Current Exhibitions

Mary Burke Townscape

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Mary Burke Townscape

10 March - 30 April

Curated by Muireann Ni Chonaill, this is a collaboration between artist Mary Burke, the Department of Sociology at Maynooth University and Laois County Council Arts Office.

Painter Mary Burke was invited to make portraits of the homes of 12 families in Stradbally while sociologist Mary P. Corcoran has interviewed the participating families.

www.maryburke.ie

FREE EVENT from 2:30pm: A Dialogue with Architecture: Reinterpreting the Irish Town

2:30pm: Tour of 'Townscape', by Mary Burke and Muireann Ni Chonaill followed by seminar, chaired by Sinead O'Reilly, Arts Council

Speakers include:

Annette Moloney, Arts Consultant and Public Arts Advisor, Arts Council, will speak about funding opportunities including PERCENT FOR ART and other options for projects

Miriam Delaney, DIT Market Place Ireland at Venice (Mountmellick is featured in the exhibition)

Miriam is an architect and lecturer at the Dublin School of Architecture, DIT. Her research focuses on the history of Irish planned towns and villages.

Miriam is a member of the 'Free Market' team, who are Commissioning and Curating the Irish Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018, exploring the past and future potential of Irish market towns.

RE-TOOLING YOUR TOWN - How the RIAI Town Tool Kit can help maximise your town's potential with Carole Pollard, FRIAI, DIT.

Carole is a registered architect and Past President of the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland 2016-2017, her practice includes teaching, writing and research work in the area of architecture and design and she is an advocate for excellence in the built environment.

Talking Townscape: place attachment and community sentiment in Stradbally, Co. Laois with Mary P. Corcoran, Maynooth University

Mary is Professor of Sociology at the National University of Ireland Maynooth. Her research interests lie primarily in the sociology of migration, urban transformation and public culture, areas in which she has published widely.

This is Mary’s second collaborative project with visual artist, Mary Burke.

Michael Parsons, Chairperson Heritage Council

*Short Film Screening of Town written and directed by Orla Murphy, School of Architecture, UCD

Orla is an architect, owner of Custom Architecture, and Assistant Professor in UCD School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy.

She lives in Westport, Co Mayo and has extensively researched and published work exploring the challenges and potentials of rural Irish towns.

5pm Official Opening of Exhibition by Sinead O'Reilly, Arts Council

Open Submission

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We are delighted to announce the return of our annual ‘Open Submission’ exhibition at Dunamaise Arts Centre.

This year’s show will feature artworks selected by a guest curator and promises to showcase a great breadth and depth of artistic expression by emerging and established artists.

Guest Selector: Patricia McKenna

A month long Residency at Laois Arthouse, Stradbally will be awarded to one of the selected artists (dates subject to availability). Supported by Dunamaise Arts Centre and Laois Arts Office

1-2 pieces can be submitted in person for selection.

Full details and all relevant dates: Open Submission Application Form.

This years selector is invited to select works from artists working in any media, under the title 'Visibility'.

“I am delighted to be invited to curate and select this year’s Open Submission. As an artist, I have always liked the opportunity to show work without the pressure of a group or solo show - to test the water, as it were, of ideas - to move work out of the familiar into new spaces, new encounters. Stretching Visibility. Placing different types and styles of work together can create exciting visual dialogues and conversations. Parts of those conversations are also with the space of the Centre and with the potential viewers who will add their own vision to the conversation. I look forward to seeing the work submitted and the possible conversations this might lead to.” - Patricia McKenna


Official Opening Friday 17 November, 7pm.

Runs until Saturday 6 January.

For further information please contact; Box Office on 057 866 3355

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Details regarding our Call for Exhibition Proposals for 2017/2018 Visual Art Exhibition Programme available HERE


Funded by

The Arts Council

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Dunamaise Arts Centre

Church Street Portlaoise, Co. Laois, Ireland.

Contact The Dunamaise Arts Centre

Box Office Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 5.30pm
Saturday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm.
One hour prior to curtain on the evening of a performance.
Box office 00353 57 866 3355.

General Enquiries: info@dunamaise.ie

Our Sponsors

The Arts Council Laois County Council