Abbey Group Exhibition
Abbey Gallery, Dominic Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth.
Wednesday 30th November to Tuesday 7th February 2012
Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm
Drogheda, Co. Louth – Abbey Gallery is pleased to announce Abbey Group Exhibition, a collection of over 50 pieces of works, many by established artists and also some work by emerging artists. The gallery will transform into a veritable “pictorial wonderland” that will tingle your imagination and delight your eyes. The exhibition was opened on Wednesday 30th November by John McCullen, author and local historian. The exhibition will be on display through February 7th, 2012 and is free and open to the public. Exhibiting artists include: Stephen Doyle, Peter Gibney, Ian Hart, Jackie Hudson Lalor, Margaret Kennedy, Patrick Murphy, Barbara Pepper and Kathleen Smyth.
In conjunction with “Abbey Group Exhibition”, Drogheda Homeless Aid’s Urgent Food Appeal Collection will take place on the opening night and run for the duration of the show. Due to increasing demand for their services, they are finding it difficult to sustain their food services. They currently provide over 1,000 meals every week for their residents, resettled residents and for people who are living in poverty. The gallery is collecting donations of non-perishable food items for this very worthy cause.
Located on Dominic Street, Drogheda, Abbey Gallery was opened by local business people Erin and Ray O’Connor and under the guidance of artistic director and curator, Sinéad Smith and patron to the arts Martin Walsh the gallery has quickly become one of Drogheda’s most exciting and attractive destinations for art. Abbey Gallery showcases talent-driven art by Drogheda’s top emerging and established artists. The gallery is a valuable resource for the area, not just for the artists but for the public also, as it gives a chance to see many different styles of art and a chance to meet and talk to the artists at opening evenings, helping to give an understanding of the commitment it takes to be an artist in these times. You can visit Abbey Gallery Monday through Saturday 10am – 5pm or visit us online at www.abbeygallerydrogheda.com.
The Forge Gallery is now proud to present Alan’s most recent collection of paintings which will be on display at the Gallery from November 11th.
Alan will formally launch his latest collection on Friday November 11th at the Gallery from 7pm onwards.
Anyone interested in viewing the paintings are more than welcome to come along to the free wine reception from 7pm onwards on Friday 11th.
Alan Bradshaw – A Biography
Alan Bradshaw was born in Belfast in 1936. During his formative years he painted prodigiously in both oil and watercolour media. In his early twenties a discussion with Maurice Wilks (a family friend) persuaded him to turn his artistic talents towards architecture—”get professional letters after your name young man—the life of a full time artist is far from clever!” Given this advice, Bradshaw qualified as an architect from the Architectural Association, London.
Throughout his busy professional career, although he was committed to improving the environment and circumstances in which people live and work, he never lost sight of his first love—painting. 1992 and for the first time, he permitted his wife, Annette, to exhibit some of his work in the McGilloway Gallery, Derry—with immediate and dramatic results. During the next two years and via six major group exhibitions he firmly established himself by being the most successful painter despite serious competition from seasoned and nationally recognised artists. The steady increase in demand for his work, resulted in him taking early retirement in June, 1995 so that he could devote all his time and energy to painting. He presently works from a home based studio in Omagh, Co. Tyrone.
Bradshaw’s motivation to paint stems from his great love of the natural world and the unique and ever changing nature of the Irish countryside throughout each day and from season to season. While his primary concern is to portray the moods of Ireland in a realistic and unpretentious manner—his interest in sunlight, both direct and indirect and the way in which it variously affects everything, can also be found in his still life and interior paintings. He views his efforts as a painter as a direct link with his maternal grandmother—a Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow lady who was, by reputation, an artist of very considerable talent.
In March, 1996, Bradshaw was lead painter in a “No Boundaries” exhibition staged in City Hall, Boston. U.S.A. at the request of the then major—Mr. Thomas Menino. The purpose of the event was to promote the attractions and great beauty of the N.W. Region of Ireland in furtherance of the peace process and as portrayed through the eyes of local cross border/cross community artists. This was the fourth in a series of “No Boundaries” exhibitions that he and his wife were instrumental in organising in association with a Donegal gallery and the American Embassy, Dublin.
He currently paints in oil, watercolour and acrylic media and has held tutorials for mature students. During the last ten years, Gallery demands for his work have resulted in him staging fourteen solo exhibitions – eight of which have been for the Forge Gallery Restaurant, Collon, Co. Louth. He has also exhibited four times in U.S.A. and, last year, in Boston all his works were sold at the Exhibition opening.
Bradshaw paintings can be found in private collections throughout Ireland, Europe, U.S.A., Canada and much further afield. He has been commissioned by Derry, Limavady, Strabane, Omagh and Donegal Councils to paint for either their Municipal Collections or for presentation to local or visiting VIP’s.
Alan is now proud to present his most recent collection of paintings which will be on display from 11th November at the Forge Gallery at which there will be a formal launch of the Collection at a wine reception from 7pm onwards. You are cordially invited to send a representative.
This will be Alan’s first exhibition in quite a while and it promises to demonstrate the continued growth and development of his work.
Enquiries to Kevin Smith at the Forge Gallery on 041-9826272 or e-mail: email@example.com
Troubling Ireland: Artists and Curators campaigning to provoke thought and action
Poster Campaign: 12-23 September 2011, Dublin
Public Hearing: Friday 16 September 2011, 2-4.30 pm, Liberty Hall, Dublin 1
Launch of website: www.troublingireland.com
Commissioned by Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Dublin.
Arising out of a think tank conceptualised by the Danish curatorial collective Kuratorisk Aktion for artists and curators in Ireland in 2010 -11, Troubling Ireland comprises of a Poster Campaign throughout Dublin city centre and related sites, and an accompanying website.
Each poster is an initial response from the think tank participants – Kennedy Browne, Helen Carey, Anthony Haughey, Anna Macleod, Augustine O’Donoghue, Susan Thomson as well as Kuratorisk Aktion – to the concept of Troubling Ireland from their individual artistic and curatorial perspectives.
In 2010, Kuratorisk Aktion was commissioned by Fire Station Artists’ Studios in Dublin, to frame and convene a think tank for artists and curators in Ireland. Drawing on their expertise and experience in social, political and cultural activism, and in colonialism and postcolonialism, Kuratorisk Aktion conceived the idea of ‘troubling’ Ireland. The aim of the think tank was to provide a critical, aesthetic and discursive platform for socially engaged practitioners in which received notions of Irish identity, history and politics, and Ireland’s relationship to global capitalism, would be probed and unravelled.
Over the course of a year, from September 2010 to May 2011, five meetings were held in places of social and political significance, north and south of the border: Dublin, Manorhamilton (Co. Leitrim), Belfast and Limerick. In each location, different problematics were engaged: British plantation economy and class relations, Ireland’s colonisation and division, the Celtic Tiger boom and bust, and possible paths to a more convivial and equitable future. These meetings comprised presentations, readings, screenings, walks, lectures and discussions. The think tank concluded in summer 2011 with a collective decision to launch a Troubling Ireland Campaign, beginning with a public poster campaign and website in September 2011 and ending with a major exhibition in 2013.
This poster campaign runs from 12th – 23rd September in Dublin city centre and from 12th – 19th September in Leitrim Sculpture Centre Manorhamilton. Each poster invites viewers to also partake in the act of ‘troubling’. The poster campaign is accompanied by a website, which in addition to presenting the ideas behind each poster and their producers, includes a reflection on the think tank process by cultural geographer Bryonie Reid.
To coincide with this poster campaign, the think tank is organising a
Public Hearing in Liberty Hall, Dublin on Friday, 16th September 2011, from 2–4:30 pm,
Here the audience is invited to discuss the think tank’s aims with its participants. Admission is free and all are welcome. The next step in the campaign takes place in 2013, when participants of the think tank will exhibit work arising from sustained individual engagements with the theme in a major travelling exhibition.
Fire Station is funded by the Arts Council.
For further information: Tel + 353 1 8069010 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Submission process is open to both solo and group proposals. If you would
like to be considered, please submit your proposal by the 30th August this year. Those submitting work should read Droichead Arts Centre’s Visual Arts Policy to establish if their work is in fitting with the organisations overall artistic policy.
All submissions should include the following information;
A submission proposal – covering what you would hope to exhibit including proposed sizes of work where possible.
- An Artists CV (art related only)
- An Artists Statement
- A maximum of six slides (clearly marked with your name), photographs or images on CD
- (Preferably tiff or jpeg), giving information on the medium, size, year etc.
- Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope if you require your photo’s etc. returned to you.
Further information on Gallery Technical Specifications please check out our website www.droichead.com under Visual Arts or contact Box Office on 041 9833946.
There are two main methods Droichead use in selecting artists;
a. Open submission
Advertisements will be placed in arts publications, emails to arts centres, arts officers, local arts networks, art organisations, and on the Droichead Arts Centre Website and News letter.
b. Direct invitation or approach.
An approach will be made where the centre feels the programme would be enhanced by the work or reputation of a particular artist or group of artists.
The timetable for shortlisting will be a maximum of eight weeks. Artists will then be notified in writing whether their proposal has been successful.
For artists who wish to receive feedback on the selection, a meeting can be set up upon prior arrangement.
The criteria for selecting artists will be based on the ethos of the centre and will include the following;
- The quality of the artist’s proposal and presentation
- The development of the art form by the artist
- The significance of the work
- The themes and issues
- The contracts will be clearly agreed during the first discussion meeting with the artist.
- The responsibilities of Droichead Arts Centre and the artist will be clearly discussed and determined.
- Dates for the delivery of work, insurance details and installation will be defined.
- Fees and methods of payment and disputes procedures will be outlined.
Fees and costs
Costs incurred by Droichead Arts Centre include;
- An Artists fee €300
- The cost of designing and printing invitations
- The design and print of posters
- The cost of mailing invitations
- The launch and wine reception
- An advertisement in the local newspapers.
- An advertisement in the AAI and selected art publications
- Insurance of work during exhibition
- Presentation costs
- Workshop expenses
Costs which are generally not covered by Droichead Arts Centre
- Artist Travel expenses
- Storage costs for work before and after the exhibition
- Transport of work costs
To transform Droichead Arts Centre into an energetic visual arts space, accessed and understood by the community it serves.
Community arts development is at the core of Droichead Arts Centre’s ethos. This is adopted in our visual art programme to ensure wider community engagement and interaction. This will be facilitated through educational gallery visits, devised workshops, artist’s talks, school programmes and artist network meetings
Art doesn’t always lend itself to unambiguous simple definition. It is a process which evolves in time, manifesting different experiences and expressions for each person. Droichead aims to present a wide multiplicity of artist interpretations in an inclusive, animated and developmental way.
Long term objectives
- Droichead Arts Centre will strive to keep up to date with good contemporary arts practices and models.
- Droichead Arts Centre will continue to train staff to appreciate and value the visual arts regardless of discipline and to encourage this understanding with visitors.
- The Droichead Arts Centre commits having systemic reviews in order to keep abreast of visual arts challenges and needs within the organisation.
- Droichead Arts Centre will work closely with Visual Arts Organisations in order remain artist focused and to promote good arts practice within the industry.
Also, you can find more information about Dublin Contemporary on our website at www.dublincontemporary.com
Dublin Contemporary 2011
Stephens Green House
6 September – 31 October 2011
In recognition of the European Year 2011, the Europe Direct Centres in Tuscany are pleased to announce the fourth edition of the photo competition. This year”IMAGO europæ”’s title is “FOCUS ON volunteering” and is dedicated to the European year of Volunteering 2011.
The main objective of the contest is to promote volunteering through the use of photography. Photos should demonstrate ways in which Europeans are contributing to the betterment of society through volunteer opportunities. While the photos can be global in scope and can focus on international volunteering, they must somehow relate to the European Union or its citizens.
How to participate: Fill in the application form including a photo short explanation (maximum 150 words) in Italian or English and send it together with the photo by e?mail to email@example.com no later than 1 August 2011.
Prizes for the Competition:
Prize of the Technical Jury: iPad, Computer tablet from Apple;
Prize of the Popular Jury: iPad, Computer tablet from Apple
For more info: www.edfirenze.eu
at 10am-12noon. We are looking for young people aged between
Apple Tree Foundation, Roden House,Roden Place Dundalk.
relaxed way no art experience necessary.
If you know anyone interested contact me on 085 1518596 or Apple Tree
Foundation on 085 1112560 or 042 9329532.