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

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

Aileen Hamilton - Out from in-between

VISUAL ART: Gallery Friday 9th August – Saturday 7th September

Aileen Hamilton - Out from in-between

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.

Adm: Free

Official opening on Friday 9th August at 1.15pm. All welcome.

RehabCare Summer Exhibition

VISUAL ART: Foyer Friday 9th August - Saturday 14th September

RehabCare Summer Exhibition

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.

Adm. Free

Official opening on Monday 12th August 2.30pm

All Welcome.

Robert Ryan – Forgotten Existence

VISUAL ART: GALLERY Friday 13 September – Saturday 12 October

Robert Ryan – Forgotten Existence  exhibition Linenhall Arts Centre Mayo

“My images are of a universal landscape where generic creatures wander like lost souls.” Referencing post-modernism, Ryan’s lyrical, beautifully rendered and hauntingly evocative paintings borrow qualities from European old masters, using traditional characteristics in a modern context. Robert Ryan paints landscape, but his work cannot be described as ‘landscape painting’. Rather, the works explore allegorical concepts including the infinity of space and time, solitude, vulnerability, fragility and the cycle of life. “This is work that ultimately celebrates the commonality between man and all other creatures – past, present and future.” Born in County Limerick in 1963, Ryan graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design in 1987. He has exhibited extensively in Ireland and abroad and his work is included in many important collections including the National Portrait Collection, National Contemporary Drawing Collection and Office of Public Works Collection.

Adm. Free

Official opening on Fri 20 Sept at 6.30pm, followed by a talk by the artist as part of Culture Night events. All Welcome.

In My Grandfather’s Time: Photographs by Jack Leonard

VISUAL ART: FOYER Friday 4 October - Monday 14 October

In My Grandfather’s Time: Photographs by Jack Leonard

Jack (J.J.) Leonard was born in Crossmolina in 1882 and emigrated to England in 1900, where he trained with the Illustrated London News (ILN) in journalism, illustration and photography. He returned to Ireland in 1906 and set up his photographic business. His work took him around County Mayo, to ordinary families who put on their best attire to have ‘their likeness recorded’; the ‘Big Houses’; the Clergy; and the local and national media. He photographed many political meetings in the lead up to the 1910 election. Politically active, he was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians before joining the Irish Volunteers. During the War of Independence and Civil War he continued to take photographs, with images including Volunteers at training camps, funerals of Volunteers, as well as images which functioned to provide panoramic views of possible ambush sites. This exhibition is a selection of Jack Leonard’s photographs curated by his grandson Anthony Leonard.

Adm. Free

Presented in association with Wild AtlanticWords

Vanya Lambrecht Ward - Fold / Unfold

VISUAL ART: GALLERY Friday 18 October – Saturday 23 November

Vanya Lambrecht Ward - Fold / Unfold Exhibition Linenhall Arts Centre Mayo

An exhibition exploring paper folding. The art of paper folding, generally known as origami, allows us to form a bridge between our 2D and our 3D understanding of the world, with all sorts of applications from space travel to medicine. One fold and we move from the flat surface to the world of objects. Folding can be free form or structured, and the results can be both aesthetically pleasing and intellectually intriguing. This is the Linenhall’s 20th annual visual art exhibition curated with young audiences in mind.

Vanya Lambrecht Ward has worked in the arts over the last two decades, from theatre and television, to visual art and architecture. She has worked with KidsOwn Publishing Partnership for the last 10 years, lectures in theatre design at IT Sligo and is currently Creative Engagement Resident Artist in The Dock. Her practice is centred around our built environment and combines photography, sculpture, painting and all things spatial. Folding is an essential tool in her practice and explorations.

Adm. Free

Official Opening on Friday 18 October at 3.00pm. All welcome.

Paper Folding Day on Saturday 2 November 11.00am-4.30pm see website for details

Fold / Unfold is co-commissioned by Linenhall Arts Centre and Riverbank Arts Centre.

Luisne Art Project : Postcards and Other Tidings

VISUAL ART: FOYER Thursday 24 October - Wednesday 20 November

Luisne Art Project : Postcards and Other Tidings

Luisne Art Project is a nationally recognised arts programme for people with disabilities, based in Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo.

Postcards and Other Tidings is an exhibition of new work created in 2018/19. Throughout 2018 Luisne artists collaborated with Scannán Technologies and Ridgepool Training Centre to produce the film Postcards, a shadow play istop motion film about friendship. This can be viewed at the exhibition, along with drawings and paintings made by the Luisne artists in 2019.

Luisne Art Project is supported by Mayo County Council Arts Office and Western Care with administrative support provided by Tacú, Ballinrobe Family Resource Centre. This project has provided participants from Crann Mór Centre with the opportunity of exploring their creative potential. The group has attained a very high level of artistic excellence and this show promises to be an engaging and inspiring experience, not to be missed.

Adm. Free

Mayo Artists Show

VISUAL ART: GALLERY Friday 6 December – Saturday 11 January

Mayo Artists Show

The Mayo Artists Show is back for 2019!

This year the Mayo Artists Show will take place over two venues, with Ballina Arts Centre joining forces with the Linenhall Arts Centre once again.

Open to artists from or living in Mayo over the age of 18, the show presents a cornucopia of work in all manner of media and offers a fascinating snapshot of the breadth of visual arts practice in the county. And with something for all tastes (and prices), this might just be the ideal opportunity to find that elusive and unique Christmas gift.

Official opening on Friday 6 December:

Linenhall Arts Centre @ 6pm; Ballina Arts Centre @ 8pm

All welcome.