The Exhibitionist | 23 | Adventure Capital


Things are all set this week for the opening of the Venice Biennale in which Ireland is represented by artist Sean Lynch. There’s been a lot of coverage in the run-up and Sean’s work has even been mentioned as a top ten must-see;

Pavilion of Ireland: Adventure: Capital, Artiglierie of the Arsenale
Sean Lynch draws on myths and rumour to weave together a narrative journey that considers the flow of capital. This installation makes use of video, sculpture and archives to unpick notions of value. With hints of quarries and stone carving, there is likely to be a connection between Lynch’s recent solo exhibition at Modern Art Oxford, for which the artist researched the work of the O’Shea brothers and their Venice-inspired carvings.(via a-n)

Sean Lynch-installing Adventure
Sean Lynch-installing Adventure Capital

Interestingly there will be some other familiar Limerick faces at the opening. The Rubberbandits are to “lend their support” to the Sean Lynch Ireland at Venice 2015 party and will give a special performance in Campo Santa Maria Formosa this Thursday night in Venice.(via The Limerick Leader)

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Sir Hugh
Sir Hugh Lane

Back in Dublin an interesting exhibition opened last week at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane to commemorate the centenary of the death of the gallery’s benefactor, Sir Hugh Lane. From the press release;

Hugh Lane (1875-2015): Dublin’s Legacy and Loss celebrates Hugh Percy Lane, the philanthropist and art dealer who presented a priceless collection of artworks to Dublin to establish a Gallery of Modern Art in 1908.

Lane drowned aboard the Lusitania on 7 May 1915, after the liner was torpedoed by U-boat 20 off the south coast of Cork on its return from New York to Liverpool. He was thirty-nine years old. The exhibition presents Hugh Lane’s vision for the visual arts in Ireland at the turn of the 20th century with works by Impressionist artists Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas and Auguste Renoir hanging together with their Irish contemporaries including Walter Osborne, Frank O’Meara, John Lavery and Roderic O’Conor.


Emma Campbell at McAuley Place

1 – 14 May

McAuley Place, Naas, Co. Kildare

Newbridge artist Emma Campbell’s first solo exhibition of 2015 runs from the 1st to the 14th of May at McAuley Place.

The title of the exhibition Elements, is Emma’s colourful abstract take on the weather and it’s effects. All works are original and range from small – large pieces and is a mixture of framed and canvas. Free entry and all are welcome.

Ferdinand Von Korff Schmising at the Courthouse Arts Centre

26 April – 22 May
Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow
Opening hours: Wed 10am – 1pm, Thurs-Sat 10am – 5pm

“Some people keep diaries, I take photos. Some people like to elaborate in their writing, I like to, where possible, not just show what I saw but how I saw it”

Wicklow resident Ferdinand has been taking photographs for many years. His images reflect his inquiring eye and function as a travel log. Where others use words Ferdinand uses his camera to interpret and provide a commentary on the people and cultures he encounters. As observer you are brought into the frame and narrative of his experiences.

Ferdinand was the winner of The Irish Times Amateur Photographer of the year award Portraits section in 2012.

Shona Shirley Macdonald at Mountmellick Gallery

6 – 29 May
Mountmellick Library Gallery, Co. Laois
Opening times: Tuesday 10am – 7:30pm, Wed&Thurs 10am – 5:30pm, Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday 10am – 2pm, Closed for lunch 1-2pm

Exhibition of children’s illustration by Shona Shirley Macdonald previously exhibited in the Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre in Limavady, Northern Ireland, this is the first showing of the work in Ireland.

Shona is an illustrator originally from Aberdeen but currently based in Co. Waterford. Observing Shona’s artwork is essentially like stepping into another world – one of mythical creatures, magical environments and stories generated by your own imagination. |

Tara Barone at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

The Sun, Moon & Stars
Opening: Friday 1 May, 7pm
Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, Oxmantown Hall, Oxmantown Mall, Birr, Co. Offaly
Open daily Mon-Fri 1pm – 5.30pm

Tara Barone is a contemporary artist and printmaker. She studied Craft Design in Grennan Mill college of Design and has worked in the areas of Gallery Framing, Stage and Costume Design, Graphics and Illustration as well as exhibiting her art work in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout the country over the last few years. She is inspired by the colourful and vivid imagery of nature which is reflected strongly in this new exhibition of work entitled, The Sun, Moon & Stars.


Making Out – The Exquisite Diversity of Desire at Gallery X, Dublin 2

Making Out – The Exquisite Diversity of Desire – an exhibition in support of the #YesEquality campaign

15 May 15 to 14 June 2015 | Opening  14 May 6pm
Wednesday to Saturday 10 to 5; Sunday 12 to 5
3 Herbert Street, Dublin 2

Featuring; Jim Fitzpatrick (Ireland),  Orryelle Defenestrate (Australia),  Dolorosa De La Cruz (Ireland), Louise Dumont (France),  Stuart Edwards (Canada), Alessandro Gaggio (Italy), Cyril Helnwein (Ireland), Christian Hofer (Ireland), Elodie Huré (France), Harriet Myfanwy Nia Tahany (Ireland), Ulli Richter (Germany), DR Dublin / Darran Robinson (Ireland), Angel Roy (France), Italia Ruotolo (Italy), John Santerinoss (USA), Katarzyna Sliwa (Ireland) and  Alexandra Unger (UK).

The theme of the show is the diversity of desire and of gender identities. We believe that all types of desire and gender identity should be cherished and respected equally. The artists were inspired by this theme to present works that cherish all forms of love and gender identity. Love between women, between men, between men and women; love between two people, five people, or many more; gender identity that spans the male and female stereotypes – all to produce wonderful and surprising combinations.

James Horan at Pearse Museum, Dublin

Behold Man; Apes with Guns
9 May to  19 June 2015
Pearse Museum, St Endas Park, Grange road, Rathfarnham, Dublin

An exhibition of sculpture in stone by James Horan exploring the theme of modern warfare. Each sculpture calls for thought on a different aspect of war in the modern world, cause and effect, conscience and legacy.

Further information:
E: [email protected]
T: 0861676219


Lisa Fingleton at Irish Film Institute, Dublin 2

Power of the Personal Story
10th May 2015 at 1pm
Ireland on Sunday is a monthly showcase for new Irish film at the Irish Film Institute. This month’s programme focuses on the power of the personal story. It features the work of award winning artist, activist and filmmaker Lisa Fingleton. who is based on a farm in North Kerry and is actively involved in the current campaign for marriage equality. She believes strongly in the power of the personal story to bring about change.

The programme includes a series of short unapologetically autobiographical films documenting pivotal moments in her life over the last ten years. Delighted and Deranged (2006) explores the the everyday struggles in the life of a artist. Happy Out (2008) weaves together the challenges and joys of making a documentary with Ireland’s only lesbian choir. Waiting for You (2014) to a powerful and heartfelt insight into Lisa and her partner’s 5 year-long quest to have a baby.

Lisa Fingleton will participate in a post-screening Q&A

Alice Richard as part of Inhabit, Dublin 1

5 repas à t’aimes
Monday 4th May to Tuesday 5th May
Taking place in a private house, Dublin 1

Within the collective exhibition Inhabit showing the work of NCAD’s 2nd year media students, Alice Richard invites you to get together around a meal and the question what does that mean to eat? There will be no answer but 5 meals cooked by the chef Nicolas Boyard,

Monday 4th:
Breakfast (gluten, lactose and coffee free)
Lunch (Blood Food Diet)
Dinner (Macrobiotic Diet)

Tuesday 5th May:
Breakfast (same but different, still gluten, lactose and coffee free)
Lunch (Raw Food Diet)

Both Nicolas Boyard and Alice Richard believe that food can feed a lot more than our stomach and are working to create an experience,

Booking is necessary, 25 guests maximum for each meal,

Information coming through this event:
E: [email protected]

Kelly Ratchford and Emily Mannion at the Olivier Cornet Gallery

Salad days
10 – 30 May | Opening: 10 May at 3pm
Olivier Cornet Gallery, 5 Cavendish Row, Parnell Square, Dublin 1
The Olivier Cornet Gallery is delighted to present Salad days, an exhibition of new works by gallery artist Kelly Ratchford and invited artist Emily Mannion.

Salad Days – an expression referring to a youthful time of carefree innocence and pleasure, accompanied by the inexperience, enthusiasm, idealism, or indiscretion of youth. This is certainly an expression that captures the work of the artists Kelly Ratchford and Emily Mannion.

Emily Mannion is an artist based in Dublin. Her practice spans painting, drawing and sculpture. Her previous and ongoing work look at the juncture of where reality and make believe coexist. She is particularly concerned with how we negotiate the fragile space between experience and memory in a manner that is filled with humour, and braced with pathos. Emily recently completed a permanent installation with architect Thomas O’Brien (Totobark), in Ards forest park in Donegal titled Jeffry’s House.

Using mixed media on canvas, wood, paper and ready-made boxes, Kelly Ratchford works to create ambiguous images that allude to experiences not necessarily comfortable, easy or tasteful. Her interest in these lonely and anxious states competes with an enthusiasm for colour, street art, humour and pictures drawn by young children. It is this tension and the challenge of using simple lines to create more layered images that provide the basis for her work.

Sally-Anne Kelly at Draiocht

upon becoming aware of our Self
8 May – 11 July
Ground Floor Gallery, Draiocht Blanchardstown
Draiocht’s Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm. Admission is Free.

Sally-Anne’s work is based around the various projections of the self that are presented by a subject and how this can be reflected in the different faces and lives of a site or location. She is interested in exploring the trace people leave behind them in a space and what story this can tell. Her work is an exploration into the discarding of identity, the instability and interchangeability of the self and the curated subject; the different versions of a person that they choose to share with different people in different platforms or situations. Through several methods of mold making, casting and making copies of the subject she creates objects that are based on the subject themselves in a variety of different materials. A copy of a copy, or a version of a version, something that is made from the original, but in the process of making becomes forever altered.

Sally-Anne Kelly is a visual artist based in Dublin. She works in a variety of mediums including sculpture, photography and performance. In 2011 she graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. In 2010 she studied experimental scenography and movement at the Jacques Lecoq International School in Paris after completing her BA in DIT.

Helen Mac Mahon at Draiocht

8 May – 11 July
First Floor Gallery, Draiocht Blanchardstown

The work in Profero is the result of a fascination with the phenomena of light, movement, perception and space. They are the result of observation and they function to reveal the artificial ecosystem that exists between the viewer and these intangible elements. They co-exist in a state of continual flux, changes occurring in one facet having a perceptible impact on the others. The pieces are experimental in nature and this exploratory process is as important as the finished piece. The unpredictability of the techniques used is key to discovery, revealing previously overlooked properties and characteristics. Commonplace materials, such as light, glass, and lenses are used, showing their potential to act in surprising ways, distorting and obscuring the very things it is their function to reveal. Maintaining the material’s original form is important so it can be experienced in new ways, revealing the extraordinary residing within the heart of the ordinary. The curiosity of the viewer is rewarded as their interaction shows them to be a catalyst, ‘activating’ the works and bringing to light latent potential in the materials and the beauty of the natural laws that create them.

Helen Mac Mahon is a Dublin based artist working primarily with installation and sculpture. She graduated from Fine Art, DIT in 2013. She is currently a member of Ormond Studios, an artist run collective in Dublin City Centre.

Paula Pohli at Darc Space, Dublin 1

Lino & Egg
7 – 29 May | Opening: 7 May at 6pm with Dr Edward McParland
Darc Space, North Great Georges Street, Dublin 1

Darc Space presents Lino & Egg, a solo exhibition of new work by Paula Pohli.

Lino: handpulled Linocuts in low editions
Egg: egg tempera paintings on panels

Orla Walsh at Gallery 27

Curated by Tony Strickland
7 – 13 May | Opening: 7 May at 6pm | Opening speaker – Niall Breslin
Gallery 27, 27 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2
Opening hours: 1 – 5pm

Dublin artist Orla Walsh will showcase a new selection of her iconic paintings based on consumer products.

For more information, please email: [email protected]

Tom O’Dea at the nag gallery

7 – 26 May | Preview: 7 May at 6pm
nag Gallery basement, 59 Francis Street, Dublin 8

The nag gallery presents reclamation an exhibition of work by Tom O’Dea.

‘May Quartet’ | Group Exhibition at Graphic Studio Gallery

May Quartet
7 – 30 May
Graphic Studio Gallery, 8a Cope St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Graphic Studio Gallery is delighted to host an exhibition of works by four of our highly reviered Graphic Studio Dublin members and artists.

A member of Aosdána, printmaker James McCreary employs that quietly powerful print medium mezzotint for the luxurious quality of its tone to explore the world of old fashioned sweets and forgotten treasures, inspired by a traditional sweet that fellow artist Yoko Akino brought back from Japan many years ago.

Gerard Cox will be concentrating on bronze sculpture for this exhibition. Cox, having worked in wood as a sculptor, began making woodblock prints in 1999 and for this body of work he has cast his woodblock prints in bronze, thus fusing together both his love of printmaking and sculpture. With glints of gold coming through the mottled green patination, Cox’s sculptures are alike to light hitting pools of water.

Jennifer Lane is a long established printmaker specialising in woodblock printmaking with her work having been exhibited in Peking, Singapore, and Yohohama, Japan. Lane’s woodblock prints derive from an extensive series of drawings from life and nature. Lanes use of colour and complexity showcase the exceptional craftsmanship that imbues this wonderful technique.

Yoko Akino is renowned for her imaginative graphic statuesque figures set against backgrounds of intricate and geometric design. With work in both etching and linocuts, the exhibition will demonstrate Akino’s interest and expertise in line drawing.

Lucy Doyle at The Doorway Gallery

Recent Paintings 2015
7 – 28 May | Opening: 7 May at 6pm
The Doorway Gallery, 24 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2

The Doorway Gallery is delighted to host an exhibition by Lucy Doyle called Recent Paintings 2015 on Thursday, May 7th between 6-8pm on 24 South Frederick Street.

“This exhibition represents the paintings I have been working on over the last year and a half. For this show I have set out to include more than my usual amount of flowers into my work. With every show I try and have a cohesive theme. I will often use new source material for my subject matter, so that I can continually experiment with my painting, yet still develop and expand my old and favourite subjects. This keeps me challenged and also enables me to push my painting style to new limits, helping to keep my paintings vibrant, expansive, and fresh”. Lucy Doyle

‘Disclosure’ | 3rd Year DIT Fine Art Students at the Light House Cinema

7 – 13 May | Opening: 7 May at 6pm
Light House Cinema, Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Opening hours: 10am – 8.30pm.

Light House Cinema presents Disclosure, a group show with work from Dublin Institute of Technology’s 3rd Year BA Honors Fine Art students.

‘Lying in Wait’ | Group Exhibition at Tallaght Hospital Art Gallery

Lying in Wait
27 April – 1 October
Tallaght Hospital Art Gallery, Hospital Street, Tallaght Hospital, Dublin 24

Tallaght Hospital’s National Centre for Arts and Health is hosting an exhibition of selected artworks produced by adult patients attending Tallaght Hospital over the last six months.

The exhibition, led by artist in residence Deirdre Glenfield, represents a valuable, positive and creative engagement for patients in the hospital environment. In a situation where patients often feel out of control, art can serve as a therapeutic and healing tool, helping to reduce stress and anxiety and provides an opportunity for self-expression.

Exhibited in conjunction with the patient’s work, are stills from a video artwork by Deirdre Glenfield titled ‘The Waiting Room’, exploring tensions experienced by patients in the waiting room when faced with life changing health implications.

For further information, please visit:

Sean Scully at the National Gallery of Ireland

9 May – 20 September
National Gallery of Ireland, Clare Street, Dublin 2
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9.30-5.30; Thu 9.30-8.30; Sun 11.00-5.30; Public Holidays 10.00-5.30

This exhibition marks Sean Scully’s 70th birthday. It shows a number of paintings from the 1980s-2014, such as Fort 2 (1980);Paul (1984); Helen (1997); Window One (2014), as well as photographic work, Aran (2005) and Manhattan Shut (2014).

IMMA Collection: Fragments

IMMA Collection: Fragments
1 May 2015 – 26 July 2015
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Military Rd., Kilmainham, Dublin 8

This exhibition borrows its title from Philosopher Walter Benjamin’s comparison of the work of translation to re-assembling fragments of a broken vase – the individual fragments must come together, but need not be like each other. This could also be taken as an allegory for exhibition making, or collecting.

The exhibition includes the first-showing since their acquisition of a number of recent works by Irish artists, including The sky looks down on almost as many things as the ceiling, (2013) a wall based sculpture by Aleana Egan and commissioned works by Ronan McCrea and Alan Phelan. The latter two are lens-based works titled Medium (Corporate Entities) and Include me out of the Partisan Manifesto, which resulted from IMMA’s programme of temporary exhibitions. McCrea’s photographic enquiry into spaces where corporate art collections are hung, took place before the economic collapse.

Caoimhe Kilfeather’s newly acquired lead sculpture Abbreviation, (2011) joins works by Michael Warren, Shirazeh Houshiary, Brian King and Kathy Prendergast selected from the IMMA Collection. These works have an aesthetic and historic affinity with the sculpture and drawing of Gerda Frömel – whose retrospective, will be running concurrently in IMMA’s Garden Galleries.

GILBERT & GEORGE’s large-scale photowork Smoke Rising, (1989), Nigel Rolfe’s Dance Slap for Africa, (1983) and will be shown along with other activist works or works with emphasis on performance including a film by Phil Collins and historic works by Marina Abramovi?. Fragments will include a number of Subjectivist works by WW II imigrès, the White Stag artists, bequested by the late artist Patrick Scott to IMMA in 2014. Scott exhibited with the White Stag from 1941 and the group swopped each others paintings. The donation is particularly rich in key works by Kenneth Hall who was a close friend of Scott.

Now in her 85th year, Camille Souter’s works included in Fragments are among some of her finest works of the 1950s and 60s and show her interest in Miró, Klee, Jackson Pollock and Arte Povera. In 1958 Lucio Fontana bought two of her paintings.

A pioneer of Conceptual Art and author of the renowned Inside the White Cube, Brian O’Doherty / Patrick Ireland’s enduring obsession with themes of language, perception and identity are represented by a selection of his works from the IMMA Collection dating from 1954 onwards and include a major new Rope Drawing which is a recent gift to IMMA by the artist, entitled: The doors to good and evil and the windows to heaven – Christina’s World, Rope Drawing No # 123, 2015.

‘Walking Landscape’ | Group Exhibition at “Art at” The House Restaurant, Howth

Walking Landscape
Runs until 1st June
The House Restaurant, 4 Main Street, Howth, Co. Dublin

“Art at” Group Exhibition Walking Landscape featuring Artists Dave West, Mark Cullen, Cormac O’Leary, Sorca O’Farrell, Leonard Sexton and the Photography of John McColgan.

3rd Year Ceramic Students of NCAD at Gallery Zozimus

30 April – 7 May
Gallery Zozimus, 56 Francis St, Dublin

Gallery Zozimus presents Alchem, an exhibition of work by the 3rd year ceramic students of NCAD.

‘Connections In The Garden’ | Group Exhibition at Knockrose Garden

Connections In The Garden
8 – 31 May
Knockrose Garden, Kilternan, Co. Dublin
Opening hours: Friday to Sunday from 1pm – 6pm

Connections the Garden, art exhibition by Niamh Cooke and friends: Trish Banks, Natalie Doyle and Conor Cooke.

Stained glass art, multimedia, painting and woodwork.

For further info: Niamh, [email protected] Trish, [email protected] |

Hugh Lane (1875-2015): Dublin’s Legacy and Loss

30 April – 4 October 2015
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Charelmont House, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

Hugh Lane (1875-2015): Dublin’s Legacy and Loss celebrates Hugh Percy Lane, the philanthropist and art dealer who presented a priceless collection of artworks to Dublin to establish a Gallery of Modern Art in 1908.

Lane drowned aboard the Lusitania on 7 May 1915, after the liner was torpedoed by U-boat 20 off the south coast of Cork on its return from New York to Liverpool. He was thirty-nine years old. The exhibition presents Hugh Lane’s vision for the visual arts in Ireland at the turn of the 20th century with works by Impressionist artists Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas and Auguste Renoir hanging together with their Irish contemporaries including Walter Osborne, Frank O’Meara, John Lavery and Roderic O’Conor.

Declan Clarke at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

30 April – 4 October 2015
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Charelmont House, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

Artist/filmmaker Declan Clarke presents his most ambitious production to date. His installation consists of a trilogy of films produced between 2013 and 2015 that reflect upon the impact of modernism and its visual representation in Europe. Clarke selects seminal moments of social history and introduces them into a narrative as active ‘agents’. These then function as oblique commentaries on the causes, effects, and ongoing ramifications in today’s global politics. The most recent film, Wreckage in May, commissioned by The Hugh Lane, focuses on the suppression of the Paris Commune in 1871. Visitors to the exhibition can expect to see Gustave Courbet’s The Diligence in the Snow and Berthe Morisot’s Jour d’Ete alongside the film screening of Clarke’s films.


Sophie Behal at Soma Contemporary Gallery-SCG, Waterford

Thinking Things
8 May to 30 May 2015 | Opening Friday 8 May at 6.30pm
Tuesday to Saturday, 1pm to  5.30pm
6 Lombard Street, Waterford City

Thinking Things is a solo exhibition by Irish artist Sophie Behal. Sophie presents her work in multidisciplinary installations characterised by an emphasis on analogue photographic practices and sculptural elements. The work is concerned with material experimentation and the transitional properties of matter. Behal explores the negotiable delicate balance of things in this world and the constancy of change.

In Thinking Things Behal investigates invisible forces, particularly that of thought and thinking and creates a sequence of works that are near nothings, that fold in on themselves and become reflexive precarious things. These quasi objects have a life of their own that is played out within the gallery space and they offer a condensed microcosm of the daily interchanges of the wider world.

Further information:
E: [email protected]

Jessica and Sarah Fuller at The Courthouse Gallery

Postcards from Home
8 May – 4 June
Courthouse Gallery, Parliament St, Ennistimon, Co. Clare

Postcards from Home is a collaboration between artists and half sisters Sarah Fuller working in Co. Clare and Jessica Fuller, living and working in London. The project is motivated by a shared desire to make work through gift exchange and to communicate with each other in a more intimate and tactile way.

“We never knew each other when I was growing up, but after leaving home we started to write and built a long and lasting correspondence. These posctcards are a continuation of our exchanges in a more visual way.”

Approximately 100 postcards are shown here, made using drawing, water colour, mixed media and collage. The images presented are drawn from the artists immediate environments and show routes to work or walks in the country, found objects from these locations and the stories associated with them.


Sara Foust and Cormac O’Leary at Courthouse Gallery

Arc of Visibility
Opening: 8 May at 8pm
Courthouse Gallery, Parliament St, Ennistimon, Co. Clare

Arc of Visibility, a joint exhibition of recent paintings by artists Sara Foust and Cormac O’Leary, opens at Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon on Friday 8th May. The artists present complementary perspectives on the texture and atmosphere of the rugged Irish coast, the maritime landscape distilled through memory and the lens of narrative.

In a new series of paintings of Liscannor Bay, Sara Foust reflects on the human journey through a chaotic world, struggle and transcendence, surfaces and depths. The artworks are meditations on light and reflection, the broken mirror of the bay, the rough texture of choppy water and rocky coast, and the fragile craft alone and suspended between a world of depths and a hemisphere of sky.

Cormac O’Leary: ‘My work explores the immediate environment in the Irish northwest, memory, light and the atmosphere of place all merge in the final image, built up in tactile layers of paint. I strive to capture fleeting moments, glimpsed in passing time. Each image lingers like the visual afterglow of a dream.’ |


Tess Leak at Uillinn: West Cork Art Centre

I shall make for my own castle
9 May – 11 June 2015 | opening 8 May at 7.00 pm
Uillinn: West Cork Art Centre, North Street, Skibbereen, Co. Cork

The Vespertine Quintet will premier a new work by Justin Grounds at 7.30 pm

Tess Leak is a Baltimore based artist who has just completed an Artist Residency at Uillinn: West Cork Art Centre. Tess’s solo exhibition I shall make for my own castle is a culmination of work developed during her residency comprising large scale ‘emergency drawings’, sound collaborations and a collection of ’42 unfinished books that would be brilliant’.

Tess has also commissioned composer Justin Grounds to create a piece of music for strings, bassoon and the phono-fiddle that she recently inherited from her grand uncle, music hall performer Frank Clifton. The Vespertine Quintet, of which Tess is a member, will premier the work, also titled I shall make for my own castle, at the opening of this show on Friday 8th May.

Tess graduated from the B.A. in Visual Art (Dublin Institute of Technology), Sherkin Island in 2009 and is currently working with Marie Brett on ‘Museum of Miniature: The Islands’, a touring art-work which involves the communities of the seven West Cork Islands along with other international off-shore Islands and is supported by Cork County Council and West Cork Arts Centre.

WCAC acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council in making this event possible.

‘Nearshore’ | Group Exhibition at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre


9 May – 11 June | Opening: 8 May at 7pm
The James O’Driscoll Gallery, West Cork Arts Centre, North Street, Skibbereen, Co. Cork

Cormac Boydell, Karen Hendy, John Kingerlee, Kathleen Standen

Nearshore is an exhibition of work inspired by the indented, west Cork and south Kerry coasts – a coastline of peninsulas, estuaries, harbours and islands, where sea and land meet at gravelly and sandy beaches, mudflats and cliffs as well as at piers, docks and slipways. The adjacency of water gives a number of distinctive characteristics to this region. The erosive power of the sea results in particular types of landforms, such as sand dunes, and estuaries. Biologically, the ready availability of water enables a greater variety of plant and animal life, and particularly the formation of extensive wetlands. In addition, the local humidity due to evaporation and the influence of the Gulf Stream creates a microclimate supporting unique types of organisms. These coastal regions are border-lands defined by the ever-changing weather.

The exhibition includes fired clay wall works by Cormac Boydell, paintings by Karen Hendy and John Kingerlee and three-dimensional ceramic forms by Kathleen Standen.

WCAC acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council in making this event possible.

John Brennan at the Mill Cove Gallery

3 May – 28 June
Mill Cove Gallery, the Beara Peninsula, West Cork

Mill Cove Gallery presents Coast an exhibition of new paintings by artist John Brennan.

Tel. 027 70393 or 087 2964675

Peter Missing at Camden Palace Hotel Community Arts Centre

Opening: 7 May at 7pm
Camden Palace Hotel Community Arts Centre, Camden Quay, Cork

Camden Palace Hotel Community Arts Centre is honoured & proud to present the paintings of Mr. Peter Missing: A mesmeric & accomplished artist hailing from New York City, USA.

Developed from graffiti, Peter Missing’s work draws on Mayan, Aztec & Tribal influences cross referenced with New York Street Art & urban landscapes to create his own unique & engrossing myriad of contemporary compositions constructed from acrylics, marker and ink.

Peter Missing was invited to Ireland by Camden Palace Hotel as an artist in residence & is currently inspiring the local artists of Cork with exhibitions, murals and concerts, most recently at the Alchemy Café, Barrack Street & The Roundy Bar, Castle Street in Cork City Centre.

This all while developing the upcoming exhibition in May of over 30 new painted works incorporating the streets, the people & architecture of Cork City. In addition, Peter has also invited two of his esteemed Artist friends from Paris, Raphael Monchablon & Laurence Vincent who will be displaying their own art work in compliment to the main exhibition on show at Camden Palace Hotel.

Opening at 7pm on Thursday the 7th of May, Peter Missing & Camden Palace Hotel invite you to join us to witness not only the colourful, valuably collectible works on display but also to catch another side to this contemporary artist as some of the music of The Missing Foundation featuring Florian Langmaack will perform live songs from a prolific music career drawn from 16 albums. Support on the night will be provided by the Cork group The Sea of Okhotsk.

Should you require more information or wish to make an appointment to meet Peter Missing while he is in Cork to discuss his art work & music please email: [email protected]

Kieran Carey at Friars’ Gate Theatre

7 – 29 May | Opening: 7 May at 7.30pm
Friars’ Gate Theatre, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick

Swans, an exhibition of new paintings by Kieran Carey will run open on Thursday 7th May @ 7.30pm and continue for the month of May. All are welcome.

‘These works came to me early last year where I was looking at the swans in the river Shannon in Limerick where they congregate and I though how beautiful they were and how lovely it would be to make some paintings of swans.

Swans are easy, to paint that is , as they have such a graceful shape whatever shape they take up, be it sailing along contained, confident, and strong or with the wings opened up and nearly angelic like”. |


Jon Lashford at Larne Museum & Arts Centre

7 May – 10 June | Opening: 6 May at 7pm
Larne Museum & Arts Centre, 2 Victoria Road, Larne, Co. Antrim
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 10.00am – 4.30pm. Free admission.

Larne Museum & Arts Centre presents an exhibition of work by artist Jon Lashford running from the 7th of May until the 10th of June.

‘Introducing Brian’ | A Film By Nicholas Keogh at Millenium Court Arts Centre

Introducing Brian: A Film By Nicholas Keogh Based On Stories By Brian Brown
9 – 30 May | Opening: 8 May at 7pm
Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown, Co. Armagh

Millennium Court Arts Centre is delighted to present Introducing Brian, a film by Nicholas Keogh based on stories by Brian Brown, (2015). This is the second time that Keogh has worked with Belfast based actor Brian Brown, previously collaborating with him in critically acclaimed A Removal’s Job (2013) (chosen by Dylan Cave (BFI) as one of the standout films at the Encounters Film Festival, 2013.)

Introducing Brian is a curious blend of wildlife documentary, alleyway travelogue, sitcom, and drama, based on stories by Brian Brown. At its heart Introducing Brian celebrates storytelling. These stories are built on dark foundations adding pathos to moments of humour and poignancy to the philosophical and positive attitude of the central character. Dramatic sequences and narration performed with Brown’s vivid turn of phrase are woven together with beautifully shot footage of urban ecosystems.

Introducing Brian signifies a change in Keogh’s work, moving towards elements of narrative, but remaining consistent with the artist’s wider artistic practice in and outside of the gallery, which often “riotously interrupts”* the ordinary.

A Free Bus will run between Belfast & Portadown on the evening of the opening. For more details or to book a place contact [email protected] |


Play Record Rewind Group Exhibition at the Engine Room Gallery, Belfast

9 May –  30 May 2015 | Opening Saturday 9 May 2pm

Play Record Rewind examines a diverse array of concepts realised through multi-media. Each of the ten artists where asked to partake due to their individual approach in working with the medium. No theme has been imposed on the artists providing a diverse melting pot of approaches produced from analogue tape through to HD video.

Participating artists: Cora Cummings, Lynda Devenney, Ian Hannon, Anthony Kelly, Tim Loydd, Shane McCormack, Conor Mc Feely, Adrian O’Connell, Geoff Perrin and  Peter Richards
17A Clarence Street, Belfast BT2 8DY, Northern Ireland
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‘Between Two Worlds’ Exhibition at Golden Thread Gallery

Between Two Worlds
7 – 21 May | Launch: 7 May at 6pm
Golden Thread Gallery, 84-94 Great Patrick Street, Belfast BT1 2LU

Between Two Worlds is an ever changing exhibition for an ever changing world. Get a sense of the energy that fires campaigns such as Hands off our Public Services, Frack Off, Reclaim the Agenda and the Empty Purse Campaign. Incorporating footage of Paula Gerharty’s prolific documenting of demonstrations and protests all over Ireland, Between Two Worlds has been designed to showcase solidarity and participation. Get in on the action, connect with campaigns from Peru to Portadown, map your own activism and see where it takes you.

By questioning the contrasts and inequalities that exist on our doorsteps and connecting them with international campaigns Between Two Worlds brings out an alternative narrative and reminds us that another world is possible. Between Two Worlds will explode onto the walls of Golden Thread Gallery on the 28th April and from there will grow organically, democratically and freely until it is officially launched on Thursday 7th May between 6pm and 8pm.

Between Two Worlds can be viewed in different ways:
– A place to refresh your graffiti skills with a piece of chalk
– An opportunity highlight a campaign you are involved in
– Backdrop to a talk, meeting or a screening
– Venue for workshops (badge making machine, paper, drawing materials available)
– Space for contemplation
– Space for asking questions

If you would like to make something happen Between Two Worlds, contact Ruth on 028 90330920, email [email protected] or [email protected].

Leo Boyd at Belfast Print Workshop Gallery

Prints Of Things To Come
7 – 30 May | Opening: 7 May at 6pm
Belfast Print Workshop Gallery, 30-42 Waring Street BT1 2ED

Leo Boyd will unveil his exciting new exhibition in the BPW gallery on Thursday 7th May. Taking inspiration from pulp sci-fi book jackets, biblical prophesies, Victorian inventions, 8-bit computer games, communist propaganda and 1950s adverts, this exhibition will celebrate: the mad visions; the utopias that never were; the libraries of imminent eschatons; the sidelined Betamax technology; the failures of foresight; the colonies on the moon; and the futures that were left on the cutting room floor. Leaning towards the comical side of the future history, Leo will try to illuminate the present -the here and now, post 2000AD- through our culture, our relationship with technology, and our hopes and fears of how things, for good or ill, will turn out.


‘STILL, WE WORK – Representations of Women’s Work’ | Group Exhibition at Regional Cultural Centre

NWCI Legacy Project Tour 2015

Curated by Marie Barrett
12 – 23 May | Opening: 8 May at 5pm
Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Opening times: 11 – 5pm Tuesday to Friday and 1 – 5pm Saturday

Sarah Browne, Vagabond Reviews, Miriam O’Connor, Anne Tallentire.

Eilís Ní Chaithnía, Membership Development Officer, NWCI, will officially open the exhibition with guest speakers Finola Brennan, Donegal Women’s Network and Annette Patton, Donegal Community Development Alliance.

The artists in STILL, WE WORK were originally commissioned by NWCI to reconsider representations of women and work and to make a travelling exhibition to reveal common cause and produce new connections and inquiry among artists, activists and audiences.

Marie Barrett has curated the exhibition at RCC and an 80 page book accompanies the exhibition with a foreword by Orla O’Connor, Director NWCI and introduction by Legacy Project Curator Valerie Connor.


Denise Kehoe at Block House Gallery

Mondays and Thursdays are burnable rubbish
10 – 17 May | Opening: 10 May ay 6pm
Block house Gallery, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku Tokyo 150-0001 Japan

This title was recycled (lolz) from Japan’s rubbish system which is divided into two main categories: ‘burnable’ and ‘non-burnable’.

This exhibition is a personal reflection on a year spent in Japan as a foreigner . Encapsulating the ephemeral everyday, this exhibition references the often transient and impermanent position of foreigners . This body of work playfully responds to the stereotypical perception of Gaijin in Japan. It is a never before seen, behind the scenes look at a foreigner in its unnatural habitat.

This exhibition contains a series of representations of magnified, altered and bloated everyday consumables. The work… toys with elevating everyday objects as art whilst simultaneously denoting art objects as throw away.

Noel Hensey as part of ArtVenice Biennial 3, Venice

Opening  4 May, 2015, 6 to 10 pm
Via Garibaldi 1791, Sestiere Castello, Venice, Italy.
The ArtVenice Biennial 3  Project is a a collaborative project by artists to explore the nature and understand the perception of biennial exhibits. ArtVenice Biennale 3 is a large screen digital presentation being held at a gallery space between The Arsenale and The Giardini in Venice, Italy during the prestigious press preview week of The Venice Biennale 56.

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