Waxing Lyrical at Other Voices

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 Bandon

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!)



Oíche Chultúir / Culture Night

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

Kerry Visual Artists Showcase image

Sample studios culture night

25 Exhibition Catalogue

Cork Printmakers celebrate 25 years during the Midsummer Festival

Here’s the etching I have been working on for Cork Printmakers exhibition at The Atrium, Cork City Hall this coming Friday.  When I see sails passing on the distant horizon I find myself imagining what it would be like to be on board, where are they headed for? How long have they been at sea? Who’s turn is it to make the tea in their ever moving world? When we were asked, for this exhibition, to consider the future and all its potential I immediately thought of a vessel on the open ocean choosing which point of the compass to follow, each direction leading to great things and adventures along the way. The piece I made for this show is made of two copper plates etched with aquatint. The title Cóir Gaoithe means fair winds, a blessing you might give a sailor setting out to sea wishing them favourable conditions for the journey ahead.

Details of the exhibition and opening:


Catalogue for Present

Present – An exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Connecticut


I was delighted to be selected for this show in The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, Connecticut, U.S.A. To have my work featured on the invite is a bonus!

The work for this exhibition were selected by curator Sarah Kelleher. Sarah is a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Art department at University College Cork and a Government of Ireland Scholar.  She has published critical reviews in Enclave Review, Paper Visual, the Irish Arts Review and Artefact (The Journal of the Irish Association of Art Historians.) She is co-director of Pluck Projects, an independent curatorial venture, the editorial assistant of Enclave Review and an occasional lecturer within the History of Art Department at U.C.C.

Cork Printmakers at The Lavit Gallery

Imago Mundi – paintings of the world

Artist Eoin Mac Lochlainn posted a piece about the project in Ireland here: Imago Mundi – paintings of the world with a lovely image of his contribution. Ciara Gibbons, the Irish curator of Imago Mundi  asked me to be involved and you can see my tiny (10cm x 12cm) oil on canvas below. Do click on the links to find out more! (Eoin Mac Lochlainn has a lovely blog click on his name to find out more)

Deirdre McKennaCaulking oil on canvas copy

Caulking, oil on canvas

Exhibitions at Christmas Time / Taispeántais um Nollaig

In the run up to Christmas I am delighted to be showing some of my work at a couple of exhibitions in the Cork area. One is Open House 6 at The Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh and the other is the annual showcase of members work from Cork Printmakers. Both open this Thursday evening and if you’re in the area you are very welcome to drop by for the openings.

Beidh cúpla taispeántas deas ar siúl i gCorcaigh agus na Nollag ag druidim chugainn. Táim an-sásta go mbeidh mo shaothar féin le feiscint ag  Open House 6, The Sirius Arts Centre i Cóbh agus ag an taispeántas bliantúil le Cork Printmakers, All Things Considered. Beidh fáilte roimh chách ag na hoscailtí oifigiúil Dé Déardaoin seo chugainn.



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