Visual Arts

the arts column: February 27th


This week we’ve got details on a host of new exhibitions opening around the country from Dublin, Sligo and Cork; as well as details on artists’ talks taking place, an open call for a series of studio spaces and residencies and a public art commission.

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


Open Call | The Walker Plinth, Derry

VOID Derry have announced details fro an open call that is seeking work to appear on The Walker Plinth in Derry which has been funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Titled The Walker Commission, this will be a collaboration between the gallery, The Siege Museum and Friends of the Derry Walls and the trio are seeking applications from artists both North and South of the border. There is a budget of £10,000 for each commission, which includes an artist fee of £2000, with applicants encouraged to consider the local community as well as contemporary Derry.

Those wishing to apply have until March 23rd to do so, with interviews taking place shortly afterwards. You can find out more details on the timelines for this commission as well as broader details on the themes online here.

Exhibition | Wilton Park, Dublin

Beginning today and continuing until August 31st is a new augmented reality exhibition featuring the work of Eilis O’Connell. The exhibition, which is supported by the RHA and IPUT, is titled Six Works and will be available to view in Wilton Park via the Wilton Park Augmented Reality App. You can download the for free from the App Store and more information is available online here.


Open Call | International Studio and Curatorial Program Residency, New York

Details have been announced of an international residency between Temple Bar Gallery + Studios in Dublin and The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York. Homed in a former Brooklyn factory, ISCP comprises of 35 studio and two gallery spaces, with the selected artist being awarded one of these studio spaces along with a living stipend, travel costs, as well as studio visits and off-site trips to a myriad of cultural organisations.

More information, including links to the application guidelines and form, can be found online here, with a closing date pf Friday 13th March 2020 at 5 pm for those interested.


Exhibition Opening & Artist Talk | West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen

This coming Saturday, February 29th, sees the opening of two new exhibitions in Skibbereen’s West Cork Arts Centre. The first, titled Committed to Falling, features the work of Gabhann Dunne and is on show in the gallery’s James O’Driscoll Gallerywith the second, titled Land Walks Land Talks Land Marks, featuring the work of William Bock and on show in Gallery II.

Dunne’s work features a series of nearly one hundred paintings of migratory birds that are known to visit Ireland, alongside a series of panels depicting non-native plant species found in West Cork – this exhibition will also feature a new iteration of the gallery’s Discovery Box series.

Bock’s work is split into three sections: Walks, Talks and Marks. Walks is the output of walks the artist took with local residents, recording their conversations and creating a soundscape; whilst Talks is a month-long series of events aimed at bringing together local communities and artist, with Marks being the audio-visual output of two years of research the artist has undertaken.

Both exhibitions are scheduled to continue until April 4th, with Saturday’s opening at 2 pm followed by an artists talk between Bock and Dunne. You can find out more information on both exhibitions online here.

Image: Images: William Bock, Migrant, image created in collaboration with participant of the Land Walks project, digital photograph.

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Exhibition | Pallas Projects + Studios, Dublin

Opening tonight, February 27th, in Dublin’s Pallas Projects + Studios is a new exhibition featuring the works of Damiano Curschellas and Colm Mac Athlaoich. The show, which is titled 1001 Shows, takes its departure point from other exhibitions shown in Pallas Projects + Studios and specifically the post-exhibition process of repainting the gallery walls. Since moving to their current space in 2012, Pallas have hosted c.140 shows with each one hypothetically reducing the space once painted. Curschellas and Mac Athlaoich position this show within the ongoing program of Pallas producing works that “echoes past exhibitions”.

1001 Shows opens tonight, February 27th, from 6 pm until 8 pm, and continues daily 12 pm to 6 pm until Monday, March 2nd. You can find more information online here.

Image: Courtesy of the artists


Exhibition | The Model, Sligo

This coming Saturday sees the opening of a new group exhibition in Sligo’s The Model. Titled The Sea Around Us, the show features the work of a broad range of artist, from Ghana to Australia, Ireland to Germany, with all investigating our complex relationship with the sea. The artists will approach the subject through the mediums of film, installation and sound work, whilst a number of related events will extend the dialogue outwards to the audience.

The Sea Around Us continues in The Model until May 31st and you can find a link to more information on the participating artists and related events, including artists talks and performances, online here.

Image: Susanne M. Winterling. Installation view. Gravitational currents & the life magic, Empty Gallery, Hong Kong


Open Call | Dublin City Council Residential Artists’ Studio Open Call 2020

Details have been announced of Dublin City Council’s Artists’ Studio Open Call for 2020. They have advised of the following:

“All our properties are fully furnished and include complimentary TV and wifi service. Rent for each property is set at €750 per month. The final month of occupation may be reduced by a few days to facilitate change over. The letting arrangement will be with a single individual or entity regardless of the number of persons occupying the property.”

There are four properties to rent, which are available for periods of three to ten months. Details of the properties are below.

  • Albert Cottages in Hampstead Park, Dublin 9. This comprises of two cottages each of which contains two bedrooms, a living area, kitchen and a small studio/workspace.
  • St Patrick’s Lodge in St Patrick’s Park, Dublin 8. This property consists of two bedrooms, a living area, kitchen and a small studio/workspace.
  • Wooden Buildings, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. This property is a two-bed apartment with spacious living room area and kitchen.

Those interested have until midday on Friday, March 6th 2020 to apply and you can found out the full guidelines online here.The-Cafe-large

Exhibition | Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin

Opening on Saturday in Dublin’s Rathfarnham Castle is a new exhibition featuring the work of Sven Sandberg. Titled They went and saw a palace hanging from a silken thread, this exhibition sees eight portrait paintings in which Sandberg continues to draw from a multitude of historical sources and movements, blending them together to develop his unique style – here we see influences from the first half of the 20th Century.

The exhibition opens this Saturday from 2 pm until 4:30 pm and continues until April 13th with opening times of Wednesday to Sunday (and Bank Holiday Mondays) from 10.30 am until 5 pm. You can find more information online here.

Image: Sven Sandberg, The Café, 2019, oil on linen, 76 x 61 cm.


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


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