‘Luxury Goods’ a mixed media installation by Sue Morris & ‘Ennistymon; Place and Space’ – An exhibition of paintings by Tracy Fitzgerald


‘Luxury Goods’ a mixed media installation by Sue Morris

Official opening Friday 2nd May at 8 pm

Show runs until 29th May

Sue Morris, Luxury goods

 ‘Luxury Goods’ is a mixed media installation comprising of floor and wall pieces using familiar household materials and ephemera in alternative mise-en-scenes. In this new body of work, Morris inverts notions of domestic necessity and luxury in the context of the public rhetoric of austerity.

Sue Morris is a contemporary visual artist from London and has practised in Ireland since 1992.  She has exhibited in Ireland, the UK, the USA and, most recently, in Vienna as part of the International Cultural Programme for Ireland’s Presidency of the EU.



Ennistymon; Place and Space –

An exhibition of paintings by Tracy Fitzgerald

 Garage, Fitzgerald, 1014, oil on board 21 x 21cm

The theme of the exhibition is Ennistymon; Place and Space. Fitzgerald has been stalking Ennistymon for a while now in preparation. She has been gathering images from the Internet, visiting Ennistymon and chatting with locals to gain inspiration to translate into paintings.

Fitzgerald’s interest is in those quieter, often uncelebrated spaces, which, while small and utterly un-famous, sit at the heart of our personal realities. These, she may balance against aspirational images and monumental architecture. See a playground, a kitchen, a scrap of floral fabric… She brings warmth and humanity to her paintings, and they invite us to come in, stay a while, and leave refreshed and somehow enriched by the experience.

What the artist says: “My focus is on the contradictions in everyday life: boom and bust, aspirational and actual, place and non-place, public and private.”

“Text courtesy of Artfetch.com


Salmon launches debut collection by Jean Kavanagh at Courthouse on Monday April 28th at 7 pm.

Salmon Poetry celebrates the publication of Jean Kavanagh’s debut collection of poetry, Other Places, at the Courthouse Gallery on Monday 28th April at 7pm.  Before her recent move to Oslo in Norway, Jean lived in Clare for many years.  “Other Places” moves between diverse but not incidental locations: Dublin, Clare, Oslo and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Kavanagh is not a nomad in the sense of someone wandering aimlessly, but nomadic as in following a fixed pattern of movement. The places the poet calls home are realized through a chorus of landmarks: personal bonds, memories, photographs and folklore, where magic exists, and where the encounters with others are as important as the landscapes. There are some things we cannot do alone. This is a book about belonging.
Jean studied Irish Folklore and English Literature in UCD, Dublin. She has been short-listed twice, in 2010 and 2011, for Galway’s Over The Edge New Writer of the Year, and in 2012 was short-listed for the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award. Her work has been published in journals, showcase anthologies for the Galway Arts Centre, and in Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology (Salmon Poetry, 2011).
All are welcome to attend the launch at which Jean will read from the collection.  We look forward to seeing you there.
Enquiries: The Salmon Bookshop, Parliament Street, Ennistymon.  Tel: 065-7071856

kavanagh_jean otherplaces

Shared Studio available for rent from 1 February 2016

This studio is shared with one other artist. There are three other studios in the complex.

The studios offer north facing skylights, architect designed lighting system, broadband, adjustable heating system and 24 hour access to building.

Rent is €80 a month, which includes electricity, heating and broadband. 

Please contact the gallery (065) 7071630
or email – info@thecourthousegallery.com

SOURCE – FETAC art exhibition. Official Opening by Siobhán Mulcahy on Thursday 10th April at 7pm

SOURCE – FETAC art exhibition from 10 April – 24 April

FETAC 2014 poster
The Ennistymon Vocational School Exhibition (FETAC Level 5 & 6) will be running from April 10th to April 24th. The exhibition sheds light on the creative processes of the current students. The variety and exploration of the media and subject matter is explored through Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture and Installations. These unite to make an exciting body of work.