Feb 7th, 2013 To Mar 2nd, 2013
The world is full of confusion, even in my own life. But there are also beautiful things. I experience beauty when I go for a walk and see the detail in nature, the wind-blown grass or little flowers, or the surface of water, when I swim and see the waves around me, or when I hear the sounds of my family’s voices. When I have these experiences I feel very much alive. We are dust in unending space but still we exist on this earth. Inside my confused mind I experience unending space. My work is a personal expression of being alive. It comes from inner space to exist in this world of dust and confusion and beauty. I hope my work adds to the beautiful things in the world and that the people who see my work will feel alive.
Mar 7th, 2013 To Mar 30th, 2013
This exhibition of new work centres around collected objects unearthed from the ground, dusty storage, or things that have been in front of the artist all along but have recently sparked thought and dug up an old memory. Like an old methylated spirit bottle that was the cure for all open wounds as a child, replenished in the chemist when it ran dry and the memory of its healing sting.
From May 2nd, 2013 To Jun 1st, 2013
This exhibition centres on a selection of paintings made in the West of Ireland, primarily in Co. Sligo and Co. Mayo. They include a number of his "Truckscapes" made from a mobile studio and other casein paintings and watercolours made in different temporary studio locations. Nick Millers work has been shown to critical acclaim in Ireland, Europe and the USA. He likens landscape to portraiture, and is consumed with the demands of addressing the complexity of present reality, rather than something abstract. Millers unique approach to landscape feeds off the intensity and immediacy of encountering the world at close quarters, and attempts to hold the urgency of that connection in paint.
Jun 6th, 2013 To Jun 29th, 2013
Nuala Clarke’s paintings in this exhibition work with W.B. Yeats phase fourteen from “A Vision”. Where, as Robartes explains, “Under the frenzy of the fourteenth moon/The soul begins to tremble into stillness, /To die into the labyrinth of itself!” Moved by interconnections otherworldly and subtle this work is made from within the realm where attention is brought moment by moment to the whispers pushing the brush, a place where “thought is disappearing into image.” Nuala lives and works in New York City and Ballycastle, Co.Mayo.
Jul 4th, 2013 To Aug 31st, 2013
W. B. Yeats is Sligo’s most restless son. The creative work of the poet who associated himself throughout his life with Sligo and the surrounding parishes calls up not the beautiful landscape or culture so much as its absence, and what the power of that emptiness and desire might do. Sligo for Yeats was always longed for rather than lived in, its mountains and sea wind and lake island only those of ‘the eye of the mind’. Thus it is most right that makers like Kate Mac Donagh and Brian Mc Donagh focus on desire and imagination in their Yeats-infused work. What we see is not stable identity but alterity and creativity, not one place but a shifting and imagined surroundings, infused with ‘glimmer’ and the sense that we are making it up, ‘lock, stock, and barrel’, out of our own souls. -Prof. Margaret Mills Harper. Director of the Yeats International Summer School 2013.
Nuala Clarke and Crystal Gandrud
Helen O Leary
Helen O Toole
Jul 24th, 2013 To Aug 31st, 2013
A Poet To His Beloved
I bring you with reverent hands
The books of my numberless dreams;
White woman that passion has worn
As the tide wears the dove-gray sands,
And with heart more old than the horn
That is brimmed from the pale fire of time:
White woman with numberless dreams
I bring you my passionate rhyme
W.B. Yeats (1865–1939). The Wind Among the Reeds. 1899.
As part of the Gathering 2013 Hamilton Gallery invited US and Irish artists living and working in New York to submit works themed around the poetry of W.B Yeats. The result is “Numberless Dreams” which will open at the Hamilton Gallery on June 13th as part of Sligo’s annual Yeats Day celebrations. The opening address will be given by Fiach Mac Conghail at 6pm. The exhibition continues until August 31st.
Crystal Gandrud, writer, lives NY and Normandy, scholar of the works of Iris Murdoch, Nuala and Crystal collaborate, performed Fair Shouldered One, multi media piece in Paris last June. Steven Corsano, a poet and painter, from New York, his first visit to Ireland, working with Yeats poetry has been particularly rich and resonant for him. Shawn Dulaney, originally from Colorado, the artist has lived in Brooklyn for many years and exhibits her work with Sears Payton gallery in NYC. Shawn visited Sligo with family recently, and was drawn to the Yeats county and the landscape, wetness. Helen O'Leary, from Co. Leitrim, professor of Art at Penn state University, residences at Ballinglen in Mayo, showed in Butler Gallery Kilkenny and Mayo last year. Helen O' Toole, Helen O' Leary and Nuala Clarke were in Irish artists in America show at SFMOMA artist gallery last year.
Sep 5th, 2013 To Sep 28th, 2013
"To experience a particular place consistently, to know it through seasons, through years, through a substantial portion of a life, one cannot but absorb a sense of ones surroundings into ones being. It is invariably a personal journey, where the physical landscape forms the backdrop to ones daily life, where a steady trickle of physical and emotional memories over time develop into a visual and mental file, a composite of imagery and experience; the personal documents and snapshots of a place and time. Whilst noting geographical elements, my work is mostly concerned with the emotional and atmospheric planes of landscape." - Leonora Neary
Leonora's work has featured in both the RHA and RUA Annual Exhibitions. This is her sixth solo show.
Oct 3rd, 2013 To Nov 2nd, 2013
‘My works seek to find and record the half-real shapes and sensations at the edge of awareness. I am drawn towards the barely perceptible, the epliemera and unsubstantial components. My life in a western county offers constantly fleeting moments of light and shadow – within those I discover’ Veronica Bolay.
From Nov 7th 2013 To Nov 30th 2013
'To snatch from time the passionate transitory.' - Patrick Kavanagh
"My recent work continues to explore place and the environment. Through changing ground and shifting weather. Nature is always on the move, tides rise and recede, the imaginary headland holds fast.Time steals the light - images return from glimpses and dreams. The orchard trees dance through storms, winter and summer rain, surviving flood and drought. They become iconic, somehow staying together through thick and thin, married to eachother's destiny. There are rooms and incidents, when a certain light falls, or when a door opens like a revelation in the heart. Ghosts come and go through old interiors of memory. Images fade and merge in the shadows. A still-life might capture childhood, a long gone room, someone out of view watching through a window. Another time, another place." -
Cormac O'Leary 2013