Hi – for anyone interesting in flexing their life-drawing muscle or to start a beginners drawing course, I'll be sharing the new course with my friend and colleague Felicity Clear. Bookings can be made on The Hugh Lane website: www.hughlane.ie/drawing-classes-for-adults. These are fun and informal sessions in the Gallery's stunning environment.
Beginning on January 17th, I'll be running an 8-week Drawing a Breath – mindfulness and drawing – series of workshops in The National Gallery on Merrion Square. The workshops will open with a link to the annual Turner watercolours exhibition (you'll recall these stunning paintings only come out once a year to brighten our darkest month). We will also be looking at the warm skies of Canaletto while doing our drawings – peppered with brief moments of mindfulness to heighten our perceptions and relax our shoulders.
Hope you can join us. There's more information on The National Gallery website https://www.nationalgallery.ie/ or the PDF link of this season's brochure canaletto_drawing_brochure.pdf.
Hope to see you there!
Latest curatorial project: Beauty Must Bear a Pinch, Group Exhibition at Watergarden Gallery, Kilkenny
Date(s) - 10/08/2018 - 19/09/2018
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
A group exhibition by INEX artists Nick Bayne, Gay Brabazon, Bonnie Kavanagh, Serena Kitt, Deborah Hewson, Marie Morrow, Pilib Mac an Bháird, Aoibhinn O’Dea, Mags O Dea (RIP) and Mette Sofie Roche, curated by Beth O’Halloran.
The artists in the INEX collective met while attending NCAD. They have come together in this exhibition in a communal howl to call our distracted selves back to NOW. An acute awareness of the urgency to be present to this moment chimes with the Japanese aesthetic, wabi-sabi – a celebration of the fleeting, the fading and the imperfect.
“Things are either devolving toward, or evolving from, nothingness – delicate traces, faint evidence, at the borders of nothingness, the inconspicuous and overlooked details, the minor and the hidden, the tentative and ephemeral.” – Leonard Koren, Wabi-Sabi For Artists, Poets, Philosophers and Designers.
Through photography, painting, fiber and 3-D work, the artists ask us to engage with the clarity of mind that was employed in the work’s making.
I am 1 of 5 writers selected for a Date with an Agent in Dublin's 2018 International Literature Festival
On May 26th, 5 UK literary agents will meet with 5 emerging Irish writers, selected from over 300 entries. I have been selected as the sole participant to join a workshop to meet Ivan Mulcahy of the London literary agency MMB Creative in a one-to-one session as part of the How to Get Published Conference.
by Artists L9 Collective - A Collective of emerging visual artists based in Dublin, Ireland
Essay accompanying exhibition –
In her short story, The Midnight Zone, writer Lauren Groff expands on the correlations between the darkest band of sea life and our most vulnerable human states. Here, the narrator, with a head injury, is speaking with her young sons:
They told me about the sunlight, the twilight and the midnight zones – the three depths of water, where there is transparent light, then a murky, darkish light, then no light at all … (And there is) a tornado of air which stretches from the midnight zone, where the fish are blind, all the way up to the birds.
For this exhibition, Beneath the Surface, there is a collective dipping into the deepest undercurrents by all five artists – David Glassey, Linda Hederman, Jennifer Hennessy, Daniela Monza and Sinead O’Connor. Although Hennessy is the only artist in the group who directly utilizes underwater imagery, Monza, O’Connor, Glassey and Hederman all explore the tension between the seen and the unseen.
Monza, Hederman and Hennessy consider conscious and subliminal states – desire, identity, anxiety, muffled memory; whereas Glassey and O’Connor nod to more physically tangible processes such as man’s stamp on the landscape and the concept of marking time.
A common dialogue in the work is the bridge between a solid reckoning and human vulnerability. Through their unified explorations, these artists go beneath the surface and each shines a torch at even the most opaque places.
– Beth O'Halloran
See you there!
...Shadow and light play with babies in the National Gallery. There was a (loose) connection to the Turner watercolour show on at the moment. If you haven’t seen those lately and could use a lift from all this drizzle, I highly recommend.. they’re shown every January as that’s when natural light is weakest but the darkness is lifted with his stunning bright light skies!