Jim Cathcart

Jim Cathcart

Them that work the hardest ...

Fri 14 Feb - Sat 19 Apr 2014 GROUND & FIRST FLOOR GALLERIES

‘Them that work the hardest …’ - Ground Floor Gallery
'Selected Works on Paper' - First Floor Gallery

‘Them that work the hardest …’ is a line from a well regarded Scottish song about life in the jute mills. For this exhibition, in Draíocht’s Ground Floor Gallery, the artist listened again to half-remembered snatches of folk songs dealing with the experiences of people at work, while at the same time reflecting on personal, family and community history. Some of the resulting ideas and images were re-composed visually into works which are personal statements of empathy and appreciation. The centrepiece of the exhibition is a series of large painted hanging banners which can be displayed together to create mobile murals.

An accompanying exhibition in our First Floor Gallery shows a selection from works on paper on a range of subject matter produced over the last eight years.

Jim Cathcart is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art who has been living and working in Dublin since 1998. As a visual artist, Jim’s work has included printmaking, drawing, painting, murals, banners and poster design. In addition to exhibiting in galleries in Scotland and Ireland, his work has found its way into a variety of public, community and commercial spaces. As an arts activist, Jim has been involved in a long term quest for socially relevant approaches to art. This led to a number of roles in community based arts such as tutor and facilitator; artist in residence; project and event manager; arts co-ordinator; researcher and consultant.

Read an interview with Jim Cathcart on RUA RED's website ... here ... 

READ A REVIEW BY DES KENNY ...

See some of the song titles that inspired the work ... here ... 

Draiocht's Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm. Admission is Free.

Margo Banks

Margo Banks

My Mother’s Home

Fri 2 May - Sat 5 Jul 2014 Ground Floor Gallery

Margo Banks is an Irish painter and sculptor. She has had many solo shows in Ireland over the past 15 years including 6 solo shows with the Blue Leaf Gallery Dublin, a solo show in 2010 with the Henry Gilmore Gallery Belfast, The United Arts Club Dublin in 2011, The Origin Gallery Dublin in 2012 and the Cill Rialaig Arts Centre Kerry in 2013.

The title of this exhibition is ‘My Mother’s Home’, referring to the field on Teeromoyle Mountain in Southwest Kerry, which once housed her grandparents’ home. Sustained in reflection, her mother’s stories of her life as a child in Kerry echo through Banks’ work. Her Mother and her Mother’s people have long since died and the house and field abandoned - the submerged ruins of the house rest among the wildlife. Hares, foxes and crows witness the passage of time; symbolic guardians of her stirring memories. Migrating time and place, the field presents itself as a monument; a testament to lives, which removed from residence, find home in the future through her work. 

Draiocht's Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm. Admission is Free.

 

Kathy Herbert and Dorothy Smith

Kathy Herbert and Dorothy Smith

Walking/Drawing - Exploring an Urban Environment

Tue 8 - Sat 12 Jul 2014 Ground Floor Gallery // FREE / Workshops Must be Pre-Booked

For 5 days in July Draíocht’s Ground Floor Gallery will host an evolving art project. Artists Kathy Herbert and Dorothy Smith will be working in the Gallery creating a large collaborative drawing that is based on their explorations of Blanchardstown Town Centre. The Town Centre is designed primarily for ease of parking and shopping. The artists want to discover what happens when you stray off these predictable paths. How easy is it to move from place to place, what will they find, what will the experience feel like, what is there to be discovered that is generally overlooked? As they explore, the artists will take photos, make sketches and written notes of what they see and experience. This material will be taken back to the gallery and used to make a large collaborative drawing on paper and a map of the Town Centre. 

Free Workshops
Workshop A: Ages 14-18 yrs / WED 09 JULY, 11-1PM / FREE
Workshop B: Adults / THURS 10 JULY, 11-1PM / FREE

The workshops will follow a pattern similar to the artists working methods. Participants will be brought on walks with prepared stops and encouraged to take photographs, make sketches and notes and discuss impressions with each other. This material will be used to create a collaborative drawing on returning to the gallery. Prior drawing experience is not necessary.

Places are free but booking is essential through Draíocht’s Box Office, tel 01-8852622


Artists Talk / SAT 12 JULY, 3PM / FREE
The talk is open to everyone, whether you have taken part in the workshops or not. The artists will discuss their process of art-making; the research that goes on behind every painting, drawing, piece of art that you see, making special reference to the work make during the 5 days.

Places are free but booking is essential through Draíocht’s Box Office, tel 01-8852622.



Draiocht's Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm. Admission is Free.

Marie Hanlon & Rhona Clarke

Marie Hanlon & Rhona Clarke

DIC TAT

Fri 18 Jul - Sat 6 Sep 2014 Ground Floor Gallery

This exhibition by artist Marie Hanlon and composer Rhona Clarke combines sound and visual elements. The title DIC TAT is taken from a specific work in which a set of drawings are made to the mechanical pulse of a metronome. The metronome  ‘dictates’ the pace, beating out precise measures for the drawing hand to follow. Given such restrictions the markings are notably varied, expressive and irregular.

Marie Hanlon has worked as a professional artist since 1990. Although known as an abstract painter she now uses a broader range of media. Video, projection and installation have resulted from joint projects and collaborations, especially with contemporary composers. She lives in Dublin and is represented by The Rubicon Gallery.

Rhona Clarke was born in Dublin. Her output includes choral, chamber, orchestral and electronic works. She has received commissions from RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Cork International Choral Festival, Concorde, Music Network and the National Concert Hall, among others. Her work has been performed and broadcast throughout Ireland and worldwide. Rhona Clarke is a member of Aosdána, Ireland’s state-sponsored academy of creative artists.

Draiocht's Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm. Admission is Free.