Pádraig O’hUiginn Gallery Dedication

On Friday, 24 February a very special dedication took place of one of our most important galleries.

The gallery on the RHA’s first floor, adjoining the Petronella Brown Gallery, has been named the Pádraig O’hUiginn Gallery. This is to honour the vision and passion of Mr. O’hUiginn, during a lifetime of public service, to create a better nation for us all.

A private reception for family and benefactors took place in the newly named gallery with a wonderful acceptance speech given by Mr. O’hUiginn.

Colin Martin RHA: Exhibition, This is Not Architecture

VENUE: Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda. April 2017

Architecture and the built environment is discussed and explained almost entirely through secondary representations – photography, film, drawing, books and TV. Paradoxically the built environment is meant to be experienced in real time and space but it is illustrated and explained through representations. Architects learn, imagine and conceive of the built environment through representation. This group exhibition looks at how artists represent and discuss the built environment. What are the biases and limitations inherent in representing the real?

Patrick Pye RHA, As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics

Curated by the Irish Museum of Modern Art, IMMA. March 2017

After a lifetime of work in painting and stained glass, with the help of Fr. Paul Murray OP and writer/journalist Brian McAvera, author of Patrick Pye, Life and Work, 2013 Pye’s painting Pity for the King of Friday, 2010 will be hung in the Vatican, Vatican City, Italy. Pity for the King of Friday was exhibited in the RHA summer show in 2010. As a painter responsible for creating many works on the subject of the Crucifixion, with this work Pye found new ways of exploring both subject and medium. As McAvera wrote in Pye’s biography “what other Irish painter could deliver so comprehensively a re-imagined subject? What other European painter could take such spectacular liberties with a religious subject and yet allow us the freedom to enter into this strange world as believers and non believers? Paintings like this are a product of a lifetime’s exploration of composition and colour, a lifetime’s experience in the creation of space and the nailing down of a narrative into a pungent, echoing simplicity” – Brian McAvera 2013.

Pye will also exhibit 8-10 works in March 2017 in the highly anticipated international group exhibition As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics curated by the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Large works, which haven’t been seen in public since his retrospective in 2000, will be included, such as the large triptych The Life of Heaven, 1997 and God pitched his tent among men, 2000. Studies of these works will also be displayed to convey the progression of style and composition.

Pye is also set to exhibit three works with the National Centre for Liturgy at their conference in Maynooth in February 2017. These will include a small stained glass piece Our Lady at Home c.1980 and a wall hanging John the Baptist c. 1990. For more information on any of the above, please visit: www.facebook.com/artistpatrickpye/

www.imma.ie

Geraldine O’Neill ARHA: Exhibition, Many-World Interpretation (agus rudaí eile nach iad)

VENUE: Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin. 16 February – 18 March

This upcoming exhibition is titled Many-World Interpretation (agus rudaí eile nach iad). The work interrogates the notion that we live in an infinite web of alternate timelines, it references visual culture, kitsch, art history, quantum mechanics, all pressed into service in relation to her own world and to the wider social and cultural sphere. The existence of many worlds in parallel at the same time, gives her artistic license to appropriate imagery from multiple sources to recreate these multiple parallel universes on her canvases. For more information please contact info@kevinkavanagh.ie

www.kevinkavanaghgallery.ie

Donal Teskey RHA: Exhibition

VENUE: Hunt Museum, Limerick, 1 December – 19 February, 2017

Weather Gauge is a cycle of new paintings by Donald Teskey RHA featuring oils on canvas and works on paper that allows the viewer to examine the natural world with its all-encompassing vigor through the eyes of an artist who has spent twenty years making this his primary concern. The exhibition is curated by the Hunt Museum in collaboration with Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin.

For more information about this exhibition please contact the Hunt Museum at info@huntmuseum.com or tel: 061 312 833.

www.huntmuseum.com

Grafton Architects Win Global Architecture Prize from RIBA

The Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC) in Lima, designed by Grafton Architects, has won the first ever RIBA International Prize. Setting a new global standard for architectural achievement, the Royal Institute of British Architects’ prize has been judged by a grand jury chaired by world-renowned architect, Richard Rogers.

UTEC is an inspirational new building in the Barranco district of Lima and a bold new addition to the city skyline. The Ireland-based architecture firm Grafton Architects, in collaboration with local partners, Shell Arquitectos, have created a new campus building for Lima’s specialist engineering university, established to give young Peruvians access to qualifications, professional opportunities and to encourage social mobility.

Speaking about the building, the RIBA jury said: UTEC is an exceptional example of civil architecture – a building designed with people at its heart. Grafton Architects have created a new way to think about a university campus, with a distinctive ‘vertical campus’ structure responding to the temperate climatic conditions and referencing Peru’s terrain and heritage.

‘Sitting on the border of two residential districts in Lima, in section UTEC perches tantalizingly on the edge of a ravine. Seen from across the ravine it is as bold and as pure a statement of the symbiosis between architecture and engineering as could be imagined; a piece of geology imposed on its pivotal site, mirroring the organic curve of the landscape and accommodating itself in the city. To its close neighbours, it is a series of landscaped terraces with clefts, overhangs and grottos, a modern day Machu Picchu.

UTEC has been designed to encourage its students to interact in a unique way with the building. The vertical structure provides open circulation and meeting spaces in a succession of platforms that compose the ‘frame’ of the building; teaching rooms, laboratories and offices are enclosed, inserted into and suspended from the exposed concrete structure. The frame is a device providing shade, a place of rich spatial exuberance and a platform from which to view the life of the city. The entire life of this vertical campus is on full display to the people of Lima.

UTEC is the culmination of years of experimentation by Grafton Architects. In this building they show the mastery of their craft, gifting Lima with a bold yet considerate contribution to the city and a visionary, world-class building.’

RIBA President Jane Duncan said: ‘UTEC is an exceptional addition to the city of Lima, and a project that will inspire other architects and universities all over the world.

‘Grafton Architects have created an innovative new model for a university campus that is highly responsive to its local environment and community. The concept of a ‘vertical campus’ defies convention, as does the mix of open and enclosed spaces, but both are key to the success of this building visually and spatially.

The RIBA International Prize was created to celebrate civil architecture that empowers people and societies to innovate and progress. UTEC stood out from all other entries from around the world, clearly demonstrating its understanding, engagement with and concern for those who are lucky enough to live near, visit, teach and learn in it. The RIBA is delighted to award Grafton Architects the 2016 RIBA International Prize.’

Directors Yvonne Farrell & Shelley McNamara established Grafton Architects in 1978. Both are graduates of UCD, Fellows of the RIAI, International Honorary Fellows of the RIBA, elected members of Aosdána and Yvonne Farrell was elected Associate Member of the RHA in 2009.

Role of the Academies in the 21st Century

Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast, October 2016.

In October of last year, Denise Ferran, President of the Royal Ulster Academy, welcomed Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Academy in London, Arthur Watson, President of the Royal Scottish Academy and Mick O’Dea, President of the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin, to a reception at the Glasshouse in Stormont. This reception, for the visiting Academy presidents, preceded a seminar at the Ulster Museum entitled Join the conversation on the role of the Academies in the 21st century, the first event in the Royal Ulster Academy’s 135th Annual Exhibition Programme.

New Elected RHA Member, Dorothy Cross

At the Academy’s Assembly held 12 July 2016, Dorothy Cross was elected an Associate Member of the RHA.

Dorothy Cross was born in 1956, Cork, Ireland. Working in sculpture, film and photography, Cross examines the relationship between living beings and the natural world. Living in Connemara, a rural area on Ireland’s west coast, the artist sees the body and nature as sites of constant change, creation and destruction, new and old. This flux emerges as strange and unexpected encounters. Many of Cross’ works incorporate items found on the shore, including boats and animal skins, while others reflect on the environment.

During the 1990s, she produced a series of works using cow udders, which drew on the animals’ rich store of symbolic associations across cultures to investigate the construction of sexuality and subjectivity. In recent years, Cross’s practice has focused on nature and the ocean, working with maligned animals such as jellyfish and shark, and exploring rarely accessible areas like sea caves or shell grottos. Upcoming solo exhibitions include New Art Centre, Roche Court, UK, May 2017. Recent

solo exhibitions include Lismore Castle Arts, Ireland, 2014 and Turner Contemporary, UK, 2013, touring to RHA, Dublin, 2014. Cross has participated in the Venice Biennale, 1993, Istanbul Biennial, 1997 and Liverpool Biennial, 1998 and the groundbreaking 1994 exhibition Bad Girls, ICA London and CCA, Glasgow. Cross is included in the collections of Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Norton Collection, Santa Monica; Art Pace Foundation, Texas; Goldman Sachs Collection, London; The Arnolfini Trust, Bristol and TATE, London.

Anne Crookshank HRHA, 1927 – 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Honorary RHA Member, Professor Anne Crookshank who died in Milford, Co. Donegal on 18 October 2016. Amongst Professor Crookshank’s many achievements was the establishment of the History of Art Department in Trinity College Dublin in 1966 as well as her continuous role in the development of the history of Irish art in the world of Academia. Professor Crookshank was also a medalist of the Royal Irish Academy, former Curator of Art at the Ulster Museum and a prominent figure in the development of the Irish Georgian Society and Castledown Foundation. The RHA invited Professor Crookshank, who had achieved so much in her lifetime, to be an Honorary Member of the RHA. We are honoured to have had the pleasure of calling Anne our colleague, she will be greatly missed.

Mick O’Dea RHA President

Abigail O’Brien RHA: With Bread

 

WITH BREAD – Book Launch

A record number of visitors have attended Abigail O’Brien’s With Bread exhibition and tour. Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda has just published a tour report which saw over 21,000 people attend and engage with O’Brien’s exhibition over three venues between 2013 and 2015.

With Bread, an exhibition of photographs, sculpture and video explored the artist’s ongoing interest in bread, its elemental properties, the magical process that takes place in its making, its centrality in human daily life across race and culture and religion, its familial, social and cultural importance, and its rich symbolism. The exhibition which was curated by Aoife Ruane, opened at Highlanes Gallery in September 2013, followed by showings at The Dock in Carrick on Shannon in 2014, and concluding its tour, which was awarded an Arts Council Touring Grant, at Limerick City Gallery of Art earlier this year. Sunday Times Art Critic Cristín Leech-Hughes review of the exhibition said ‘O’Brien casts her subject – ever-expanding dough – as a force of nature. Once started on its path, it grows out of its allocated, confined space vigorously, messily, unapologetically, overtly, abundantly.

In her hands, the predictable but varied results of an everyday chemical process, the process of making bread, becomes almost alchemical.’ Abigail O’Brien’s critically acclaimed exhibition which was sponsored by McCloskey’s Traditional and Artisan Bakery, Drogheda was also highly commended in the annual Business to Arts Awards in 2014. Post-exhibition, a full colour catalogue with essays by writer and psychoanalytic practitioner, Dr Medb Ruane, and poet, novelist and prose writer, Theo Dorgan is available at the RHA and Highlanes Gallery.

Janet Mullarney ARHA: My Mind’s I – Exhibition

MY MIND’S I

Venue: Butler Gallery, Kilkenny

24th oCtober – 13th DeCember

Following a very well received showing at the Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Janet Mullarney’s critically acclaimed exhibition My Mind’s I begins it’s Irish tour this autumn. Mullarney’s first major solo exhibition in five years curated by Aoife Ruane, Director of Highlnes Gallery, Drogheda, earlier this year, tours to the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, opening on Saturday 24 October and continuing until 13 December. The title of the exhibition refers not only to the idiom ‘mind’s eye’ but also the human ability to experience visual mental imagery, and the power of the psychic imagination to communicate complex subliminal codes. In the exhibition, small fragile sculptures are placed against simple backdrops within a heightened lighting scheme, allowing mysterious theatrical scenes to unfold. The juxtaposition of these small seemingly insignificant figures against large open spaces will evoke a sense of anarchic independence as well as alluding to the subversive interior of the artist’s mind. The exhibition developed Highlanes Gallery, with lighting design by Marcus Costello, has been awarded an Arts Council Touring Grant. Irish Times Art Critic Aidan Dunne’s five star review remarked ‘Enter Mullarney’s world and you fall through an imaginative trapdoor into another realm of fables and fairy tales, where animal characters stand in for humans and meaning is cut loose from the bounds of convention. Her acrobats and performers evoke the heady, heightened space of the circus ring.’ Audiences should make it their business to visit, or indeed re-visit the exhibition, which will take a new form on each leg of its tour.

www.highlanes.ie www.butlergallery.ie

Blaise Smith ARHA: Exhibition

 

BLAISE SMITH ARHA

Venue: The Molesworth Gallery, 16 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2

3rd – 24th December

Blaise Smith will present a new body of work including a selection new paintings that bring a fresh perspective to his highly personal take on the discipline of representational painting.

Richard Gorman RHA: KAN – Exhibition

 

KAN

Venue: ASSAB-ONE, Via Privata Assab, 1, 20132 Milano, Italy

November 2015

Nine new large paintings to be exhibited in the industrial context of former print workshop Assab-One curated by Elena Quarestani. To be accompanied by a publication funded by the Josef Albers foundation with an essay by Nick Fox Weber.

The character KAN is an essential one in everyday Japanese and with a wide variety of meanings. The fundamental meaning of KAN is space between, gap, interval, distance. However, it refers not only to space, but to time as well, meaning also pause, break, time between.

The title KAN refers to the new paintings after the KIN series in which the forms interlock to make a central sculptural figure. So as not to repeat myself and to paint myself out of that corner I have floated the flat shapes outwards from the centre out to the edge of the support and beyond the picture plane. In doing this the centre becomes empty– KAN

Veronica Bolay RHA: Wexford Fringe Festival – Group Exhibition

 

WEXFORD FRINGE FESTIVAL GROUP SHOW

Venue: Greenacres Gallery, Wexford.

17th October – 20th November

Wexford Fringe is an annual open-access arts festival which will run in parallel to Wexford Opera Festival from Friday, 16th October to Sunday, 1st November 2015.   Now in its 63rd year, Wexford Fringe offers an eclectic mix of over 300 events over 17 days including cabaret, comedy, circus, dance, film, theatre, puppetry, music, and visual art, many of which are free to attend.

Mick O’Dea PRHA: One Crimson Thread – Book Launch

 

ONE CRIMSON THREAD by Micheal O’Siadhail Book Launch

Illustrations by Mick O’Dea PRHA

Venue: RHA Friends Room

29th September

Join us at 6pm on Tuesday 29th September when the Honourable Mrs Justice Susan Denham will launch One Crimson Thread by Micheal O’Siadhail with illustrations by Mick O’Dea PRHA. Published by Bloodaxe Books, One Crimson Thread will be available to purchase on the evening and works by Mick O’Dea PRHA will be on exhibit in the RHA Friends room.

Colin Martin RHA: Diagrams – Exhibition

 

DIAGRAMS Curated by Niamh McDonnell

Venue: Pallas Projects Gallery Sep 9-21st ,Queen Street Studios Gallery

1st-14th October

Each artist uses the diagram to describe a previous work or to make a preliminary sketch for a new work. The approach through the diagram involves the play with various media to create different narratives for the viewer to read the work in terms of the process of its material production. This project explores how diagrams are used to describe the process of material production in visual art and design practices. A group show of newly commissioned multimedia diagrams will be exhibited at Pallas Projects Gallery, Dublin  and at Queen Street Studios Gallery, Belfast.

The ‘Diagrams’ artists include: Martin Boyle, Craig Donald, Jacqueline Holt, Colin Martin, Brigid McLeer, Bea McMahon and Elvira Santamaria Torres.

Yvonne Farrell ARHA: The Ogham Wall – Exhibition

 

THE OGHAM WALL

Venue: V&A, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

19th – 27th September

Irish Design 2015 Presents Ireland’s First Landmark Project at the London Design Festival. Irish design is represented for the first time at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London during The London Design Festival in an ambitious Landmark Project The Ogham Wall. Created by Grafton Architects, winners of numerous international awards including the 2008 World Building of the Year Award, working in conjunction with Graphic Relief, the installation was inspired by the Irish Ogham alphabet, dating from approximately the 4th century AD. The imposing forms of The Ogham Wall will fill the V&A’s Tapestry Gallery as one of a series of international events for Irish Design 2015.

Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) is a year-long programme of events and activities exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design both in Ireland and internationally. irishdesign2015.ie

Grafton Architects was established in 1978. Directors Yvonne Farrell & Shelley McNamara, Fellows of the RIAI, International Honorary Fellows of the RIBA. graftonarchitects.ie

Graphic Relief combines design, engineering and manufacturing to provide clients with luxurious, beautiful and bespoke surfaces. graphicrelief.co.uk

The London Design Festival is an annual event, held to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world and as the gateway to the international creative community. londondesignfestival.com

Pauline Bewick RHA: Life, Love & Launch -Exhibition

 

LIFE, LOVE & LAUNCH

Venue: Taylor Galleries, 16 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

5th – 26th September

80th Birthday Exhibition and launch of Pauline’s autobiography “8 ages”. Much of the exhibition pieces will be based on relationships inspired by the Bluebeard story. There will also be a selection from the family travelling collection relevant to the autobiography.

Michael Quane RHA: Here & Now 2 – Exhibition

 

HERE & NOW 2

Venue: Town Hall Gallery, Macroom, Co. Cork

3rd – 30th September

Here & Now 2 is the second of two exhibitions showing new work by artists who live and work in the Lee Valley area and who exhibited in Time & Place in 2006:

Marie Foley, Michael Quane, Bernadette Cotter, Jim Savage, Geraldine Creedon, Jill Dennis, Donal O’Ceilleachair, Alan Gallett, Con Kelleher, John Philip Murray, Emer Kelly, Sarah O’Flaherty, Bob Rasmussen, Cormac Sheil, Rosemary Taylor, Len Clatworthy, Bernice Corcoran, Debbie Godsell, Ray Lawlor, Tadhg McSweeney.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with an essay by Peter Murray, Director of Crawford Art Gallery. The catalogue also covers the work of artists from the 2014 Here & Now 1.

Here & Now 2 is part of Cork County Council’s Visual Arts programme.

RHA Gold Medal 2015

The President of the Academy, Mick O’Dea PRHA, presented the Royal Hibernian Academy’s Gold Medal to Dr. Nicola Figgis, Prof. Paula Murphy, Carmel Naughton and Prof. James Slevin during the 185th RHA Annual Exhibition Varnishing Day on May 24th 2015.

This year the Academy awarded its Gold Medal to the innovative team who conceived and initiated the Art and Architecture of Ireland project. During his citation Mick O’Dea noted that Dr. Nicola Figgis, Professor Paula Murphy, Mrs. Carmel Naughton and Professor James Slevin RIA, brought breath, depth and experience to this truly historical task. Mick O’Dea PRHA also noted that The Gold Medal was our, the artists, way of thanking them for their commitment.

The RHA has awarded a Gold Medal since 1994 to persons who have made significant contributions to the Academy in particular and to the arts in Ireland in general. A citation is given by either the President or a guest and the medal which features a profile relief of the Academy’s second President Francis Johnston is given to the recipient. Previous winners of the medal include Derek Hill, Lewis & Loretta Glucksman, and Anthony Cronin. Last year’s recipient was Tony Kilduff HRHA.

New Member: Pat Harris ARHA

Pat Harris was born in Dublin in 1953 and studied at the National College of Art and Design from 1973 to 1978 and at The National Higher Institute of Fine Arts Antwerp, graduating in 1981. In 2008 he was awarded a PhD in Fine Art by the University of Antwerp.

Pat Harris has exhibited widely in Europe, with solo shows at Taylor Galleries Dublin, De Zwarte Panter Antwerp, Gallery S65 Aalst Belgium, and at Purdy Hicks, London. He shares his time between his studios in North Mayo and Belgium, having taught painting at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp since 1986.

Pat Harris is a member of Aosdána and his work is represented in numerous private and public collections including: Arts Council of Ireland, IMMA, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, UCD, St. Patrick’s Hospital, Language Centre of Ireland, AIB, AXA and The University of Antwerp.

A solo exhibition of his recent work based on the North Mayo Coastline will open at Taylor Galleries Dublin on the 19th of November.

For further information: http://patharris.info/

Stament from the Executive Council of the Royal Hibernian Academy

 

The Executive Council of the Royal Hibernian Academy meeting today June 9th, issued the following statement:

In regard to the current decision of the Trustees of the Beit Collection to consign for auction a number of paintings, the Royal Hibernian Academy wishes to express its commitment to international best practice that collections should not be disposed of to support operating expenses. The paintings by Rubens, Teniers, Van Ostade and Guardi are of substantial quality and their sale would represent a very significant loss to the public.
It is regrettable that the Trustees thought it necessary to take this course of action and that more time was not afforded to public debate on the issues surrounding the decision and to explore other avenues that could address the Trustees challenges without recourse to de-accessioning artwork held in trust for the nation.

Stephen McKenna PPRHA: Perspectives of Europe – Exhibition

 

PERSPECTIVES OF EUROPE, Venue: Hugh Lane Gallery, Charelmont House, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1, July 23 – October 4

Opening at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane on 23rd July, the exhibition charts McKenna’s responses to living and working in a number of European cities. The resulting paintings made from 1980 to the present, reflect not only the cities, the landscapes, the people and the artefacts of the various countries, but also their history and the contents of their museums. McKenna has lived in Ireland since 1973 and is described as having a “classical approach to still life”, using timeless varieties of landscape, still life and interiors to comment on present issues.

Image: Stephen McKenna, Pantheon, 2013, Oil on canvas, 100cmx80cm

Diana Copperwhite ARHA: Art of a Nation – Exhibition

ART OF A NATION,

Venue: Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1

April 13 – August 31

The Art of a Nation is the first major exhibition in London for 30 years that celebrates the story of Irish art from 1900 to the present day. Drawing on the incomparable, award winning collection of paintings, photography, tapestry and sculptures from the Allied Irish Banks and Crawford Art Gallery in Cork, this exhibition will include 70 works by many of Ireland’s greatest artists. Presented with the collaboration of Ireland’s Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, as well as the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, the exhibition promises to offer a striking and thought-provoking survey of the national essence of Irish art.

Image: Diana Copperwhite ARHA, Portrait of V, 2015, oil on linen, 30 x 25 cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Kevin Kavanagh Gallery.