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Newtownards: Collection and solo

Newtownards: Collection and solo

A specially curated selection of the Arts Council Northern Ireland Collection will be presented at the Ards Arts Centre. With over 600 works by established and emerging visual artists, the primary aim of the collection has been to raise awareness of and interest in the contemporary visual arts from Northern Ireland, and to encourage the commissioning and purchase of work, as well as providing patronage to artists. The centre will also show a solo exhibition of new work by Aly Harte, ‘Placing Importance on the Everyday’. Comprised of twelve drawings, it celebrates the everyday achievements of women through the routines of everyday life.
The Collection and Aly Harte: 5 December – 25 January

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Dublin: Behind the stories

Dublin: Behind the stories

The Molesworth Gallery is showing Oscar Fouz Lopez’s exhibition, ‘Untitled’, a series of paintings that focus on elements of plot and question issues such as capitalism, alienation and transformation. Rooted in theatrical and storytelling traditions, Lopez is interested in contradictions within stories that create gaps where he can find space for imagination. The official and factual accounts of characters and settings borrowed from books are transformed into a personalised myth or fairy tale. Oscar Fouz Lopez: 6 – 28 February

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Ballinamore: Three at Solas

Ballinamore: Three at Solas

The Solas Art Gallery will present three concurrent solo exhibitions, featuring Alistair Swatridge, Ana Stromberg and Delzimar Doherty. Swatridge, a seascape and marine painter, will exhibit works that reflect his experience of seas and lakes around the world. Swedish artist Stromberg presents her unique vision of people, animals, still-life and landscape, combining reality and fantasy. Finally, Doherty will show brightly coloured, realist portraits of people and animals.
Alistair Swatridge, Ana Stromberg & Delzimar Doherty: from 21 February

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Westport Two at Custom House

Westport Two at Custom House

Sheila Naughton and Lorraine Cleary exhibit together at Custom House Gallery. Naughton works through abstract painting and drawing, finding colour, movement and light to show interior and exterior worlds. Her current work is concerned with the nature of transience and transitory experience, leading to deliberate and meditative works. Cleary is a multi-media artist, working in sculpture, photography, film, sound and performance. Using a bricolage approach to construct assemblages, she explores themes of trauma and exploitation, giving a voice to intangible events.
Sheila Naughton & Lorraine Cleary: 23 January – 16 February

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Letterkenny: Fingleton Collection

Letterkenny: Fingleton Collection

Letterkenny Institute of Technology presents the ‘Sean Fingleton Collection – Work on Loan’, a series of eight oil paintings by their former student, which were painted between 1986 and 2002. The works feature scenes from Letterkenny, dramatic landscapes and seascapes, and expressionist portrayals of life within nature. The paintings have been hung in the college to be enjoyed by staff, students and visitors.
Sean Fingleton: until 20 January

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Berlin Fall: of the Wall

Berlin Fall: of the Wall

Willie Doherty is among twenty-eight artists exhibiting in ‘Walking Through Walls’ at the Gropius Bau. Encompassing painting, sculpture, photography, film, sound installation, site-specific interventions and performance, the exhibition takes the fall of the Berlin Wall as its starting point. It explores the physical presence of walls and how they function as sites of separation; the impact that physical and metaphorical walls have on those who live with them; and the struggles to overcome divisions. The exhibition also addresses the historically charged location of the gallery itself, placed among many of Berlin’s symbolic sites.
Walking Through Walls: until 19 January

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