Siobhan McGibbon - The cultivation of a fallacy

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.

Adm. free

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.

Ruth Pettus: To Market, To Market

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.

Admission free. 

Gallery open: Monday to Friday 10am until 5pm, and Saturday 11am until 5.30pm. 

Ruth Pettus' website.

Niamh O'Malley: The Mayo Arts Collaborative Inaugural Project

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

Lucy Hill: paint

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!

Adm. free

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. 

Deirdre Walsh & Lynda Huxley - Lough Carra

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.

Adm. Free

Qualities of Water

VISUAL ART: FOYER Friday 7 February - Saturday 6 March

Qualities of Water

A photography exhibition and publication 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. Launch by Colin-Stafford Johnson with talks by Dr Patrick Bresnihan (Maynooth University), Tom Byrne (Lough Carra Catchment Association) and Martin Keating (Mayo County Council). 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.

Hatch Educational Resource Pack

Schools attending Fidget Feet's "Hatch" at the Linenhall Arts Centre on 2nd April 2019 can access the Educational Resource Pack at the link below