ELEMENTAL DIALOGUE a multi-disciplinary exhibition by Jane Seymour, Vivienne Bogan, Nicola Henley & Kathryna Cuschieri

From June 6 – July 3

Official opening Friday 6th June at 8 pm

There is an intrinsic harmony which unites to works of Jane Seymour, Vivienne Bogan, Nicola Henley, and Kathryna Cuschieri, four artists living and working in East Clare. The huge skies, the rugged terrain and the seas energy informs much of their art but for each this physical experience is just the infrastructure on which they explore the deeper, often profound and spiritual dimensions of self.

They have worked together on various arts projects in the area over the past seven years. They share a deep rapport and understanding of each other’s work. Together they are exploring the dynamics of the four elements, earth, air, fire, and water, aspects which much inform their art already.

Jane Seymour

Clay from the earth, shaped with water, dried in air and given to fire, the combined elements which Jane Seymour relies on for the creation and completion of her large ceramic vessels. The crows which congregate in places along the sea are currently the inspiration for her work at the moment as is her ongoing interest in the human form

Her large ceramic bowls and free standing forms are her canvases on which she etches and paints figures and birds, using oxides. These are fired a number of times, each piece sanded and worked on between each firing. Her smoke-fired vessels are often wrapped in seaweed to allow the minerals and salt to effect the smoke patterns previously created.

Jane’s work has been exhibited widely in major exhibitions both in Ireland and the UK. She grew up on the marshlands of Suffolk and the hills of West Wales. She has been living in East Clare since 1994 where she has her ceramic studio.

Vivienne Bogan

It is the deep, embracing, and passionate nature of Mother Earth,,matter,,clay and its multitudes of colours, textures and energies that informs the recent works of Vivienne Bogan. Moving away from her explorations of flight and man’s desire to fly she is revisiting her interest in the connection between the raw basic nature of the earth we depend on, human emotions and our inner being.

Working mostly with paints, pastels, inks, etc. on paper, Vivienne’s paintings also examines ‘    Matter ‘, a substance that produces something else’, the bringer of life. She explores the soft, pliant and impressionable nature of the Matrix, living and surviving in a universe of rock and fire. Much as the human body does, both originators and store houses of the emotions

Vivienne is a graduate of the Limerick College of Art, the city she is originally from. She has traveled extensively returning some years ago to live in East Clare where she has her studio. Her work has been exhibited in many solo and group shows both here in Ireland and abroad and are included in   major national collections

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Inspired by the forces of nature and the elements Nicola Henley’s particular interest is birds, their freedom of movement and how they interact with the landscape. She is also greatly drawn to the huge energy of the ever changing sea and the sky. She aims to draw our attention to the delicate balance of nature and the interdependence and connections between us and our environment

Her works on textiles are made by the combining of dying, painting and screen printing on cotton calico and texturing the surface by stitching and other methods.                                                                                                                                                                               Drawing from nature is important to her process of catching the essence of birds in their natural environment and then transferring these images to fabrics back in her studio

A graduate of Goldsmith College, London, Nicola has exhibited widely here, in the UK, Japan Australia and the USA. Born in Bristol she moved to East Clare in 1991.

Her recent works have been influenced by her regular visits to Australia where the light, colours, sounds and smells are so vibrant in contrast to the subtlety of her East Clare environs.

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Kathryna Cuschieri work draws it inspiration from the elemental nature of our lives and how this informs our dreamscapes which in turn effects the quality of our daily experiences. Perceiving the world from the view point of each elements energetic quality allows for the dialogue that enhances, inspires and expresses itself in her work.

At this time she is delving deeply into the nourishing and enlightening qualities and aspects of fire – Luminosity. From the physical handling of glass at seriously high temperatures in her kiln to the study of ravens as symbols of luminous knowledge and wisdom.

Kathryna was born in Malta, moved to England in 1976 and then to Ireland in 1993. She has had several exhibitions, solo and collectively, both here and in the UK.

She is currently working on a major commission for Clare County Council, creating a steel and glass installation for the Revenue Offices in Ennis.

Permission Granted – an exhibition of drawings by Marje O’Brien

From June 6 – July 3, 2014 

Official opening Friday 6th June at 8 pm              

DSC04912  Marje O’Brien’s work is a cohesive body of drawings in which she attempts to describe emotions familiar to us all. Marje says:“It’s imagery has evolved over many years though it has remained consistent. The form is one of two beginnings with a body between them. The beginnings represent individuals and the body is their relationship. We all need relationships, what occurs between the two beginnings are visual metaphors for what we experience in life. The joy and sorrow, ebb and flow, balance and fragility of emotion is my inspiration


I returned to drawing as my primary method of art making in response to a huge studio space. There, the sensuality of drawing on newsprint (something which every art student tries to move beyond as quickly as possible) overwhelmed me.

Newsprint is generous and forgiving, but demands respect for its fragility. It has a major input into my work from the first mark I make.  It’s potential to continue to develop and interfere with my drawing long after I have reached completion affects me deeply, much as a past relationship leaves its mark or stains on each one of us.  The high acid content of the paper causes it to ripen as it ages.  It can be controlled, if treated -as a precocious child or a precious unstable watercolour painting, but that would defeat the purpose of my making the drawing.

The fragile unstable nature of newsprint speaks loudly for me about a fickle transitory emotion, one of love or heart aching sadness.”   DSC04907

Tom Portman at Ennistymon Court House Gallery, Friday 30th May at 8pm

Gifted Galway Guitarist, Dobro player and songwriter Tom Portman is coming to the Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery. 

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He’ll be playing music from his 3 solo albums including his latest release ‘Float Your Blues Away’ (2013) which combines original Blues with some distinctive instrumental compositions. He’ll also be debuting some as yet unreleased compositions for a new album due out later this year.

Over the past decade Tom Portman has simultaneously cultivated a thriving solo career playing a blend of blues, contemporary, traditional and eastern tinged original music whilst being a staple and session musician in a number prominent Irish original music bands.

Both his musicianship and music are becoming renowned in Ireland and abroad. The last few years saw him tour India, Poland, Ireland, and France – playing with a plethora of acts, in tandem with his own captivating shows.

A must for lovers of the guitar, Dobro and the Blues.

Tickets €10, €5 conc.

Happiness Week at The Courthouse From Monday 19th May until Friday 23rd May

Happiness Week at The Courthouse From Monday 19th May until Friday 23rd May

Following the success of the two screenings of “Happy: The Movie” at the Court House Gallery in March 2014, the North Clare Happiness Project has come together to organise a series of community events that aim to support and promote the cultivation of happiness for all in North Clare area.

The events will run from Monday 19th May until Sunday 25th May, inclusive, and will include various activities inspired by the United Nations International Day of Happiness.

Over 120 people came along to watch the movie in March; many of whom have expressed an interest in seeing it again. With this in mind, there will be an opportunity to do just that on Wednesday 21st May, followed by Loving Kindness meditation with Bob Vernon.

We are attaching the full schedule of events though some of them are at different venues.

The North Clare Happiness Project Presents a Series of Community Events that aim to Support and Promote the Cultivation of Happiness for all………..

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”

Dalai Lama XIV


Day/Date Time Location Event Guide Booking Information
Monday19th May 2014 7.30 -9:00pm The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon Singing for WellnessEnjoy the Burren Community Choir and sing along as well if you wish. All ages are welcome.
Tuesday 20th May 8.00 -9.30pm Ennistymon Community Centre Salsa Dancing with Salsa Medics:Learn how to dance Salsa, how to look good on the dance floor, how to get fit and of course HAVE FUN! To confirm your place please ring Elaine on 086 0480201 or email: elainec@mentalhealthirleand.ie Suitable for ages 16 years and over.
Wednesday 21st May 7.00pm The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon Movie & MeditationHappy: The MovieandLoving Kindness Meditation (optional) No need to book, just turn up. For those wishing to just attend the meditation, please arrive for 8.30pm. Contact Bob Vernon for more information: 083 1450985.
Thursday 22nd May 8:15 -9:15pm The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon Laughter YogaCiaran Ennis will lead you in deep breathing, stretching  and LAUGHING your way to good health and happiness. Spaces are limited to 30 adults, and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Bring a yoga mat if you have one.
Friday 23rd May 7.30 -9.00pm The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon “Letting Go”: This workshop is about identifying and letting go of the things we think will make us happy, but don’t,  while holding fast to the things that do make us happy. Drop in. Contact Bob Vernon for more information: 083 1450985
Saturday 24th May 12 noon Creevagh Green Road, Kilnaboy ‘Butterflies of the Burren’Guided Walk by Jesmond Harding as part of the Burren in Bloom Festival. See www.burreninbloom.com  for directions and more walks in the Burren in May.
Sunday 25th May 3-5pm The Community Hall, Miltown Malbay Monster Music SessionFor the young, and young at heart.  Children & families welcome. Drop in. All ages are welcome. Children must be supervised at all times.
Sunday 25th May 1-4pm Falls Hotel, Ennistymon(green field behind the hotel) Bealtaine Children’s Festival by Mol an Óige Steiner National School, Ennistymon. All ages are welcome to enjoy games, crafts, music, puppet show, storytelling, homemade baking, and much more.

Most events are free, with a suggested donation of €1/event to cover costs of the venue and facilitators travel expenses. North Clare Happiness Project is a not for profit community group.  Please note that some events are suitable for adults only.

Salmon Poetry Reading as part of The Ennistymon Book Fair, Sat 17th May,7pm

Salmon Poetry is proud to present a reading by three outstanding contemporary poets, as part of The Ennistymon Book Fair, Saturday, 17th May, 7pm in The Courthouse Gallery:
Gabriel Fitzmaurice is the author of more than forty books, including collections of poetry in English and Irish as well as several collections of verse for children. He has translated extensively from the Irish and has edited a number of anthologies of poetry in English and Irish. He has published two volumes of essays and collections of songs and ballads. A cassette of his poems, The Space Between: New and Selected Poems 1984-1992 is also available. He frequently broadcasts on radio and television on education and the arts. His Salmon Poetry collections are ‘Twenty-One Sonnets” and “Poems of Faith and Doubt”.
Paul Casey was born in Cork, Ireland in 1968. He grew up between Ireland, Zambia and South Africa, and has worked primarily in film, multimedia and teaching. While employed as script writing lecturer at the Nelson Mandela University, he convened the greater Port Elizabeth Poetry Competition in three languages and four age-groups. His poems have been published in journals and anthologies in Ireland, the US, China and South Africa. A chapbook of his longer poems, It’s Not all Bad, was published by The Heaventree Press in May 2009.  In June 2010 he completed a poetry-film based on the award-winning poem by Ian Duhig, The Lammas Hireling, which premiered at the Zebra Poetry-Film Festival in Berlin. His first full poetry collection, ‘Home More or Less’  was published by Salmon Poetry in 2012 He is the founder and organiser of the weekly Ó Bhéal poetry reading series in Cork city, where he lives.
Nicki Griffin grew up in Cheshire in the north west of England but has lived in East Clare since 1997. She completed an MA in Writing at NUI Galway in 2009. She won the 2010 Over the Edge New Poet of the Year prize and in 2012 was awarded a Literature Bursary by the Arts Council. She writes for Inland Waterways News and co-edits poetry magazine Skylight 47. Her first work of non-fiction, The Skipper and Her Mate, was published by New Island in 2013. Her first poetry collection, ‘Unbelonging’ was published by Salmon Poerty in 2013.
Jessie Lendennie
Managing Director
Salmon Poetry Ltd.http://salmonpoetry.com

Save Ennistymon’s Heritage

Save Ennistymon’s Heritage

Proudly presents by popular demand

The renowned Irish Times Environment Editor

Frank McDonald

 who will chair a hustings @ the Courthouse Gallery

On Thursday 15th May

Doors open at 8 pm – Starting at 8.30 pm sharp

All are welcome


Ennistymon Book Fair 2014

Following on from the great success of the last two years, the Ennistymon book fair will take place again  in the Courthouse Gallery this May

on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th from 10am to 6pm.

Empty shop-fronts will be home to bookshops selling books of all kinds – kid’s books, antiquarian collectibles, paperback fiction, poetry, bargain new books, books of local interest, leabhair Gaeilge – if you can imagine it, the chances are, it will be there. Prominent booksellers from all over Ireland – Wexford to Derry – will be trading, including Scéal Eile Books, Ennis; Tall Stories, Kilkenny; Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Galway; Salmon Bookshop, Ennistymon. Venues include: The Courthouse Gallery, Stack’s, Salmon Bookshop & Literary Centre, Wall’s and an Teach Ceoil.

There will be plenty to inspire, delight and entertain & all events are free!

For further details or to interview, contact Gerry Griffey on 087 2412517 or email scealeilebooks@gmail.com

Life Drawing Sessions

Life Drawing Sessions at the Courthouse will continue from 11 April 2015 on Saturdays  from 12 – 2 pm.

This session is non tutorial and is a great opportunity to meet other artists, discuss your work and support your creative process. 
If you are interested please let us know by email: info@thecourthousegallery.com or call: (065) 707 1630 
We need to get at least 8 people to hold the session. 

Please bring your own materials. 

Cost: €10 per session