Art and Artists of Ireland news and blog
While exploring Sherkin Island in County Cork while on holiday, I came across a sign “Open Studio” and through a gap I saw a painting propped up on an easel in a garden. I wandered in and met the artist, Jo Ashby.
Jo is a Member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. She is particularly interested in the sea, painting seascapes in Cornwall and Sherkin.
Coincidentally Jo will be having an exhibition ‘Two Views’ along with artist Majella O’Neill Collins who is also based in Sherkin. The exhibition in Sherkin Island Community Hall opens at 2:30pm on Sunday August 9th and continues until Saturday August 22nd. The exhibition will go to the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) in Birmingham in June 2016, before returning to West Cork the following summer.
Sherkin Island is in West Cork and can be reached by a ten minute ferry from Baltimore.
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The gibson hotel has launched their third annual ‘Artist in Residence’ programme. The chosen artist for the ‘Artist in Residence’ programme will get the chance to work from one of the gibson suites on the 6th floor for a period of four weeks. The aim of the programme is to rejuvenate the often neglected urban docklands surrounding the Point Village in Dublin.
Nicky Logue, General Manager, the gibson hotel said, “At the gibson hotel we believe in the power and beauty of art. The ‘Artist in Residence’ programme provides an opportunity for an artist to fully immerse themselves within their creation while also creating a lasting art installation for visitors and residents of the Dublin Docklands to enjoy”.
Cork born artist, Finbar Dac was chosen for The ‘Artist in Residence’ programme for 2014.
Any artists who are interested in taking part should submit their portfolio or a sample of their work by June 30th 2015 by email to email@example.com.
For more information you can visit gibson hotel artist in residence 2015.
On Thursday 2nd July starting at 6pm, the National Gallery of Ireland will be hosting a Mid-Summer celebration of art, food and music with an American twist!
In the company of an art historian, discover the American context behind some of our masterpieces, plus a tour of our ground-breaking Sean Scully exhibition, followed by a delightful supper of Stateside specialities and live music in the Gallery Café (Glass of wine included, additional at €5 per glass).
Tickets are €30 per person and are available through www.eventbrite.ie or the gallery shop 01 663 3518.
Patricia Fitzgerald is a Mandala Artist based in Dublin. Mandala can be loosely translated to mean circle but the Mandala is far more than just a simple shape. It embodies wholeness, representing the structure of life itself, a cosmic diagram that shows us our relatedness to the infinite, that which extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds.
15% of all sales will be donated to the charity Aware.
You can read more about Patricia’s work at www.healingcreations.ie
The exhibition continues until May 12th, admission free.
Tonight saw the opening of an exhibition in Crofton Road Dun Laoghaire (across from the DART station).
‘Then and Now’ explores Irish art alongside European and American art from 200 years ago until now.
The exhibition opens daily 11:00 – 17:00 in Unit 3, Harbour View, Crofton Rd Dun Laoghaire until Friday May 8th.
For more information see Art Uncovered.
There was a great turn out this evening (16th April) for the opening of an exhibition of the work of Tom Mathews in the Ranelagh Arts Centre. Tom Mathews cartoonist and painter has combined Sir John Tenniel’s original vision of the characters of Alice in Wonderland with his own surreal approach
The exhibition was opened by Paul Howard, creator of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly.
The exhibition continues until Saturday May 2nd.
On 9th April starting at 6pm, the National Gallery of Ireland will be hosting a very special Easter celebration of the best in Spanish art, food and music.
An art historian will introduce the highlights of the National Gallery’s Spanish collection, including masterpieces by Velázquez, Goya and Picasso, followed by a delightful supper of Spanish specialities in the Gallery Café, with music by master Flamenco guitarist and composer from Cadiz, Juan José Manzano. (Glass of wine included, additional at €5 per glass).
Tickets are €30 per person and are available through www.eventbrite.ie or the gallery shop 01 663 3518.
Last night saw the opening of an exhibition featuring the work of Jin Yong and Cathriona Cleary in Gallery 27 (underneath the Leinster Gallery) .
Jin Yong is a Chinese Visual and Performance artist based in Dublin since 2002.
Cathriona Cleary is an Irish artist who has a BA in Fine Art from DIT who has been exhibiting since 2000.
The exhibition continues until Tuesday 24th March in 27 Frederick Street South, Dublin 2.
Last night (Friday 20th February) saw the launch of Whyte’s Auction of Irish & International Art in the RDS.
There is quite a range of styles from Paul Henry to street artist Banksy. The evening was enhanced by briefings on the art by Ian Whyte and others from Whyte’s.
Viewing is Saturday to Monday, 21 to 23 February, 10am to 6pm daily. The auction is on Monday at 6pm. For more details see Whyte’s website.
Yesterday the Hennessy Portrait Prize 2015 was officially launched by Hennessy and the National Gallery of Ireland.
This year’s judging panel is chaired by the Director of the National Gallery of Ireland, Sean Rainbird and includes Catherine Marshall (scholar and curator), Colin Davidson PRUA (artist); Aidan Dunne (art critic, The Irish Times), and Anne Hodge (Curator of Prints and Drawings, NGI). They will select a shortlist of approximately twelve works, which will be exhibited as part of the Hennessy Portrait Exhibition in the National Gallery of Ireland from November 2015 until February 2016.
Application forms for the 2015 competition are online on the National Gallery’s website www.nationalgallery.ie . All submissions must be made online and the deadline for entries is Friday, 31st July, 2015.
The Hennessy Portrait Prize is open to artists across all disciplines and aims to encourage interest in contemporary portraiture and raise the profile of the National Portrait Collection. The winner will be announced in November and will once again receive a prize of €15,000 and a commission worth €5,000 to produce a portrait for inclusion in the National Portrait Collection.
It was a very crowded Gallery for the opening of “Talking Heads” in the 2020 Gallery in Cork. The ‘Talking Heads’ initiative is comprised of an art exhibition and public lecture series, that will take place throughout 2015, with the aim of bringing the conversation on mental health out into the light of everyday life, giving people the opportunity to explore, learn and talk about mental health. The project was devised by Dr Gillian Moore-Groarke of irishpsychology.com and Sheelah Moloney, Director of 2020 Art Gallery.
This exhibition features a diverse selection of work from 12 talented artists, based in Ireland and the UK, covering the issue of conversation about mental health, be it the internal conversation one has with ones self, how one addresses the topic with friends and family or with a mental health professional.
You can find more details on the project at the 2020 Gallery website.
The exhibition continues until February 20th.
London Irish Art 2015 endeavours to explore the personal understanding and the experience of the Irish diaspora living in the U.K., specifically in relation to culture, identity and creativity. A programme of art, poetry and music, will inform this investigation. An array of media will be explored, ranging from the more traditional painting, photography, mixed media and sculpture to the more contemporary means of expression such as video work, installation and stop-motion animation.
The exhibition presents works by the celebrated Irish artists Louis Le Brocquy, Robert Ballagh, the recent winner of the RHA Sean Keating Award for Outstanding Painting Francis O’Toole, as well as renowned painters James Brohan and Liam O’Neill and Irish sculptors John Behan and Aidan Harte. There will also be two works featured by Irish dancer Michael Flatley painted with foot taps in acrylic on marley.
U.K. based Irish artists will be represented through the contemporary cutting edge work of artists such as David Blackmore, Alison Lowry, Kyle Barnes, Donol Moloney, Patricia Volk and Aisling Drennan.
London Irish Art 2015 will run from 14th to 17th January in Central Hall, Westminster, SW1. It will be officially launched by the Minister for Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan T.D, and the Ambassador of Ireland, Dan Mulhall at 6pm on the evening of Thursday, 15th January 2015.
For more information see London Irish Art 2015.
Tonight saw the opening of a group exhibition in Sol Art Gallery in Dawson Street, Dublin. The exhibition features original work by Vincent Keeling, Ann Flynn, Kevin McAleenan and Henry McGrane.
The exhibition continues until 1st November.
Narita Field Trip, looks at how two Tokyo teenagers deal with the experience of encountering a farming community that is fighting against the expansion of Narita airport, a development that threatens to swallow and destroy their farms, homes, livelihood and community. (HD, colour, stereo, 30 min. 2010)
Spelling Dystopia, is a film that explores a community’s memory of the abandoned coal mining centre, Hashima Island, once the most densely populated place on earth, now known as the backdrop for teen horror movie Battle Royale and as a home for Bond villains. (HD,16:9, 2 channel video installation, colour, stereo, 17:25 min)
The exhibition is Curated by Barry Kehoe and continues daily 1-6pm (except Mondays) until October 26th. Admission free.
‘re:View’ has opened at Town Hall Gallery Macroom. It is a retrospective exhibition of the last ten years of textile art and design showcasing the talent and diversity of fine art textile practitioners working in contemporary Ireland.
This group exhibition presents the work of seventeen artists including many National Crafts Competition winners such as Mary Palmer, quilter and Anne Kiely printer. All artists in the exhibition are members of the Cork Textiles Network.
The work on display shows many skillful techniques used in fine art textiles including print, stitch, machine embroidery, tapestry weaving and felting.
The concepts that inspire the artists to work in their chosen field are well referenced throughout the show. Topics such as the plight of Priory Hall residents, remembering home left behind, and cloud computing are some of the many and varied inspirations for the work on display.
A broader view of the work of the network and its members may be seen in a set of professional images which are viewable on a video loop in a purpose built mini-cinema within the gallery space.
The exhibition, free to the public, is currently on show until Saturday 23rd August 2014.
The opening times are from 10.30am to 5.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday.
RADE (Recovery through art, drama, education) are celebrating their 10th anniversary with a show entitled ‘Light Source’ that develops service users’ visual arts skills by learning the medieval craft of stained glass. Facilitated by stained glass artist Peter Young, participants designed and built two large stain glass windows. The windows will feature along with selected works from their collection of art, built up over the last ten years.
This exhibition will highlight the importance of training and development for those engaging in recovery. The public presentation of RADE’s work since 2004 has demonstrated a positive impact on participants, their families, friends and the local community.
RADE engages drug users with the arts and therapeutic supports and provides a platform for their artistic expression. Their vision is ‘creativity is open to everybody’. RADE have been producing plays, art exhibitions, books and short films for the past 10 years.
Participants of the art programme receive training in all areas of art creation including drawing, painting on canvas, sculpture, gallery visits, photographic montage, mask making. Workshops are focused towards this annual art exhibition, which provide a real experience of displaying work produced to the general public.
The exhibition can be seen in The Atrium, Dublin Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 from 25th August to 5th September. The official opening will be done by the Dean Victor Stacey of St Patrick’s Cathedral on Tuesday 26th August at 1pm.
Last Thursday saw the launch of the strategic plan of the Chamber of Arts Heritage & Culture. The event took place in the House of Lords in Bank of Ireland, College Green, Dublin 2.
The Chamber was established in April 2013 and is based on the established Chamber of Commerce movement but dedicated to the arts, heritage and cultural sectors.
The speeches were preceded by a performance by the Hibernian Brass which really set the tone for the evening.
Chief Executive Audrey McKenna and Chairman Neil Keenan outlined the plan for the next two years. A theme which really took prominence was the economic value of Ireland’s culture. Audrey mentioned “Broadway and Wall Street” previously talked about by Tim O’Connor (of the Gathering) who was also present at the launch.
These aspirations were echoed by Gabriel Bannigan, BOI Regional Manager Dublin and Patrick Lennon, Commercial Director of Irish Times International Edition.
For more information see Chamber of Arts, Heritage & Culture website.
Last night (Thursday June 5th) I went along to the opening of an exhibition in Dublin 2. I was not prepared for the scale and visual impact of the works. The first thing you see as you walk into the hexagonal space is an enormous visual realisation of James Joyce’s famous novel ‘Ulysses’. This took two years to complete. There are also striking portraits of Seamus Heaney, Samuel Beckett, W.B. Yeats and Bernard Shaw.
The exhibition opening was accompanied by some very palatable O’Hara’s.
‘Drawing Day’ is on this Saturday, May 17th from 11am-4pm in the National Gallery of Ireland as well as 54 other venues across Ireland.
‘Drawing Day’ was initiated by the National Gallery of Ireland in 2004 with the aim to encourage people to draw in their museums. It involves 54 arts centres, museums, libraries and galleries all over the country.
The following is the agenda in the National Gallery:
Admission is free and no booking required. Bring your own sketchbook, pencils and ideas!
For more information see: National Gallery’s Drawing Day