Exhibitions

BENCHMARK

VISUAL ART GALLERY: Friday 17 January - Saturday 15 February

BENCHMARK

An exhibition arising from a multifaceted arts and heritage project in which award-winning writer Mike McCormack worked alongside ten visual artists from Engage Art Studios and ten Mayo writers to explore aspects of bench marks and surveying. A bench mark is a simple and elegant crows-foot-shaped mark which is carved into stone walls in the built environment all around the country. They were originally created during the 1800s to mark the height above sea level at particular locations and were used by ordnance surveyors to map the terrain.

This exhibition features the work of visual artists Maeve Curtis, Noelle Gallagher, Nicola Gunwhy, Nuala Hiney, Eimear Jean McCormack, Hilary Morley, Avi Ratnayake, Vicky Smith, Joan Sugrue, Ruby Wallis; and writers Edel Burke, Aisling Keogh, Alice Kinsella, Mike McCormack, Sheila McHugh, Mari Maxwell, Geraldine Mitchell, Elizabeth Reapy, Ger Reidy, Jean Tuomey, and Anne Walsh Donnelly.

Support from Marie Byrne and Raymond Healy, Ordnance Survey Ireland, and Siobhan Sexton Conservation Architect at Mayo County Council, is gratefully acknowledged. The project is made possible through funding from Creative Ireland Mayo.

Adm. Free

Official opening: Friday 17 January at 7.30pm. This event will include gallery viewing and readings from the writers involved. All welcome.

See also 

BENCHMARK In the Making event with Mike McCormack on Sat 8 Feb | 4pm, and  BENCHMARK Paper Sculpture Workshopwith Maeve Clancy on Sat 1 Feb | 2pm 



The Long Road Home - Vincent Callaghan, Bea Upton & Zoe Pierce-Wood

VISUAL ART: FOYER Friday 17 January - Saturday 1 February

The Long Road Home - Vincent Callaghan, Bea Upton & Zoe Pierce-Wood

Zoe, Bea and Vincent are three visual artists who have made their home in Co. Mayo. They met at Artists@Heart, an open-to-all community arts group based in the O’Dwyer Arts Centre. Together, with their personal experiences of migration and displacement they have begun to explore belonging and our connection to place.

Using various media, their work considers what defines home, homeland and habitat and how such ideas are always shifting, influenced by where we are now, where we have been and where we are going.

Adm. Free

An opening tour of the exhibition will take place on Friday 17 January at 2.30pm. All welcome.


Qualities of Water

VISUAL ART: FOYER Friday 7 February - Saturday 6 March

Qualities of Water

A photography exhibition exploring the many qualities of water that surrounds, supports, and connects us. The photos were taken by individuals living in Mayo, Monaghan, and Roscommon, whose work and lives intersect with water in different ways. Together, these photos capture the complex and surprising connections between water, spirituality, geology, pollutants, farming, infrastructure and the wider environment.

This participatory photography project was led by Dr. Patrick Bresnihan, Maynooth University, and was funded by the Irish Research Council and the Environmental Protection Agency. Participants include caretakers and managers of Group Water Schemes, farmers, anglers, catchment scientists, representatives from local authorities, and individuals involved in community catchment projects, including the Lough Carra Catchment Association.

Adm. Free

Official opening on Friday 7 February at 2.30pm. All welcome. The official opening will be in conjunction with the launch of the publication Lough Carra - A Gem Worth Preserving.


Together Now: The Engagement Project

VISUAL ART: GALLERY Friday 21 February - Saturday 21 March

Together Now: The Engagement Project

Together Now is an exhibition of painting, drawing, installation and sculpture by artists from the Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent (KCAT), in Callan, Co. Kilkenny and artists from very different practice contexts from all over Ireland, who have been working together in residencies and other forms of engagement since 2014.

The work on show has been made as a result of their collaborations and conversations, involving performance, installation and a variety of media from film and video to very un-traditional interpretations of traditional media such as painting and sculpture. The exhibition is curated by Catherine Marshall.

Adm. Free

The exhibition runs simultaneously across three Mayo galleries: Linenhall Arts Centre; Ballina Arts Centre; and Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ballycastle. An opening tour of the exhibition will take place across all three venues on Saturday 22 February. Free bus transport will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Booking ESSENTIAL.


St Gerald's College Art Exhibition 2020

VISUAL ART: FOYER Tuesday 10 March - Saturday 21 March 2020

St Gerald's College Art Exhibition

The Art Department at St Gerald's College is a vibrant environment with on-going projects in a variety of visual art disciplines and crafts. Students of all ages are encouraged to express their creative side and to develop their art, craft and design skills at St Geralds.

This exhibition celebrates the work of the students and features work in linoprint, drawing and other formats. Linoprinting involves design skills with simplification of a drawing, transfer of design to lino and then carving and cutting the lino to achieve a variety of marks. The lino is then inked and printed to achieve a series of prints. The linoprint works are evidence of the students design, cutting and planning skills combined with creative choices. 

St Gerald's College Art and Design students and Art and Design Teacher Jean Bourke invite you all to attend.


Mary Ronayne

VISUAL ART: GALLERY Friday 27 March - Saturday 2 May

Mary Ronayne

Painter Mary Ronayne collects imagery from literary sources, old prints and paintings, photographs, magazines, accruing references from various eras and historical times, cutting and joining divergent histories and narratives - early Irish history and folklore clash with ‘ugly’ mid-20th century ceramics, Renaissance imagery positioned alongside reconstructed magazine shots of contemporary domestic interiors hosting families incongruous to the era.

Her preferred choice of “gooey” enamel paint creates an illusion of blithe, cartoon-like characters and spaces, a fool’s paradise, seemingly devoid of intended political or social meaning; yet there is a Hogarthian quality to the work, a suggestion that behind the farcical lies satire and allegory.

Mary has an MA from NCAD and and lectures in Computer Illustration in Dublin. She has exhibited widely in Ireland (including RHA and RUA annual exhibitions), in N. Ireland and the UK.

Adm. Free

Official opening on Friday 27 March. Details to follow. All welcome.


Colour and Expression - Lillian McCormick & Jane Gaffney

VISUAL ART: FOYER Friday 27 March - Saturday 18 April

Colour and Expression - Lillian McCormick & Jane Gaffney

An exhibition of joyful paintings by two artists passionate about colour and painting.

Lillian: “I share a passion to express my love of colour through the power of being creative.”

Jane: “I have had a love of art and colour from my childhood, and grew to develop my emotions and talent through my love for oil painting. I would like to share this with others.”

Adm. Free

Official opening on Friday 27 March at 2.30pm. All welcome.


RehabCare Sewing Exhibition

VISUAL ART: FOYER Friday 24 April - Saturday 23 May

RehabCare Sewing Exhibition

An exhibition by members of RehabCare Sewing Group. “The RehabCare Sewing Group was established about 8 years ago by Emma Gallagher in Breaffy Road, and the members have made many beautiful pieces, we have gathered some here for your enjoyment, a few may appear well loved, all are cherished and made with a special person in mind.”

The artists in Spencer Street are also exhibiting a collection of painting, craft and sewing, facilitated by both Emma Gallagher and Colette Howley.

Adm. Free

Official opening on Wednesday 29 April at 2.30pm. All welcome.