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Eoin Mac Lochlainn at the Bourne Vincent Gallery

Eoin Mac Lochlainn's new solo exhibition Home, stemming from Eoin's engagement with contemporary problems of homelessness, poverty and social disintegration, was on at the Bourne Vincent Gallery in Limerick from 22nd March - 27th April 2012.

   

Sean Lynch

 

Sean Lynch at Kevin Kavanagh

Sean Lynch's latest exhibition at the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, running from March 22nd - April 21st 2012, explored the boundaries between artefacts and the narratives that surround them. It consisted of five artworks involving photography, slide projection, sculpture and a freely distributed publication.

   
Shengling

At the 2012 Irish Wave festival in Shanghai

Irish glass and ceramics artists were on display in the 'Elements' exhibition in Shanghai's Shengling Gallery as part of the Irish Wave festival there in March. Mary Mackey curated the exhibition, Roisin de Buitlear, Nuala O'Donovan and Mary Mackey herself were among the artists. A great way to celebrate Irish culture!

   

Une Burke

 

 

Una Burke and Eamon O'Kane at The Dock, Leitrim

Una Burke and Eamon O'Kane were both selected to take part in Working.Drawing, an exhibition exploring the diverse ways in which drawing is used as "a navigational tool in making, doing, thinking, dressing, testing, failing, designing, playing, running and living". Úna Burke drew fashion with her sculptural leather creations; Eamon O’Kane’s 30 metre panorama drawing "I like shopping centres and shopping centres like me" was on display in The Dock's plaza area.

This exhibition ran from 10th February - 7th April 2012.

   

Cavan Arts

 

 

 

Ursula Burke's photo portraits of Irish women writers

Ursula Burke's latest exhibition project, Irish Writers, was a series of contemporary photographic portraits of twelve Irish women writers. Originally commissioned by Cavan Arts Office to accompany a literary festival dedicated to women’s writing, the portraits stand as a contemporary visual record of significant women writers of fiction, poetry and drama working in Ireland today.

This project, sponsored by Cavan Arts and curated by Karen Downey, ran from 25th January - 31st March 2012.

   
Burke snippets

Una Burke featured by "Interview" magazine

The online magazine published this in-depth interview with Una Burke about her work and sources of inspiration in their March 2012 issue.

   

Minogue graffiti

Mick Minogue's bridge painting for Comhaire na nOg

Mick was out and about in early March, making a giant mural under the Ossory Bridge in Kilkenny as part of a new workshop aiming to involve the local youth group in creating something that they can be proud of and take responsibility for.

   
Conor Walton

Conor Walton's portait of TCD Provost John Hegarty

Conor Walton (short listed for this year's Golden Fleece Award for his allegorical figure paintings) was recently commissioned by Trinity College, Dublin, to paint this fine portrait of retiring Provost John Hegarty. The portrait was unveiled on February 29th 2012.

   

Cara Thorpe

Cara Thorpe at the Cross Gallery

Paintings by Cara Thorpe, Gabhan Dunne and Eoin O'Connor featured in the Cross Gallery's only shapes in stalker's landscape exhibition, 1st - 24th March 2012.

   

Golden Thread Gallery

 

 

Ursula Burke and Laura McMorrow at Golden Thread

Ursula and Laura were among the warriors of the Interplanetary Revolution project running at Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, from 16th February - 24th March 2012. Looking at failing/ed ideologies; notions of otherworldliness and the uncanny; and revolutionary critique, Interplanetary Revolution represented an opportunity to collapse a few assumptions and undermine previous relationships, say Golden Thread.

   

Schofield

 

 

Caroline Schofield in Kilkenny Open Studio

Caroline Schofield is one of four artists who participated in the Open Studio project hosted by Kilkenny County Council Arts Office. The aim and focus of this Residency programme was to enable artists to research and develop their practice, but also to give insights to the public into how and why artists create their work, to build relationships and further promote the Arts. The Studio was open to the public from March 12th - 22nd 2012.

   
Emmet Kierans

Emmet Kierans 'Inside Out, Outside In' at the Talbot Gallery

This new solo show by Emmet Kierans ran at the Talbot Gallery and Studios, Dublin, from February 29th - March 14th 2012.

   

Sean Lynch

 

 

 

 

Sean Lynch Solo at Catalyst Arts, Belfast

This was Sean Lynch's first solo show in Belfast, showcasing an expanded version of his ongoing DeLorean Progress Report. Based around the bankruptcy and subsequent aftermath of the DeLorean car factory, which operated in Dunmurry from 1981-2, a series of photographs trace a path taken by the artist to find the location of the tooling once used to make the body of the car. Furthering this investigation of the materiality of DeLorean, the gallery will feature ongoing work by Lynch to produce sections of a DMC-12 car by handmade rather than industrial means. New developments in the project are detailed in a free booklet accompanying the exhibition

This show ran from 24th February - 16th March 2012 at the Catalyst Arts Gallery.

   

Corcoran

 

 

 

Margaret Corcoran at Kevin Kavanagh

The work on show in Margaret Corcoran's new solo exhibition, How to Spend It – Love, Time and the Universe, ranged from smaller drawings and watercolours to paintings of various sizes, giving us an overview of Margaret’s inspirations and influences to date.It was a great opportunity to study how she adapts and develops these influences in her enquiry into the world around her and into how our perceptions may be guided by preconceived ideas instilled within us.

This show ran from 16th February - 17th March 2012 at the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery.

   

LCGA

 

 

 

 

Emmet Kierans and Laura McMorrow selected by Mark O'Kelly for LCGA celebratory exhibition

Emmet Kierans and Laura McMorrow were both selected by Mark O'Kelly from among the best national and local contemporary Irish art practitioners for showcasing in the Limerick City Gallery of Art's Transitive Relationships exhibition, which ran from January 16th - 4th March 2012. This major exhibition, one of two planned to celebrate the launch of the gallery's newly extended Carnegie Building, considered the artists' engagement with the surrounding world through the relationships that emerge between their artworks.

   

Stormont

Jennifer Trouton's 'Harrow' on show at Stormont

The Arts Council's exbibition of Contemporary Art in Northern Ireland, on view in Northern Ireland's Parliament Buildings at Stormont, proved so popular that the display was extended to January 4th 2012. It was a great opportunity to see selected work from some of Northern Ireland’s finest emerging and established artists, including Jennifer Trouton's poignant 'Harrow', which has attracted some interesting comments in the thoughtful review of the exhibition posted on Aesthetica Magazine's blog.

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