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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Adrienne Geoghegan

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Dunamaise Arts Centre presents

An exhhibition of children's book illustrations




17th October - 3rd November 2012

Dunamaise Arts Centre is delighted to present an exhibition of work by Illustrator Adrienne Geoghegan from Wednesday 17th October to Saturday 3rd November 2012.

Painting, collage and assemblage are Adrienne Geoghegan’s passions. She studied illustration at Kingston University in the UK, where she developed her ‘beloved shadow boxes’. Adrienne was awarded a 1st class BA(hons) however, surprisingly, her first paid work came through a children’s book agent – and subsequently, Adrienne was shortlisted for the McMillan prize in Children’s Picture Books.

Her work has been translated into many languages, and Adrienne continues to create ideas for picture books. She also illustrated articles for many London publishers, including The Guardian and the Economist. In 1994 Adrienne returned to Dublin, to a shared studio space, The Fifty-Fifty off Liffey Street.

Adrienne lectured in various colleges and freelanced for various national and international newspapers and publications and regularly runs workshops.

She is currently working in her home studio in Stoneybatter, Dublin making her box art assemblages, painting, illustrating and writing stories.

All are welcome to visit our gallery and Adrienne Geoghegan’s exhibition will continue until 3rd November 2012.

The Dunamaise gallery is open daily Tuesday – Saturday 9.30am – 5.30pm. Guided visits to the gallery by school groups or organisations can be arranged by contacting the Dunamaise Box office on 057 866 3355.

Conor Walton-Allegories of Painting

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Dunamaise Arts Centre presents

Allegories of Painting



14th September - 13th October 2012

Dunamaise Arts Centre is honoured to present Conor Walton’s ninth solo-exhibition which was opened in the gallery by Carey Clarke PPRHAon Friday 14th September at 7pm.

Allegories of Painting is an exhibition of figure paintings by Conor Walton exploring themes that reflect upon the nature and power of painting itself. The artist conceives these pictures as painterly 'acts of faith' and challenges himself to realise the potential of his art while symbolically commenting on the process.

Conor’s work is considered to be defined by a concentration of thought and dedication to skill in composition as well the exquisite and expert application of paint.  His captivating still lifes, portraits and landscapes are worlds of their own, worlds that tempt you to walk into them, and connect even deeper than their beautifully wrought surfaces.

 Walton says that his artworks play complex games that seek to “provoke thought, to stir up the mental sediments, to sum something up. The idea that a painting can be a microcosm, a compressed or metaphorical image of the world, complete on its own terms, is what interests me.”

Currently based in Wicklow, Conor Walton (b.1970) studied painting at NCAD, winning the Taylor Prize in 1993, the year of his graduation. After further studies in the UK and Italy, Conor returned to full-time painting in Ireland in 1996. Five solo-exhibitions followed with Jorgensen Fine Art in Dublin. Since winning 3rd Prize for Painting at the Florence Biennale in 1999, Conor has developed an international career and now exhibits widely outside of Ireland, with recent solo shows in the UK, Denmark and Norway. His portraits have won prizes at the BP Portrait Award and Portrait Ireland (both 2005) and his works are found in public and private collections worldwide.

All are welcome to visit our gallery and Conor Walton’s exhibition will continue until 13th October 2012.

The Dunamaise gallery is open daily Tuesday – Saturday 9.30am – 5.30pm. Guided visits to the gallery by school groups or organisations can be arranged by contacting the Dunamaise Box office on 057 866 3355.

Culture Night

CULTURE NIGHT 2012 - Conor Walton gives a talk to Art Students from Abbeyleix College of Further Education.

Conor will also give a talk in the gallery at 10am on Thursday 11th October. If you are interested in coming along please let us know.


Conor Walton Opening Night  Conor Walton Opening Night  Paul MacCormaik James Hanley Roisin McGarr and Cecelia Moore

Level Open Submission

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Dunamaise Arts Centre presents



The Dunamaise Arts Centre will open level, its fourth Open Submission exhibition on Friday 20th July at 7pm featuring work by selected artists.  An exciting development in the Dunamaise visual arts programme, both in its approach and its curation, the exhibition will feature pieces by 18 artists which have been selected by guest curator and artist Jock Nichol.


The artists exhibiting include Pat Fitzpatrick, Aidan Flanagan, Maeve Coulter, John Cullen, Mary Cullen, Angela Fewer, Lorraine Walsh, Bernadette Madden, Aisling Conroy, Judy Carroll Deeley, Tony Gunning, Martina O’Brien, Anna Marie Savage, Sheelagh McShane, Aoife Hand, John Busher, Kevin McCann, Dave West.


An overwhelming and impressive number of applications were received earlier this year, both from established artists all over Ireland, as well as local and emerging artists.  The 18 pieces exhibited are of mixed media and sizes by artists from the length and breadth of the country.


The exhibition will run until 5th September 2012.  Entry to the exhibition is free and all members of the public are invited to the gallery to take a look at the work.

Joe Hogan

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An exhibition of non functional baskets by award winning basket maker Joe Hogan opened on Friday September 9th.


On opening night, Joe gave a talk on the tradition and contemporary practice of basket making and was a wonderful opportunity to meet this remarkable basket maker and gain an insight into his practice.  To view pictures from the talk and opening click here.

"I was drawn to basketmaking because willow growing provided an opportunity to live rurally and develop a real understanding for a particular place . Over the last 30 years I have found it a very satisfying occupation. I aim to make work to my own standards since this is what is fulfilling and keeps me wanting to spend time in my workshop. I take some time each year to try new ideas and to make new designs but I also value repetition and the fluency it develops.

For the past 10 years or so I have become increasingly interested in making non-functional baskets, some of which involve the use of found pieces of wood. I also sometimes use twigs with cones or catkins on them. This work is prompted by a desire to develop a deeper connection to the natural world." Joe Hogan, 2010


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The Arts Council


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.

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