Previous Exhibitions

Previous Exhibitions

Carol O'Connor

A LongingCarol OConnor - Estate 1sm

Until Friday 15th March

The work in the exhibition “A Longing” stems from two years of work and is the first major body of work since her degree show at NCAD.  The paintings represent all that has happened to her in that time and also reflect her view of the broad and accelerating changes in the world around us.  Colour plays a pivotal role in reflecting desires, fantasies and the hope for an optimistic future.  Images are collected from magazines, papers etc and are often inspired by literature, news stories and personal experiences.

Carol has a B.A honours degree from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland. Prior to this she worked for a number of years as an administrator in the Toradh Gallery and as a youth arts worker. She has had three solo exhibitions in Ireland, most recently in 2009 in the Solstice Arts Centre in Co. Meath and in the Watergate gallery in Kilkenny in 2010. She won the ‘Going Solo’ art award from Meath County Arts Office in 2009 and she has work in the collections of Axa Insurance, the Office of Public Works, Meath Co. Council and Bank of Ireland.

At the opening of Carol O'Connor's exhibition...

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Fiona Clancy

Fiona Clancy - Art Quilts

Shapes, Colour, Threads, Repetition, Pieced, artquilts
Traditional, Lines, Ideas, Tactile, Random, Intense, 
Free, Stitch, Fabric, Abstract, Contemporary, 
Self Expression, Travels, Layers, Patterns.

Friday 11th January - Sunday 10th February 2013

Dunamaise Arts Centre is proud to present an exhibition of contemporary art quilts by Laois based artist Fiona Clancy, opening in the gallery on Friday 11th January and continuing until Friday 10th February.

The exhibition comprises of fourteen quilts in various sizes up to 2 metres wide, each designed, hand-dyed and sewn by Fiona. The handcrafted details and designs in each quilt are very evident in each as they draw upon Ogham, ancient scripts, stone walls and grids. Fiona has also drawn inspiration, particularly with the colours she uses in her quilts from her travels thoughout South America, from which she has just returned.

Fiona Clancy from Naas, Co.Kildare is living in Laois for the last 12 years. Having studied Fashion Design in the Grafton Academy originally, Fiona continued her studies with a course in quilting ten years ago and has been making quilts ever since. She also studied ceramics at Abbeyleix College of Further Education and is now a member of Spikey Jar Studios, a women’s art group of past pupils of the college who create textiles, painting, mixed media, photography and ceramics.

Fiona Clancy’s exhibition of contemporary art quilts will continue until Friday 10th February and all are welcome to visit the gallery. A price list is available from the Dunamaise Arts Centre.  Schools are also welcome to attend the exhibition and/or to meet the artist in person for a talk about her work.

Craft Exhibition & Pop-Up Shops

Invitation to All:

Craft Exhibition

Carol Booth



An Exhibition of Paintings, Sculptures & Photographs

Dunamaise Arts Centre presents an exhibition of paintings, sculptures and photographs by Carol Booth, which was opened on Friday 9th November by Robert Booth.

Dublin-born and bred, the artist Carol Booth uses experiences from her travels with which to explore themes in her work.

Spending time in France after Art College, she embraced the Romantic language and the culture of the Romantics. Moving to the west coast of the US, she set up her studio in San Diego and travelled extensively throughout Mexico. The juxtaposition of pagan/Christian beliefs among the native Indians of Mexico had a profound effect on her work.

The softer, natural rhythms of the seasons amid the lush green fields of the Irish countryside, where she has now made her home, continue to influence her work.

In relation to her exhibition at the Dunamaise Arts Centre, Carol said: “It all started in Spain when I took time out to paint. I lived in a remote area on the east coast up among the olive groves. It was then I learned to appreciate the beauty of the olive tree, its age, its grace and individual charm...and so this body of work began. As opposed to painting a direct copy - I like to paint the feeling”.

Carol ventured into theatre set designing during her seven years in California. While there, she exhibited her paintings, mainly in group shows.

A marriage led her into the Irish antiques industry and, on her return to Europe; Carol studied the ancient art of gilding in London. She eventually set up the Hugenot Studio in Dublin's Francis Street, renowned as the hub of the antiques trade in the city. Over the span of 17 years and with the help of a staff of seven, Carol worked with the leading antique dealers in the country, restoring treasured family heirlooms and objets d’art, in addition to receiving private commissions.

Carol holds a Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) from the National College of Art & Design in Dublin. She lives in County Laois with her second husband Arthur.

Carol Booth’s exhibition at the Dunamaise Arts Centre will continue until 30th November.

Funded by

The Arts Council


Dunamaise Arts Centre

Church Street Portlaoise, Co. Laois, Ireland.

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