Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Come and hear the band playing and enjoy the music. This is an open event and all are welcome to attend.
Drawing from life experience and folk tradition moreso than outside influences, Ghosts Light the Scene tells a story of revenge, cacoethes, love, loss and dispossession. It marks the end of an old way, and the beginning of a new journey for this lonely ship…
Friday, November 20, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Each of the six artists based in the Courthouse studios have invited another artist to show a work and to select a work by their host, the mutual exchange described by the title.
The delicate ceramic works of Sinead O’ Connell, which have proven very popular at previous exhibitions, will be shown alongside her invited artist Sara Comerford.
Michael Hanrahan shows a
recent painting alongside invitee
Two photographers – studio artist Olga Leszczynska
and her guest Jarek Szczucki –
will bring an international dimension to the exhibition.
Mutual Exchange takes place to coincide with the exhibition of new work in the main gallery by North Clare artist Judy O’ Sullivan.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
'Clothes', according to Virginia Woolf, 'have more important offices than merely to keep us warm; they change our view of the world and the world's view of us'.
These are drawings about what wraps, shields, protects and transforms the self. The dress is a skin of fiction, a fiction of appearance. When the fiction is played out the dress is left empty. It is the abandoned 'skin' - dress, sea urchin, mermaid's purse which fascinates by its beauty and strangeness, empty of the life it once held, evidence of something that was.
The work began with drawings of an old black dress, made of crepe with a sequinned detail on the upper bodice given to the artist by her grandmother, a small farmer in West Cork, who was fond of the occasional 'a bit of style'. At the time the artist was also drawing a mermaid's purse, the empty egg case of a skate, shark or ray in which the young fish gestate, which she found on a beach. Working on both sets of drawings she made a connection between the dress and mermaid's purse, which she began to explore through drawing, painting and photography. Other elements of 'wrapping' like a lace veil and embroidered apron also found their way into her work.
The drawings are made with the simplest of materials on translucent paper originally made for wrapping butter. The paper itself is like a skin, wrinkling under the watery drawing and absorbing the drawing into itself. The paper, water, pigment and mark all merge into something new and surprising. Some are layered onto canvas. A video piece reflects this process and reveals another layer to this delicate, tactile exhibition.
This is a unique opportunity to observe the process of drawing over time as the artist will do a large scale drawing on the wall of the gallery and document its growth.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Featuring Salmon Poets:
Stephen Roger Powers
With music by Dan Jeffery.
On Thursday 1st October @ 9pm.
Free Event and all welcome to attend!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Date: Wednesday 23rd September 2009
Where: Egan’s Pub in Liscannor
A collection of archive material from the film will be exhibited in Egan’s pub at the same time.
For more information and updates on film and video screenings and related events see fionaodwyerart.blogspot.com
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Recording: Live Demos, Bands, Traditional Music, Singer Songwriters
Mixing / Remixing
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Thursdays @ 10am - €10.
Call the Courthouse for further information on 065 707 1630.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Deadline: 5pm, Friday 2nd October 2009
The newly renovated Ennistymon Courthouse building features a main art gallery, the smaller Red Couch gallery space, five artists’ studios, and a sound recording studio. The Courthouse Gallery seeks to attract local and national audiences by exhibiting work of the highest standard by local, national, and international artists.
We are interested in exhibiting a wide range of visual art, including collaborations and multi-media projects for exhibition in both our gallery spaces. We also welcome proposals that are participatory led or involve some engagement with the community.
We wish to focus on exhibiting emerging artists based locally and nationwide.
If you are interested in applying, please send your submission (which should include):
*brief description of proposed show,
*6-8 images on CD or hard-copy photos
25% commission charged.
Please send submissions to:
Trudi van der Elsen - Coordinator,
Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery,
Selection will be made mid October and all artists will be contacted after that.
For more information or a gallery viewing please contact:
Deadline for submissions: 5pm, Friday 2nd October 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Stephen Benn, Rolf Fendler, Peter Garrihy, Audrey Huguet, Helen Jackson, Esther Kinnane, Christine Malsey, Josephine Quigley, Mary Reynolds, David Walsh, David Wheeler, and Uta Wagner.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
‘Merging 3’ is the title of the exhibition by three artists from the North Clare area in the Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon. To be opened by Madeleine Taylor Quinn on Friday 14th Aug at 7pm.
The exhibition runs from 13th August - 13th September 2009. Admission Free.
Madeleine Irene Smyth / Sculptures: ‘I work in bronze and plaster. Depending on my mood my work is figurative or semi-figurative. The bronze casting technique defined my piece “Pilgrim”. The piece “In The Dock” could be Christ resolute before Pilate or someone on death row’. The pieces for the exhibition were cast by Seamus Connolly of the Kilbaha Art Foundry, Kilrush, Co. Clare.
Marianne Potterton / Paintings: This particular series was partly inspired by the Buddhist concept of there being seven veils of illusion. ‘I am fascinated by the idea that the material world, the earth we live in, is much less concrete than we like to imagine; that things change and metamorphose, and that in the process the spiritual and the physical worlds are always merging’.
Mary Foudy O’Halloran / Paintings: Transience, layers, traces and the everyday are the major concerns of the work of artist Mary Foudy O'Halloran. Her work is a dialogue between the figurative and the abstract. Using mixed media, she builds up layers, making marks and balancing tones to find the personal in the ordinary. She believes that it is in the process that the painting is found.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Launch on Friday 17th July at 8.00pm and
andexhibition runs from 15th July – 7th August 2009
Vanessa’s work is an eclectic mix of brightly coloured paintings, sculpture, drawing and animation. She is inspired by art where the viewer can discover aspects of the work that they can manipulate, manoeuvre or peer into.
As children we look at the world differently, creating our own stories and mythology parallel to the ordinary world; as we grow older this world gets put to one side. Vanessa’s art work explores possibilities of access to these parallel worlds and allows the viewer to temporarily escape the mundane.
Interactive art and participation plays a major role in her own work, this comes from years of working in community arts and having the desire to make art accessible for everyone to share, respond to and enjoy.
Since moving to
For further information, please contact Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery on 065 707 1630 or
Gallery opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 5pm.
No admission fee!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon
A free lunchtime traditional music concert
as part of the Riches of Clare 2009 series.
Friday 3rd July @ 1pm
The concert will take place this Friday, 3rd July 2009 at 1pm in the gallery.
Performers include Conor Crimmins, Caitlín Nic Gabhann & Damien O’Mhuiris.
Admission is free and all are welcome!
Friday 3rd July Time: 1pm – 2pm
For more information please see http://www.richesofclare.com/
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
August 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th 2009 - for teenagers and adults!
Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon presents a series of stop motion animation workshops in August 2009.
During the workshop participants will use different stop motion animation techniques such as sand animation, bringing drawings to life, claymation and making objects appear to move by themselves. In groups, the participants will develop storyboards, build characters and sets, use sound and take lots of photos. When these photos are played at 12 frames per second the characters created will magically come to life!
All the animations will be edited together with music and all participants will receive a copy of their animation on DVD.
The workshops are open to teenagers and adults and will run daily from 12pm to 4pm. Participants can take part for one day, two days, three days, or even do all four days...the more workshops you do, the more you will get out of it! If possible, participants will need to bring their own digital camera.
Workshops cost €20 per day.
Booking is essential as places are limited.
To book a place, please contact Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon on 065 707 1630 or email email@example.com.
August 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
12pm - 4pm
€20 per day
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Launch 19th June at 8pm - exhibition runs until July 12th
The official opening takes place on the 19th June by Dr. Simon Berrow, founder of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group and Project officer of the Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Foundation
The exhibition of the Dutch sculptor and photography artist Jan Ploeg shows 26 large mounted photographs of the dolphin Dusty, taken just under the waters' surface, where the sunlight is still strong, making her appear as being clad in a golden shroud. In addition, three computers will be set up where visitors will be able to view hundreds of photographs and underwater videos or logon to the artist's website www.janploeg.nl
What makes Jan's work so unique is his passion and dedication to nature, the sea and dolphins in particular. During his first visit to Ireland in 1992, he started to swim with 'Fungi the Dolphin' and later in 2002 with 'Dusty'. In order to understand and sculpt these wonderful animals better, he developed 'WaterWing', which he is still using to swim with the dolphin.
It can best be described as a fusion of the pectoral fins, which are tilted into an up and down movement in which the water is pushed backwards. This 'WaterWing', as well as Jan's swimming gear and monofin will be shown at the launch of the exhibition.
In his own words, Jan describes his work as follows: "As a sculptor I am interested in matching properties of wood, like the shape, colour or grain with an image from Nature. The image, whether in three-dimensional wood, in expressive language or in visual capture is my major inspiration". He goes on to say: "I always start from reality, attempt to share its beauty, explore its manifestations or demonstrate hidden dimensions. I like to coin this approach 'Poetic Reality' as an encouraging counterpart to the harshness generally ascribed to it".
Jan made three books: 'Dolphin Address', 'Dusty' and 'Waterscapes'. These books and the photographs in A4 format by on-the-spot printing will be on sale in the Gallery during the exhibition.In addition, he has made a DVD, named 'Dolphin Address' containing underwater videos, an anthology of the 'Dolphin Address' website articles, a 30 chapter story about his teenage adventure and more short stories will be available as well.
Examples and details of his work can be found on www.janploeg.nl
This exhibition documents the many people and places Robin has encountered throughout the World, looking at countries such as Mongolia, China, India and Uganda. 'Impressions of Place' tells the story of people and how they live, their culture and spirituality.
His affinity for documentary led him to work for press agencies in both Limerick and London. Robin is now based in Dublin, working as a freelance photographer.
Born in Ireland, he studied Photography and Digital Imaging at Reading College and School of Art and Design.