Critique: Eoin Mc Hugh ‘Loje, Jelo, Laso’

Kerlin Gallery, Dublin
25 October – 7 December 2019

Speaking on Luke Clancy’s ‘Culture File’ on RTÉ Radio 1,  Eoin Mc Hugh offered ‘Loje, Jelo, Laso’ (Red, Yellow, Blue) as straightforwardly phonetic, like all of the words in Toki Pona, a philosophical language invented – believe it or not – to make things easier to understand.1 McHugh’s titles have previously referenced poetry and psychoanalysis, in an oeuvre rich with allusions to both. Clearly interested in language and how it relates to our perception of art, he complicates things considerably here by choosing titles – our traditional access points – … Read the rest

Critique: ‘Scaffold’

The Bomb Factory Art Foundation, London
23 October – 3 November 2019

You don’t need me to recap the stories – the promise of the internet turned sour – but perhaps it was always heading that way? What began as a research project by the US military, in the heat of the Cold War, has metastasised into an elaborate, sophisticated surveillance network. The mainstream news is littered with reports of data mining, privacy violations, election hacking, and workers’ rights being deleted. Suddenly the internet is everywhere, inescapable and bad for us… 

Over the last decade, the response from artists to … Read the rest

Critique: Camille Souter & Frank Morris

Custom House Studios & Gallery, Westport
19 October – 1 December 2019

Any exhibition featuring Camille Souter’s work is going to have immediate visual impact, and her recent retrospective at the Custom House Studios in Westport was no exception. Curated by her biographer, Garrett Cormican, the exhibition featured 24 works, ranging in date from 1955 to 2015, grouped by decade throughout the ground floor gallery. Several paintings – including When the Mist Comes Down (1964), The Musical Clown at Duffy’s Circus (c. 1966–67), My Father’s Garden (c.1970) and My Father’s Greenhouse (c.1970) – engaged with the concept of memory, and … Read the rest

Critique: Doireann Ní Ghrioghair ‘Declaration of the State Metropolis at Tara’

Pallas Projects/Studios, Dublin
31 October – 16 November 2019

Doireann Ní Ghrioghair’s recent exhibition, ‘Declaration of the State Metropolis at Tara’, presented a series of new sculptures, which reimagine the work of architect Daithí Ó hÁinle, who mapped plans for a new capital city for Ireland at Tara, County Meath, in 1942. Ó hÁinle was a member of Ailtirí na hAiséirghe, a far-right political party formed in the same year, whose stated aims included transforming Ireland into a fascist, one-party Catholic state, where emigration would be criminalised and the speaking of English forbidden. As no actual drawings exist for Ní … Read the rest

IMMA Announce 2020 Programme

The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) have announced highlights of its 2020 programme which includes solo exhibitions by Bharti Kher, Christodoulos Panayioutou, Paula Rego and Eva Rothschild; a major international group exhibition Xenogenesis by The Otolith Group and an exhibition from the IMMA Collection Ghosts From the Recent Past. The IMMA Collection: Freud Project will be accompanied by a response by Chantel Joffee to Lucian Freud’s portraits.

The first major exhibition Ghosts From the Recent Past explores how urgencies of the recent past continue to inhabit the present. Framed by key political events over the recent past it focuses … Read the rest

Fiona Harrington Appointed Curator of Headford Lace Project

Headford Lace Project are delighted to announce that Fiona Harrington has been appointed as curator for our international lace exhibition which will be held in Headford in late 2020. They are thrilled to be working with such an internationally renowned artist who has traditional lace making skills at the heart of her practice. We are very excited about Fiona’s vision for the exhibition and the many possibilities offered by this collaboration.

Fiona Harrington said:
“I am excited to be working with the Headford Lace Project in developing this exhibition.
My vision for the show is to provide a platform for … Read the rest

Teresa Buczkowska Appointed to the Arts Council

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, T.D. has announced the appointment to the Arts Council of Teresa Buczkowska for a 5 year term to November 2024.

Ms Buczkowska has wide experience in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion. She works as the Integration and Anti-racism Coordinator at the Immigrant Council of Ireland and has led the delivery of many comprehensive anti-racism projects that range from training and research, to advocacy and campaigning.

There is a statutory gender balance on the Arts Council, which requires a minimum of 6 men and 6 women. With this appointment the … Read the rest

Beyond 2022: Launch of Ireland’s Virtual Record Treasury Research Project

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD announced €2.5 million in Government funding today for a flagship research project led by Trinity College Dublin which will digitally recreate seven centuries of historical records of the Public Record Office of Ireland destroyed by fire at Dublin’s Four Courts at the beginning of the Irish Civil War. Beyond 2022: Ireland’s Virtual Record Treasury research project, creating an all-island and international legacy for the Decade of Centenaries

The destruction of the Public Record Office of Ireland, at the Four Courts, on 30th June 1922 was a devastating cultural loss. While not comparable with the loss … Read the rest

Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools to Announce a New Call for Creative Associates in Early 2020

The Arts Council intends to tender for a panel of Creative Associates to support the delivery of the Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools from the academic year 2020-21 onwards for a period of up to 5 years. The Arts council will publish relevant tender documents within the next few months.

This is an opportunity for artists, creative practitioners and individuals working in organisations in the arts and cultural sector. Creative Schools is led by the Arts Council in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. It is a flagship initiative of the … Read the rest

Barry Lynch wins the 8th King Ping Pong 2019 for DCC Arts

King Ping Pong announces its 2018 inter-art-organisation table tennis tournament was won by Barry Lynch for Dublin City Council Arts Office.

Sixteen competitors battled it out at the tournament, which was held on 29th November in Pallas Projects, Dublin and in addition to the championship table, included a custom-made krazy table by artist Dáire McEvoy.

Lynch beat last year’s champion Paraic Leahy (for Friary House) in the final.

Winners Roll
2019 – Barry Lynch for DCC Arts Office
2018 – Paraic Leahy for RHA (Tony O’Malley Residency)
2017 – Jerome O Drisceoil for Green on Red
2016 – Will … Read the rest