ART CONNECT & QR code of the Courthouse Gallery and Studios

The iPhone/ipad/ipod version of the app is now available to download for free from iTunes. Here is the link

The Android app should be live by the end of next month.

A free to download app, available to everyone with an iPhone, or iPod that lets you know all the news from the Visual Artists in Ireland. Designed with Visual Artists, Arts Organisations, Local Authorities, Curators, Cultural practitioners, and the Irish Public in mind, this app lets you know whats going on all around the island of Ireland and internationally for practising visual artists and organisations.
The idea for the application was devised during the planning for a professional development programme for artists called ART CONNECT. Art Connect was developed in partnership with the Mayo Arts Office Public Art Co-ordinator, Gaynor Seville and artist Aideen Barry who was employed to help devise this series of initiatives. The project was further developed in partnership with Visual Artists Ireland. You can download the app here:

The new QR code of the Courthouse Gallery and Studios:

WEST CORK the premiere of a short film


Friday 18th May at 8.00 pm

Free event

The poem West Cork – Gobnaits’ Bed ; Rag Tree ; Holy Well  by the late Seán Dunne is a remarkable homage to an idiosyncratic form of public worship which is still practised in Irelandtoday – the veneration of holy wells, rag trees and curiously-shaped stones. The poem is set in the magical St Gobnait’s monastic site in Ballyvourney in Cork – a great magnet for pilgrims right down to the present day. St Gobnait is the patron saint of bees.
The poet Seán Dunne is a sorely lamented voice of Irish poetry. His premature death in 1995 was a major shock in the Irish literary world. Brendan Kennelly said of him “Dunne constantly pitted his own values against the pain, suffering, violence and futility of the world. And his values are strong, perhaps lasting ones”

Three North Clare based people came together this spring to make a short 5 minute film version of the poem.

 Carles Casasin of Ballyvaughan filmed and edited ; Mick O’Riordan of Doolin provided voice and original soundtrack whilst Tony Kirby of Kilnaboy produced.

There will be a fine cast of North Clare voices on hand on the evening to enrich the event with song, music and thoughts. M.C. on the evening will be John Morgan (Kilfenora) and guests will include Fr Denis Crosby (Liscannor), Phil Gaston (Kilnaboy) and Susan Daly (Doolin) 
The event coincides with Ennistymon’s first ever Dylan Thomas Literary Festival which takes place over the same weekend. All are welcome for what promises to be a memorable evening. More information 
065 707 1630.

Liens An exhibition of new work by Finola Graham and Pauline Turmel

11 th May – 7th June
Official opening 11th May at 8 pm by Siobhan Mulcahy

Liens (ties, bonds, connections) is an evolution of the work done by the French
artist Pauline Turmel and the Irish artist Finola Graham for their exhibition Cross-Currents in the ‘Centre Culturel Irlandais’Paris in 2011.

The Paris exhibition was the result of a process of exchange of ideas and of place

that took place over a period of three years, between the two artists of different worlds, nationalities and generations.   

Every three months from 2007 to 2010  Turmel came to Co. Clare to work in Graham’s studio and the surounding area, while Graham went to Paris and worked in Turmel’s studio there.

 Finola Graham

While working for our last exhibition in the ‘CCI’ in 2011, I was spending time in an area of paris where, as a student in the 1960’s,  I had lived one of the most intense and formative periods of my life. This brought up a map of submerged memory and layers upon layers of feelings (See image  Lariboissière).  This sense of a mapped history dictated what was for me a new approach to my work.  I started to use fine ink lines and nikawa glue paint   for a very sparse intense use of colour.  Since the Paris exhibition I have continued to work this way using  different textures of paper with prints, paint and  inks. The works in this exhibition combine some of the Paris  works with my recent works.

Pauline Turmel

Pendant que je travaillait pour notre Exposition dans le Centre Culturel Irlandais à Paris 2007/2011 j’ai passé De veritable periods d’immersion dans le quartier de Clare entre Fanore et Ennistymon.

J’ai eu beaucoup des contacts, facilité par le ‘courtyard gallery’

Je suis rentrée en contact et je suis allée à la rencontre de nombreuses

Personnes.c’est de ses expériences que nait les oeuvres qui font partie de cette exposition

Don’t be frightened, it’s just Quantum Logic – an exhibition by Barry Foley

C.G.I (computer generated imagery) watercolour & ink

11 May – 7 June 2012

Official opening Friday 11th May at 8 pm by Siobhan Mulcahy

Barry Foley is a native of Tipperarytown but is now based in the Burren, Co Clare. In this exhibition Barry explores intriguing questions about science and scientific exploration.

“Not since Victorian times science and scientific exploration have captured the public’s attention, nor has it been more controversial. The world is at a juncture; Global Warming, Economic and Cultural disaffection. Has scientific evolution contributed to the situation we now find ourselves in? Can science bridge these gaps and aid in the solution to such problems?”

The Victorians were impressed by science and progress, and felt that they could improve society through discovery in the very same way they were advancing society through technology. Is it possible that our outlook on life and the world can be changed by looking back? Back to a time when science was met with romanticism and wondrous excitement? Can a more nostalgic perspective open a door to an accessible modern relationship with science?

An inspiration for his work is Charles Quartermaine a scientist, explorer and artist. He received his Doctorate in Quantum Anthropology from Harvard in 2008 and is best known for the discovery of the Higgs Boson Field, which not only confirmed the multi-verse space time theory but opened the door (literally) to inter-dimensional travel. “His work deals with current research in Cosmology and Quantum Physics, and is trying to reveal the very essence of our world. To challenge what we think we know to be true. Influenced by Victorian Plate Photography and the era itself Charles displays his work believing that we all possess this sense of shared history”

Barry received his Degree in Sculpture from the Crawford College of Art and Design, Corkin 2004, he had numerous shows before gaining a Masters Degree in Fine Art (Virtual Realities) from the National College of Art and Design. He has taken part in numerous exhibitions and has works in Private Collections both in Irelandand Europe.