Jenny Fox

Jenny Fox

Distant Thoughts and Faded Songs

Fri 20 Feb - Sat 25 Apr 2015 First Floor Gallery

Jenny’s work is an emotional response to light and space, exploring the concept of place. The predominant mood behind her work is one of dense stillness and unhindered horizon, a sense of quiet and restfulness; an empty place, as if the subject has simply stepped out. 

REVIEW ... Read a review by Artist Des Kenny
WATCH ... Enjoy a 360 of this exhibition

Bartosz Kolata

Bartosz Kolata

Circus

Fri 20 Feb - Sat 25 Apr 2015 Ground Floor Gallery

Photographs taken of the early 1900s circus community in the USA were an inspiration for Bartosz Kolata as he began to work on this collection of paintings, Circus.By combining figures from this enchanting era with modern day people, Kolata explores the humour and absurdity of human nature. With the inclusion of spectacular vintage acrobats, clowns, animals and freaks, Circus explores the dark, pessimistic view that human existence has no sublime meaning or value. 

MORE ... Read a Review by Des Kenny
WATCH ... Enjoy a 360 of this exhibition

Sinead McDonald

Sinead McDonald

Uchronia

Fri 28 Nov - Sat 7 Feb 2015 First Floor Gallery

A series of real and imagined self-portraits, these images investigate fate, free will and predestination, truth and longing and looks at how decisions, accidents and circumstances can change us utterly. What is it that makes us who we are? What if we could go back and undo things? Do we really have the power to shift our own narratives?

MORE ... Launched by Dr Sean Enda Power ... READ SPEECH ... 
MORE ... Reviewed by Des Kenny ... 
MORE ... Reviewed by Emer Marron for The Visual Artists' New Sheet Jan/Feb 2015

WATCH ... Enjoy a 360 view of this exhibition
 

Gerry O’Mahony

Gerry O’Mahony

Keepers of Silence

Fri 28 Nov - Sat 7 Feb 2015 Ground Floor Gallery

‘These pieces show the influence of patterned, colourful symbols of ancient and primitive art where the creations are a celebration of a life that is simple and uncontrived: an art without ‘art’. 

Launched by Tracy Fahey ... READ SPEECH ... 

MORE: Enjoy a 360 of this Exhibition

 

Mary-Claire Kehoe

Mary-Claire Kehoe

Concentrate On Your Breathing

Mon 22 Sep - Sat 22 Nov 2014 First Floor Gallery

‘The motivation for my current body of work is an investigation of suppressed emotion and thought rediscovery, using printmaking (collographs, drypoints, monoprints) as a form of self-expression. It focuses on my reaction to the atmosphere around me, and is quite introverted: a personal reaction to my own private environment. The traditional processes, aesthetic allure and composition in each piece is very important to me. Throughout my work I intend to show the juxtaposition between strong, definite mark making and an almost fragile beauty. These abstract concepts are open to viewers’ personal interpretation, but for me they represent a personal sadness and inner turmoil.’

REVIEW ... Des Kenny Reviews Mary-Claire Kehoe
WATCH ... Enjoy a 360 of this Exhibition

Bernie Masterson

Bernie Masterson

Weather

Mon 22 Sep - Sat 22 Nov 2014 Ground Floor Gallery

‘Weather’ - Masterson’s new body of paintings explores landscape as untamed nature.
‘As a painter, landscape has always been my place of interest, my starting point so to speak, layered with time, place, and memory. In this collection of new works my response to the landscape (both the beauty and the terrors of nature) is to ‘poeticise’ it, just like early nineteenth century artists did. Weather changes landscape, it shapes it, and subsequently our relationship and response to it.’ 

WATCH ... Michael Harding launches Bernie's exhibition on Saturday 20th Sept 2014
REVIEW ... Des Kenny Reviews Bernie Masterson
WATCH ... Enjoy a 360 view of the exhibition

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.

MORE ... Read a Blog Review by Artist Desmond Kenny ... here ...
MORE ... Watch a 360 video of show ... here ... 
 

Free Artist Talk - Kathy Herbert & Dorothy Smith

Free Artist Talk - Kathy Herbert & Dorothy Smith

Sat 12 Jul 2014 3PM Ground Floor Gallery // FREE

Artists Talk / SAT 12 JULY, 3PM / FREE

For the last 5 days (8-12 July 2014) Draíocht’s Ground Floor Gallery hosted an evolving art project. Artists Kathy Herbert and Dorothy Smith worked in the Gallery creating a large collaborative drawing based on their explorations of Blanchardstown Town Centre. They also facilitiated workshops, bringing participants on walks with prepared stops, encouraging them to take photographs, make sketches and notes etc.

Saturday's talk is open to everyone, whether you have taken part in the workshops this week or not. Kathy & Dorothy 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 made during the 5 days.

All welcome:

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

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. 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. 

MORE ... Read a Blog Entry by Desmond Kenny ... here ...
MORE ... Enjoy a 360 video of the finished work ... here ...

Margo Banks

Margo Banks

My Mother’s Home

Fri 2 May - Sat 5 Jul 2014 Ground Floor Gallery

Read an Review by Des Kenny ... here ... 

Watch ... Video of Show ... here ... 

Discover Art - with Jim Cathcart

Discover Art - with Jim Cathcart

Visual Arts – Youth Pilot Project

Thu 6 - Thu 27 Mar 2014 4.30PM - 5.30PM Draíocht Workshop Room // Course fee €15 for 4 workshops

THURSDAYS 4.30PM - 5.30PM
4 WEEKS  06, 13, 20 & 27 March 2014
Draíocht Workshop Room // Course fee €15 for 4 workshops

Using his exhibitions ‘Them that work the hardest…’ as a starting point, Jim Cathcart will facilitate four visual arts sessions over the month of March for young people aged between 13-18 years.
The workshops aim to provide an opportunity to create art, work with a professional artist, learn different techniques and find different ways of expressing yourself. So, if you love to draw or are interested in creating artwork, drop in or find out more information by contacting sarah@draiocht.ie

Booking through Draíocht’s Box Office on 01-885 2622.

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

READ A REVIEW BY DES KENNY ...

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

Video Archive ... here ... and here ... 

Katie O’Neill - Eternal Light

Katie O’Neill - Eternal Light

A solo exhibition by Katie O'Neill - Amharc Fhine Gall IX - Curated by Noelle Collins

Fri 6 Dec - Sat 1 Feb 2014 FIRST FLOOR GALLERY

Katie O'Neill is a visual artist with a multidisciplinary practice that is concerned with themes of identity and psycho-geography. In June 2012 she self-published the artist's book 'Eternal Light' which conveys the complex experiences and whirring anxieties of an individual in their immediate environment. As a point of entry, the artist's book communicates an intimate narrative; traces of verdant landscape are countered by images of uninhabited spaces and urban monoliths, depicting a darkly poetic sense of isolation.
Join Katie on 01 February at 3pm for a Free Artist Talk in our First Floor Gallery.

MORE ... Read an Review by Des Kenny
MORE ... http://www.katie-oneill.com/

Mary Burke

Mary Burke

Memory Traces

Sat 23 Nov - Sat 1 Feb 2014 GROUND FLOOR GALLERY

This latest body of work focuses on suburban space, in particular, the fragmented spaces of memory. 

Preview night launch images ... here ... and here ... 

Preview night speech by Poet Patrick Deeley ... here ... 

Read an Review by Des Kenny ... here ... 

Nicole Tilley

Nicole Tilley

When all the Riches That We Boast Consists in Scraps of Paper and Balloons

Fri 11 Oct - Sat 23 Nov 2013 FIRST FLOOR GALLERY

Nicole Tilley investigates the idea of the threshold - a boundary between one condition and another and the potential for change. 

READ A REVIEW BY DES KENNY ...

Christine Mackey

Christine Mackey

Labour on, think - as if, quietly in any direction walk away

Fri 13 Sep - Sat 16 Nov 2013 GROUND FLOOR GALLERY

For this work artist Christine Mackey presented the opportunity to devise and realise an exhibition with children from St. Francis Xavier National School, using as a starting point an existing publication ‘A Year in the Field’ (commissioned by Fingal Arts Office public art programme 2011-2012). 

View Exhibition Video ... HERE ... 

Pictiúr - An Exhibition of Children’s Book Illustrations

Pictiúr - An Exhibition of Children’s Book Illustrations

Fri 6 Sep - Sat 5 Oct 2013 FIRST FLOOR GALLERY

Pictiúr is an exciting new exhibition of the work of some of Ireland’s leading children’s book illustrators which has been curated by Laureate na nÓg, Niamh Sharkey. 

Featured Pictiúr Illustrators: Lily Bernard / Alan Clarke / Michael Emberley / Tatyana Feeney / Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick / Adrienne Geoghegan / Olivia Golden / Chris Haughton / Paul Howard / Oliver Jeffers / Anita Jeram / Chris Judge / P.J. Lynch / Oisín McGann / Mary Murphy / Donough O’Malley / Niamh Sharkey / Steve Simpson / Kevin Waldron / Olwyn Whelan / Andrew Whitson

DOWNLOAD A CATALOGUE HERE ... 

Patrick Horan

Patrick Horan

Present State

Fri 7 Jun - Sat 31 Aug 2013 FIRST FLOOR GALLERY

Present State is a series of paintings based on cropped compositions of the human form. They record the body as present against a natural backdrop of the sky. ‘My intention is to divert attention away from the cultural cues we use to identify with figures in order to suggest that something else remains. There is an absurd and elegant characteristic of humanity viewed from this perspective and I identify with it through my paintings.’ Patrick Horan.
Read a review by Des Kenny ... here ... 

Aisling Conroy

Aisling Conroy

Ocular Reverberations

Fri 7 Jun - Sat 31 Aug 2013 GROUND FLOOR GALLERY

Surrendering 'the self' to the sensory elements of colour, form and sound is at the core of Aisling Conroy’s work. Conroy uses the duality of dark and light, with positive and negative space; in her painting, installation and sound work. In her current practice she creates abstractions of various models of modernism, architecture, monuments, sacred art and iconism in ritualistic manifestations.

Read a review by Des Kenny ... here ... 
 

Vincent Sheridan

Vincent Sheridan

Animation to Murmuration

Fri 15 Mar - Sat 25 May 2013 GROUND & FIRST FLOOR GALLERIES

Birds (especially crows and starlings) continue to feature largely in Sheridan's work. He is concerned with the social behaviour, flight dynamics and subliminal 'brushstroke' patterns of birds in flight. His images often mirror human group dynamics, modes of communication and social interactions.

MORE ... Read an interview with the artist Vincent Sheridan on our Blog ... here ... 
MORE ... An Irishwoman's Diary ... Arminta Wallace talks to Vincent Sheridan ... here ... 
MORE ... Read Marianne Hartigan's Opening Night Speech ... here ... 
MORE ... Read a review by Artist Des Kenny ... here ... 
MORE ... Enjoy snippets from the video piece Murmuration ... here and here ...