The Exhibitionist 10 | Eternal Light |


Eternal Light

This week we’re taking a trip outside the capital and my exhibition to see is Eternal Light, work by artist Katie O’Neill at TACTIC Gallery, Cork.

Curated by Noelle Collins, the work was originally shown at Draiocht Arts Centre in Blanchardstown as part of the Amharc Fhine Gall Award and Emerging Curator Award. O’Neill’s work is concerned with themes of identity and psycho-geography and her photographs display deserted and vaguely unsettling urban spaces. Definitely worth the trip.

Many Angles

This week also sees the announcement of a new radio series on Wired FM in Limerick focusing on visual art. Many Angles will explore art in Limerick and beyond through the eyes of practising art students.

It will be unique in that it will feature interviews with art students by art students. It will offer a rare insight into the development of art students’ practice, offering observations into their enthusiastic mind set as they locate their place in the art world.

The weekly programme will also include interviews with professional local and national artists, of all disciplines, and feature news and reviews of national art events, with a particular focus on what’s happening in Limerick.

Produced and presented by the art students of LSAD, Many Angles will be broadcast at 3.30pm on Wired FM every Tuesday.

Duncan Campbell talk at IMMA

Back in the capital this week we have a talk with recent Turner Prize winner Duncan Campbell. The talk itself is currently booked out but there are places available to IMMA members, more information here

Eternal Light: a solo exhibition by Katie O'Neill Curated by Noelle Collins Opens 22nd January 2015 Tactic Gallery, Sullivans Quay, Cork  Image courtesy of the
Eternal Light: a solo exhibition by Katie O’Neill
Curated by Noelle Collins
Image courtesy of the artist


News and Shows opening around Ireland this week

Burren College of Art Announces Emerging Irish Artist Residency Receipients

Burren College of Art (BCA) has announced the artists selected for the first annual Emerging Irish Artist Residency Award. This initiative is being carried out in collaboration between BCA & G126 in Galway. It involves a joint residency for the four selected artists at BCA in February 2015, with a group show to be concurrently in G126 and BCA Gallery from Sep 11th to Sep 26th. Four artists were selected by a panel representing both institutions, following an open call which took place in September of this year

The four selected artists are Amanda Rice, Joanna Hopkins, Noelle Gallagher, & Yvette Monahan.
Amanda Rice holds a BA Hons in Fine Art from Crawford College of Art & Design and works predominantly with moving image, photography and installation. Joanna Hopkins is a graduate from the MA in Space programme in LIT. She experiments with film and lens based media as an interactive platform to question how society views itself and others. Noelle Gallagher has a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art from CCAM in GMIT, and her artistic practice involves combining new media with traditional painting practices. Yvette Monaghan is a visual artist working with the medium of Photography and has a MFA in Photography from the University of Ulster.

BCA and G126 hope that this free residency will give the artists a deserved opportunity to work in the context of a small and highly active academic community to produce a new body of work for exhibition later in the year.


The Good Hatchery Announces New Members 2015

The Good Hatchery, Daingean, Co. Offaly

The Good Hatchery is happy to announce an exciting group of new members and winner of the Alloy prize to a recent graduate.

Siobhán Clancy, Jacki Hehir, Emma Houlihan, Ciarán Kavanagh, Andreas Kindler von Knobloch, Kathryn Maguire, Claire McCluskey, Lucy McKenna, Annemarie Ní Churreáin, Margaret O’Brien, James Ó hAodha, Charlie Stewart-Liberty, Miriam Thorpe, Tom Watt.

Following an open call 13 artists were selected for 12month membership. Membership operates as an extended residency during which time each member can book use of GH facilities on a democratic basis. Membership offers artists access to the support, work, accommodation, facilities, insurance and the chance to work alongside one another in the development of site responsive works. The Good Hatchery is a collaborative and expansive art project directed by artists Carl Giffney and Ruth E. Lyons since its foundation in 2007.

Along with the open call one recent graduate was selected for the annual ALLOY prize. This year the award went to Ciaran Kavanagh from Crawford College of Art and Design Cork.


Portraits from The David Kronn Collection at the Butler Gallery

In association with the National Programme of the Irish Museum of Modern Art
10 January – 22 February 2015
Butler Gallery, The Castle, Kilkenny

The Butler Gallery is delighted to present Portraits from The David Kronn Collection. This exhibition comes to the Butler Gallery from the National Programme of the Irish Museum of Modern Art and is drawn from the exceptional collection of photography amassed by Dr David Kronn, an Irish-born paediatrician with a specialty in medical genetics, who lives and works in New York. Dr Kronn has built an extraordinary photography collection over the past twenty years, which is a promised gift to the Irish Museum of Modern Art to be enjoyed by the Irish public into the future. The overall donation will substantially increase IMMA’s photographic holdings and provide an historical, contextual and expanding framework essential for the understanding and appreciation of modern and contemporary photography.

Dr Kronn had an early interest in photography, learning to use a darkroom at his school camera club. He remained an active photographer while he was studying medicine at Trinity College Dublin and when his medical training took him to New York, this interest in photography developed into a passion for collecting pictures. Dr Kronn has shaped a collection rich in content, genre and themes that encourages many readings. Placing works in dialogue with one another, the exhibition provides an insight into how a collection is formed and how it can be configured and reconfigured to tell different stories. The collection itself is autobiographical, a portrait over time of Dr Kronn’s thinking and instincts and ranges in content from 19th-century Daguerreotypes to works by icons of modern photography as well as works by award-winning contemporary photographers.

This exhibition was chosen from ‘Second Sight’, a show organised by Seán Kissane, Curator: Exhibitions at IMMA. The selection on view at the Butler Gallery focuses on portraits and doubled images in many guises. As seen in ‘Second Sight’, this theme demonstrates not only how varied portraiture can be, but also the international scope of the collection. The exhibition includes representations of the people of Ireland in the 1950s, 60s and 70s by Inge Morath, Dorothea Lange, Evelyn Hofer, Fergus Bourke and Elliott Erwitt. Also featured are works that reflect the diversity of Mexican culture by Manuel Alvarez-Bravo, Lola Alvarez-Bravo along with a significant suite of works by Graciela Iturbide; intriguing works by Japanese photographers Daido Moriyama, Issei Suda and Tomoko Sawada; and contemporary photography by Pieter Hugo, Richard Mosse, Malick Sidibé and Anna Rackard.

Little White Lies – Aidan Kelly and DMC

Little White Lies

2 – 8 February | Opening: 5 February at 7pm
The Library Project, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Presenting a series of unique artworks combining photography, stencil and spray, produced as part of a collaborative project between Aidan Kelly and DMC (aka, Dermot McConaghy).

Little White Lies.

“I can’t remember ever seeing you look so nice, I’m sorry I keep staring at you, but you’re my girl, right? Then, saw you on the street with someone else, Why? Why would you do that? You promised me.”

Depicting the confusion he feels when he knows he has lost her love, a Dublin man believes his city loves him no more and tries to send her messages in an attempt to get that love back.

Following the photographic series Thisplace, Little White Lies is collaboration between DMC the painter and Aidan Kelly, Photographer. Fourteen photographs sized A0 on diabond aluminum have been hand embellished with paint and stencils, some without words, reacting, he cannot make sense of his world falling apart. a dream gone bad.

But there’s hope, there’s a light shining somewhere. |


DCC & Dublin Port Company Present Public Art Installation ‘Dublin Ships’ by Cliona Harmey

Event: ‘Dublin Ships’
Start Date: Tuesday, 3rd February
Price: This installation is free and open to the public
Location: Scherzer Bridges, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1

Dublin City Council and Dublin Port Company will unveil a new public art installation entitled ‘Dublin Ships’ by Cliona Harmey on Tuesday, 3rd February. The installation, located on the Scherzer Bridges at North Wall Quay where the city of Dublin, the docklands and port meet, will run for a six-month tenure.

Created by artist Cliona Harmey and curated by Ruairí Ó Cuív, this new piece of public artwork brings to life the movements of some xxx ships in Dublin Port daily, creating a strong visual and cultural link between the port and the city in full view of Dublin’s citizens, commuters and pedestrians. The artwork is generated from live electronic signals which track the arrival and departure of each ship in Dublin Port. The name of the ship is then transmitted in real-time to two large LED screens facing towards the city, and remains illuminated in black and white until the next ship either arrives in or leaves the port.

For more information please visit:

Paul Seawright at Kerlin Gallery

The List

30 January – 21 March | Opening: 29 January at 6pm
Kerlin Gallery, Anne’s Lane, Dublin 2

Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, is pleased to announce The List, an exhibition of new work by Paul Seawright. This will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in Ireland since Volunteer at Kerlin Gallery, 2011.

In The List, Paul Seawright uncovers a contested landscape that continues his interest in city spaces and their relationship to invisible fractures in society. His photographs from across America’s rust belt reveal neglected neighborhoods where derelict vehicles are parked on patchy lawns, and rusted wire fences surround recently repossessed homes or concealed rear yards. Typically people are absent, yet marks of their presence are everywhere – scratched on walls, obscured by closed curtains or glimpsed through motel windows and dense trees. Claustrophobic vistas reveal frayed clapboard homes on the far side of blackened waste ground; this is the landscape of the convicted and dispossessed. Theirs is a liminal world, where legal restrictions define and prohibit them from establishing a permanent residence within a prescribed distance from a lengthy list of public buildings. These geographic limitations create unintended clusters of ex-offenders, often in small rural North American towns, where those on the list are hidden in plain sight.

The exhibited works move between the type of prosaic landscape familiar in Seawright’s work to black and white details of plants, fences and water damaged walls. These photographic gestures extend a narrative, where everything is dysfunctional. This is the third in a series of works Seawright has produced in the USA, where the landscape of the American city is deconstructed and the thin veneer of positivism and idealism is peeled back to expose an alternative vision of the North American city.

Lecture by Conor Walton: Subverting Modernism: My Life as a Painter

Lecture by Conor Walton, artist

6.30pm Thursday 5 February 2015

Over the last twenty years Conor Walton’s portraits, figure paintings and still lifes have won international acclaim and established him as a distinctive voice in the field of representational painting. Essentially a figurative painter in the European tradition, he sets out ‘to maintain his craft at the highest level, using paint to explore issues of truth, meaning and value’. His works are attempted answers to the three questions in the title of Gauguin’s famous painting: ‘What are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going?’ This talk will provide an introduction to his work, his methods and philosophy.

Lecture in Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland, No.5 South Leinster St. (beside National Gallery) at 6.30pm followed by a wine reception.

Cost: €12 (students €5)

This is a Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland event. Advance booking is required. Visit the Friends Desk in the Millennium Wing; phone (01) 661 9877; or email [email protected]

‘this attentive place’, Caoimhe Kilfeather | Book Launch at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Wednesday 28 January 2015, 6 -8 pm
Top floor atrium, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, 5 – 9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is pleased to host the launch of ‘this attentive place’, a new book published in connection with Caoimhe Kilfeather’s exhibition of the same name which took place at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios in 2014.

The book includes texts by John Hutchinson, Chris Clarke and Raymund Ryan, documentation of the exhibition at TBG+S as well as other artworks, photographs and drawings.

Each book (an edition of 400) is a unique edition – the covers and end leaves of each one are original cyanotype prints. Design by David Joyce. TBG+S are also pleased to welcome Chris Clarke, who will read from his essay on Caoimhe Kilfeather’s work during the launch.

John Busher and Aisling Ní Chlaonadh at Pallas Projects/Studios


Opening: 29 January at 6pm | Gallery Talk: 29 January at 5pm
Pallas Projects/Studios, 115-117 The Coombe, Dublin 8

The Project Space at PP/S presents Transferrals, an NCAD MA Graduate show by Art in the Contemporary World (ACW) alumni John Busher and Aisling Ní Chlaonadh.

Transferrals is a reference to the unknown, and now?this is marked with both uneasiness and hesitation. Showcasing work by both artists made during their time in NCAD, John and Aisling share a mutual interest in the practice of painting and its place in the context of contemporary visual art. The shared concerns of both artists range from a preoccupation with the role of photography within contemporary painting discourse, to the exploration of phenomenological interests that inform their respective practices. |


‘Fourth Space’ | Group Exhibition at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre
31 January – 14 March | Opening: 31 January at 3pm
West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, Co. Cork.
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 10.00-5.00

Fourth Space comprises sculptural and installation work by 9 leading artists based in Ireland: David Beattie, Karl Burke, Rhona Byrne, Maud Cotter, Angela Fulcher, Mark Garry, Caoimhe Kilfeather,Dennis McNulty and Liam O’Callaghan.

The artworks, although materially and conceptually diverse, both articulate and respond to the galleries, the location and context of the new building, Uillinn. The exhibition, which extends throughout the ground floor and first floor galleries, draws together works by artists who share an approach to making that is fluid, questioning and open-ended and yet displays a fascination with space and materiality.

Each artist’s work remains specific to their own concerns and practice, but they come together in this exhibition to experiment with and enquire into notions of space, place, time, legacy and transformation.

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

Katie O’Neill at TACTIC

Eternal Light

Curated by Noelle Collins
23 January – 5 February 2015 | Exhibition preview from 7pm on Thursday 22 January 2015
TACTIC Gallery, 3rd Floor, Sample-Studios, Sullivan’s Quay, Cork.

Katie O’Neill is a visual artist with a multidisciplinary practice that is concerned with themes of identity and psycho-geography. In June 2012 she self-published the artist’s book ‘Eternal Light’ which conveys the complex experiences and whirring anxieties of an individual in their immediate environment. As a point of entry, the artist’s book communicates an intimate narrative; traces of verdant landscape are countered by images of uninhabited spaces and urban monoliths, depicting a darkly poetic sense of isolation. Photographs of abandoned scenes, sublime and unsettling, changing in format and tone are placed alongside her personal writing and drawings.

These works have been revisited and re-presented in an expanded exhibition format that includes earlier works from ‘Performance’ a series of 100 type Polaroids. ‘Performance’ is a visualization of feelings of frustration, loss, confusion and helplessness. Introducing private spaces and performative gestures these images convey the importance of self-examination as a tool for growth and explores the use of the self-portrait as a means to do so. O’Neill’s work often combines natural light and environment to represent a state of transition, outsiderness and a desire to escape the mainstream. Honesty and vulnerability permeate the work, the ebb and flow of emotion is framed and temporarily controlled giving pause, an opportunity to consider how we as individuals are affected by our surroundings.

The works exhibited at TACTIC Gallery have been created through the Amharc Fhine Gall Award and we would like to acknowledge the support of Fingal Arts Office and Fingal County Council. |
Wired FM Launches New Visual Arts Series

College radio station Wired FM returns to the airwaves in January 2015 with a new specialized arts series, Many Angles.

Wired returns for a new season on the 26th of January. Broadcasting 9am to 9pm from Monday to Thursday on 99.9FM (Limerick), streaming worldwide on

Many Angles will explore art in Limerick and beyond through the eyes of practising art students. It will be unique in that it will feature interviews with art students by art students. It will offer a rare insight into the development of art students’ practice, offering observations into their enthusiastic mind set as they locate their place in the art world. The weekly programme will also include interviews with professional local and national artists, of all disciplines, and feature news and reviews of national art events, with a particular focus on what’s happening in Limerick. Produced and presented by the art students of LSAD, Many Angles will be broadcast at 3.30pm on Wired FM every Tuesday.

Wired FM is a Student Community of Interest Radio station, licensed by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. The station has an active policy of facilitating access, communication and participation for all third-level students to its studios which are located in Mary Immaculate College and Limerick Institute of Technology. We are also currently in the process of establishing a third studio at LSAD’s George’s Quay building in the city.

Broadcasting on 99.9FM in Limerick City, Wired transmits 48 hours of programming every week during the academic year. Broadcasting a wide range of programmes, including current affairs, documentaries, arts, book and films shows. Music shows covering every genre, from trance to traditional, punk to show tunes, protest to metal and always with an emphasis on local and national talent.

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