Visual Arts

the arts column: January 29th


This week we’ve got details on a pair of new exhibitions opening in Dublin, one closing in Belfast, an artist talk in Cork, and a pair of open calls for artworks and papers.

As always, if you have an event, talk, exhibition, or would like to recommend one please get in touch via aidan[at]


Exhibition Opening| Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin

This coming Thursday, January 30th, sees the opening of two next exhibitions in Dublin’s Douglas Hyde Gallery. In the gallery’s main space sees the first solo exhibition in Ireland by Mexican artist Gabriel Kuri, who presents: spending static to save gas – an exhibition addressing the culture of consumption and waste, which will see the installation of a new site-specific piece.

In the accompanying 2nd space the gallery continues their An Artist’s Eye series, which sees artists showing in the main space invite artists who have influenced their practice, with Kuri inviting German artist Kirsten Pieroth. Pieroth, who is also having her first solo showing in Ireland, will be presenting works on paper as well as sculpture in this show titled Water.

Both exhibitions will continue until March 31st, with more information on Gabriel Kuri is available online here, with information on Kirsten Pieroth’s work here.

Image: Installation view of Gabriel Kuri, spending static to save gas, Oakville Galleries, 2018. Photography by Jimmy Limit. 

Exhibition Closing| Platform Arts Belfast

This week is your last chance to catch the group exhibition When it Rains, It Pours in Belfast’s Platform Arts. The exhibition features the works of three recent graduates: Sophia Campbell, Paddy McKeown and Cameron Stewart who discuss the topic of water and human imagination, along with the power both topics have, across the mediums of painting, sound, sculpture, and moving image.

The gallery is opening Wednesday through Saturday from 11 am until 4 pm, with more information on When It Rains, It Pours available online here.

Artist Talk | Triskel Arts Centre, Cork

Triskel Arts Centre in Cork have announced details of a forthcoming talk between artist Fiona Kelly and curator Miguel Amado. Kelly is currently showing in the gallery with her new exhibition Overburden (January 16th to March 29th) which looks at the changing topography of both urban and rural landscapes.

You can find details on the talk online here, with more information on Kelly’s exhibition available here.

Image: Fiona Kelly, Homing, 2019, Bitumen on salvaged shipping crate, Dimensions variable

PrintOpen Call | Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has announced an Open Call for artwork purchases. They are seeking submissions from artists and have advised that they will use the following objectives when it comes to considering works:

  • Support individual artists;
  • Contribute to the development of visual arts practice in Northern Ireland;
  • Develop a culture in which visual art is respected and appreciated;
  • Foster knowledge and research;
  • Ensure that contemporary visual arts are showcased; and,
  • Stimulate the art market in Northern Ireland

Applications must be submitted before 4 pm on Friday 14th February 2020 and can be done so via an online portal. More information, including a link to the portal, can be found online here.


Open Call | Conference, TU Dublin

Taking place from the 29th to the 31st of October in TU, Dublin is Public Art Now a new conference that will look at the role and potential of public art, across three themes:

  • Public Art: Processes & Politics
  • Public Art in the Anthropocene
  • Ecologies of Space & Place

The program for the conference will be a feature mixture of invited and open contributors, and Public Art Now have released guidelines for this second cohort and is inviting proposals for papers, panels, workshops, and any other format that addresses the three core themes listed above, with particular focus on the lenses of policy, practice and the public. They have also advised that they are currently “looking into providing local childcare and crèche options for participants and attendees.” And are advising that if this is something of interest to make note of this on the submission.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, March 20th and you can find out the full details of the conference along with the guidelines for submission here.


If you have an event, talk, exhibition, or would like to recommend one please get in touch via aidan[at]

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