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

The Beautiful Beasts - presented by the Ark

VISUAL ART: GALLERY: Friday 14th October - Saturday 19th November

Visit a weird and wonderful collection of animal sculptures curated by The Ark especially for children. Amongst these quirky, loveable animals, you will find a flying horse, a tortoise with a secret story and a toucan in disguise! Created by leading Irish and international artists from materials ranging from bronze, woods, ceramics and steel, you can learn about the techniques used to create the artworks and feel samples of the materials used.

The Beautiful Beasts exhibition is made up of some of The Ark’s favourite pieces from its collection which spans its 21 years of commissioning professional artists to create work for children.

Featured Artists:Owen Crawford, Conor Fallon, Luxon Gutsa, Orla Kaminska, Olivia Musgrave, Anthony Scott, Imogen Stuart.

Exhibition recommended for ages 4 years+

Adm. Free  (Note: Exhibition closed Saturday 29th October)

An exhibition from The Ark on a Short Works Network Tour. The Beautiful Beasts is touring to three venues this autumn/winter season, including Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge and Draíocht Arts Centre, Blanchardstown.

Rajinder Singh: un-migrant-ing

Linenhall Arts Centre Gallery: Friday 24 July - Saturday 26 September

Rajinder Singh: un-migrant-ing, at the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co Mayo

un-migrant-ing is an exhibition of painting, drawing, installation, sculpture and film by artist Rajinder Singh.

Rajinder writes: Un-migrant-ing is based on a text I found recently on the 19th century unverified sighting of the Purple Martin in Dublin from the Museum of Science and Art ( National Museum of Ireland). The show is developed around the following 'unverified report' on the said bird:

“In May of 2019, according to the Irish Birding records, there was a rare sighting of a migrant bird from North America called the Purple Martin in the stone circle at Termon Hill, near the south end of the Mullet Peninsula in County Mayo.The Purple Martin, which matures to a dirty black plumage, is the largest of the aggressive North American swallows. It has taken over large parts of North America. After a season of unfettered breeding it migrates to parts of South America where it aggressively competes for food in the Amazon basin. It is rarely seen in Ireland. The only other sighting claim was in 1840 in Kingstown, Dublin, now at the  Museum of Science and Art, Dublin.

The Purple Martin, a juvenile, was first sighted Sunday the 16th of May by a group of birding enthusiasts who had traveled to Belmullet for the summer birding season. They alerted the Irish Birding authorities immediately. It is rare for a bird to make the arduous journey across the Atlantic, and it was unlikely to return. One of the birders explained that it probably had little chance of survival and that he was praying it would not reappear again. The authorities are on the alert. The entire area has been searched and there was no sign of it.

The population of purple martins in North America usually take over artificial houses of wood or aluminum and fake plastic gourds. The martins compete aggressively with other cavity-nesters, and will fight over nest sites. They  have even been known to kill starlings and house sparrows, often evicting them from their nests. Irish Birding has long concluded that, unmonitored, Irish birds will be overtaken by this more aggressive, non-native species.” 

Rajinder Singh (b Ipoh, Malaysia) lives in Dublin, Ireland. Rajinder’s photography, video and performance work explore ideas around the vulnerable body and its pain, interrogating the economies of power that deny it space and shape. Often focused on the power of ritual action in the construction of the social body, his practice uses choreography and performative objects to explore the ways the human body unfolds around various topographic and symbolic borders.

Adm. Free

Official Opening: Friday 24 July at 1.00pm 
Due to COVID-19 guidelines the number of attendees at the opening event will be limited. Attendance is on a first-come-first-served basis.
There  will be two short introductions by the artist at 1.30pm and 2.30pm on the day to facilitate as many people as possible. 

We kindly ask that you please adhere to social distancing guidelines within our gallery space. We will provide face masks for those who wish to wear them on the day and have hand sanitising stations upon entering and exiting the building and in the gallery space itself. Our office phone lines will be open from 10am on Tues 21 July for any queries in advance of the launch and we would be delighted to hear from you. You can contact us on 094 90 23733 or by email on

Exhibition continues until Saturday 26 Sept 2020

Programme Notes: Patrick Rafter and Fiachra Garvey

Programme Notes: Patrick Rafter and Fiachra Garvey

Programme Notes: Patrick Rafter and Fiachra Garvey