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14th June, 2021 to 10th July, 2021.
Colour and Rhythm by Inis Artists
Scarriff Library Gallery, Scarriff, Co. Clare

Inis Artists are hoping that members of the public will come and enjoy an exhibition of their recent work showcasing their passion for art and design.
Inis Artists are a Clare based group of artists – some professional, some amateur who come together to exhibit their work at various public arts venues around the west of Ireland.
They have been together for over 20 years, having originally formed in 1999 as a splinter group from the Clare Association of Artists & Craftworkers.
Membership is kept to a maximum of 15 to facilitate a fair spread of everyone’s work in exhibitions. Some of their members have been with the group from the outset and they have welcomed newcomers as others depart.
Inis Artists aim to put together a programme of exhibitions annually in galleries, local libraries, shopping centres and Arts Centres. In the last few years they have also organised charity weekend events with demonstrations to the public of different styles of painting.
Inis Artists are delighted to begin their return to libraries and galleries with an exhibition in Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee throughout June and look forward to further events this year as Covid restrictions allow.
For further information contact Alan Shoosmith, PRO Inis Artists, at alanartist1@gmail.com or visit www.inis artists.com

31st May, 2021 - 3rd July, 2021
New Beginnings by Inis Artists
Cultúrlann Culturlann Sweeney Gallery, Kilkee, Co. Clare

Inis Artists are hoping that members of the public will come and enjoy an exhibition of their recent work showcasing their passion for art and design.
Inis Artists are a Clare based group of artists – some professional, some amateur who come together to exhibit their work at various public arts venues around the west of Ireland.
They have been together for over 20 years, having originally formed in 1999 as a splinter group from the Clare Association of Artists & Craftworkers.
Membership is kept to a maximum of 15 to facilitate a fair spread of everyone’s work in exhibitions. Some of their members have been with the group from the outset and they have welcomed newcomers as others depart.
Inis Artists aim to put together a programme of exhibitions annually in galleries, local libraries, shopping centres and Arts Centres. In the last few years they have also organised charity weekend events with demonstrations to the public of different styles of painting.
Inis Artists are delighted to begin their return to libraries and galleries with an exhibition in Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee throughout June and look forward to further events this year as Covid restrictions allow.
For further information contact Alan Shoosmith, PRO Inis Artists, at alanartist1@gmail.com or visit www.inis artists.com


26th May, 2021 – 12th June, 2021.
'Art in Studios' Summer Show
Scarriff Library Gallery, Scarriff, Co. Clare

Art in Studios is a recent initiative which gives the public access to a network of 12 contemporary art and craft studios in East Clare, all within easy access of one another. This 'Arts Trail' provides a unique opportunity to visit local artists at work in their studios, speak with them about their practice and if desired, purchase art work directly from them. The 'Art in Studios' arts trail showcases a great diversity of artists and makers in East Clare including painters, printers, sculptors and artists working with ceramics, glass, mosaic, encaustic and fabric.
All are fully practising creators who regularly exhibit their artworks in group and solo exhibitions locally and around the country. The trail highlights the processes of art and craft making and a number of the artists in the 'trail' offer to share these skills and techniques, through workshops and demonstrations held at various times throughout the year. The artists concerned would be delighted to tell when these take place if contacted directly.
For further details contact Stephen Powell mountshannonfestival@gmail.com Website www.artinstudios.ie Facebook: Art in Studios.
Participating artists:
Vivienne Bogan. Feakle. Mixed media, fine art paint.
Kathryna Cuschieri. Glendree.Feakle. Glass.
Nathalie El Baba. Scarriff. Mixed media, paint and glass.
Isabelle Gaborit. Whitegate. Encaustic.
Nicola Henley, Tuamgraney. Fine art textile.
Debbie Hunt. Feakle. Contemporary fine art paint.
Ian Kelly. Scarriff. Wood Sculpture; bog oak
Lynn Kenny. Killaloe. Mixed media, fine art paint.
Tim Noonan, Bodyke. Ceramics

Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee

4th January to 30th January 2021
Dark Days and Golden Rays!
Exhibition by Hazel Murray at the Gallery, Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee.

The Gallery, Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee, Co. Clare
Come and enjoy an exhibition of recent work by Artist Hazel Murray showcasing her passion for art and design.
Hazel is a gifted artist, she has always had a love for art, murals, commissions to mention a few. Hazel loves all things art - her love of modern styles of art, abstract art, seascape & landscape. Hazel is currently exploring Resin art which she will have on display at the upcoming exhibition.
For further information contact hazemurray.art@gmail.com through Facebook and Instagram.

28th September – 30th October, 2020
Exhibition by Elaine Carey
Clare Museum, Ennis.

Come and enjoy an exhibition of recent work by Artist Elaine Carey showcasing her passion for art and design. Elaine loves to document beautiful things, things that spark joy. Elaine studied textile design in Galway in Chluain Mhuire in 2002. In 2018 she took up watercolour illustration and she loves to collect things that inspire her. Elaine’s favourite part of her work is creating new colour schemes.
For further information contact carey.elainec@gmail.com
Find Elaine Carey on Facebook and Instagram.

28th September – 30th October, 2020
New Explorations in Textiles, Photography and Plastic by Kim Thittichai.
Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee.

Information about the event: An exhibition of recent work by Kim Thittichai will showcase her new explorations in textiles, deconstructed plastics and new local subjects for her photography. Kim will be showing her latest vessels created from plastic washed up on local beaches for the first time, along with new mixed media canvases inspired by the remarkable light and colour of the West Clare landscape and huge skies.
For further information contact:
Sonas Studio, Fodra, Kilbaha, Kilrush, Clare V15 X030 087 6907 809 info@kimthittichai.com www.kimthittichai.com

  August 31st – September 26th, 2020
Exhibition by Henry Butler
Clare Museum, Ennis.
Ennis native, Henry Butler, brings his recent work to the Ennis Museum from August 31st – September 26th.
Living in Tulla with his wife and three young daughters, this is Henry’s third exhibition following shows in Scarriff and Tulla since returning to painting in 2018.
The Limerick School of Art & Design graduate’s work is heavily influenced by the natural world and wildlife pieces feature regularly in his work. This year however, with the restrictions on foreign travel due the Covid-19 pandemic and the focus on what Ireland has to offer people, scenes from the rugged coastline of the Wild Atlantic Way feature prominently in his work.
In the last few months he has visited places including Mayo, Kerry and the Aran Islands which have inspired some his most recent work.


Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee

Friday, 8th May 2020
The West Ocean String Quartet
Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee at 8pm

The West Ocean String Quartet (WOSQ) marks its twentieth anniversary in 2020 with an innovative recording project which celebrates the traditional music of Ireland’s Atlantic coast.
The music will be curated from the broad musical spectrum of this region, specially arranged for the recording by the quartet’s cellist Neil Martin who is ideally placed to arrange and compose music suited to the diverse musical backgrounds of his WOSQ colleagues. Since it took its first tentative steps in 1999, WOSQ has received world-wide acclaim. Its founding members, Séamus McGuire (violin) and Neil Martin (cello) were later joined by Niamh Crowley (violin) and Ken Rice (viola). Within the quartet, the worlds of traditional and classical music meet and combine effortlessly.
Tickets €16/€14 Conc. Information and bookings - Box Office 065 9060769, or visit www.culturlannsweeney.ie

Monday, 9th March 2020 to Saturday, 4th April 2020
'Clare Moments' by Philip Brennan
Scariff Library Gallery

The paintings in this showing are a selection from a larger collection recently exhibited in Ennis, Shannon and Kilkee. Landscapes and wildlife subjects form the largest portion of the show but there are also seascapes, weather themes and music.
Philip has been exhibiting his work since the seventies and this is his 23rd solo show since 1982. While he has painted in many locations around Ireland and sometimes abroad, from Wales to Canada and West Africa and has exhibited in the US and in Florence, his own County Clare has always been the source of most of his inspiration. The further he roamed the more he was drawn back home to the Burren, to the great cliffscapes and seas from Kilbaha to Kilkee, to the rivers, weather, history, stories, wildlife and music of Clare. His books ‘Philip Brennan’s Clare’ (2002) and ‘Wanderings’(2006) clearly show this obsession with the county.
This exhibition shows a selection of watercolours from the ‘Clare Moments’ collection. Each picture tries to capture and hold a particular moment in the Clare year and there is quite a mix here: Skylarks and Sparrowhawks in the Burren, quiet riversides, both calm and wild moments on the Loop Head coast, snow, butterflies migrating, eagles returning to Mountshannon after 100 years’ absence, singers in session and ancient monuments. This exhibition can be viewed during library opening hours. An opening launch will be held on Thursday 12th March 6.30pm – 8pm. For further information contact: 061 922893 or scarriff_library@clarecoco.ie.

March 9th to April 4th 2020
Henry Butler Exhibition
Ennis Museum during opening hours
Ennis native, Henry Butler, brings his recent work to the Ennis Museum from March 9th to April 4th. Living in Tulla with his wife and three young daughters, this is Henry’s third exhibition following shows in Scarriff and Tulla since returning to painting in 2018.
The Limerick School of Art & Design graduate’s work is heavily influenced by the natural world and wildlife pieces feature regularly in his work. He tries to capture the true essence of the animals he paints. Each one beautiful and fascinating in their own way.
This year he has included seascapes from the rugged coastline of the Wild Atlantic Way and plans adding more to his collection in 2020.
"We have such breathtaking vistas and views right on our doorstep that we are guilty of taking them for granted. I want to explore more of what Ireland has to offer and capture that on canvas" he says.
Henry is contactable at henrybutlerart@gmail.com and also through Facebook and Instagram.

March 6th to 27th 2020
Shela na Gigs and other Gods-an interactive art exhibition part 3 by Astrid Adler
Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee

This body of work comes out of the project : "Search for the divine female". A research into Clare /Ireland communities' mind, practice, images and knowledge of divine females/female goddesses and places dedicated to them supported by the Clare Arts Office in 2010. The search brought up carvings of Shela na Gigs, stories of Gréine, Biddy Early and Aibheal or the healer women with the symbol of the double dragon from Scattery Island.
The series of paintings are mostly (oil) pastels on black carton taking form from wisps to stonelike sculptures. Why she hid the paintings for so long is a mystery to the artist herself. Adler presents a possible pantheon of gods inspired by the spirit of Clare. The visitor is invited to write down what the Gods stand for, are good for or useful for, if female or male or even names.
At this stage the paintings are for sale. The artist will be is present in a setting of celebration at the exhibition close.

Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee

Wednesday 4th March 2020
Film Screening – So Long, My Son
Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee at 7.30pm

So Long My Son traces the lives of two families over three decades of social, political and human upheaval in China. Following the loss of a child in a tragic accident, their paths separate. Destinies ebb and flow, and fortunes are transformed under the impact of a country’s changing face. Yet even as their lives diverge, a common search for truth and reconciliation around the tragedy remains. But sometimes it can take a lifetime to say farewell.
Tickets €6, seniors €5.

Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee

Wednesday, 5th February 2020
Film Screening – Sons of Denmark
Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee at 7.30pm

2019 subtitled film. One year after a bomb attack in Copenhagen, ethnic tensions are running high. Angered by the rising anti-Islamic climate, 19-year-old Zakariais becomes entangled in a violent plot against the far-right leader Martin Nordahl, whose National Movement party is tipped to win the upcoming general election. Zakaria’s naivety catches up with him as the country’s intelligence service starts to swiftly close in on him. Tickets €6, seniors €5.

Friday, 28th February 2020
Adaptation by Ian Wilson - A musical journey through Trad, Classical & Jazz.
Miltown Malbay Community Centre at 8pm

Written by one of Ireland’s leading composers, Ian Wilson, for the talents of pianist Izumi Kimura and guitarist Joe O’Callaghan, Adaptation charts the imaginary musical journey through time and space of a well-known trad tune, visiting many of the styles and eras that might have influenced its final character. A heady mix of trad, classical, and jazz music, this hour-long performance promises to be as memorable as it will be enjoyable.
Commissioned by Clare County Council through the Gaining Ground Public Art Programme. For further information contact 065 6899091.
Admission is free and all are welcome!

Thursday, 27th February 2020
Adaptation by Ian Wilson - A musical journey through Trad, Classical & Jazz.
Teach Cheoil, Kilrush at 8pm

Written by one of Ireland’s leading composers, Ian Wilson, for the talents of pianist Izumi Kimura and guitarist Joe O’Callaghan, Adaptation charts the imaginary musical journey through time and space of a well-known trad tune, visiting many of the styles and eras that might have influenced its final character. A heady mix of trad, classical, and jazz music, this hour-long performance promises to be as memorable as it will be enjoyable.
Commissioned by Clare County Council through the Gaining Ground Public Art Programme. For further information contact 065 6899091.
Admission is free and all are welcome!

Darragh O'Brien

3rd to 29th of February 2020
Darragh O'Brien Exibition
Clare Museum during opening hours (9.30am to 5.30pm)

Ennis native Darragh O’Brien is currently showcasing his work in the Clare Museum. His work uses colour to dramatically capture the sense of joy he experiences during the act of creating the artwork. This is perhaps most evident through his prominent brushstrokes and vibrant splashes paint. Each painting is a spontaneous work of art and represents an uninhibited expression of pleasure in colour and composition. Darragh will launch his exhibition on Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 at 2pm in the Museum.

Art Exhibition-Coasts and Cottages

3rd to 28th of Feburary 2020
Art Exhibition - Coasts and Cottages
Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee, Co.Clare

Coasts and cottages is an exhibition of paintings by Nara Coates which showcases Nara’s love of the land with paintings ranging from the timeless solidity of the Burren’s landscape to the natural beauty of the rock formations. In her current exhibition she has endeavoured to pay a tribute to the builders and their creative imaginations in lovingly restoring the old forgotten and dilapidated cottages by transforming them into most enchanting and capturing images. The designs show an extra sensitivity and passion in creating a reality that is unique in this precious landscape. The roaring west coast sea rages on, battering the west coast. The human spirit finds painterly solutions that are pleasing to the eye, with colours that blend and harmonise and spaces that hold their presence through an ever-changing reality.


See also:
Arts Events 2019

See http://www.glor.ie for events at Glór Irish Music Centre, Ennis
See http://www.burrencollege.ie/ for events at the Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan
See http://www.burrenpaintingcentre.com for courses at O'Neill's Burren Painting Centre, Lisdoonvarna
See http://www.burrenpaintingcentre.com and http://www.artatthepark.net for courses at Art at the Park, Killanena

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