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What’s On | May

May is here and with it comes Summer and a whole lot to see and do in the Visual Arts scene in Ireland.


Limerick Printmakers are proud to exhibit ’16’, a box-set created by artists from four Irish print studios, informed & inspired by the centenary of the 1916 rising. Please join them for this exciting exhibition of diverse prints. 2016 marks the centenary of the 1916 rising and is a celebration of one of the most tumultuous rebellions in Irish history.

Curated by Jessie Malone in association with Cork Printmakers, sixteen members of Belfast Print Workshop, Black Church Print Workshop, Cork Printmakers and Limerick Printmakers have collaborated in the creation of a unique box-set of prints, in response to the Easter Rising, Limerick Printmakers are proud to exhibit ’16’, a box-set created by artists from four Irish print studios, informed & inspired by the centenary of the 1916 rising.

This exhibition opens from 6pm on Tuesday 3rd May in The Belltable, Limerick city.
Exhibition runs from Weds 4th May – Mon day 16th May inclusive.
Belltable opening hours: MondayFriday, 12pm5.30pm
The four exhibitions are on consecutively;
Cork – 21st April to 21st of May (possible venue Cork Vision Centre
Limerick – 28th April to 9th May ( venue the Bell Table)
Dublin – 12th May to 7th June (venue Black Church Print Studio)
Belfast – 2nd June to 2nd July ( venue Ulster Lyric Museum)
16 Group Show in the BellTable Limerick headstuff.org
16 Group Show in the BellTable Limerick


Thursday 5 May, 6pm

CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery would like to invite you to the opening reception of their upcoming exhibition, You Make Mine/I Make YoursThe participating artists will give a talk about the exhibition and their practice at 1.30pm on Thursday 5 May. All are welcome to attend and no booking is required.

Four members of Cork Printmakers collaborated with Ratamo Centre for Printmaking and Photography in Finland to produce work for the exhibition You Make Mine/I Make Yours. The show will open in CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery on Thursday 5 May and will then travel to Ratamo Galleria, in Jyväskylä, Finland. A collaborative project between contemporary printmakers based in Ireland and Finland, You Make Mine/ I Make Yours attempts to explore the creative process, questioning the progression from an initial concept to its final realisation. Preliminary proposals of work were exchanged; an engine cranked but with no set product, exposed sketches became blueprints to be constructed.The artists of Cork Printmakers, Ireland, Johnny Bugler, Conall Cary, Dominic Fee and Fiona Kelly have collaborated with Tuomas Hallivuo, Naoji Ishiyama, Aino Kaarina, Jyrki Markkanen of the Ratamo Centre for Printmaking and Photography, Finland.Within the creative mind, a new idea is akin to an engine, the cogs are cranked and turn, driven by the individual’s idiosyncratic assembly processes.

But what if the operators are switched; the keys have been turned but the driver’s chair is now occupied by another? The exhibition will travel to Ratamo Galleria, Jyväskylä, Finland where it will open in September 2016. This exhibition is kindly supported by Cork Printmakers, Ratamo Centre for Printmaking and Photography in Finland and CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery.Kind regards, Nicola Carragher CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery


You Make Mine/I Make Yours 2016 headstuff.org
You Make Mine/I Make Yours 2016


28 April – 25 September

What’s what in a Mirror? Precisely how does an institution like a museum locate itself in relation to history? Where is the visitor located in the celebration of historical events? Combining the pressures of commemoration and the contingencies of the contemporary, internationally acclaimed artist Liam Gillick invites the visitor to his exhibition at The Hugh Lane into a space of self-examination and reflection on the function of a museum. Gillick changes the traditional display format of an exhibition and shows work at various locations within the Gallery. The artist provides audiences with a moment’s reverie for the production of self-reflection and appraisal of the now. He asks what the apparatuses are bringing the remnants of the past into the present and bringing things of the present into the future. How has Irish identity stretched since the vision of Mise Éire of 1916? Who is contemporary Ireland commemorating the Rising?Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, Dublin
01 2225550 | [email protected] | www.hughlane.ie
Liam Gillick in the Hugh Lane Gallery headstuff.org
Liam Gillick in the Hugh Lane Gallery
4 – 16 May 2016 | Opening 3 May, 6pm
Framwerk, 10 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast‘Duppy Conquistador’ is a new selection of works by Belfast-based artist Benny Sweeney.
These pieces are part of the ‘Concordium’ series which the artist began whilst living in Madrid in 2012.Opening on 3rd May from 6pm. Music and refreshments provided by La Boeuf.
framewerkbelfast.com | Facebook Event
Benny Sweeney Framework Gallery HeadStuff.org
Benny Sweeney Framework Gallery
2 – 7 May 2016 | Opening 2 May, 6pm
MART Gallery, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6
Gallery 1: (evenings only) 7pm – 10pm daily
Gallery 2: 1 to 6pm daily
An offer can be defined as an expression of readiness to do or to give, or as the act of presenting something for potential acceptance or rejection. Sometimes, the gesture of offering is enough in itself, and more often, the line between giving and receiving is impossible to find. You are hereby offered a welcoming invitation to attend an exhibition of new work by Claire McCluskey. Developed for the experimental program at MART Gallery, Rathmines, this informal exhibition/performance/event is a testing ground for new approaches within McCluskey’s practice.Tea and cake, an environment for reflection, an occasional musical performance; these are all possible options for your consideration. It will also be worth noting what, if anything, you may be offering in return (and to whom?). Each evening, between the 2nd – 7th of May from around 7pm, you are welcome to join the artist in the gallery, to consider how offerings are made. Curated by Siobhán Mooney.
www.clairemccluskey.com |  www.mart.ie/portfoliosets/experiments/
Claire McCluskey Offer, MART Gallery headstuff.org
Claire McCluskey Offer, MART Gallery


28 April 2016 – 8 January 2017
IMMA – Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Military Rd, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
IMMA, as the national cultural institution for collecting modern and contemporary art, aims to acquire examples of the most significant Irish art of the day as well as key works by international artists many of whom have been part of the museum’s temporary exhibition and residency programmes. IMMA Collection: A Decade provides a snapshot of how the Collection has developed over the past 10 years in series of changing displays.
Works explore themes around memory, identity and place, questions of globalism, the environment and connectivity; from the local to the universal. Featured artists include Pierre Huyghe, Willie Doherty, Niamh O’Malley, Eva Rothschild, Dorothy Cross, Tim Robinson, Peter Hutchinson, Philip Taaffe, Howard Hodgkin, Maria Simonds Gooding, Amanda Coogan and others. A key display within the exhibition is Remains, 2013, by Willie Doherty.
IMMA | IMMA exhibition | [email protected] | 01 612 9999
IMMA Group Show


Tuesday 10th, 17th, 15th and 31st of MAY + half day studio session post course.
Evenings 6:30pm – 9:15pm | €215 | 6 places
This four-week course is an excellent introduction to silkscreen printing. Beginners will learn the history of the art form and gain guided hands-on practice in the process of screenprint making from start to finish.You will practice the photo-stencilling technique and learn how to prep your own black and white artwork (a photograph, digital artwork or perhaps some handdrawn sketches ) for the medium of screenprinting – coating and exposing your own screen, handling screen printing equipment and tools, setting up your workspace, working with water based inks and producing your very own limited-edition print run.You will learn to print, troubleshoot and experiment with colours, blending and over printing techniques – and come away inspired for your next edition!
€215 including all screen-printing materials PLUS a post course studio session to practice like a pro in the Damn Fine Print Studio. BYO paper for final prints.
Intro to Screen Printing Damn Fine Print headstuff.org
Intro to Screen Printing Damn Fine Print


Open Call | Emerging Irish Artist Residency Award 2016 | Burren College of Art

Deadline: 4 July, 5pm
Burren College of Art is inviting artists to submit applications for the Emerging Irish Artist Residency Award 2016. We are looking for recent graduates and emerging artists who are highly motivated and would like the opportunity to receive the following:• A large artist’s studio for the month of October 2016 with access to all college facilities.
• Exhibit work in a group show in two venues: BCA Gallery/ 126 Artist-Run Gallery, Galway
• Opportunity to present a lecture and engage with the College community at BCA.Applications are welcome from artists working in any medium including: Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Photography, Performance Art and New Media.Four selected artists will receive a free one-month residency, including individual studio space and access to all college facilities for October 2016. They will curate and organise a group show based on their time in the Burren and their shared experience, which will be held in the BCA Gallery in 2017 and will travel to 126 Gallery in Galway. Suitable candidates also have the opportunity to present a lecture at the College and engage with students and the broader College community.There is a €5 submission fee, to cover administration costs. If selected, artists must be willing to pay a one-off fee of €150 to cover housing and utilities costs in Ballyvaughan for one month, and are responsible for covering their own food and material costs.Selection process by a committee from Burren College of Art and 126 Gallery will take place in July, with successful applicants notified by August 1st. Residency will take place from October 3rd-28th 2016. Exhibition will take place in BCA & 126 Gallery in Spring 2017
To submit your application please visit: www.burrencollege.ie/art/emerging-irish-artist-residency-award-2016


25 April 2016 – 4 June 2016
Nordic Makers is launching its new bimonthly exhibition series entitled Solo Irish ’16 on 04 May, 2016 with the solo exhibition of County Donegal artist Jenny McConnell. Solo Irish ‘16 is a series of solo exhibitions focused on showcasing some of Ireland’s most talented young artists. Jenny McConnell was born and raised in the Irish countryside of County Donegal. McConnell made the move to Belfast after finishing school to complete a degree in Fine & Applied Art at the University of Ulster. After graduating in 2012, she moved to Dublin to continue her art practice, where she lived and worked until 2014 when she immigrated to Australia for one year. It was not until McConnell’s time in Australia that she began to fully appreciate and value the rugged beauty of her native landscape. This realisation has greatly influenced her transition from her earlier figurative work into abstract landscapism. McConnell has exhibited at a number of occasions since graduating, notably in the Royal Hibernian Academy, The Royal Ulster Academy and also the Glebe Gallery’s Open Exhibition, where one of her pieces won the Glebe Gallery Prize. She works with resin, ink, paint, and plaster – and her work is characterised by great movement and depth. McConnell wants her audience to feel as if they are moving through the landscape as they view her work.”Since I have returned to Dublin, I feel very fortunate to live and work overlooking the Irish Sea. I draw inspiration from the colours, the textures and the forms of the landscape that surrounds me. I love to experiment with many different techniques and use various materials to achieve the effect I’m pursuing that particular day.”Louis Weyhe Funder of Nordic Makers says: “We are delighted to be now working with Irish artists, after having worked exclusively with Scandinavian makers and artists for the last two years. Jenny McConnell is a great talent, and we are very excited to be showcasing her work at Nordic Makers. I always find it really interesting when artists and makers interchange between different media and/or styles. McConnell originally focused on the figurative, and gradually moved to abstraction. It will be very interesting to see where she goes next.
Nordic MakersThe Lighthouse,George’s Street Lower,Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin,Ireland 
www.nordicmakers.com | [email protected] | +353857625257 | [email protected]

Studio Share Available at Monster Truck Studios

The space is a good size with natural light. Would suit one person or two people sharing. Utility, electricity and wifi are included in the rent. Situated on Francis Street in the Liberties of Dublin, the studio is in a very accessible location close to NCAD, Pallas Projects and Fallons pub.
[email protected] | 087 759 8294 | Monster Truck Studios, 73 Francis St, Dublin 8
MonsterTruck Studio Space available headstuff.org
MonsterTruck Studio Space available

IMMA 1000 | Private Fundraising Initiative

IMMA launches major new private fundraising initiative to support contemporary art in Ireland after years of devastating cuts. IMMA, the Irish Museum of Modern Art launched a new fund designed to support the future of contemporary art in Ireland – IMMA 1000. A reaction to the devastating cuts experienced by the Arts sector in recent years IMMA 1000 is initially a three year fundraising programme 2016 – 2018. The fund launches with €60,000 which IMMA plans to double in year one through donations of €1,000 each from 60 visionary individuals. IMMA Director Sarah Glennie said; “IMMA 1000 is a new fund specifically created to support our work with Irish artists in the drastically altered social and economic environment we find ourselves in today. Severe cuts in arts funding since 2008 have had a devastating effect on supports available directly to contemporary artists, and as a result artists simply cannot afford to live and work in Ireland, creating a huge concern for the future of Irish art, and contemporary Irish culture. Artists tell us about ourselves, they challenge us; they create space for difference, debate and imagination. Their voice is an essential part of a vibrant and dynamic society and it is essential that we value artists and create a sustainable base for them in Ireland. With IMMA 1000 we want to create a support infrastructure for working Irish artists today, securing the ecosystem for the future.”

IMMA 1000 will do this in three key ways:

  1. Supporting artists to live and work in Ireland through bursaries and the IMMA residency programme.
  2. Supporting artists’ income through commissions and exhibitions.
  3. Supporting artists’ work through the purchasing of work for the IMMA Collection.