Luggage Doors Operating my Audio/Visual Art music group were in full effect in Kilcornan, County Limerick Sunday May 1st. We were on hand to provide a thank you gig to all who helped raise 1,000euro for the Milford Hospice.
Organised by John Dunne, Pam ‘the Sailor’ Dunne’s Dad, we were delighted to give our time to the worthy cause. A savage night was had by all, and we got to be at our first ever big cheque presentation!!
I am delighted to be exhibiting in The Hunt Museum for the month of February, as part of the Curator’s Choice. When contacted by Naomi O’Nolan about the opportunity I had a hard task in deciding what work to exhibit, but settled on this moody outlook on my backyard. Its a medium sized oil painting on canvas on board, attempting to capture qualities of interior and exterior light, with a cameo by Mandy pondering the moonlight while perched on the shed roof.
An Artist Conversation on Wednesday February 24th at 11am in the Hunt Café will complement the showcase. All are welcome – but please, no tough questions!
Myself and my fellow Luggage Doors Operating members are taking our peculiar brand of music and visual art hi-jinks to Cork City Friday 29th January. Organised by Kate O’Shea and others from the Limerick Printmakers, in collaboration with Sample Studios of Cork, there should be something for everyone. It’s all kicking off at 6.30pm so do come along if you’re round, or even make the trip especially!
It’s a homecoming of sorts for Kevin ‘Kevlar’ O’Keefe, main axe-man with the group, so we’ll be trying hard not to let the side down. Also we welcome Shannon on concertina and Liam on the fiddle for part of the set, an ongoing collaboration with two other Fine Artists.
My good friends in Steambox in School Street, Dublin 8 are kindly facilitating the Dublin launch of Mathilda’s Tale. We’re hoping to have a good crowd and a bit of craic, and hopefully give our Dublin based friends a chance to come along and see the book and some cat related drawings.
It’s all about informality here, so if you’re about do drop in!
I was flattered to be asked by my good friend Seán Lynch to provide a voice-over for his commission representing Ireland at the 2015 Venice Biennale. I provided the voice for a John Burke sculpture, alongside Gina Moxley as the main Narrator.
It is a brilliant show, and if ye can’t make it to Venice, it will travel around Ireland subsequently.
The Chimera Gallery in my hometown of Mullingar, Co.Westmeath have kindly agreed to facilitate the Midlands launch of my illustrated story, Mathilda & the Belligerent Blackbird. The event itself will be a casual affair and open to all in the surrounds of the spacious and well lit gallery, which houses some great contemporary art and craft (particularly paintings and ceramics).
I called into Dave O’Shea the proprietor a number of months ago, on the advice of my good friend Gemma Dardis a Ceramicist based in Limerick, but from Westmeath. She recommended the ethos of the man and the venue, and I concur. Dave has been very gracious in providing this platform, and I wish him every success, and I would thoroughly recommend regular visits to the emporium.
On a side note, the aforementioned Gemma Dardis will have her own show of ceramics in the Chimera in October, for which my band Luggage Doors Operating will provide a live soundtrack of sorts. Given Gemma’s love of Joe Dolan, expect some sort of tribute to him at some stage (practice going well of course!).
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I’m honoured to be part of this show in the Limerick School of Art&Design’s Church Gallery. The show is in memory of our too-early departed friend Orlagh Spain, and the culmination of a lot of work and organisation of her many friends.
Excitement is building around the launch of Mathilda’s Tale, a 12 page book written and illustrated by myself, taking place on March 16th at the Civic Trust in Askeaton, Co. Limerick at 8pm. The good folk of the town have been most kind to me over the years of my association with Welcome to the Neighborhood ( Askeaton Contemporary Arts Festival ), and local tour guide Anthony Sheehy and Anita Guinane particularly deserve my thanks.
Mathilda ( née Squealer, née Cáit ), a fluffy tabby cat along with her brother Tricky were repatriated to the small town from my shed in Thomondgate about 5 years ago after some ingenious trapping. She found a fantastic new home with the Horrigan family, but in 2013 a Bold Blackbird took umbrage at her presence and proceeded to harass her at every turn. What happened next you’ll have to peruse the book to find out!
My sincere thanks to Anne and Michele Horrigan and Seán Lynch for providing a nice home for the pair, and indeed for looking after me over the years. Also my thanks to Chris of McKerns printing in Limerick for their excellent and accommodating services.
A big shout out also to Allan Hughes, a Welcome to the Neighborhood Alumnus who will present his work simultaneously on the night in question, with work pertaining to ‘The Emergency’ as the World War 2 period in Ireland was called, and local circumstances at the time.
If you can come the following day, my good friend and ( also ) fellow Askeaton Alumnus Susan MacWilliam will have a float or variation thereof in the St. Patrick’s Day parade. It’s inspired by the fall of a meteorite on the town in the 1800’s and should be great fun. Lets hope for good weather!!
There was a great buzz on the afternoon of December 13th for the closing day/presentation of all the Dogs’ Tales (see Dogs’ Tales Page). 38 prints in all were on show in the Kiosk with the public and participants all invited. A mildly chaotic feel to the proceedings was provided by the presence of a number of our canine subjects, some saying hello for the first time.
For the cold but bright afternoon we had some delicious mulled wine from ‘Canteen’ in Limerick. As is customary, I did have a few words of thanks for all involved, with a comic ‘dog-related’ pun theme. Sincere thanks to the participants, my new four legged friends, Limerick City of Culture, and all who took the time to engage with the project.
To mark Contact Studios 17th year we invited previous members to exhibit work alongside our current members. The Studios were cleared and cleaned and presented as a gallery space.
26 Alumni along with our current 14 members partook, and there was a great crossover of the Contact Generations. There was a great response to the show, and hopefully this network will grow and consolidate over time.
On the night I exhibited a 2x2ft (60x60cm) work which forms part of Skippy’s Tale. It’s a tonal piece, depicting a moment when 3 of Skippy’s kittens observe a snowy landscape for the first time, and contemplate venturing out into it. The collage will form part of the illustrated aspect of a book, which will be the second after Mathilda’s Tale (of which more in the short term).