We’re a few days into the month but never fear, there’s still plenty of amazing exhibitions in October to come! Here’s our top picks for what’s on around the country.
Someone You Love | 11 October @ 18:00 – 22:00
The Copper House Gallery, St Kevin’s Cottages, Synge Street, Dublin 8
In aid of Abortion Support Network, Someone You Love is an exhibition organised both to showcase pro-choice and pro-Repeal art from 20 of Ireland’s most exciting established and emerging artists, and to raise awareness of the needs of and challenges faced by the estimated 12 women per day who travel abroad for abortion services.
Abortion Support Network is a UK-based charity providing financial assistance, accommodation and confidential, non-judgemental information to women forced to travel from Ireland and Northern Ireland and pay privately for abortions in England. They assist with clinic costs, and provide safe places to stay and clinic escorts for women in need. The women they help could be anyone – it could be your daughter, your sister, your mother, you friend. It could be someone you know and it could very easily be someone you love.
Some of the artists exhibiting pro-choice work on the night include:
Fatti Burke * Will St. Leger * Fuchsia MacAree * Dolce Merda X One Strong Arm * Sarah Moloney * Katie Kidd * Laura Fitzpatrick * Francesca Saunders * Killian Fallon * Bronwyn Andrews * Emma Campbell * Grace Healy * Sian Conway * Jene Hinds Kelly * Sarah Meyler * Dee McDonnell * Hollïe Leddy-Flood * Ciara O’Neill * Larry Dunne * Roisin Blade * Aoife O’Toole * Naoise Dolan * Hannah Hogan * Debbie Hickey * Aoife McDermott * Tara O’Brien * Una Nash * & more TBA!
Tunes from Spinster’s Vickey Curtis and an array of guest speakers on the night, to be announced. This event is free but will be ticketed.
Art & Writing | #2 DESIRE | 14 October @ 18:30-20:30
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, 5 – 9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Emma Haugh is a visual artist and educator based in Dublin and Berlin. She is interested in representations of desire and the examination of cultural structures (architectural, linguistic, spatial, educational) from queerfeminist perspectives. She works with performativity, publishing and installation towards developing and proposing spaces of potential and alterity. Collaboration is often part of her working process.
Joanna Walsh is the author of Vertigo, Hotel, Grow a Pair, and Fractals. Her writing has also been published by Granta Magazine, The Dalkey Archive Best European Fiction 2015, Best British Short Stories 2014 and 2015, The Stinging Fly, gorse journal, The Dublin Review and others. She reviews at The New Statesman and The Guardian. She edits at 3:AM Magazine and Catapult, and is the founder of @read_women. She is a judge on the 2016 Goldsmiths prize, and is currently writer-in-residence at Maynooth University.
All welcome. No booking required.
New Irish Works III | Jan McCullough & Jill Quigley | 6 to 23 October | Launch: 6 October @ 18:00
The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar Street, Dublin 2
For the third edition of New Irish Works 2016, PhotoIreland presents Jan McCullough’s Home Instruction Manual, and Jill Quigley’s Cottages of Quigley’s Point.
Every month from July 2016 to July 2017, a special presentation will be hosted at The Library Project for two selected New Irish Works artists at a time. The presentation will include a display and a launch of a publication for each artist’s project.
«Phantoms» | Marc Behrens | 6 to 22 October | Preview: 5 October @ 18:00
The MART Gallery, 190A Rathmines Rd, Lwr, Dublin 6.
Open: Tues-Sat: 1-6pm
MART curators Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan, in conjunction with Goethe-Institut Irland, are delighted to present the visual art and sound exhibition «Phantoms» by Marc Behrens.
Marc Behrens will present his solo exhibition «Phantoms» at MART as an interconnected sound and object array. The exhibition focuses mainly on the sound installations «Unit», «The Unknown» and «White Phantoms» and integrates them with a number of smaller sculptural works. Phantoms are the placeholders for induced memories, imaginary places, ideas, entities or objects that you can only relate to by way of someone else’s accounts, since you have not been there, since you have not been with them. Marc Behrens materializes his own phantoms and tells their stories through combinations of sound and physical objects. All those materials, mostly organic but transmutable, all those sound objects are vibrations, reshaped, redefined. Like phantoms not of the artist’s body, but of the artist’s ideas and spiritual acts.
Breaking Rainbows | Orla Barry | 7 October – 5 November | Opening: 6 October 18:00
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, 5 – 9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Exploring the boundaries of art and life, Breaking Rainbows uses the relationship between wo/man and animal, and the cannibalistic, symbiotic tension between [Orla Barry] the artist and [Orla Barry] the shepherd to reflect on the primal and poetic and unpredictable bond we have with the natural world. Presented as a live performance and video installation, Barry’s new work is a fascinating journey into the land of shepherding through the lens of ‘doing’ rather than ‘observing’ the job at hand. The international tour of Breaking Rainbows will begin in Temple Bar Gallery + Studios as part of Dublin Theatre Festival, running from September 29th to November 5th 2016.
Endearing, humorous and challenging, Breaking Rainbows reflects on both our interdependence and disconnection from the natural environment. Made up of a series of vignettes, Barry’s new work brings us into a journey through time, conceptualisations and effects: from the realms of sheep farming traditions, ancient Greek shepherd’s singing competitions, contemporary consumerism and gender roles, to the intimate relationship of caring for a sheep about to give birth.
Interweaving live performance, video, a 300 kg pile of wool produced on Barry’s farm in 2015, and an aural landscape which touches many different forms of speech, Breaking Rainbows is congruous with Orla Barry’s multidisciplinary aesthetic. This is played out in an unpredictable dramaturgy in which no performance or experience of the installation is the same.
Lines of Negotiation: Mapping the Land | 16 September – 5 November | Opening: 15 September @ 18:00
Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire
This exhibition brings together nine artists whose artworks look to and examine ideas associated with the historical, contemporary and cultural readings of the landscape and of land use. Curated by artist Claire Behan with assistance from people who live in or are connected to the Glencullen/Tibradden area, it includes new work by Katherine Atkinson, Bernadette Beecher, Diana Caramaschi, Anne Cradden, Kathryn Maguire, Patricia McKenna, Ida Mitrani, Kiera O’Toole and Nicholas Ryan.
Gallery hours: Monday to Thursday, 10am to 8pm, Friday and Saturday, 10am to 5pm
“Come with me, I’ll show you something beautiful” / “Komm mit mir, Ich zeig’ Dir ‘was Schönes” | Yanny Petters | 9 October – 6 November
Olivier Cornet Gallery, 3 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1
This new series of paintings on glass, or Verre Églomisé paintings, depicts the twelve months of the year in the artist’s County Wicklow garden and celebrate the gifts of the artist’s mother to her daughter.
Yanny Petters is renowned for her detailed paintings of plants and their habitats. This exhibition of Verre Eglomisé panels is dedicated to Wilma Petters whose garden was the inspiration for these twelve paintings, which tell stories about the artist’s relationship with her mother. The works celebrate a love of nature and a sense of curiosity and scientific enquiry, the gifts of artistic talent and the telling of stories of elements of our environment which we all too easily take for granted.
Fantasy 12 | 13 – 16 October
The Copper House Gallery, St Kevin’s Cottages, Synge Street, Dublin 8
Hen’s Teeth Prints, This Greedy Pig & Choice Cuts presents ‘Fantasy 12’, a fantastical trip into iconic album artwork.
They reached out to artists, designers and record labels behind some of our favourite album covers and asked them, “If you could release a record from any iconic artist (past or present), what would the cover look like?” As this is their fantasy, the only restriction was keeping their responses in the square dimensions of a record sleeve.
The opening night will ring in a week of live music, DJs, talks, screenings, and record fairs.
More info soon on the panel talks and music line up.
All exhibited works will be on sale via Hen’s Teeth Prints from October 13th.
Time (Ireland) Act | Ruth Clinton & Niamh Moriarty | 1 – 30 October | Performance by Rachel Ní Chuinn & Isadora Epstein Wednesday 19 October 19:00
Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork
This year marks 100 years since Britain, and therefore Ireland, adopted Daylight Savings Time. The rearrangement of public timekeeping resulted in a sudden loss of twenty-five minutes and twenty-two seconds of Irish time. Taking this temporal elision as a starting point, Time (Ireland) Act tests the possibility of unfolding infinite moments of unrealised potential into the dramatic setting of Cobh.
Collaborative gestures, video and interactive fiction are used to present simultaneous, non-linear narratives of remote (mis)communication and to question the possibility of ownership over intangible forces. Whilst being influenced by the experience of undertaking a year-long residency in Cobh, Clinton and Moriarty look outward to create a temporary confluence of knowledges: distant and proximate.
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Friday, 11am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5pm
W: www.siriusartscentre.ie/exhibitions/time-ireland-act | ruthandniamh.info
Epiphany of Insignificance | David Sherry | 6 October – 12 November
Golden Thread Gallery, 84- 94 Great Patrick Street, Belfast
What is work? What is success? What is respect? What is a living? What is happiness?
Golden Thread Gallery presents ‘Epiphany of Insignificance’ by David Sherry. The work includes performance, drawing, video, sculpture, and sound. Sherry is interested in performative ideas relating to everyday life. Many of his ideas uncover the real thoughts and opinions that underlie the public face of etiquette or small talk. The work reflects on cultural codes, asking questions of basic learned behaviours.
Sherry graduated with an MFA from the Glasgow School of Art in 2000. This year he will be performing at the Liverpool Biennial and Manifesta 11. He has had solo exhibitions at: Outpost, Norwich; Summerhall, Edinburgh; Catalyst Arts, Belfast; Glasgow Museum of Modern Art; and Tramway’s project space, Glasgow. Selected group exhibitions include: Generation at the Kelvingrove Glasgow; RIFF, Baltic 39, Newcastle; Film and video at BBC Scotland; Grin and Bear It at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork; and One fine morning in May at GAK Bremen. In 2003 Sherry was selected to represent Scotland at the 50th Venice Biennale, and his work is held in many collections including the Glasgow Museum of Modern Art.
Torture | Andres Serrano | 8 October to 17 December | Exhibition launch and Artists Talk Saturday 8 October @ 18:30
Void, Patrick Street, Derry
Void and a/political are pleased to announce ‘Torture’, a new body of work by artist Andres Serrano curated by Conor McFeely.
Over the last year, in the French industrial town of Maubourguet, Andres Serrano assumed the role of the torturer. Using The Foundry as his black-site, he photographed more than 40 models in improvised positions with devices produced on-site by local residents. Both mental and physical techniques were utilised with the partcipation of his subjects, under the guidance of a retired Commando from the French Special Forces. This Danse Macabre recalls and points us to images and sources as widespread as Nazi Concentration Camps and Stasi interrogation centres to Abu Ghraib in Iraq and The Hooded Men in Northern Ireland who were subjected to reoccurring ‘deep interrogation’ tactics comprised of five techniques, wall-standing, hooding, subjection to noise, deprivation of sleep, and deprivation of food and drink. The vast compositions have been elevated to the status of Renaissance altarpieces and are among the largest images the artist has ever produced.
Becoming: Adventures in Growing Up | 16 to 23 October | Opening: 16 October @ 17:00
Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, Galway City
Alan Clarke, Louise Manifold, Pawel Kleszczewski + Kasia Zimnoch
“I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books…But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” CS Lewis
This is an exhibition that sees growing up as an adventure in itself. A person creates their own story through growing, changing and learning. However there are many facets to this – in order to grow you have to leave something behind, you have to leap into the unknown. The artists investigate these complex issues through the frame of fairy tales and folk tales – how stories can teach us about morals, relationships and identity. Tales can be signifiers for real life rites of passage and rituals involved in growing up.
An important element of this exhibition are workshops for children and their families. Intended for ages 6 and up, the three workshops will last 90 minutes and are free, but booking is essential and capacity is limited to 20 children per workshop. Dates for Louise Manifold’s workshop are Wed 19 October @ 17:00 and Sat 22 October @ 12:00. Kleszczeski and Zimnoch will offer their workshop in English on Sun 23 October @ 12:00 and a workshop in Polish @ 15:00. Workshop bookings are through baboro.ie.