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Dublin: Return to Taylor

Dublin: Return to Taylor

Taylor Galleries re-open in June with a group exhibition that includes work by artists Pauline Bewick, John Doherty, Denis Farrell, Martin Gale, Ann Quinn, David Quinn and Patrick Scott. Founded in 1978, the Taylor builds on a strong tradition of Dublin galleries, with historical connections to Leo Smith’s Dawson Gallery and the Victor Waddington Gallery. Image: Ann Quinn (detail)
Group exhibition: until 31 August

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Dundalk: Dundalk Seven

Dundalk: Dundalk Seven

Shop windows in Dundalk display work by Creative Spark Print Studio members to celebrate the studio’s seven years in practice. Artists featured in ‘Seven’ are Bernhard Gaul, Ciara Agnew, Cathy Fitzmaurice, Stephen Hurley, Isabel Lapuyade, Niamh Gillespie, Gráinne Murphy, Claire McAteer and Martina Scott. The studio provides facilities and opportunities to emerging and established visual artists from Louth and the border areas. Image: Ciara Agnew
Seven: until 27 June

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Wexford: Roche-Ochre

Wexford: Roche-Ochre

Wexford Arts Centre presents ‘Ochre’, an exhibition of new paintings by artists Ciara Roche and Emma Roche. The artists’ differing practices meditate on shared themes, such as traditional crafts, consumption, the lives of women, and the role of place in shaping cultural and social identity. Image: Ciara Roche (detail)
Ochre: 14 June – 24 July

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Dundalk= Art at An Táin

Dundalk= Art at An Táin

The first of two summer exhibitions at An Táin Arts Centre highlights emerging artist Ulrike Liebetrau with ‘The Labyrinth’, a multisensory interactive experience inspired by nature and created from reused and recycled materials. A group exhibition by the North Louth Artists Group, ‘Chrysalis’, shows the artists’ work from the past year, celebrating colour and form in a range of styles, techniques and media.
Ulrike Liebetrau; Chrysalis: until 31 August

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Naul= Gallagher at Ennis

Naul= Gallagher at Ennis

Illustrator and printmaker Brian Gallagher uses scraperboard, wood engraving and drypoint in his practice. Prints and watercolours are included in his exhibition at the Séamus Ennis Arts Centre. A graduate of Bristol Polytechnic, Gallagher was awarded the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts Print Prize in 2019.
Brian Gallagher: 1 June – 31 July

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Bray: Following the Stream

Bray: Following the Stream

Anne McLeod’s attachment to landscape provides the motivation for her vivid watercolours in the exhibition ‘Following the Stream’ at the Signal Arts Centre. McLeod probes contrasts between light and dark through a careful application of watercolour washes. A member of the Irish Watercolour Society, her work is found in state and corporate collections.
Anne McLeod: 21 June – 4 July

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Dublin: Living with Pride

Dublin: Living with Pride

Christopher Robson was a founding member of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN). He amassed a photographic collection documenting LGBTI+ life and activism in Ireland and elsewhere. ‘Living with Pride: Photographs by Christopher Robson’ at the National Photographic Archive, focuses on Robson’s photography, life and achievements. The exhibition is part of a year-long programme of events exploring Irish LGBTI+ identity.
Living with Pride: Photographs by Christopher Robson: until 31 August

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Wexford: Portraits

Wexford: Portraits

-‘Chrysalis’ is an exhibition of portraits by Eva O’Donovan at the Presentation Arts Centre. This follows a collaboration with TENI, the Transgender Equality Network Ireland. O’Donovan’s paintings explore femininity and identity and build on her practice of using vintage fabrics as a canvas. Image: Eva O’Donovan (detail)
Eva O’Donovan: until 31 August

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Dublin: Perspectives

Dublin: Perspectives

An exhibition at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios investigates the subject of landscape and the ways in which mankind has imposed itself on it through industry and habitat destruction. ‘Agitation Co-op’ brings together work by artists Michele Horrigan, Catriona Leahy, Laurie Robins and Libita Sibungu that uses both ground and aerial perspectives to survey areas of global geographical unsettlement. Also showing are films by Forensic Architecture, Melanie Smith, Eva Richardson McCrea, Frank Sweeney, and the Dublin Dockworkers Preservation Society Agitation Co-op:
until 17 July

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Kilcock: Heritage Show

Kilcock: Heritage Show

For their summer exhibition ‘Heritage – Oidhreacht’, the Kilcock Art Gallery exhibits work from the Leinster Printmaking Studio and invited artists on the theme of heritage. Curated by Alice Hanratty, the works encompass historic buildings and sites, traditional crafts, food and nature. The original prints are in editions of five to twenty-five. Image: Sheelyn Browne (detail)
Heritage – Oidhreacht: ongoing

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Dún Laoghaire: Tangled

Dún Laoghaire: Tangled

‘Tangled’ at the dlr Lexicon Gallery shows work by Ursula Burke, John Byrne, Alice Maher, Breda Mayock, John Power, Dermot Seymour, and Michael Fortune. The exhibition of film and photography is a result of a two-year collaboration with the staff and members of the Southside Traveller Action Group (STAG) and is curated
by Michael Fortune.
Tangled: until 18 July

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Dublin: Kate MacDonagh 

Dublin: Kate MacDonagh 

A prominent member of Graphic Studio Gallery, Kate MacDonagh is an abstract artist whose work explores dualities of light and dark, scale and ephemerality. MacDonagh’s work at the Graphic Studio Gallery draws on her method of water-based woodcut and water-based painting. From carving wood blocks to making prints, the carvings become sculptural objects in themselves.
Kate MacDonagh: 22 May – 26 June

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Dublin: Irish Walled Gardens

Dublin: Irish Walled Gardens

An exhibition of paintings at the Irish Georgian Society’s headquarters in the City Assembly House celebrates the Irish walled garden. The society commissioned the paintings from four artists who are specialists in this area: Alison Rosse, Lesley Fennell, Maria Levinge and Andrea Jameson. Pictures of some of Ireland’s finest walled gardens are in the show, from Birr Castle, Lismore Castle to Glin Castle. There are also views of lesser-known gardens not open to the public.
Irish walled gardens: 20 May –30 November

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Dublin: Dappled World 

Dublin: Dappled World 

The Maud Cotter exhibition at the Hugh Lane Gallery, ‘a consequence of – a dappled world’, is the third iteration of work by the artist developed through various exhibition projects over the last six years. The work responds to the gallery spaces and combines apparent simplicity with a sense of joy in the materials. Working in plastics and metals, Cotter contemplates the tension between light and space, and sets up an exchange between everyday objects and conceptual models.
Maud Cotter: 25 March – 25 July

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Enniscorthy: Enniscorthy Walls 

Enniscorthy: Enniscorthy Walls 

Inspired by the success of the Waterford Walls project and murals in New Ross, the Enniscorthy Walls Project have commissioned five artists to produce artwork for display across the town. The artists are Amanda Doran, Anna Doran, ADW Art, Solus and Omin, and their themes range over contemporary icons in writing, music and art, the future of Enniscorthy, and the creative potential of the town.
Enniscorthy Walls: ongoing 

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Dublin Timeline – Aimline 

Dublin Timeline – Aimline 

Matthew Mitchell is inspired by the landscape of the Burren region in Co Clare. The paintings in his exhibition ‘Timeline – Aimline’ at SO Fine Art feature organic materials gathered from the landscape and inorganic matter such as enamel. His work explores our perception of place and being in regard to the geological past and the new digital landscape.
Matthew Mitchell: opening March

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