Current Exhibitions

Open Submission 2021

Open Submission 2021

26 Nov 2021 – 4 Jan 2022

Selected by Sharon Murphy | Supported by Laois County Council Arts Office


We hope you enjoy the selection made by guest selector, Sharon Murphy, presenting work in a variety of media by artists from all over Ireland.

The exhibition is open to visitors during Dunamaise open hours*

A short Virtual Showcase is available to view in the event you cannot visit in person.


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Each year Dunamaise invites a Guest Selector to curate the Open Submission Group Show.

Guest Selector 2021: Sharon Murphy

Sharon Murphy is a visual artist and curator. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and her work is held in both public and private collections. Murphy has curated independently in public art and gallery contexts and is currently Curator-in-Residence at Draíocht, Dublin and College Curator for the RDS Visual Arts Graduate Awards. She holds a Diploma in the History of Art from Trinity College Dublin, a BA in Photography from Dún Laoghaire IADT and a Masters in Theatre from UCD.

Sharon says:

In selecting the exhibition I was struck by the authentic, distilled nature of the individual works and how collectively they seemed to offer themselves as signs and signals from a time of introspection and enforced solitude.  In selecting them and presenting them in a dialogue with each other I wished to be true to their distinctive voices while allowing for multiple quiet conversations between the images that slowly draw the viewer in. 

The fantastic prize of a month long Residency at Laois Arthouse, Stradbally is a rare opportunity to focus on creating new work in state of the art studio facilities and a supportive environment. Dunamaise Arts Centre gratefully acknowledges the support of Laois Arts Office, in awarding this prize to artist Eoin Butler.

Curator Sharon Murphy: “Excellence is the key criteria for selecting the award but also I have considered timeliness and benefit for the artist's practice and like commitment to a month in Arthouse, Stradbally, Laois. Butler's work stands out. It is painterly, distilled and resolved. His highly-textured, abstract paintings emerge from his engagement  and attunement with the natural world, expressing the character and felt experience of place. His paintings, while abstract, have an organic relationship to the landscape and is clearly influenced by its tones, colours, shapes and form. He has a particular preoccupation with bog, horizon line and sky and the bogs in the midlands have provided source material and inspiration for his current work. The paintings are in part abstract imbued with a ‘stillness’, and a reverence of place, an appropriate metaphor for an inner peace.

Butler describes his works as: a trek through time, place and at one with place. “The soul of my work inhabits a solitary place in the midland landscape of trees, bog and sky - my hinterland. A homeland much loved. The work is a bridge to the sanctity and spirit of self.” 


As well as exhibitions, each season we host artists’ talks, professional development workshops and art classes for all ages. Keep in touch through our e-newsletters, Facebook , Twitter or Instagram and visit for updates.


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Bridget Flannery RIVERLINES


Bridget Flannery 'Riverlines'
27 September – 6 November, 2021

The Summer of river swimming and drawing

Summer 2021…months of sliding into rivers, feeling the silkiness of fresh water, tasting the earth in it, savouring the flavour and scent of distant bogs and the freshness of mountain streams, feeling the coldness of it. The swiftness of its flow, the scare of its drag and the wonder of its amber colour edged with bright green plants.
Summer 2021…months of drawing, mark making, scratching, sliding charcoal sticks along smooth, heavy paper; scraping these blocks of black pigment over rough surfaces, erasing, letting my arms make wide movements to make flowing marks, over and back, in and out of each other in tune to some inner rhythm, lines moving across the paper, dipping, crossing, touching, tipping, stopping abruptly, making shapes, paths and patterns.
Some days swimming and drawing blurred, echoing each other in movement, effort and rhythm.
Visitors to Dunamaise gallery are invited to immerse themselves amongst these stunning abstract landscapes and feel the soothing peace of water flowing.

School visits with the Artist will take place in early November on request. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Funded by

The Arts Council


Dunamaise Arts Centre

Church Street Portlaoise, Co. Laois, Ireland.

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