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Barrett St, Ballina, Co. Mayo

T: 096 73593



Mary Foudy O’Halloran: Weighed

8th August – 27th September

In Mary Foudy O’Halloran’s paintings, traditional scenes of domesticity and the unremarkable are called into question on closer viewing by small, uneasy details: subdued colours unsettle and disturb; figures, endlessly repeated, are pushed to the extremes of space or smothered; invaded by paint and domestic pattern; trapped by environment or weighed down by dirt.

Working with mixed media, she builds up layers, making marks, balancing tints and tones in the process. Her work often re-examines ‘the past in the now, questioning ordinaries and the familiar; often objects of loss’.

Admission free.



The Quay, Westport, Mayo  

T: 098-28735.              



In  Physical Space  by  Paul Mosse

Paul Mosse is an exceptionally unique artist and one of the most interesting at work today here in Ireland. Highly inventive and idiosyncratic, Mosse uses the natural world around him for inspiration. Drawing is at the heart of his work and is the foundation from which all else follows.

Paul Mosse has said of his work: There are no specific references in the work, though it may unintentionally appear to refer to the observed world. It springs from interests in space, scale and the tactile world of the senses. Many pieces are produced at the same time, where they sometimes join or divide and may be worked on and off for years. The processes (additive and subtractive) usually direct how the final image looks and involve only low-tech craft and materials. The systems and processes push the work into areas beyond conscious decision-making. The end result is textured and sculptural, and can be three-dimensional sculpture-proper, but usually it is resolved as “2 ½ D painting”.

Mosse uses a variety of mixed-media to realise his works. Materials can include a range of non-traditional materials (plastic pellets, polystyrene, sawdust, nails and screws) as well as paper, paint and wood. The accumulation and manipulation of these materials result in dynamic and beautiful surfaces on his paintings and sculptures. Works that seem complete and resolved may over time be revised beyond recognition or entirely cut up and laid in a box to be reconstituted in another work. Often, individual pieces are immense, heavy and unyielding but always full of personality.

Born in Kilkenny, where he still lives, Paul Mosse studied at The Chelsea College of Arts in London. He has won several awards for his work since he won the Carroll's Prize in "Living Art" in 1968 through to being the recipient of an Arts Council Artist's Bursary in 2005.

He was Artist in Residence at Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ballycastle, Co Mayo and his works are included in many private and public collections, including Allied Irish Bank, Butler Gallery Kilkenny, IMMA, Trinity College Dublin and Crawford Municipal Gallery.

He has exhibited throughout Ireland, as well as in Paris, London and Brussels. Recent exhibitions include Green on Red Galleries in Dublin ('Amor Infiniti' 2005), Cologne (2004 Cologne Art Fair) and New York ('The Armory Show' 2002). In Ireland he has exhibited in The Courthouse Gallery Ballinglen, IMMA, Gallery One Kilkenny and the Fenton Gallery, Cork.


Spaces and Individuals by  Thomas Richter

German artist Thomas Richter will exhibit new works in drawing and painting. Thomas Richter is from the German town Hochstadt-an-der-Aisch, which is twinned with Castlebar Co. Mayo. Previously he has worked in Ireland at the Heinrich Böll Cottage artists residency on Achill Island, and is currently working as visiting artist at Custom House Studios at Westport Quay.


John Gibbons - Opening October 1st

Westport Arts Festival 2014 – Custom House Studios

John Gibbons  is an established sculptor with an international reputation and track record. From Ennis Co Clare, ( with family connections in Co Mayo), he studied in Limerick and Cork (under John Burke) 1970-72, before moving to St. Martins, 1972-76,  to study under Anthony Caro, William Tucker and other leading sculptors working at this period.

In recent years John Gibbons has spent time working at the Heinrich Böll Cottage  residency on Achill Island and at The Ballinglen Foundation in Ballycastle Co Mayo.

During these residencies he focused on a series of  drawings informed by the atmosphere and landscape of Achill Island and the North Mayo Coast.

Custom House Studios at Westport Quay, with Westport Arts Festival 2014 are pleased host an exhibition of this series of drawings with some recent sculpture works.

This exhibition provides a wonderful opportunity to bring this dynamic work to audiences in Co. Mayo. John Gibbons exhibits in Dublin on a regular basis, and enjoys an extensive reputation in sculpture  in the UK and  the USA. Opportunities to view an extensive selection of his works in drawing have been limited in Ireland, especially outside of Dublin.



Linenhall St, Castlebar, Mayo.

T: 094 9023733



 Amanda Jane Graham – Warriors One in Three

It has been substantially documented that cancer will touch one in three of us. Warriors One in Three is a mixed media exhibition that acknowledges the stoic bravery, dignity and resilience of people that have faced serious illness. “Through this exhibition the victim becomes the warrior by addressing perceptions of conflicting cultural projections played out through society. My practice is a trajectory of self-reflection, personnal narrative, and memoirs where the viewer completes the experience. Handmade process is essential to the practice. The traditional mediums of drawing, fine print, collage, embroidery and wool crafts are key to generating the intricate visual representation that penetrates the memory of the observer creating unconscious and organic emotional reactions. The exhibition will have the power touch, engage and connect with the collective experience of the audience because it will be tender, uplifting and compelling.” Graham completed an MA Fine Art at National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2011.



Áisleann Bhéal an Mhuirthead, Belmullet, Mayo

T: 097 81079

Sarah Rogers

Sarah Roger exhibits new work entitled Perfect/Imperfect - open to everybody.



An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, launched a permanent exhibition of illustrations by Edward Ardizzone, in Áras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet on Monday September 1 at.  Christiana and Susannah – the daughter and granddaughter of Edward Ardizzone also attended.

Edward Ardizzone (1900 – 1979) is regarded as the most influential illustrator of modern times. According to Quentin Blake (illustrator of the famous Roald Dahl books), he was “the greatest illustrator that ever lived”. In the late 1950s, T.H. White spent some time in Erris and wrote a book about his experiences titled ‘The Godstone and The Blackymor’.   Edward Ardizzone visited T.H. White during his stay in Erris and he drew the illustrations for the book.

Coiste Oidhreacht Iorrais – a heritage committee group based in Belmullet – discovered that eight of the original drawings for the book were in the safe-keeping of the illustrator’s daughter, Christiana Clemence, in London. With the help of individuals and groups in Erris, funds were raised to acquire these beautiful illustrations for the community. This project has taken a number of years and now, they are ready to be displayed permanently in Áras Inis Gluaire.   



Main Street, Ballycastle, Mayo

T: 096 43184



“Atlantic - Paintings”- Donald Teskey RHA

“Atlantic - Paintings”, an exhibition by Irish artist Donald Teskey RHA, 9th August - 10th October 2014, The Ballinglen Gallery, The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Main Street, Ballycastle, Co Mayo, Ireland. Open 10 - 12, 2 - 4 pm Monday - Friday and strictly by appointment at weekends with a reception on 9th August 8:30pm, everyone welcome.

Donald Teskey has arguably become one of the best known landscape painters of his generation.  His paintings of the Irish landscape are dramatic works that capture the power of nature and the sheer rugged beauty of the Irish landscape. In particular, he captures the West Coast of Ireland to perfection. He has devoted much focus to observing and painting the relentless and elemental nature of coastline and sea.

Donald was born in Co. Limerick and graduated from Limerick College of Art and Design in 1978. He came to prominence as an artist through his skill as a draughtsman during the 1980s, with several significant solo exhibitions as well as being the recipient of awards in EVA and the Claremorris Open Exhibition. Since 1992 he has crafted out a substantial body of work as a painter of the landscape and more recently the ruggedness of the western seaboard. Sometimes, working on a very large scale, his images reflect his response to the formal elements of composition; shape, form and fall of light. The results are powerful images of instantly recognisable parts of the Irish landscape with large abstract passages and surfaces which articulate the relentless energetic and elemental force of nature.

In 2003 he was elected a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin. He is also a member of Áosdana.
His work has been exhibited in the UK, USA, South Africa, Canada, Germany and Finland. In 2005, Limerick City Gallery of Art hosted "Tidal Narratives", an exhibition of large scale paintings and drawings coinciding with the publication of a book on the artist by Gandon Editions. He is represented in major collections including the Arts Council, Irish Museum of Modern Art, AIB, Limerick City Gallery of Art, KPMG, Butler Gallery, The Ulster Bank, OPW and The Ballinglen Arts Foundation. Donald lives and works in Dublin.

Donald is represented by the Oliver Sears Gallery in Dublin, Ireland & the Dolan/Maxwell Gallery, Philadelphia
The work of the Foundation (Irish Charity 11019) is supported by The Arts Council, The Ireland Funds, Mayo County Council & private contributors.

For further information please contact Úna Forde, The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Main Street, Ballycastle, Co Mayo

Phone / Fax 096 43184, email


Onwards  – Launch of Luisne Art Project new exhibition

Luisne Art Project will open a new exhibition at the Cafe in The National Museum of Country Life, Turlough, Co. Mayo on October 2nd 2014 at 11.30pm.

The exhibition titled Onwards is a collection of work made during the year, exploring favourite themes and inspirations. It will be opened by the Cathaoirleach Cllr Damien Ryan.

The Luisne Art Project is a disability arts programme developed for members of The Crann Mor Centre, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo.

Luisne Art Project is supported by Mayo County Council Arts Office and Western Care with administrative support from TACU Family Resource Centre, Ballinrobe.


Ballyhaunis Open Exhibition

This year’s Theme for the exhibition is CREATIONS so we invite you to start making your pieces of work, with that theme in mind. Each person can submit 3 entries and all work is subject to the exhibitions selection process. This year the exhibition dates are Saturday 18th October to Monday 27th. Entry forms will be sent to you in September via email if the exhibition team has your address, but if you know of anyone who would like to enter then ask them to email me at .


COE 2014

It's that time of year again and activity is stepping up a gear as Preparations get under way for the annual Claremorris Open Exhibition. For over 35 years COE has brought the very best in contemporary art to the West of Ireland in an exhibition that has long established itself as one of the premier events on the Irish visual arts calendar.

The event is highly regarded both at home and abroad and over the years has attracted artists from the thirty two counties, the U.K., Europe and as far afield as the United States, Australia and Asia. The event is also renowned for its commitment to the highest of standards with a list of curators that forms a veritable who's who of Irish and U.K contemporary art. Recent curators have included David Thorpe (Director of The Henry Moore Foundation, London), Tom Morton (UK based curator and contributing editor of Frieze magazine), Lizzie Carey-Thomas (Curator of Contemporary Art at Tate Britain) as well as a host of others, many of whom have served on the selection panels for such prestigious events as the Turner Prize, the Liverpool Biennial and the Venice Biennale.

This year's curator is Michelle Cotton. A graduate of English at King’s College London and the History of Art MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, Michelle Cotton has curated over 30 exhibitions and film screenings including projects at Kettles Yard, Cambridge; Tate Britain, Tate Modern, London; Tate St Ives, Whitechapel Gallery, London and Neuer Berliner Kunstverein including solo exhibitions by Michel Auder, Henning Bohl, Wolfgang Breuer, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Paul Sietsema and Stephen Sutcliffe. She has published numerous reviews, essays and articles and is the author of the recently published Design Research Unit 1942 – 72 (Koenig Books, 2011).

Michelle was awarded the Curatorial Bursary at Cubitt, London in 2009. She has been part of the panel for New Acquisitions at LUX (2006–2008) and a Specialist Advisor to the Scottish Arts Council (2006–2010). She is a member of the Acquisitions Committee for the collection at the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims and a selector for the Contemporary Art Society’s Annual Award for Museum’s 2012.

Michelle recently visited Claremorris to select the works that will form COE 2014. It would be difficult to be envious of Michelle's task, with over 200 artists submitting proposals and a standard of work that was as high if not higher than ever. Nevertheless, it was a case of job done as Michelle boarded her flight home having completed the arduous task of making the final selection.

Below is a list of the artists selected to participate in COE 2014.

The exhibition will open on Sep 13 and will be on show in a number of key locations in the town until Oct 4.

More details will follow shortly. In the meantime keep an eye out for updates on

Giddy Biddy – Oughterard, Gabrielle Bishop – Westport, Jenny Brady – Dublin, Jackie Burke – Dunmore, Eleanor Duffin - Dublin, Marie Farrington - Kilcock, Lisa Fingleton – Ballybunion,Michael Gannon - Westport, Robin Jones - Galway, Jo Killalea - Swinford, Miriam McConnon - Lemba, Cyprus, Marielle MacLeman - Galway, Gavin Murphy- Dublin, Padraic O’Hora - Castlebar, Jane Queally – Galway, Bennie Reilly - Dublin, Joe Scullion - Dublin, Ian Wiezcorek - Castlebar.


Liam Lyons Photographic Collection

On Saturday 13 September An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. nlaunched a collection of photographs by renowned Mayo Photographer in Hotel Westport. 

Further information from available from Mayo County Library 094-9047922



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