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Dublin: Obedience and Defiance

Dublin: Obedience and Defiance

IMMA hosts a major retrospective of the work of Portuguese artist Paula Rego. Spanning her entire career since the 1960s, ‘Obedience and Defiance’ comprises more than 80 works, including paintings never seen before and works on paper from the artist’s family and close friends. The selection of works focuses on the moral challenges to humanity, particularly in the face of violence, gender discrimination and political tyranny.
Paula Rego: until 3 January

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Paris: Reviving Joly

Paris: Reviving Joly

Alan Phelan’s exhibition, ‘Echos toujours plus sourds’, at the Centre Culturel Irlandais brings together a selection of his unique Joly Screen photographs alongside a music video presentation. Phelan has been working on reviving a forgotten, colour photography process invented in the 1890s by Dublin physicist John Joly. This short-lived process used screens made of red, green and blue lines in conjunction with black and white film to dramatic effect.
Alan Phelan: until 20 December

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Belfast; Winter at ArtisAnn

Belfast; Winter at ArtisAnn

The ArtisAnn Gallery kicks off its festive season with ‘Christmas Showcase’, featuring artworks by established and emerging artists. The exhibition will be replenished throughout its run. In the New Year, ‘Belfast is my City’ shows artworks by overseas artists who have made Belfast their home, including Wilhelmina Covington, Lenka Davidikova, Valerie Giannandrea McKeag, Santa Leimane, Jolita Jarutiené, Gary Shaw and Anka Sikora. Following this, an exhibition by artist, scientist and academic Harry McMahon, entitled ‘Standing on the Shoulders of Giants’, brings the worlds of art and science.
Christmas Showcase: until 19 December; Belfast is My City: 6 – 30 January; Harry McMahon: 3 – 27 February 

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Cork: Convent lives 

Cork: Convent lives 

In contrast to the political, military and guerrilla histories that have dominated the Decade of Centenaries, a new exhibition, ‘Small Lives: at Home in Cork 1920’, at Nano Nagle Place documents the experience of Corkonians through the prism of school registers of the North and South Presentation Convents. Archival material, press clippings and photographs display the connections between the Presentation Convent and the wider city. Work from David Rooney is also on exhibit.
Small Lives: at Home in Cork 1920: ongoing 

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Galway: Magic room 

Galway: Magic room 

To mark its 80th anniversary, a Christmas and New Year group exhibition at Kenny’s Liosbán Gallery features gallery artists showing works in oils and watercolours, sculpture, ceramics, photography and graphics. Artists include John Behan, Kenneth Webb, Leah Beggs, Luke McMullan, Marja van Kampen, Paula Pohli, Shane Crotty, Bernadette Madden, Fran McCann and Robert Ballagh.
A Magic Room in Galway: until 31 January 2021 

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