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 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.