Vision X 22 Nov 2019 – 26 Jan 2020, RHA, Dr. Tony Ryan Gallery, Dublin

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Image: Anna Bjerger Hem 2016 40x30cm oil on aluminium.

Aileen Murphy, Diana Copperwhite, Robert Armstrong and Anna Bjerger takes part in a group exhibition called Vision X at The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dr. Tony Ryan Gallery.

From press release:
This exhibition, entitled Vision X, aims to bring together previously unseen works by new emerging Irish artists Aileen Murphy, Glenn Fitzgerald, Eleanor McCaughey and Brian Harte among others with more established international artists Thomas Noskowski, Joyce Pensato and Norbert Schwontkowski. The exhibition focuses on work that teeters on the edge of perception, dreamlike, sometimes awkward abstraction and subversive figuration that take the way we see apart and question our place in the world.
Curated by Diana Copperwhite RHA

Special thanks to The Magnus Karlsson Gallery and the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery for supporting the work.

An exhibition walk through together with curator Diana Copperwhite will happen Wednesday 11 December at 5.30 pm.
For more information visit RHA’s website
Royal Hibernian Academy
Gallagher Gallery
15 Ely Place
Dublin 2, Ireland

Alice Maher: Highlanes Gallery/ Limerick City Gallery

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Elliptical Affinities: Irish Women Artists and The Politics of The Body, 1984 to the Present

Venue: Highlanes Gallery
Sponsor:Louth County Council / Arts Council
Admission: FREE

Aideen Barry, Sarah Browne, Amanda Coogan, Dorothy Cross, Pauline Cummins, Rachel Fallon, Patricia Hurl, Jesse Jones, Breda Lynch, Alice Maher, Alanna O’Kelly, Kathy Prendergast, Louise Walsh  Since the mid 1980s an important tendency in art by Irish women has been to situate itself clearly in relation to the significant changes in the politics of the body in Ireland that began to take place during that decade, culminating in the recent upsurge of both activism and artwork in relation to the Campaign to Repeal the Eighth Amendment. The revitalisation of feminism during the 1980s in response to the repressive attitudes of church and state also resulted in the emergence of a new generation of Irish women artists whose work was explicitly focused around the politics of the Irish female body.
An exhibition that explicitly focuses on tracking this ongoing conjunction of art and feminism in Ireland is long overdue, and in this sense Elliptical Affinities builds on and acknowledges precedents such as But Still Like Dust I’ll Rise curated by Vivienne Dick at Galway Arts Centre (2018) and the enmeshing of women’s history, temporality, embodiment and affect in Jesse Jones’ Tremble Tremble. For more info on the exhibition click here.

The exhibition is produced by Aoife Ruane and Stephen Hodgins. The Exhibition is funded by Arts Council Ireland and Manchester Metropolitian University

16 November 2019 – 25 January 2020, Highlanes Gallery 6 February – 22 March 2020, Limerick City Gallery of Art  Highlanes Gallery, Laurence Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland T. + 353 (0)41 9803311 W. E.

SILVER 25 Years Kevin Kavanagh 21st November – 21st December

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SILVER 21st November – 21st December

To mark 25 years as a gallerist in Dublin, I have put together a special exhibition, SILVER. It is a personal selection of art works, each by an artist associated with the gallery and each, I feel, of exceptional quality.

Over the years, it has been an honour and a privilege to work with many of the finest artists in Ireland and elsewhere.

The gallery’s primary aim has always been to exhibit the artists’ best work in the most auspicious way, enabling and encouraging an appreciation of its character and quality. Apart from a full program of exhibitions the gallery has also worked with other venues throughout Ireland and abroad and promoted artists in international art fairs.

Art is a precarious enterprise for artists and gallerists alike. Their commitment is driven by passion, but of course that counts for nothing without the equally passionate commitment of collectors. Collectors of contemporary art contribute immeasurably to the cultural vitality of their society in the most immediate, direct way. The importance of their role cannot be over-estimated, and I greatly appreciate the support of the gallery’s loyal patrons through the years.

We live at a point when Ireland’s mid-career artists are the equal of their peers throughout the world, and the rising generation of artists has never seemed more promising and exciting. I look forward to continuing to work with both established and emerging artists, and with those who ultimately make it all possible, the collectors.

Diana Copperwhite

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Diana Copperwhite will take part in this year’s TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, Tactical Magic, opening Friday 1st November 2019.

TULCA 2019 Artists
Anri Sala, Barry Mulholland, Christian Fogarolli, Day Magee, Diana Copperwhite, Helen Mac Mahon, Jesse Jones, Katherine Sankey, Linda Pense, Mark Cullen, Martina O’Brien, Michelle Doyle, Michael Fortune, Paul Duane, Rajinder Singh, SUBSET, Una Quigley, From the Bogs of Aughiska, Natalia Beylis, Branwen Kavanagh, Geels Lampa A Ela (The Hope Collective). 

Venue opening hours – Friday 1 November
TULCA Festival Gallery: 19.00 – 21.00
Galway Arts Centre: 10.00 – 17.00
126 Gallery: 15.00 – 18.00
Columban Hall: 15.00 – 18.00
NUIG Gallery: 15.00 – 18.00
Engage Art Studios Gallery: 15.00 – 18.00
The Hall of the Red Earl: 10.00 – 16.45
Galway City Museum: 10.00 – 17.00
Tuam Library: 10.30 – 17.00

TULCA Festival Gallery, William St, Galway –

Robert Armstrong

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Robert Armstrong’s painting, The Meeting, is on the cover of Pale Sister, a new publication by Colm Tóibín. Pale Sister, written by Tóibín for Irish actress Lisa Dwan, is a dramatisation of the voice of Ismene, the sister of Antigone, who recounts her sister’s defiance of the king as pressures mount on Ismene herself to act to vindicate her sister, or even follow her example. The world premiere of Pale Sister takes place at The Gate Theatre from October 31st.

Geraldine O’Neill

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Geraldine O’Neill, In This Brief Time- Rabhlaí Rabhlaí, 2019.

Kevin Kavanagh is pleased to announce that In This Brief Time- Rabhlaí Rabhlaí by Geraldine O’Neill has recently been acquired by the Irish Arts Council.

The painting shall be included in an exhibition of works from the Arts Council’s collection taking place on Friday the 20th of September to mark the occasion of Culture Night.

For more information please see:

Aileen Murphy

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Aileen Murphy, The Bed, 2019.

‘Panting’ is a solo exhibition of paintings by Aileen Murphy at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios.

With this series of new paintings, Murphy responds to a fundamental set of questions: How can a painting remain open and yet still hold together? What is elastic space? How can painting complicate its own space, or abstract the figure? Furthermore, the artist states that each work also asks a different question, and each possessing a different voice.

Described by fellow artist Julia Dubsky as ‘recalciltrant’,  Murphy’s paintings buck style and taste in a manner that draws out deeply human physical or emotional sensations such as laughing, crying, kissing, licking. When felt intensely, these are uncontrollable actions, and Murphy amplifies their physicality, sound and texture through a vivid palette and defiant gestural mark-making.

‘Panting’ runs from the 20th September to the 16th November 2019.

For more information, please see:

Sonia Shiel

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I Am What You’ve Come To See

Void Gallery, Derry

5th September – 1 November 2019

I Am What You’ve Come To See is a solo exhibition of work by Sonia Shiel currently on view at Void Gallery, Derry.

In all works of fiction there belies an agreement that the reader/the viewer will allow for a suspension of disbelief. For I Am What You’ve Come To See, Sonia Shiel has transformed the three gallery spaces into a circular narrative, casting the audience as its central protagonist.

The viewer is compelled to move through the galleries by a series of scripted audio-visual instructions, strategic objects and obtuse props that feign seemingly ungovernable chances – in a shapeshifting journey that is entirely staged.

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Kathy Tynan and Stephanie Deady nominated for Hennessy Craig award.

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Kathy Tynan, Une belle chambre de mort, 2019.

Stephanie Deady, Concealed Pink I, 2019.

Kevin Kavanagh is delighted to announce that Kathy Tynan and Stephanie Deady have been nominated for the The Hennessy Craig award.

Established at the bequest of the estate of Patrick Hennessy and Henry Robertson Craig, the award is offered on a biannual basis to artists under the age of thirty five whose work has been shown in the Royal Hibernian Academy’s annual exhibition.

Paintings by Tynan and Deady are currently on view in the Tony Ryan gallery at the RHA as part of an exhibition of shortlisted artists accompanying the award.

For more information, please see:

Geraldine O’Neill, Alice Maher, Mick O’Dea, Gary Coyle to feature in ’21st Century Ireland in 21 Artworks’, Glebe House and Gallery.

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Gary Coyle, The Penitent, 2014.

The Glebe Gallery / Office of Public Works in association with RTÉ & Earagail Arts Festival presents ‘21st Century Ireland in 21 Artworks’ at Glebe House and Gallery, Donegal. The exhibition is curated by Cristín Leach and looks at the island of Ireland since the turn of the century. All the artworks included in this exhibition were made in Ireland, about Ireland, and by Irish artists since 2000.

There are paintings, photographs, video works, sculptures, performances, and installations about home, money, bodies, risk, mental health, society, politics and more.

The exhibition opens Sunday 14th July at 3pm and runs until Sunday 1st September (Daily).

For more information see:

Oidhreacht: Transforming Tradition, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda.

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Joseph Patrick Haverty, The Blind Piper, 1841.

Elaine Byrne and Mick O’Dea are amongst the artists included in ‘Oidhreacht: Transforming Tradition’, opening Saturday the 13th July at the Highlanes Gallery Drogheda.

The exhibition will bring together a range of artworks from the 18th century to the contemporary moment exploring Irish traditional arts & culture. It will include diverse examples, some familiar, many not shown for some time, and will offer a sense of the wide range of representations and expressions of Irish traditional arts & culture in visual art and material culture both in historic and contemporary art.

Featuring; Jack Butler Yeats, Frederick William Burton, Elaine Byrne, George Campbell, John Cassidy, Simon Coleman, Ara Devine, Gerard Dillon, Laurence Fagan, Mike Fitzpatrick, Trevor Thomas Fowler, Joseph Patrick Haverty, Grace Henry, Paul Henry, James Humbert Craig, Seán Keating, Daniel Maclise, Philip Napier, Mick O’Dea, Alanna O’Kelly, George Petrie, Nano Reid, and Elizabeth Rivers

The exhibition runs until the 14th September 2019.

Elaine Byrne

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Fortified Boundaries IV, 2018
Elaine Byrne will take part in The Watchers, a group show at the Foundation, New York, opening 11th July.

The Watchers, an exhibition that focuses on the multi-faced nature of surveillance and privacy in contemporary society, and the subsequent production and obscuration of information and news, will be on view at the Foundation’s exhibition space, The 8th Floor, in New York City from July 11 through October 12, 2019. Artists in the exhibition includeVito AcconciAmerican ArtistElaine ByrneLieven De BoeckAnne Deleporte,Hasan ElahiKarin FerrariOrkhan HuseynovPedro LaschRafael Lozano-Hemmer,Cannupa Hanska LugerArnold MeschesTrevor Paglen, and Amie Siegel.
The Watchers is loosely organized as a narrative about surveillance, presenting examples of stalking, sousveillance, fortified borders, facial recognition technology, as well as proposals for World Trade Center Memorials in cities across the world. Artworks featured in the exhibition that cite oppressive uses of tracking devices are juxtaposed with artistic manipulations of surveillance that model political agency and resistance. The exhibition sets the stage for dialogue examining the relationship between the technologies used to produce surveillance and the construction of news media. 

Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh

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The Carlow Arts Festival and VISUAL Carlow presents

ARTWORKS 2019: Dearly Beloved

04 June – 01 September

Featuring selected works from the Irish Museum of Modern Art Collection

Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh will show work alongside Marian Balfe, Colin Crotty, Mark Cullen, Gabhann Dunne, Mary A. Fitzgerald, Jane Fogarty, Helen Hughes, Jo Kimmins, Breda Lynch, Jonathon Mayhew, Paul Mosse, Oisín O’Brien, Tom O’Dea, Laurence O’ Toole,Jane Queally, Joanne Reid, Amanda Rice, Emma Roche, Joan Sugrue, Chanelle Walsh, Linda Conroy and Fiona Reilly.

From the IMMA Collection: Pierre Huyghe, Mairead MacLean, Mark O’Kelly, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Daphne Wright.

Richard Proffitt

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Sun Setting, oil on paper, 2019

May the moon rise and the sun set

May the moon rise and the sun set is a solo exhibition of new installation, painting and collage work at UCC Music Department, Cork City curated by Chris Clarke and produced by The Glucksman as part of Cork Midsummer Festival 2019.

Exhibition opens 14th June 2019 and runs daily until 23rd June 2019.

Using the unique history and architecture of the building to create an ambitious large-scale installation artwork, the work includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, indigenous and religious art, paraphernalia (both found and fabricated) as well as objects including musical instruments, books, lights, rugs, carpets, clothing, scraps of paper, sketches, countercultural newspapers, playing cards, psychedelic posters and everyday detritus. 

The installation also incorporates elements of sound and video work, including music composed from tape loops of pre-recorded repetitive drone, folk and psychedelic music, cut-up monologues and video from found sources. These materials reference makeshift shamanic shrines and dilapidated places of worship, sub-cultural interests in folk ritual and the hippie communes of the 1960s and 70s. 

A transient midsummer offering, May the moon rise and the sun set exists only in this edition, for this time in this space.

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Sean Lynch

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Yorkshire Sculpture International; A festival of sculpture
Across Leeds and Wakefield

Saturday 22 June – Sunday 29 September 2019
Free and open to all

For Yorkshire Sculpture International, Sean Lynch will realise a project for the Henry Moore Institute Research Library based on the life and work of ‘Flint Jack’, a nineteenth-century Yorkshire antiquarian, vagabond and highly skilled artisan, who sold fake megalithic axe heads and ceramic and stone carving forgeries. Despite their lack of historical providence and verification, these objects still populate many UK museums.

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Robert Armstrong- Disrupters at The Highlanes Gallery

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Friday 3 May – Saturday 29 June, 2019
Exhibition Opening Friday 3 May from 7:30pm – 8:45pm with an informal Artists’ Gallery Talk from 7.40pm

‘The dominated do not remain in subordination because they misunderstand the existing state of affairs but because they lack the confidence in their own capacity to transform it’  Jacques ​Rancières from Aesthetics and its Discontents

An oak tree is suspended, inverted, and slowly turning between the upper and lower spaces at Highlanes Gallery, a former Franciscan Church. Tree by Joe Hanly is the starting point for Disruptors, a group exhibition which also includes emerging, established and senior artists, Robert Armstrong, John Byrne, Felicity Clear, Jingze Du, Hannah Fitz, Marie Farrington, Kevin Gaffney, Cliona Harmey and Gary Reilly and seeks to interrupt sense-perception and expectations. 

A dictionary definition of Disruption is ‘an interruption in the usual way that a system, process, or event works’, historically carrying negative connotations associated with damaging and/or preventative forces; the word Disruption in the 21st century has also acquired, tentatively, more positive associations with innovative techniques in industry, commerce and design in which the disruptor becomes the prompter for new avenues of enquiry and invention – Silicon Valley, Elon Musk, and the writings of business guru Clayton Christensen in Disruptive Innovation, while also in the advancing of social and economic justice in ‘Les Gilets Jaune’ (yellow vests) and ‘Occupy Movement’. 

Including painting, sculpture, video and installation, the exhibition itself resists a single narrative, although the works themselves may individually allude, often with some humour, to real sentiments around such universal issues as environment, borders, identity and being, as well as more formal issues within the poetry of their craft and materiality.

Presented on the occasion of the annual Drogheda Arts Festival 30 April – 6 May 2019 and in association with Age & Opportunity as part of the nationwide Bealtaine Festival
– celebrating the arts and creativity as we age
Tickets Information
Places available for DISRUPTORS opening Artists’ Talk are free, with booking essential for all who attend. Seating will be available as first-come first-served.

DISRUPTORS Opening Artists’ Talk Tickets

Diana Copperwhite- The Clock Struck Between Time

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The clock struck between time
Address : 532 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10001

Opening reception Tuesday April 30th at 6pm

If you’re in New York next month be sure to catch Diana Copperwhite’s upcoming solo show ‘The clock struck between time‘, at 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel. Due to unforeseen circumstances the exhibition dates have been changed with the new opening now being Tuesday the 30th of April at 6pm

In her paintings, Diana Copperwhite explores the relationship between colors, gestures, figuration, and representation, harmonizing different visual strategies on the canvas. Copperwhite, who is based in Dublin, amalgamates images from the internet, photographs, and real life, unifying these sources in paintings that critically assess the medium’s ability to represent images, sensations, and ideas. “Painting is so physical but has the potential to do something very different to other media. . . . I think that aspects of technology are almost hypnotic and trance-like and this creates a space in my paintings that gives rise to what you might consider the psychedelic,” Copperwhite has said.


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WATER MOUNTAIN – Robert Armstong – At the Academy of Visual Arts as Artist-in-Residence HONG KONG Baptist University

Opening Tuesday the 9th of April- 6pm- 8pm

Geraldine O’Neill – MAKing ART: The PAINTing EXHIBITION

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MAKing Art: The PAINTing EXHIBITION , Draíocht Arts Centre

Address: The Blanchardstown Centre, Blanchardstown, Co. Dublin, D15 RYX6

Date: 14th of March – 18th of May, 2019

MAKing Art: PAINTing is the second in a series of exhibitions (2018-2022) particularly aimed at children and young people which explores a specific visual art discipline, its materials, processes and varied manifestations. Painting is the focus of this second exhibition (the first was drawing). It celebrates different approaches to the use of paint, to the act of painting and to the painting as finished artwork. 

Curated by Sharon Murphy

For more information on this exhibition or on other Draíocht gallery events see here.

Oliver Comerford – Dorsky Gallery, Distance

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Dorsky Gallery : 45th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101, USA

February 17th – April 7th, 2019

Opening reception Sunday the 17th of February 2-5pm

Oliver Comerford will be exhibiting in a group show in New York titled Distance. Curated by Steve Locke and Betsy Alwin, Distance looks to the physical, chronological, intellectual, emotional, and geographic dimensions that the concept of distance entails. This exhibition brings together the work of alumni from the Skowhegan school of painting. The curators were further inspired by Solmaz Sharif’s poem, Look, which explores consequences that result from perceptions of difference and distance. This exhibition includes works by artists of varying ages, from various cultural backgrounds, who work in various locations around the country and around the world. Although the works in Distance all can be called “works on paper,” the diversity of shapes, sizes, materials and techniques reflects the variety of contemporary art practices encompassed under that single rubric.

The Print Studio Posters – Robert Armstrong and Joe Hanly

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TBG&S Atrium

15 February – 13 April 2019

The Print Studio Posters is currently on show in the Temple Bar Galleries and Studios Atrium space. This exhibition showcases the variety of screen printed posters made by Robert Armstrong and Joe Hanly throughout the 80’s from their time running The Print Studio. In addition to their artistic practices Armstrong and Hanly produced posters for all manor of events throughout Ireland, these hand printed works were a necessity in a time when photoshop and other design programs weren’t so readily available, the resulting images bringing together high levels of both skill and artistry.

On the 20th of February you can catch Robert and Joe in conversation with John Graham in Studio 6, where they will discuss the exhibited works. Admission is free but booking is required.

To book tickets for this talk, see here.

For more information on this exhibition, see here.

To see images from Robert’s recent solo show, see here.

Alice Maher – Music + Maker

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Solstice Arts Centre

Railway Street, Navan, Co. Meath

Opens Saturday the 9th of March at 2.30pm (closes Thursday 2nd of May)

Alice Maher will be exhibiting work in The Solstice Arts Centre’s upcoming show Music + Maker. This project draws together artists, musicians and composers, and produces works built of this interdisciplinary collaboration. The exhibition will be opened by Simon O’Connor, composer and Director of The Museum of Literature, Ireland.

To mark the opening of the exhibition, join Director of Solstice Belinda Quirke for an In Conversation with exhibiting artists /composers and improvised performances by Irene Buckley & Elaine Cowley (from Crevice) and Colm O Hara (trombone).

For more information on this exhibition see here. 

To see images from Alice’s recent solo show see here.

Nevan Lahart – P is for Portrait

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Nevan Lahart will be exhibiting works in two shows in the UK. The first being, ‘P is for Portrait’ which will present the selected works of 18 artists, the second exhibition is titled, ‘Your face is Functional’. Both shows will take place at the new Art House in Worcester and are being curated by Nathaniel Pitt in association with Division of Labour.

For more information on Division of Labour see here.

Mick O’Dea – ‘Armed Men’

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Armed Men by Mick O’Dea opens in the Excel Gallery, Tipperary. The show will open Thursday the 31st of January at 7.30pm. In advance of the opening Mick will be in conversation with Historian, Dr.Noreen Higgins McHugh from 6.45pm- 7.30pm at the excel gallery, all welcome. The exhibition will be opened by special guest Dr.Martin Mansergh.

For more information on the Excel Gallery and its programme see here.