What's On

Friday 6 - Saturday 28 November, free of charge

Between You, Me & The Wall…

An Exhibition of photography by John Kelly

Celebrating 25 years at The Clare Champion newspaper, glór and The Clare Champion are showing a selection of staff photographer John Kelly's work.

Working out of the west of Ireland, John Kelly is an evocative and original multi award-winning photographer. As staff photographer with The Clare Champion he has chronicled the life of Clare over the past two decades; his unique photographs scratch beneath the surface of everyday activity within the county.

John’s photographs have appeared in many publications and his work backboned the acclaimed publication, The Scattering. For this project, John travelled to England, Belgium, Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea to record the story of those who left Clare for further fields.

Opening on Friday 6 November.

Hear John, in conversation with Ciana Campbell, talk about his iconic images, with all funds going to the RNLI.  More info. here.

Monday 7 December - Thursday 21 January, 10am to 5pm daily, Free of charge

30 Years, Artists, Places

Curated by Muireann Ni Chonaill, Laois Arts Officer

One of the most significant exhibitions of Irish artists in recent years will be launched in glór this December ahead of an extensive nationwide tour. The exhibition marks 30 years since Local Authorities embarked on providing for the arts locally, featuring 30 artists and 30 places, (Clare being the first county to appoint an arts officer in 1985).

This is a must see, not just for the extraordinary line up of Irish artists who rarely find themselves curated into one room, but for the stories of how they each came to be purchased, commissioned or acquired by local authorities, therein lies the real narrative; the quiet, genuine and imaginative support for Irish artists demonstrated by our local government for the past 30 years. Featuring renowned artists such as Tony O’Malley, Alice Maher, Robert Ballagh, John Kindness, Norah McGuiness, Sean McSweeney, Sean Lynch and John Shinnors, Clare is represented by a work by Theo McNab, purchased in 1983.

The exhibition will tour nationally well into 2017.

Saturday 9 January (family tour), Thursday 14 & Thursday 21 January (school groups), 11am - 12.30pm, free of charge

Magic Box Visual Art Workshops and Guided tours

for families & school groups

The spring programme will see a monthly children’s experimental visual arts workshop take place in our gallery.  Children, from senior infants to third class, will visit the gallery once a month, commencing in January, and will be invited to experiment and use their imaginations.

With the gallery programme as the context, children’s workshops will be playful sessions which will be a creatively challenging exploration into visual art practices for primary school age children. 

Magic Box will be facilitated by glór artist’s team, will vary from month to month as our exhibitions move in and out of the gallery.

Please note that booking is essential for these sessions.

From Friday 4 March,

Picture This

in association with Ennis Book Club Festival and Poetry Ireland

Launched during the Ennis Book Club Festival on Friday 4th March.

This spring sees glór generate Picture This, a print exhibition working with studios in Cork, Dublin, Limerick and Galway.

Children from 4th to 6th classes in local primary schools will work with both our poet, (Pete Mullineaux), and artist in residence at glór, to create their own pictures and poems.  Expect to see lots of colour and provocative images which will trigger the imagination and set the stage for an exploration of the world of poetry. Our artist in residence and poet in residence will visit local primary schools over a six week period generating the Clare Children's Book Project which will be shown in the glór gallery later in 2016.  Watch this space!

Pete Mullineaux lives in Galway. He is widely published, and has written three poetry collections.  Three plays have been produced by RTÉ radio and he has worked with several arts and education organisations. He is a mentor on Poetry Ireland’s writers in schools scheme and has also worked extensively on their Development Education through Literature project.