I’ve started a series of miniature etchings of lighthouses around the coast of Ireland. It may take some time but I plan on doing all of them! Because they are so small it is very easy to send them out to anyone interested in buying them! Simply get in touch through the contact page.
Tá tús curtha agam ar sraith mion-phriontaí, tithe solais na hÉireann atá idir lámha agam. Tógfaidh sé tamall ach tá sé i gceist agam iad go léir a dhéanamh! Beidh sé sodhéanta iad a chur sa phost má tá dúil agat iontu, toisc iad a bheith chomh beag. Cuir scéal chugham más sea anseo.
Here’s what I’ve got so far / Seo an méid atá agam go dtí seo
Waxing Lyrical – The Tape.
Following on from the success of Waxing Lyrical 2016, which explored the use of vinyl records in art, this year we dissect The Tape.
While some of the artists in this show have been challenged to explore the medium for the first time, others have made art inspired by tapes for decades. The artists have also been invited to write about their artworks for the exhibition. Using the cassette tape and its innards as a medium, the artists unravel human stories of love and loss, nostalgia, found sound, human consciousness, and more.
Horace Panter who is best known as bassist with ‘The Specials’:
‘I’ve always believed that pop art was to the art world what punk rock was to the music world so in a lot of ways I really relate the creativity of art and music very closely together.’
After the terrible loss of his former band members Terence Hannum ( Locrian ) spends
‘..a lot of time destroying cassettes and reconfiguring their entrails into something new.’ This helps him to ‘open the wound and peer inside’.
There is also a focus on Brian Hegarty’s contemporary Irish cassette label thirtythree-45, as well as archival specimens of the ’80s and early ’90s compilation tape era from DJ Cian O’Cíobháin.
The results of this project will be revealed in the eir Other Voices Hub opposite Benner’s Hotel on Main Street, Dingle.
There will be two performances in The Hub over the weekend.
Benoit Vibes Friday 1st at 6pm
DJ Lisa J Saturday 2nd at 6pm.
The public are invited to bring along their cassette tapes and compilations to interact with Lisa J’s performance.
Horace Panter – Brian Hegarty 33 45 – Pól McLernon – Terence Hannum – Diarmaid O’Sullivan – John Smith – Katherine Gibbons – Kate Shelley – Deirdre McKenna – Keith Phelan – Cian O’Cíobháin – Keyrogue – Benoit Vibes – DJ Lisa J
I’m really pleased to be hosted by Cork Printmakers for my first show in Cork! Yes I’ve had work in many group exhibitions in Cork over the years but this one is just me. A big Thank You! to all at Cork Printmakers for all your help and support.
Delighted to be invited to participate in this exhibition, it opens this Friday at 17.30 in Cork City Hall Atrium. Fáilte roimh cách!
Artwork inspired by the satirical novel An Béal Bocht by Myles na gCopaleen (Flann O Brien) – A bad story about the hard life
This exhibition uses stereoscopes and printmaking to explore the symbiotic relationship we have as a country with the tourism industry using the novel for reference as well as important landscapes of the the 20th century (for example Paul Henry) and vintage souvenir postcards. This is an interactive exhibition, the public will be able to handle the stereoscopes to view the 3D images inside. The collection of fine art prints have been hand pulled from plates using a variety of techniques including aquatint, sugarlift, drypoint, embossing and collography.
This has been an ongoing project for a number of years. Deirdre McKenna received the Madgie Hughie Eoin Scholarship in 2013 to spend some time at Cló Ceardlann na gCnoc in Donegal. The work developed here as well as through Meitheal Eitseála in West Kerry and Cork Printmakers. The artist is very grateful for the great support received from Ealaín na Gaeltachta.
Saothar ealaíona a spreagadh ón úrscéal cáiliúil An Béal Bocht le Myles na gCopaleen – Drochscéal ar an drochshaol.
Ag baint usáid as steiréascóip agus priontál, tá an taispeántas seo ag déanamh fiosrú ar an gcaidreamh siombóiseach atá againn mar thír le tionscal na turasóireachta, ag déanamh tagairt don leabhar, maraon le healaíontóir tábhachtach tírdhreacha na 20ú haoise (mar shampla Paul Henry agus a leithéid) agus le sean chártaí poist cuimhneacháin. Taispeántas idirghníomhach a bheidh ann. Beidh an pobal ábalta na steiréascóip a láimhseáil chun íomhánna faoi leith a fheiscint trí ghléas lámhdéanta. Bailiúchán eitseála atá anseo atá láimhdéanta ag baint úsáid as modhanna éagsúla mar shampla: uiscimriú (aquatint), sú meala (sugarlift), turbheara (drypoint), cabhraíocht (embossing) agus callagrafaíocht (collography).
Cuireadh tús leis an saothar seo nuair a fuair Deirdre McKenna cuireadh, in éineacht le Ciara McKenna, taispeántas beirte a chur i láthair ag An Lab, Ionad Ealaíona na Gaeilge sa Daingean sa bhliain 2012. Ó shin tháinig forbairt ar an saothar i gCló Ceardlann na gCnoc i dTír Chonaill, trí Scoláireacht Madgie Hughie Eoin 2013, i stiúideo priontála Meitheal Eitseála sa Daingean agus anois i Cork Printmakers. Cuireadh sparánacht ar fáil chun an saothar seo a fhorbairt ó Ealaín na Gaeltachta.
It’s been a busy couple of months and without a studio to work from since last December, but finally Sample Studios have moved and are up and running form our new location in Churchfield. I’ve moved all my bits and pieces in and can get down to work again. The new studios are nearly full with only a couple of spaces left so there will be a great community of creative people working away in the future.
Is maith an rud é go bhfuilim ag socrú síos sa stiúideo nua ós rud é go bhfuil taispeántas aonar á ullmhú agam faoi láthair. Ach beidh a thuilleadh eolas faoi sin ag teacht go luath.
I am putting together my first solo show in 7 years! …so keep a lookout for more information in the coming weeks.
I’m really happy to be part of this exhibition again, this year it’s actually in the etching room where I work on my plates and prints!
A Pop Up Print Exhibition of new work by members of Cork Printmakers
Join us for an enjoyable shopping experience in our Etching Studio
and a unique opportunity to see artworks straight off the press.
Tuesday 13 Dec: 10am – 5.30pm
Wednesday 14 Dec: 10am – 5.30pm
Thursday 15 Dec: 10am – 5.30pm
Friday 16 Dec: 10am – 5.30pm
Saturday 17 Dec: 11am – 5pm
Sunday 18 Dec: 12noon – 5pm
Cork Printmakers’ Print Showroom will remain open until 12noon on Friday 23 December
with a wide range of affordable prints, Christmas cards, print related gifts and gift vouchers on sale.
I’m thrilled to have been invited to create a piece of work for this show. I’ve been around since the very beginnings of Other Voices. It started off in 2002 as a small but magical occasion at a time of year when Dingle was usually sleepy and hibernating, now “the annual gathering has established itself as a musical pilgrimage for the mind and the soul” (othervoices.ie) and people flock from all over to be here for the magic. It brings with it a warm cozy feeling that manages to forestall the frenzy of consumerism that comes in the run up to Christmas. I hope that all who travel to Dingle this weekend have a wonderful time and that we all enjoy the buzz of Other Voices!
Special thanks to Áine Ní Chíobháin for organising, curating and hanging this great show.
Check out the details below and come along on Friday for the opening!
Engage Arts Festival is on this weekend and it’s been a fantastic weekend. Cork Printmakers opened ’25’ on Thursday evening after the official festival launch and it looked great. Thanks to all at Engage and the Skylight Gallery for having us, to Miranda Driscoll, director of Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh for curating the show, Johnny Bugler for hanging the work and to all at Cork Printmakers.
(P.S. Apologies for the bad quality photos! Camera phone not the best!)
It’s going to be a busy Culture Night for me this year! First off I will be at the opening of the Kerry Visual Artists Showcase which takes place at the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in Killarney. This is the second of two exhibitions, organised by Kerry County Council Arts Office, that celebrate the work of professional visual arts practitioners working across County Kerry today.
Then I’ll be hitting the road for Cork where Sample Studios will be holding it’s last culture night in its present location on Sullivan’s Quay. This is a fantastic opportunity to see a large number of the city’s top artists in their workplace, take part in activities and watch performances, films and exhibitions all under one roof. More information here
Nach mise a bheidh gnóthach Oíche Chultúir na bliana seo! Mar thús beidh mé i láthair at oscailt oifigiúil taispeántas Kerry Visual Artists Showcase atá ar siúl ag An Roinn Ealaíon, Oidhreachta, Gnóthaí Réigiúnacha, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta i gCill Áine. Ansin, tabharfaidh mé aghaidh ar chathair Chorcaí agus Sample Studios áit a mbeidh níos mó ná 60 ealaíontóir le fáil ina stiúideo féin chun a chuid saothar a thaispeáint agus a mhíniú don phobal. Tuilleadh eolais le fáil anseo