Dear artists,
Thank you all for your submission for an exhibition in the Courthouse Gallery.
We were delighted with the response to our call, we had over 100 applications and we are evaluating them at present and we will be in touch with you shortly.
Trudi van der Elsen

“Je ne Sais Quoi” – French Evenings

Wednesday 27th March 2013 @ 8 pm

 Our aim is to speak some French (afterwards with a glass of wine) and watch a movie – “”Les Choristes “

  €3 on the door

The new teacher at a severely administered boys’ boarding school works to positively effect the students’ lives through music.

Director: Christophe Barratier

Writers:  Georges ChaperotRené Wheeler5 more credits »

Stars: Gérard JugnotFrançois BerléandJean-Baptiste Maunier |


a talk by Colmán Ó Clabaigh OSB

Tuesday 26th March 2013 at 8pm

Admission €5

VU5M5281Colmán Ó Clabaigh is a Benedictine monk of Glenstal Abbey, Co. Limerick and a specialist in the history of monastic and religious orders in medieval Ireland. His publications include works on medieval Irish Benedictine monks, Franciscan friars, hermits and anchorites, Augustinian Canons, Nuns and the Knights Templars and Hospitallers. His most recent publication, The Friars in Ireland, 1224-1540,was published in April, 2012. He is currently researching a chapter on the Church in Medieval Ireland for inclusion in the forthcoming three-volume Cambridge History of Ireland. His talk ‘Our daily bread: food and drink in medieval Irish monasteries’ will explore the manner in which religious produced and consumed food in late medieval Ireland.


Geography of The Heart, new collage works by Brenda Byrne

15 March – 11 April 2013, Opening reception: Friday 15 March at 8pm

Brenda Byrne is an award winning artist and illustrator, based in North Clare and working as a resident artist at The Courthouse Studios & Gallery.

In this new collection of work Geography of the Heart  Brenda takes her collage work in a new direction as it takes on a more textured and tactile feel through her use of multi -layering fabrics, papers and  threads to create a collection of work that appeals to not just the eye but also to the touch.

Brenda Byrne Liscannor

Geography of the Heart is essentially a “snapshot” into the inner landscape of the artist on any particular day, in any particular moment.
Her work draws heavily on the surrounding landscapes of North Clare and the Burren.
The ever changing coastline, the ebb and flow of the changing tides – yet the work takes on at times an almost abstract feel as she breaks down the outer landscapes into tiny slivers of paper and materials and through connection to her emotional world she creates the feeling of the landscape.

Brenda is also the founder and director of The Ennis Yoga Studio which she established in 2008 to share her love of Yoga and Mindfulness Practices.  And she is a Co-Founder of The Ennis Dance Co-Op. A  Co-Op exploring mindfulness through movement of Dance – and her deep rooted spiritual practices are strongly reflected in this beautiful collection of work.

Mindfulness and being “in the moment” plays a huge role in Brenda’s life. Through her use of language, texture and light – a sense of being “anchored” in a moment is reflected in each of the pieces in this new exhibition. Inner and Outer worlds are connected and reflected in Geography of the Heart.

Brenda holds a degree in Visual Communications and her work is in collections in both Ireland and abroad including The Office of Public Works, Galway, St James Hospital , Dublin and Crumlin Children’s Hospital. Her work has also been published and has featured in Image Interiors, Image Magazine and The Irish Independent & Life Magazine.
Brenda’s work has been published as a range of greeting cards in the UK through M.E.G. Publishing House and she has illustrated for UNICEF, Amnesty and The Crafts Council of Ireland.

The Son of the Man who Saves the World

The Son of the Man Who Saves the World  An exhibition by Jim Ricks and Andrew Salomone

The Son of the Man Who Saves the World
An exhibition by Jim Ricks and Andrew Salomone

an exhibition by Jim Ricks and Andrew Salomone

15 March – 11 April 2013

Opening reception: Friday 15 March at 8pm

The Son of the Man who Saves the World is a two-person exhibition featuring works that playfully engage with notions of authorship, collaboration, derivative work, and pizza by Jim Ricks and Andrew Salomone.

Despite having not worked directly together since 2006, both Jim Ricks and Andrew Salomone have pursued similar art practices after attending the Burren College of Art Masters programme. That is, they both use equal parts humour, approximation, and appropriation to create work and have much in common as artists making their own highly fallible versions of things.

By coincidence, they both applied, separately, to work with the Courthouse Gallery many years ago. About 3 years ago they were both contacted to have a two person show. At that time the Gallery committee were unaware that they knew each other. Both artists were delighted to accept.

They decided to work in tandem to create the exhibition, each expressing his own practice, yet responding to one another. The title is a translation of the sequel to a Turkish film more commonly know as Turkish Star Wars. The film used, without permission, the battle scenes from Star Wars in a completely unrelated way to fit their own narrative, which is not unlike the way that Jim Ricks and Andrew Salomone each make their own work.

Ricks will be producing an idea Salomone came up with in 2006. Andrew has no recollection of this idea. It will be a series of paintings that are reproductions of artwork found in the Simpson’s TV series. This builds off Ricks’ own interest in institutional critique and epistemology. Salomone will be creating works from his studio in Brooklyn, NY and taking into consideration the distance both between himself and the show. Works in development are the latest in a series of conceptualist pizza deliveries, and significantly utilising a hacked knitting machine to create Rubber Bandits wool balaclavas, a custom made jumper to be worn the opening night, and a range of other knitted wears. He will also include video and photo documentation of previous works.

saved the world

Jim Ricks earned his MFA from the National University of Ireland, Galway/Burren College of Art programme and received his BFA from the California College of the Arts. He has exhibited numerous solo and group shows throughout Ireland and internationally. Originally from California, he has lived in Ireland for nearly 8 years and currently has a studio in Temple Bar Gallery & Studios. He has an upcoming solo show at The Hugh Lane Dublin City Gallery.

Originally from Southern California, Andrew Salomone received an MFA from the National University of Ireland and has exhibited throughout the Republic of Ireland. He’s lectured on internet art practice at Parsons the New School for Design and his work has been featured on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ as well as several art and technology websites, including: boing boing, Gizmodo, The Guardian, and Makezine. Andrew currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

Supported by the Clare County Council Arts Office. Special thanks to The Roadside Tavern and Burren Smokehouse.


Dreamtime, Revisited

Ireland | 2012 | 76 mins | B&W + Colour | 16:9

Anú Pictures Presents A Reel Art Film Funded by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon

A Walkabout in Dreamtime Ireland with Poet & Philosopher John Moriarty (1938 – 2007)

A Film By Dónal Ó Céilleachair & Julius Ziz

Music By Peadar Ó Riada

Dreamtime, Revisited is a “walkabout in dreamtime Ireland” inspired by the works of Irish writer, poet and philosopher;John Moriarty (1938–2007)

Dreamtime, Revisited weaves together contemporary and archive material, with excerpts from some of Moriarty’s key talks, in a labyrinthine invocation of what he called his “dream-vision” of Ireland.

Dreamtime, Revisited mirrors Moriarty’s gaze upon the face of contemporary and historical Ireland and explores the spiritual and poetic dimensions of its people and landscape. It weaves a rich tapestry of sound (with music from legendary Cúil Aodha musician and composer, Peadar Ó Riada) and image with a kaleidoscopic trove of archival sequences (unearthed in the IFI Irish Film Archive) complementing the contemporary landscape footage.

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Coffee Morning – Thursday 7th March at 11am in the Gallery, in aid of Pemba Island

Clare Adult Basic Education Service, Clare VEC present a Coffee Morning in aid of Pemba Island

We are delighted to have FrMathias Ng’oja from Pemba Island as a guest speaker at the coffee morning.

Please come along, have a cuppa and support the charity ‘Pemba Support’ which helps the people and projects on the island.”