Previous Exhibitions

Our Choice, Our World

Young Curators Project

20 September - 9 November

5th and 6th class children from Scoil Bhríd, Mountrath will work with professional curators, artists and Dunamaise Gallery to take part in this new creative project. Working together with Dunamaise and Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin - Pupils selected work by established artists which is presented in an exciting new exhibition at Dunamaise Arts Centre. A related programme of talks and workshops for schoolchildren and families will be programmed alongside the exhibition.

Supported by Creative Ireland Laois, as part of the Creative Ireland Programme in partnership with Laois County Council

Creative Space at Dunamaise Gallery

Children of all ages are invited to respond throughout the exhibition and visits from other schools are welcome. Class and Family Activity Sheets will be available from the Box Office and FREE artist led workshops encouraging creative expression and exploration include:


inspired by the exhibition!

Sat 2 Nov, 2pm for families.

Wed 30 Oct, 4pm for ages 7+


Tell tall tales from your

imagination, sparked by the artworks on display

Sat 9 Nov, 2pm



Spikey Jar Collective | Journeys
Mixed Media by Doreen Bourke, Textile Art & Painting by Janet O’Grady, Nora Reilly, Kate O’Brien, Mel McNally
A group of Laois based contemporary artists present work inspired by their diverse backgrounds and interests and wide ranging experiences.
Exhibition runs 9 August - 15 September | Exhibition Reception Thursday 15 August, 7pm

Lost images of the Nacirema Tribe

by Darina Meagher| Lost images of the Nacirema Tribe
Exhibition runs 28 June - Fri 2 August | Artist Talk & Reception Saturday 13 July, 3pm
Important artefacts discovered in a disused attic space at Dunamaise have been curated by award winning artist Darina Meagher. The long lost images are presented to enlighten and expose an astonishing ancient tribe and their disturbing body rituals. They authenticate a major anthropological study* from the 1950’s by an eminent anthropologist. Come and explore these artefacts and their supporting materials which have baffled all local historians!
(* “Body Ritual among the Nacirema” by Prof. Horace Milner, Published in The American Anthropologist, vol. 58 (1956), pp. 503-507)

Annual Art/Craft/Design Exhibition


Students of QQI level 5 & 6 courses present work in a variety of disciplines including ceramics, textiles, drawing, print and painting.

Work explores concepts of memory, childhood objects, identity, gender, landscape and the feminine. An exciting blend of contemporary art from emerging artists working and living locally.

See @acdabbeyleix on Instagram for insight on all art courses.
Official Opening Thursday 9 May, 7pm | Exhibition runs until 22 June

Funded by

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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Our Sponsors

The Arts Council Laois County Council

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