OPENING HOURS: 10am – 4pm | Tuesday – Saturday
At the Basement Gallery we curate over 6 exhibitions annually from both local and national artists. In addition we also run a Visual Artist in Residence programme and can arrange Gallery visits. Upcoming exhibitions are listed in our programme and in the link below.
‘Holding True Ground’
20th February – 31st March 2018
The artist Lisa Fingleton is passionate about ‘being the change’ she wishes to see in the world. She works and lives on an organic farm in Kerry, creating art, growing food and trying not to get too overwhelmed by climate change and the huge environmental issues of our time. This current period is being called the ‘Anthropocene’, a time in which human activity is the dominant influence on climate and the environment. She asks how humans can change our behaviour, so that we can live in a more connected way with other life forms on this planet?
The title image for the exhibition is ‘She made a nest from the hair on my head’. Fingleton describes how she left a pile of hair out in the garden and years later found a nest with her hair ‘literally interwoven into the very fabric of nature. This interconnectedness with the land around us, is the core essence of this exhibition and my work”.
She believes that the personal is political and that change must start in our own homes, gardens and fields. Much of the work is about growing food and living sustainability. Why are we relying on food that travels around the world, to be eaten by us, when we have the perfect soil and rain for growing on this island? She quotes Madeline Mc Keever the founder of Brown Envelope Seeds who reminds us, that “In 1840 we fed 8 million people on the island of Ireland”. One very practical action she took was the 30 day local food challenge where she ate only local food for the month of September. She believes that eating local not only means better health for the consumer but also sustainable support for rural economies and farming communities. Currently “only 1% of Irish farms grow vegetables, the lowest in the EU”.
Holding True Ground responds to the specificity of the gallery as an ex prison and articulates connections between freedom, hunger and food. The hangman was called ‘Brian a muck’ (Brian of the pigs) and he lived in a lane behind the gallery called Squeeze Gut Alley!
The exhibition is simultaneously funny and deadly serious. Fingleton presents a sumptuous, visual feast of drawings, found objects and films. Ideas and seeds are propagated, fertilised, pruned and nurtured before harvesting. Fingleton revels in the random, dynamic intersection between humans and nature and is unafraid to challenge perceived natural orders.
 Source: Agriland headline based on Eurostats report, Oct 2016
Opened Saturday 17th February at 7pm
Friday 16th Feb | 11am
This practical workshop for school students will focus on drawing from life through line but also exploring the possibility of digital line drawing from the imagination.
Saturday 17th Feb | 5pm
The artist will talk about ‘The 30 Day Local Food Challenge’ project. This will resonate with anyone interested in growing food, climate change, transition communities and living sustainable.