What's on in Connaught

Sligo: Mind’s Eye

Sligo: Mind’s Eye

At the Hamilton Gallery, Gráinne Cuffe and Jane Murtagh’s exhibition ‘The Mind and the Eye’ shows work that explores the themes of botany and ethnobotany through different uses of copper. Cuffe’s copper plate etchings depict a range of flora while Murtagh’s repoussé and etched panels in patinated copper and bronze draw on a range of natural and craft materials using a strong colour palette. Image: left: Grainne Cuffe: right: Jane Murtagh
Hamilton Gallery: 6 – 29 June

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Galway: Street Studies

Galway: Street Studies

Painter and photographer Dean Kelly shows at the Kenny Gallery during Heritage Week. He chronicles changes in Irish society through his focus on ephemeral culture, alluding to mythology, history, politics, pop-culture and simple images of everyday family life in his work.
Dean Kelly: 16 – 30 August

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Athlone: Walton’s Warfare

Athlone: Walton’s Warfare

The Luan Gallery shows ‘Asymmetrical Warfare’, works by painter Conor Walton. The title comes from a piece in the show – a humorous self-portrait which depicts the artist riding into battle on the back of a dinosaur. The ‘dinosaur’ represents his artistic practice, which, although ancient, he believes still has teeth. Working in an academic figurative style, Walton previously studied old master techniques at the Charles H Cecil Studios, Florence.
Conor Walton: 17 July – 13 October

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Castlebar: Out and About

Castlebar: Out and About

Aileen Hamilton’s ‘Out from in-between’ at the Linenhall Arts Centre features drawings, paintings and sculptural work that explore walking and the act of moving through and connecting with the landscape. Central to Hamilton’s work is the perception of space and time and how an imagined sequence of events unfolds within the limits they impose. Inherent in these works is a consideration of ecological cycles and organic processes, exploring the delicate balances and repetitive patterns that bind the natural world to form.
Aileen Hamilton: 9 August – 7 September

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Galway: Rediscovering The Claddagh

Galway: Rediscovering The Claddagh

Galway Rediscovering The Claddagh A long-term exhibition ‘A Triumph of Unconscious Beauty’ on the history of the Claddagh Village shows at the Galway City Museum. Located on the mouth of the River Corrib, in the 19th and early 20th centuries the village was occupied by Irish-speaking fishermen and their families and was widely represented by artists and travel writers. While the traditional cottages disappeared in the 1930s, this exhibition offers a glimpse of the old village through paintings, sketches and photographs. Image: Trish Findlater
Galway City Museum: until May 2020

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Leitrim: Hall, Ronayne and Chooramun

Leitrim: Hall, Ronayne and Chooramun

An exhibition of work by Patrick Hall, Mary Ronayne and Anishta Chooramun at The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, explores themes around human psyche, domestic life and contemporary identity. Hall delves into the parameters of the human mind and the imagination; while Ronayne, whose work is greatly influenced by her interest in literature, mines Renaissance to 20th-century imagery, exploring the domestic, the mundane and the decorative. In contrast, Chooramun’s sculptural work (for which she was awarded the 2018 RHA Graduate Studio Award) focuses on displacement and identity.
The Dock: until 20 July

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