Wednesday, January 7, 2009

New Co-ordinator at the Courthouse Gallery

Trudi van der Elsen has taken over as gallery co-ordinator from Maria Kerin. She is looking forward to working with all the artists and deve loping the gallery. Trudi will be in the office on Mondays and Tuesday afternoons from the 12th of January. As the gallery building is closed on Mondays please phone 065 7071630 or email:
if you want to contact Trudi.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Valerie Driscoll exhibition- Sceal Eile

You are invited to the opening reception of :


Photography and sculptural installation by


on Saturday 10th January at 4pm for afternoon tea and to meet the artist

At the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, Co. Clare

The show runs from the 10th to the 29th January, Tuesday to Saturday, 12 to 4pm. free.

The Courthouse Gallery,Ennistymon, Co Clare presents 'Sceal Eile'-the first solo show of London-based, Clare artist Valerie Driscoll. It is an exhibition of photographic and sculptural installation that tells the story, as a courthouse might, of something that is hidden. The daily engaging in the private domestic procosses is played out in the gallery as home. Driscoll explores the dichotemy between domestic realities and public display. Phrases such as 'behind closed doors' and 'airing dirty laundry',she says add to the ambiguity as well as to the curiosity.
The inherent hardship,banility and private experience of the Irish domestic situtation is exposed and shown to be infused with hope. A series of photographs entitled 'A few things around my father's kitchen' is an intimate portrait that reveals a quirky and private universe. Driscoll uses object and image to reveal experienced as well as created environments.
This is a poignent,revelatory body of work that at the same time betrays and comforts.
Driscoll worked as a teacher in London for 10 years. She recently gave up teaching to persue a career in photographic art.
Driscoll has exhibited in London at the Sassoon Gallery and Nolias Gallery. She also showed work at Isaacs in Cork City during the European City of Culture.