County Clare Arts Service
Arts Exhibitions
Arts Home | Public Art Commissions | Artists Database | Funding & Opportunities | Arts Forum | Events Guide | Search this Website | Copyright Notice

Arts Exhibitions 2008


4th - 23rd December
   Courthouse Gallery
   Parliament Street, Ennistymon, Co.Clare.
   Christmas Exhibition
   Paintings, photography and drawings by:
   Louise Butler, Eamon Doyle, Sara Foust, Michelle Fallon, Finola Graham, Isabelle Gaborit,
   Jacqui Hersey, Melanie Jones, Carol Kennedy, Fiona Murray, Deirdre O'Mahony, Mairead
   O'Neill Laher, Gearldine O'Reilly (Aosdana), Achim Riffelwood, Frank Sanford, Richard Sharpe,
   Ilsa Thielan, Manus Walsh, Rita Wobbe and Fiona Woods.
   Purchased art can be collected on Saturday, 20th December and Tuesday, 23rd December.
   Gallery opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 12.00 to 5.00pm

November 29th - December 31st
   Russell Gallery, New Quay
   The Burren Way - paintings by Joe Jordan and Doreen Drennan
   Tel: 065-7078185, Website:

24th November - 20th December
   Scariff Public Library
   Exhibition of Paintings by Sherin Anup, Louise Houlihan and Pat Hall
   Sherin Anup's work is mostly landscape art, mainly in watercolour.
   Louise's work is mainly of flowers and animals and Pat's is of portraits in landscapes.

November 17th – December 6th
   Foyer of the County Museum. Ennis
   50 Years Past
   An exhibition of paintings by Patrick Ryan and Christina Watkins featuring images and items from
   the artists’ childhoods.

November 16th, 2008
   X-PO Kilnaboy, Co Clare. (2 miles North of Corofin)
   Launch: Sunday 16th November 12.00 – 2.00pm
   Opening times: Monday - Thursday 2.00 – 5.00pm. Friday 10.30 – 12.30 (X-PO coffee mornings)

   Penning the Marts is a DVD work made by Megs Morley for the Claremorris Open Exhibition in 2005
   and was awarded First prize by Andrea Schlieker, curator of the Serpentine Gallery, London. This
   contemporary art exhibition takes place annually in Claremorris in County Mayo. For the video
   Morley sought contact with people who wanted to share their memories of the 'marts', the weekly
   cattle market in Claremorris that closed down in 2003. As a result of the changing agricultural
   policies, for a lot of farmers it is not feasible anymore to keep cattle. Farmers and inhabitants of
   Claremorris tell Morley about the social function of the former marts and about the changes in
   agriculture. In order to get people involved Morley introduced herself to the local radio station
   Midwest Radio. In the ensuing live interview she asked interested farmers to contact her to be
   interviewed. From then on a series of interviews followed which Morley edited. "Although the farmers
   were not directly involved with the editing of the video, I did try to represent feelings and opinions
   expressed to me by farmers themselves."

   Local photographer, Peter Rees's Last Mart in Kilnaboy, seen at X-PO in June, will also be shown in
   conjunction with this exhibition.

   Megs Morley (Ireland, 1979) studied sculpture and combined media in Limerick, Ireland. Her work
combines elements of performance, video and installation and draws upon the issues raised in the
   history of film and photography. She has exhibited in various national group shows and often
   collaborates with Peter Morgan and Tom Flanagan. Morley was awarded two travel and mobility
   bursaries in 2005 and is currently an assistant administrator of Artspace Studios in Galway and a
   member of the live art project Enso.

   The opening will also see the first X-PO Christmas Cards go on sale featuring Peter Rees'
   Kilnaboy Church and the old Schoolhouse and Deirdre O'Mahony's site-specific drawing
   of Mattie Rynne in the former Post Office.

   All funds going to maintaining the X-PO as a space for social and cultural exchange and
   an archive of local knowledge.

November 3rd – 21st
   Scarriff Library
   An Exhibition of work on cloth and in wire is on show at Scariff Public Library Exibition Space
   from November 3rd until November 21st. The beautiful artwork on display was created during May for
   the Iniscealtra Arts Festival as a part of their education programme and is a unique inter-generational
   art project between Tuamgraney and Scariff National Schools and Raheen Hospital Day Care
   Centre. Older members of the East-Clare Community worked alongside 5th and 6th class children
   under the direction of Dublin artist Terry O'Farrell who undertook a 2 week residency at Raheen
   Community Hospital funded by The Irish Museum of Modern Art and The Hospital Support Group.
   The work is lively, colourful and inspiring and a great example of the joy of old and young working
   together to connect 'The Community', which was the theme of Iniscealtra arts Festival 2008.

October 1st – 31st, 2008
   Sound Colours
   An exhibition of paintings by Achim Riffelwood is taking place at Sean Lemass Public Library,

Saturday, October 18th
   11am – 3pm
   United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2008
   An exhibition of Photographs illustrating Global Poverty will be held at Shannon Family Resource
   Centre, Rineanna View, Shannon.
   Fair Trade Products will be served on the day – Admission Free.
   All are welcome to submit photos to the exhibition prior to this date. Tel: 061-707600

Friday, 12th September - Saturday, 4th October
   Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street, Ennistymon, Co. Clare
   The exhibition opening of Clare – Voyance
   Where artist Sheena Meagher collects wordscapes and adds her own visions of the county.
   The exhibition will run until Saturday, 4th October
   Opening daily from 12pm – 5.00pm Tuesdays to Saturdays.

Friday – Sunday, 5th – 7th September
   Wallpaper - a collective exhibition of unframed work.
   Wallpaper is a guerrilla-style exhibition of unframed work, which will take place in vacant retail unit
   Ennis, Co. Clare.
   The exhibition will showcase the work of local and national established and emerging contemporary
   artists. The show takes place in a unique location and features a wide range of mediums –
   silkscreen, spray-paint / stencil, photography, paint and sculpture.
   Featured artists include: Vincent Casey, Clara Conlon, Paul Corey, Kiernan Herlihy, Shelagh Honan,
   Rachel Mac Manus, Ciara Molone, Jim McKey and Ivan Twohig.
   Venue: No. 7 O’Connell Street, Ennis
   Opening hours:
   Friday, September 5th, 6:30 – 10pm, Saturday, September 6th & Sunday, September 7th, 12 – 8pm

18th - 27th July 2008
   'The Gathering’ - A fusion of artworks by seven artists, all working individually in the Burren
   region who have gathered together to exhibit their various interpretations of Clare life and landscape.
   Town Hall Pavillion, Lisdoonvarna.
   Artists: Frank Sandford, Andy McCarthy, Doreen Drennan, Mona Hynes, Eamonn Doyle,
   Philip Morrison and Hillary Molloy.
   Opening 8.00pm, Friday, 18th July
   Continues daily 2.00 - 6.00pm, Saturday & Sunday 12.00 - 6.00pm, until 27th July.
   This exhibition forms part of an Art weekend featuring the 2nd Annual Outdoor Painting Competition

17th - 31st July 2008
   An exhibition of work by artists in various window fronts throughout Ennistymon.
   Participating artists and their selected venues include:
   Jackie Askew/ drawing, photography - Dalys
   Maria Connole/ painting - Gilnas' Optometrist
   Maeve Collins/ installtion, performance - The Square
   Sarah Fuller, Maria Kerin, Vanessa Earl Maguire/ performance, video - Griffins & another venue
   yet to be selected
   Tabatha Gravener/drawing - The Medical Centre
   Rob Henderson/ sculpture installation - Harans Pub
   Josie O'Connor/print - Chinese Take Away
   Fiona O'Dwyer/ print
   Judy O'Sullivan/ photography - The Courthouse Studios
   Patsy Ricks/ painting - Cooleys
   Fergus Tighe/ film - McCaws (window between Eugenes and Cooleys)

July 11th – August 2nd, 2008
   Altering Fluid Perceptions by Emma Berkery
   Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, Co.Clare.
   An exhibition of oil paintings.

July 5th – 27th
   ‘Lashing rain’ paintings by Frank Sanford
   The Russell Gallery, New Quay
   Frank Sanford, originally from the United States, has been a working artist for over 40 years,
   showing in many galleries and shows across North America.
   Moving to Ireland over a decade ago he settled in Kinvara, Co. Galway, where he has his studio.
   He paints Plein Air and in studio using watercolour, oil and pastel.
   Frank’s deep love of nature informs his every brushstroke. His ability to express changes in mood
   is reflected in his use of colour and light, which is subtle, sensitive and strong. He draws
   inspiration from the varying aspects of the Irish landscape.
   Frank also loves to teach. He does a yearly workshop with The Burren School of Painting in
   Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare, among others.
   He exhibits in a number of galleries in Ireland and lives in his studio-home with his wife Marych,
   their beloved dog Jack and ‘Queen of the House’ cat, Birdie.
   Lashing rain and wet rocks; pounding surf and distant storms; soft wet mists that kiss the early
   morning air and the light filtered by that mist have all been inspirational for this
   coming exhibition. Emotional and moody, a landscape with a soul, this new collection of work by
   Frank Sanford is a truly mature accomplishment.
   The gallery is open every day Monday to Saturday 10-6 and Sundays 12-6.
   For further information contact the Russell Gallery, New Quay, Burrin, Co. Clare.
   Tel. 065-7078185 or website

July 3rd – August 30th
   Clare Museum presents an exhibition of Clare embroidery in Scariff Public Library.

June 30th – July 26th
   Textile Exhibition – Foyer of the County Museum, Ennis
   An exhibition by textile artists in Clare displaying a variety of their wares.

June 27th – August 30th
   Clare Graduate Showcase Exhibition – Glór, Ennis
   In conjunction with the County Arts Office.
   An eclectic exhibition of work by recent graduates from Clare featuring painting, photography,
   installation and ceramic pieces and much more.

June 22nd - July 13th
   "AN UDDER VIEW"- Documenting a community- Kilnaboy 1980-2008
   Opening Times: Monday to Friday: 2- 5pm, Sundays 2- 5pm.
   Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 7 - 9pm.
   The X-PO is kept open by the community for the community on a voluntary basis and the project
   has been generously funded by the Arts Council and SuperValu.
   See the X-PO on Nationwide by using on the following link

18th – 24th June 2008
   Scariff Public Library Exhibition Space
   An exhibition of creative work by students from The East Clare Adult Education Centre. The
   exhibition gives students the opportunity to show a small selection of the art, design and craft
   work produced during the 2 year course. (Students choose modules in drawing, painting, design,
   ceramics and stained-glass as part of this course.)
   Timmy Dooley T.D. will open the exhibition on Thursday, 19th June at 7.00pm.
   All are welcome to attend.

June 9th – 28th, 2008
   Foyer of the County Museum
   Marie Connole presents 'Every flippant thing' - a large watercolour work created during a recent
   residency in Iceland. The piece explores physical experiences upon the psyche. Fears,
   fascinations and beliefs intermingle in this mindscape, ranging from the mundane to the absurd.
   Marie Connole is a graduate of NCAD and the Burren College of Art.

7th June - 21st July
   The SNUG, Mountshannon
   Open Restaurant hours, Tel 061-926826

June 3rd – August 30th
   Summer Exhibition at Ennis Art Gallery featuring Dorothy Ledwith, John Hanrahan,
   Rita Wobbe, Doreen Drennan and Judy O’Sullivan and many many more.

June 3rd – 30th
   Romantic Ireland: An exhibition of new paintings and photography by Christina Watkins
   Sean Lemass Library, Shannon

May 31st – July 11th, 2008
   Burren College of Art
   New Line Abstraction: An exhibition of work by the New Line Artists selected by Rita Wobbe.

May 12th – June 6th, 2008
   Foyer of the County Museum, Ennis
From East to West Coast – an exhibition of drawings from Aoife Fitzgerald

3rd - 30th May 2008
   Russell Gallery, New Quay, Burrin, Co. Clare
   NORTHERN LIGHTS paintings by Samantha Ellis-Fox and Josephine Kelly
   For further information contact the Russell Gallery, New Quay, Burrin, Co. Clare.
   Tel 065-7078185 or website

21st March –- 20th April 2008
   ICON - Stoneage to the Stones
   An eclectic mix of international artwork with paintings by Lynda Miller Baker (UK), Keith Payne (UK),    Ronnie Wood (UK), Andy Warhol (USA), John Sharkey(UK), Mary Lloyd Jones (UK), Steven Barret       (UK), Katya Weyher (Poland), John Sharkey (UK); sculptures by Moussa Ouattara (France)
   Russell Gallery, New Quay, Co. Clare

6th – 29th March 2008
   Aoife McGovern & Marie Connole – Exhibition of Drawings and Paintings
   Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street, Ennistymon, Co. Clare
   Tel: 065-7071630

3rd – 22nd March 2008
   County Museum
   Metharealistic Paintings from Astrid Adler

   Scariff Library, 3rd - 29th March 2008 by Katja Wittmer

See also:
Arts Exhibitions 2010
Arts Exhibitions 2009
2008 Clare Graduate Exhibition

<< Exhibitions