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Armagh: Vincent Loughran

Armagh: Vincent Loughran

Professional photographer Vincent Loughran has been taking photographs for over fifty years, both for press and independently. For the past eighteen years, his work has taken him to theatrical venues, music halls and music events where he has photographed and documented national and international artists throughout Northern Ireland and Ireland. Vincent has captured famous actors, singers, musicians, comedians, music groups and orchestras over the years. Much of his photographic work has centred around performances at The Market Place Theatre, Armagh and this exhibition celebrates a lifetime photographing artists at the height of their careers.
Let Us Entertain You – Vincent Loughran, Marketplace Theatre and Arts Centre, Co. Armagh:  18 Jan –  23 Feb

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Dublin: Beatty’s Bequest

Dublin: Beatty’s Bequest

The exhibition ‘Gift of a Lifetime’ at the Chester Beatty Library celebrates the 50th anniversary of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty’s bequest to the Irish people with a selection of masterpieces from the collection on view. A prolific and discerning collector, Beatty acquired rare books, manuscripts and decorative arts of the highest quality and rarity from Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Beatty brought these collections to Ireland and placed them in trust to the nation on his death in 1968. From crafted objects for powerful rulers to treasures tracing the history of world religions, the artworks capture the breadth and wonder of this legacy.
Gift of a Lifetime: until 28 April

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London: Protest and Remembrance

London: Protest and Remembrance

At the Alan Cristea Gallery, the exhibition ‘Protest and Remembrance’ brings together work by Miriam de Búrca, Joy Gerrard, Mary Griffiths, and Barbara Walker, all of whom use drawing to examine elements of protest and/or remembrance through a range of subjects. de Búrca focuses on ‘cilliní’, burial sites of those considered ‘unsuitable’ for consecrated ground, examining the plant life that grow from these grounds. Drawing on image-making and themes of protest and urban space, Gerrard archives and remakes media-born crowd images from around the world. Working in Japanese ink, she has made new paintings and drawings of protest scenes from London, including the recent anti-Trump demonstration, and the anti-Brexit march which passed by the doors of the gallery in which they are exhibited.
Protest and Remembrance: 28 February – 30 March

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Westport: Homage to swine

Westport: Homage to swine

Simon Corcoran’s exhibition ‘Pig Shop; Precious Gold’ at the Custom House Studios is an artist’s response to the once thriving pig industry in Limerick and Ireland. With photography, sculpture, video and a small number of paintings, the exhibition largely features new works, which uses imitation gold to interrogate the use of materials in art and industry. A graduate of the Limerick School of Art and Design, Corcoran’s interests lie in challenging ideas of art, morality and display.
Simon Corcoran: 14 February – 10 March

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Carrick-on-Shannon The Past is a Foreign Country

Carrick-on-Shannon The Past is a Foreign Country

In ‘The Past is a Foreign Country’ at The Dock, Anita Groener asks what it is to be human today in the context of the refugee experience, through drawings, large-scale installations, and animation (see article, p 80). Exploring themes of trauma and loss, the artist has created work from fragile materials, such as twigs, paper, pins, twine and gouache, speaking to the fragility of life and society that the refugee crisis exposes. This exhibition will tour to Uillinn, Skibbereen and The Lab, Dublin in 2019.
Anita Groener: 19 January – 9 March

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