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Carrick-on-Shannon: 13 Storms

Carrick-on-Shannon: 13 Storms

An exhibition of video art by Clare Langan at the Dock, features the Irish premiere of ‘The Winter of 13 Storms’. Langan creates haunting visions of abandoned landscapes, reclaimed by nature, after the fall of civilisation and humanity. The images oscillate between familiarity and otherness of terrains succumbed to weather; drowned, frozen, sand-drifted, snow-bound and clouded. Langan’s worlds are not only visual but aural; music and soundscape replace narrative to create sonic portraits of post-apocalyptic scenes.
Clare Langan: 23 March – 11 May

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Dublin: Plundered Planet

Dublin: Plundered Planet

‘Our Plundered Plant’, an exhibition by American artist Mark Dion at the Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane, explores human treatment of the natural environment, tempered with a dose of humour and playfulness. At a time when greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are at historically high levels and the polar glaciers are melting, Dion’s work poses the question of human responsibility.
Mark Dion: 4 April – 1 September

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Kenmare: Kenmare portraits

Kenmare: Kenmare portraits

‘Face to Face’, a collection of photographic portraits of the people of Kenmare by Claire Bunbury shows at the Purcell Gallery. The exhibition forms a snapshot of a small town community on the Wild Atlantic Way at a time when rural Ireland appears to be in decline. Born in Dublin, but resident in Kenmare for over twenty years, Bunbury seeks to capture features of both the people and community of Kenmare.
Claire Bunbury: 19 April – 19 May

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Eastbourne: The Weather Garden

Eastbourne: The Weather Garden

At the Towner Art Gallery, Anne Hardy curates ‘The Weather Garden’ in Towner’s eighth and final exhibition as part of the UK Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme 2016-19. Among the artists in the exhibition is John Gibbons, an Irish-born artist now working in London. His work has always been concerned with pure physicality, with an emphasis on materials, form and construction. Deeply textural, his works are often designed to be located in unusual environments and, in this way, are meant to be unsettling.
The Weather Garden: until 2 June

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Downpatrick: Spring at Down Arts Centre

Downpatrick: Spring at Down Arts Centre

Down Arts Centre has three new exhibitions: photographs by Alan Thompson, Alistair Livingstone’s ‘Falling or Flying?’ and a display of work by the Cuan Scribes. Based in the area around Crossgar for the past two years, Thompson’s ‘Contact’ documents the waterways, hidden corners and forgotten industrial past of this region. For his work, artist Alistair Livingstone draws on different sources to interpret the idea of falling and flying, including the biblical notion of a ‘fall from grace’, or wanting to ‘fly’ like Peter Pan. The Cuan Scribes present a range of calligraphy work, with all participants affiliated with the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society.
Alan Thompson: 8 March – 6 April;  Alistair Livingstone: 12 April – 4 May;  Cuan Scribes, 10 May – 1 June

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