ESTUARY

ESTUARY

An exhibition celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Fingal County Council Municipal Art Collection

Thu 12 Sep - Sat 16 Nov 2019 Ground & First Floor Galleries // FREE

Fingal County Council is proud to present this major exhibition curated by Una Sealy RHA, James English RHA, Joshua Sex and Sanja Todorovic. The collection comprises of works by national and international artists, graduates, emerging artists and local artists. Over 160 artworks have been acquired since the collection began in 1994 and it has been continually evolving since with new acquisitions being added when the opportunity and resources present themselves.

The curators are all Fingal artists, whose art also features in the collection. They describe their process of selecting work for this exhibition as taking in the physical and natural landscape of Fingal and celebrating local and visiting artists that have arrived to the county through the collection. The official motto of Fingal County Council is Flúirse Talaimh is Mara — the abundance of land and sea, which is reflected in some of the artworks featured in the exhibition.

Fingal has three estuaries, special places where the tide meets the stream. Such a simple phenomenon in nature carries powerful potential both metaphorically and as a prism through which to view art. In other words, the collection could be described as a mixing point or a meeting point. While the collection features plenty of significant works by national figures, the four of us agreed, quite instinctively, to focus primarily on Fingal artists. There is a strong flow of nature imagery: skies, birds, harbours, trees. We have also chosen works that we intend as counterpoints to this theme. These include unexpected pieces by artists such as Robert Russell and Eva Rothschild. It is our hope that this show will prove playful, thought-provoking and inspiring.” Joshua Sex

The Exhibition will be accompanied by ‘Not in Alphabetical Order’ Vol 2, a publication highlighting this significant collection’s latest acquisitions. 

The Exhibition is accompanied by a Free Adult Engagement Programme.

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

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Gallery Tour & Talk

Gallery Tour & Talk

Free Tour of Estuary as part of Culture Night

Fri 20 Sep 2019 7PM - 8PM Draíocht Galleries // FREE

Join us for a curator’s tour of Estuary exploring key themes and artworks in this major exhibition. The curators Una Sealy RHA, James English RHA, Joshua Sex and Sanja Todorovic will guide you through the collection.

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Estuary - Adult Engagement Programme

Estuary - Adult Engagement Programme

An exhibition celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Fingal County Council Municipal Art Collection

Fri 20 Sep - Thu 7 Nov 2019 // FREE

All events are free. For bookings and further information contact the Box Office 01 885 2622

Estuary Exhibition Tour
FRI 20 SEP, 7PM-8PM – BOOK HERE

Join us on Culture Night for a curator’s tour of Estuary, exploring key themes and artworks in this major exhibition. The curators Una Sealy RHA, James English RHA, Joshua Sex and Sanja Todorovic will guide you through the artworks from the collection. 
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Estuary Exhibition Tour & Visit to The Hide Sculpture
SAT 28 SEP, 12PM-2PM – BOOK HERE

Join the curators of Estuary for a tour of the exhibition followed by a site visit to The Hide Sculpture, Rogerstown Park for an artist talk with Garett Phelan and the opportunity to observe birdlife along Rogerstown Estuary with the Fingal branch of Birdwatch Ireland. www.thehideproject.com 
Courtesy bus provided for return journey from Draíocht to The Hide Sculpture.

Where the Tide Meets the Stream 
Printmaking Workshop in Association with Graphic Studio Dublin
SAT 26 OCT, 2PM-4PM – BOOK HERE

Create your own handmade intaglio print. Join Clare Henderson for this drypoint and monoprint workshop which will focus on the horizon line. Clare will guide participants through the drawing and making of a drypoint plate, finishing with monoprint techniques. All levels welcome.  All materials provided.

Estuary Life - Still-Life Painting Workshop
THU 07 NOV, 10.30AM–1.30PM – BOOK HERE

This still-life painting workshop with Una Sealy RHA will look at objects and aspects referencing the Estuary exhibition. Participants will be led through the painting process from composition planning, tonal underpainting, second pass with colour, to finishing touches. Una will demonstrate each step of the process and guide participants individually. All levels welcome. All materials provided.

Ann Ensor - Amharc Fhine Gall 2019 - 12th Edition

Ann Ensor - Amharc Fhine Gall 2019 - 12th Edition

Curated by Sharon Murphy

Thu 12 Dec - Sat 22 Feb 2020 Ground & First Floor Galleries // FREE

Draíocht, in collaboration with Fingal County Council Arts Office, is delighted to announce a new commission from Ann Ensor for the 12th edition of Amharc Fhine Gall.

Ann Ensor is an installation artist based in Dublin 15 who combines sculpture, paint and sound and is influenced by new concepts on materiality. Environmental issues are central to her practice. Ensor has just completed a residency at The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, North Mayo. Recent exhibitions include Matter Has No Density, Pallas Studios (2018); Heavy Weather at The Complex (2018); RHA Summer Show (2018); and Kfest, Kerry (2018). In 2017 she was a finalist in the RDS Visual Arts Awards Exhibition, curated by Nick Miller. Ensor holds an MFA Degree in painting (2017) from NCAD where she originally graduated in 2015 with a BA (1st Hons) in Fine Art/Sculpture.

For this new commission, Ensor proposes to make an installation (drawing, sculpture, sound and performance) which explores the significance to the environment of kelp seaweed. Kelp has been around for millions of years and is hugely important in reducing and sinking carbon from the atmosphere to the sea floor bed. Kelp acts as a wave barrier and helps prevent coastal erosion. It shelters and feeds hundreds of marine entities in its holdfasts and fronds. Kelp is now coming under threat from excessive storm damage, pollution and mechanical cutting. This new commission continues to explore the aesthetic properties and the environmental significance of this natural material.

Amharc Fhine Gall (Fingal Gaze) is an annual exhibition commissioned by Fingal County Council’s Arts Office and presented at Draíocht. Amharc Fhine Gall supports ambitious new artworks from artists at all stages of their career seeking to expand their practice through exploring new ideas, different media or variations in scale so as to take their work in new directions. The exhibition was initiated in 2004 by Fingal County Council Arts Office to celebrate the wealth of artistic talent in the county.  

This exhibition will be accompanied by a public engagement programme and a publication/catalogue.

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

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