Chromatic IV 2013
Chromatic (iv) 2013, Aisling Conroy


Royal Ulster Academy 133rd Annual Exhibition

17 October 2014 – 4 January 2015

Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast, BT9 5AB

Founded in 1879, the Royal Ulster Academy is the largest and longest established body of practicing visual artists in Northern Ireland. One of the founding principles of the Academy was to hold an annual exhibition of work by both members and non–members of merit. Now in its 133rd year, this event remains one of the highlights of the Northern Ireland arts calendar attracting over 70,000 visitors in 2013. Over 300 works by some of Ireland’s best known and up–and–coming artists will be on display at this year’s exhibition – a mix of painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass, photography and film.
Exhibiting artists include: Cristina Bunello, Simon Burch, Tom Climent, Aisling Conroy, David Crone RUA, Róisín de Buitlear, Paul Gaffney, Carol Graham RUA, Angela Halliday ARUA, Brendan Jamison ARUA, Oliver Jeffers, Sharon Kelly RUA, Frances Lambe, Elizabeth Magill ARUA, Niall McCormack, Simon McWilliams RUA, Hamish Moyle, Hughie O Donoghue, Nuala O Donovan, Belen Paton, Kathy Prendergast, Eddie Rafferty ARUA, Paul Seawright RUA, Dermot Seymour ARUA, Neil Shawcross RUA, Mark Shields RUA and Amelia Stein Many of the works on display will be for sale so if you are looking to buy a piece of art this is the perfect opportunity. There is a wide variety of price points to suit most budgets. With the support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Academy is delighted to present a comprehensive events programme aimed at schools, families, art enthusiasts and the wider general public. These events, which will run throughout the exhibition, include guided exhibition tours, in conversation sessions and workshops for young and old. Admission to the exhibition and participation in all educational activities is free of charge.

Dates and Opening Hours:

Friday 17th October 2014 – Sunday 4th January 2015 Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast, BT9 5AB Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm (last admission 4.30pm)   The 133rd Annual Exhibition is generously sponsored by KPMG, the leading Accounting and Professional Advisory Firm.



Sol Art held its second major summer exhibition, ‘Revitalize’ opening on the 20th of August. The exhibition includes all the galleries favourites such as Liam O’Neill, Jimmy Lawlor, Kenneth Webb and Kevin McAleenan along with three exciting new artists to the gallery, Aisling Conroy, Amanda Shirlow and Myra Jago. There was a great attendance on the opening night which included artist talks by Myra Jago and Aisling Conroy. The exhibition continues until 6th September.


Earlier this year I was awarded a bursary from Laois Arts Office for a residency at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre in July. I had another amazingly fruitful and magical time there working on a new series of paintings. Thank you to all the staff there for being so helpful and to Laois Arts Office for supporting me!


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Genial Librarian Who Transformed Holdings at NCAD

Edward Murphy: March 27th, 1948 – May 17th, 2014

Eddie Murphy (left), with Ciaran Benson. Photograph: Matt KavanaghEddie Murphy (left), with Ciaran Benson. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh 


Edward Murphy, who has died aged 66, was librarian at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) until he retired last year. During his 35-year tenure he transformed the library, essentially developing it from scratch.An open, irreverent person with a mellifluous voice and a mischievous sense of humour, he was distinctly unofficious and easygoing, and his personality coloured the library he created. In recognition of this, it is now called the Edward Murphy Library.Edward, universally known as Eddie, was born in Dublin to Edward and Kathleen (née Ryan) Murphy. The family lived in Terenure. He attended Gonzaga College and then UCD. His father was a neurologist and he too initially studied medicine although he soon realised that it wasn’t for him. After a European tour in the late 1960s which seemed to take in “every museum in France, Belgium and the Netherlands”, he returned to Dublin, dropped his medical studies and switched to art history.After graduating, he spent two years in Italy, then won a studentship at the National Gallery of Ireland and studied librarianship at UCD.

The lack of a proper library in the National College of Art and Design was keenly felt and, from 1972, actively addressed by the board. After a series of stopgap arrangements Murphy was eventually appointed librarian in 1978. When he took up his post the stock numbered about 600 books. Now there are something in the region of 100,000, but Murphy’s achievement was much more profound than their acquisition. Thomas Street He mapped out the library’s future development, which really began with the 1981 move to immeasurably better, bigger quarters on Thomas Street. There, under his direction, it became a valuable, living resource attuned to the evolving needs of both staff and students, making available hundreds of journals and periodicals, along with moving image material in the Visual Resources Centre.

At Murphy’s urging, in 1997 NCAD, together with the Arts Council, established the National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL) a resource archive of material relating to 20th century and contemporary Irish art.

It is a public facility, open to anyone involved in researching any aspect of Irish art. It sprang from Murphy’s recognition that a great deal of material, much of it ephemeral, had no appropriate home and was disappearing. There was no shortage of such documentation, from flimsy exhibition price lists and catalogues to newspaper reviews and personal archives, but no institution was systematically preserving it.

Once the organisation was in place and the doors were open, material poured in, apart altogether from that directly acquired. Dorothy Walker’s personal archive resides there, as will Patrick Scott’s. Robert Ballagh has pledged his papers, and so has art historian Brian Kennedy. The RHA awarded Murphy a gold medal for his work on both NIVAL and the NCAD library in 2013. Although he retired as librarian that year, he continued to work for NIVAL out of a sense of personal commitment.

He is survived by his mother, Kathleen, and his sister, Ruth. He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia Casey, who died earlier this year, and by his brother Denis.


The Irish Times,Sat, Jun 21, 2014,


This year marks the 21st anniversary of The Hermione Art Exhibition at Alexandra College.The exhibition was established to complement the Hermione Art Lecture which has taken place annually since 1896 following an endowment in memory of Hermione Fitzgerald, 5th Duchess of Leinster, a dedicated supporter of the arts and of the college.

The Hermione Art Exhibition is a key event in the college calendar and each year has featured work by some of Ireland’s finest emerging and established contemporary artists, including members of the Royal Hibernian Academy and Aosdána.

The exhibition runs from Tuesday 25th to Sunday 30th March (incl.) and will be preceeded by The Hermione Lecture delivered by Donald Teskey RHA, entitled ‘Donald Teskey – paintings, drawings and limited editions‘ on Monday 24th March in the College concourse.

The Lecture takes place on Monday 24th March at 7.30pm.

The Exhibition is open Tuesday 25th to Sunday 30th March

Tuesday to Friday 11am to 6pm.Saturday and Sunday 1pm to 5pm.

There will be many well known artists exhibiting at the show, profiles of which you can read here, including the late Patrick Scott and the Campbell Bruce.

The late Patrick Scott who we were privilaged to have attend last year with Jennifer Gott of the National Museum of Ireland who delivered the Hermoine Lecture in 2013 on Eileen Gray.


Selection BOX | Dec 06th to Dec 21st

This Christmas Season the Talbot Gallery & Studios are proud to present:


Selection BOX


Christmas is a time for familiarity and new experiences, the Talbot Gallery is delighted to welcome back previous exhibiting artists whose work will be presented alongside new artists that have grabbed our attention.

Over 30 artists have been selected by Elaine Grainger and Aimee Nolan to take part in Selection BOX.

The show will comprise of small artworks, all within 12inch x 12inch size, being sold at the same price; 200 euro. We feel this format will offer a wonderful way for people to invest in an emergent talent, rediscover a previous favourite or to begin their own art collection. We hope this will prove a fruitful opportunity for art enthusiasts to start following and supporting artists at an affordable price, while also being able to engage with Dublin’s vibrant artistic community.

The artists we host at the Talbot Gallery range greatly in terms of perspective and media. We are confident the work of our selected artists will comprise a show of diverse aesthetics as well as ample opportunity to find original, unique gifts.


Selected Artists include: Miriam McConnon, Emma Hogan, Ciara O’ Hara, Laura Angell, Barry Gibbons, Louise Butler, Mary A Fitzgerald, Deirdre Hayden, Nicole Tilley, Eimear Jean McCormack, Aimee Nolan, Felicity Clear, Angela McDonagh, Kate Murphy, Eleanor Philips, Blathnaid Ni Mhurchu, Lucy Sheridan, Beatrice O’ Connell, Aisling Conroy, Cecilia Bullo, Nick Boon, Laura Fitzgerald, Cecelia Danell, Kathy Tynan, Sinead Kennedy, Joe Stanley, Claire Halpin, Steven Maybury, Jennifer Cunningham, Joe Scullion, Anne Hendrick, Jane Fogarty, Myra Jago, Steven McGovern and Matthew Sutton


Proof it

Proof it.
a Black Church Print Studio fundraiser


Thursday 5th December 2013

Preview: 5.30pm – 6.15pm | Purchase: 6.30pm – 8.30pm

The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Featuring original one-off proofs* by artists, poets, musicians and cultural heroes, including David Beattie, Paul Bailey, Ella Bertilsson, Kate Betts, Helen Blair, Sahoko K. Blake, Clare-Louise Bligh, Veronica Bolay, Nick Boon, Elaine Byrne, Gerard Byrne, John Byrne, Rhona Byrne, Alan Butler, Comhghall Casey, Vaari Claffey, Aisling Conroy, Cian Corcoran & Ahmad Fakhry (Designgoat), Gary Coyle, Monika Crowley, Mark Cullen, Cora Cummins, Niall de Buitlear, Conor and David, Diarmuid Delargy, Lynda Devenney, Vanessa Donoso Lopez, Theo Dorgan, Grainne Dowling, Karina Drogowska, Gabhann Dunne, Killian Dunne, Paul Durcan, Aoife Dwyer, David Fagan, Eleanor Duffin, Brian Fay, Emma Finucane, Mary A. Fitzgerald, Damien Flood, Andrew Folan, Gerhardt Gallagher, Mark Garry, Tessa Giblin, Ann Gilleece, Sorcha Gorsuch, Paz Guadalix, Tracy Hanna, Sean Harahan, Cathy Henderson, Raymond Henshaw, John Hunter, Jesse Jones, Mark Joyce, Margaret Kallen, Allyson Keehan, Aidan Kelly, Robert Kelly, Sam Keogh, Claire Kerr, James Kirwan, Tomasz Knapik, Barbara Knezevic, Brian Lalor, Gillian Lawler, Elaine Leader, Mo Levy, Rachel Likely, Sofie Loscher & Niamh O’Doherty, David Lunney, Sean Lynch, Colm Mac Athlaoich, Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith, Ferdia MagLochlainn, Anja Mahler, Colin Martin, Erin McClure, David McGinn, Patricia McKenna, Maria McKinney, Margaret McLoughlin, Muntsa Molina, Tom Moore, Aileen Murphy, Abigail O’Brien, Oisin O’Brien, Anna O’Byrne, Ruth O’Donnell, Damian O’Donohue, Shane O’Driscoll, Rachel O’Hara, Mairead O’hEocha, Fergal O’Mahony, Jane O’Malley, Niamh O’Malley, Geraldine O’Reilly, John O’Reilly, Kevin O’Shanahan & Marie Brett, Sean O’Sullivan, Louise Peat, Leila Pedersen, Sarah Pierce, Lucy Phelan, Alison Pilkington, Sheila Rennick, Jim Ricks, Gabriel Rosenstock, Piia Rossi, Nick Roth, Vincent Sheridan, Carole Shubotham, Dorothy Smith, Aaron Smyth, Kate Strain, Alex Synge, Nicole Tilley, Chris Timms, Paul Timoney, Gillian Turner, Linda Uhlemann, Yvan Vansevenant, Steve Wall, Lee Welch, Conor Wickham, Olesya Zdorovetska, amongst others.

In printmaking terms, the proof exists as evidence of a spark of thought that can carry forward monumental actions, or one that fades as other ideas are born and take root. We, the printmakers, use the proof as our guiding light, an element embedded in our practice, critical, urgent, essential, intrinsic. For us, without the proof, there can be nothing, no growth, no progress, no expansion.

In tandem with printmaking, notes, sketches, drafts, scribbles exist also as types of proofs. These modest materials are the landscape of signifiers, of thoughts, crystallising artworks, poems, songs, projects, buildings and compositions.

Such proofs might be said to hold an elusive charge cast against future realities. In themselves they represent that which motivates us, as artists, to dig deep and come up with the goods. In an age of the ephemeral, of movement and flux, the proof retraces a moment when time stilled to distil an idea.

At a time when fundraisers have become ten-a-penny and all battle and compete and thrive, Black Church Print Studio calls upon high for you to believe; to prove the worth of the creative practice by digging deep into your pockets.

Proof it. is kindly hosted by Teeling Whiskey Company, and supported by Eight Degrees Brewing, The Library Project, and each and every genius who answered yes! to contributing their wonderful creativity. Thank you.

Black Church Print Studio is supported by the Arts Council.

* By proof, we refer to a myriad of materials that hold the imprint of the first thought that lead to the larger project, artwork, song, speech, composition or strategic plan. Each by a professional creative. Each urgent within their field.




Spectrum II 2013   Spectrum VI 2013

Spectrum III & VII (2012)

Dunamaise Arts Centre is delighted to unveil the winners of its Open Art Exhibition 2013.

Having received almost 100 impressive submissions from both established and emerging artists; 21 pieces by 15 artists, including an overall winner were selected by Noel Kelly, President of AICA Ireland and CEO/Director of Visual Artists Ireland . The 21 pieces exhibited are in various media by artists from across the four Midlands Counties of Laois, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath.

The selected artists are Carol Booth, Carol Breen, Aisling Conroy, Rebecca Deegan, David Fox, Sean Guinan, Bernadette Keating, Tim Mann, Maria O’Brien, Ciara O’Hara, Lawrence O’Neill, Catherine Rock, Mary Slevin, Anne Van Dorpe and Ann Wingfield.

Previously, annual Open Shows have varied to include national or local, professional or amateur artists, with varying levels of participation, engagement and success. For this year’s Open Submission Group Show, new Director of Dunamaise, Michelle de Forge, hopes that the exhibition will further promote and strengthen the connectivity and collaboration of the visual arts community in the Midlands.

Gaining support from Arts Officers in neighbouring counties has resulted in the presentation of this year Open Show in conjunction with the Local Authority Arts Offices of Counties Laois, Longford,  Offaly and Westmeath.

Noel Kelly, (President of AICA Ireland and CEO/Director of Visual Artists Ireland) was invited to select work by artists originally from, or living in, these four counties. Dunamaise Gallery now presents his selection, which represents a great breadth and depth of artistic expression by emerging and established midlands based artists.

A fantastic prize of a month long residency at The Arthouse, Stradbally, Co. Laois was offered to the overall winner of the competition which will provide a rare opportunity to focus on creating new work in state of the art studio facilities and a supportive environment.

“It was intended that through collaboration with Arts Officers, a wide net would be cast and ongoing networking across county borders will be encouraged. This format of exhibition project devised by Dunamaise offers scope for expansion in future years, with potential for rotating the exhibition across counties or forming a touring show”, said Michelle de Forge, Director of Dunamaise Arts Centre.

Dunamaise Gallery offers a warm, inviting, designated exhibition space with wonderful natural light. Artists and curators can show work exclusively in this space, or also present their work along the curved staircase, throughout the welcoming foyer and café space.

Dunamaise Arts Centre wishes to acknowledge the support and encouragement received from Local Authority Arts Officers and their staff; Muireann Ní Chonaill, Bridie Keenan, Fergus Kennedy, Sinead O’Reilly and Muireann Mulrennan for this project.

Dunamaise Open Exhibition will continue until 20 December 2013.


Foundation13 is an exciting and eclectic exhibition curated by Brendan Fox taking place in Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Being from Portlaoise originally and Tullamore only a stones throw away from my home town; I was delighted to be invited to take part. The opening night is this Thursday and there are some amazing artists with really strong works on show. Looking forward to being there for the launch and seeing the exhibition in it’s entirety. All are welcome on the night and throughout the months of September/October while the exhibition continues.

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