VISUAL ART GALLERY: Thursday 29th March - Saturday 28th April
Erin Hagan’s practice aims to embody a sense of mystery, by connecting to spontaneities and chance in her process of making. Her curiosity in the possibilities with the materials that she works with often directs its outcome: encountering, manifesting, becoming, as a constant cyclical process in her art.
Erin Hagan was born in Co.Tyrone and now lives and works as a visual artist in Belfast. She graduated with a Master of Fine Art in 2014 at Belfast School of Art. Since then she has exhibited in galleries such as Platform Arts, Catalyst Arts, Golden Thread, 126 Gallery and more. She has also been co-director and chair at Platform Arts which is an artist-run space in Belfast.
VISUAL ART: FOYER Tuesday 1st May - Saturday 26th May
HEARTH is a Mayo based arts programme for older people living in their own homes. It targets rural isolation through the medium of creativity. Participants are visited weekly by a professional artist/facilitator who introduces them to quality art materials, enables them to gain confidence and gradually build their own personal art programme at home. This exhibition includes art works by the HEARTH participants from Belmullet and Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo.
HEARTH runs in Co. Mayo with the assistance of Pobal, the Department of Health, Mayo LCDC, the Healthy Ireland Fund and in association with Mayo Arts Service, Mayo Co Co. The opening will include speakers from the Hearth project and a presentation of the findings from the most recent run of the HEARTH. The HEARTH project has significantly impacted on positive mental health and social inclusion of vulnerable people. It is hoped that this run of the HEARTH project will develop into a feasible model for longer term mainstreaming of this initiative.
OFFICIAL OPENING/BEALTAINE LAUNCH
The official opening takes place on the 1st May, the start of Bealtaine and Mayo County Council Arts Service will launch its Bealtaine Festival Brochure for County Mayo as part of this event. Bealtaine is the national festival celebrating creativity as we age organised by Age & Opportunity.
Official opening and launch will take place on the 1st May at 2.30pm. All welcome.
VISUAL ART GALLERY: Friday 4th May - Saturday 2nd June
Katie Moore is a visual artist based in Co. Mayo. Her latest work is an installation, Entropy. She says: “My work is very conceptually driven. Each process and action within the process is very considered. The materials I use are influenced by experiences in isolation and the theme I am working with. Human conditions such as empathy, isolation, trauma, loss, memorialisation are recurrent themes within my practice.” Katie graduated from GMIT Galway in 2015. She was Artist-in-Residence at the Jackie Clarke Collection, Ballina, creating the installation Paper Bloom and a limited edition publication. She created work for On Sight 2016 sculpture trail at National Museum of Ireland and for 186th Annual RHA Exhibition. Other residencies include A – Z West in California; 2×2 Part 2 at 126 in Galway; D.I.V.A at Electric Picnic; and A4 Sounds, Dublin. She received the Upstart Bursary from Mayo County Council Arts Office, with work at Mayo University Hospital, and had a solo show at the Custom House Studios in Westport in 2016.
Official opening on Friday 4th May at 7.30pm. All welcome.
The exhibition is supported by the Arts Council’s Arts and Dis-ability Connect Scheme managed by Arts and Disability Ireland.
VISUAL ART: FOYER Wednesday 30th May - Saturday 23rd June
Yell 2 is an exhibition of prints by Mayo artist Martina Faherty that explores themes of rebellion and letting go. Exhibitions of Martina’s work include a solo show at Custom House Studios, Westport, and groups shows at LORG Printmakers, Bridgewater Court printmakers, GMIT Diploma show, Mayo Artists Show, Ballina Library, Journeys at National Museum Turlough Park, Mayo General Hospital Arts Group, and also Lost Shadows 2 in Berlin. She has received Materials and Exhibition Assistance grants from Mayo County Council. Martina has a Diploma in Painting and Printmaking from GMIT Galway, and has been a member of Mayo Art Squad.
VISUAL ART: GALLERY Friday 8th June - Saturday 14th July
Ofrendas is an installation of objects and images created after the death of Conroy’s sister. Upon her passing, her sister, also an artist, left a collection of objects and unfinished work in her studio. The task of ‘disposal’ of these objects fell to Conroy and after a long resting period the decision was made to burn them. Among these objects was Dia de los Muertos skull, a symbol used to honour the dead in Mexican culture. Conroy cast clay multiples of the skull and included them in the firings, creating new objects embodying traces of a previous life. “By using a familiar process, combining it with ceramic techniques and fuelling it with stories, cultural traditions and symbolic objects, this work reflects on the impermanence of life, the power of objects and the condition of death.” Mary Conroy’s practice explores humanity’s place within the natural world through sculpture, intervention, dialogue and imagery. Her work incorporates ceramics, installation, social practice and participation. She has a BA and MA from Limerick School of Art & Design and has exhibited in Ireland, the UK and Latvia.
Official opening Friday 8th June at 7.30pm. All welcome.
VISUAL ART: FOYER Tuesday 10th July - Saturday 11th August
An exhibition of paintings by service users of RehabCare in Mayo showcasing recent work in acrylic on canvas.
“The Art Group comprises artists who have been painting and exhibiting for several years,” explains art tutor Emma Gallagher. “This summer’s exhibition is entitled Blàthanna and displays the wonder, energy and beauty of our floral world.”
Official opening on Tuesday 10th July @ 3.00pm. All welcome.
VISUAL ART: GALLERY Friday 20th July - Saturday 1st September
Aideen Farrell is a Dublin-based installation artist whose practice explores the systems and physical structures that shape, represent, and impose order on our built environments. She uses a combination of found materials, wood, metal, wire and plaster casts to construct navigable contingent forms that break up and react to the existing spaces. Her work weighs the polished, fixed designs of architecture and urban planning against underlying conditions of precarity and collapse.
Aideen is a recent graduate of the National College of Art and Design with a Degree in Fine Art Painting and Visual Culture, and is a member of Ormond Studios in Dublin. In 2017 she was awarded the Fire Station Graduate Sculpture Award, was highly commended in the Undergraduate Awards for her degree show work, and exhibited as part of the Catalyst Arts Centre Graduate Show, Symbiosis.
Official opening on Friday 20th July at 7.30pm. All welcome.
VISUAL ART: FOYER 16th April 2018 onward
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