3rd April – 7th April 2018
A storytelling & illustration project highlighting the impact of the 8th Amendment through personal testimonies. The exhibition comprises of stories from eight Irish women, illustrated by Irish-based artists. It is accompanied by an online project at www.everydaystories.org
“I sometimes can’t believe I actually had to do this, I had to leave my baby in another country. How cruel it is that we had to do this, it actually leaves me speechless.”
- Tracey’s Story
“It was not a decision I made lightly or with little thought, although I felt then (and still do) that it was the only choice I had that would lead to a positive outcome.”
- Paula’s Story
“I had always thought of myself as ‘pro-life’ but when it came down to it, I had to put the needs of my family first and so my partner & I decided that a medical abortion was the best option for our family.”
- Róisín’s Story
- Dundalk 4 Choice ‘Ask me anything’ session - Friday 6th April, Basement Gallery, 5pm – 9pm
- Everyday Stories listening session - Saturday 7th April, Basement Gallery, 1pm + 3pm
‘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
‘Mark Bourke 2018′
11th January – 3rd February 2018
Dundalk-based artist Mark Bourke explores the unchartered territories of the mind and in particular, the images stored there. Early childhood memories from TV, film and books also act as influences.
This exhibition of painting is part of An Táin Arts Centre’s emerging artist series.
Opened Wednesday 10th January at 7pm
‘Rosemary Exhibition 2017′
17th November – 22nd December 2017
‘High Noon’ – Rosemary Warren
In this exhibition, Rosemary investigates the effects of light on visual art. She explores how light can transformed the tone, form and mood of a subject and how, when used imaginatively, can enable to conveyance of emotions and the creation of atmosphere. In the process of working on this subject, landscapes, people, boats and flowers have emerged as the most dominant themes. The paintings are in both watercolour and acrylic.
Opened Thursday 16th November at 7pm
‘St Brigid’s School Student Art Exhibition‘
St Brigid’s School
7th November – 11th November 2017
Following on from last year’s hugely successful exhibition, this is a wonderful opportunity for you to see the creativity and flair of the St Brigids School Students again. Each student in the school will exhibit their own individual piece of art alongside some really interesting group exhibits. On display will be samples of drawing, painting, printing, silk screen printing, weaving, constructions, clay pieces, papier-mache as well as samples of junior certificate and Fetac artwork. Expect colour, pattern, texture and above all, to be dazzled!
All proceeds in aid of St Brigids School.
Opened Tuesday 7th November at 7:30pm
12th October – 4th November 2017
‘Out Too Far (Wishing Too Many Things)’ – Thomas Brezing
Creative Spark, Dundalk presents an exhibition of work from the Creative Spark Residency Programme 2016-2017 (supported by Create Louth).
The artists involved in the 2016 – 2017 Programme at Creative Spark were Michael Stafford (Louth); Thomas Brezing (Dublin); Olga Danilova (Russia); Chiara Leto & Giulia Vetri (Italy) and Hazel Egan (Dublin).
The exhibition will bring together new works completed during the residency programme in the medium of printmaking, mixed media and painting.
A parallel exhibition of work by Creative Spark print studio members will run adjacent to the exhibition.
Opened Wednesday 11th October at 7pm
‘Daoine de Dhún Dealgan’
3rd October – 7th October 2017
A photographic and visual media exhibition showcasing images and stories of migrants who now call Dundalk their home.
Neil Mc Ardle is coordinator of the ‘Fáilte Isteach’ group in Dundalk – local volunteers working to bridge the gap of inter-cultural divisions through mutual storytelling.
Opened Monday 2nd October at 7pm
‘Follow the Stream’
1st September – 30th September 2017
Roseann’s work tends to be somewhat improvised, working and experimenting, having one thing leading into another with free association. A wash of colour and ink, a pen line, strategically placed embroidery. The tactile quality of her work is as important as the visual qualities. Themes of her work include preservation, memory, behaviours, social acceptance, living in a media dominate world, and many more.
Follow Roseann’s progress on Instagram @rosieberrill
‘A Home Truth’
Hosted by Trócaire, in association with Development Perspectives
29th – 30th August 2017
Trócaire’s ‘Home Truth’ installation sheds light on Israel’s destruction of Palestinian homes, and the impact this has on the lives of those affected. This interactive exhibition is created from household items and other artefacts, representing the remnants of a home that has been destroyed.
‘Chain of Pulses’
20th July – 26th August 2017
Aileen Hamilton investigates themes of displacement, dis-location and our relationship with a changing landscape. The interplay between 2D and 3D environments is an integral part of Aileen’s process where she moves back and forth between depth and flatness, her drawings growing out of the wall and interacting with the architectural space.
Opened Wednesday 19th July at 7pm
Neil Waters & Inga Kazokaite
15th June – 8th July 2017
A town full of secrets, symbols and serpents. Dundalk has a dark, esoteric history. The composition of this is hidden in plain sight all over the town, its narrative etched into buildings and facades. This exhibition attempts to document the secrets and symbolism through a collection of photographs that highlights the black magic that surrounds us all. Hidden Dundalk is part of An Táin Arts Centre’s emerging artist series.
HIDDEN DUNDALK TOUR - 8th July | Artist led tour of Hidden Dundalk. Meet at An Táin Arts centre at 11am before taking a tour of the town. This free tour is suitable for all ages
North Louth Artists
18th May – 3rd June 2017
North Louth Artists will display a variety of compositions ranging from vibrant abstract, well observed landscape to photo realist still life paintings on the theme of exploring different aspects of County Louth. Bronze sculpture will also feature in this exhibition. The artists in this group work in a variety of mediums – oils, watercolour, acrylics, pastels, inks and tempera as well as carborundum and Giclee prints.
Participating artists include Sandra Bell, Gerry Clarke, Irene Woods, Patricia Murphy, Paula Eigenheer, Siobhan Conyngham, Derek Bell, Patrick Conyngham, Ciara Agnew, John O’Connor and Rosemary Warren with guest artist printmaker Robert Kelly.
Opened Wednesday 17th May at 7pm
‘ Dundalk Photographic Society’s Annual Exhibition 2017 ‘
Dundalk Photographic Society
22nd April – 6th May 2017
‘Bad hair day’ by Conor McEneaney
Dundalk Photographic Society has a strong tradition of and reputation for producing highly regarded photographic fine art, and contemporary and traditional photographic works. Annually, Dundalk Photographic Society exhibits a collection representing their membership’s season of work, generally regarded as a reference point to where photography is at on the island of Ireland. This year’s competition shall be judged by one of France’s most esteemed and successful fine art photographers, Mr Christophe Kiciak.
Opened Friday 21st April at 7pm
‘Faceless, Nameless, Voiceless’
13th April – 15th April 2017
Artist Statement: “‘Faceless, Nameless, Voiceless’ is a textile-based exhibition showcasing work based on the events of Magdalene Laundries, and mother and baby homes. The women of these institutions were always less; faceless, nameless, voiceless. Brainwashed into believing they were criminals, shamed until eternity. Prepare to embark on a trip through a symbolic laundry environment, rendering eerie compositions through a psychological fourth dimension. Each piece symbolises events, quotes and stigmas around Magdalene Laundries. The piece ‘796’ includes seven embroidered babygrows – each one representing a hundred children discarded in the mother and baby home in Tuam, Co. Galway. Representing the women and children of these laundries, ‘Faceless, Nameless, Voiceless’, aims to give them the voice that they deserve, the voice they never had. They deserve to be respected. They deserve a voice. They are not Fallen Women.”
Hannah Martin is a student at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. ‘Faceless, Nameless, Voiceless’ is a temporary pop-up exhibition hosted by An Táin Arts Centre, and is presented as part of the artist’s coursework and studies.
Opened Wednesday 12th April at 7pm.
‘Bringing in the Catch’
2nd March – 8th April 2017
Whether trawling the depths of the subconscious or skimming the surface, Conyngham brings together a wide variety of exploratory paintings in this new collection of work. Using colour in an intuitive way, from bold large works to smaller more sensitive pieces, these symbiotic and energetic paintings push the limits of the medium and haul the viewer into their midst.
Opened Wedneday 1st March at 7pm
‘Laoch na Laochra’
12th January – 18th February 2017
Laoch na Laochra is an art exhibition by Dara Vallely based on a book published by Gael Linn in 2015. The paintings portray the heroism of the legendary Cú Chulainn, legendary warrior of Ulster. During his short but heroic life, magic, romance, betrayal and violence mark every twist and turn. In the epic story of the Táin, the Cattle raid of Cooley, Cú Chulainn vigorously defends Ulster. The paintings reflect this energy, they are vibrant in colour and energetic in style, drawing on traditional Irish art and international modernism to produce a compelling visual narrative.
Opened Wednesday 11th January at 7pm
‘On the Way/Onderweg’
Els Borghart & Declan Kelly
17th Nov – 17th Dec 2016
The creative Belgian-Irish duo Els Borghart and Declan Kelly have been working and travelling the world together for over 10 years. Both artists find constant inspiration in their many journeys and adventures often having similar starting points for new bodies of work: The world in transition with its many in-between spaces and changing identities. The historic and current context of Ireland, with its history of migration and immigration, combined with their common search for a home, raises questions about the identity of a nation, as well as the identity of the individual, and this in the context of the past, the present and the future. Those questions formed the inspiration for this exhibition, which they approached through their personal perspectives, reveries and challenges.
Opened Wednesday 16th November at 7pm
29th Sep – 5th Nov 2016
Part of ‘Unknown Solider’ – Jennifer Quigley
Creative Spark Residency Programme Exhibition 2016 (funded by Create Louth) with supporting exhibition of work by Creative Spark Print Studio members.
The artists involved in the 2015-2016 Programme at Creative Spark were Desiree DeRuiter (Canada), Una Curley (Monaghan), Seán Cotter (Louth), Jennifer Quigley (Louth) and Mary-Claire Kehoe (Wexford)
Opened Wednesday 28th September at 7pm
‘St Brigid’s School Student Art Exhibition’
St Brigid’s School
20th Sep – 24th Sep 2016
On display were collographs, screenprints, papier mache crafts. clay pieces and constructions, aswell as a showcase by Junior Cert and FETAC groups. The students also had help from NCAD students and school staff. All proceeds went to St Brigid’s School.
Opened Thursday 22nd September at 7pm
‘Mi Camino a Través del Arte’
25th Aug – 17th Sep 2016
In this exhibition Úna Curley shares a six year journey of self-discovery through art. Her work is influenced by her background in communication and personal development, as well as her concerns for the environment and the worryingly fast pace of consumption and subsequent waste. Using mainly repurposed textiles for their rich narrative, the pieces are quirky and instantly recognisable, but always thought provoking. Through her labour intensive work she explores our relationship with time, materials and heritage.
Opened Wednesday 24th August at 7pm
23rd June – 6th August 2016
In this exhibition the Dundalk based artist changes direction from post-modern geometric forms with contradictory imagery to a free- form process of picture making.
An Introspective is a series of new works playing with surrealism with pop sensibilities. This is an exploration of the mind and of experimental painting. Each work is autonomous. The imagination is exalted with non-existing landscapes, faces and ambiguous narratives.
‘I must create a system or be enslaved by another man’s’, William Blake
‘Visions of Louth’
North Louth Artists
26th May – 11th June 2016
Working in oils, watercolour, acrylics, bronze, glass and ceramic, and in styles varying from super realist to pure abstract, fourteen artists explore their native county and each presents their vision of Louth in colour, form and texture.
Artists featured: Ciara Agnew, Derek Bell, Sandra Bell, Gerry Clarke, Patrick Conyngham, Siobhan Conyngham, Paula Eigenheer, Alva Gallagher, Frances Lambe, John O’Connor, Eilish O’Mahony, Patricia Murphy, Rosemary Warren, Irene Woods.
Opened Wednesday 25th May at 7pm
‘Dundalk Photographic Society’s Annual Exhibition 2016′
Dundalk Photographic Society
23rd April – 14th May 2016
Dundalk Photographic Society is one of the leading camera clubs in Ireland. They have won the Irish Photographic Federation National Club Championship in three successive years from 2012 – 2014. Included in this year’s exhibition are photographs that have won awards at national and international salons and exhibitions. The exhibition was judged by Mr Vittorio Silvestri, President of the Northern Ireland Photographic Association.
‘Sense of Place’
Leanne Mullen, Declan Honan and Rosie Martin
5th March – 16th April 2016
Three Louth-based artists examine what is meant by a sense of place in this new group exhibition. Place can be the building itself, the people within, it is the natural enviroment we inhabit. We observe permanence of place and the changes that happen.
The exhibition was opened by Francis Verling, Creative Business Consultant on Friday 4th March
‘Oradour, Elegy for a Town’
16th Jan – 20th Feb 2016
The tragedy of the destruction of the town of Oradour-Sur-Glane in France and its 642 inhabitants is still to this day surrounded in controversy as to why this event occurred and in this particular place. The exhibition “Oradour, Elegy for a Town” by Paul Woods explores the haphazard and illogical process of warfare resulting in the clinical and barbaric destruction of innocent people in their environs.
The imagery of warfare and conflict throughout history is filled with powerful, and very often abstract and unsettling depictions. In this exhibition Paul Woods explores the frightening scale and enormity of the civilian casualty figures in WW2, which has a special poignancy in the light of recent conflicts.
The exhibition was opened by Neil Richardson and Stéphane Aymard on Friday 15th January
Louth Craftmark Designers Network
11th Nov – 19th Dec 2015
‘Establish Change’ was an exciting exhibition of contemporary craft and art. The works on exhibit provided an intriguing mix of fine art installation, ceramics, textiles, leather, painting, jewellery, printmaking and sculpture. The exhibition, organised by Louth Craftmark Designers Network, featured 14 craftspeople, designers and artists based in the North East.
Louth Craftmark Designers Network is a group of makers and visual artists based in and around County Louth which promotes and supports its members through accessing funding, networking and collaborative projects. The exhibition was planned to coincide with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) led initiative ‘Irish Design 2015′.
‘Come to the Edge’
Creative Spark/Create Louth residency exhibition
2nd Sep – 17th Oct 2015
The Creative Spark/Create Louth residency exhibition with supporting exhibition of work by Creative Spark Print Studio members. The artists involved in the 2014-2015 Create Louth Residency Programme at Creative Spark were; Omin (Co. Louth), Anna Marie Savage (Co. Down), Fiona Marron (Co. Monaghan) and Amelia Steely (USA).
2nd July – 15th August 2015
Orla Barry’s practice explores symbolism through nature and animals. She works with acrylic paints and paper on canvas. Orla combines images with pattern; contrasting bright and dark colours with metallic hues. Specific images are chosen for their representational significance.
Orla’s work exists in juxtaposition to modern life and consumption. It embraces the beauty of the natural world expressing its atmosphere of magic and enchantment while drawing influence from sacred art, mysticism, surrealism and fairytales. Inspiration for this exhibition has come from her most recent residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre. The fairytale aspect of the centre’s building and interiors and surrounding scenery appealed to Orla’s style of work and resonate with the essence of her paintings as their own individual mystical worlds. Orla Barry graduated from Dublin Institute of Technology in 2007 and is based in Bridge Street Studios, Dundalk.
‘Palette of Louth’
North Louth Artists
23rd May – 13th June 2015
North Louth Artists presents ‘Palette of Louth’, an exhibition by Co. Louth’s leading artists and sculptors. Included were paintings in oils, acrylics and watercolour, with bronze and ceramic sculptures.
‘Dundalk Photographic Society Exhibition 2015′
11th April – 8th May 2015
Dundalk Photographic Society were the Irish Photographic Federation National Club Champions holders in 2015. Included in this year’s exhibition are photographs which have won awards at the national and international salons and exhibitions. The exhibition was judged by a distinguished photographer from the U.K.
‘I’ll be your Mirror’ (The Album Sleeve Project)
26th Feb – 4th April 2015
The vinyl record is more than just a by word for cultural nostalgia. It has the capacity to trigger memories and convey emotion in the most personal way. It is weighted with symbolism, not just as a twentieth century artifact but also as a holder of many of life’s accumlated experiences. Love, loss, identity, ideology, all of life’s ingredients filtered through the treble and base of a turntable, an amplifier and speakers.
This exhibition from Drogheda-based artist Brian Hegarty, I’ll be Your Mirror, was first shown in the Cartridge Gallery in Lapua, Finland in October 2014. I’ll Be Your Mirror is an ongoing process that will see new works added each time the collection is shown, culminating in a final version of the project to be exhibited in the Ashford gallery in the Royal Hibernian Academy Dublin in 2016.
‘In Search of Place’
Eimear Murphy & Eileen O’Sullivan
15th Jan – 14th Feb 2015
Eimear Murphy and Eileen O’Sullivan’s In Search of Place explores ideas of belonging and questions how places carry traces of humanity.
O’Sullivan’s work is concerned with the personal. Subjects include family, the familiar and everyday objects. Starting with the representational, her work often develops into the abstract as a result of experimentation and careful editing. Murphy’s works explores the domestic environment, where she concerns herself primarily with the traces people leave. Source materials come first hand from houses under construction, her work stems from the transitional nature of these spaces.
Eimear Murphy and Eileen O’Sullivan are currently completing their degree in Fine Art Painting in the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.
29th August – 31st Oct 2014
An exhibition of new paintings by artists Ciaran O’Sullivan. This was O’Sullivan’s second solo show in the Basement Gallery, with works including both figurative and portrait paintings. Although he works within the traditional genre of life painting, the techniques and methods used are far from traditional. Amongst the colours and textures of thick oil paint, we find figures within the scene, sometimes hidden, sometimes not. Each piece has its own mood or theme but the interpretation of such is often left up to the viewer.