Amanda Coogan

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I’ll sing you a song from around the town, a retrospective of the work of Amanda Coogan, will run at the Royal Hibernian Academy from September 4th – October 18th, 2015.

Opening reception Thursday September 3rd, 6pm. More information can be found here.

The retrospective was reviewed in The Irish Times by Aidan Dunne on the 8th of September. The article can be read here.

Kevin Kavanagh at VOLTA11

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This week at Basel Kevin Kavanagh presented a display of work by Diana Copperwhite, Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Geraldine O’Neill, Paul Nugent, Vanessa Donoso Lopez  and Tadhg McSweeney.

More information here.


Elaine Byrne at The Whitney Independent Study Program

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Rakoczy’s March, 2015, 42 mins.

Elaine Byrne is part of a group exhibition at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts NY. The Whitney Independent Study Program Exhibition will continue until the 27th of June. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 12 – 6 pm.

Elaine is Showing new video works and collages.

More information here

Art Brussels 2015

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Scaffold- BoranMichael Boran, Scaffold, archival inkjet print, 50x70cm, 2015


Kevin Kavanagh will present new work by Michael Boran, Stephen Loughman and Paul Nugent at Art Brussels 2015.

Brussels Expo, Hall 3, Booth 3A-31, 24th – 27th April 2015.

More information on the fair can be found here.


Sean Lynch

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Sean Lynch will represent Ireland in the 56th Venice Biennale, All the World’s Futures, from 9th May – 22nd November 2015.

More information on the Irish Pavilion here.

More information on the Biennale here.

Geraldine O’Neill

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The gallery is delighted to announce that Geraldine O’Neill has been elected to Aosdána.

Kevin Kavanagh will host an exhibition of O’Neill’s new work in 2016.

Robert Armstrong

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Robert Armstrong 'Of The Rocks ViII' 2015

Kevin Kavanagh will present new work by Robert Armstrong at Volta New York.

Booth D7, Volta, Pier 90, New York. 5th – 8th March, 2015.

More info here.

Of the Rocks VIII, oil on linen, 60x80cm, 2015

Sean Lynch

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Sean Lynch will give a public lecture ‘Bandits Live Comfortably in the Ruins’ at the Trinity Long Room Hub, TCD, Dublin. Sean’s lecture is part of the Making Ireland series and will take place on Wednesday the 18th February at 6:30pm.

More info here.

Sean Lynch

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What Cannot Be Used is Forgotten, a group show featuring the work of Sean Lynch, runs from January 22nd – May 3rd in CAPC Contemporary Art Museum, Bordeaux, France.

“The exhibition explores how objects, along the circulation that constitutes their life, accumulate information thus becoming part of a historical process marked by the effects of colonialism. Even though objects do not strictly carry meaning, it cannot be said they are not significant. It is through language however that we as humans try to integrate them in the constant creation of meaning we embark ourselves on. This exhibition tries to celebrate their agency and capacity to affect others, both human and non-human. What cannot be used is forgotten seeks to understand how our relation to the material world entails endless processes of assimilation, acculturation, re-appropriation, and ritualization. ”

More info here.

Sonia Shiel

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Sonia Shiel is participating in Motivational Deficit at Crawford Gallery Cork, from the 14th November – 17th January 2015

More information here.

Elaine Byrne

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Transferencias, an exhibition featuring Elaine Byrne and Oweena Fogarty runs in Mexico until December 19th.

“…It would be simple to summarize the work of Elaine Byrne’s and Oweena Fogarty’s in Transferencias as rooted in Irish identity. This is a key ingredient. But their work goes deeper into effacement of geopolitical borders where Mexico and Ireland act as an axis. The complex proposal of the two artists question intelligible boundaries, paradigms and motivations of culture, history and their crossovers; in Byrne’s case, through language and structures and in Fogarty’s collecting ghostly traces.

Elaine Byrne has been working with the Bradigan Irish dancing school in Mexico City since 2012. With over 4,000 Irish dancing students in Mexico her investigation into the globalization of culture, questions what happens to traditions such as Irish dancing when absorbed and transformed by another culture…”

– extracted from press release, by Ana Isabel Pérez Gavilán, PhD

More info here.

Hennessy Portrait Prize

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Geraldine O’Neill is shortlisted for the Hennessy Portrait Prize 2014, for her work Is feidir le cat Schrödinger an dá thrá a fhreastalThe winner will be announced at the opening of the exhibition on Tuesday 11th November 2014.

More info here.

Diana Copperwhite

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532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, NY, November 13 – December 20, 2014

When describing Diana Copperwhite’s work Colm Toibin wrote:

Her work is about painting first and foremost; [these] references merely serve a purpose.  Thus digital images which freeze and fragment an original image fascinate her, but such images in themselves are not enough, they provide a way into the painting.  It is their visuality which inspires rather than any precise sense of a blurred or fragmented reality.   Because she physically likes making paintings, everything is subservient to what paint will achieve.”

Copperwhite makes paintings that move fluidly between representation and abstraction. Photographs, montage and assemblage all aid the process and become ancillary works that pin down fleeting thoughts, glimpses and reactions to a media saturated age.  Her interests and sources are eclectic and wide ranging, from social media to philosophical debate to art historical references.  Yet, as Toibin points out, her paintings are no more about the image than they are about the process of painting itself.  Her work is phenomenological in that momentarily emotional responses override the need to capture reality.  Something has piqued her interest and from that initial interest she thinks in colour, in tone, and texture, in setting herself a visual problem to which there is no single definitive solution.  Her palette is composed of murky undertones punctuated by bright neon rifts. The fluidity and expressiveness of the painting gives little hint of the rigorous and formal abstract principles applied to the making.

Strangers in a Room is an almost purely abstract painting, a composition of bold stripes and gestural marks.  The eye struggles and fails to distinguish the strangers of the title, but the space retains something room-like, an echo of representation caught just beneath the vibrant surface. This duality is apparent in all the work, the teasing through of an idea, of where it has come from and where it may lead. The recurring motif of screens appears in Tropic of Capricorn Tropic of Cancer.  Two squares like televisions float brightly facing each other.  It is no accident that the title references astrology, lines of latitude, and the writer Henry Miller.  A multi-media world describing the interconnectedness of knowledge.  In Copperwhite’s work even the most arbitrary act demands balance, the carefully thought out response.  The source may seem randomly chosen but the intellectual process, the making of a painting is not.

Diana Copperwhite studied Fine Art Painting at Limerick School of Art and Design and the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. She completed an MFA at Winchester School of Art, Barcelona in 2000.  Diana is a tutor at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.  Her work is in the collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Arts Council of Ireland, and also in collections in the United States, Europe and Australia.

The writer Colm Toibin is currently Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of Humanities at Columbia University.  He is an IMPAC Dublin Literary Award prizewinner, and has appeared on the Booker shortlist, most recently in 2013 for his play the Testament of Mary.



Royal Ulster Academy of Arts 2014

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Dermot Seymour and Tadhg McSweeney will take part in the 133rd annual exhibition at the Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast BT9 5AB.

The exhibition runs from 17th October 2014 – 5th January 2015, Tuesday – Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm.


Dermot Seymour, Hiberno Hare, oil on canvas, 220x163cm