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Dublin:  Silver Linings

Dublin: Silver Linings

Gormley’s Fine Art presents ‘Silver Linings’, an exhibition of new works by the Connemara-based artist Gordon Harris. Including portraits and still life paintings, this new series has been created in oils with silver leaf and is centred on the theme of youthful playfulness. Shortlisted for the Hennessy Portrait Prize in 2017, Harris is well-known for his highly realistic figurative paintings, creating canvases which are provocative and dramatic.
Gordon Harris: 21 September – 9 October

Belfast: What lies beneath

Belfast: What lies beneath

A fear of the ‘other’ and a fear of ourselves becoming the ‘other’ infects us with a tendency to imagine monsters and corrupts our collective memory. The exhibition ‘Leviathan’ at the Millennium Court Arts Centre explores our primal and still current fear of darkness, or that which lies outside our experiences. The exhibition is an exploration of darkness, actual, mythical and metaphorical, with work by Hiraki Sawa, David Haughey, Stuart Cairns and Conor McFeely.
Leviathan: 7 September – 24 October

Sligo: Brian and Lisa Ballard

Sligo: Brian and Lisa Ballard

Father and daughter, Brian and Lisa Ballard, jointly exhibit a series of recent paintings at the Hamilton Gallery, Sligo, in an exhibition entitled ‘Luminance’. Both artists are concerned with colour: with Lisa exploring colour and light through landscape paintings, creating images that reflect temporal and fleeting experiences, while Brain uses contrasting colours and textures to convey everyday subjects.
Luminance: 6 – 29 September

Limerick: The Past is a Foreign Country

Limerick: The Past is a Foreign Country

‘The Past is a Foreign Country’, a multimedia exhibition by Anita Groener, opens at Limerick City Art Gallery. Through a series of immersive works, the artist seeks to broaden the dialogue on a pressing issue of our time: the refugee crisis. Focusing on specific events, their archetypal and psychological resonances, the artist traces connections between the experiences of refugees driven from their homes by armed, economic, or political conflict and those of her own life and family.
Anita Groener: 29 September – 6 January 2019

Wexford: Fringe Festival Fare

Wexford: Fringe Festival Fare

The Wexford Festival Opera and Wexford Fringe Festival run in parallel this autumn, each offering an eclectic programme of cultural events. The Fringe Festival programme includes art, craft and photography exhibitions as well as drama and musical performances. Among the visual arts highlights will be a pop-up gallery by Martina Furlong and Marja van Kampen, showing paintings and limited edition prints. At the Clayton Whites Hotel, painter Mary Wallace and sculptor Gilly Thomas join forces for a special exhibition of work, which will pair vibrant painted colour with the simple lines of bronze sculpture. The Blue Egg Gallery hosts ‘Bravura 2018’ an exhibition of work in a variety of media by Irish and international makers including ceramics by Paul Maloney, Julie Ayton, and Katharina Klug, glass by Scott Benefield and work in metal by Rebecca Gouldson. The exhibition will also feature specially produced tapestries by Muriel Beckett, Mary Cuthbert, Terry Dunne, and Angela Forte. The Pigyard Gallery shows Jackie Edwards exhibition of portraits entitled ‘Vikings and Other Friends’ while at the Bullring Mall, Bernadette Doolan opens her studio to visitors over the festival run. Doolan won the best overall work by a non-Academician in the Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition. Finally, Tomás King’s exhibition of oils and watercolours titled ‘In my View’ shows at the artist’s studio, Carne Villa in Carne and Ivan Sutton exhibits his semi-abstract work at the Silver Fox restaurant.
Fringe Festival: 19 October – 4 November

Venice: Freespace

Venice: Freespace

‘Freespace describes a generosity of spirit and a sense of humanity at the core of architecture’s agenda, focusing on the quality of space itself.’ With this bold statement, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara begin their manifesto for ‘Freespace’, the 16th International Architecture Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia which continues until 25 November at the Giardini and the Arsenale. Farrell and McNamara are best known as the internationally acclaimed duo behind Grafton Architects. This February, for example, the firm was awarded the RIAI Gold Medal for Architecture (2007-2009) for its design for Bocconi University, Milan. Now, as curators of Freespace, they’re addressing different issues: the question of space; the quality of space; and the presence or absence of architecture within that space. It’s a big project. The seventy-one participants are divided into two sections: Close Encounter, which reflects on buildings of the past; and The Practice of Teaching, which is concerned with projects developed in the context of teaching. ‘When we were writing the Manifesto, we wanted primarily to include the word space,’ write Farrell and McNamara in their statement for Freespace.
Freespace until 26 November