Exhibitions: ‘Finders and Keepers,’ ‘Off the Wall,’ and ‘Join the Dots’

Off The Wall Group Exhibition at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Mayo Campus

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25 November to 8 December 2015 | Opening Wednesday 25 November 3pm

Off the Wall is a group exhibition by four Mayo-based artists, Breda Burns, Bryan Gerard Duffy, Conor O’Grady and Jo Killalea.

The exhibition features a selection of the ideas and works developed during a six-week residency by the artists at the GMIT Mayo campus in a building that was formerly St Mary’s Psychiatric Hospital from 1866 to 2006. This tradition of de and re-institutionalisation of buildings with negative histories and the cultural context of the GMIT building itself became important points of reference for all of the artists in residence.The title of the exhibition refers to several points of departure for the four artists, which includes historical and current treatment, perceptions and notions of mental illness, confinement, the ship of fools as a literary construct, madness as represented in a historical, artistic and literary context, the hegemonic status of religious, political, educational and governmental institutions, disorder and non-traditional ways of viewing, the visual language of academia and expressions of otherness as explored through the space.

Further information:
T: 087 436 6438
E: [email protected]
GMIT Mayo Campus, Westport Rd, Castlebar, Co Mayo

Gavin Porter at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre

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Until Saturday 26 November 2015

Gavin Porter’s practice uses the mediums of drawing and etching to create a visual language exploring the territory between the real and the imagined, the sublime and the absurd. Referencing techniques observed in historical engravings, Porter’s work exploits the linear, monochrome qualities of these mediums to engage with the uncanny nature of natural forms and phenomena. Porter’s most recent creations are brought together at the LSC for Journey of a Fruit Fly which includes etchings, drawings and large-scale graphic compositions.

Further information:
T: + 353 (0)71 985 5098
E: [email protected]
Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim

Join The Dots | Sylvia Callan at Signal Arts, Wicklow

Sylvia-Callan_-Join-the-Dots_1-A23 November to 6 December | Opening: 27 November, 7pm
Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Wicklow

‘Join The Dots’ is a new body of work by Sylvia Callan which is tailored to Signal’s exhibition space.
For this show Callan plays with patterns, whilst working with the traditional methods of gesso on board.

T: 353 01 276 20 39, E:[email protected]

Workhouse Union at Callan, Co.Kilkenny

Workhouse union-1920 to 22 November 2015
Various sites at Callan Workhouse Union, Prologue, Callan, Co.Kilkenny

A weekend series of installation, video works, film screenings, performance and discussion, curated by Hollie Kearns and Rosie Lynch.
New Work and Research by Bridget O’Gorman, Brian Cregan, Deirdre O’Mahony, Vagabond Reviews, Katherine Waugh, Orlaith Treacy. With further contributions by Imogen Stidworthy, Aislinn O’Donnell, Sylvere Lotringer (via Skype) and Clara Rose Thornton.

Workhouse Union, a programme of artists residencies and commissioned new work, was initiated in 2015 to critically examine the history and legacy of Callan Workhouse. Workhouse Union artists and curators were invited to develop new artworks and research which address the legacy of institutionalisation, and enclosure in our society. Through the commissioned artist’s work, this framework expands to food security and control, social inclusion, institutional violence and power, and reflection on the role and accessibility of art in society.

For full programme of talks, screenings, exhibitions and events please visit: facebook.com/CallanWorkhouseUnion

E: [email protected], T: 0879912001

Janet Mullarney at the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny

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Until December 13, 2015
Janet Mullarney’s exhibition, My Minds i, takes place at the Butler Gallery and runs until December 13, 2015.
Further information
T: 056 776 1106
E: [email protected]
Butler Gallery, The Castle, Kilkenny

Pat Harris at Taylor Galleries, Dublin 2

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20 November to 14 December 2015
Monday to Friday 10.30am to 5.30pm, Saturday 11am to 3pm
Artist’s talk at 1pm  Thursday 3 December 2015

In this new body of work, Thin Places, Pat Harris has concerned himself with the landscape of North Mayo and more particularly with the area around Stonefield, Carrowteige and Kilgalligan in the parish of Kilcommon, Erris. It is the landscape that Robert Lloyd Praeger described in 1937 as the loneliest place in Ireland but went on to say: “I confess I find such a place not lonely or depressing but inspiriting.” These are paintings more about the space that these majestic rocks and islands inhabit than they are of the rocks and islands themselves, but it is by rendering their space that Harris has mysteriously asserted their presence. They are about time; past, present and future. The rocks and islands come and go, shimmering in a mysterious light as ghosts of the past or maybe glimpses of the future.

Further information:
E: [email protected]

Taylor Galleries, 16 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Dublin Live Art Festival 2015 Winter at DIT Grangegorman, Dublin 7

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19 to 21 November 2015

DLAF15 Winter features immersive performances and participatory events that invite the public to access and re-imagine Grangegorman, a former psychiatric facility recently redeveloped to house the Dublin Institute of Technology.

DLAF15 Winter artists will interpret and respond to this intriguing site through performance and present a variety of unexpected and stimulating experiences that will offer audiences
vibrant, sensory and thought-provoking ways to engage with an intriguing site and an art form that must be experienced.

Further information on the full DLAF15 Winter programme and participants:
DIT, Grangegorman, Dublin 7

John Kindness, Catherine Barron and Norman Mooney at The Molesworth Gallery, Dublin 2

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Until 28 November 2015

‘Surface Tension’ brings together the work of three artists, John Kindness, Catherine Barron and Norman Mooney, for whom the surface they work on and work with is an integral part of the aesthetic and conceptual underpinnings of their practice. Kindness and Barron have made drawing, painting and engraving on unusual surfaces an intrinsic part of their work, as though harking back to our primal instinct to make images on whatever is to hand. Kindness shows works on ox bone, car bonnets, washing machine panels, aprons and toilet seats, while Barron will show paintings on Bakelite records, antique book covers and playing cards. The exhibition also features the work of New York-based Irish artist, Norman Mooney, whose lustrous surfaces of mirror-polished steel and clear-coated aluminium panels interact with and distort the world around them. In addition, the show features works by Mooney on the more traditional support of paper where the image is imparted onto to the surface by smoking it, a process that just stops short of damaging the paper’s delicate fibres. The tension in Mooney’s case comes from the quivering, almost kinetic presence of the work that ripples and shimmers, even in the peripheral vision of the viewer.

Further information:
T: + 353 1 679 1548
E: [email protected]
16 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2, Ireland

Finders and Keepers | Artworks from the State Art Collection, Dun Laoghaire

23_Patrick-Redmond20 November to 16 January
Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire
Opening hours: 10am to 8pm, Monday to Thursday, 10am to 5pm, Friday and Saturday

‘Finders and Keepers’ is an exhibition of works from the State Art Collection presented by dlr County Council and the Office of Public Works (OPW). In March 2015 a group of older people from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown were invited to work with artist/curator Claire Halpin to select and curate an exhibition from the Collection. ‘Finders and Keepers’ is the outcome of this process. A series of free hands-on workshops, talks and demonstrations will take place as part of the Exhibition Learning Programme.

For more information please visit: www.dlrcoco.ie/arts/finders_keepers.htm

Gavin Stokes and Dino Notaro, Inspire Gallery , Dublin

inspire gallery13 to 16 November
Inspire Galerie, 56 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1

‘To The Shores of My Brittle Bones’ featuring artists Gavin Stokes and Dino Notaro is a personal exploration of human relationships. Presenting poetry by Dino Notaro accompanied by photographic images of Dublin Bay by Gavin Stokes.

T: 0857104663

https://www.facebook.com/events/1502130303420375/ | http://www.inspiregalerie.com

Emergence | Group Exhibition at Steambox Galleries, Dublin

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Steambox Galleries, School Street, Dublin 8

‘Emergence’ is a group photography exhibition featuring a culmination of self-initiated projects taken on by thirteen members of the group, the recently graduated photographers from IADT Dun Laoghaire. The mutual theme is to communicate issues stemming from human conditions, politics and culture. Participating artists: Helen B Burrows, Julia Cuprina, Leanne Furlong, Stephen Golden, Kevin Keane, Kelsey Lennon, Hannah Mc Carrick, Grainne McCarthy, Fergal O’Sullivan, Vera Ryklova, Eliot Smith, Laura Jane Waters and Svetlana Zabelka

E: [email protected]

www.emergence2015.tumblr.com | www.steambox.imoca.ie

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