Carnation (12′ x 12′)- acrylic and nylon thread on board


Selection Box

Group show

Dec 04th – Dec 20th 2014

The Talbot Gallery & Studios presents it’s annual Christmas Show. 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.

Invited Artists: Aileen Murphy, Aimee Nolan, Aisling Conroy, Alison Pilkington, Angela McDonagh, Anne Hendrick, Anne Marie Webb, Blathnaid Ni Mhurchu, Bennie Reilly, Cecilia Bullo, Cecilia Danell, Ciara O’Hara, Claire McCluskey, David Lunney, Deirdre Heyden, Dorota Borowa, Emma Hogan, Emma Roche, Felicity Clear, Fionna Murray, Gerry Davis, Helen MacMahon, Ida Mitrani, Jane Fogarty, Jennifer Cunningham, Joe Stanley, Joe Scullion, Kate Murphy, Laura Angell, Lucy Sheridan, Marie Farrington, Mary A. Fitzgerald, Miriam McConnon, Sean Guinan, Selma Makela, Steven Maybury, Steven McGovern, Stephen Morris, Sinead Kennedy and Will O’Kane


Dunamaise Arts Centre announces the opening of its

‘Open Submission’ Exhibition

‘One artist to be awarded month-long residency in The Arthouse, Stradbally’

The Dunamaise Arts Centre, is delighted to announce the opening of the annual ‘Open Submission’ exhibition at the Dunamaise Arts Centre in Portlaoise, on Friday November 14th at 8pm.

This year’s exhibition is featuring 30 pieces of art by 26 artists, carefully selected by guest curator, Geraldine O’ Reilly of Aosdána, out of some 50 submissions entered into the competition.

One selected artist will be awarded a month-long residency in The Arthouse, Stradbally, Co. Laois, kindly sponsored by Laois Arts Office. This is an opportunity for the artist to develop their work in a professional studio setting, with full residency support. The winner of this opportunity will be announced by director of Dunamaise Arts Centre, Michelle de Forge on the night.

The Open Submission has become an exciting addition to the Dunamaise Visual Arts calendar sparking immense interest from both established and emerging artists all over Ireland and also locally from County Laois.

Geraldine O’ Reilly is a visual artist and printmaker, who has had many solo and group exhibitions throughout Ireland, America, Australia, the UK and Europe. Her work is in many private and public collections and Geraldine has been commissioned to create new work for Offaly County Council and Dublin City Council. In 2004, Geraldine was elected to Aosdana for her contribution to the arts in Ireland.

She says, “This exhibition represents a wonderful snapshot of the talent and diversity of artists that are working on their craft throughout Ireland and locally here in Laois. I have chosen a selection of work that I believe showcases the best of the talent of Irish artists and I am very excited about the exhibition and the collection of works on display for the public to enjoy.  I wish everyone that entered this competition the best for their future career as artists and we thank everyone who took part and look forward to seeing more of your work in the future.”

The artists chosen to exhibit in this year’s exhibition include: Paul Bokslag, Allan Buckett, Conor Brennan, Robert Dunne, Rebecca Deegan, Aisling Conroy, Pamela de Bri, Aidan Flnagan, Conor Flynn-O’Donnell, Eileen Ferguson, Crona Gallagher, William Hamilton, Sharon Murphy, John Lalor, Lia Laimbock, Rosemarie Langtry, Paul McCormaic, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Bernadette Madden, Sue O’ Brien, Patricia Pachova, Margaret Ray, Zita Reihill, Paul Roy, Sarah Ryan and Andrea Woodgate.

The 30 works chosen for exhibition will be of mixed media and sizes. The exhibition will run until December 19th, 2014.  Entry is free and all members of the public are invited to visit the gallery throughout the month to enjoy this diverse exhibition.


VUE, Ireland’s National Contemporary Art Fair takes place again this autumn at the RHA and this year for the first the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s annual PORTFOLIO exhibition will coincide with VUE, making this a weekend at the RHA not to be missed! Galleries participating in VUE will include Taylor Galleries, Peppercanister Gallery, Jorgensen Fine Art, Fenderesky Gallery, Oliver Sears Gallery, Graphic Studio Gallery, Hilsboro Fine Art, SO Fine Art, Molesworth Gallery, Stoney Road Press, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Green on Red, Eight Art Gallery, Cross Gallery, Solomon Fine Art, Catherine Hammond Gallery, James Wray Gallery, Olivier Cornet Gallery, Claremorris Art Gallery and Irish Arts Review

Showcasing the best of contemporary Irish craft from world-class makers with international reputations, PORTFOLIO will feature unique and innovative objects across a variety of disciplines including: furniture, ceramics, jewellery, glass, metals, paper, textiles, calligraphy, woodwork and basketry.



Thursday, 30 Oct: Private view, 6 – 8pm

Friday, 31 Oct: 11am – 8pm

Saturday, 1 Nov: 11am – 7pm

Sunday, 2 Nov: 12pm – 6pm



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