Four Fold Sam Keogh

The Exhibitionist| 26| Four Fold


I have a couple of shows to recommend checking out this week. First up Ramon Kassam’s solo show Gallery at Limerick City Gallery of Art. From the press release;

Gallery is an exhibition of recent work at Limerick City Gallery of Art by Limerick-born artist Ramon Kassam. Paintings form the basis of his practice and incorporate various motifs in their often ruthless and labored construction. The works in this exhibition re-connect with the concept of the artist as creative subject, combining the thematic of the artist’s workspace (canvas, studio, gallery and urban environment) with formal and conceptual references to the autonomous reality of modernist abstraction.(via LCGA)

More here

Ramon Kassam, Premises, Acrylic on Linen, 2015. (detail)
Ramon Kassam, Premises, Acrylic on Linen, 2015. (detail)

Back in Dublin Sam Keogh’s show Four Fold at The Douglas Hyde Gallery is worth a look. His installation and performance piece drew inspiration from the bog bodies in the National Museum, in particular Old Croghan Man. From the press release;

The Old Croghan Man is also crucial to Sam Keogh’s new installation. A photograph of the flattened figure is reproduced at a large scale on the Gallery floor. The folds of leathery skin are lifted and propped open by sculptures, casts and found objects to reveal collages of a multitude of images from a broad range of sources: André Masson’s Acéphale illustration depicts a headless monster, functioning as a parodic diagram of the ideas of the Surrealist philosopher Georges Bataille; Krang, the villain from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, is an anthropomorphic brain housed in the torso of a human-shaped exo-suit; the cryogenically-frozen body of John Spartan from the film, Demolition Man; and a snapshot of the artist’s mother, apparently perturbed by a ‘virtual autopsy display’ of a mummy in the British Museum.

Four Fold Sam Keogh,
Four Fold, Sam Keogh, image courtesy of The Douglas Hyde website

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Also worth a look is the Annual Show at the RHA. Selected through open submission it has a great mixture of painting, print, sculpture, and photography and it’s a great place to check out work by both older and contemporary artists.


Thomas Brezing at Linenhall Arts Centre, Co Mayo

Why Stop Dreaming When You Wake Up?
Friday 29th May to  Saturday 4th July 2015
Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm; Sat: 11am-5.30pm

An exhibition of painting and installation that reflects the artistic opportunity to prolong childhood through play and possibility. “Most thoughts going into my current art practice are informed by what I experienced as a child, in my dreams, visions, in silence and in my actual life. ‘Day dreaming’ for an artist is essential. These works are loosely based on the notion of landscape and location, woods, water, in some cases the human presence and how we interact with our environment and respond to it. The paintings are not pre-planned, but rather the actual act and pleasure of painting takes over and chance and looseness play as much a role as concrete thinking… striving towards a totality that is impossible to achieve.”

“It is Brezing’s insatiable curiosity – intellectually, spiritually and philosophically – and the remarkable generosity of will that he invests in his art and life that makes him such a considerable artist.”  Patrick Graham

Further information:
E: [email protected]
T: 094 9023733


Richard Hearns at The Gallery at Burren College of Art, Co Clare

Crucible: New Abstract Paintings by Richard Hearns
4 June to  4 July  2015
Opening 4  June 7 to 9pm

The Gallery at Burren College of Art is proud to present Crucible, a new collection of abstract works by Irish-Lebanese artist, Richard Hearns. In this cohesive series of abstract paintings, Richard Hearns presents works with a primary concern for the alchemy of oil paint, and the physicality involved in creating large-scale gestural pieces. The artist is a huge emotional machine, a channel. Hearns is working to prove something that can be felt but not fully understood; to create and discover something new and exciting. Essentially he believes that through the possibilities of paint there is an answer to life’s unresolved questions and that through paint something fundamental or god-like can be revealed. Working primarily in oil since 2008 this incredibly alluring material brings Richard Hearns back to the studio each day to explore and master. His abstract paintings have a primary concern with the alchemy of oil paint, and the physicality involved.


Michele Hannan & Míde Quinlan-Reddin at Signal Arts Centre

Ebb & Flow
Monday 25th May – Sunday 7th June | Opening Reception: Friday 29th May 7-9 pm
Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Ave., Bray, Co. Wicklow
Gallery Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 10am -1pm/2pm – 5pm, Saturday/Sunday: 10am – 5pm

A shared passion for the environment led two artists, Michele Hannan and Mide Quinlan-Reddin, to collaborate for this ceramic and glass exhibition, Ebb & Flow.

Michele Hannan graduated from the National College of Art and Design in 1992 with a BA (Hons) degree in Ceramic Design. She works from her studio in Dublin and has exhibited in galleries throughout Ireland. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Hunt Museum, Crafts Council Gallery, Sculpture in Context and Mill Cove Galleries.

Míde Quinlan-Reddin has worked in clay for over 40 years from her studio in Bray, Co. Wicklow. She trained in Ireland, France and Scotland and gained her BA in Ceramic Design from the Glasgow School of Art. Her work has been exhibited in juried and non juried shows in galleries throughout Ireland and the UK in both solo and group exhibitions.

Group Exhibition From the IMMA Collection at County Hall, Wexford

Until 31 July
This lasted until dawn… A group exhibition of paintings from the Collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

The Arts Department of Wexford County Council in partnership with Wexford Arts Centre and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) are very pleased to host an exhibition of celebrated contemporary Irish paintings this summer. This lasted until dawn… features the work of many notable Irish painters including Basil Blackshaw, Oliver Comerford, Barrie Cooke, Diana Copperwhite, William Crozier, Elizabeth Magill, Michael Mulcahy and Hughie O’Donoghue. The exhibition will be situated in the County Buildings and along with a series of talks and workshops in Wexford’s public libraries, are definitely events to mark in your cultural calendar.

This summer exhibition in the County Buildings is made possible through the generous support and loan of work from this essential collection. IMMA’s National Programme, now in its fifteenth year, is designed to promote the widest possible involvement with the museum’s collection and programmes, through creating access opportunities to the visual arts in a variety of situations and locations in Ireland.

County Hall, Carricklawn, County Wexford
Further information:
T: 053 919 6369
E: [email protected]

‘Amalgamations’ | BA Fine Art Graduate Exhibition (WCSAD – IT Carlow) at Wexford Arts Centre

22 May – 6 June | Opening : 21 May at 6pm
Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford

Wexford Arts Centre in partnership with the Wexford School of Art and Design (IT Carlow) are delighted to once again host the annual exhibition of graduating students work in a dynamic new show entitled Amalgamations. Throughout the last four years, the students of the Wexford Campus have developed, experimented and fine-tuned their personal practice culminating in this visually challenging and interrogative group show.

Amalgamations features the work of Sileshi Abayneh, Ben Dolan, Heather Grogan, Eric Hamilton, Jung-A Han, Karen Lyons, Stephen Martin, Paula McCullotte, Tara McGinn, Sandra Mlak, Ciaran Murphy, Muireann O’Donoghue, and Tanya Tierney, and officially opens on Thursday 21st of May at 6pm.

The exhibition will run in the lower and upper galleries of Wexford Arts Centre from Friday 22nd May to Saturday 6th June 2015. For further information on the exhibition please contact Catherine Bowe, Visual Arts Manager on +353 (0)53 9123764 or email [email protected].


Group Exhibition at Steambox Gallery, Dublin 8

28 to 30 May 2015 | Opening 28 May 5pm
10am-5pm daily

Sauna represents the work of more than thirty artists who are creating an experimental dialogue in celebration of the diversity of paint as a medium. We are fine art paint students currently studying at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. My fellow colleagues and I would be delighted and grateful if you could help us publicise this free and exciting event in your listings. Participating artists: Aine Brennan, Sam Byrne, Aron Cahill, Christine Carey, Niall Conlon, Brian Connaughton, Rachel Doyle, Ciana Fitzgerald, Kevin Flynn, Andrew Fulcher, Meadhbh Gomez, Barbara Healy, Ruaidhri Kelly, Sharon Kelly, Ciara Lee, Emily Manning, John Marshall, Rebecca McCusker, Cormac McDermott, Roisin Merrigan, Bram Mottiar, Hannah Murphy, Sara Muthi, Sophie Newman, Sean O’Rourke, Ciara O’Neill, Christina Roche, Ceri Ryan, Emma Simpson, Lorraine Slator, Megan Walsh and Susanne Wawra.

Further information:
T: 0863204515
E: [email protected]
School Street, Dublin 8

Institute of Technology Tallaght, Creative Digital Media Degree Show at Rua Red, Tallaght

29 May to 13 June 2015 | Opening Fri 29 May 6pm

Final year students from the Creative Digital Media BA (Hons) degree programme at the Institute of Technology Tallaght are exhibiting work in a variety of disciplines including Digital Video, Interactive Multimedia, Photography, and Radio Production. Blending theory and practice, students have generated ideas and written scripts that have been transformed into exciting and innovative media productions, including short dramas, documentaries, 2D and 3D animations, website design, photographic portfolios and interactive media projects. There will be regular screenings of work and students will be available throughout the exhibition.
Find out more about Creative Digital Media students’ work by visiting
South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, D24

Glitch Digital Arts Festival 2015 at Rua Red, Tallaght

29 May to  6 June 2015 | Opening  Fri 29 May  6pm
Curated by Ciara Scanlan and  Matthew Nevin of MART, Ireland’s only Interactive Digital Arts Festival returns to Rua Red for a 5th year.

Glitch presents a week long interactive digital festival exploring the use of both old and new technologies to investigate the influence of technology within space. Glitch 2015 features:
Adam Gibney, Anne Cleary & Denis Connolly, Bonnie Begusch, Brian Duggan, Cecily Brennan, David Stalling, Jonathan Mayhew, Katherine Nolan, Louise Brady, Marie Farrington, Mark Clare, Sam Jury, Stephanie Golden & Moya Clarken, Steven Maybury, Homebeat, Square in the Circle and Jennie Taylor with more to be announced.

Glitch 2015 is housed both in RUA RED and MART galleries and will feature interactive visual and sound artworks that will encourage the audience to engage and experiment with altered technologies.

For a full breakdown of festival events see and

Mary Burke at The Front Room, UCD

House Portraits
Saturday 30 May – Friday 10 July 2015 | Opening Friday May 29th 6.30 pm
Open Mon-Fri 8am – 6pm

Visual artist Mary Burke has made a series of paintings of the homes of ten families in the Jobstown area of Tallaght west. The families agreed to have their homes photographed by the artist to use as source material for a series of paintings. The completed paintings form a touring exhibition produced with Tallaght Community Arts.
The Front Room, UCD School of Architecture,University College Dublin, Richview, Belfield, Dublin 4 (Access from Clonskeagh Road, Dublin 14)
Further information:
E: [email protected]

Group Exhibition at Taylor Galleries, Dublin 2

Off The Rack
until 13 June 2015
Taylor Galleries is delighted to present Off The Rack, an exhibition of works in a variety of media currently in stock by gallery artists. Specially chosen from the gallery’s storerooms by gallery director John Taylor, the show features work by over fifteen artists represented by the gallery.

Selected artists include Charles Tyrrell, Martin Gale, Janet Mullarney, Colin Harrison, Patricia Burns, Brian Bourke, David Quinn, Seán McSweeney, Pat Harris, Denis Farrell, James O’Connor, John Doherty, Mary Lohan, Michael Cullen, William Crozier and Patrick Scott, amongst others.

Portrait of Ranelagh at Ranelagh Arts Centre, Dublin 6

Thursday 28th May to Saturday 14th June 2015
A Dublin village celebrates its history and citizens past and present. The Ranelagh Arts Centre will proudly host an exhibition celebrating Ranelagh’s rich history. Items on show will include archive photographs and documents, along with paintings and other works of art.
Ranelagh Arts Centre, 26 Ranelagh, Dublin 6.

Dragana Jurisic at ArtBox, Dublin 1

100 Muses
29  May to 27 June | Opening : Thursday 28 May

100 Muses is an initial chapter in a larger body of work titled My Own Unknown. With this project artist Dragana Jurisic explores the John Keats statement; ‘beauty is truth, truth beauty – that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know’.

My initial questioning of this statement took me to Paris to commence an exploration on L’Inconnue de la Seine, the name given to a young woman whose body was allegedly recovered from the River Seine and whose death mask was cast in a bid to identify her. Her serene and quiet beauty became a muse for artists such as Man Ray, Albert Camus, Anais Nin and many others, who projected imagined identities on this drowned Mona Lisa. The idea of the muse often evokes images of a male artist and a passive female muse. The two main job requirements for a muse are beauty and mystery; hardly a job for a feminist, or is it? The female muse is often depicted as nude in visual art. And in turn the nude – one of the biggest clichés of Western art tradition, is a genre predominantly inhabited by male artists.

At the beginning of April 2015, Jurisic began the task of photographing 100 female nudes over a period of five weeks in order to explore what happens when a female artist looks at female body. What are the characteristics of the female gaze? What happens once 100 women respond to the open call of being photographed nude? Once in the artist’s studio, they are given two props: A chair and a veil. How do they utilise these props? To show, or hide their bodies.
3 James Joyce Street, Dublin 1

Artist Oil Colours, Free Demonstration at Kennedy Art Studios, Dublin 2

Friday 22 May 22  10:30 am to 12:30 pm

In partnership with Michael Harding Handmade Artist Oil Colours we are delighted to welcome Michael to our studios to give a demonstration and host a talk about his wonderful colours. This session last approximately 1.5 to 2 hours and accommodates the artist’s desire for deeper discussion as requested on; pigments, oils, consistency, suggested uses, toxicity and safety. This free event is geared for the artist who is interested in understanding why the quality of art materials used is important to the value of their painting.

While this event is free registration is required as places are limited.
Further information and to book:
T: 01 475 1749
12 Harcourt, Dublin 2

Moving Bodies Butoh & Live Art Festival at MART

27 – 30 May
MART Gallery, 109a Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Moving Bodies Butoh & Live Art Festival performances will take place 27th-30th May at the MART Gallery, with workshops taking place 24th May-1st of June in DanceHouse and other venues.

Dublin’s fourth annual Butoh festival is delighted to be bringing globally renowned Butoh masters to the city this May, who will be appearing alongside performance artists residing in Ireland. Japanese Butoh artists Natsuko Kono, Yumiko Yoshioka & Ken Mai feature in the programme, as do multidisciplinary artist Fergus Byrne and performance artist Eleanor Lawler, amongst others.

For further info: Tel: +353864054529 Email: [email protected]

Leah Smith Outside Store Street Garda Station, Dublin 1

Navigating the Public Space: Presence
Friday 29 May 2015, 11am
Outside Store Street Garda Station, Dublin 1
The third and final performance of the three part series Navigating the Public Space by Leah Smith will be performed using the curtain, the public space and chalk to create a piece that deals with the power of presence and the passing on of responsibility. The object, that’s contents was formed in Connolly Station and molded in the Eileen McLouglin Park will be transformed into a tool that allows the public to take ownership of it. This performance will be a symbol of passing on the responsibility of creating art from one to another, outside of the gallery. Leah has been mentored in this performance artist by Ciara McKeon.

Leah Smith was the winner of Talbot Gallery & Studios Most Promising Graduate Award 2014 for her performance piece at IADT graduate exhibition. As part of her residency Leah’s performance project will take place in three different locations forming a triangle around the gallery, in doing so bringing art into the public space.

Please email for further images [email protected]

IFI & Experimental Film Club: ZORNS LEMMA

May 26th at 6.30pm
IFI, Temple Bar, 6 Eustace St, Dublin, Co. Dublin City

We are delighted to welcome Daniel Fitzpatrick, Aoife Desmond, Alan Lambert and Alice Butler of EFC for a post-screening discussion on Zorns Lemma as well as looking at EFC’s legacy to date and its possible futures.

About the film:
“Imagine an eye unruled by man-made laws of perspective, an eye unprejudiced by compositional logic, an eye which does not respond to the name of everything but which must know each object encountered in life through an adventure of perception” – Stan Brakhage.

To mark their 50th programme, the Experimental Film Club highlight the work of Hollis Frampton. Frampton remains a highly influential figure in terms of both his filmmaking and his writings and Zorns Lemma (1970) is a truly seminal work. As Brakhage once noted, Frampton “strains cinema through language” and by doing so radically expands our understanding of cinema and its potential.

Paola Catizone and Fiona Quilligan at The Back Loft

Converge Diverge
26 – 29 May
The Back Loft, St Augustine Lane, off Thomas Street, Dublin 8
Performances: 26, 27 and 28 of May at 8pm
Admission: €10 (€5 concession)
Exhibition viewing hours: 27, 28, 29 of May from 10am to 2pm

Visual artist Paola Catizone in collaboration with choreographer Fiona Quilligan will continue their inter disciplinary conversation around drawing, installation dance and performance.

Closing Event: 29th of May from 5pm. |


Refract Contemporary Glass Design at City Hall, Waterford City

28th May to 19th September 2015
Monday to Friday 10am to 4.30pm
Curated by Róisín de Buitléar

As a part of the Waterford the Glass City festival and ID2015 Celebrating the Year of Design in Ireland, Refract will present the work of twenty glass designers from Britain, Czech Republic, Columbia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, and the USA. Featuring work by François Azambourg, Thibaut Allgayer, Vic Bamforth, Juli Bolanos, Mark Braun, CIAV, Mendel Heit, John Kiley, Krista Isreal, Lucie Koldova, Malfatti Glass, Camilla Moberg, Ingrid Ruegemer, Studio BrichetZiegler, Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert, Sarah Wiberley, Nocc, V8 Designers and Heikki Viinikainen.

Waterford City, renowned the world over for its luxurious crystal treasures, is about to embark on a new voyage in glass design. This summer, Waterford City Hall will host an exciting exhibition of captivating, contemporary glass objects. This exhibition will showcase top international glass design including lighting, tableware, and vessels, showing innovations in design directions and in glass production. Set in the beautiful City Hall on Waterford’s Mall the exhibition is open to the public, . Design concepts in glass to be seen include; crystal clouds, slung capsule lamps, translucent touchable fur, and vase that tells a story. The underlying curatorial theme of this exhibition is how traditional glassmaking techniques have been reinterpreted to create new contexts for objects in glass.
City Hall, The Mall Waterford City…/Waterford-The-Glass-City

WIT Graduate Show 2015

Opening: 29 May at 7pm
Waterford Institute of Technology, College Street Campus (Good Shepherd)
Opening times 10am – 5pm, closed at 4pm on Friday 5th of June.

The staff and students of Waterford Institute of Technology, Department of Creative and Performing Arts, invite you to a preview of The Art & Design Degree Show 2015 at 7pm on Friday 29th of May in the College Street Campus (Good Shepherd).

The show will be opened by Mr. Conor Nolan, Waterford City Arts Officer. The show will be open to the public from 2nd June to the 5th of June, 2015.

25th Anniversary Exhibition by Backwater Artists Group, CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork

Silver Part 1 25th Anniversary Exhibition by Backwater Artists Group
29 May to  20 June | Opening 6pm Thursday 28th May
10am-6pm Monday to Saturday, 2pm-5pm Sunday

Silver is the first in a series of exhibitions that are running to mark the 25 year anniversary of Backwater Artists Studios. Based in the heart of Cork City, the organisation is one of the major artist studio groups in the country, providing secure workspace to established and emerging artists.

Members work is represented here in various disciplines, from print and painting through to sculpture and multimedia/photography resulting in a vibrant contemporary mix.

Exhibiting artists are David Barrett, Lucy Buckley, Lorraine Cooke, Ciarán Cronin, Billy Dante, Cassandra Eustace, Megan Eustace, Dominic Fee, Tracy Fitzgerald, Eileen Healy, Kevin Holland, Deirdre Hurley, Fionnuala Kelly, John Kent, Susanne Leutenegger, Roisin Lewis, Peter Martin, Donna McNamara , Éilis Ní Fhaoláin, Deirdre O’Brien, Helen O ‘Keefe, Susan O’Leary, Ben Reilly, Chris Samuels, Blessing Sanyanga, Angie Shanahan, Luke Sisk, Darn Thorn, Femke Vandenberg and Norma Walsh.

Backwater Artists Group was founded in 1990 by graduates of the Crawford College of Art and Design. They provide safe and secure studio space for artists wishing to remain and work in Cork city. The group studios are located in the Wandesford Quay complex along with Cork Printmakers & CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, between Sharman Crawford Street and Clarke’s Bridge. There are a total of 27 studios, 21 of which are Painting/Mixed Media and 6 Sculpture.

CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery
E: [email protected]
T: 021-4335210

Ramon Kassam at Limerick City Gallery of Art

Until 10 July 2015
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10-5.30;
Thursday 10-8; Saturday 10-5.30; Sunday 12-5.30.
Closed on Public & Bank Holidays

Gallery is an exhibition of recent work at Limerick City Gallery of Art by Limerick-born artist Ramon Kassam. Paintings form the basis of his practice and incorporate various motifs in their often ruthless and labored construction. The works in this exhibition re-connect with the concept of the artist as creative subject, combining the thematic of the artist’s workspace (canvas, studio, gallery and urban environment) with formal and conceptual references to the autonomous reality of modernist abstraction.

The paintings are the result of an intuitive reshuffling and re-contextualisation of studio materials, art histories, biographical elements and formal structures. They relate to one another through an invented narrative centered around an artist’s supposed activities, environment and viewpoints. The paintings are intended to act as both the documentation and result of this hypothetical narrative. These compositions of invented spaces, viewpoints, paintings and actions, owe much of their painterly gesture to Kassam’s cut and paste approach to absorb and refract the abstract surface quality of the urban environment, particularly that of his hometown of Limerick City. He likens urban surroundings and experiences to physically living within a painting, citing the haphazard combinations of artificial colour, texture, form and narrative on any given streetscape as part of his concept. This combined with his appreciation for modernist abstracted painterly language informs much of his aesthetic. Colour and form are erratically combined to create visual arrangements and give birth to, or alter narrative. Canvases are often cropped, flipped, stitched together or glued, and can incorporate various studio materials such as tape, paper, wood, tacks, etc. These processes and concepts are intended to provide multiple readings of the work, but ultimately aim to connect to painting’s visual tradition, and the physical and psychological landscape of Kassam’s world.

Further information
[email protected]
[email protected]


Sue Morris at Verbal Arts Centre, Derry-Londonderry

Out of Truth
1 June to 1 July 2015
Mon to Thurs 9am to 5.30pm, Fri 9am to  4pm
Sue Morris exhibits mixed media work exploring language and power produced while on residence at the Trukimuuseum, Tartu, Estonia.
Verbal Arts Centre, Stable Lane, Derry-Londonderry, Tel 028 7126 6946


Caroline Pugh and Arif Ayab at PS2, Belfast

Performing Identity
18 to 30 May 2015 | Performance  Friday, 29 May, 6pm
Performing Identity is a project about different cultures of performing: from physical and ritual to musical and gestural. Sound produced through voice, instruments or noise, is the dominant medium of expression for the two artists Caroline Pugh, Belfast and Arif Ayab, Singapore. After a 2 week residency in the Guesthouse in Cork, where the two performers got to know and learn from each other and where they started to produce new work, they now spend the next two weeks in Belfast. What happens can be seen and heard in PS²- if you get close.

Video Artists at Catalyst Arts, Belfast

28 May 2015  6 to 9pm
Catalyst Arts presents Belfast’s first BYOB – Bring Your Own Beamer Night

As part of Generate – our month long programme providing opportunities for emerging artists – Catalyst will open its doors to  at all stages of their careers for one night only. All are invited to take part by bringing a projector and beaming their work on the wall, ceiling or floor of the gallery.

BYOB is a series of one night events invented by Rafaël Rozendaal that happen all over the world. The night is a way of showcasing literally everyone’s current digital media visual arts practice, and highlights our current aspect of screen viewing. The idea brings the online seclusion of many video artists right out of the internet and into the gallery space.

If you would like to be involved in Catalyst’s BYOB, please register at [email protected]

You will then be invited to install your video at Catalyst Arts Gallery between 11-4pm, 28th May

You will need:
– A projector
– Input device & video file
– Headphones (if sound is required)
– Extension cable

Book Launch at Belfast Exposed | After the Agreement – Contemporary Photography in Northern Ireland

Thurs May 28, 6.30pm
Belfast Exposed, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2FF

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 Darren Newbury, Professor of Photographic History in the College of Arts and Humanities, University of Brighton.


Kathryn Crowley at the ?ontas Arts Centre

May Be
11 May – 18 June
?ontas Arts Centre, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan
Open to the public daily from 9am – 9pm Monday to Friday

May Be is a collection of paintings, photographs, drawings and writing by Irish artist Kathryn Crowley. Describing herself as a creative, Kathryn Crowley spent her early years in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. She has always expressed herself visually, through drawing, painting, collage, photography and sculpture. A passionate facilitator, Kathryn has received awards both in Ireland and from the French government for her environmental art and multicultural projects under the banner of ‘Anois Art’. Kathryn has exhibited 34 times all over Ireland, as well as organising many group shows. Now 40 years young, she balances her music and art-making with yoga teaching. This is Kathryn’s first time exhibiting and working in the border counties and north of Ireland.

Further information Contact: 0429753400


David Begley in Drawing 2015 at Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Wales

until June 20
David Begley’s charcoal animation Seed is featured in Drawing 2015. The exhibition focuses on artists using drawing as a primary method. The exhibition includes artists Anna Barratt, David Begley, Helen Booth, Kelly Best, Julia Griffiths Jones, Robert McPartland, Anne-Mie Melis, Abigail Sidebotham and Stephanie Tuckwell.
Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen, Wales

Group Exhibition at the Delfina Foundation, London

Stirring the Pot of Story: Food, History, Memory
Until 13 June 2015
Opening times: Mon – Sat, 11:00 – 18:00
Curated by: Nat Muller; Participating artists: Cooking Sections (UK), Leone Contini (IT), Mella Jaarsma (NL/IDN), Christine Mackey (IRL), Mounira Al Solh (LB/NL), Raul Ortega Ayala (MX).

Stirring the Pot of Story explores how power relations have shaped how and what we eat by looking at individual and collective memories of food in written and unwritten histories. The title is borrowed from J.R.R. Tolkien’s concept of the “Pot of Story”, the idea that story begets story. World events, issues of governance, class, identity, geography, nationhood, and gender are all brought to the boil in the cauldron of food politics. The exhibition focuses on the direct link between power and the control of food. It rethinks narratives of the past such as colonialism, war and migration, and how these continue to inform our relationship to food in our current social and political contexts.

Dutch-Indonesian artist Mella Jaarsma looks at the colonial history of the Dutch tea trade in the East Indies. Lebanese artist Mounira Al Solh offers an intimate account of food, war and desire during the Lebanese civil war, while Irish artist Christine Mackey pays homage to an Irish pea that was repatriated from Russia back to Ireland.
In newly commissioned works Italian artist Leone Contini looks at the iconography of Italian food cans of WWI, and the London-based collective Cooking Sections research how the foodways of the British Empire resonate with mobility and bio-warfare today. Raul Ortega Ayala constructs a Tower of Babel of fat and bones, an apt metaphor for the ruin and decay of our times.

This exhibition is part of The Politics of Food (Season 2): Sex, Diet & Disaster.
29 Catherine Place, Victoria, London SW1E 6DY, United Kingdom
+44 20 7233 5344

Samuel Walsh at NordArt 2015, Büdelsdorf, Germany

7th June to the 4th October 2015

Mid-West based artist Samuel Walsh is the only Irish representative in NordArt in Büdelsdorf, Germany this year. Just one of 250 artists selected out of a submission of almost 3,000 International artists.  Five large paintings by Samuel Walsh have been selected for the exhibition which last year was visited by 70,000 people in the five month run of the show. NordArt is the largest annual exhibition of contemporary art in Europe.
Büdelsdorf, Germany

Damien Flood at Grey Noise, Dubai

Infinite Plane
25 May – 30 June
Grey Noise, Dubai

Guy, Lovers, Corset, from Flood’s verbal leg-ups we find purchase on the painted stuff that make up the artist’s very own cosmology. Deliberate squiggles drawn with the tip of a loaded paint brush give definition, perform perspective leaps, and knit the marvellous matter of Flood’s nebulous universe together. We maybe underwater, in a dream, or wandering across the cornea of something other? Whatever the lens these freshly discovered new geographies challenge the capacity of the mind’s eye to construct a safe vantage point from which to begin looking, anew.

For his exhibition at Grey Noise, Damien Flood undertook a two-week research trip to Dubai and the surrounding areas of Sharjah and the cost of Oman. This trip formed a starting point for the paintings in Infinite Plane. Flood documented his time through drawing, photography and text, in particular examining the juxtaposition of the newly built landscape with the enveloping historical areas. The paintings tow a line between abstract and figurative, at points becoming artefacts of his journey or records of witnessed events. The work offers the viewer a mood and feeling of the landscape while delving into the psychology of being a spectator in a new land.

This exhibition was made possible by the kind support of the Arts Council of Ireland, Elizabeth Fitzpatrick Travel Award and Culture Ireland. |