VISUAL ART: GALLERY Friday 2nd - Saturday 31st May
Siobhan McGibbon’s practice is predominantly sculpture-based. Her work derives from a fascination with “extraordinary medical conditions that essentially force the host to exist on the edge of anatomy”. The artist examines the boundaries of anatomy through a series of investigations that engage with the notion of misconception and the cultivation of a fallacy of an illness or medical condition, resulting in and imagined inner bodily landscape created from a collective of misinterpretations. The work is influenced by the evolution of clinical teratology, the historical study of abnormalities both real and imagined, and by the modern scientific study of teratogenesis - from the Greek meaning ‘monster making’ - the study of abnormal growths in the foetus, and questions whether the misconceptions of the uncanny body have assisted in the formation of socially accepted notions of “normal” anatomy. Siobhan McGibbon is an Irish artist based in Roscommon. She graduated from GMIT in Galway in 2009, and has exhibited nationally and internationally.
Official opening on Friday 21st February at 7.30pm. All welcome.
The Linenhall Arts Centre acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council in making this exhibition possible.
VISUAL ART: GALLERY Friday 2nd - Saturday 24th August
An unusual, engaging and evocative exhibition of shoe sculptures by New Zealand-born artist Ruth Pettus, inspired by the Linenhall’s former existence as the original marketing area for the sale of flax grown in Mayo during the 18th and 19th centuries.
As Ruth explains, “The shoes can be seen to represent the individuals and groups of people jostling, conversing and travelling within the market area. The different textures and directions of the shoes reflects a commercial hubbub of sorting, selling and buying that would have most likely been enjoyed as a break from the daily routine. Most of these shoes were made at my brother’s house in County Galway from 2009-2012.”
She continues, “I have been working in this medium for 20 years. The ‘shoes’ are reminiscent of unearthed objects, damaged leftovers, fossils, narratives, the buried. They become an amalgamation of past and present.”
Ruth Pettus is an Anglo-American artist living in Baltimore, Maryland. She has exhibited widely in the US, ans also in Spain and Russia.
Gallery open: Monday to Friday 10am until 5pm, and Saturday 11am until 5.30pm.
VISUAL ART: Gallery 31st August - 30th Sept 2013
In September, Mayo-born artist Niamh O’Malley will return to her home county for a unique exhibition featuring recent examples of her work in five different venues around the Mayo region.
Creating a cultural trail through some of Ireland’s most stunning landscapes, visitors are encouraged to engage with Niamh’s work in exhibition spaces in Belmullet, Ballycastle, Ballina, Castlebar and Westport.
The project breaks ground as it is the first time all five publicly funded visual arts spaces in Mayo have collaborated to show a single artist’s work simultaneously.
"There are two reasons this project excites me. One the collaborative aspect, venues pooling resources to achieve ambitious projects is a leading principle to establish in these lean times. Secondly, Niamh O’Malley’s work of the last five years has a distinct strength of vision and execution and embraces the complexity of perception, and this is an extraordinary way to encounter it." - Patrick T Murphy, curator of project and Director of RHA.
Niamh’s work combines video installation with sculptural objects and drawings many of which draw on landscape as a subject. Her recent film works have portrayed diverse sites: from Britain’s longest bridge, the pilgrimage island of Lough Derg and an immense working quarry to the intimate space of an inner city garden.
Niamh has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. She has recently had a solo exhibition at Project Art Centre, Dublin. Her work is currently on show in Island: New Art from Ireland at Galleria Civica Modena, Italy and is in the collections of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Hugh Lane Gallery & the Arts Council of Ireland among others.
There will be a comprehensive education and events programme running alongside the project. This will include guided bus trips that will take visitors to all five venues in one day. Prior booking through participating venues is essential for the bus trips.
All five venues will devise specific access programmes for the exhibition during Culture Night.
A catalogue documenting Niamh’s practice with essays by Luke Gibbons & Matt Packer as well as a curator’s statement by Patrick T. Murphy of the RHA, will be published to accompany the exhibitions.
Aras Inis Gluaire website
Ballina Arts Centre website
Ballinglen Arts Foundation website
Custom House Studios website
This project is supported by Mayo County Council and The Arts Council
VISUAL ART: GALLERY Friday 4th October - Saturday 9th November
Artist Lucy Hill has created something really exciting and different for our annual exhibition for young audiences. paint is an interactive, participatory, multimedia, multi-sensory exhibition of abstract painting. In short, an exhibition you can play with! With an array of opportunities to interact with the works, through looking, smelling, listening, drawing and playing with materials, this will be an exhibition you and your children will want to return to. You can check out the "paint" exhibition website here.
Reflecting the shifting focus in education towards ‘process’ as much as ‘product’, this exhibition exposes the artist’s working methods alongside her paintings. This is not a didactic ‘how to paint’ exercise, rather it aims to tackle the myth that a real piece of art is a form of perfection that appears by magic, and is made by especially gifted creatures. On the contrary, art making is connected to earthy and utterly human states and questions including messiness, pleasure, fun, persistence, procrastination, time, despair, frustration, joy, curiosity and obsession.The exhibition also aims to draw attention to the phenomenon of ‘flow’ (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 1990), observing how readily children slip into deep involvement when they are fully engaged with creative materials, and how an artist’s most satisfying work happens while in that same state of flow, how precious that state is and how delicate and difficult it can be to orchestrate. Come and explore!
Official opening on Friday 4th October at 7.30pm. All welcome
Supported by Mayo County Development Board and Inspiration Station
Lucy Hill will be facilitating paint-lab, a visual art workshop for children in conjunction with this exhibition.
VISUAL ART: FOYER: Friday 20th - Saturday 28th March
An exhibition of paintings by artist Deirdre Walsh and photographs by Lynda Huxley, presented in conjunction with Chris and Lynda Huxley’s Lough Carra Booklaunch, Art & Illustrated Talks at the Linenhall.
Based in Partry, Co. Mayo, Deirdre Walsh is an established artist of many years standing, specialising in working en plein air. The nearby Lough Carra has provided an ongoing inspiration for her work. “Light is my inspiration... I chase the fleeting west of Ireland light. I am left in awe with every attempt to catch it.” Deirdre has exhibited widely in Ireland, and also in the US and N. Ireland, and has works in many collections including Leinster House and the OPW. She is represented by the Barbara Stanley Gallery, London.
Lynda Huxley has been photographing County Mayo’s unique marl lake, Lough Carra over the past 15 years.
VISUAL ART GALLERY: Friday 19th October - Saturday 17th November
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.
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
VISUAL ART GALLERY: Friday 23rd November - Saturday 5th January
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.
Official opening on Friday 23rd November at 7.30pm.
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