Saturday, 22 October 2011

ART IN THE EASTSIDE - CEX artists billboard exhibition in East Belfast

Creative Exchange Artists presents the second year of an outdoor gallery of nine billboards across East Belfast that celebrates the artistic exploration of the physical, visual and cultural expression of the area. The official launch and accompanying exhibition for the event will take place in Portview Trade Centre on the 20th of October 2011 from 6pm till 9pm. The artists whose work will be featured on the billboards in the area are Peter Richards, Cliff Brooks, Ray Duncan, Colin Davis, Ben Allen, George Robb, Katie Blue,
Lesley Cherry and Deirdre Robb.

This event is part of the Belfast Festival at Queens and is supported by Belfast City Council and the Arts Council of NI with sponsorship from Belfast Media Print and Design, Portview Trade Centre and James Brown and Sons.

After Hours

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Tattoo TV and White Lady Art are proud to present, "After Hours", Dublin's first independent tattoo art exhibition. It will show the fine art of tattoo artists, and the work of fine artists who are influenced by tattoo culture, from Ireland, the U.K. and Europe. The exhibition will include tattoo photography, erotic photography, drawing, painting, print and a special performance art piece on the opening night from Sharon Courtney. Sailor Jerry rum will provide free drinks for guests. Opening Reception: Saturday 22nd October 2011, 7 - 11.30pm. After party at Generator Hostel, Smithfield Square, 11.30 - 2.30 a.m. Tickets €10, or €12 including entry to the Generator club. Over 21's only.  Wheelchair accessible.

On Show: 22nd - 26th October 2011.

Location: The Complex, 18-21 Block C, Smithfield Square, Dublin 7. The gallery is wheelchair accessible. Opening hours for the show are 12-6pm.

Featured Artists: Robert Hernandez, Oddboy, Gray Silva, Leigh Oldcorn, Clare Goldilox, Boz Mugabe, Kathrina Rupit, Cris Gherman, Pawel Lewy, Shane Kealy, Daniel Flower, Oyster Zepplin, Hector Heathwood, Remis Cizauskas, Danleo, Rebecca Protheroe, Harriet Myfanwy Nia Tahany, Ross Henderson, Brian Duffy and Kris Barnas.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Art Fair 2011

The Royal Dublin Society (RDS) is pleased to announce that it will build on the success of Art Fair 2010, with Art Fair 2011 RDS which will take place from 4-6 November 2011.
In 2010, 130 artists and galleries exhibited and nearly 10,000 visitors came through the doors over the three days. All the information you need to exhibit is contained in the Application Pack and the Floor Plan.

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Sunday, 16 October 2011

The Annual Irish Polish Society Art Exhibition

The Annual Irish Polish Society Art Exhibition at 20 Fitzwilliam Place Dublin 2 continues until Saturday 22 October .   Exhibiting artists include Marta Wakula-Mac, Camilla Fanning,  Maciej Smoleńsk,  Orla Kaminska,  Martin Reynolds, Ula Retzlaff,  Deirdre Lennon , Helena Johnston , Marysia Harasimowicz  Roman Furgalski. The exhibition by Irish and Polish artists includes works in a range of media; oil, acrylic, print, drawings in pencils &, ceramics. It was included in the 2011 Culture Night Progamme and the current Dublin City Council’s Office for Integration ‘One City One People’ campaign (

The Exhibition is open afternoons on Friday to Sunday until October 22.
Fridays: – 14th, 21st 12pm—5pm
Saturdays:  - 8th, 15th, 22nd 1.45pm- 6pm
Sundays: -16th Oct, 1pm-6pm

For further information contact exhibition curator Marysia Harasimowicz at

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Visit 2011

VISIT 2011 is the initiative of eighteen artists’ studios in Dublin. On Saturday the 22nd of October, over 250 visual artists living and working in the city will open the doors of their professional practice studios for VISIT 2011. Ever wondered what artists’ studios look like? Curious to find out?

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Art Base
9 N Great George's StDublin 1, Ireland

Black Church Print Studio

Block T
1 Haymarket Dublin 7, Ireland

Brunswick Mills Studio
32 Brunswick St N Dublin 7, Ireland

22 Harcourt Terrace, Dublin 2, Ireland

Fire Station Artists' Studios Ltd

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital Kilmainham

Independent Studio Artists
11 Eustace St

La Catedral Studios

Monster Truck Studios

Moxie Studios

6 Lower Ormond Quay
Dublin 1, Ireland

The Red Stables Market

Richmond Road Studios
1A Convent AveDublin 3, Ireland

Talbot Gallery Studios
51 Talbot St

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

The Market Studio

250 + Artists Open Studios
Free Public Event Saturday 22nd October 2011, 12—6pm

Vanitas - Patrick Redmond

Vanitas - Patrick Redmond

October 13th ~ October 28th, 2011, Molesworth Gallery

In his latest body of work created for a collaboration between The Molesworth Gallery and the Wexford Arts Centre, Patrick Redmond engages with the vanitas theme that has pre-occupied generations of artists stretching back through the Renaissance to medieval funerary art and further still to the classical art of ancient Greece and Rome. Vanitas is a Latin word, meaning ‘emptiness’ and when applied to a painting is typically understood as work symbolising the meaninglessness of earthly or temporal - as opposed to spiritual - life. Typically, vanitas paintings have included symbols such as skulls, smoke, watches, hour glasses and decaying fruit to remind us of the ethereal nature of our existence.

Redmond takes the theme and applies it first to meticulously-executed paintings of soap bubbles with all their connotations of the brevity of existence and the suddenness of death. Painted against a black background, Redmond’s bubbles are also evocative of those iconic images of earth taken by the astronauts on the early Apollo missions to the moon, showing a blue and green sphere receding into the distance, reminding us so starkly of the fragility and isolation of the planet we call home.
Untitled (beachball II) ~ oil on canvas, laid on board ~ 41 x 51 cm

Within each bubble, there is a cosmic quality to the kaldeidoscopic miasma of colour, like the supernova created by the core of an aging star collapsing in on itself.

The exhibition also includes a series of paintings of stuffed animals. The work of the taxidermist symbolises our vain and ultimately futile attempts to control nature and to arrest the passage of time. That split second between life and death is explored in the images of hunted animals with their slayers standing proudly in the background. Steam rises from the still-warm corpses of the animals, reminding us that only moments earlier they were alive, straining every muscle, every sinew to escape death. But as the vanitas artist has always sought to remind us, no living creature can escape death.

With unerring skill and directness, Redmond tackles a familiar theme with a contemporary sensibility and creates a body of work that is rooted firmly in a traditional mode of expression, without in any way being traditional.

Patrick Redmond was born in Wexford in 1976. He has had four solo exhibitions at the Molesworth Gallery and one at The Wexford Arts Centre. He has shown at the RHA Annual Exhibition in Dublin and the BP Portrait Award Exhibition at the National Gallery, London. He has also participated in curated group shows at the Iontas Arts Centre in Co. Monaghan and the Garter Lane Arts Centre in Co. Waterford.

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The Surreal In Irish Art @ the Higland Gallery

The Surreal in Irish Art is the first exhibition to explore the influence of surrealism on Irish art. Presenting the work of over twenty artists, it features paintings and sculptures by well-known pupils of surrealism; pieces by artists who have engaged with the legacies of surrealism; plus work by artists whose practice has affinities with the surrealist movement.

Originating in France in the 1920s, surrealism was a revolutionary cultural movement aligned with left-wing politics, and focused on challenging social constraints and exploring the unconscious. Although several of the leading figures were writers, the movement is best remembered for art works characterized by unexpected juxtapositions including Salvador Dalí’s The Persistence of Memory, 1931, where clocks melt in a surreal landscape.
F.E. McWilliam was the only Irish artist to be directly connected with the surrealist movement. He exhibited with the British surrealists in London, and the influence of surrealism can be seen throughout his work from his early figurative sculptures of the 1930s, to the well-known legs series including Legs Static, 1978. Taking F.E. McWilliam’s work as a starting point, The Surreal in Irish Art explores the lasting legacy of surrealism in Ireland.
The Surreal in Irish Art was curated by Dr Riann Coulter for our cross border arts partner the F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio where it was on view this summer.
Thurloe Connolly, Dorothy Cross, Ralph Cusack, Gerard Dillon, Rita Duffy, Fiona Finnegan, Andrew Folan, Beatrice Glenavy, Patrick Hennessy, Nevill Johnson, Dusan Kusmic, John Luke, David Eagar Maher, Alice Maher, Andrzej Mazur, Stephen McKenna, F.E. McWilliam, Catherine McWilliams, Colin Middleton, James Millar, Zoë Murdoch, Jack Pakenham, Kathy Prendergast, Noreen Rice, Dermot Seymour and Elizabeth Taggart.

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Naheed Raza @ 126

Naheed Raza

A new exhibition by Naheed Raza at 126 Gallery, Galway
October 5 - October 22

For her exhibition at 126, Naheed Raza will be showing recent film and photographic works arising from her micro-residency at the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop between April-May 2011, which hint at the way sculptural ‘gestures’ might permeate culture, mediating many aspects of our experience. By considering activities involving highly physical, rapid and automatic gestures in the first instance and complex, painstaking ones on the other, the exhibition isolates moments of transformation and malleability in both art and the everyday.
Naheed Raza's background is in both Art and Science, having initially studied Medicine at Oxford University before switching to Fine Art, first at Chelsea College of Art and then at the Slade. Much of her practice, which spans sculpture, installation and film, explores the limits of knowledge and ideas relating to haptic and tacit awareness – a corporeal intelligence, which lures and locks the viewer into a complex relationship between eye, mind and material. The themes of weaving, spinning and drawing recur in her work with outcomes often heavily influenced by process.
Her recent works have been exhibited at the Centre for Contemporary Art Glasgow, the Edinburgh Film Festival, Bloomberg SPACE and the Royal Institution of Great Britain. Naheed is currently living and working in Edinburgh.
Opening reception: Saturday 1st October, 7pm
Exhibition runs: 5th October - 22nd October
Gallery hours: Wed - Sat, 1pm - 6pm
126 is Galway’s first artist-led exhibition space. 126 was established in 2005 by local artists in response to the urgent need for more non-commercial gallery spaces in Galway. 126 has developed a reputation as an organisation, which supports traditionally unrepresented artistic projects. Because 126 is a non-profit, publicly funded gallery space, it is able to make decisions on an artistic rather than an economic basis. As such, 126 is gaining recognition and support as a place of cultural innovation in Ireland and is becoming an integral part of Galway’s cultural fabric. 
126 is generously supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Galway City Council and its membership.

John Millington Synge @ An Grianan theatre

Photograph by JM Synge

John Millington Synge, Photographer

An exhibition from Siamsa Tire featuring photographs taken by celebrated playwright J. M. Synge during his first visit to the Aran Islands.

The exhibition consists of photographs which were taken in Connemara, Wicklow and West Kerry between 1898 and 1905. Synge had intended using these images to illustrate his account of life on the Aran Islands, but illustrations by Jack B. Yeats were used instead in the first edition.

Yeats based many of his illustrations on Synge's photographs, most notably Yeats' drawing of An Island Man which was based on a photograph taken by Synge on Inis Oirr.

This exhibition is organised in collaboration with Siamsa Tíre in Tralee. The photographs are shown with the permission of the Board of Trinity College Dublin.

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Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Video Profile of Willie Doherty

A video profile of artist Willie Doherty produced for the channel 4 ideas factory website. Directed by Vincent O Callaghan and produced by the Nerve Centre.

Willie Doherty: DISTURBANCE, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, 5 September 2011 to 15 January 2012.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Ubiety @ Occupy Space, Limerick

Occupy Space is pleased to present Ubiety- a solo exhibition by Alan Crowley following his MA studies in Contemporary Visual Arts and Media at Limerick Institute of Technology.

From an artistic perspective George Berkeley's theories concerning consciousness and the function of the mind are innovative and engaging. Copper plate etchings, polyhedron structures and a dialogue short represent ideas concerning the interval between what our senses tell us and how we cognitively function. The exhibition brings this unconscious intellectual activity before the public for their enlightenment.
The Gallery is open from 1pm-5pm Wednesday to Saturday
Ubiety runs until November 12th 2011.

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Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Two Or More Distant Realities By Louise Manifold

Manifold draws inspiration for her work from over-looked and often unbelievable subject matter such as rare delusional illnesses, obscure phenomena and manifestations of medieval melancholy, as a means in which to comment upon human consciousness in contemporary culture. The exhibition also reflects the artist’s fascination with the German ‘Wunderkammer’, or ‘cabinet room of curiosities’, private museums which date back to the C16th in which both the natural and the man-made were classified not by science but by the owner’s personal imagination and taste. In using this classification system as a vehicle, the artist presents her ideas upon hybridism and transformation, between both man and animal, and man and machine. Manifold’s cabinet of curiosities reads like a fairy tale, in which inanimate objects take on animal forms and preserved creatures are embellished like precious objects.

Saturday 1st October to Friday 21st October.  
Garterlane Gallery,
O'Connell Street

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Sunday, 2 October 2011

A Fair Day Get Irish Art Buzzing

When the hammer went down on Jack B Yeats painting "A Fair Day, Mayo" for one million euros this week its got the Irish Art Scene buzzing again as it became to most expensive work of art sold in Ireland.
In times of crisis people look to the arts as a sense of National pride, take this sale and  the record numbers who were out in force for the Culture Night. Irish people are again looking for a national identity that had become lost during the recession. The recession has hit Ireland hard with the risk of losing its sovereignity.
Culture in Ireland has always been an important part of society but during the boom is was watered down to make it fit into globalisation as Irish people looked outward with the roar of the Celtic Tiger.
Ireland had become culturally lost which can be echoed in the presidential race where the candidates talk about supporting culture to build up Irish confidence in itself to get back on its feet economically.