Visual Art


Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St., Ballina, Co. Mayo. T: 096 73593. E: W:

Beacon: An exhibition of works from the Ballinglen Arts Foudnation Collection

Official Opening: Wednesday 7th January, 8pm

'Beacon' is an exhibition of works from the collection of the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, situated in Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. Selected by Sean Walsh, Director, Ballina Arts Centre, the exhibition comprises a range of works from a number of leading Irish and international artists.

The Ballinglen Arts Foundation was created in 1991 to bring together established international artists and emerging artists of recognized ability, from Ireland and abroad to live and work in North Mayo, to benefit both the artists and the community. Operating from the Ballinglen Centre in Ballycastle, a village in the disadvantaged, remote seacoast of North County Mayo, the Foundation supports artists making important work in ideal, inspiring conditions and equally it aims to create an understanding within a rural community of the meaning and importance of contemporary art and artists. Free admission. All are welcome to attend, exhibition runs until 31st January.


Linenhall Arts Centre, Linenhall St, Castlebar, Mayo.  T: 094 9023733 E: W:


Lucy Hill and Almha Roche’s exhibition “Crickets Sing With Their Legs” continues at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar. The colourful and engaging exhibition comprises recent paintings by Tuam-born Almha Roche and Newport-based Lucy Hill, two artists “with contrasting styles but similar objectives.” They continue: “Images are made as the result of a natural need to absorb and reflect the world around us. For this exhibition we have each made our own particular 'song' and presented it in unison to see what new sounds it can make.” The exhibition runs until Saturday 31st January.  The Linenhall Gallery is open to the general public Monday-Friday from 10.00am-5.00pm; Saturday from 11.00am-5.30pm. Admission to exhibitions is free.



 ‘Idir Neamh agus Talamh’ new collection of paintings, prints and poetry by Cyril Ó Flaithearta.

 The Oileán Project was founded in 2002 by artists Cyril Ó Flaithearta and Lol Hardiman. The project is to paint and record some of Irelands most beautiful deserted island landscapes. It began on Feenish Island off the south Connemara coast and is to continue in a clock-wise direction skirting the entire coastline to be completed at Feenish in ten years time. The project has already visited Mason, Shark, Chapel, Turk south, Turbot and Achill Beg islands.

Cyril Ó Flaithearta has focused this year on Inis Quey south of the Belmullet  peninsula and since February has made numerous visits to the island. On his September  visit he did a two day workshop with the pupils of Scoil Dearbhla Achléim based on themes from the island. The resulting paintings will be exhibited with Ó Flaithearta’s new collection ‘Idir Neamh agus Talamh’ (Between Heaven and Earth) at Áras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet from the 16th of Janurary until Feburary 15th 2009.  Máirtín MacDonncha of Raidió na Gaeltachta will officially open the exhibit at 7.30pm.


Sea, Sky shore Gallery, James Street, Westport.

 Group Exhibition at the Sea, Sky Shore Gallery, James Street Westport,  featuring work made by artists at Custom House Studios during 2008; Cecilia Bullo, Breda Burns, Nick Devaney, Pam Gray, Christina Heraty, Niall Mc Cormack, Sinead Wall, Ian Wieczorek and Katja Wittmer.

Exhibition will be opened by Cllr.  Margaret Adams, Chairperson of Custom House Studios on Thursday January 29th at 6.00pm, and continues until February 28th.


To book contact Orla Kenny at:Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership,Carrigeens, Ballinful, Co.SligoT: 071 91 24945 E: info@kidsown.ie 

deadline Friday 9th January 2009, Registration Fee €10

Sligo Art Gallery and Kids' Own Publishing Partnership presents Insight Open, Artist Talks and Presentations, 2.00pm - 4.30pm Saturday January 17th  2009

In January 2009 Kid’sOwn Publishing Partnership are holding a retrospective exhibition at the Sligo Art Gallery Insight.  The exhibition has been commissioned by Sligo Art Gallery with Sligo Local Authorities Arts Service as part of the Primary Colours Arts & Education Programme. The exhibition is curated by Sarah Searson, a cultural consultant and curator.  Insight celebrates twelve years of collaborative work by artists and young people and educations working together through technology-developed projects managed by Kids Own Publishing Partnership.

 Insight Open, a forum for discussion, coincides which this exhibition. Both the exhibition and talks are an exploration into current practice and creativity between children, artists, educators and technology. Insight Open is a forum by which we can exchange ideas and think together about artists' practice with young people with an emphasis on how creativity can be mediated through technology.