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“Love each other or perish”– W.H Auden.

I was extremely excited and honored to be asked to collaborate on The Fregoli Heart Project with the phenomenally talented team of performers at Fregoli Theatre Company,Director Maria Tivnan and Composer Mark Daniel Kerry. The topic for discussion? my favorite subject, and I’m sure it’s a favorite of many- love.

The project was launched October 11th at a fund-raising gig in the Róisín Dubh,Galway with singer-songwriters Tracy Bruen, Steven Sharpe, and Dylan Murphy, along with Barry Staunton and Priscilla Winters. The poster design/illustration being the first phase of my involvement in the project.

The Fregoli Heart Project wants to provide respite to the ongoing adversity and treacherous news stories that are churned out via the media and affect our lives in negative ways.  As the launch poster suggests, Fregoli are looking to evoke the stories, memories, words, images from people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities and to represent these through an explosion and release of love, light, intensity and colour, and to ultimately… spread the love.

See below for more details on the project and how to get involved.

Fregoli wants to spread the love and perform experiences of love in all its forms gathered from the public through an open call. Our creative team including a visual artist, performers, and a composer will work together to develop and present these stories interactively through art, music and theatre.

In an era of borders, marginalization, and mass attempts to inspire hate and difference, Fregoli wishes to return to what is quintessential to life; love. Love which can be deceptively simple or complex, in all its forms; love for humanity, family, friends, nature, occupation and of course romantic love. In an effort to celebrate love, collectivity and solidarity we will appeal to the public in an open call for stories/memories/images of love, which will open Oct 11th and run until Jan 6th 2019.

Open Call from Oct 12th to Jan 6thApplication form available here

Submissions must be accompanied by this form, once completed.

The form may then be emailed to fregoliheartproject@gmail.com with your submission or sent by post to,

Fregoli Heart Project

C/O Des Kenny,

Kennys Bookshop and Art Galleries,

Liosbaun Retail Park,

Tuam Road,

Galway.

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In very good company in this Summer edition (June – August) of the Irish Arts Review magazine. Thrilled to see one of my works ‘The Wisdom of the Heart V (below) published alongside notable artists Damien Flood, Stephen Johnston, David Eager Maher, Bennie Reilly, Leah Hewson Seele, Tom McLean and Holly Walsh.

Presenting “the work of 8 artists under the age of 40 who independently and boldly explore the imaginative possibilities of paint.” To learn more about these artists, IAR invite their readers to nominate their favourite artist online here: VOTE here

p.101 : Aisling Conroy, The Wisdom of the Heart V (2018), acrylic and nylon thread on wood, 60 x 60cm.

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Proud and honored to be asked to feature one of my paintings called ‘Iconics II’ on the front cover of the current edition of the Poetry Ireland Review. This current edition also features work by fellow gallery Artists from the Olivier Cornet Gallery. 

Poetry Ireland Review 124, edited by Eavan Boland; contains new poems from Paula Meehan, Ciarán O’Rourke, Lizzy Nichols, Mark Ward, Gabriel Rosenstock, Özgecan Kesici, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, and many other compelling voices. Also included is Eilean Ni Chuilleanáin’s remembrance of her Cork childhood, excerpted from The Vibrant House: Irish Writing and Domestic Space, a book of essays reviewed in issue 124 by Caitríona O’Reilly. Other books considered in this issue include collections from Annemarie Ní Churreáin, Mark Granier, Tara Bergin, The Cambridge Companion to Irish Poets, and the Collected Poems of the late Dennis O’Driscoll, and there’s also a short interview with Thomas Kinsella along with an essay on Kinsella as poet and civil servant. Another Kinsella is this issue’s Featured Poet, Alice Kinsella, and all artwork for the issue is supplied by artists associated with the Olivier Cornet Gallery on Great Denmark Street, around the corner from Poetry Ireland.

Available now to purchase online or in all good bookstores.

Visit Poetry Ireland/ Éigse Eireann for more info

COVER IMAGE: Iconics ii, acrylic and enamel on wood by Aisling Conroy

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HAUS, 2018; acrylic, corrugated cardboard on wood. Aisling Conroy

Delighted to announce the upcoming Syrias Vibes Art Auction launching Thursday 8th March 2018, with the aim of raising funds to support displaced families in Syria and Iraq.

Along with The SCOOP Foundation, they are bringing together over 70 contemporary artworks to auction in Dublin’s city centre. The exhibition launches Thursday the 8th of March in Bagots Hutton on Ormond Quay, with art, wine and canapés from one of Dublin’s top chefs, and the Artists involved talking about their work.

These original works will be sold at live auction in Bagots Hutton on Sunday 25th March with monies raised providing direct support to victims of the ongoing war in Syria. For all information on the auction, including online/telephone bidding, head on over to www.syriasvibes.com.

LAUNCH: Thursday 8th March, 6-9pm
EXHIBITION: 9th – 24th March (closed Mondays)
AUCTION DAY: Sunday 25th March, 2pm SHARP


List of contributing Artists (in alphabetical order):

Adrian+Shane, Ruthie Ashenhurst, Daniela Astone, Margo Banks, Aideen Barry, Kate Beagan, Tag Beckett, Conor Bereen, Sahoko Blake, Dermot Brennan, Poncho Byrne, Eamon Colman, Aisling Conroy, Jo Cummins, Hazel Coonagh.

Mary De Blacam, DECOY, Louise Donnelly, Denise Downey, Lucy Doyle, DUDA, James Earley, El VIZ, Fares Fares, Adrienne M. Finnerty, Jim Fitzpatrick, Martina Furlong, Katarzyna Gajewska, Tim Goulding, Joby Hickey, Jackie Hudson-Lalor, Jesse Jones, Molly Judd, Mo Kelly, James Kirwan, Steven Mannion-Farrell, MASER, Barry McAdam, Eoin McCormack, Paula McGurdy, Nick Miller, Robert Mirolo, Esther Moliné, Yvette Monahan, Richard Mosse, Patricia Murphy.

Áine Ní Chíobháin, Isabel Nolan, John Nolan, Seamus Nolan, Olivia O’Carra, Niamh O’Connor, Steve O’Connor, Shane O’Driscoll, Cormac O’Leary, Geraldine O’Reilly, Laurence O’Toole, Erin Quinn, Juliana Scodeler, Carole Shubotham, Vauney Strahan, Shane Sutton, Dominic Turner, Carol Ann Waldron, Joe Warrior Walker, Patrick Walshe, Sinéad Wood, Úna Woods.

Check out the Syrias Vibes event page here.

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From the Deluge, 2017; acrylic & nylon thread on canvas.

WHAT on EARTH has ART got to DO with CLIMATE CHANGE?‘ is a panel discussion in the context of ‘2° C’, a group show on climate change curated and hosted by the Olivier Cornet Gallery on Wednesday, 7th March 2018 @6:30pm (discussion will start at 7 pm sharp).
The panel will include, Paul Leech (GAIA ecotecture, moderator); Paddy Woodworth (author, journalist, lecturer and cultural/environmental tour guide); Hugh Cummins, artist; Yanny Petters, artist; Olivier Cornet, curator.
This event is free and all are welcome.

Venue: Olivier Cornet Gallery
3 Great Denmark Street (off Parnell Square)
Dublin 1

More more info visit:
http://www.oliviercornetgallery.com/#/exhibitions-vue-art-fair-2017/4593936287

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‘2° C’ is an artists’ response to climate change, curated by Olivier Cornet with the support of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ireland.

First Presented at VUE Contemporary Art Fair (RHA Dublin) in early November 2017, the show runs at the Olivier Cornet Gallery from 17th December 2017 to 15th February 2018. The exhibition at the gallery will feature more work than in its initial presentation at VUE.

ArtistsANNIKA BERGLUND, HUGH CUMMINS, JOHN FITZSIMONS, JORDI FORNIES, CLAIRE HALPIN, EOIN MAC LOCHLAINN, MIRIAM MCCONNON, YANNY PETTERS, KELLY RATCHFORD, FREDA RUPP, AISLING CONROY, DAVID FOX, PAUL JAMES KEARNEY, SHEILA NAUGHTON, and VICKY SMITH.

Official opening: Sunday, 17th December, 3pm, Olivier Cornet Gallery, 3 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1

Guest Speaker:Dr Jonathan Derham BSc, PhD, MA(Mgt), Programme Manager, Evidence & Assessment Programme, Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA), Ireland.

Click here to see an online catalogue of the work.

When first presented at VUE 2017, Ireland’s National Contemporary Art Fair, which took place at the RHA Gallery, Dublin 2 from November 2 to November 5 2017, the exhibition received a lot of attention from the numerous visitors to the fair.

If you were not able to attend the fair, do not miss this second edition of ‘2° C’ which includes more works and which will be complemented by workshops and seminars in collaboration with the artists and the EPA at the gallery in Januray and February 2018.

“Olivier Cornet has a knack for curating good thematic shows, allowing artists to affiliate their work to a subject – in this case climate change – without distorting their customary practices. Here he elicits thoughtful, nuanced responses from a number of fine artists including Jordi Fornies, Claire Halpin, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Yanny Petters, Freda Rupp, Aisling Conroy, Vicky Smith and more.”

-Aidan Dunne, ‘The Take, Critic’s Choice’, The Irish Times Ticket, Saturday, 16th December 2017. Also published online in ‘The Best Exhibitions This week‘ on 15th December 2017. Thanking Aidan Dunne and The Irish Times for this great review.

 

Featured image: Other World (The Only Thing to Sphere is Sphere Itself), 2017; acrylic and nylon thread on wood.

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For Vue 2017, Ireland’s National Contemporary Art Fair at the RHA Dublin, The Olivier Cornet Gallery and their artists will be presenting ‘2° C’, a group show on the theme of climate change, supported by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Artists: ANNIKA BERGLUND, HUGH CUMMINS, JOHN FITZSIMONS, JORDI FORNIES, CLAIRE HALPIN, EOIN MAC LOCHLAINN, MIRIAM MCCONNON, YANNY PETTERS, KELLY RATCHFORD, FREDA RUPP.

The exhibition will also feature works by Olivier’s Associate Gallery Artists (AGA) namely, AISLING CONROY, DAVID FOX, PAUL JAMES KEARNEY, SHEILA NAUGHTON, and VICKY SMITH.

Opening days/hours at VUE:

Thursday 2nd November 6 pm – 8pm

Friday 3rd November 11 am – 8 pm

Saturday 4th November 11 am – 7 pm

Sunday 5th November 12 pm – 6 pm

This show will then be presented at the Olivier Cornet Gallery from the 16th of December to the 15th of February 2018. Workshops and seminars in collaboration with the artists and the EPA will take place at the gallery.

Testament, 2017; acrylic and nylon thread on board. Will be exhibited at VUE, RHA and at the OCG for the exhibition ‘2° C’

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This year I had two illustrated prints selected for the Galway Impressions Biennale Printmaking Show.  The exhibition is a part of the Galway Arts Festival programme and currently on show the Center for Creative Arts in GMIT.

The Impressions Biennale Printmaking Show is an exhibition that represents all that is happening in the contemporary print world today providing a unique platform for emerging and established artists including some of the biggest names in Irish contemporary art. The exhbition was curated by Jason Hicklin (UK) with guest speaker, Conor McGrady, Dean of Academic Affairs, Burren College of Art for the official opening on Friday 14th July at 6 pm.
Venue: Centre for the Creative Arts & media, Cluain Mhuire, GMIT, Monivea Road, Galway.
Opening hours: Saturday 15th- Sunday 30th July 11-6pm

Impressions Biennale
Galway Arts Festival
Lost at Sea,  intaglio, screenprint, chine collé; 25 x25 cm

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Both myself and colleague Clare Lymer are delighted to be delivering a presentation on the Patrick Scott Archive in the ‘Lightening Talks’ at the ARLIS 2017 (Art Librarians Society) conference; ‘Revolution: Re-imagining the Art Library’ at the National Gallery of Ireland on Wednesday 12th July.

Exploring the Patrick Scott Archive will illustrate narratives of Scott’s life and work with selected archive materials and highlight the conservation and preservation process of Scott’s scrapbook from original condition, through to the digitisation process and conservation treatments.

www.nival.ie

www.nationalgallery.ie

ARLIS Conference 2017

 

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Time to brush up on my Ulysses (!) as i’ll be taking part in the Bloomsday Fringe events this coming June.

There’s a Touch of the Artist About Old Bloom’ is a visual response to Ulysses through sketching on location in the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter of Dublin. Curated by the Olivier Cornet Gallery, Jessica Peel-Yates and Marie-Hélène Brohan Delhaye, this four day live sketching event will explore the fabric of the James Joyce’s Dublin, real or imagined. Participating artists are drawn from a number of disciplines (fine art, illustration, architecture, animation, fashion and graphic design) where drawing and sketching are an important aspect of their work; either as an end in itself, as a way to develop ideas, or as part of their creative process.

Artists: Alice Campbell (graphic artist), Aisling Conroy (visual artist), Aideen Griffin (fine artist), Balazs Keresztury (architect), Frank Kiely (fine artist and print maker), Niamh Lunny (set and costume designer), Pat MacAfee (stonemason and author), James Moore (fine artist), Mauro Moroni (graphic designer), Mary O’Carroll (draftswoman), Léo Régeard (concept designer and storyboarder), Nina Ruminska (illustrator)

The exhibition opens at 7:00 pm on Bloomsday 16 June at Olivier Cornet Gallery, 3 Great Denmark Street; and runs until 25th June with further evening events at the Gallery during the week.

For more information please visit Bloomsday Fringe or The Olivier Cornet Gallery