New Exhibitions: “Juniper,” “Beneath the Dock Leaf,” and “Shills”

Here’s your updated exhibitions showing around the country this month. New shows include Beneath the Dock Leaf by Pat Byrne, Shills by Padraig Spillane, Vibes by Dick Donaghue, Uchronia by Sinead McDonald, and Juniper by Shona Shirley Macdonald.

Beneath the Dock Leaf | Pat Byrne at Dunamaise Arts Centre, Laois

patbyrneBeneath the Dock Leaf
15 January to 27 February | Opening: 14 January, 7pm
Dunamaise Arts Centre, Church Street, Portlaoise, Co. Laois

‘Beneath the Dock Leaf’ is a solo exhibition by Pat Byrne. Byrne’s practice explores superstitions and folklore. He takes mythological humanoids and fairies and attempts to portray them in a more realistic and contemporary fashion, rendering them as someone who could possibly pass us by on the street, giving them invisibility through their normality.

T: 05786 63355

Shills | 126 Artist-run Gallery, Galway

pagraig spillaneShills
126 Artist-run Gallery, Flood Street, Galway
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 12 to 6pm
9 to 24 January

‘Shills’ is a solo exhibition by Pádraig Spillane which is part of an ongoing collaborative project between Engage Studios Galway and Sample Studios, Cork.
Pádraig Spillane utilises diverse representational processes and object arrangements to explore ideas regarding desires and intimacies. His works connect image generation and appropriation with 3D stagings. Shills at 126 Gallery features new works which, by incorporating object and image manipulations, produce anthropomorphic resonances and extend an ongoing investigation of mirror effect arrangements. |

Shona Shirley Macdonald | Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare

juniper_night-circus_shona.s.macdonaldJuniper: An Exhibition by Shona Shirley Macdonald
9 January to 16 February 2016 | Official Opening Saturday 23 January at 2pm
Opening Hours, Monday to Friday 10am to 5.30pm, Saturday 10am to 1pm

This fantastical exhibition by artist Shona Shirley Macdonald combines two atmospheric and richly detailed visual stories. The first is Juniper, which is a series of illustrations, depicting the protagonist Juniper and her companions searching through peculiar and threatening landscapes, trying to make sense of their world.  The second story is stop-motion animation The Forest of Cake, following the curious Grub on his fateful journey out into the bizarre and mysterious forest.

Further information:
T: (045) 448327
E: [email protected]
Main Street,  Newbridge, Co Kildare W12 D962

Vibes | The Presentation Centre, Wexford

dick donaghueVibes
16 January to 20 February | Opening: 15 January, 7pm
The Presentation Centre Enniscorthy Co.Wexford

‘Vibes’ is an exhibition of colourful abstract watercolours by Dick Donaghue in conjunction with the Wexford Arts Centre.

Contact: Lisa Byrne 0539233000/ 0858409875 |

Uchronia | Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge

Until 18 February 2016
Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday 10am to 5.30pm, Saturday 10am to 1pm

Sinead McDonald’s images form a series of real and alternate self-portraits, investigating how decisions, accidents, and circumstances can change us utterly. How do the things we do send us on different trajectories in life. How can something as trivial as a poster viewed on a new route home from work one day, or as momentous as the death of a loved one, alter who we fundamentally become. What if our future self could send back messages in time, telling us what our life could be, warning us of impending danger, or simply steering us away from mistakes and regrets. Uchronia questions  free will, choice, fate and pre-destination.

Further information:
T: (045) 448327
E: [email protected]
Main Street, Newbridge, Co Kildare W12 D962

Rosebud: Group Exhibition | The Library Project, Dublin 2

14 to 30 January 2016
Opening hours 12 to 6pm, Tuesday to Saturday

A specially produced edition of The Fold accompanying the exhibition will be launched. This event will also include performance by Philip Napier and a reading by Sue Rainsford.

Curated by Alison Pilkington and Cora Cummins (The Fold), Rosebud invites artists to respond to the idea of proclamations and manifestos and the power of the printed publication. Whilst it can be argued that the medium of print is rapidly in decline artists continue to find exciting and diverse ways to exploit its potential for dissemination of ideas. Engaging with ideas of both the personal and the political, artists have utilised a wide variety of mediums including printed matter, tapestry, banners, zines and performance. Rosebud includes artists Michelle Boyle, Janine Davidson, Mary A. Fitzgerald and Emma Finucane, Cathy Henderson and Robert Ballagh, Sophie Carroll Hunt, Mo Levy, Maeve Lynch, Philip Napier, Marcus Oakley, Sarah Pierce, Sue Rainsford and Lee Welch.

Further information:
T: (353) 1 677 3629
E: [email protected]
The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The Painter’s Palette Group Show | Signal Arts Centre, Wicklow

Adele5 to 17 January
Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co.Wicklow
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 10am to 5pm (closed 1 to 2pm)

Signal Arts Centre is delighted to be exhibiting works by a group of painter’s who meet on a weekly basis under the guidance of Bray Artist Conall McCabe. The Painter’s Palette exhibition is a mix of diverse work, including portraiture to abstract, by different Artists.

For further information please visit:
T: 353 01 276 20 39, E:[email protected]

Inside and Out: Group Exhibition | Signal Arts Centre, Wicklow

Neil-kellyInside and Out
18 to 31 January 2016
Monday to Friday, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 5pm

Signal Arts Centre is delighted to be exhibiting works by a group of artists from Sunbeam House and Carmona Artisan’s Studio. The Sunbeam House Eolas photography group enjoy landscape photography and have visited many different iconic locations to produce work for this exhibition. The Carmona Artisan’s Studio is for intellectually disabled artists who have been part of numerous group exhibitions. Employing different methods and styles of working, the artists reinterpret source materials to create new and sometimes abstract pieces of work

Further information:
T: 353 01 276 20 39
E: [email protected]
1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co Wicklow

Oradour, Elegy for a Town | Paul Woods at An Tain Arts, Dundalk

paul woodsOradour, Elegy for a Town
16 January  to 20 February | Opening: 15 January
Basement Gallery, An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Opening hours: Tues to Sat, 10am to 4pm

The tragedy of the destruction of the town of Oradour-Sur-Glane in France and its 642 inhabitants is still to this day surrounded in controversy as to why this event occurred and in this particular place. The artist, Paul Woods, explores the haphazard and illogical process of warfare resulting in the clinical and barbaric destruction of innocent people in their environs. |

Little Stories Little Prints: Group Show |The Little Museum of Dublin

Little-stories-Little-Prints-invite_Page_1Little Stories Little Prints
17 to 25 January | Opening: 16 January, 5pm
Little Museum of Dublin, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin

Fifty Printmakers from eight Printmaking Studios around Ireland have accepted an invitation to participate in the project ‘Little Stories Little Prints’, which aims to create awareness of little known events or incidents during or around the time of the Easter Rising in 1916. This exhibition is part of The Leinster Printmaking Studio, Clane, Co. Kildare’s  yearlong programme of exhibitions and workshops in the Little Museum of Dublin. The project will tour libraries and other venues in Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow, Cork, Galway and Donegal during the year.  This project was devised and coordinated by artist Pamela de Brí and assisted by Margaret Becker, Director and Manager of Leinster Printmaking.

Featured image: The Night Circus from Juniper: An Exhibition by Shona Shirley Macdonald