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Dublin: Roderic O’Conor

Dublin: Roderic O’Conor

The National Gallery of Ireland has a major show on Irish artist Roderic O’Conor (1860-1940), the first exhibition in over 30 years to explore O’Conor’s works across all media. ‘Roderic O’Conor & the Moderns: Between Paris and Pont-Aven’ assembles many of the most important paintings, drawings and etchings from his critical years in Paris and Brittany (1886-1904), when he was a leading member of the Pont-Aven school of artists, and places him at the heart of the late 19th-century avant- garde. Through a number of high profile loans, the exhibition casts new light on the artist’s connections with Gauguin and Van Gogh.
Roderic O’Conor & the Moderns: 18 July – 28 October

London; Southampton; Cornwall: Seán Lynch

London; Southampton; Cornwall: Seán Lynch

Seán Lynch’s exhibition ‘What Is An Apparatus?’ at the Ronchini Gallery, London, with his shows at John Hansard Gallery in Southampton and Groundwork in Cornwall feature a selection of his recent and new artworks, spanning video, photography and sculpture. Lynch’s artistic practice, as seen at the Venice Biennale, focuses on storytelling, specifically unwritten narratives and almost-forgotten histories. He pieces together oral histories and anecdotes to create new content to memorialise the often forgotten small stories which link and bind communities and the shape of society.
Seán Lynch: until 31 December

Cork: Naked Truth

Cork: Naked Truth

From medieval Sheela-na-gigs to the art of Dorothy Cross, the Crawford Art Gallery exhibition ‘Naked Truth: The Nude in Irish Art’ surveys the neglected subject of the portrayal of the nude in Irish visual art. Focusing on the interconnecting discourses of political allegory, gender, sexuality, censorship and display, the exhibition features over forty artists including James Barry, Amanda Coogan, Mainie Jellett, Dragana Jurisic, Alice Maher, William Orpen, Kathy Prendergast, and Sarah Purser. The exhibition is curated by William Laffan and Dawn Williams.
Naked Truth: The Nude in Irish Art: 13 July – 29 October

Banbridge: Shawcross

Banbridge: Shawcross

‘Shawcross’ a major retrospective exhibition of work by the much-loved Northern Irish artist, Neil Shawcross opens at the FE McWilliam Gallery & Studio. Featuring artwork created from the 1970s to the present, the exhibition includes a diverse range of the artist’s work including portraits, nudes, and the recent letter series. Highlights include the portraits of Tom Carr’s wife Stella and David Cook, former Lord Mayor of Belfast and a large ceramic work featuring one of the black nudes.
Neil Shawcross: 2 June – 15 September

Cavan: WWI at Cavan County Museum

Cavan: WWI at Cavan County Museum

As part of its World War One exhibition, Cavan County Museum is now home to the largest outdoor replica trench open to the public in Ireland and the UK. The Trench includes sound and visual effects to enhance the experience and educate visitors on life in the trenches in World War One. The trench, built to the specifications and manuals of the Irish Guards and used by the Royal Irish Fusiliers at the Battle of the Somme 1916 is over 350m long and includes frontline, communication and support trenches. Over 6000 sand bags were used in its construction. Also on view at Cavan County Museum are the Clough Oughter Castle exhibition, GAA exhibition, Farnham Gallery and two of the most famous pieces of Celtic and Pagan art in Ireland – the Killycluggan Stone and Ralaghan figure.
Ongoing