A History of Play - Eamon O’Kane

VISUAL ART GALLERY: Friday 19th October - Saturday 17th November

A History of Play - Eamon O’Kane Linenhall Arts Centre Mayo

Artist Eamon O’Kane will transform the Linenhall Gallery into an interactive playful installation inspired by the educational play objects devised by educator and inventor of Kindergarten, Friedrich Fröbel. The installation comprises a number of elements including drawings, paintings and educational play materials known as Fröbel Gifts – colourful spheres, cylinders and tubes. These ‘gifts’ are used for unlocking creativity at an early age by teaching children about three-dimensional shapes and colours and their relationship to the environment and nature. 

Eamon O’Kane has exhibited widely and is the recipient of many awards and scholarships including the Taylor Art Award, The Tony O’Malley Award and a Fullbright Award. He has had over forty solos exhibitions including shows in Berlin, Frankfurt, Dublin, Zurich, New York and London and is Professor of Visual Art at Bergen Academy of Art & Design, Norway.

Adm: Free

Official Opening on Friday 19th October @6.00pm. All welcome.

This exhibition is drawn from The Niland Collection and is presented in collaboration with The Model, home of The Niland Collection, Sligo.

Also supported by Draíocht, Blanchardstown

Cléa van der Grijn – JUMP

VISUAL ART GALLERY: Friday 23rd November - Saturday 5th January

Cléa van der Grijn – JUMP Linenhall Arts Centre Mayo

Since 2008, Cléa van der Grijn’s work and practice is about unravelling the complexities associated around the culture of death, reconstructed memory and time. JUMP is a newly commissioned body of work about understanding the rational, social and emotional circumstances constructed around time and memory.  The exhibition consists of a series of new paintings by Cléa as well as an ambitious film work Written and Directed by Cléa and created with collaborators Joseph P. Hunt, Michael Cummins and Ciaran Carty.

A woman stands at the edge of a pier. She wilfully jumps.  Slowly she falls through water where time catches her breath. What are the memories between the transitional period of jumping and hitting the water when life becomes momentarily suspended?  Alive not dead. What memories to record?  Real or perceived? Fact or fiction?

Commissioned by Mermaid Arts Centre in partnership with five venues and funded through an Arts Council of Ireland Touring Award:

Mermaid Arts Centre (Wicklow) 1st October to 3rd November 2018;

Linenhall Arts Centre (Mayo) 23rd November to 5th January 2019;

Courthouse Gallery & Studios (Clare) 18th January to 23rd February 2019;

Solomon Gallery (Dublin) 8th March to 5th April 2019;

The Hamilton Gallery (Sligo) 12th April to 11th May 2019.

Adm. Free 

Official opening on Friday 23rd November at 7.30pm.

All welcome.

Cabinet of Wonders #6

VISUAL ART: FOYER 16th April 2018 onward

Cabinet of Wonders #6

Cabinet of Wonders #6 features works by a selection of contemporary visual artists: Declan Byrne, Michelle Colfer, Fiona Harrington, Dympna Heanue, Rebecca Lyons, Lisa Mc Lurg, Noel Molloy, Jane Queally, Fiona Reilly and Ian Wieczorek. Come see.

The Cabinet of Wonders is an ongoing curated visual art project presented in the foyer of the Linenhall. The project takes its inspiration from the fashion for Cabinets of Curiosities, which found their beginnings in the Renaissance and were still popular until the late 19th century. Inspired by the eclectic approach of the original collector-curators, it presents a range of works “to engage, intrigue, surprise and delight”

Cabinet of Wonders #6 will run from the 16th April 2018 onward

The Cabinet of Wonders project is devised, curated, installed and managed by Ian Wieczorek.

You can view the catalogue for The Cabinet of Wonders #1 here.

You can view the catalogue for The Cabinet of Wonders #2 here

You can view the catalogue for The Cabinet of Wonders #3 here

You can view the catalogue for The Cabinet of Wonders #4 here