Exhibitions

Call for Exhibition Proposals

Dunamaise Arts Centre Call for Exhibition Proposals for our 2018/2019 Visual Art Programme is now closed

Applications are welcome outside of the call for proposals, but please note that Gallery exhibitions are set for the 2018/2019 period. Applications invited from professional, full-time artists, emerging artists and amateur artists working in various media/disciplines to display work in the Gallery in the future or as part of the Caffe Latté monthly artist showcase.

Submissions must include:

  • Completed application form
  • A concise outline of the proposed exhibition
  • Artist CV / statement
  • Images of recent / proposed work

(Full Gallery application guidelines; details on criteria; eligibility; venue provisions; selection procedure and Application Form available here)

Applications may be sent to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Please note that file size of more than 5MB will not be accepted by this email address.

Digital applications via email are preferable. However, hard copies will also be accepted by post to: Visual Arts Programme, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Church St. Portlaoise, Co Laois.

Annual Open Submission Group Show

Please note we also have an Annual Open Submission Group Show where 1-2 pieces can be submitted for selection by a guest curator. This may be preferable for emerging artists building their portfolio and body of work towards future solo shows. (Separate application process).

Annual Open Submission Group Show 2018 call for submissions will open during the Autumn Season. Details will be announced on this page.
See HERE for last years details.

Artist Showcase at Caffe Latte

Less formal, month long presentations of a small number of works, suitable for a family audience and a cafe setting. Details here.

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Eoin MacLochlann

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Friday 7 March – Saturday 26 Apr

I have been visiting Portlaoise for the last few years, teaching art in the prison and working on various Artist-in-Prison projects, so I was delighted when I was offered the opportunity to exhibit my work at Dunamaise Arts Centre.

The title of this exhibition is “Dídean/ Home” and it consists of paintings and installations exploring the human dimension to the economic crisis and looking at notions of “home”. In recent years, much has been written about ghost estates, empty hotels and tenantless apartment blocks, at one time an estimated 300,000 units vacant or unfinished, but at the same time we read about the growing problem of homelessness in our country. My work engages with contradictions such as these but, whilst the subject matter may be tough and the questions raised uncomfortable, my primary intention is to make art that moves people.

So I collect images from newspapers, magazines and the internet to find the subjects for my artworks. I am particularly interested in images of ordinary people in situations of conflict or crisis. It is all too easy to become inured to the individual stories that lie behind any of these images, but by choosing one and making it the subject of a large painting, for instance, I   try to emphasize the importance of that human story and, in a way, to subvert the notion of the “15 minutes of fame”. I am interested in exploring how art may produce a deeper and more enduring understanding of the contemporary experience than                                             do media images.

From a formal point of view I became interested in using discarded material in my artwork - cardboard, newspaper, paper coffee cups etc. I thought that it fitted well with the themes I was exploring. The empty coffee cups became a symbol for me of the “Boom and Bust”. During the era of the Celtic Tiger, it seemed like everyone was in a hurry - in a hurry to get to work, in a hurry to make money, in a hurry to build. No time to stop and chat, a quick coffee on the go, Skinny Lattes, Cappucinos, Caffé Mochas - madness - and then at the end of the day, the poor man on the street was using the empty cup to beg for help.

I also became interested in using cardboard in my work. If I was homeless and I had a piece of cardboard and a black marker, would I use them to write: “I’m Hungry, Please Help”, or would I start making art, right there on the street? As an artist, I feel grateful that I can create images out of thin air. I can picture places I’d like to be, things I could have... That’s why I called my installation of cardboard drawings: “Where there is art, there is hope”.

In the end, making art is a mysterious occupation. Working alone in the studio, I paint, I make things, I try out ideas, and sometimes my mistakes inspire new directions and new work… to borrow a quote from the late Tony O’Malley:  “you work at it day after day and then suddenly, something happens, a revelation”. That’s how it is.

Eoin Mac Lochlainn graduated from NCAD in 2000. He is a founder member of the artists’ collective Tondo. He won The Golden Fleece Award for his work in 2008, was shortlisted for the Davy Portrait Award in 2010 and won the ESB Keating McLaughlin Medal at the RHA the same year.

He has had ten solo exhibitions in Ireland and has participated in several selected exhibitions (including RHA, RUA, Iontas, Éigse, Oireachtas) and in various group shows in Ireland, England, France, Belgium, Georgia and China. His work is in the collections of: OPW, AIB, Bank of Ireland, AXA Insurance, University of Limerick, Wesley College, the Boyle Civic Collection and in various private collections.

See www.emacl.com and http://emacl.wordpress.com/

Dídean / Home at Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, runs from Friday 7 March – Saturday 26 April with an Opening Reception on Friday 7 March, 7pm. Artist’s talks or workshops can be arranged on request 057-8663355.  

Gavin Hogg

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Friday 17 January – Friday 28 February  

A practicing artist for 25 years, Gavin has exhibited widely in Ireland (EVA award winner 1993) and his work is included in many public and private collections. Printmaking is also an important part of his practice, showing regularly in the graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin and participating in group shows in Berlin and London  in 2012 and an Open Studio in New York in 2012 and 2013. Since 2007, he has been working to create a broader, more encompassing visual language. He completed a course in Jungian Psychology in 2012 which has had a major impact on his recent work. www.gavinhogg.com

Exhibition Reception on Wednesday 12 February, 7pm  


GAVIN HOGG

Artist Statement

January 2014

I get up in the morning and I make, and the answer as to why I make is easy; it is simply good to make, to craft anything from its beginning to end, is a pleasant and satisfying thing to do.

Why do I make what I make? is perhaps harder to answer in a straightforward manner. The question moves from the general to the particular but at the same time, I don’t think what I make is particularly obscure. The work is certainly intended to be readily accessible to the casual viewer. The elements within the work are recognisable even if their relationships to each other are uncertain. But this ambiguity is meant as a positive quality, creating room for conversation or imaginative play with the work.

The work is first of all designed. It is drawn and it is planned, it is printed, collaged and painted and the intention is that the work is attractive and will reward time spent by the viewer in looking and considering a possible meaning. It works like this because, I, as the work’s first audience, look at it just like that.

When I say that I design the work and enjoy the satisfaction of making and completing a piece, that doesn’t mean I know exactly what I am doing, as I visually juxtapose one element with another, or what the work is ultimately about. I have an idea or intuition, but the meaning is another question and the real adventure, the real excitement is making something that I didn’t expect to. The trick as an artist is to try and work just beyond the limitations of what I know, in order to learn more, but also to play and explore and discover possibilities that I might not have considered.

This process of making and play has become a very particular kind of dialogue or conversation between myself and the work. It is a conversation between conscious and unconscious energies, which I am trying to understand and also the importance of dreams and symbols, as a means to better understanding the world and how I and it functions.


Craft Fair 2013

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Friday 13th and Saturday 14th December

 

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Portlaoise Camera Club Exhibition Opening

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Laois through the Lens

Portlaoise Camera Club

March 22nd to April 27th

Portlaoise Camera Club (PCC) will hold an exhibition in Dunamaise Arts Centre later this month and throughout April. The title of the exhibition is “Laois Through a Lens” and consists of 33 photographs. The style is environmental portraiture and includes images of people throughout the County. A short caption of what the area means to the person will accompany each picture. We in PCC are very excited by this project and we hope people will enjoy the experience.  The exhibition is being launched at 7pm on Friday 22nd March. All are welcome, so come along and bring your friends.

Environmental portraiture featuring people and places across the county, accompanied by short texts by the subjects on their connections to featured locations.   

Portlaoise Camera Club members are very excited by this project and hope people will enjoy the experience! All are welcome to the opening, so come along and bring your friends.


Portlaoise Camera Club

Funded by

The Arts Council

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Dunamaise Arts Centre

Church Street Portlaoise, Co. Laois, Ireland.

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