MAKing Art: PAINTing

MAKing Art: PAINTing

Thu 14 Mar - Sat 18 May 2019 Ground & First Floor Galleries

Paintings by Susan Connolly, Bridget Flannery, Geraldine O'Neill & Liz Rackard
Ground Floor Gallery
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Paintings from the Collection of The Arts Council
First Floor Gallery

Curated by Sharon Murphy

MAKing Art: PAINTing is the second in a series of exhibitions (2018-2022) particularly aimed at children and young people which explores a specific visual art discipline, its materials, processes and varied manifestations. Painting is the focus of this second exhibition (the first was drawing). It celebrates different approaches to the use of paint, to the act of painting and to the painting as finished artwork. Four contemporary artists with contrasting styles and subjects are featured in the Ground Floor Gallery: Susan Connolly, Bridget Flannery, Geraldine O'Neill and Liz Rackard. 

Paintings from the collection of The Arts Council will be exhibited in the First Floor Gallery and will feature works made between 1968 and 2018, some of which have never been shown publicly. Artists include: Berger Hammerschlag, Diana Copperwhite, Jacinta Feeney, Damien Flood, Genieve Figgis, Ramon Kassam, Richard Gorman, Roy Johnson, Mark Joyce and Paul Mosse.

MAKing Art: PAINTing will be accompanied by a programme of engagement for young people facilitated by participating artists.



Image: Geraldine O'Neill, Boy (2008), detail, oil on canvas, 240 x 130 cm. Kindly on loan from the Irish Museum of Modern Art Collection. Photo: Ronan McCrea.

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

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PLATFORM 2019

PLATFORM 2019

Thu 20 Jun - Wed 31 Jul 2019 Ground & First Floor Galleries // FREE

GROUP | Victoria J Dean, Sarah Farrell, Cara Farnan, Anna Hryniewicz, Riin Kaljurand, Éanna Mac Cana.
Ground Floor Gallery

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SOLO | Ashling Smith
First Floor Gallery

With opening night performances by Conor Coady (artist), Oran Leong (dancer) and others to be announced.

Curated by Sharon Murphy

PLATFORM 2019 is an exhibition and a series of associated performance events showcasing the work of emerging artists who engage with the Gallery as a playful, experimental and creative space. 

GROUP features the eclectic work of 6 early career artists who use a wide range of media to explore their concerns:

Victoria J Dean is a photographic artist whose work explores the human propensity to rationalise space, in the context of place and landscape. Sarah Farrell's work explores and articulates the fragility implicit in personal relationships and the human experience. Her practice centres on painting, photography and sculptural forms. Cara Farnan's work attempts to find balance within the contradictions of knowledge and sensation, exploring the space between the two through sculpture, installation, sound, text, video, drawing and print. Anna Hryniewicz is a painter whose work explores abstraction, form and colour and which is strongly influenced by memories of childhood drawn from the natural world. Riin Kaljurand is a painter whose interest lies in paint itself – its physical quality and formability. Her work is influenced by her geopolitical origins in the former Estonia Soviet Socialist Republic. Éanna Mac Cana uses video and multimedia installation to explore themes of the everyday imbued with a deeper personal significance. A sudden sense of loss and identity are key themes within the works, as he explores both physical and psychological boundaries. Conor Coady's practice is concerned with the unseen internal becoming an external physical experience. Through his performance art practice, he investigates oppressive social structures that queer individuals are subject to, referencing both historic and contemporary Ireland. Oran Leong is a dancer whose practice encompasses contemporary and Irish dance. He works both collaboratively with theatre practitioners, choreographers and ensembles as well as choreographing his own solo work.

SOLO is Draíocht’s INCUBATE commission 2019 from Ashling Smith and will be the artist's first solo exhibition. Winner of Draíocht’s inaugural Creative Digital Media Award 2018 (in association with the Technological University Dublin, Blanchardstown), Smith will present a new site- specific, digital media work combining image, sound, text and installation. Ashling’s practice incorporates still and moving image, sound and text. In her practice she gathers personal narratives that explore the boundary of the real and the imagined in relation to specific communities and places. For this commission, Smith explores memories and reflections via the family's analogue film photo album.

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

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