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Shared Inheritance opens in The F E McWilliam Gallery & Studio, Banbridge, this December. The group exhibition explores the artistic connection amongst the Croft Family. This is the first time that the painter Richard Crofe, his wife, textile artist, Helen Kerr, and their son, Master Printer, Paul Croft, have exhibited together. In his essay, Art in the Croft Family, Joe McWilliams likens a family of artists to 'a mini art movement' whereby the works are self evidently different yet share 'apparent similarities, overlaps and influences'. This exhibition offers the opportunity to examine these familial connections through the media of painting, print and textiles.
Shared Inheritance 19 December - 22 February
NCAD graduate Kevin Francis Gray is showing new sculptures at his first exhibition at Pace London this winter. Gray’s work is influenced by both the darkness of growing up during the Troubles and the complicated youth culture of East London, where he is now based. The exhibition will, says the artist, mark a distinctive change of language within his work, moving away from the dark, gothic-like aesthetic that led him to collaborate with film director Rupert Sanders on costumes for Snow White and the Huntsmen towards a more conceptual ambition that questions contemporary definitions of tradition and innovation.
Kevin Francis Gray: until 24 January
IMMA, Kilmainham will host ‘Pictiúr’, a touring exhibition of work by leading Irish children’s illustrators. Following a successful tour of Europe earlier in the year, the collection has been travelling across Ireland, exhibiting in Draíocht Arts Centre, Blanchardstown, Galway Arts Centre, and, finally, IMMA. The collection consists of forty-two pieces by twenty-one illustrators, making it the largest single exhibition of Irish children’s book illustration ever assembled. The exhibition is curated by Laureate na nÓg, Niamh Sharkey, who says it ‘allows us to demonstrate the range, scope and skill of Irish illustratiors, whose work is world class’. The twenty-one illustrators on display at IMMA include P J Lynch, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, Olivia Golden, Alan Clarke, Steve Simpson and Andrew Whitson.
Pictiúr: until 12 January
Dublin's Graphic Studio Gallery hosts an eventful winter season with their Winter Exhibition 2013 and Sponsors’ Portfolio 2014 launch. The Winter Exhibition presents a unique collection of newly released fine prints by members of the Graphic Studio and gallery artists. The exhibition allows visitors the chance to acquire framed artworks of
a wide range of printmaking techniques at affordable prices. The Gallery will also be launching their Sponsors’ Portfolio 2014, a project that sees ten portfolios published over a ten-year period. This year marks the halfway point of this innovative initiative with a portfolio that showcases writing by John Banville and artwork by Diana Copperwhite, Yoko Akino, Ruth O’Donnell and Michael Timmins.
Winter Exhibition & Sponsors’ Portfolio: until 25 January
Hanley retrospective The Luan Gallery, Athlone, launches an exhibition of work by James Hanley this winter – his first solo show since 2011. Taking a look back at the past ten years of the artist’s career, DECADE includes samples of Hanley’s portraiture and surveys six other themes explored and developed through the artist’s practice. Hanley’s portraits of public figures such as Bertie Ahern and former Olympian Ronnie Delany have led him to be called ‘the unofficial court painter of the Irish Establishment’. An active member of the Irish arts community, Hanley has been elected to the RHA, Aosdána, and the Governors and Guardians of the National Gallery of Ireland.
James Hanley: until 15 December
Bubblewrap game The Hugh Lane Gallery presents Jim Rick’s installation, entitled ‘Bubblewrap Game’, as part of the Sleepwalkers series, an on-going project involving six artists. The installation promises to raise questions regarding property, piracy, repurposing and artistic hierarchies. Rick’s work presents a diverse collection of objects that are displayed on a single shelf running along the curved walls of Gallery 8 at the Hugh Lane. This method of ‘Synchormaterialism’ blurs together appropriated works, paintings from the Hugh Lane Collection and works on loan from artists, such as Raphael Zarka and James Hanley, into a collage format. Rick’s installation seeks to push acceptable notions of hybridized art and curatorial practices while simultaneously dissolving normally accepted hierarchies.
Jim Rick: until 19 January
There is an impressive array of final exhibitions for Derry-Londonderry’s successful year as UK City of Culture this winter. The Turner Prize 2013 is coming to the city; the first time the award has been held outside England. Arguably the world’s most prestigious award for contemporary art, the Turner plays a significant role in provoking debate about visual art. The very best of current British art will be on display at Ebrington Square. ‘LUMIERE’, a light work festival created by Artichoke, will transform the entire city into a giant outdoor art gallery. Neon balloon dogs, an interactive forest and a fire garden will feature in this nocturnal winter festival. The Void Gallery will host work by Spanish artist, Santiago Sierra. His# work explores the relationship between labour, value and capital through representations of exploitative transactions of everyday life.
Turner Prize 2013: until 5 January; Santiago Sierra: until 21 December