The Exhibitionist |25| Lucian Freud


Lucian Freud Lucien Freud  “Benefits Supervisor Resting”

Some big sales in the art world this week as Christie’s auction house made over a billion in sales. One of the works sold was a painting by artist Lucian Freud, called Benefits Supervisor Resting which went for over 56 million dollars. The subject Ms Sue Tilly sat for four paintings and said of the experience;

The painting was one of four portraits of me by Freud, and as a result the papers have all described me as his muse, although in my mind, that’s not me. I imagine a muse to be someone thin and ethereal who floats around and is in love with the artist – and, nope, I’m none of those things. I’m not “Fat Sue” either – someone else made that up. He called me “Big Sue”, which I don’t mind at all.

I don’t know what it is about his pictures of me that have captured the public’s imagination, because it’s not beauty. Maybe big flesh is easier on the eye. With thin people you can see all their bones jutting out, whereas I filled that sofa quite nicely. But I wasn’t his cup of tea and he certainly wasn’t mine. I don’t like an old fellow, especially one with scary eyes.

Nevertheless, I seem to have inspired him to something.(via The Telegraph)

Lucien Freud  “Benefits Supervisor Resting”
Lucian Freud “Benefits Supervisor Resting”

Freud was a German-born British painter, grandson of  Sigmund Freud, and known chiefly for his thickly impastoed portrait and figure paintings. He was widely considered the pre-eminent British artist of his time alongside his friends and contemporaries RB Kitaj and Francis Bacon. His works are noted for their psychological penetration, and for their often discomforting examination of the relationship between artist and model.

Alice Maher Honoured

This week Irish artist Alice Maher was honoured at the Visual Artists Ireland Get Together at IMMA;

Acclaimed Irish visual artist Alice Maher has been named as the recipient of the first Visual Artists Ireland Members Award. The announcement and presentation took place on Friday, 15thMay at 5:30pm during Visual Artists Ireland’s National Day for Visual Artists – Get Together which took place in The Irish Museum of Modern Art.  The presentation was made on behalf of Visual Artists Ireland’s membership by Noel Kelly, Chief Executive Officer of Visual Artists Ireland.

Kelly stated that “This award recognises the significant contribution made by Alice to the development of the visual arts in Ireland. The award is made on behalf of our membership as an acknowledgement by Alice’s peers for the work and service that she has offered both through her practice and her remarkable dedication to supporting her fellow artists.”

Alice Maher was one of ten artists nominated by members of Visual Artists Ireland. The nominations were open to any visual artist working and/or living on the island of Ireland. The vote was by secret ballot and was conducted earlier this year.(via VAI)

Alice_Maher Installation Shot, IMMA Earlsfort
Alice_Maher Installation Shot, IMMA Earlsfort Terrace



Opening around the country this week:

Andrea Flanagan at the Hyde Bridge Gallery

Beyond The Visual
22 May – 1 June | Opening: 22 May at 8pm
Hyde Bridge Gallery, Yeats Memorial Building, Hyde Bridge, Sligo

Artist Andrea Flanagan will hold her first major solo exhibition next month at the Hyde Bridge Gallery in Sligo as part of their monthly calendar of exhibitions.

Flanagan, a graduate of the National College of Art and Design, has been creating work between studios in Sligo and Dublin since graduating in 2010.

Speaking on the occasion of the exhibit, Flanagan said “I use elements of landscape and natural formations to explore the ability to disrupt the temporal and physical planes of representation. Creating an expression of an otherworldly environment, to challenge our accepted realities and encourage speculative thinking beyond the visual.”

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Wicklow Arts Festival 2015

22nd – 24th May

– Kilmantin Gallery Artists exhibition
– Emerging Artist exhibition: Andrew Hopkins
– Tinahely Sheep Flock (installation by Tinahely Arts Group )
– Secondary School’s Recycled Art exhibition
– Photo:Synthesis, exhibition of children’s photos
– Wicklow’s 400 year yarn: Yarn hangings & yarnbomb (previous community art project)
– Medieval Bunting on display (2015’s community art project)
– Wicklow Photography Club exhibition at Mezzanine Café at Earl’s
– Lovewicklow multimedia exhibition at Wicklow Community Resource Centre
– ‘Being Young’ teens photo exhibition at The Stage Youth Cafe Wicklow Community Resource Centre

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Eating Experience 2 with Domestic Godless at National Craft Gallery

National Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, Kilkenny

As part of Appetite for Design exhibition curators, Designgoat, invite chefs, food designers and artists to create a series of Eating Experiences, presented in the National Craft Gallery. Each individual Eating Experience will be a totally different culinary encounter; showcasing seasonal, wonderful and bizarre foods.

Eating Experience 2 with Domestic Godless
Sat 23 May, 6.30pm, €40
The Domestic Godless, explore the potential of food, through its taste, its presentation, its history and its cultural values, as a vehicle for irreverent artistic endeavour and experimentation.

This event is BYOB
Booking for the Eating Experience series is through Limited places available. Unfortunately, special dietary requirements cannot be accommodated.

Mairead Holohan at Watergarden Gallery

Do you want the truth or something beautiful?
Opening: 21 May at 7pm
Watergarden Gallery, Thomastown, Co Kilkenny

This will run for 4 weeks. The gallery is open tuesday to friday inclusive and some saturdays.

Mairead asked a group of friends and family to share selfies with her, she translated these into wet felted portraits and ipad protraits printed onto cotton and stitiched. This was a very contemplative memory laden process with a contemporary twist. It is an attempt to portray without prejudice or artifice women of a certain age. Many wormen begin to feel invisible when we reach a certain age, as society tells us we are no longer beautiful. Textiles at this pace is a very feminine process, slow, deliberate and textiles holds meaning as it was traditionally womens work . These small scale colourful textile portraits are her response to that.


An Exhibition of Small Found Objects at Gallery 2, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin 2

Wooden Ships: An exhibition of small found objects
22 May to 22 July 22, 2015 | Opening Thursday 21 May 6 to 7.30pm

The fragments on display in this exhibition are old and modest in appearance, yet their origins span the world and its history. They include shards of painted wood from a Chinese warrior’s ancient tomb, a mediaeval pilgrim’s badge, a 17th century leather sole from a child’s shoe, and a Tibetan thokcha amulet that is thought to be made from the remnants of a meteorite. The exhibition is accompanied by a publication that sets these curious objects in the context of some thoughts about fragments and wholeness. The show and book suggest an unconventional approach to encountering the world and understanding our place within it.

Trinity College, Dublin 2

Eamonn O’Doherty (1939 – 2011) at The Arts Club, Dublin

At the Arts Club – Eamonn O’Doherty (1939 – 2011)
22 May to 11 June 2015 | Opening Thursday 21st May, 2015, 8pm
John Fitzgerald, Curator, will give a talk at the opening, 11th June at 8pm.

Irish Art Oslo are proud to present this exhibition, which will include painting, print and drawing selected from over fifty years of O’Doherty’s involvement with the Irish art scene.OPened by John Behan,work from the artist’s studio, that has not previously been exhibited will also be featured. Eamonn O’Doherty would have first visited the United Arts Club in the early sixties and this was to start an enduring relationship. While best known for his public sculpture, At the Arts Club will highlight his many other skills and use of diverse mediums.

United Arts Club, 3 Upper Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2.
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Sam Keogh at The Douglas Hyde Gallery

Four Fold
22 May – 22 July | Opening: 21 May at 6pm
The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin 2

The Old Croghan Man, on display in the National Museum of Ireland, is one of a number of 2,000 year old ‘bog bodies’ unearthed from Irish wetlands in recent years. He is crucial to Sam Keogh’s new installation at the Douglas Hyde Gallery. A photograph of the flattened figure is reproduced at a large scale on the floor, the folds of leathery skin lifted and propped open by sculptures, casts and found objects to reveal collages of images sourced from popular culture, critical theory and personal experiences.

At 7pm on the night of the opening, the artist will give a performance in the installation. This will be recorded and screened as part of the work.

Bealtaine Festival: ‘Knitted Together’ Exhibition at Dublin’s Mansion House

Knitted Together
19 – 20 May
Dublin’s Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Visit Knitted Together in Dublin’s Mansion House on Tuesday May 19 and Wednesday May 20, as part of its 300 Years celebration and Bealtaine.

Having won the Age & Opportunity VoltAge bursary, Rialto’s F2 Stitch and Bitch Group have been working with Fatima Groups United’s artist-in-residence, Sadhbh Lawlor, to create textile sculptures, including a striking model of H and J Block of the old Fatima Mansions flat complex.

They make versions of imagined or remembered buildings, like local shops, creating a personal documentation of their lives and their environment.

As part of Bealtaine, they are working on a cityscape where the new collides with the old; the real blends into the imagined and you can get a glimpse into their own personal Dublin.

‘Skin in the Game’ | Progressive Film Club – Documentary Film Screening at The New Theatre

‘Skin in the Game’ 3.30pm Sat. 23rd May
The New Theatre, East Essex St., Temple Bar, Dublin 2

A feature length documentary looking at the recession and crash in Ireland through the eyes of artists who are using it as subject matter in their work; emigration, ghosts estates and the legacy of politicians and bankers. Featured artists include Brian Maguire, Christy Moore, Rita Ann Higgins, David Bolger, and David Quinn among others. Directed by Donald Taylor Black

All film screenings are free and open to public.

Book Launch at the Gallery of Photography | After the Agreement – Contemporary Photography in Northern Ireland

Wed May 27, 6.30pm
Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

After the Agreement – Contemporary Photography in Northern Ireland by Sarah Tuck published by Black Dog Publications draws on conversations prompted by the photographs of John Duncan, Kai Olaf Hesse, Mary McIntyre, David Farrell, Paul Seawright and Malcolm Craig Gilbert.

The book traces some of the hesitancies and compulsions that shape interpretation and meaning in the wake of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Across the themes Spectrality and Urbanism, Place as Archive and Between Memory and Mourning, After the Agreement – Contemporary Photography in Northern Ireland demonstrates photographs as agonistic spaces where the meanings of post conflict and post Agreement are opened to debate and disagreement.

By making photographs the primary object of investigation and conversation the primary medium of enquiry After the Agreement – Contemporary Photography in Northern Ireland explores the affective meaning of images through a shared task of thinking and feeling, listening and speaking.

The book is launched by Mick Wilson Head of the Valand Academy of Arts, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

NCAD 1st Year MFA Show at Emmet House

20 – 23 May | Opening: 20 May at 7pm
Emmet House, Thomas St., D.8
Open from 10am – 6pm daily

We are delighted to invite you to the end of year show of 1st year MFA student work. Opening reception on 20th May from 7pm – 9pm with an introduction by the great Kevin Atherton at 7.30pm.

Curated by Lynda Phelan.

Exhibiting Artists: Andreja Srna, Anna Bauer, Anna Janiszewska, Austin Hearne, Bernie Masterson, Celina Muldoon, Clyde Doyle, Denise McAuliffe, Frances O’Dwyer, Frances Nolan, Jane Rainey, Jann Clavadetscher, Kate Cunningham, Kirin Riaz, Mags O’ Dea, Michelle Hall, Olive Hanlon, Órla Goodwin, Oscar Fouz Lopez, Robert Moriarty, Saidhbhín Gibson, Sorcha Kenny, Sven Sandberg,William Murray, Vici Waterstone, Orla Goodwin.

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End of Year Exhibition 2015, St John’s College, Cork

Coming into View
Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 May 2015 | Opening 22 May 2015 6.30pm
10am to 6pm

As the St John’s College, Cork students complete their study, their creative futures are indeed coming into view, and Coming into View features work from the twenty-two courses and displays a vast range of creative potential. Hand-made musical instruments, paintings, fashion design, video productions and bespoke jewellery are just a sample of what will be on show. The St John’s Gospel choir will be preforming as visitors arrive from 6.30pm. Peter Murray, the director of the Crawford art gallery, will officially open the exhibition.

Tuesday May 26th is particularly aimed at mature students with staff available to discuss the possibilities for mature students to do courses in St. John’s next September.
Sawmill Street, Cork

Mary Mackey at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork

Residual Inheritance

Preview Friday 22 May  6pm to 8pm
Open Saturday 23 May only, 10am to 6pm
Artist’s talk at 2pm

Residual Inheritance is the title of a practice-based research for an MA in Fine Art carried out by Mary Mackey under the supervision of Christine Pybus and Dr Simon Knowles of the Department of Fine Art and Applied Art at the CIT Crawford College of Art and Design.

CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Clarkes Bridge, Cork
T: 021 433 5210

David Mathúna at TACTIC

110 bits per second
21 May – 4 June 2015 | Opening: 21 May at 7pm
TACTIC, 3rd Floor Sample-Studios, Sullivan’s Quay, Cork
Opening times: 12pm – 3pm Tuesday to Saturday

David Mathúna is a video-artist and illustrator currently based in Sample-Studios, Cork. Born in 1991, he graduated from the CIT Crawford College of Art & Design in 2014 with a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art. Upon graduation he was awarded the James Barry Development Bursary, the Cork Film Centre Residency award, and the Sample-Studios Graduate Residency award which have assisted in seeing him develop work for his upcoming exhibition; ‘110 bits per second’.

In his work, David explores a fascination with contemporary identity; its construction, perpetual production, its relation to consumer markets, to mass media and social capital, its definition, and a preoccupation with processes of redefinition. Rather than being didactic, his video-installations function as situations in which the viewer can actively construct a reality from a myriad of potentials, placing emphasis on participation, community, and on the bona fide simplicity of sensory experience in space. |

Vivienne Roche at Crawford Art Gallery

Head to Head
15 May – 26 September | Preview: Thursday 14 May
Crawford Art Gallery, Cork
Open times: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 5pm, Thursday until 8pm (closed Sunday and Bank Holidays)

The Crawford Art Gallery presents Head to Head a solo exhibition of work by Vivienne Roche. |


Tether, East Belfast Arts Festival: Exhibitions and Open Studios

Tether Festival
21 Thursday to Monday 25 May 2015
Building on the success of the previous East Belfast Arts Festival, Tether boasts a brand new programme of events celebrating the thriving grass roots arts scene in the East of the city.

On bank holiday Monday, 25th of May, East Belfast based studio groups and organisations are opening their doors inviting you to call in from 11-5pm.
There’s exhibitions on at Templemore Bath House & Framewerk.
Open studios at Creative Exchange and the newly established Surgery Studios.

For listings and locations


Cathy Hayes at Bath Arts festival

22 May – 7 June

Cathy hayes has been selected to take part in the Bath Arts festival this year, the show is entitled ‘Love and Death at Walcott Chapel’ and opens on May 22nd through till sunday june 7th. The Bath Arts Festival is a festival of all art forms and takes place in the beautiful city of Bath. This festival actively promotes and celebrates contemporary art while showcasing early career artists or those who prefer to operate outside of the gallery based art scene.

Cathy’s work is concerned with the exploration of Christian church dogma on contemporary female identity. Her first piece is called “I crucified the Virgin” where the painting morphs out of the canvas into 3 d displaying the virgins broken legs and red high heels. The 2 nd piece is called The Virgins Reliquary . This piece is a gilded cabinet which contains relics made by the artist all of which are designed to illustrate her thinking.

The show is being curated by Geoff Dunlop.


Leonard Sheil and Karl Grausgruber at Grenzart Verein Galerie, Austria

Visible Signs
15 May – 7 June
Grenzart Verein Galerie, Hollabrunn, Austria

The Grenzart verein in Hollabrunn established 2006 has hosted over 60 exhibitions with artists from Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Latvia, Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Poland and Germany .

Sheil’s work for this exhibition explores Island life and how it can manifest a particular outlook in terms of identity. The relationship with mainland  is removed. The nature of a voyage over oceans confirms the fact that we are on an edge, a periphery. Nothing is in a fixed state regarding location,even an island out in the Atlantic is ephemeral.  Using a location to re-explore and re-examine a familiar place ,the sea chart of the Dublin Bay has become a foundation point,that buoyantly shifts between a known position and unknown destination.

The work also transposes to the local Hollabrunn landscape,with a series that explores this open, borderless, rolling agricultural region, that is reminiscent of open sea that was created during the Paratethys period – a large shallow sea that stretched from the region north of the Alps over Central Europe to the Aral sea and Central Asia.

Jim Ricks at Onomatopee@Designhuis

Alien Invader Super Baby (Synchromaterialism IV) – solo show by Jim Ricks
May 3rd – June 14th
Onomatopee@Designhuis, Stadhuisplein 3, 56111EM Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Open Thursday & Friday 17:00- 21:00 and Saturday & Sunday 13:00 – 17:00 and by appointment

In a setting somewhere between a market stall and a museum display, Jim Ricks pairs up found, bought, borrowed and ‘knocked-off’ objects, and advances a synchronicity based on politics, aesthetics, history, and philosophy.

We live our lives amidst a multitude of images and narratives: experience and economy are the twin-engine of our culture. But what kind of stories do these images convey: what do they introduce and what do they contribute? Is retro a foxy do or a fusty don’t? Is local a wayward hot… or a backward not…? It would be a interesting idea to check this out and perhaps use it to our advantage.

Through suggested and captured weavings of object-scenarios Jim Ricks extracts symbolic bits and pieces of history and everyday life, destined to be re-worked, splintered and re-imagined. New narratives arise in which the economic globalisation of goods crosses paths with the rapid and ephemeral circulation of cultures and icons. Placed in a context of display, viewers are invited to devise their own connections between the objects on display: to play the cultural clash of the local and the global, the individual and the collective, and investigate new relations through identification.

Starting from a (possibly faulty) position as an American expat presently residing in Dublin, he has developed a sensitivity to the geographic import and export of images and narratives. By revaluing the popular and re-defining its elements, Jim Ricks endeavours to address our cultural knowledge with us. As admirers of his visual scrutiny Onomatopee invited Ricks to Eindhoven to share his insights with us. During an initial exploration of the city, Ricks has made inquiries into meaningful objects to engage our identification.

In conjunction with the resultant narrative of spatial objects, Onomatopee presents various other visual stories: a short film that shows Jim ruminating on visual culture with critic Max Bruinsma, as well as some other background information that we hope will be useful for those keen to put their views on their own visual culture to the test. By interrogating our experience of the visual culture we surround ourselves with, we might grasp the option to participate in an era of cultural populism. Hail to the populus!*

*In her book Pop or Populus Bettina Funcke defines populus as ‘…the totality of citizens of a state as a unified political body–as well as the lower classes of the poor, the dispossessed, the excluded, those not included in the conversation’.

Rory Tangney at the FKL Symposium on Soundscape, Italy

22-24 May 2015
Rory Tangney will exhibit his sound installation Breathe at the 7th International FKL Symposium on Soundscape. The symposium is organised by the FKL and is hosted by Festival Portobeseno, Castello di Beseno, Italy. FKL (Forum Klanglandschaft) is a European association of people from different disciplines that deal with soundscapes and acoustic spaces. Every two years FKL organizes its conference in a different European city.

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