What's On

Friday 3 March - Saturday 1 April , 10am to 5pm, free of charge

CRUX: A Dialogue in Metal

Gunvor Anhøj, Michael Calnan, Moss Gaynor, John Hogan, Jane Murtagh.

The essence of these five artists’ work concerns the movement of metal and the story it evokes.  CRUX will illustrate the diversity of metal and will showcase its myriad possibilities - from the delicate tracery of Jane Murtagh’s work, to the solid architectural forms of Moss Gaynor, to the subtle lines and sensual curves of Michael Calnan’s, John Hogan and Gunver Anhøj ‘s work.

The artists’ ideas and stories are inspired and visualised through a combination of interests in the natural world and the world of architecture and industrial design. From large scale welded metal constructions to delicate, highly finished objects - the works portray the material and the makers behind it, and this unique exhibition will reveal their stories through the dynamism of metal using a combination of contemporary practices and ancient techniques.

A Guided Tour of the Exhibition and Artists’ Talk, facilitated by John Tynan of The Crafts Council of Ireland will take place on Saturday 4 March at 11.45am.
Free of charge and all welcome.

Friday 7 – Saturday 29 April, 10am - 5pm, Free of charge

The Fertile Rock by Noreen Ramsay

The Fertile Rock is a mixed media exhibition of ceramic and glass exploring aspects of the Burren landscape and the nature of its limestone rock.

Using porcelain, fired and enamelled glass and light in a variety of combinations, Ramsay conveys the paradoxical life giving nature of limestone rock. The finished works hang or stand quietly, drawing the viewer into a serene, spiritual world, each holding its own story relating to stone, trees, gateways, the passage of time, the passage of life. Using the fragility and transparency of her materials she creates contemplative work that quietly draws the viewer into a reflective space. 

Noreen Ramsay, a graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design in 2001, is a ceramic and glass artist living and working in Co. Clare. Working from her own studio she exhibits regularly both locally and nationally.

Friday 7 April, Friday 5 May & Friday 2 June, 11am, free of charge

The First Friday Series curated by Áine Phillips

in association with Clare Arts Office and The Artists' Resource Room

The Artists' Resource Room is a visual artist-led community group providing a space for artistic dialogue in Co. Clare in the form of regular meetings, presentations, artist film screenings and debates.

Áine Phillips is a visual artist based in Ennis and is Head of Sculpture at Burren College of Art. She has exhibited and performed her work widely in Ireland and internationally.

Join us for tea/coffee in the Spás at glór at 11am on Friday 7 April, Friday 5 May & Friday 2 June followed by our meeting at 11.30am

Friday 7 April: Conor McGrady
Conor McGrady is an artist and Dean of Academic Affairs at Burren College of Art. He has exhibited internationally, with one-person exhibitions in New York, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago and Zagreb. Group exhibitions include the 2002 Whitney Biennial in New York, The Jerusalem Show VII: Fractures (Qalandiya International Biennial), D-0 Ark Underground Biennale of Contemporary Art, Sarajevo-Konjic, and IK-00 Spaces of Confinement in Venice. Editor of Radical History Review’s Curated Spaces, his writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Ruminations on Violence (Waveland Press, 2007) State of Emergence (Plottner Verlag, 2011), State in Time (Drustvo NSK Informativni Center, Ljubljana, 2012), Manchevski Monograph (Ars Lamina, Macedonia, 2015) and The Design of Frontier Spaces (Ashgate/Routledge, 2015).

For his presentation A view from the Enclosure, he will discuss his recent drawings and works on paper that examine the relationship between ideology and social control.

Friday 5 May:  Mary Nunan

Friday 2 June: TBC

Wednesday 3 – Saturday 27 May, 10am - 5pm, Free of charge

Embrace Exhibition

The annual Embrace exhibition highlights the artistic achievements of people with disabilities participating in the Embrace programme run by the Arts Office of Clare County Council.

Over 30 groups in 2017 are working with professional artists across numerous artforms which include film, painting, ceramics, textiles and sculpture. Be prepared to be amazed and astounded by the dazzling display on show in the gallery space, an explosion of colour and creativity.