Visual Art: Gallery Friday 5th April – Saturday 11th May
Photographer Nathalie Daoust’s Korean Dreams is a complex series that probes the unsettling vacuity of North Korea. The images reveal a country that seems to exist outside of time, as a carefully choreographed mirage. Daoust has spent much of her career exploring the chimeric world of fantasy: the hidden desires and urges that compel people to escape from reality. Here, she explores this escapist impulse not as an individual choice, but as a way of life forced upon an entire nation. Daoust deliberately obscures her photographs during the development stage, as the layers of film are peeled off, the images are stifled until the facts become ‘lost’ in the process and a sense of detachment from reality is revealed. The photographs, like the North Korea people, are manipulated until the underlying truth is all but a blur. The resultant pictures speak to North Korean society, of missing information and truth concealed. Nathalie Daoust is a Canadian photographer and contemporary artist. She first broke onto the scene in 1997, and her conceptual projects that have taken her all over the world, both thematically and through her many exhibitions.
Official opening on Friday 5th April at 7.30pm. All welcome.
VISUAL ART: Foyer Friday 26th April – Saturday 1st June
This exhibition celebrates the art made by older people in healthcare settings in Mayo. Since 2004, artists Bernie Garvey O’Mara, Irma van Baalen, Maggie Morrison and Tom Meskell have been facilitating these art sessions. Bernie in St. Augustine’s CNU, Ballina, Irma in McBride CNU in Westport, Maggie in St. Colmans, Achill and Tom in Sacred Heart, Castlebar. This collaboration with older people has its roots in the Arts Service, Mayo County Council Mentoring Scheme that ran from 2004 - 2011 in partnership with HSE West.
Official opening on Friday 26th April at 2.30pm. All Welcome.
VISUAL ART: Gallery Friday 17th May – Saturday 22nd June
Artist Holly Walsh presents an exhibition of recent paintings. Drawing inspiration from the Irish landscape, especially rural and secluded areas, Walsh cites Chinese ink paintings as a fundamental influence in exploring the more ephemeral qualities of landscapes and the portrayal of Nature. “Shifting light, wind and water all give a landscape its complexity and life. These transient elements contrast with the more solid structures such as earth and rock, but also compliment them. This duality is what fascinates me, and I find myself drawn to places where both elements interplay with one another.”
Holly Walsh graduated from the Crawford College of Art and Design in 2016. Based on her multi-prize-winning 4th Year Degree Show, she was awarded Cork Arts Society Student of the Year and solo exhibitions in the Lavit Gallery and the James Barry Exhibition Centre, C.I.T. She has recently undertaken art residencies at Cill Rialaig, Kerry and NES Artist Residency, Iceland.
See also workshop 8th June.
VISUAL ART: Gallery Friday 28th June – Saturday 3rd August
This exhibition explores the forest landscape over a period of plantation to maturation. The title derives from the Picea sitchensis or the Sitka spruce, a conifer introduced from Canada to Irish forestry in the early 1900s by Augustine Henry. A dialogue emerges between the plantation landscape and the built environment that examines the way people observe and relate to the natural landscape. In the photographs a building acts as a metaphor for a childhood/idealistic
narrative from one of displacement: a space of uncertainty and disillusionment. The installation sheds lights on the tragic conflict, while the film underpins the construct of cultural acceptance. Sinéad Curran is based in Dublin and has an MA in Visual Arts Practice from IADT. Original text by Sue Rainsford will accompany the exhibition.
Official opening on Friday 28th June at 7.30pm. All welcome.
VISUAL ART: Gallery Friday 9th August – Saturday 7th September
Out from in-between is an exhibition by Aileen Hamilton featuring new drawings, paintings and sculptural work. Aileen reflects on walking and the act of moving through and connecting with the landscape. Central to her work is the perception of space and time and how an imagined sequence of events unfolds within the limits they impose. Aileen considers ecological cycles and organic processes within her drawings, exploring the delicate balances and repetitive patterns that bind the natural world to form. Isolated, fragmented landscapes appear suspended or floating in a fragile or exposed state. Aileen applies directional lines to depict a flowing energy that seeps in and around her work. This energy grows from a central point - expanding, diffusing and folding back on itself. Recurring motifs emerge and set up rhythms among vivid and muted tones. Using a variety of media, Aileen shifts her focus back and forth between flatness and depth. Aileen Hamilton graduated in Fine Art Painting from NCAD in 2001. She has had solo exhibitions in Ireland, Spain, Japan and Sweden. www.aileenhamilton.eu
Official opening on Friday 9th August at 7.30pm. All welcome.
VISUAL ART: Foyer Friday 9th August - Saturday 14th September
The Artists at Rehabcare in Castlebar invite you to their summer exhibition. Works included in the show are created in our fun and informal class setting. Each member of the group picks their own subject matter, quite often gifting their artworks on completion. We have had many happy recipients and even have requests sent in! All the artists and tutor, Emma Gallagher, hope you enjoy.
Official opening on Friday 9th August at 3.00pm.