St Patrick's Day Parade Askeaton Contemporary Arts

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Askeaton Contemporary Arts

St Patrick's Day Parade Askeaton Contemporary
St Patrick’s Day Parade Askeaton Contemporary Arts

It’s been a busy week for Askeaton Contemporary Arts, who since 2006 have been commissioning, producing and exhibiting contemporary art in the small town of Askeaton in County Limerick.  An annual residency programme entitled Welcome to the Neighbourhood situates Irish and international artists in the midst of Askeaton each summer, and during the year curator Michele Horrigan puts together other events and exhibitions, such as the annual entry into the Askeaton St. Patrick’s Day parade. This year was the turn of artist Susan MacWilliam. From their website,

For many years, MacWilliam has explored cases of paranormal and perceptual phenomena through her video works and installations. Her project, IC ITE OID, develops from her recent residency in Askeaton and interweaves elements of Aldous Huxley’s seminal 1954 novel The Doors of Perception with accounts of the Limerick Meteorite Fall of 1813.



“Yesterday morning about nine o’clock, there was most dreadful thunder heard in the direction from Patrick’s Well, towards Adare and Rathkeale, in this County; the peals were very violent and continued for a considerable time, and were accompanied with some awful appearances –large fragments of atmospheric stones, and other circumstances, which indicated some very serious concussion to have taken place.” – The Limerick Chronicle, Saturday September 11, 1813

Other plans have also been announced for the coming months for an exhibition by Allan Hughes and this year’s residents of Welcome to the Neighbourhood 2015,

It is going to be a busy next few months here in the tourist office. First we have Allan Hughes installation in our upstairs gallery space. Allan Hughes was with us in 2011. His work is going to run until the end of May. In June Askeaton Civic Trust will be hosting a local art exhibition which will be curated by Anita Guinane. In July we have the 10th edition of Askeaton Contemporary Arts, Welcome to the Neighbourhood, curated by Michele Horrigan.

Askeaton Contemporary Arts are pleased to announce our resident artists for Welcome to the Neighbourhood 2015. For our tenth edition Sam Keogh(London), Deirdre O’Mahony (Clare), Quim Packard (Barcelona) and Maya Schweizer (Berlin) will be in residence in Askeaton from July 12th until July 25th. Keep an eye on our website for updates on our public events…(via their Facebook)
The Bush of Ghosts Niall de Buitlear(image via Pallas Projects/Studios)

Niall de Buitlear at Pallas Projects/Studios

This week’s recommended exhibition is Niall de Buitlear’s new solo work being shown at Pallas Projects/Studios, Beneath That Darkness There Was Another, which opens this evening at 6pm and runs until 11 April. From the press release:

 Beneath That Darkness There Was Another is a exhibition of painting, sculpture and laser-engraved panels. The exhibition continues the artist’s ongoing development of a personal abstract vocabulary while introducing new media and materials. The works have been developed through the layering and accumulation of simple forms into more complex constructions.

Drawing and the use of line is central to the exhibition which involves a flow back and forth between the two dimensional and three dimensional, the handmade and the digital. Ideas developed in one medium evolve into another.

The exhibition is the first time the artist will exhibit a collection of paintings. In this work paint has been used to develop the artist’s drawing practice adding new aspects of texture and depth. The paintings avoid colour to focus on tone, form, texture and layering. While the sculptures aspire to a sense of completeness through the use of systems and geometric forms. More recent paintings have allowed for a more expansive approach.

More here


Exhibitions opening this week

Bryan Gerard Duffy at The Hyde Bridge Gallery

24 March – 4 April
The Hyde Bridge Gallery, Yeats Memorial Building, Sligo

The Hyde Bridge Gallery Sligo will open a unique exhibition featuring the new work of Irish-born artist Bryan Gerard Duffy on March 24th, on view until April 4th.

Sharing its name with W.B. Yeats’ poem, The Fool by the Roadside is a compilation of works featuring drawings from the innards of an Israeli Army tank to a video dissecting the landscapes and harsh realities of two Palestinian communities in the West Bank.

In addition, the exhibition will be supported by a number of installation works, photography and line drawings investigating Irelands relationship with “The Holyland”.

Harnessing Creativity – Expanding Territories Exhibition at Leitrim Sculpture Centre

Friday 13th March – Friday 27th March
Leitrim Sulpture Centre, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim.

Over 30 creatives from the North West will present innovative new products and services ranging from Architecture, Film, Fashion, Product Design, Fine Art, Leisure Activities, Music and much more.


‘Performance Art in Ireland: A History’ | Book Launch at Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Galway

Thursday 26th March 2015 at 6pm

Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Middle Street, Galway

With presentations by Áine Phillips, James Harold and Galway based artists featured in the book


Spring Group Exhibition at Sol Art

Opening on Thursday March 26th
Artist Talk and Wine Reception, 6-8pm.
Exhibition runs until April 12th.

Spring Group Exhibition –  introducing exciting new artists Daniel Bourke, Paul Christopher Flynn, Oisín Roche, David Uda, (Duda) and Dave West.

Gabrielle Bishop at the Toradh Gallery

24 March – 14 April | Opening: 24 March at 7pm
Toradh Gallery, Ashbourne Library & Cultural Centre, Ashbourne, Co. Meath

Meath County Council Arts Office is delighted to present Phaenomena by Gabrielle Bishop in the Toradh Gallery, Ashbourne Library & Cultural Centre, Ashbourne, Co. Meath. The exhibition will be opened at 7pm on Tuesday 24th March 2015. All welcome.

Gabrielle Bishop graduated in History at the University of Sussex and completed her training in Stained Glass in London and Barcelona. She has worked in museums and stained glass studios in England and Spain. Now living in Westport, Gabrielle, since graduating with distinction in Fine Art from the GMIT 2013, has exhibited at the Linenhall, the Hyde Bridge Gallery, the Stronach Gallery, and the Claremorris Open 2014. She was awarded the Linenhall Medal and her work is in both public and private collections. Her paintings reflect her background in history and stained glass with time, materials and environment being key to her work, along with themes of colour, light and transformation. This is her first solo exhibition.

With reference to the ancients, the exhibition takes its name from Aratus’ poem describing constellations and weather lore, and connects with the megalithic builders of the Boyne Valley and beyond whose practice was to observe and register the solar and stellar movements of the celestial sphere.

Phaenomena runs until April 14th 2015.


RHA Artists at dlr LexIcon Municipal Gallery

Friday 27 March – Saturday 9 May
Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Carey Clarke PPRHA, John Coyle RHA, Melanie le Brocquy HRHA, George Potter RHA & Imogen Stuart RHA

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is delighted to present Aitiuil, a group exhibition exploring the work of five eminent members of the Royal Hibernian Academy, all of whom have a connection with Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County. The artists, now all senior academicians in their seventies and eighties, include former RHA President Carey Clarke PPRHA; Professor of Painting John Coyle RHA; Professor of Sculpture Imogen Stuart RHA; George Potter RHA; and Honorary member Melanie le Brocquy HRHA.

The exhibition programme, in the Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon, will open on Friday 27 March and run until Saturday 9 May 2015 and is curated by Tara Murphy, Director of Solomon Fine Art, Dublin.

The Gallery Learning Programme will offer opportunities for visitors to explore and engage with the artworks on show, through a series of talks and workshops.

Aitiuil will present key early, mid-career and late works from each of the artists’ oeuvres, offering the audience unique and often intimate insights into the lives and creative minds of these five distinguished artists – all of whom have chosen Dun Laoghaire and its environs as a place to settle down and work in.

For further information or hi-res images please contact Ciara King, Assistant Arts Office-Arts Programme Development, dlr Arts Office, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

Email: [email protected] Phone: (01) 236 2757

‘The Beholder’s Share’ Exhibition at Project Spaces, IMMA

The Beholder’s Share
26 March – 26 April | Thursday 26 March, 6.00 – 8.00pm | The exhibition will be officially opened by Sarah Glennie, Director, IMMA.
Project Spaces, IMMA

The opening of The Beholder’s Share will include a performative lecture by Jane Locke at 7.00pm in the Project Spaces.

The Beholder’s Share examines unrealised and existing projects from the IMMA Collection. The focus of the exhibition is the role which the viewer can play in imaginatively completing an unrealised work. Exploring the documentation, stories and latent potential of projects by artists such as Joseph Beuys, Christo, William Furlong and Sol LeWitt, the show will also include selected unrealisable proposals by 4th year students from IADT’s BA in Visual Arts Practice. The Beholder’s Share is curated by students on the Art and Research Collaboration (ARC) MA programme at IADT in collaboration with the IMMA National Programme.

The exhibition continues until 26 April 2015.

‘PORTFOLIO: Glass’ | Group Exhibition at Solomon Fine Art

20 March – 16 May
Solomon Fine Art, Balfe Street, Dublin 2

From Friday 20 March to Saturday 16 May, Solomon Fine Art, in conjunction with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI), Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) and The Doyle Collection, are pleased to host an exhibition of Glass by Ireland’s most renowned artists and makers. PORTFOLIO: Glass will be held in the stunning new 60m2 gallery space, located at the main entrance to the Westbury Hotel and Westbury Mall on Balfe Street, just a few steps from Solomon Fine Art’s existing gallery and a stone’s throw from Grafton Street. PORTFOLIO: Glass will present over 60 innovative artworks by twenty highly regarded glass artists, working in a centuries-old continuum.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Scott Benefield, Emma Bourke, Edmond Byrne, Sean Campbell, Debbie Dawson, Róisín de Buitléar, Karen Donnellan, Alva Gallagher, Karl Harron, Catherine Keenan, Peadar Lamb, Alison Lowry, Michael Ray, Louise Rice, Killian Schurmann, Andrea Spencer, Paula Stokes, Catherine Wilcoxson / Danuna Glass and Peter Young.

John Short at Solomon Fine Art

SCENES FROM LIFE: Recent Sketchbooks, Paintings and Sculptures
20 March – 18 April
Solomon Fine Art, Balfe Street, Dublin 2

From 20 March to 18 April 2015 Solomon Fine Art is delighted to host a solo exhibition of new works by the Dublin-based Scottish artist JOHN SHORT. John joined the Solomon stable in 2011 and this is his first, and highly anticipated, solo exhibition with the gallery.

The show will include his iconic large-scale watercolours of the landmark Forty Foot bathing spot near James Joyce’s Martello Tower in Sandycove, as well as numerous paintings from his travels to Australia, China and Morocco. He is also exhibiting framed pages from his wonderful travel sketchbooks and a series of quirky 3D sculptures in cardboard and acrylic resin. As an artist who enjoys experimenting and exploring with non-traditional methods of image making, John Short’s paintings embrace the contemporary while showing great respect for traditional drawing skills. Essentially he works in watercolour, but likes to explore many different effects with other materials such as acrylic ink, salt (for texture) and photo transfer. He enjoys creating a tension between the sharp areas of focus, the realistic and semi-photographic image and the fluid, more intuitive and less defined areas. John contributes to the feeling of spontaneity and immediacy by carefully considering his composition and often taking an unusual or unexpected view of his subject.

‘The Macabre Gallery Show’ I Group Exhibition at GalleryX

The Macabre Gallery Show
27 March – 1 May | Opening: 26 March
GalleryX, 3 Herbert Street, Dublin 2

GalleryX was founded just last year with the promise to fill a void in the Irish gallery scene by showcasing art that challenges our ideas of beauty, of right and wrong, of appropriateness.

Its third show, organised in cooperation with international curators The Macabre Gallery, brings together a set of outstanding artists – most of whom are at their Irish debut – that are active in “dark fine art”. The exhibition opens on Friday 27th March, with a preview on the 26th and will be available for viewing until May 1st.

Dark or macabre art is art that speaks to our innermost side by evoking our most hidden feelings. Often mixing together sensual and religious imagery, or playing with the beauty of death, it creates a sense of unease as it simultaneously attracts and repulses the viewer.

The show opening at the end of March was co-organised with the Macabre Gallery, an online information source and gallery based in Spain.

Niall de Buitlear at Pallas Projects/Studios

Beneath That Darkness There Was Another
25 March – 11 April | Opening: 25 March at 6pm
Pallas Projects/Studios, 115–117 The Coombe, Dublin 8
Gallery times: Thursday–Saturday, 12–6pm

Beneath That Darkness There Was Another is a exhibition of painting, sculpture and laser-engraved panels. The exhibition continues the artist’s ongoing development of a personal abstract vocabulary while introducing new media and materials. The works have been developed through the layering and accumulation of simple forms into more complex constructions.

Drawing and the use of line is central to the exhibition which involves a flow back and forth between the two dimensional and three dimensional, the handmade and the digital. Ideas developed in one medium evolve into another.

The exhibition is the first time the artist will exhibit a collection of paintings. In this work paint has been used to develop the artist’s drawing practice adding new aspects of texture and depth. The paintings avoid colour to focus on tone, form, texture and layering. While the sculptures aspire to a sense of completeness through the use of systems and geometric forms. More recent paintings have allowed for a more expansive approach.

Liam Kelly at Gallery 27

26 –  31 March  1 – 5.30pm | Opening 26 March 6pm
Under an Achill Sky

Sculptor and Photographer, Liam Kelly will showcase a selection of his Bogwood sculptures along with accompanying photographs in his first solo Dublin exhibition, curated by Tony Strickland. The opening speaker will be Sean Molloy, Achill Tourism Manager.

27 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2
Further information:
E: [email protected]


INEX Group Exhibition at MART

Tuesday 24 – 29 of March, 1pm to 6pm | Thursday 26 of March 18.30 to 20.30

INEX is a group of mainly Dublin based contemporary artists disciplined in various media, painting, drawing, sculpture, audio and video. Having exhibited both individually and within group shows in Ireland and abroad, INEX was formed to allow the participating artists to explore shared ideas. Curated by Lynda Phelan, artists include Paula Dunne, Mags O Dea, Bonnie Kavanagh, Serena Kitt, PilibmacanBháird, Marie Morrow, Deborah Hewson, Nick Bayne, Frances O’ Dwyer, Mette Roche, Ken Rooney and Gay Brabazon.
190a Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Eat Your Children: Film by Treasa O’Brien and Mary Jane O’Leary

Sunday 22 March at 2pm
Screen Cinema, D’Olier Street, Dublin

Eat your children
A film about Ireland, austerity and daring to dissent

Premiering at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, Eat Your Children is nominated for a CineTalent Award. Made by Treasa O’Brien and Mary Jane O’Leary, the film is a road trip around Ireland trying to understand the crisis of the last few years and attitudes to protest and civil disobedience in Ireland. Finding more than a financial crisis; there is a crisis of identity and a crisis of governance. The film swerves away from the road trip into essay montage and delves into the history of protest in Ireland and tries to understand our present culture.

Screenings at:
Irish Film Institute, Dublin on 12 April
Limerick Spring Festival of Politics and Ideas on 17 April
Belfast Film Festival on 19 April

JDIFF Screening bookings on 22 March, Click Here

Kathrine Geoghegan at Signal Arts Centre

Exhibition of works by Kathrine Geoghegan
Well-known & well-loved biologist, environmental consultant, radio/TV presenter and educator Eanna ni Lamhna will be opening the exhibition on Thursday 2nd April 2015, 7-9pm
Duration: Monday 30 March – Sunday 12 April 2015

Signal Arts Centre is delighted to be exhibiting works by talented artist Kathrine Geoghegan.

The importance of nature and habitat has informed Geoghegan’s newest body of work. She has developed a process using organic materials such as native grasses, foliage and plants working together with acrylic spray paint.

Group Exhibition by INEX at MART

ECLIPSE – A Group Exhibition by INEX
Curated by Lynda Phelan
The MART Gallery, 190a Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6
24 – 29 March 2015 | 1 – 6:30pm
Opening: 26 March | 6 – 8:30pm

Paula Dunne, Mags O Dea, Bonnie Kavanagh, Serena Kitt, Pilib Mac An Bháird, Marie Morrow, Deborah Hewson, Nick Bayne, Frances O’ Dwyer, Mette Roche, Ken Rooney and Gay Brabazon

Email: [email protected]

Two Exhibitions with Glasheen Art Studio Program at the Sirius Arts Centre

Generation & People-Tools-Cities
26 March – 26 April | Opening: 26 March at 7pm
Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork

Both shows open Thurs 26 March 7pm and run until Sun 26 April.

Generation is a public participation project with GASP (Glasheen Art Studio Program). The project invited people of varying ages to create works on the subject of age; the work of both children and older people will be presented together, portraying the curiosity and magic of childhood through to the experience of those in later years. The project provides opportunities for people from different generations to meet, interact and support each other’s creative process. The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of activities and workshops that will focus on process and build on this interaction. Generation is in collaboration with St Luke’s nursing home in Cork and Cork Educate Together National School.

People-Tools-Cities is the work of three artists from GASP who have been working in Cork city; each artist focusing on a chosen subject. Yvonne Condon considers the portrait, inspired by the black and white photographs of August Sander shown at Sirius in 2014. Idé Ní Shúilleábháin focuses on tools, influenced by Konrad Klapheck paintings, while Rosaleen Moore explores the city, observing buildings and painting from memory. There will be a number of additional events associated with this project. See Sirius website for further details.

GASP is developed through the COPE Foundations’ Arts Programme and is directed by Hermann Marbe. GASP artists are currently taking part in the COPE Foundations’ Arts Programme.

Darran McGlynn at Void Studios

You Are Here
21 February – 2 April
Void Studios, Void, Patrick Street, Derry, Co. Londonderry, BT48 7EL
11am-5pm, Tues – Fri or by appointment

A solo exhibition of works by conceptual artist Darran McGlynn, presented as a part of the Void Studio Programme. |

Derek Menary at McKenna Gallery

Recent Paintings And Drawings
21 March – 25 April
McKenna Gallery, 31 Castle Street, Omagh, Co. Tyrone

After several years in theatre and television which still remains a strong influence, Menary undertook a visual art/multimedia course at Dartington college of Arts, Devon followed by a course in education at Exeter University.

In the 70s and early 80s his work was mostly assemblage involving a cross media approach.

In the mid 80s he started to experiment with paint and drawing tools. This has become in recent years his primary form of expression.

Ideas and concepts still remain his starting points, and not the traditional visual beginning. ‘Visual’ becomes the form of expression.

Bea McMahon at CCA Derry

28 March – 16 May | Opening: 28 March at 7pm
Centre for Contemporary Art, 10-12 Artillery Street., Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6RG

CCA presents BOM, a new exhibition by Amsterdam-based Irish artist Bea McMahon. The exhibition features performance, video, sculpture, and drawing works, many of which are being presented for the first time.

The works in BOM have their beginnings in the artist’s recent experience of searching for wolves in the French mountains with a camera. Although wolves are not directly represented in the exhibition, both the experience of anticipating their encounter and the mythological history of these animals serve as structuring principles for the artworks. These works include a Super 8 film that repeatedly shows a reddened human ear that appears behind a veil of long hair, a sculpture that approximates a sheep, and a series of drawings that contain the letters that constitute the line ‘DOG LOVES PATRICK’.

Like the form of an ‘epistolary’ novel – similar in this sense to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, where the reader has to determine a phantom-being through a triangulation of voices, documents and correspondences – the works in BOM are held in a chorus of apprehension and fear. The wolf lurks at the edges of the exhibition, slipping between the frames of film reel and the utterances of language. It connects a range of references – from medieval folklore (the tale that if a wolf sees you first, you lose your ability to speak; if you see it first, it loses its animal power) – through to the Irish origins of the word ‘wolf’ (mac tíre) to denote ‘the son of the land’, reflecting its feral and territorial nature.

The exhibition opens on March 28 at 7pm, then continues until May 16. A public programme of related workshops, screenings and performances will accompany the exhibition. Please contact [email protected] for further information.

Margaret Harrison at the Golden Thread Gallery

We are Them, They are Us
26 March – 15 May 2015
Golden Thread Gallery, 84-94 Great Patrick Street, Belfast BT1 2LU

Golden Thread Gallery is delighted to present Margaret Harrison’s first solo exhibition in Ireland, We are Them, They are Us. Harrison is widely regarded as one of the most important artists of her generation and was awarded the prestigious Northern Art Prize in 2013. This exhibition will present several seminal works created at various stages of her career alongside a number of more recent pieces.

Born in Wakefield in 1940, Harrison has spent her career creating artwork that addresses political and societal concerns. Many of the themes explored in her work, (such as protest, land rights and contested space), will resonate with audiences in Northern Ireland. Harrison investigates these issues by examining events such as the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp and the colonisation of the Australian landscape.

In other works, Harrison questions issues of gender inequality and the objectification of women in popular culture. Hugh Hefner is reimagined as a Bunny Boy, posing provocatively in a corset, stockings and bunny ears. A man who has made millions through the objectification of women is, in turn, objectified.

As part of the exhibition, Margaret Harrison will join Prof Hilary Robinson, (Dean of the School of Art and Design, Middlesex University), in conversation at the gallery on Friday 27th March from 12.30 – 1.30 pm. All are welcome to attend. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.

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Michael Sheppard at Framewerk Gallery

History Objects
23 March – 13 April | Opening: 25 March at 6pm
Framewerk Gallery, 10 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast
Opening times 10.30am – 6pm Mon – Sat

History Objects presents Michael Sheppard’s ongoing work where he looks at the instability and transience of meaning within objects. Sheppard explores how objects have been repurposed over the course of their existence, of how time and slightest intervention changes the perception of such things. Using painting, photography and sculpture he investigates ways of re-viewing public monuments, advertising and ornamentation.

Paint is often applied to conceal information from appropriated or found sources as opposed to creating it, thus masking and abstracting from it’s original state. The history of the picture or object being changed though not fully erased.

Monuments are photographed as a record but also presented as banners for something else, that something is unknown and unspecified. |


Enda O’Donoghue in Group Exhibition at Pantocrátor Gallery, Shanghai

16 March – 3 April
Pantocrator Gallery, Shanghai. China, M50. Moghanshan Rd. Bld. 4B 105. 200060

A group exhibition featuring the work of Enda O’Donoghue will open at the Pantocrátor Gallery in Shanghai on Saturday, March 21st. The exhibition will run from March 16th to April 3rd.

Featuring artists: Anastasia Coyto (Spain), Anne Wölk (Germany), Enda O’Donoghue (Ireland), Pablo Lerma (Spain), Roland Darjes (Germany) |

Atsushi Kaga in Group Exhibition at Jack Hanley, New York

20 March – 19 April
Jack Hanley, 327 Broome Street, New York, NY 10002

Atsushi Kaga will have two large drawings in the show.

Atsushi Kaga is represented by Mother’s Tankstation.

Nadine Stewart at S0MA Gallery, Berlin

20 – 31 March 2015
S0MA Gallery, Liegnitzer Str. 34, 10999 Berlin

S0MA Gallery is pleased to announce the second solo exhibition by Berlin based Irish artist Nadine Stewart.

For this exhibition Nadine Stewart will present new works created during the residency at S0MA Gallery from November 2014 to March 2015 focusing on the intimacy of drawing and the art production process in a studio environment. The repetition of simple elements and a serialised use of the grid convey minimalist aesthetics and a disciplined structure in the creation of these new works. |