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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

Dublin: Swanzy at IMMA

Dublin: Swanzy at IMMA

Pre-dating Evie Hone and Mainie Jellett by several years, Mary Swanzy can arguably be identified as Ireland’s first ‘modernist’ painter. However, her experimentation with a wide range of styles, along with her reluctance to participate in large exhibitions led to her being critically side-lined. In the first substantial retrospective of her work since 1968, ‘Mary Swanzy: Modern Irish Master’ at IMMA explores Swanzy’s varied and exciting career, from her time in Paris with Gertrude Stein, to travels in Hawaii, the Balkans and Samoa.
Mary Swanzy: 26 October – 17 February 2019

Athlone: Sculpture at Luan

Athlone: Sculpture at Luan

The Luan Gallery hosts a group sculpture exhibition entitled ‘Cast’ which features work by seven artists working in Ireland: Cecilia Bullo, Don Cronin, Gabrielle Sampson, Katherine Sankey, Kevin Killen, Martina Coyle and Mel French. The exhibition showcases figurative and abstract works in a range of media such as wood, metal, clay and resin as well as light installation and mixed media. Image: Don Cronin
Cast: 6 October – 30 November

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

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

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