Previous Exhibitions

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.

Adrienne Geoghegan


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.

Funded by

The Arts Council


Dunamaise Arts Centre

Church Street Portlaoise, Co. Laois, Ireland.

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