OPEN CALL- TRASNA V and “Clare Notebooks 2015”

An exhibition of postcard-sized original art works by local, national and international artists
from 20th November 2015 – January 2016
Following the overwhelming success of Trasna, the Courthouse Gallery is delighted to be hosting a new Trasna exhibition for this Christmas, which promises to be the best yet!
With more than 400 original small artworks, from your favourite local, national and the occasional international artist, this is a wonderful opportunity to purchase artworks for loved ones in the upcoming festive season.Drawing, painting, sculpture, and mixed media artworks, from country sketches to contemporary photoworks, there is something for everyone.

All pieces will be involved in a silent auction where people get a chance to bid on an art work that they like, with the chance that it is from an established artist. The reserve price for every piece is €40. 25% of the funds go towards the development and the future running of the Gallery and the rest goes back to the artist.

To receive an application form, please send an email to:
MentionTRASNA V in the subject bar.

“Clare Notebooks 2015”


The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, will host “Clare Notebooks 2015”

From 20th November 2015 – January 2016 in the Red Couch Space.

Official opening on Friday 20th November in conjunction with TRASNA V, an exhibition of postcard sized original artworks, downstairs.

After great demand and a hugely successful Clare Notebooks 2014 during Culture Night, the Courthouse Gallery is extending a new open call to visual artists, writers, poets, dancers, architects, musicians and anybody who is interested in participating, to exhibit a notebook you have made recently or a while ago, in any form or size you wish, in the Courthouse Gallery during the month of December 2015. The notebooks will NOT be provided by the Courthouse Gallery.

The invitation is open to anyone based in County Clare only.

Essentially, for those involved in Clare Notebooks 2015, it is an opportunity for any engagement with the notebooks, be it creatively questioning, observing, recording, writing, making scores, planning, drawing, observing, mark-making and self-reflection etc.. All forms of intervention are welcome.

The notebooks will be on show at The Courthouse Gallery Red Couch Space from 20 November 2015 – January 2016 in conjunction with the TRASNA V exhibition down stairs.

The notebooks can be send to, or be delivered at the Courthouse Gallery 

From Tuesday – Saturday from 12 – 4 pm.
Parliament Street, Ennistymon, Co. Clare

Phone 065 -7071630, email

Only notebooks with a self-addressed and stamped envelope will be returned to you.

The deadline of notebooks to the Gallery for the exhibition will be

Thursday 12th November 2015.

We are looking forward to your creative participation.

Lisdoonvarna Revisited a talk by Mary Angela Keane

Twin well Lisdoonvarna lecture

Monday, 28th September at 8 pm
Adm €5

The North Clare Historical begins its new lecture series with Lisdoonvarna Revisited a talk by Mary Angela Keane on Monday 28th September at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon. Charleville born Mary Angela Keane, a historical geographer with a Masters Degree on the Burren, has resided for over 53 years in Lisdoonvarna where she and her late husband ran the very successful Keane’s Hotel. She has a keen interest in the natural history of the Burren. She recognised and indeed pioneered the tourism potential of the Burren region and welcomed many experts together with their students to Keane’s hotel over the years. She is a keen observer and a wonderful storyteller and her reminiscences of a Lisdoonvarna hotelier are not to be missed.


Life Drawing Sessions at the Courthouse Gallery starts again on

Monday, October 5th, from 7:30-9:30 pm.

This session is non tutorial and is a great opportunity to meet other artists, discuss your work and support your creative process.The sessions will be in 4 week blocks @ €40 per block, payable in advance. We will continue on with the sessions depending on the attendance, which we will need at least 8 participants to cover our overheads. Some easels and boards are provided but not art materials.

If you are interested please let us know by email: or call: (065) 707 1630





FRIDAY 18th SEPTEMBER – Free Events

10am to1pm – sand animation workshop for Ennistymon Primary schools let by Naomi and Brian of Loophead Studios.

7pm to 8pm – Country/Bluegrass/ Rock’n’Roll with the Strap led by Martha O’Brien on Vocals & Banjo. 

8pm – Screening of the animated film shot during the morning workshop.

8.30 pm to 10pm – “Broken Circle Breakdown” Flemish bluegrass feature film.

Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He’s a romantic atheist, she’s a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial. Director: Felix van Groeningen. Writers: Johan Heldenbergh(play), Mieke Dobbels (play) Stars: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Nell Cattrysse


‘Silent Land’ New paintings by Cassandra Dorer and Loy Lee & ‘Harbour’ Mixed media paintings by Christine Porter

‘Silent Land’ New paintings by Cassandra Dorer and Loy Lee

 From 11 September – 1 October.

Official opening Friday 11 September at 8 pm.

On the surface the landscape can seem to be one of quiet and solitude evoking different responses and memories for us all. Sometimes a place to escape to and a place of harmony and balance where we can connect to our inner emotions.

Yet, the landscape is not a backdrop to human presence but is formed and re-formed by nature, people and conflict. Underneath the surface the land is constantly evolving, renewing and in a state of flux. The West of Ireland is a place steeped in history, conflict and spirituality and Silent Land is an expression of this by two local paintersinterior landscape 5  oil on canvas   50cmsx50cms

Cassandra Dorer

My work is an emotional response to the landscape, which, although it is not a particular place, it is a synthesis of many thus creating a sense of place. My inspiration is drawn from the West of Ireland.

Initially, I either make sketches in the landscape or I take photographs, but a lot of time is spent walking through a particular landscape absorbing the feeling of a place. I then work in my studio, painting intuitively recalling the memories and feelings thus creating an emotional response to the landscape.

I work with oil on canvas which places my work within historical context but my main interest is in the seductive nature of oil paint, the depth of colour and the sensuality of the paint. Sometimes I work with layers of paint evoking the elements of sky, sea and land and other times I work with gestures on the canvas asserting the materiality of oil paint. It is through the language of paint that places and emotions merge, allowing the painting to be an entity in its own right and creating a personal interpretation for the viewer.

Cassandra Dorer has a Master of Fine Art degree specializing in paint.

loy lee photo Loy Lee makes gestural paintings often linked to his research in architecture and landscape. His paintings are built up through layers of paint on canvas, overlaid with mark making by using unconventional tools such as plaster trowel, scraper and hard edge. Lee’s painting technique is to emulate scares marked or ‘open wound’ in Irish landscape either created by social, political events, agricultural crop marks, field pattern, peat and turf cutting, human or animal activities.

Lee’s bogland painting comprises of layers of visual incident in topography through different events where the landscape become fluid, flatten and compressed in time. Many layers of ‘landscape graffiti’ were transcribed and inscribed into his rich canvases to capture the spirit of the place yet allow the palimpsest to exist quietly through time to reveal a ‘window on a past landscape’. In his artistic idiom, inscribing is to write, erasing is to conceal, scratching is to dematerialize, coercive silencing is for sake of quietude, stitching together is to collocate and fuse the fragile hidden features of Irish landscape. Through his technique of mutual erasures of different events, bridging the gap between spaces of palimpsest is to preserve and to interrupt one flow for sake of listening to other.

Loy Lee work also used historical references from history, art, literature, poem and images of bogland to create new imaginative ground as narrative of no location to signifying cultural, social and political agency as well as suggesting the underlying event structure of bog formation. His corrugated ground almost seems like ‘pleated landscape that cannot be smoothed out’ is to unfold the invisible to become visible, to evoke the fragile hidden features to reappear which was once disappeared. Through this cacophony of marks, seeing them as picture in between imagination and actual reality, his work seems to represent the poetic and lyrical gesture of bogland.

Loy Lee was born in Malaysia, now naturalized Irish citizen. He was educated, lived and worked in United States. Lee earned his Diploma of civil engineering from Federal Institute of Technology in Malaysia, Bachelor Science of Architecture from UTA, Texas. He further completed his Master degree in Architecture from Columbia University in New York. He is a licensed architect in the States of New York and works as a lecturer in the school of architecture in Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland. He had exhibited architectural drawings and models in Texas and in New York. This is his first painting exhibition in Ireland.


Christine Porter


An exhibition of experimental landscape paintings

in mixed media by Christine Porter  

Opening reception on Friday 11th September 2015 at 8.00pm 

The exhibition will run until Thursday 1st. October 2015

Harbours hold happy childhood memories for North Clare based artist, Christine Porter. A harbour symbolises a place of safety within the vast outside world; a place of departure and arrival; a place to be grounded and held fast; a place where earth, sky and water meet. And the paraphernalia of ropes, ladders, lobster pots and floats conjure up ambiguous feelings of freedom and restraint.

In this exhibition, the forms and moods of the harbour environment are interpreted through a visual language of marks, colours and textures to create compositions that stand for the place, and which are expressions of the feelings that harbours evoke.

These abstract landscape paintings have a luminous quality in their expression of the vast space, and the watery depths, that can be experienced at harbours. Created using thin layers of watercolour, gouache and acrylic paints, on paper or mdf panel, the artist has exploited the full gamut of colour from succulent rich saturated pigment to the most subtle tints tones and shades. This translucent quality is balanced by opaque layering with the added excitement of textural effects.

The small scale of these paintings invites close-up viewing where intimacy can develop between the world of the painting and the world of the viewer.

NEW EVENTS in the Upstairs Room

Half hourly lessons enrolling now. 
Beginners and advanced, individual or small groups arranged. First lessons is FREE. Contact Chris 0863626002
Yoga for Strength-Flexibility-Vitality with Helga Himmelsbach
Starting: Tuesday 22nd September  from 10.15 – 11.30 am
Wednesday 23rd September from 6.30 – 7.45 pm
Wednesday23rd September from 8.00 – 9.15 pm
This series of classes is designed to show you how to strengthen your body in particular your back, core and joints while creating more space around the discs. You will learn how to relax and release tension so your body can realign itself. You can lead a more fulfilling, richer life with lots of energy instead of pain.
Beginners welcome. 

Helga is a practicing Physical Therapist for 25 years and a 500 hour trained Yoga teacher.
Pre-booking is essential at or 086-8960959
Cost – 6 weeks €75
Spanish classes by qualified native speaker, Fatima
Starting: Thursday, 24th September
     Time:  Intermediate 1:30-2:30 pm
                 Beginners     2:35-3:35 pmPrice: €100 for 10 week term, payable in advance
For more INFO contact Fatima on 087 9604336 or e-mail