The exhibition continues in Origin Gallery, 37 Fitzwilliam St. Upper, Dublin 2 until 6th December.
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The exhibition continues in Origin Gallery, 37 Fitzwilliam St. Upper, Dublin 2 until 6th December.
Art Source opens today (Friday 11th November) in the RDS, Dublin 4. This is the largest annual art exhibition in Ireland.
The event runs until Sunday 13th November. For more details see www.artsource.ie.
‘In Our Own Time’ is an exhibition by the seven artists who took part in RTE’s ‘Painting the nation’: David Monaghan, Sinead Lawless, Kevin McCann, Sinead McCarthy, Agnieszka Ryan, Alan Ryan and Louise Treacy.
The exhibition is on tour. At the end of October the show visited The Schoolhouse Gallery in Enniskerry.
Congratulations to Sinead Lawless who was the eventual winner.
It was a packed Athena Room for the opening of Frank O’Dea’s solo exhibition entitled ‘Musicians and Lovers’. The exhibition was curated by Tony Strickland. The very funny, quirky and clever opening speech was given by artist Graham Knuttel.
The exhibition continues until October 27th in The Athena Room, 8 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 (1st floor, over the Sol Art Gallery).
There was a great turn out in Glasthule village for the opening of an exhibition of paintings by Bob Ryan. The exhibition is being held in the Glasthule Gallery. Eamon Ryan TD (son of the artist) gave the opening speech which was both touching and humorous.
The exhibition continues until 27th October.
There was a great turn out for the opening of ‘The Performance’, an exhibition of paintings and photography tonight in The Gallery in Dalkey. The exhibition was opened by Monica Loughmann of Elite Ballet Company who featured in at least one of the works.
The exhibition features works by Rose Stapleton, John Brobbel, Peter Pearson, Keith Dixon, Ruthie Ashenhurst.
The exhibition continues until October 31st. For more information see The Gallery Dalkey.
Hennessy and the National Gallery of Ireland have announced the 14 finalists chosen for the Hennessy Portrait Prize 2016. The finalists were selected from almost 400 entries encompassing a wide range of media and materials, by artists living in Ireland and Irish artists abroad.
The shortlisted artists for the Hennessy Portrait Prize 2016 are:
The shortlisted artists’ works will be exhibited in the National Gallery of Ireland from 26 November 2016 until 26 March 2017. On Tuesday, 29 November 2016, one artist will be announced as the winner of the Hennessy Portrait Prize 2016 and will receive a prize of €15,000. The winning artist will also be awarded a commission worth €5,000 to produce a portrait for inclusion in the National Portrait Collection. A welcome development in this year’s competition is the introduction of two additional awards of €1,500 for highly commended works.
Over 100,000 visitors are expected to visit the Vanishing Art Exhibition when it returns to Carton House this October. An array of sculptures with all different styles of artworks will be on display throughout the resort’s grounds.
The exhibition features sculptures and paintings from artists including Orla de Bri, Carolyn Mulholland, Stephanie Hess, Bob Quinn, Patrick O’Reilly, Leo Higgins and Alva Gallagher.
The exhibition is open free of charge to the public from 11 -5pm daily, October 1st through to November 1st.
I recently visited Adrian+Shane in their studio North of Dublin. Talking to them you get the feeling that you’re talking to one person – they dovetail so well together. There’s a yin and yang about them. Even though they’re quite different physically and in personality, they seem as one artist. I asked about the name. “Shane and Adrian” didn’t sound right. They played with other names but Adrian+Shane it is. This has a duality about it. Maybe they should have come up with something like Shadrian.
Although they grew up in the same place and knew each other to see, the duo only met in Christmas 1997. They started working together in 1998. The collaboration happened almost by accident. Shane was sketching and as he put a sketch down, Adrian would take it and continue to work on it. 18 years later they still seem to have the same collaborative working arrangement. All of their output is a joint effort. Nothing is 100% Adrian or 100% Shane.
A general description of their work would be “pop art”. They don’t take themselves too seriously. There’s an element of fun but they do take their art seriously. They work in a variety of media – painting, screen printing, photographs, stencilling, video, installation. Their work has also been output to t-shirts, stickers, cut-out dolls and swimming trunks.
Their first exhibition “Sensation by Deprivation” in Droichead Arts Centre was in 1999. Since then they have had many exhibitions in Ireland and abroad (from London to LA to Sidney) including one for the Amy Winehouse Foundation. In fact their work is more popular abroad where 99% of sales are generated. The art is particularly sought in Mexico and South America.
Adrian+Shane seem to have been doing selfies before the rest of the world. A lot of their output features their likenesses. Their self portrait photographs are particularly intriguing. These images are captured using a camera and a remote control. A popular game among their friend is to spot who’s holding the remote. Their iconic brand of Adrian standing and Shane marching was created in 2008. This was done using a timer. Adrian got Shane to start marching, he set up the camera and then ran back to stand in place.
Their next exhibition is an installation in Temple Bar starting Monday 19th September. Entitled ‘ZOO’, it will run for 4 days, 7 hours a day (leaving only for comfort breaks) in the window of Filmbase. They will produce art in a virtual studio. The installation will be streamed live on YouTube as well as Facebook Live. Look out for special guests who will contribute their outlines to a 2m x 6m artwork.
They’ve experienced the highs (like in 2008 when there were queues to buy their work) and the lows of the recession but now Adrian+Shane have been working full time as artists for the last few years. I look forward to seeing what’s next.
For more information on Adrian+Shane have a look at their website www.adrianandshane.com.
Irish Art News,
Port Perspectives is an initiative by Dublin Port to commission a series of original and public artworks & installations to respond to the built environment and local areas in and around Dublin Port.
Proposals may be made for temporary and permanent artworks and a number of locations within Dublin Port have been selected as locations. These include Poolbeg Lighthouse, the Half Moon Battery, Dublin Port Company’s Headquarters and the North Quay Extension close to the East Link Bridge.
Business to Arts will project manage the open call. The deadline for applications is October 10th. The shortlisted artists will be notified in November 2016 and the commissioned artists will be announced in January 2017.
For more information and details on how to apply see: www.businesstoarts.ie/portperspectives.
Siobhán Bastable is back running an art gallery after a ten year hiatus thanks to Gabriel Cooney of the Grapevine. He was keen to have an art gallery on the mezzanine level of the newly converted wine shop and wine bar.
Siobhán didn’t start out with a career in art. She worked in a bank for 13 years. In 1998 she did a diploma in fine arts. This was followed by studying the history of art in Trinity College Dublin.
In 2001 she founded the William Frank Gallery (named after her father) in Monkstown which she ran until 2006.
After this she continued to run art exhibitions in leased venues e.g. The Dalkey Heritage Centre. These would usually be two or four week shows. She also ran cultural trips to France, Spain, Italy etc. A dozen or so patrons would be accompanied by an expert in the art of the locality.
Siobhán is very definite on her vision of the new gallery – “new contemporary” painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass, photography. The relationship with her artists is key. She will only deal directly with the artist – no agents. She has visited all the artists in their studios. The gallery commission is a competitive 40%.
She talks about the triangle of artist, gallery, customer. Knowing the artists personally helps her talk to customers about the artists and their work. She loves what she does – “why else would you do it?”. Siobhán is herself an artist (and silversmith).
Siobhán is keen to make the gallery accessible to the public. She has already started Saturday afternoon workshops where artists can show and talk about their work. These are proving very popular.
Starting in January 2017 there will be monthly guest expert lectures on a Monday or Tuesday evening. These will be accompanied by wine from the region under discussion. (Having a wine shop downstairs is handy.) Numbers will be limited to about 25.
This October will see the opening of the exhibition “Performance” with 7 artists.
2017 will also be a busy time in The Gallery for exhibitions. Five are planned: two solo exhibitions with Peter Pearson & John Brobbel, a two person show and two group exhibitions.
Siobhán (and husband of 30 years Peter) are also passionate about music. June each year will see them squelching through the fields in Glastonbury. Siobhán is also a ballet enthusiast.
For more information on The Gallery see: thegallerydalkey.com.
Irish Art News,
An exhibition of works by the 2016 graduates of the renowned Ceramics Skills & Design Course run by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) opens at the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny on the evening of Friday, 15th July
Cré showcases the innovation and diversity in ceramic design and techniques of ten of Ireland’s newest makers, with the contemporary work in each graduate’s signature style reflecting their individual technical ability and design aesthetic. The exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to admire and acquire the creative and individual work by these emerging craftspeople.
The exhibition will run until 1st August. For more information see www.nationalcraftgallery.ie/
Independent Pictures have been commissioned by RTE 1 to produce a new Arts series titled “Painting the Nation“. They are seeking talented amateur artists from around Ireland who would like to take part in what could be a launching pad for a new and exciting career.
The series will be presented by Pauline McLynn. Seven talented amateur painters will compete. Two professional judges will set challenges and oversee proceedings. Three painters will make the final. One painter will win the inaugural Painting The Nation title and their final painting will become a public piece of art.
How To Apply
The competition is open to those 18 and over on August 1st 2016. An application form can be downloaded at: http://www.rte.ie/tv/audienceparticipation/
Applications will close mid July.
For more information see “Painting the Nation“.
Tuesday saw the opening of an exhibition by Karl Somers of semi-abstract paintings dealing with the diaspora. Karl was inspired by living under a flight path from Dublin Airport.
There was a great buzz in the Olivier Cornet gallery on Sunday for the opening of an exhibition of the work of Catalan artist Jordi Fornies, one of the gallery’s regular exhibitors. Constellations is an exhibition based on photographs taken between 2014 and 2015 in different cities of Asia.
Contributing to the atmosphere in the gallery was the celebration of Olivier’s birthday.
The exhibition continues at 3 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1 until June 10th. For more information see Olivier Cornet Gallery.
The Dublin Painting & Sketching Club annual exhibition has opened in the Concourse Gallery in County Hall, Dun Laoghaire.
Over 100 contemporary Irish artists, including RHA members, are showing more than 300 oil and watercolour paintings, pastels and drawings, at the exhibition. The Dublin & Painting & Sketching Club, founded in 1874, is one of Ireland’s oldest artist bodies.
In celebration of 1916, this year’s exhibition offers a number of special paintings on the theme of ‘A 100 Years of Irish Writing 1916 – 2016’ with a visual tribute to a centenary of Irish literature.
The exhibition is free to the public and continues until Saturday 21st May.
There was a great turn out last night for an exciting new arts project in Dun Laoghaire.
Artists from different disciplines were paired together, (e.g. poet and scupltor, musician and visual artist…) to produce a piece of art.
The exhibition is free to the public and continues until Saturday 21st May in Eblana House, Eblana Avenue (4 minute walk from Dun Laoghaire DART station). For more information see the ArtNetDLR Facebook page.
Tonight (Tuesday 10th May) saw the opening of a new gallery in Dalkey, Co. Dublin.
The gallery is situated in a wonderful setting above the Grapevine wine bar on Dalkey’s Castle Street.
The ‘Hares on the March’ campaign for Jack & Jill started with a live auction conducted by John de Vere White in the Royal College of Physicians Ireland which brought in €63,450.
Each of the hares, measuring 3 ft tall, has its own story, with the top hare, designed by Pauline Bewick, entitled “The Irish Hare” raising €8500 at the auction. In total there are 110 hares for auction, with the remainder open for bids online until next Monday 21st March at 5pm. Meanwhile, the hares are on display at the CHQ Building in the IFSC and Dublin City Hall over the coming days, for people to admire and to consider purchasing.
Full details and pictures of all the hares can be found on www.haresonthemarch.ie
Last night (7th January 2016) saw the opening in Christchurch Cathedral Dublin of an exhibition of exquisite illuminated medieval manuscripts. The art which took several years to complete, is the work of Lisa Bell from New England in the US. It is the fusion of ancient religious texts in Latin and modern painting techniques, caligraphy and materials.
Lisa is also a professional picture framer and has framed all the exhibition pieces.
The exhibition fits in perfectly with the surrounds of the Cathedral. Lisa would be keen to exhibit in other churches around Ireland.
More information on Lisa and her work can be found on lisa-bell.com.
The exhibition continues until Monday February 8th.