda. What is usually an open plan exhibition space has been radically altered to accommodate this show, transformed literally into a foyer and a large black box. Even the ceiling has been lowered and covered with large black tiles. A slightly claustrophobic atmosphere prevails. In…

Dermot Seymour ‘Fish, Flesh and Fowl’ Golden Thread Gallery 15 December – 4 February 2012

‘Fish Flesh and Fowl’ at the Golden Thread Gallery in Belfast is a retrospective of Dermot Seymour’s painting, spanning four decades. The show is large, with over 50 paintings and to see his work en masse in this way, it is hard not to be impressed by his singular, unchanging approach to the subject matter:…

‘In Other Words’’ Lewis Glucksman Gallery 22 July – 30 October 2011

‘In Other Words’, the group exhibition at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, transforms the 26 letters of the alphabet into fugitive non-conformists. Neon letters cling indecipherably to a wall, three- dimensional letters are projected falling down the face of a building, other letters seem brash and bolshy, taking the place of the art they are supposed…

Jim Ricks ‘Death and Sensuality’’ Mina Dresden Gallery, San Francisco 4 November – 3 December 2011

The recent exhibition ‘Death and Sensuality’, shown this fall at the Mina Dresden Gallery in San Francisco, succeeded in its intended purpose: to promote Irish culture within an American context. Curator Jim Ricks utilized a curatorial framework, loosely inspired by George Bataille’s Eroticism: Death and Sensuality. He presented a diverse range of contemporary Irish artists,…

Fiona Mulholland ‘Reflections on Things yet to Come’ Leitrim Sculpture Factory 11 November – 1 December 2011

‘Reflections on things yet to come’ was a solo exhibition by Fiona Mulholland, which presented new sculptural works developed during her two-month residency at Leitrim Sculpture Centre. On entering the gallery space my gaze was firmly fixed on a horizontal strip of blue neon lighting, which drew me nearer, until some words could be deciphered.…

Amy Stephens ‘Restless Nature’ Oonagh Young Gallery 18 November – 21 December 2011

A while ago, a certain exhibition in the city of Dublin was tentatively christened ‘Silence’. It arrived on the heels of a disastrous financial tumble – the kind that promises a season of ‘austerity’ – and prompted some objections. When the ground gives way, after all, and a system is so roundly proven inadequate to…

Polly Morgan ‘Dead Time’ Void, Derry 30 August – 30 September 2011

I am at Void, Derry, to see ‘Dead Time’, Polly Morgan’s show, and talk to curator Maolíosa Boyle. I have been here before, and yet Gallery 1 feels unfamiliar as I enter it. It is dark green, dimly lit, and recalls the muted hush of a museum. Boyle explains that she is always interested in…

Ian Burns ‘supreme Fiction’ Butler Gallery, Kilkenny 6 August – 9 October 2011

How did he do that? All nine pieces in ‘Supreme Fiction’ – Ian Burns’ show of works from 2005 to 2011 at the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny pose that question. Each is an assemblage of wires, video screens and ‘stuff’—a mirror ball, a dustpan, a chair, and a light bulb—brought together to create visual, aural and…

Niall De Buitlear ‘out of order’ The lab, Dublin 8 July – 19 August 2011

FROM afar, on a window, the drawing looks like a tribal pattern of circles and white contour lines. It is so smooth it could be a transfer or a large window sticker. When I come up close I can see that it was not made by a machine – as I had initially thought –…

Harin Farocki ‘Recognition and tracking’ The Model, Sligo 2 July – 21 August 2011

The Model, Sligo has a good track record of introduc- ing Irish audiences to important international artists and Harun Farocki, once described as “Germany’s best known unknown filmmaker” is a good example of this. Harun Farocki’s long career spans several dec- ades. The Model is showing a selection of Farocki’s key installation works, along with…

‘Collective Consciousness’ Galway Arts Centre 29 July –27 August 2011

Galway’s oldest and most established artists collective, Artspace, marked its 25th birthday at the Galway Arts Centre, with ‘Collective Consciousness’ a month-long exhibition of selected members work, running alongside a programme of workshops, talks and discussions. Sixteen artists exhibited works over two floors of GAC with one room designated as a satellite space for the studios…

‘Convergence: Literary Art Exhibitions’ Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast 16 June – 6 August 2011

‘Convergence: Literary Art Exhibitions’ Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast 16 June – 6 August 2011 Curated by Dr Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes, ‘Convergence: Literary Art Exhibitions’ attempts – and I would argue, succeeds – in exploring the way(s) in which many contemporary artists appropriate from; and are inspired by, various works of literature. It considers the many…

Sergei Sviatchenko, ‘Mirror by Mirror’ West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen – 23 July – 13 August 2011

Sergei Sviatchenko’s Mirror by Mirror is a tribute to Andrei Tarkovsky’s Mirror. The installation takes up three gallery spaces; two for the artist’s 14 large printed photo-montages and one for screening Mirror. In the middle room, a black and white grainy two-minute film by Sviatchenko, Street and White, follows a girl dancing happily down a…

VAN: July/August 2012

CONTENTS 5. Roundup. Recent exhibitions and projects of note. The latest developments in the arts sector. 5. Column. Jonathan Carroll. 6. Column. Mark Fisher. 8. News. The latest developments in the arts sector. 9. Regional Profile. Visual arts resources and activity in Fermanagh. 12. Interview. New Directions. Kerry McCall talks to Orlaith McBride, Director of…

VAN: May/June 2012

CONTENTS 5. Column. Emily Mark Fitzgerald. 6. Column. Jonathan Carroll. 7. Column. Mark Fisher. 7. Roundup. Recent exhibitions and projects of note. The latest developments in the arts sector. 8. News. The latest developments in the arts sector. 9. Regional Profile. Visual arts resources and activity in Cork. 14. Regional Profile, Iron Age. James Hayes…

VAN: March/April 2012

The Visual Artists News Sheet  CONTENTS 5.    Column. Emily Mark Fitzgerald. 5.    Column. Jonathan Carroll. 6.    Roundup. Recent exhibitions and projects of note. 7.    News. The latest developments in the arts sector. 9.    Regional Profile. Visual arts resources and activity in Limerick. 16. Issue. When Trust Proves to be Misplaced. Noel Kelly discusses best practice…

VAN: January/February 2012

The Visual Artists News Sheet CONTENTS 5. Roundup. Recent exhibitions and projects of note. 5. Column. Jonathan Carroll. Smells like Postmodernism. 6. Column. Emily Mark Fitzgerald. State of the Arts. 7. Column. Mark Fisher. Towards a New Mainstream. 8. News. The latest developments in the arts sector. 10. Regional Profile. Arts Officers. Sarah Searson looks…

VAN: November/December 2011

CONTENTS 5.   Column: Emily Mark-FitzGerald. Renaissance Realities 5.   Roundup: Recent exhibitions and projects of note 6.   Column: Mark Fisher. Maoism and all That 7.   Column: Jonathan Carroll. Love Lyon 8.   News: The latest developments in the arts sector 9.   Editorial: Noel Kelly. All great truths begin as blasphemies 10. Issue: Alex Davis. The Artists’ Resale…

VAN: May/June 2011

The Visual Artists News Sheet Contents: 1. Cover Image. Sean Lynch ‘Me Jewel & Darlin’ installation view, O’Connell Street, Dublin. (featuring a  reproduction of Harry Clarke’s The Last Hour of the Night 1922) 5. Roundup. Recent exhibitions and projects of note. 5. Column. Mark Fisher. In Defence of Genius. 6. Column. Emily Mark-FitzGerald. All Change.…

VAN: March/April 2011

The Visual Artists News Sheet Contents: 1. Cover Image. Remco de Fouw. Voice (Work in Progress) 5. Roundup. Recent exhibitions and projects of note. 5. Column. Mark Fisher. Creative Capitalism. 6. Column. Paula Naughton. New York Overview. 7. Column. Jonathan Carroll. Art Versus Weather. 10. News. The latest developments in the arts sector. 11. Regional…

VAN: January/February 2011

The Visual Artists News Sheet Contents: 1. Cover Image. Andrew Duggan Hole 2009 5. Roundup. Recent exhibitions and projects of note. 5. Column. Mark Fisher. The Game Has Changed 6. Column. Sarah Searson. How to be a Mensch 7. Column. Jonathan Carroll. Failure, Success and Engagement. 8. Column. Chris Fite-Wassilak. Real Art Top Ten 2010.…

VAN: November / December 2010

A volunteer standing on Populloss 3, A work by Alan Mongey in collaboration with Depaul service users The Visual Artists News Sheet Contents: 5. Roundup. Recent exhibitions and projects of note. 5. Column. Mark Fisher. Speculative Realism. 5. Column. Andrew Dodds. Knowing when to stop. 5. Column. Jonathan Carroll. Being Stalked by Francis McKee. 5.…

VAN: September / October 2010

The Visual Artists News Sheet Contents: 3. Roundup. Recent exhibitions and projects of note. 3. Column. Mark Fisher. Strange Loops. 4. Column. Mark Caffrey. Crossing and Arrival 5. Column. Jonathan Carroll. What is Waiting Out There. 6. Column. Chris Fite-Wassilak. Beyond Collective Desire. 7. News. The latest developments in the arts sector. 10. Regional Profile.…

VAN: July / August 2010

The Visual Artists News Sheet Contents: 3. Roundup. Recent exhibitions and projects of note. 3. Column. Mark Fisher. Mapping the Complexity of the Everyday . 4. Column. Eamon Maxwell. Art in Public. 5. Column. Jonathan Carroll. Curatorial Housekeeping. 6. Column. Chris Fite-Wassilak. Possibly Maybe. 7. News. The latest developments in the arts sector. 11. Regional…

VAN: May / June 2010

The Visual Artists News Sheet Contents: 2. Roundup. Recent exhibitions and projects of note. 3. Column. Mark Fisher. Just Say No. 4. Column. Eamon Maxwell. Supporting Emerging Artists. 5. Column. Tessa O Brien. An Impure Film-makers Perpective. 6. Column. Chris Fite-Wassilak. Underneath the Cuts, The Beach. 8. News. The latest developments in the arts sector.…

VAN: January / February 2010

Visual Artists’ News Sheet Contents: 3. Roundup. Recent exhibitions and projects of note. 3. Column. Marie-Louise Blaney. The Model: Dorm Project 4. Column. Chris Fite-Wassilak. Real Art Top Ten 2009. 8. News. The latest developments in the arts sector. 10. Regional Profile. Visual Arts Resources & Activity in Co. Waterford 13. How is it Made?…

VAN: March / April 2010

Visual Artists’ News Sheet Contents: 3. Roundup. Recent exhibitions and projects of note. 3. Column. Eamonn Maxwell. Rural and International Contexts. 4. Column. Adam Stoneman. Art Shock. 5. Column. Alison Pilkington. How Do We Know Non-Knowledge? 8. News. The latest developments in the arts sector. 10. Regional Profile. Visual Arts Resources and Activity in Co.…