The Hyde Bridge gallery is delighted to announce the opening of the solo exhibition An Dáil Cleite / The Feather Assembly by Matthew Gammon Artist opening 1pm next Saturday 10th September.
The exhibition will be launched by well-known photo-journalist, Brian Farrell.
“The exhibition An Dáil Cleite / The Feather Assembly consists of 30 prints created over the last year and represent my recent studies of the beauty and character of our most commonplace neighbours, the members of the crow family (specifically Rooks and Jackdaws) found in counties Roscommon and Sligo. Core to my artistic vision is my desire to bring to the forefront the often ignored beauty of the most commonplace things that surround our everyday lives.
For this project I have stepped away from my usual subject matter of architecture and landscapes to focus on the domestic wildlife that we live beside all our lives. Like many other people the Covid lockdowns and restrictions provided me with the opportunity to explore my locale, and with fewer people and much less traffic my awareness and appreciation of the wildlife that lives on our very doorsteps was awakened.”
The inspiration for the project came from a commission that Gammon undertook for the vocal group, M’ANAM in 2019 to create an image for their debut album. With the deeply spiritual nature of the music, he decided that the work needed an image of an animal both mystical and everyday to reflect this aspect of the music. Following many days of photographing the crows of Strandhill, the piece Hrafnaguõ was created, and Gammon’s creative interest in crows was ignited.
The title of the exhibition is taken from the Seán Mac Fheorais poem, Cága.
The exhibited works will be accompanied by a piece written by arts writer, Marian Lovett.
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“Plate Finds” is an exhibition by Sligo artist Alison Hunter. These new works are a continuation of Alison’s explorations of found broken tableware. Works are of cultural significance which displays respect for our heritage. Everything is interlaced and related by materials used, form, and/or story. Life has been reinstilled into old broken tableware by creating a new function for the piece as art. Felted wool is used to replace the missing parts. Working with wool felt the pieces are given a softness and contrast well with the coolness and smooth texture of the original plate. The old and new parts are easily distinguishable.
“If something is broken or damaged I don’t think its life is over, maybe its original function can not be used anymore but a new purpose as an art piece to be admired can be achieved. In this way, old memories are preserved and it lives on to create new memories.”
Pattern elements have been taken out of context, exaggerated, and displayed in new ways. Early Delft style tiles featuring Irish fauna have been reimagined in wool felt. Alison has used broken plate fragments/chaneys which she has found in ploughed fields and arranged these in a way in which together is more. The exhibition also explores popular pattern designs and allows us to pause and look while we remember memories and people through plates and ceramics.
The Hyde Bridge Gallery is delighted to collaborate with Graphic Studio Dublin to celebrate 60 years. The Exhibition opens Friday September 4th at 5.30pm. Social distancing will be in place. Face masks must be worn.
Sixty years ago, in 1960, in response to the lack of Fine-Art-Print making and teaching facilities in Ireland, five visionaries founded Graphic Studio Dublin.
At this point of The Studio’s Diamond Jubilee, it’s time to celebrate!
Back in 1960, the artists Elizabeth Rivers, Anne Yeats, Pat Hickey and Leslie McWeeney and the Fine Art Editions publisher and founder of Dolmen Press Liam Miller, could not have foreseen the long-term effect their endeavours would have on the Irish Art scene. With an artist-led ethos since its inception, Graphic Studio Dublin has protected the traditional skills of etching, stone lithography, wood and linocutting and now embraces contemporary techniques of photo-intaglio and screenprinting.
Hundreds of artists have passed through the doors of the Studio, from the first basement premises in Lower Mount Street, through its long and productive sojourn in Green Street East in Dublin’s Docklands to its present home in a spacious four storey former brewery on the North Circular Road. Many of its artists have gone on to spread the skills of printmaking by founding new studios, in a manner which would have pleased the original five founders.
Graphic Studio Dublin is delighted to present the work of its current membership in an exhibition showcasing a broad selection of the best of Irish Fine Art Printmaking with something to please everyone as the Studio forges ahead into the coming decades. Runs Friday September 4th- Tuesday 29th.
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‘and….Other Things’ by Anna Spearman runs from August 19-September 1st.
This work has emerged out of my ongoing studio practice which has at its heart an investigation of materials and processes, and which is driven by a fascination with the material and visual world that I interact with on a daily basis. Access to the gallery in the run up to the exhibition allowed me to make work in and for this space and to continue my exploration of how objects (in particular sculptural objects) impact on the space around them.
Anna Spearman is a visual artist based in Sligo and currently working from a studio at The Model. With a background in Arts and Community development she returned to college in 2001 to study Fine Art in IT Sligo and continued with an MA in Fine Art: Contemporary Practice at Falmouth University graduating in 2011.
Anna combines a studio practice with her interest in socially engaged and collaborative work. Recents projects include Sligo Global Kitchen (initiated inn 2015), Electric Irish Homes Textile Project at the National Museum, Museum of Country Life and an ongoing collaboration with KCAT art and study centre through it’s Engagement Project. She also works as a Creative Associate for the Arts Council’s Creative Schools programme.
Creative Ireland (Sligo) funding for a residency in Sligo IT 2018
Model Cara residency award 2018
Leitrim Sculpture Centre’s North West Open award 2017
Arts Council’s Travel and Training Award 2016
Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme 2015
Sandra Blow Award (University College Falmouth) 2011
The Governing Body Medal (Sligo IT) 2007
Generously supported by the Hyde Bridge Gallery and Sligo Arts Service
For further information contact Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org
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“The State of Us” Exhibition opens March 13th featuring work by Áine Doherty, Matthew Singleton, Laney Mannion, Lorna Murphy, Michelle Hoey and Marc Craddock.
Curated by Áine Doherty and Marc Craddock.
The Digital age, has brought with it an increasingly accelerated pace of life. Some inventions that were intended to make life easier, have instead, robbed us of our free time. Social media, has brought about a revolution in the way in which we disclose personal information about ourselves. Only some decades ago, diaries which harboured our inner thoughts, dreams and reflections on life were things to be cherished; kept secret. As ‘free time’ becomes ever more of a rarity, I wonder is there still space for children to wonder, plan and dream.
Using images from online selling site Facebook Market place as a starting point for painting, my current project our relationship with social media and highlights a lost sense of virtue in the digital age.
With anxiety and depression, overthinking is like a crushing wave of hands pulling and pushing you down.
Your head gets pulled into such a negative frame of mind that refuses to see clearly. The hand that pushes your chest puts emotional strain on the one thing that lets you feel every second of self-doubt, causing a struggle to breath.
All the hands that grip, the hands, the legs, the thighs pull you down to have a lack of motivation to do anything about it, which makes you feel like you can’t get over it as you cannot pull yourself out.
Laney Mannion is a multidisciplinary artist based in Connemara.
Completing her Masters, in Social Practice and the Creative Environment in Limerick College of Art and Design in 2019.
Her creative practice considers both public and private narratives focusing predominantly on social injustice.
Research to date delves into sociolinguistics of contemporary political debates in the Irish landscape.
In her finished pieces she circumnavigates the weighted subject matter with absurdist humour. Considering the cosmic as consolation in order to deal with subjects too difficult to deal with head on.
Lorna Murphy is a Ceramic Sculptor and Alt photographer living in Galway City.
Lorna completed her Honours Degree in Fine Art at the Centre of Creative Arts and Media at GMIT, where she specialized in Ceramics.
Murphy’s work explores hybrids of Organic Forms and the Human Psyche. Often dealing with the themes of Ritual, Desire and Decay.
Since graduating her work “ The Heart of the Matter” has been included in the Gyeonngi International in South Korea.
Michelle Hoey is a Photographer and Printmaker from the Gaeltacht of Donegal.
Since graduating with her Bachelors in Contemporary Art in Galway, she now spends most of her time perfecting her latte art in a quaint coffee shop in the heart of the city.
She is inspired by issues that surround us in everyday life, such as homelessness and political issues.
Her work here delves into the problem of dereliction and homelessness in Ireland, with hundreds of houses, hotels and other buildings laying empty throughout our State.
Queer art has had a profound effect upon me after writing my thesis and I bring this element into my practice. This evolution series is a reflection my own evolution into becoming an artist that deals with queer sensibilities.
Inspired by some of my favourite artists, René Magritte and Gilbert and George, I also use my image as the study of my work. My art is an examination of the male figure with undertones of modern masculinity, sexuality and celebration of getting older.
The Theatre of the absurd is a way of seeing my work due to the use of fun, colour and celebrating life with humour.
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The Living, The Dead & I: Old Work and New Configurations
The interplay between human, rectilinear constructs and curvilinear organic forms are of interest to me. Dendrite patterns are particularly captivating – they can be seen from the microcosmic structures of the brain to those of the macrocosm such as trees and river basins. Contrasts of scale also fascinate me – I have left a magnifier in one of the rooms to aid the viewing of some of the smaller works there.
The egg form is useful in the exploration of my interest in themes of the interior / exterior and our potentiality vis-à-vis the social, economic and political strictures imposed upon us as we grow out into the world.
There are many portraits and self-portraits here including those of deceased family and friends. When not creating them for commissions, I find the portrait / self-portrait a utile genre for expressing my concerns. Incorporating recognised signs while developing my own iconography, I try to present my views without falling into crude agitprop. Some humour helps in this regard.
Some exhibits in the smallest of the three rooms, will be subject to duplication, substitution, lighting changes and new configurations throughout the duration of the exhibition.
About The Artist:
Of Irish parentage, born and raised in London, I came to live in Sligo in 1990.
Most of my professional art output has been commissioned work for portraiture. As such, little of my work has been seen in a public space. However, as a muralist in London I produced paintings which are on public display to this day.
My exhibition experience is as follows:
A solo exhibition at The Book Cube Gallery, Rathmines, Dublin in January 2008.
A group exhibition in 2010 at The Trades Club, Sligo.
Two Rún group exhibitions, Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo, 2018 and 2019.
My academic art achievements include: BA (Hons.) Degree in Fine Art from IT Sligo awarded in 2007. In 1981 I received a bursary from Barnet Education Authority (North London) to attend the Académie Internationale D’Été De Nice in France where I studied painting.
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