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Dublin: Gormley’s summer gallery

Dublin: Gormley’s summer gallery

Gormley’s Fine Art’s annual summer exhibition has new work by selected gallery artists. These include Gordon Harris, a self-taught figurative painter working in oils to produce works that are provocative and dramatic. Specialising in semi-abstract seascapes and portraiture, Paul Bennett will show examples of both genres, while American artist Rebecca Crowell exhibits examples of her work in cold wax medium and oils. Alongside these are Ronan Goti’s seascapes, filled with scenes of Dublin’s shorelines. Other featured artists include Peter Monaghan, Eugene Conway, Nigel Cox, Stephen Johnston, David French Le Roy and Eileen Meagher.

Summer show: 17 June – 30 July

Santa Monica: Destroying walls

Santa Monica: Destroying walls

MART curators Matthew Nevin and Ciara Scanlan have an exhibition of contemporary Irish art at the Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, entitled ‘Destroy these Walls’ as part of the ongoing ‘Activating Pangea’ exhibition series. Working with the concepts of risk, political agitation, and ephemerality, work by Aiobheann Greenan, James L Hayes, Katherine Nolan, Margaret O’Brien, Steven Maybury, and Terence Erraught will be shown. The artists have created works that challenge the limitations of the gallery space, and which are also politically engaged, seeking to show the relevance of contemporary art to society.  Image: James Hayes at Arena 1 Gallery
Destroy these Walls: 8 July – 5 August

Banbridge: Pursuit of happiness

Banbridge: Pursuit of happiness

The FE McWilliam Gallery, together with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, host an exhibition of work, ‘Pursuit of Happiness’, by artist Eddie Rafferty. The artist’s work depicts the people and places he encounters at home and abroad, particularly in South Africa where for periods he was an artist in residence. Rafferty also depicts patients and service users that he meets through his work in hospitals, creating tender portrayals of often marginalised figures.
Eddie Rafferty: 17 June – 2 September

Cavan: Seagulls in Cavan

Cavan: Seagulls in Cavan

Cavan might be known for its many lakes, but sun, sea, sand, and seagulls are not normally the preserve of this border county. This July, artists Siobhán Harton and Mark Lawlor will change this, installing ‘Seagulls’, an installation transforming Cavan Town into a seaside idyll. Maritime-inspired watercolours, prints, and digital projections are on display in the Townhall Cavan Arts Space, with additional series of installations around the town. The town’s iconic Old Abbey will be transformed into a lighthouse for the duration of the installation.
Seagulls: 6 – 29 July

Cork: Crozier at Warren

Cork: Crozier at Warren

The Warren Gallery presents a series of exhibitions for the summer period, beginning with a selection of works on paper by William Crozier in July. Following this, in August, the work of three gallery artists will be exhibited: Susan Cairns, Colin Flack, and Aidan Bradley. Throughout the summer months, a display of 150 paintings by Irish and International artists will also be on display.
William Crozier: 1 – 31 July; Gallery artists: 1 – 31 August

Nordic wilderness

Nordic wilderness

In 2016, Cecilia Danell undertook a residency at the Nordic Artists’ Center, Norway during which she examined the relationship between cinema and dream (as seen in the films of Andrei Tarkovsky) and how the landscape can act as a metaphorical stage set for the human psyche. Following a presentation at the Galway Arts Centre, the work, ‘The Last Wilderness’ will show at The Dock, using all three gallery spaces. Film work will include the forest landscape at Bona, Östergötland. Additional photography and paintings will also be exhibited, all based on the theme of wilderness.

The Last Wilderness: 2 June – 16 August