|County Clare Arts Service||
8th – 21st, 2012
Caitríona has been based in Ennis, Co.Clare since 2004 & has been painting for most of that time. She has had various tutors & teachers along her path as an emerging artist, both formally & informally. Her work has been influenced by the deep encounters she was honoured to have over the course of her twenty year career as a psychotherapist as well as by her own journeys into many aspects of the healing arts. She now spends as much time as possible in her studio, continuing to enjoy external input and striving for the delicate balance between self exploration & communication that she considers essential to her work.
The work in this exhibition is informed & inspired by the inner world of emotional & spiritual process, by points of connection with the collective unconscious, & ultimately by the ‘fertile void’ from which acts of creation flow , rather than by objects or scenes from visible reality.
A degree of intentional composition combined with the texture & tactile quality produced by collage & layering of paint acts as a container for, & gives form to inner process. Caitríona allows the play of chance accidents & spontaneous mark making to facilitate the energetic flow of the unconscious to take form on the canvas. She uses colour & line to bring zest & immediacy to the work.
For further information contact Caitríona at 087 113 2503.
December to 29th December, 2012
Originally from Galway, Fahy has been living in Ennistymon since 2003. She studied art in the Limerick School of Art and Design graduating in 2001 with a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art Painting. She achieved a First Class Honours in her H. Dip year in 2003, winning both the presitigious Larkin Memorial Award and Irish Times Award in 2003.
Fahy was selected for the Young Contemporaries Exhibition in the Belltable Arts Centre for her Degree Show and was also recipient of the Collector General’s Award. She was twice shortlisted for the Markievitcz Medal Painting Award. Since graduating Fahy has taught art full time as head of the Art Department in Scoil Mhuire where she has worked on many collaborative art projects funded by the Arts Office of Clare County Council and Creative Engagement. She has exhibited widely, her most recent show in Camac Arts Centre, France took place whilst on an artist residency there in July 2012.
The exhibition opens on Thursday, December 13th, 2012 at 7pm and all are welcome to attend.
Opening Hours / Uaireannta Oscailte:
12th – October 5th
All nine artists featured in this year's Burren Annual exhibition are based in Derry city, Northern Ireland and they include Paola Bernardelli, Damien Duffy, Sara Greavu, Conor Mc Feely, Locky Morris, Blaine O'Donnell, Pascale Steven, and Susanne Stich. The exhbition will feature video and object based work, painting and photography in a show curated by Maoliosa Boyle, Director of Derry's Void Gallery. The exhibition is kindly supported by Clare County Council. The Gallery will be open from 9.30 - 5pm, Monday to Friday.
7th – September 1st, 2012.
Brian O'Shaughnessy is 47 years old and originally from Tuamgraney in Co.Clare. He attended Scarriff Community College and always had an interest in art.
He attended Limerick College of Further Education and completed FETAC Levels 5 and 6 in Art and Design in 2010 and 2011. While in college, along with his fellow students he organised a very successful exhibition in Limerick at which all proceeds were donated to charity. The following year he also took part in a large exhibition in Limerick College of Further Education. He now works full-time as an artist and takes inspiration from many different sources, particularly the old masters, especially Caravaggio. For further information contact Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org
7th – 24th
Shannon Camera Club celebrates 35 years of photography with the launch of phase three of their touring photographic exhibition. With the success of the exhibition in the Seán Lemass Public Library in Shannon, and in The Gallery at Scarriff Public Library, the exhibition continues at Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee.
There are 49 exhibits from 30 of the clubs members, some recently enrolled but others who have been with the club since the beginning. From tentative beginnings in 1977, the club continues to attract new members with others retiring, but the nucleus of interest continues in the personage of club secretary Sheamus O’Donoghue, club treasurer Larry Stewart and others who still get the buzz from capturing that elusive image which causes passers by to stop and admire. The image is now captured digitally whereas previously it was film, dark rooms, developing fluids and enlargers. Photography today is much simpler, more time to concentrate on composition. Because of the advances in photography it is much less expensive for the amateur photographer to get involved, therefore it is a much more popular activity today.
Also incorporated in the exhibition are a number of audio visuals created by club members. Club chairperson Edwin Bailey explains, “Audio Visual is a magical medium to work in, one can create sequences of photographs with sound and voice over to tell a story, make a documentary, record an event, or simply to portray ones feelings in a situation. What ever emotion the mood or pace of the sequence dictates can be created with a good script, appropriate music and subtle transitions from one image to the next. The more creative the author, the more enjoyable the sequence”, said Edwin.
The exhibitions to date have been very well received in Shannon and Scarriff libraries and we hope it will also be frequently visited in Kilkee. It will also be on display in Áras Chronáin, Clondalkin, Co. Dublin during the National Audio Visual Championships in October.
Shannon Camera Club is affiliated to the Southern Association of Camera Clubs (S.A.C.C) and the Irish Photographic Federation (I.P.F.) and participates in many of their associated events. The Club meets Monday nights (except bank holidays) at 7.30pm in The Oakwood Arms Hotel, Shannon, September to May. For further information see our web site www.shannoncameraclub.com
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24th - August 11th
“Nothing to see here” is the follow on from his very successful “Moments” exhibition held last year in The Gallery, Scariff Public Library, Scarriff, Co. Clare by local amateur photographer Seán McInerney.
Seán, who grew up close to the shores of Lough Derg, has drawn quite extensively primarily from the beauty of his surroundings in the picturesque area of East Clare and throughout the county and country. Well known for playing hurling at all levels for the local parish of Scarriff, he is continuing on a journey that started off as a hobby and continues to grow. As can be seen from his works some of which have won prizes in amateur and professional photography competitions, one professional prize, and have appeared in a charity publication ‘In The Picture Martin King’ for the Little Star Fund by Martin King of TV3 Weather forecasting fame, Seán does not restrict himself to his own local area but covers the entire county and country in his efforts to capture these never to be repeated “Moments in Time”. His works also include abstract images and others.
Through his work with Clare County Council, Seán has also had the opportunity to photograph dignitaries such as President Mary McAleese and more recently President Michael D Higgins at official Council functions. His talents have also been called upon to photograph a number of civic receptions where he shot many sporting and musical heroes including Marcus Horan, Anthony Foley, Sharon Shannon and the Kilfenora Ceilí Band.
This body of work “Nothing to See Here” is Seán’s effort to display to all what is taken for granted if we only take the time out to appreciate the world around us. As the artist explains, “Nothing to see here” and previously “Moments”, is how I like to refer to the wide ranging array of photographs I have taken since I first got ‘the bug’ of going out in all sorts of weather, sometimes at unsociable hours of the day and night in the hopes of discovering the perfect photographic shot. “I hope that the selection I am putting on display does no disappoint and will be an inspiration to many people, young and old alike”.
‘Nothing to See here’ is on display in the Foyer of the County Museum from July 24th - August 11th, 2012. Cllr. Pat Hayes will officially open the exhibition on Saturday, July 28th at 2p.m. All are welcome to attend.
For further information contact the artist directly at: email@example.com 087 2837065
21 – Aug 16
In 'Wednesday Mornings', two North Clare based artists, Christine Porter and Emma Stewart-Liberty, present drawings and paintings created in the studio space they shared on Wednesday mornings during the course of the last year.
Christine Porter's abstract landscapes exploit the full gamut of colour from succulent, rich saturated pigment to the most subtle tints, tones and shades. The sensuous character of materials such as charcoal, graphite, watercolour crayon and paint, is enhanced by gestured mark-making and the deep space of translucent and opaque layering, with the added excitement of textural effects.
The work shown by Emma Stewart-Liberty results from her lifelong interest in birds and documenting in particular those that visit her garden throughout the year. The series 'Aves' consists of small works on paper and board and uses a muted palette of earth tones.
Official opening Saturday 21st July at 4pm.
July - 16th August
Traditionally a folly can refer to buildings that are so deliberately extravagant in decoration and form as to serve no normative function. Instead they create escapist spaces of pleasure and mirth. Folly can also refer to any behavior or action that would commonly be deemed as foolish or lacking good sense. This exhibition seeks to question the traditional function of the gallery in mediating the art experience, Drawing inspiration from the gallery space itself, it augments that space by inserting a whimsical, immersive, pleasurable installation that provokes a questioning of the spaces we accept and a rethinking of what constitutes an aesthetically rich environment. A folly can create physical and personal space for us to transcend our habitus and re-situate ourselves and our aspirations.The exhibition features a large spatial installation of paper and various mixed media. Some additional works will be exhibited in the adjoining small gallery.
Emily Mannion is an artist born in Donegal in 1985. She graduated with a BA(hons) degree in Fine Art from the University of Huddersfield in 2007. She completed a Digital Residency in Firestation Artist Studios in 2010 and is currently undertaking a residency in Templebar Gallery and Studios with the interdisciplinary group Terraform. Recent shows include We had an idea about the future, 2012, NCH, Earlsfort Terrace Dublin; Constellations, 2011, curated by Emma Lucy O’Brien, Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow; Into a limbo..,200 Clonliffe road, 2011, Dublin (2011); “Making do With Paper Planes”, Moxie Dublin 2011, Something tells me its all happening at the zoo”, 2010, in the Kevin Kavanagh gallery, curated by Davey Moore. She currently lives in Dublin.
Thomas O Brien is a young architect living and working in Ireland. He received an Honours Bachelor Degree in Architecture in 2005 and holds a Professional Diploma (Architecture) through the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI), and University College Dublin since May 2011. Upon achieving his professional qualifications in May 2011 he has begun practicing independently as totobArk. The work of totobArk is varied and springs from a passion for all things formal and spatial, be they small scale installations and art projects, to theater sets, to building projects. totobArk is a critical practice, interested in empowering our selves through developing our knowledge of space, habitat/habitus and environment.
Official opening Saturday 21st July at 4pm.
1st – 27th
Kizito Kasule is a well known Ugandan painter and sculptor who exhibits internationally. He is an alumnus of the MFA at Burren College of Art, having graduated in 2005. Since graduating he has exhibited widely including East Africa, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Australia, and France. He has taught art at Makarere University in Kampala, Uganda for a number of years and was recently appointed Head of Painting. He is also the founder of Naganda International Academy of Art and Design, an art school near Kampala that is inspired by his time at Burren College of Art. The paintings are presented unstretched because of the prohibitive cost of air transport from Uganda, and they can easily be put onto wooden stretchers by any competent carpenter. Advice on stretching canvas is available from the college on request. The exhibition will be open 9.30am-5pm Mondays to Fridays until Friday 27th July 2012 at The Gallery, Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare. Tel: (065) 7077200 for further details.
11th –August 3rd, 2012
Maureen Glynn, a well established painter in West Clare, is having a solo exhibition of paintings at Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee that celebrates nature in all its’ stunning glory.
Originally from the UK, Maureen is an art teacher who
has taken up painting seriously since
Inspiration comes from the seashore in west Clare and places visited on holiday abroad. This exhibition features a variety of stunning and colourful new works and is sure to please the crowds visiting the gallery over the summer months.
The exhibition runs from July 11th – August 3rd, 2012 and everyone is welcome to the launch at 6pm
On Wednesday, July 18th at 6p.m. Maureen will participate in the very popular ‘Meet the Artist’ series when she will give a talk on her work and answer any questions on her work and inspiration. Again, this event is free and all are very welcome.
19th – July 6th, 2012
5th - 16th
May 5th -31st
This May Bank Holiday week end the Russell Gallery
is launching an exhibition of paintings called ‘Burren in Bloom’
part of the events of the Ballyvaughan annual May Festival. The show will
kick off on Saturday 5 of May at 6pm and will be opened by Brian Mooney,
renowned author and Burren connoisseur.
3rd - 31st
Contact: Alan Shoosmith 086 8398832 or firstname.lastname@example.org
27th – May 3rd 2012
The annual end of year Art show by the FETAC Level 5 and 6 students of Ennistymon Vocational School is opening this Thursday April 26th at 7pm.
The exhibition is a culmination of the years work. The title and theme of the exhibition is 'Depth' which represents the many ways the students looked at their art this year.
depth n 1 the extent, measurement or distance from top to the bottom, from the inner to the outer, downwards, backwards, or inwards. 2 intensity of thought or objects, emotion, silence colour etc. 3 the intellectual ability to penetrate deeply into ideas.
The collection demonstrates the self expression and skills development of the course participants and this is clearly seen in the variety and exploration of media and subject matter. Ceramics, sculpture, textiles, painting and drawing unite to make an eclectic, bold and exciting body of work.
The FETAC Level 5 and 6 Art course in Ennistymon is a full time course running from September to May each year. It is open to anyone who has an interest in, and wishes to expand their knowledge and skills in art. The course is always well subscribed and appeals to both mature students and school leavers who wish to explore their creativity or embark on art as a career. If you are interested in joining the group this September contact Ennistymon Vocational School on 065 7071375 http://www.artroomennistymonvs.blogspot.com/
Kindly supported by the Clare County Council
May 12th to Saturday June 2nd
“What do you see when you look at me?”, a collaboration between the Burren College of Art and IMMA’s National Programme, is an art exhibition specifically designed for a younger audience. The aim of the exhibition is to encourage this audience (mainly primary school level) to engage with the world of modern art, by putting it on their doorstep and facilitating interaction through a series of guided workshops, led by the educational team at IMMA. Using selected works from the permanent IMMA collection, the exhibition seeks to raise questions about self representation or representation of the other.
A selection of works from 15 contemporary artists have been chosen including sculptures, screenprints, paintings, video projections, photographs, prints and drawings. The artists represented include Martin Parr, Brian Duggan, Alice Maher, Nevan Lahart, Louis Le Brocquy, Tom Molloy and Caroline McCarthy amongst others.
National schools from the Burren area have been invited to participate in the facilitated workshops which will run in conjunction with the exhibition, giving the children the opportunity not only to learn more about the work but also to respond to the pieces on display.
The exhibition is kindly supported by Clare County Council Arts Office, Flogas and Logues Lodge, Ballyvaughan. It will run in The Gallery, Mon - Sat from May 12th to June 2nd.
For further information contact www.burrencollege.ie
April to 12th May
Inis Artists are delighted to announce their Exhibition
at ‘The Gallery at Scariff library from 23rd of April to the 12th
of May 2012. Indeed, this is their second Exhibition at this venue.
There are a wide variety of works produced, representing
the diverse techniques and versatility of the group. Captivating scenes
from everyday and country life feature with titles such as “Little
Donkey “and “Road through the Bog”. Enchanting summer
fruits and floral pieces depicting the delights of the season, Eye-catching
tree subjects in autumnal tones captured on canvas are also on display”.
14th - 27th
American artist Haynes Goodsell, known for his seductive
self-portraits, will be displaying video and photography work in which
he focuses on the male form and its portrayal within the media and
13th April 2012
The images in this series mark the third and final part of an extended two year project begun in 2009, firstly with women from Clare Women’s Network, based in Ennis and later through field research at women’s shelters in the Clare-Limerick area. The initial stages of this project were supported by the Create Artist in the Community scheme and produced with the assistance of the Irish Arts Council. For this exhibition at Glor I am presenting 12 tableaux images first shown at the RHA Ashford in Nov-Dec 2011. In addition there are 12 contemporary portraits of mothers and daughters, presented here for the first time.
Thematically this work explores the regenerative potential of mother-daughter relationships, both individually and collectively. My starting point was the ancient Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone, an archetypal account describing abduction, descent into darkness and subsequent escape, regeneration and recovery through the strength of the mother-daughter bond. My decision to use this allegorical device to describe an often complex psychological process experienced by victims of abuse, was inspired by real life responses to the question “What was the turning point for you? ”. In using this metaphorical, even poetic method my intention is to both preserve a necessary annonymity and also deconstruct archetypal patterns of human behaviour. I am also hoping to suggest a transformative potential or an alternative within events which are often ignored, regarded as inevitable or considered hopeless. The individual portraits of contemporary mothers and daughters were created as a counterbalance to the darker undertones of the theme. They bring an ancient story into the present day context, while also offering alternative icons of hope. All subjects pictured in these works are volunteers from Clare Women’s network and the local community. As the work grew through research and collaboration with individuals primarily from Ennis and County Clare, I feel it is important to bring this work back to the community from which it began, for an exhibition at Glor.
Martina Cleary is Dublin born photographer, currently based in County Clare. Having studied at NCAD Dublin and The Crawford College of Art & Design Cork, she completed her graduate studies at The Academy of Fine Arts and The University of Art & Design, Helsinki. Beginning in the early 90’s, her work has been shown and collected in Ireland, Finland and Germany. Recent shows and awards in Ireland have included; ‘Turning Point’, a solo exhibition at the RHA Ashford in Nov-Dec 2011, The Irish Arts Council Project Award 2010, the Create – Phase I Award 2010, the Roscommon Art@Work Residency 2009, EV+A 2008 (selected) at Limerick City Gallery, ‘Impressions’ 2008 All Ireland Print Show (First Prize) at Galway Arts Centre. Her work has also been supported by Clare County Council, The Finnish Arts Council, The Finnish Cultural Foundation, The Finnish Institute in London and a number of other regional Arts organizations in both Ireland and Finland. Alongside her work as an artist she is also Head of Photography at Burren College of Art and Associate Tutor in the Dept. of Print at Cardiff School of Art & Design.
Ann Daly native of Limerick now living in Clonlara Co, Clare studied Fine Art at the College of Marketing and Design, Dublin 1992 mentored by one of Irelands leading contemporary artists Patrick Graham. Ann's earlier paintings were inspired by childhood memory and more recently abstract seascapes of West Clare and snapshots of running water working in thick oil palette knife. Her involvement in the art world has increased over the last few years as Chairperson of the Derg Art Group and an organiser of the Art in Windows/Art Trial Brian Boru Festival in Ballina/Killaloe every July.
February 28th – March 24th, 2012
The inaugural exhibition in the Gallery at the Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee, Co.Clare will be an exhibition of images from the West Clare coastline by local photographer William Glynn.
Born in Kilrush and brought up in Kilkee, Co. Clare, William Glynn spent most of his working life teaching in the UK. Returning to Ireland on retirement his hobby, photography, became a serious pursuit. He loves the stark beauty of the West Clare coastline with its ever changing sea and sky and abundance of wild life. Impressed by Cartier-Bresson’s idea of the significant moment he tries to capture these unrepeatable fleeting instants. His previous exhibition in the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon in May 2011 was well received.
For further information please contact: William Glynn, email@example.com Tel no: 087 9045160
Gallery at the Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee Opening
until 24th March 2012
First PhD Studio Art exhibition at Burren College of Art demonstrates innovative, collaborative and reciprocal relationship between the artist and the natural environment.
'Being in the Land: A Sculptural Investigation of Ecology' is an exhibition of work by PhD candidate Eileen Hutton. The first of its kind at Burren College of Art, Eileen’s doctoral research addresses the question “How may sculpture be generated as a result of a reciprocal relationship with the natural environment?”
For the past 3 years Eileen Hutton has been collaborating with the local ecology in the Burren to create innovative works of sculpture using sustainable and locally sourced materials. Through an integrated theoretical and practical framework, these sculptures represent new ways of understanding landscape in art.
The representation of landscape as the central theme in any work of art is ultimately the depiction of a relationship between humanity and the natural environment. This doctoral research is a contribution not only to the field of Environmental Art, but also a contribution to landscape representation as it provides new ways of understanding humanity’s relationship to the natural environment.
Talking about the work Hutton says “I wanted to create art that had a beneficial impact on my surrounding environment, more than that I wanted to create art in conjunction with my surrounding environment. My enquiry has resulted in the creation of collaboratively produced sculptures that contribute knowledge and understanding to the fields of landscape representation and Environmental Art.”
Burren College of Art is located in the grounds of a 16th century castle in the Burren on the Atlantic coast. Tomorrow’s artists are provided with focussed time free from distractions; dedicated space to work; and inspiration taken from the unique location, an international student body, and world class tutors. Accredited by the National University of Ireland, Galway, Burren College of Art is operated in association with the Royal College of Art, London and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
President of the college Mary Hawkes-Greene says “The presentation of the first PhD exhibition at the Burren College of Art is a significant milestone in the development of the College. Representing the highest level of academic achievement, Eileen’s PhD research is inextricably linked with Place- exploring and offering new perspectives on issues of sustainability in the Burren through the lens of the artist. This work further develops the expanded mission of BCA as a Centre of Creative Learning and a catalyst for development and change. We warmly congratulate Eileen on her exhibition and achievement, the culmination of intense research and steadfast application.”
A graduate of Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Hutton came to study at Burren College of Art in 2008. Since moving from the USA her work has featured in a number of exhibitions including Sculpture in Context, Dublin; ecosynthesis/ecosynthesis, Contemporary Art Torino, Italy; and Out of a Box, 126, Galway.
The exhibition runs at the Burren College of Art Gallery until 24th March. Opening hours 9am – 4pm Monday to Saturday.
18th to March 15th 2012
Two artists, Carol Kennedy and Ilsa Thielan, join forces in a stunning exhibition of photography in the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, from Saturday the 18th of February to Thursday, the 15th of March 2012. Both follow their intuition to capture the essence of moments precious to them.
Ilsa Thielan’s exhibited work is a homage to the people of the Sahara, who she met when travelling to the Festival au Desert about 65 kilometers beyond the legendary town of Timbuktu way out in the vastness of the Sahara. Under a scorching hot sun she camped with them capturing unforgettable moments of desert life and friendship. With her camera she works in a gentle way as if part of her body, her tool, her paint brush. Her portraits radiate a vibrant, passionate energy as well as a lovely spirit. Ilsa’s desert scenes have a mystical remoteness like her camel rider “He came from afar” or her camp “at the edge of the night” where a lone tree reaches out to tents and camels in haunting twilight. Poetry she wrote in the desert accompanies the exhibition.
And there are Carol Kennedy’s nocturnal moonscapes creating an amazing contrast to the colourful Saharan scenes. Though Carol’s fascinating photographs are taken in Ireland, the same cold moon is moving through the night sky in the Sahara. Carol captures the essence of the ephemeral moment one has to respond instantly to or loose it, her camera merely acting as an extension of herself. There are the fine branches of a tree touching a full white moon as if gently stroking a gem stone, or the moon is mysteriously partly hidden in the dark of a landscape. Carol captures glimpses of nature at night in her photographs weaving through the exhibition like another kind of poetry.
The exhibition is opened by artist Marie Connole on Saturday, 18th of February, 4 p.m. Everybody welcome! It runs until 15th of March 2012 in the Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street, Ennistymon, Co. Clare. Opening Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays 12 - 4 p.m.
Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery
February 17th to March 15th
The viewer is invited to gaze upon ancient traditional
birth spaces taken from Sheela-na-gig imagery and the Mandorla tradition.
A Mandorla is made up of two separate circles coming together to form
an almond-shaped symbol of birth. The word mandorla is taken from the
Latin for almond. This balanced sacred space has provided women with a
powerful way of visualizing birth. My work seeks to continue this ancient
tradition into the future.
Official opening: Feb 18th at 4pm
Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery - 065 707 1630