Previous Exhibitions


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Keep some steady friends around

10 March to 30 April 2022

Dunamaise Arts Centre, in association with Kevin Kavanagh present Keep some steady friends around, an exhibition by Kathy Tynan from 10 March to 30 April 2022.
Through the activities of walking and looking Kathy Tynan identifies alternative landmarks in her every day environments, places to rest the eyes that give rise to contemplation. She observes and informally records visual quirks in her surroundings. Such vagaries are later bestowed with temporal emphasis through the medium of paint. Minor variations within a daily routine are a source of constant interest to her. Tynan responds to the possibilities of the surface texture of paint, its ability to mimic real-world surfaces. She looks for clues in unlikely places - the most trivial encounter has the potential to announce the most profound epiphany.
Recent exhibitions include fresh ruins, Kevin Kavanagh, (2021;) The Zurich Portrait Prize, National Gallery of Ireland (2020); Two Painters, Highlanes Gallery (2020); Green Like Now, Kevin Kavanagh (2019); Luminous Twitch, The Lab Gallery (2019) and Everything is in Everything, Sirius Arts Centre (2019). Tynan completed a three-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris and published her first book of paintings, Proud & Strong All Day Long in 2018. In 2019 she was the winner of the Dublin City Council Visual Arts Bursary and was shortlisted for The Hennessey-Craig prize for painting. In 2020 she carried out a residency in St. Patrick's Lodge, Dublin and received a special award from The Golden Fleece.
Kathy Tynan is represented by Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin.
Kathy Tynan was recently in conversation with Kevin Kavanagh at Dunamaise Arts Centre and is now available to watch on YouTube.

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by Tess Ryan

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Artist Bio

Teresa Ryan is a South African born artist.
Her focus on ceramics came about in 2020 as a personal response to living with a chronic illness through the Covid pandemic. She is strongly influenced by the ocean, animals and humour.
"While I hope to achieve visual stimulation, my main objective is to pass remark on my surroundings with the aim to open up thoughtful conversations."
"In this body of work I have explored our connection to earth and looked at how each small piece is intricately connected. My attention in particular was on coral: so beautifully individual, yet pieces that's connected to create reefs and ocean floors, connected to earth, connected to us.
Like pieces in a puzzle, everything is connected. It also means we need all the pieces for the big picture to work".
Each piece is priced at €110
10% of the proceeds will go to Seal Rescue Ireland.
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Unlegendary Heroes

Unlegendary Heroes

Geraldine O’Reilly & Mary O’Donnell

14 January - 5 March 2021

For the last two years the visual artist/printmaker Geraldine O’Reilly and poet Mary O’Donnell have collaborated on Unlegendary Heroes; a project where Geraldine selected ten of Mary’s poems and responded in a series of ten visual images in watercolour, which were then printed using silk screen.

The 10 poems deal with aspects of female life and experience, including one of O’Donnell’s most essential and defining poems Unlegendary Heroes, often cited and quoted from. This poem is included on The Poetry Foundation’s website and also appears in Windharp: Poems of Ireland since 1916, (Penguin Ireland, 2015) and was developed as a performance piece for the Irish Consulate in Boston’s Women’s Voices in Modern Irish Poetry in November 2020.

Other poems deal with the upbeat modern woman who sashays through a celebrating crowd (At the Wedding, A Stranger), an iconic crone figure who intercuts two other generations with her need for nourishment (Feeding the Crone), and on to the contemporary bitter poetic enactment of hair-cutting for economic survival in a subsistence culture (Twenty Inches of Hair). As well, one of Dublin’s great cafes is evoked as four generations of women are recalled (Meeting outside Bewleys) and in contrast to this, a group of walkers bear witness to a heron’s flight (Heron and the Women).

The artwork responding to the poems displays Geraldine O’Reilly’s acclaimed creative achievement in the manner in which her public has come to value: sensitive, powerful response to the experiences and moments which define the everyday, both in Ireland and globally.

The poems are taken from Mary O’Donnell’s highly-praised work in such collections as Unlegendary Heroes, Those April Fevers and her most recent volume, Massacre of the Birds.

The pages are presented in a limited edition (of 12) solander-boxed set of screen prints and poems, set by Mary Plunkett of Belgrave Press, in hand-made boxes created by award-winning book-binder Eilis Murphy of Folded Leaf, and printed at Graphic Studio Workshop, Dublin (Ireland’s oldest Fine Art print workshop). All the poems and illustrations are printed on 285gsm Fabriano Rosapina Bianca printing paper.

Artist Talk: Artist Geraldine O’Reilly and Poet Mary O’Donnell in Conversation with Muireann Ní Chonaill
Wednesday 9th February, 11am, FREE

To mark the current exhibition entitled 'Unlegendary Heroes' at Dunamaise Gallery, we are delighted to present this illustrated talk and poetry reading.Visits to the gallery (in smaller groups) will be followed by a relaxed and wide ranging conversation in the theatre, about the collaboration to create this body of work, their artistic practice and careers to date.

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.

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Dunamaise Arts Centre

Church Street Portlaoise, Co. Laois, Ireland.

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