Exhibitions

Dunamaise Gallery hosts up to 8 exhibitions annually as well as professional development seminars and networking events for visual artists. Gallery visits for art students and Artists Talks for all audiences welcome people in, to explore the work on show as well learn more about the artists’ careers, their creative practices and processes.

Exhibitions are programmed through a mix of selections from Open Calls, direct invitation and community focused projects. Sometimes tied into the performing arts programme or the calendar of local and national events, each year exhibitions feature work in a variety of media and include solo and group shows.   

The next opportunity to apply for an exhibition will be widely advertised in summer 2021, for exhibitions 2021-2024.  Guidelines and application details will be posted here at that time. 

In the meantime, please enjoy exploring our online Exhibitions below. We look forward to welcoming you back into Dunamaise Gallery as soon as circumstances allow.

Artist's 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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Creativity in Older Age

. Posted in Artists Talks/Workshops

Creativity in Older Dunamaise October programme

A PROGRAMME OF CREATIVE ACTIVITIES FOR ADULTS AGED 55+ THROUGHOUT OCTOBER AS PART OF LAOIS CONNECTS – PROMOTING POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING

Laois County Council’s Creative Ireland programme is rolling out a programme of creative activities for adults in Laois, aged 55+.  As part of Creative Ireland Laois’ commitment to Creativity in Older Age, a diverse range of creative and cultural activities are available for free throughout October.  No experience is required, just a curious, open mind for new learnings and adventures.

Laois Arts Officer and Creative Ireland Coordinator, Muireann Ní Chonaill said:

“In July 2020 Minister Catherine Martin T.D launched Creative Ireland’s wide ranging Creativity in Older Age fund designed specifically to counteract the social side effects of the pandemic.  At a time when older people were feeling cut off a range of creative initiatives that reduced isolation, and provided joy and solidarity  was launched across local authorities.  In Laois, since 2020, a diverse range of creative activities for older people has been rolled out, including funding support for the Fadó Faces 2021 and 2022 exhibitions.

Laois Arts Office and Dunamaise Arts Centre as part of the Creative Ireland Laois team are delighted to launch a month of activities that encourages and stimulates creativity - supporting and motivating older adults within our community to meet up in public and supportive venues.  The programme as part of Laois Connects, offers a myriad of creative activities facilitated by professional Laois artists and, arts and culture experts.  This time of the year is ideal to take up new interests - why not join us in new arts and cultural experiences.”

Over 5 consecutive weeks, Talking Art - art appreciation courses take place at Rathdowney Library with artist, Angela Delaney (from Wed Sept 28, 3-4.30pm); Dunamaise Arts Centre with artist, Laura Dunne (from Fri, Sept 30, 10.30am-12noon); Abbeyleix Heritage House with artist Pat Byrne (from Thurs Oct 6, 10.30am-12noon); and Portarlington Library with artist Caroline Keane (from Fri Oct 7, 3-4.30pm).

Every week new artworks from the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) and from Laois County Art Collection are viewed and discussed.  The courses are facilitated by Laois artists who have completed Age & Opportunity Azure training and Irish Museum of Modern Art - Visitor Engagement training.  View, connect and engage weekly in lively conversations about the artworks, aided by a bespoke Talking Art pack created by IMMA and Laois Arts Office.  Weekly attendance is essential/highly recommended. Booking is essential, contact venues directly.  The Talking Art Programme is a partnership between Laois Arts office and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, in conjunction with Dunamaise Arts Centre and Laois County Library Service.

In addition, a programme of free creative activities including art workshops and masterclasses for adults 55+ at the Dunamaise Arts Centre is being launched in October, and is a partnership programme between the Dunamaise and Laois Arts office, and includes:  

‘Musical Fun with Nuala Kelly’ (Fri Sept 30, 2-3.30pm) is a workshop that explores your voice with vocal warm-ups, musical games and simple songs.  Find your rhythm with tapping, clapping and hand-held percussion instruments.  No prior experience necessary, just come along and enjoy yourself!

‘My Left Foot with Arthur Lappin’ (Fri  Oct 14, 2– 3.30pm) provides a unique insight into the making of ‘My Left Foot‘ and how this film became a gateway for the development of the Irish Film industry.  Join well-known film and stage producer Arthur Lappin, whose feature films, which include  ‘My Left Foot’, ‘The Field’, ‘In The Name of the Father’ and ‘In America’, were nominated for 16 Academy Awards and won 2, as well as many other international awards.  It is recommended that you watch 'My Left Foot' pre-attending this masterclass.

‘Stirrings with Angela Delaney’ (Fri Oct 28, 2– 3.30pm) is a visual arts workshop using a variety of art materials/processes to focus on creating visual responses to art images that stir something in us.  Participants are encouraged to respond visually to images they connect with.

Booking essential for all activities, call 057 866 3355 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


‘Activations - Laois Arts’ is launching at The Laois Arthouse, (Mon, Oct 17, 1– 3.30pm with Arts Officer and Creative Ireland Coordinator, Muireann Ní Chonaill, and facilitated by UK Collective Encounters director, Sarah Thornton.

‘Activations’ is a capacity research and development programme for Artists in Laois (ages 55+) to ensure that creativity in older age is harnessed and supported.  As pillars of positive ageing, practitioners from visual arts, spoken word, dance, film, writing, sculpture, poetry, architecture, photography, music, digital art, theatre, print making, street art, installation, decorative arts, and crafts, etc, are invited to attend.  Confirm your attendance at 057 8664033/8664109 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Creativity in Older Age is supported by Creative Ireland Laois as part of the Creative Ireland Programme in partnership with Laois County Council Arts Office, Irish Museum of Modern Art, and Dunamaise Arts Centre. For further information, follow Creative Ireland Laois on FB, Insta & Twitter and visit Laois.ie. Call Laois Art office on 057 8664033/8664109 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Person/Presence/Perception

. Posted in Current Exhibitions

OPW and the Department of Finance Northern Ireland, Annual Touring Exhibition

7 October - 20 November 2022

Alana Barton - Wednesdays Child

Featured Artists include: Samantha Ellis Fox; Carol Graham; Alana Barton; Kim Montgomery; Daniel Nelis; Laura Cronin; Owen de Forge; Sile Walsh; Jessica Hollywood; Merve Jones; Connor Maguire; Anthony Haughey; Joanne Betty Conlon; Joanne Betty Conlon; Beverley Healy; Celie Byrne; Stephen Johnston; John Cooney; Ciaran Harper; Dáibhidh Stiúbhard; Philip Flanagan; Christopher Banaghan; Mónika Bögyös; Becks Butler; Joanne Clerkin; Alex deRoeck ; Vivienne Dick; Amanda Doran; Charles Harper; Vanessa Jones; Gary Loughlin; Maitiú Mac Cárthaigh; Alice Maher; Paddy McCabe; Kevin Mooney; Eva O'Donovan; Tolu Ogunware; Nuala O'Sullivan; David Quinn; Vera Ryklova and Éva Anna Szántó-Nádudvari

This annual cross border touring exhibition brings artworks usually located in Government offices and public buildings managed by the OPW and the Department of Finance, Northern Ireland, to wider audiences and demonstrates the commitment to the cross-border partnership that exists between the two central Government Departments. 

The focus of this year’s exhibition is people - the many ways they are represented in artworks and the responses elicited by the viewer. The 41 pieces by 40 artists were specially curated to reflect the artists’ vision of a diverse range of people and creates a portfolio of humanity, its presence and perceptions, as portrayed throughout the collections.

This cultural project platforms visual artists talent and creativity through a wide range of artwork media and styles, including paintings, photographs, prints and sculpture, from emerging and established artists.  Without the artists’ hard work and dedication, there could not be such exhibitions.  Both departments are pleased to participate in this project, to highlight their support our island’s creative economy, supporting cultural expression and widening an appreciation of the artworks which are heritage assets for future generations, valued and looked after by the two administrations.

A bilingual catalogue (Irish and English) illustrating the artworks accompanies the exhibition, free of charge to exhibition visitors. Additional educational resources are available and guided tours can be arranged on request, to provide further information.

The OPW artworks included in the exhibitions were acquired mainly through the Government’s Per Cent for Art Scheme which allows for 1% of a project’s construction budget to be set aside to provide artworks for public buildings.  The purpose of this scheme is to support the work of emerging Irish artists or non-Irish artists resident in Ireland and to bring contemporary art to the public and celebrate Irish creativity across all art forms.

Person / Presence / Perception opened its tour of Ireland in the Burnavon, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone in September and can be viewed at Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise from Friday 7 October to 20 November 2022. The tour then continues to The Mainguard, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary in March-April 2023 and other venues to be announced.

 

Details of a gallery reception and related artist talk at Dunamaise will be announced soon.

Fadó Faces

. Posted in Previous Exhibitions

Fadó Faces

Fadó Faces / 18 August - 30 September

An exhibition celebrating the lives and stories of older people in County Laois, through traditional portrait painting and digital art by a selection of local artists.

Opening Reception Thursday 18 August, 7pm.

All welcome.

Supported by Creative Ireland Laois as part of the Creative Ireland Programme - Creativity in Older Age fund in partnership with Laois County Council and Dunamaise Arts Centre.

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

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