What's On

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.

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 followed by our meeting at 11.30am

On Friday 2 June we welcome Slavek Kwi (sound artist) 

Slavek Kwi is a Czech born artist based in Clare. He began working in visual art and become increasingly interested in sound and/in space. He has used natural acoustics, found sound, recorded sound and computer generated sound structures. He has had numerous exhibitions and performances throughout Europe and Northern America. He has produced many albums including Strategy & Freedom of Coincidence (Corrosive Tapes 1991), Artificial Memory Trace (Gruenrekorder 2011) and most recently Slavek Kwi & Tony Whitehead - Looking For Connections (Very Quiet Records 2016). Slavek will discuss his work and life, from behind the Iron Curtain to becoming an international recording and performing artist.

Join us also on Friday 7 July when we welcome Dominic Stevens (architect).

Friday 9 June - Saturday 29 July, 10am - 5pm daily, free of charge

Thread Song

An Exhibition of Textiles by members of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland

Thread Song commemorates the life and work of Nobel Prize-winning poet, William Butler Yeats, one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature.

Work in Thread Song has been made in response to the life and/or poetry of W.B. Yeats. Yeats was greatly inspired by the Irish landscape, as is evident in his work. The artists were asked to respond to The Song of Wandering Aengus. This poem, which first appeared in 1899 in a collection of over 30 poems entitled The Wind Among the Reeds is a wonderful example of the rich visual and textural possibilities of Yeats’ poetry. The collection was published at a time of cultural innovation in Europe when writers and musicians were becoming more aware of the traditional oral culture of their native lands, helping to further develop and drive the cultural innovation in Europe.

Work in this exhibition is a celebration of Ireland, through the prism of one of its most renowned literary icons. Featured artists include Frances Crowe, Patricia Cox, Frances Leach and Lesley Stothers.

The exhibition will be accompanied by textile workshops. Details coming shortly - please visit www.glor.ie for information.

Friday 7 July, 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 followed by our meeting at 11.30am.

On Friday 7 July we welcome Dominic Stevens (architect).

Dominic Stevens is an award winning architect who has focused on cutting edge contemporary architecture projects in the Irish landscape. His work has been recognised internationally and he represented Ireland at the 2006 Venice Biennale of Architecture with his project FluidCity proposing a new vibrant rural/urban city along the length of the Shannon river. In Clare he recently completed a new Coastguard Station for the Department of Transport in Doolin in County Clare, at the foot of the Cliffs of Moher. For TARR Dominic will talk about his recent and upcoming projects.

Saturday 8 July, 12pm - 5pm, Free of charge

Game Over by Ana Colomer

as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival 2017

Game Over is an interactive art installation by Ana Colomer and Coder Dojo Ennis.

It is a game at development stage that invites the player to become part of the so called refugee crisis, trying to survive a journey with multiple obstacles and levels. The player starts in Aleppo, where it’s raining bombs, goes through a raging sea, runs from police with batons along a barbed wire fence, and navigates obstacles.  Chances of survival are minimal.

Friday 4 August to Saturday 30 September, 10am - 5pm daily, free of charge

The Wild Atlantic Way

An Exhibition of New Work by Dympna Bonfield

The Wild Atlantic Way exhibition takes the viewer on a wonderful, winding road of seashores, surf and sea-swells, of soft bog cotton, of furze, of stony Burren, of childhood, of sand, of home, of friends, of solitude.

Dympna Bonfield’s work evolves from waiting, contemplating, and when the right moment arrives, unleashing colour and movement onto the canvas. The canvas, thick or thin with paint, makes colour blocks melt, prisms explode, swirls converge, reds-blues-purples – all hues submerge.  To meet Dympna’s work is to encounter freedom, spirit and space – her works silently speak volumes, butterfly netting moments of life. In essence, moving through this exhibition, along its Atlantic way, allows us a meditation on life’s moments encapsulated.

Dympna Bonfield is an Irish artist who exhibits work both nationally and internationally. After spending many years living and working in Dublin she returned west, to her native County Clare. She qualified as an art teacher at the National College of Art in Dublin and began exhibiting in Dublin. Some years ago she undertook further training at Goldsmiths College, London University, where she qualified as an art psychotherapist. She has since designed and facilitated a course for psychotherapists enabling them to use art in their work with adults and children.