Amharcealaín - Visual Art

Ballina Arts Centre

Ballina Civic Offices, Arran Place, Ballina, Co. Mayo.

T: 096 73593




Perspectives 4: Ballina Open Exhibition 2009

Official Opening: Wednesday 4th November, 8pm.

Perspectives 4: Ballina Open Exhibition 2009 will feature work by a number of locally-based artists in the north Mayo region. The exhibition comprises a wide variety of media and styles.

The exhibition is also a wonderful opportunity for early Christmas shopping!

Perspectives 4: Ballina Open Exhibition is supported by Ballina Beverages.

Free admission. All are welcome to attend, exhibition runs until 28th November.



Linenhall St, Castlebar, Mayo. 

T: 094 9023733





Thursday 5th - Thursday 26th November

Sacred Heart Exhibition

A colourful and vibrant exhibition of paintings by a group of artists in long-term care at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Castlebar. The exhibition is the latest in a series resulting from a groundbreaking scheme initiated by Mayo County Council in 1999 with artist Deirdre Walsh, an initiative supported by the HSE and the Arts Council. The project has enabled and empowered many long term residential service users over the years. The scheme is currently facilitated by artist Tom Meskell. As Deirdre observes, “Age or infirmity does not hinder creativity.” Come along and see how right she is.  Official opening Thursday 5th November at 2pm. All welcome.



Friday 6th - Saturday 28th November

Sue Morris - The Obsessive Compulsive Drawings

An exhibition of drawing, printmaking text and collage. According to the artist: “my current work is an attempt as a visual artist to interpret, track, record and acknowledge the experience and impact of chronic illness within the family unit. By referencing the language of maps, plans, geometry, visual puzzles and graphic constructs, intersected and overlaid with drawn suggestions of organic matter and accumulated marks, I explore the interplay of quasi-formal systems with more human gestural and random image making. Instinctively, these works start small and concentrated but often move into larger formats. Work that begins on the wall starts to shift from 2D into relief, from collage into bricolage, thus blurring the distinction between drawing and installation.”    

Official opening on Friday 6th November at 7.30pm. All welcome.




The Quay, Westport, Mayo  

T: 098-28735.              




Cecilia Bullow

December 5th 2009

Cecilia Bullo`s recent work attempts to investigate a metaphorical journey aimed to heal ones inner self. Carl Jung suggested that the experience of psychosis is a journey for the individual to rediscover something that has been lost to him and to restore a vital balance back into his life. Especially in its schizophrenic form, it can be compared to an existential journey, which would with safe surroundings be a route towards recovery. She explores the relationship between the individual and specific locations as well as objects/amulets, which embody for the holder almost magical properties. The viewer is invited into an imaginary inner journey using as triggers objects/sculptures which have an encoded specific symbolism as well as allowing free association.





T: 097 81079


Amharcealaín – Visual Arts - Aida Banguara

Aida Banguara Photography Exhibition displays in Áras Inis Gluaire until Monday 23rd November.  Aïda Bangoura was born and grew up in Paris. In 1995 she first moved to Ireland and completed a fine art Painting and Printmaking degree at the Institute of Technology, Sligo. After graduation in 2001 Bangoura returned to France where she established a successful studio practice and exhibited extensively in Marseille, Paris and Ireland during a four year period. On her return to Ireland Bangoura spent a four month period living and working in Blacksod Bay where she created the artwork for this exhibition.  She presently lives and works in Westmeath. Bangoura is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice includes painting, installation, print, drawing, mark making and video. Time plays an important role in her work; she seeks the experience of absence and presence, appearance and disappearance over time. She plays with spatial and emotional tension using text, numbers, erratic lines, forms, colour and composition. In 2005 she was awarded First Prize, Laureate, in Resolution 9, Paris.  Selected solo exhibitions include Resolution 9, Paris (2006); ‘Despite my Confusion’, Market House Gallery, Monaghan (2003) and Galerie de Tableau, Marseille (2002).   Bangoura has also participated in a number of group exhibitions in both Ireland and France. Collections include the Institute of Technology, Sligo and private collections in Ireland, England and France.


Diane Henshaw ‘d r a w i n g’ exhibition opens on Thursday 26th November

Diane Henshaw graduated with her Degree in Fine Art from the University of Ulster in Belfast in 1995 and with her Masters in Fine Art from UUB in 2000.  Henshaw now lives and works both as a Visual Artist and as the Arts Officer for Fermanagh District Council.  Originally from Islandmagee in County Antrim, Henshaw practised in Belfast at Queen Street Studios Artists Collective, for just under a decade before moving to the NorthWest.  Diane to date has received 17 Art Awards from both the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, The Arts Council of Ireland, The British Council & Bursary Awards from Local Authorities.  Henshaw has exhibited both Nationally and Internationally over the past decade and has worked as Artist in Residence at The Hooger Institute for Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium; The Chitraniketan Art Residency in Kerala, India; The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig in Monaghan (multiple visits), The Sanskriti Kendra Artists Residency - New Delhi, India and in ‘08 at The Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Residency in the Queens Borough of New York City.

Henshaw’s work has travelled as far as China, New Zealand, New York, Las Vegas, Mexico, France, Belgium, Bosnia, Georgia and many other International venues over the past 14 years. She will exhibit her work in group shows with The Fenderesky Gallery at The Boyle Arts Festival Annual Kings House exhibition and she continues to be represented by The Engine Rooms Gallery in Belfast and The Hallward Gallery in Dublin, Henshaw will exhibit new collection in solo exhibitions during 2009 at The Ards Art Centre in Co. Down and in Donegal at Ballyshannon’s Abbey Centre for The Blue Stacks Festival in September, Ards Art Centre in October, Aras an Glaire in Belmullet in Co Mayo in November.   Diane will visit Tokyo in Japan in 2010 and LA’s 18th St Studios in May 10 where she has been invited to exhibit & work as Artist in Residence.  Henshaw’s work is in private collections in New York, Belgium, Auckland, France, India, Glasgow, Virginia, London, Conneticut, Qatar, New Mexico, Japan and Ireland.  Diane deals with the abstract and has an obsession with searching for the perfect line - her work known for it's paired down lines and formulated composition has developed to a new entourage of monochrome & blasting hues and tones using a plethora of line, text, print, collage & form.  Synonymous for her use of gestured line and memory drawing, the banal and a diary stylised method of dealing methodically with the abstract.




Courthouse Gallery, Main St, Ballycastle, Mayo 

T: 096-43184



Keith Wilson

Painting & Drawings

The Ballinglen Arts Foundation is pleased to announce an exhibition by RHA award winning artist Keith Wilson.

Private View Friday 27th November 2009 6-8pm

Exhibition Continues until Jan 31st 2010

Gallery Open by appointment Monday – Friday



"A message from the firing line....about Place." Saturday, November 7 at 1pm. 

Galway City Museum, Ireland


This exhibition features the work of an artists/musician collective from Ireland, Japan, Peru, and (Native) North America. The collective have been exploring the experiences of place while referencing their own individual cultural work. They explore the tensions between the traditional and contemporary, the native and the immigrant, transplantation, intermixing, authenticity and 'roots' to give evidence that the message, not the messenger, is what survives in movement. This exhibition is an artistic articulation of their realities and experiences of place, as immigrants and indigenous, and what falls in between.The exhibition will be opened by Pat McMahon, Galway County Librarian and Mr. and Mrs. Pokweh and Gaynayshee from the Burmese Karen community in Ireland.

Galway City Museum, Spanish Parade, Galway.Open Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pmExhibition opening Saturday, November 7 at 1:00pm.Exhibition runs until December 31st 2009www.galwaycitymuseum.iemuseum@galwaycity.ie091 532460