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  • Delighted to have been invited to take part in this exhibition in Belfast curated by Ciara Hickey and Nora Hickey, details below.

House  Taken  Over

A  weekend  of  artist  responses,  talks  and   performances

Curated  by  Hickey  +  Hickey

At  ‘Heathcote’,  South  Belfast,  Friday  20th  April  –  Sunday  22nd  April  2018

For  full  details  of  the  house  location,  please  email

Exhibiting  Artists   Sighle  BHREATHNACH-­‐CASHELL,  Joseph  BEUYS,  Declan  CLARKE,  John  D’ARCY, Irina  GHEORGHE,   Allan  HUGHES,  Tom  HUGHES,  Dorothy  HUNTER,  Alexey  KRASNOVSKY,  Gillian LAWLER,  Julie  LOVETT,   Roseanne  LYNCH,  Colin  MARTIN,  Lorcan  McGEOUGH,  Una  MONAGHAN, Maeve  O’LYNN,  Tullis   RENNIE,  Penelope  WARD,  AMINI  (Artists  Moving  Image  Northern  Ireland)

House  Taken  Over  is  an  exhibition  of  work  by  nineteen  artists  in  ‘Heathcote’  an  historic  private   home  in South  Belfast,  with  an  accompanying  programme  of  events,  inspired  by  a  recent   unexpected  discovery about  the  house.  Last  year,  sister  curators  Ciara  Hickey  (Learning  Producer   Hillsborough  Castle)  and  Nora  Hickey  M’Sichili  (Director,  Centre  Culturel  Irlandais,  Paris)  became   aware  that  during  World  War Two  their  family  home  had  been  the  Northern  Irish  Intelligence   Headquarters  for  a  covert  operation involving  a  network  of  secret  listeners  who  tuned  in  to  their   radio  sets  in  homes  across  the  province listening  to  enemy  communications.  The  logs  recorded  by   the  listeners  were  forwarded  to  ‘Heathcote’, where  they  were  transferred  directly  to  codebreakers   in  Bletchley  Park  to  be  decrypted.     The  exhibition takes  its  name  from  a  short  story  by  the  Argentinian  writer  Julio  Cortázar,  (b.1946   Brussels  –  d.  1984 Paris),  in  which  a  family  home  is  gradually  taken  over  by  some  unknown  element,   leading  the  inhabitants to  eventually  abandon  it  completely.  There  is  never  any  explanation  as  to   what  takes  over  the  house;  one is  left  with  more  questions  than  answers  and  the  reader  is  obliged   to  imagine  what  has  happened.

Events  Programme  –  Friday  20  –  Sunday  22  April  2018     Friday  6pm  –  8pm

Opening  Reception   Friday  7pm     Opening  Performance:  HIVE  Choir     Saturday  2pm   Reading:  Julio Cortázar’s  ‘House  Taken  Over’  followed  by  new  exhibition   response  by  Maeve  O’Lynn   Saturday  3pm     Performance:  Tullis  Rennie  ‘Muscle  Memory’   Sunday  11am     Lecture:  Penelope  Ward   Sunday  1pm

Screening:  Presented  by  AMINI  with  talk  by  Jaqueline  Holt
Sunday  3pm     Performance:  Tullis  Rennie  ‘Muscle  Memory’     Opening  Times  for  exhibition  (viewing  by  appointment  only)    Saturday  21  April,  11am  –  5pm    Sunday  22  April,  11am-­‐  5pm

Sonorities   House  Taken  Over  is  presented  as  part  of  the  Sonorities  Festival  organised  by  the  Sonic  Arts   Research  Centre  at  Queen’s  University  Belfast  and  includes  work  that  draws  on  core  festival   themes:  forms  of  listening,  techno-­‐human  encounters  and  matters  such  as  machine-­‐listening  and   audio-­‐coding.     For  more  information,  to  book  an  event  or  to  view  the  exhibition  please  email  us  at  and  consult   This  project  is  generously  supported  by  the  British  Council

With  thanks  to  Irish  Art  Courier  and  Golden  Thread  Gallery   House  Taken  Over  is  part  one  of  a  project  which  will  result  in  a  group  exhibition  on  surveillance  in   the  Centre  Culturel  Irlandais  in  Paris  (September  –  December  2018)  and  in  Solstice  Arts  Centre   Navan  in  2019.     Hickey  +  Hickey  is  the  collaborative  curatorial  practice  of  sisters  Ciara  Hickey  (Learning  Producer  at   Hillsborough  Castle  since 2017,  Co-­‐Director  of  Household  Belfast  and  former  Curator  at  Belfast   Exposed)  and  Nora  Hickey M’Sichili  (Director  of  the  Centre  Culturel  Irlandais  in  Paris,  Ireland’s   International  Arts  Centre,  since  2013 and  former  Director  of  Mermaid  Arts  Centre  in  Bray).    You are invited to House Taken Over, a weekend of artist responses, talks and performances. Curated by Hickey + Hickey this exhibition will take place at a secret location in Belfast from Friday 20th April – Sunday 22nd April 2018 as part of the Sonorities Festival.

To book an event or to view the exhibition please email us at: and consult


  • Gillian Lawler With Difference Engine, ALTERN_ATORS At HDLU Zagreb



19th of April – 3rd of May

Wendy Judge
Mark Cullen
Jessica Foley
Gillian Lawler

…here, earth will appear open and from fissures will fly sweet rhizomatic vapours… Where grounds separate, aperiodic patterns will emerge… Images of distant, fractured architectures will assert themselves against an horizon of faraway geologies… The way will seem at first unclear… but listen… voices will speak out and there will be bright shelter and you will not be alone…

Altern_ators is a collaborative composition that generates and performs differences within a gallery context, drawing audiences into relation with them. The mood of Altern_nators is charged with a consciousness of worldly and other-worldly agency and change.

Increasingly, we feel and know that we are living through a moment of rapid technological and environmental change, pervasive wars and intellectual, emotional and political inertia. We live and work in societies and contexts increasingly conditioned by anti-democratic politics, predictive policing algorithms and grotesque technological consumerism, irresponsibility and waste. More than ever, we feel the necessity of art.

Difference Engine IX stages an Altern_ators assembly for the audience of HDLU to encounter, think and become with. We imagine Altern_ators as a context where differences and tensions can be produced, inhabited and explored personally and collectively.

Difference Engine Statement

Difference Engine is both an evolving exhibition and a model of artist-led curation by Wendy Judge, Gillian Lawler, Mark Cullen and Jessica Foley. We have been working and touring together since 2009 with other guests.

Our collective name is lifted from the 19th century work of Charles Babbage, the world’s first mechanical computational machine and forerunner for the modern computer: The Difference Engine. Babbage was a cantankerous English mathematician, philosopher, inventor, mechanical engineer and notorious collaborator with the world’s first computer programmer, Lady Ada Lovelace. We have adopted the name Difference Engine as a kind of poetic motto for working together creatively, pragmatically and critically. We particularly enjoy Babbage’s aphorism that “Jamming is a form of Error Detection,” and take this as something of a slogan for our collective experimentation and collaboration.

As Difference Engine we play with the idea of ‘jamming’ as both a way of making art and a way of life together. In one sense ‘jamming’ signifies stasis, shock, or rupture, but in another sense it signifies change, growth, improvisation and invigoration between players. We understand this ambiguity as reflective of the capacity we share for generating creative politics from where and when we live. We often combine painting, video, sculpture, objects and props, as well as words, sounds and language. We summon each other and our audiences to generate relations, associations and stories from the pieces composed within the space and place of exhibition. For us, Difference Engine operates as a metaphor and model of radical politics and aesthetic experiment that allows us to generate critical counterpoints between personal and artistic concerns and broader social, political and environmental matters of living and dying on this earth, now.

Difference Engine exhibitions are devised over months and years. Our works change and morph through conversation with each other, with some works disappearing and reappearing from one show to the next. In preparing for the show at HDLU, we engaged in a series of workshops together, playing with visual and verbal languages through collage and writing. The traces of this collaborative process have led to the ANNEX pages in the accompaning publication.


The Annex was conceived of as a passage way to the Difference Engine exhibitions. It’s prototype emerged during the Manifestation III exhibition in New York (USA), when we displayed some of the results of a paper-folding workshop we had played together in preparing the exhibition. In our next exhibition, we constructed the ANNEX more fully as a space where we and the audience could find tangential routes into and out of the works of Difference Engine, by displaying research materials and objects that were relevant to our individual and collective processes. The first ANNEX was composed in Waterford (IRL), at SOMA:

“The annex was filled with many curios and I felt most intrigued. A mountainous outcrop centred the grouping of assorted objects. It’s isolated form reminded me of a book I read about a distant planetary out-post awaiting some kind of contact. Along the shelves were laid books from all our childhoods, stories of futures to come, places to see and evolved life-forms.”

Subsequent ANNEX’s were installed as part of ACCUMULATOR I and II in West Cork (IRL) in 2012 and Carmarthen (WAL) in 2013. For HDLU, we have re-composed the ANNEX as a series of collaged images reconfiguring traces of research materials and ideas we have been working with together in preparation for ALTERN_ATORS 2018.

Difference Engine ALTERN_ATORS is kindly sponsored by Culture Ireland

  • The Hermione Exhibition 2018 curated by Aisling Prior

    Tuesday 6 March 2018 at 6.30 p.m. followed by
    The Hermione Lecture
    at 8.00 p.m. which will be given by distinguished artist UNA SEALY, RHA, who will discuss her work.
    Exhibition opening times 7 – 15 March 2018
    Mon – Fri 11.00 – 5.00
    Sat & Sun 1.00 – 5.00
    Refreshments will be served from 6.30pm.
    Alexandra College, Milltown, Dublin 6.
    Tel + 353 1 4977571

Including work by artists

Rachel Ballagh, Tinka Bechert, Leah Beggs, Michelle Boyle, Peter Bradley, Molly Brown, Ursula Burke, Cecilia Bullo, Megan Burns, Susan Buttner, Pat Byrne, Faolan Carey, Mark Cullen, Michael Cullen, Jennifer Cunningham, Cora Cummins, Gerry Davis, Cecilia Danell, Stephen Dunne, Aoife Dunne, Melissa Ellis, Cara Farnan, Fiona Finnegan, Niamh Flanagan, Salvatore Fullam, Joy Gerrard, Barry Gibbons, Paul Hallahan, Sean Hanrahan, Clare Henderson, Karis Hopkinson, Oonagh Hurley, Eithne Jordan, Orla Kaminska, James Kirwan, Gillian Lawler, Mateusz Lubecki,
Kaye Maahs, Sabina MacMahon, Colin Martin, Steven Maybury, Sean Molloy, Fuchsia Macaree, Niamh McCann, Eleanor McCaughey, Roisin McGuigan, Lucy McKenna, Elva Mulchrone, Janet Mullarney, Mick O’Dea, Will O’Kane, Mark O’Kelly, Mandy O’Neill, Sean O’Rourke , Eileen O’Sullivan, Holly Pereira, Emma Roche, Sven Sandberg, Una Sealy, Donald Teskey, Kathy Tynan, Saoirse Wall, Marcel Vidal.

  • Culture Ireland Award 2017. Difference Engine group exhibition at the HDLU Zagreb in April 2018.

  • Ramon Kassam presents a survey of Irish Contemporary Landscape Painting in Ireland, Visual Artists Newssheet, Sept/Oct 2017.


RESORT Residency | Difference Engine artist group

The selected artists, curators and academics have been invited to spend week long periods through August and September in Lynders Mobile Home Park and to use the time to explore the area, its unique geography, history and community. It is hoped that the information given will evolve into a more developed project for the area and open up some interesting conversations with the local residents about where they live.

For further information please contact Caroline Cowley, Public Art Co-ordinator,Ph: 01 870 8449,


Difference Engine: Travellator

Preview 6-8pm
8th – 23rd September 2017
Open Monday – Saturday by appointment
Wolphaertstraat 41C, 3082 BL Rotterdam

Difference Engine (DE) presents Travelator the tenth collective experiment of the evolving work of Gillian Lawler, Jessica Foley, Mark Cullen and Wendy Judge.
DE invited by artist/curator Tracy Hanna to install a context-sensitive exhibition at ONONO gallery, Rotterdam within the constraints of a small shower room in a 20th century apartment located in the Old Charlois district of Rotterdam.
Difference Engine is noted for installations that respond to context. The defunct shower room of ONONO offers intriguing conditions that will place their work in a confined and overtly domestic sphere. Travelator offers DE an intersection between the realities of artistic production in this contemporary city against the jostling of its own mechanisms as a group. The renovated apartment is an enticing context to develop new improvisations together and to open up conversations at close quarters through the force of compression.

Difference Engine is both an evolving exhibition and a model of artist-led curation by Wendy Judge, Gillian Lawler, Mark Cullen and Jessica Foley who have been working and touring together since 2009.

Their collective name is lifted from the 19th century work of Charles Babbage, the world’s first mechanical computational machine: The Difference Engine. Babbage was a cantankerous English mathematician, philosopher, inventor, mechanical engineer and notorious collaborator with the world’s first computer programmer, Lady Ada Lovelace.

Adopting the name Difference Engine as a kind of poetic motto for working together creatively, pragmatically and critically, they particularly enjoy Babbage’s aphorism that “Jamming is a form of Error Detection,” and take this as something of a slogan for collective experimentation and collaboration.

Difference Engine play with the idea of ‘jamming’ as both a way of making art and a way of life. In one sense ‘jamming’ signifies stasis, shock, or rupture, but in another sense it signifies change, growth, improvisation and invigoration between players. Their work combines model-making, painting, multi-media installation and performance. The tight space of the shower room will force a compression, ramping up the tensions inherent in creative collaboration. They expect some sparks to fly.

ONONO is a project space and studio co-founded by Cihad Caner, Raluca Croitoru, Daniel Fogarty, Tracy Hanna and Clara J:son Borg. It was established in 2016 and hosts exhibitions, screenings and other events.

Previous exhibitions include, Accumulator III, Limerick City Gallery, 2013, Accumulator II, Oriel Myrrdin Gallery, Wales, 2013, Accumulator, West Cork Arts Centre, 2012, Manifestation V, SOMA Contemporary, Waterford, 2012, Manifestation IV, Wexford Arts Centre, 2012, Manifestation III, CSV Cultural Arts Center, New York, 2011, Manifestation II, ESB Sub-Station, Triskel Arts Centre and Black Mariah, Cork, 2010, Manifestation, Cake Contemporary Arts, Kildare, 2009.

Upcoming exhibitions include Altern-ator, HDLU, the Centre for the Association of Croatian Artists, Zagreb, Croatia, April 2018. for more info

Dear Friends,
I am delighted to be a part of this show and hope plenty of money will be raised for a great cause. I hope you can make it along to the opening and support us.All the best,
GillianPreview : Thursday 3rd of August, 6–9pm
Performance: ‘I am a killer they say’, Margaretta D’Arcy, 6.30pm
Exhibition continues: Friday 4th–Saturday 12th of August 12–6pm (excluding 6th+7th)Pallas Projects / Studios is pleased to announce NASTY WOMEN DUBLIN, a group exhibition that serves to demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify with being a Nasty Woman in the face of recent and ongoing threats to women’s reproductive rights in Ireland. NASTY WOMEN DUBLIN aims to act as a catalyst for conversation, organization, and action surrounding the Campaign to Repeal the 8th Amendment.Opening on Thursday, August 3 from 6:00–9:00pm with performance ‘I am a killer they say’ by Margaretta D’Arcy and music by Eve Dj collective, the exhibition NASTY WOMEN DUBLIN brings together a curated show of works by some of Ireland’s best female talent, selected by established female curators. Our curatorial panel: Sheena Barrett, Mariah Black, Helen Carey, Mary Cremin, Jessamyn Fiore, Siobhan Geoghegan, Gillian Lawler, Alice Maher, Loitering Theatre, Kathy Tynan & Eve WoodsAll artworks will be less than €100 and all money raised by NASTY WOMEN DUBLIN will be in support of The Coalition to Repeal the 8th Amendment & The Artist’s Campaign to Repeal the 8th Amendment.Artists include: Aoife Dunne, Mona Atkinson, Anne Maree Barry, Aideen Barry, Aida Bangoura, Margaret O’Brien, Sarah Browne, Catherine Barron, Jade Butler, Catherine Barragry, Rachel Burke, Amanda Coogan, Nuala Clarke, Aimée Chan, Avril Coroon, Siobhan Clancy, Pauline Cummins, Susan Connolly, Maud Cotter, Margaret O’Connor, Ruth Clinton and Niamh Moriarty, Aislinn Delaney, Margaretta D’Arcy, Isadora Epstein, Millie Egan, Sara French, Marie Farrington, Aoife Giles, Doireann Ni Ghrioghair, Sara Greavu, Orla Goodwin, Amy Higgins, Leah Hilliard, Léann Herlihy, Roisin Hackett, Katie Holten, Erica Van Horn, Dragana Jurisic, Wendy Judge, Jesse Jones, Barbara Knezevic, Ali Kirby, Sandy Kennedy, Breda Lynch, Katharine Lamb, Gillian Lawler, Kathryn Maguire, Susan MacWilliam, Siobhan McGibbon, Sibyl Montague, Janet Mullarney, Chloë Nagle,, Deirdre O’Mahony, Seoidin O’Sullivan, Katie O’Grady, Mandy O Neill, Aisling O’Beirn, Sadbh O’Brien, Helen O’Leary, Rachael Rose O’Leary, Laragh Pittman, Aine Philips, Jennifer Smith, Sonia Shiel, Polina Shapkina, Ciara Scanlan, Celine Sheridan, Gráinne Tynan, Ann Quinn, Ruby Wallis, Chanelle Walshe, Eve Woods, Amy Walsh, Isabella Walsh & more to be announced!The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of performances and events designed to cultivate discourse, resistance, and healing within and across communities increasingly at risk at this critical moment. A full schedule of events is available on the Nasty Women Dublin Facebook page. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, by using the hashtag #nastywomendublin.

Thursday 3rd: Opening Event 6–9pm, performance 6.30pm.
Saturday 5th: Nasty Women Telephones Special: Tickets
Tuesday 8th: FINDING CREATIVITY workshop with Catherine Barron (16+)
Saturday 12th: ‘A glove is a gift’ performance, Léann Herlihy 3pm

Nasty Women Dublin is part of a series of international Nasty Women exhibitions that were prompted by the first fundraising exhibit in NYC at the Knockdown Center. ( All works have been kindly donated by the artists and will be for sale for €100 or less with 100% of the profits going to support the Coalition to support the 8th Amendment. You are also able make a donation on the Facebook page or at the opening.

Image: Nasty Women Dublin Logo. Design: Agatha Veale, 2017.

Exhibition hours:
Friday 4th to Saturday 12th August 12:00-6:00pm (excluding 6th +7th).

Please contact Eve Woods at for purchase and press enquiries.


Breaker III, oil on canvas, 106 x 100 cm, 2017

187th RHA GAllagher Galery, Dublin, invited artist, 2017.

May 23rd to the 12 August 2017. for more information

Image: Breaker III, oil on canvas, 100 x 106 cm, 2017.


Trautwine Street oil on canvas, 40 x 40 cm, 2015.

I have been invited to take part in the Hermione Exhibition, please find details below.

The Hermione Exhibition

2 March 2017 at 6.00 p.m.

The Hermione Lecture at 8.00 p.m. which will be given by London-based, internationally renowned artist and Alexandra College past pupil, Joy Gerrard, who will discuss her work.
Exhibition opening times 3 – 16 March 2017 Mon – Fri 11.00 – 5.00 Sat & Sun 1.00 – 5.00
Alexandra College, Milltown, Dublin 6. Tel + 353 1 4977571

Including work by artists
Valerie Alford, Robert Armstrong, Jean Bardon, Ailbhe Barrett, Leah Beggs, John Behan, Liam Belton, Shane Berkery, Sahoho Blake, Michelle Boyle, Peter Bradley, Lydia Brow, Megan Burns, Susan Buttner, Michelle Byrne, Tom Climent, Barrie Cooke, Diana Copperwhite, Margaret Corcoran, John Cronin, William Crozier, Mark Cullen, Michael Cullen, Cecilia Danell, Gerry Davis, Amanda Doran, Mollie Douthit, Blaise Drummond, Gabhann Dunne, Joe Dunne, James English, Brian Fay, Fiona Finnegan, Roxanne Fitzmaurice, Aileen Fitzsimons, Damian Flood, Richard Forrest, Martin Gale, Joy Gerrard, Richard Gorman, Pam Harris , Brian Henderson, Romy Hogan, Eithne Jordan, Orla Kaminska, Allan Kinsella, James Kirwan, Nevan Lahart, Katharine Lamb, Peadar Lamb, Gillian Lawler, Stephen Lawlor, Mateusz Lubecki, Alice Maher, Colm MacAthlaoich, Francis Matthews, Steven Maybury, Eleanor McCaughey, Brett McEntaggart, Marie Louise Martin, Sean Molloy, Elva Mulchrone, Janet Mullarney, John Philip Murray, Cora O’Brien, Siobhan O’Connor, Mick O’Dea, Hughie O’Donoghue, Gwen O’Dowd, Helen O’Higgins, Will O’Kane, Eileen O’Sullivan, Jane Rainey, Martin Redmond, Geoff Rhind, Philip Ryan, Sven Sandberg, Norman Scott, Pat Scott, Una Sealy, Clare Sexton, Jacqueline Stanley, Rory Tangney, Jennifer Trouton, Kathy Tynan, George Walsh, Lorcan Walshe, Brenda Wilkes


Dear Friends,
I would like to invite you to view some of my work at the Winter group show at the Molesworth Gallery in Dublin from the 10th to the 23rd of December.

The exhibition will feature work from my ongoing project based on the abandoned coal mining town of Centralia in Pennsylvania.

The former head of collections at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Catherine Marshall, has written of Lawler’s work that it is pervaded by unease. “It hangs like microscopic atoms of pollution in the air, lingers around multiple ‘blind’ windows, seeks to find a foothold under the high rises, only to collapse into the hollow grid-like like spaces that should be their foundations, and attempts to settle on ground that is subtly curved, billowing or cratered.”

Opening the 10th of December 2 – 4pm. for more details.

All the best,

Image, eminent domain no. 35, mixed media on slide, 2014.



The Molesworth Gallery is participating at VUE – Ireland’s National Contemporary Art Fair will take place at Royal Hibernian Academy Dublin from Thursday 3rd November to Sunday 6th November 2016.

18 of Ireland’s leading contemporary art galleries will participate in this year’s fair, representing some of the best-known names in Irish visual art.

Galleries participating in Vue 2016 include Cross Gallery, Molesworth Gallery, Stoney Road Press, Hillsboro Fine Art, Green on Red, Eight, Peppercanister, Graphic Studio, Fenderesky, Kevin Kavanagh, Gallery of Photography, Solomon, Olivier Cornet, Gormleys, Jonathan Ellis King, Gibbons and Nicholas, Oonagh Young Gallery and Art Box.

Ireland’s most talented visual artists will compete for the biggest prize in Irish contemporary art at Vue 2016. The €5,000 Vue Contemporary Art Prize presented by Savills will be awarded to the artist who has produced an outstanding body of work in the last year or made some other substantial contribution to the visual arts in Ireland.

Opening hours are 6-8pm on Thursday, November 3, 11am-8pm on Friday, November 4, 11am-7pm on Saturday, November 5, and 12-6pm on Sunday, November 6.

Pallas Projects 20 Year Benefit Auction of Contemporary Art

Dear family, friends, and colleagues,

Hope you can join us on Thursday 15th September 2016 at The City Assembly House for a 20th anniversary fundraising auction for Pallas Projects/Studios. Please see details below, and please do forward on to anyone you think might be interested.

Come along and help celebrate 20 years with us, as well as the 90 works by Irish and international contemporary artists, there will be great food from Coppinger Row & Ukiyo, drinks from Teeling & Galway Bay Brewery, and even if you don’t put a bid in there’s a raffle to get involved in, as well as music by Antifreeze and drinks after the auction.

Hope to see you there!

Pallas Projects/Studios
20 Year Benefit Auction of Contemporary Art

The City Assembly House,
58 South William Street
Thursday 15th September 2016
6 – 11pm

View Auction catalogue online here

Previews: Friday 9th – Wednesday 14th September, 12– 6pm (closed Sunday)
Venue: City Assembly House, 58 South William Street, Dublin 2 (Map)

Participating artists: Alice Maher, Sean Scully, Brian Maguire, Gemma Browne, Sheila Rennick, Eva Rothschild, Anita Groener, Kathy Tynan, Sean Hillen, Niall de Buitlear, Vera Klute, Aleana Egan, Orla Whelan, Gillian Lawler, Lucy McKenna, Mick O’Dea, Caroline McCarthy, Isabel Nolan, Sean Grimes, Gavin Wade, Sam Keogh, Brian Fay, Karl Burke, George Bolster, David Beattie, Barbara Knezevic, Mark Cullen, Stephen Loughman, Stephen Dunne, Aisling Ní Chlaonadh, Joanna Kidney, Alison Pilkington, Denis Kelly, Albert Weis, Daniel Lipstein, Paddy Graham, Mollie Douthit, Eleanor McCaughey, Shane Murphy, Brian Duggan, Caoimhe Kilfeather, Wendy Judge, Lesley-Ann O’Connell, Siobhan O’Callaghan, Alan Phelan, Paul Hallahan, Ann Quinn, Glenn Fitzgerald, Gabhann Dunne, Keith Wilson, Joan Coen, Mark Joyce, Des Kenny, Eimearjean McCormack, Derick Smith, Steven Maybury, Ciaran Murphy, Jordan McQuaide, Breda Lynch, Sean Lynch, Gavin Murphy, Eve Woods, Dennis McNulty, Caroline Doolan, Jesse Jones, Mark Garry, Linda Quinlan, Nina Canell, Miranda Blennerhassett, David O’Kane, Martin Healy, Atsushi Kaga, Mark O’Kelly, Sean Molloy, Chloë Nagle, Fergus Byrne, Roxana Manouchehri, Grainne Tynan, Róisín Power Hackett, Bartosz Kolata, Ciaran Doyle, Gareth Kennedy, Lee Welch, Perry Ogden, Kevin Francis Gray, Anita Delaney

Pallas Projects/Studios is marking its milestone 20 year anniversary by staging a special fundraising auction of Irish contemporary art, with the support of the Irish Georgian Society and Whyte’s auctioneers. Taking place at the magnificent City Assembly House on South William Street on Thursday 15th September, the auction will feature largely Irish contemporary artists working in painting, print, photography and sculpture, with a number of international colleagues of the art space also contributing work.

A follow up to our groundbreaking ‘New York style’ auction house/non-profit space collaboration in 2014, this year will again see a huge number of Pallas’ colleagues take part, and a widened selection (almost twice as many works as 2014) will feature many more of our best emerging artists and affordable works, as well as the work of several previous Irish representatives at the world’s biggest art event, the Venice Biennale. Internationally renowned artists include Eva Rothschild, Alice Maher, Atsushi Kaga, and Isabel Nolan, and Ireland most famous living artist, Sean Scully, considered to be one of the world’s leading abstract painters. All involved have donated their work for this benefit night, which stands testament to the goodwill generated by Pallas Projects, as a leading supporter of the development of Irish art practice at the grassroots, over the last 20 years.

This year the event will take place over the entire City Assembly House building – with theauction itself taking place in one of Dublin’s hidden gems, the incredible ‘Octagon’ room – and will be open to the public for previews in the week running up to the auction. As in 2014 – when Ardal O’Hanlon took the reigns as master of ceremonies (handing over to the expert Ian Whyte to run the bids), the event promises to be a gala affair, with pop-up food and drinks circulating over the course of the evening.

With many affordable works (guide prices range from 50–5000 euro), and always the chance to grab a bargain by a major Irish artist, it will be a great opportunity to enjoy theauction experience for the first time, support Irish artists, and start a collection of your own with a unique artwork.

The Auction, run by Whyte’s (who have graciously offered to forgo fees and commission for this event in support of the non-profit sector), will take place in the home of The Irish Georgian Society, who have donated the use of the hugely apt City Assembly House (one of the first public galleries in Europe, set up by artists in for the event. Special thanks to: Whyte’s, Irish Georgian Society, Teeling Whiskey, Galway Bay Brewery, Coppinger Row, and all our supporters, sponsors, and of course the contributing artists.
For more information, or to arrange a private viewing in the days before the auctionplease do not hesitate to contact us at:

More information on Pallas Projects/Studios here

Image: Ian Whyte in full flight at our 2014 auction in the Octagon Room of the City Assembly House.


Imago Mundi Ireland 2016.

Included in this catalogue of Irish artists for more details

Review of eminent domain at the Molesworth Gallery by Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times, April 2016.

Suspension, oil on canvas, 50 x 50 cm, 2016.

Suspension, oil on canvas, 50 x 50 cm, 2016.

Eminent Domain – Gillian Lawler
The Molesworth Gallery, Dublin
Bill Bryson’s reference to Centralia, Pennsylvania, in his book A Walk in the Woods drew Gillian Lawler to the town in 2014. Centralia fell victim to a still unfolding environmental disaster in 1962, when a vein of coal deep beneath it was accidentally ignited. It is burning still. The underground conflagration generates fissures and sinkholes and spews out toxic gases. As the years passed many residents opted for relocation, others hung on, until in 1992 the state governor issued the American equivalent of a compulsory purchase order – eminent domain – on all property in the borough.
Centralia is more a starting point than a conclusion for Lawler. She has taken photographs on site, but documentation is not the point of the exercise. Relatively few dwellings remain on an abandoned network of roads, as trees and other vegetation gradually reclaim the space and smoke curdles in the air. Lawler positions various orderly, geometric, patterned structures against these vistas. As she puts it, they seem to hang there, scrutinising the conditions beneath. These elegantly poised motifs appear delicately balanced against huge energies that simmer within and occasionally erupt through the earth: dreams and glimpses of order precariously won from chaos. The paintings’ finely tuned surfaces reflect that state of momentary, uncertain but beautiful stability.
Until April 30th,

Representation by the Molesworth Gallery

Delighted to be represented by the Molesworth gallery in Dublin. Please visit for more details.


Tower II, oil on canvas, 50 x 70 cm, 2016.

Tower II, oil on canvas, 50 x 70 cm, 2016

eminent domain

April 8th to the 30th 2016.

You are invited to a Private Viewing of the exhibition on Thursday, April 7th, from 5.30-7.30pm.

The Molesworth Gallery is delighted to present an exhibition of recent work by Gillian Lawler, opening on April 7th. The work forms part of her ongoing investigation into the abandoned town of Centralia in the US state of Pennsylvania. The town began to burn deep under its foundations in the 1960s when a seam of coal was accidentally set alight. The coal seam burned so fiercely that sinkholes appeared on the surface and noxious gases began to spew out through cracks in the town’s streets. Finally abandoned by all bar a couple of inhabitants in the 1980s, the fires still burn beneath the town to this day.

The former head of collections at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Catherine Marshall, has written of Lawler’s work that it is pervaded by unease. “It hangs like microscopic atoms of pollution in the air, lingers around multiple ‘blind’ windows, seeks to find a foothold under the high rises, only to collapse into the hollow grid-like like spaces that should be their foundations, and attempts to settle on ground that is subtly curved, billowing or cratered.” The work is marked by “strange blooms of faded colour, dusty pinks, yellows and greens that glow uncertainly against almost monochrome ground colours, surprised occasionally by more accentuated patchworks that remind one simultaneously of Colin Middleton and of illustrated children’s books.”

Yet Marshall also maintains that Lawler’s incredibly subtle treatment of colour, texture and scale, “make her work a celebration of everything that is good in painting. The work is uplifting because it is always uplifting to find artists with the courage to address difficult issues. When they do it so subtly and effortlessly, we all benefit. The last words in relation to Lawler’s painting are a repetition of those attributed to the great German Modernist Mies Van Der Rohe on good architecture: ‘less is more’.”

Lawler was born in Kildare in 1977. She received a BA in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, in 2000. She has won numerous awards including the Hennessy Craig Award, RHA Gallery Annual exhibition in 2007, the Whytes Award, RHA Gallagher Gallery in 2007 and the overall winner of the Open Selection Exhibition Award at the Eigse Arts Festival in 2009. Other awards include a Kildare Arts Services Award 2015/2013/2011/2009, an Arts Council Bursary Award 2009, and Culture Ireland Award 2011. She was shortlisted for the Beers Lambert Contemporary, Thames and Hudson publication, 100 Painters of Tomorrow in 2013, the Celeste International Art Prize in 2012 and a Merit prize from the Golden Fleece Award in 2013.
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186th RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin, 2016.

Delighted to be selected for the RHA’s  latest Annual Exhibition.

22 March – 11 June 2016, All Galleries

The Royal Hibernian Academy was founded in 1823 and the original purpose-built building, designed by its second President, Francis Johnson (1760-1829) in 1825, was situated on Lower Abbey Street. Academy House, most its contents and the entire annual exhibition were destroyed by fire during the Easter Rising in 1916. To commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising, the 186th RHA Annual Exhibition will return to its original time of the year and will be open to the public from March 22nd until June 11th. for more details.

Winter group exhibition at the Molesworth Gallery, Dublin, January 12th – February 3rd, 2016.

Review of ‘the Future is Self-Organised’ at Limerick City Gallery by Gemma Tipton, Artforum, January 2016.

Solo exhibition at the Molesworth Gallery April 2016.

I am delighted to have been asked by the Molesworth Gallery in Dublin to hold my first solo exhibition with them in April 2016. More details to be announced closer to the date.

Review of ’eminent domain II’ at Pallas Projects by Aidan Wall, Totally Dublin, November 2015.

The Future is Self-Organised – Artist-Run Spaces

Untitled, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cm, 2009.

Untitled, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cm, 2009.

Curated by Pallas Projects.
13 November 2015 – 15 January 2016

Spaces: 126, Galway; The Black Mariah, Cork; Catalyst Arts, Belfast; E.S.P. TV, New York; Occupy Space, Limerick; Pallas Projects, Dublin; Suburban Video Lounge, Rotterdam
Projects: The Artist-Led Archive, Real Art Project (RAP)
Artists: Fiona Chambers, Mark Cullen, Brian Duggan, Blaithin Hughes, Gillian Kane, Gillian Lawler, Breda Lynch, Eimear Jean McCormack, Gavin Murphy, Mark O’Kelly, Jim Ricks, Kathy Tynan

The Future is Self-Organised is an exhibition looking at artist-led practice and the role and contribution of artist-run spaces to contemporary art, culture and society.

The exhibition is the first of a series of projects to take place throughout 2016 that will mark the 20th year of the artist-run space Pallas Projects/Studios (PP/S). These projects will look at the role of artist-run spaces and artist-run practice today – and looking towards the future – with a number of cooperative exhibitions and ancillary events taking place, foregrounded by a major publication ‘Artist-Run Europe – Practice/Projects/Spaces’, due in early 2016.

Incorporating artworks, installations, documentation and ephemera, the exhibition features invited contributions from artists who have been associated with or helped run PP/S over the last 20 years, as well as contributions from the many artist-run spaces that PP/S has initiated collaborations with during that time.

Founded in 1996, Pallas Projects/Studios is a non-profit artist-run organisation dedicated to developing opportunities for Irish contemporary visual artists, encouraging exchange and discourse via curated projects, and collaborations with Irish and international arts organisations. PP/S addresses the necessity of providing space for artistic production, and foregrounds the role of the exhibition/project as a constant agent of discourse and cultural transformation within both the visual arts and society.

The artist-run model and ethos, is one which perpetuates non-hierarchical modes of organisation, and economies of exchange (knowledge and resources); a non-commercial approach to producing art and culture, it proposes a model of social and cultural interaction that eschews the roles of producer and consumer. Artist-run spaces play a vital role in supporting artists’ practices at the early stages of their careers, and often have a key stake (albeit a precarious one) in the (re)vitalisation of derelict urban areas.

The exhibition The Future is Self-Organised engages with the recent history of artist-run groups and independent spaces to produce a highly visual group exhibition including artworks, documentation, ephemera, artist-run presentations and collaborative installations. Its aim is to show to the public how artist-run practice manifests itself, how artist-run spaces are a distinctive and central part of visual art culture, and how they present a necessary alternative to the art institution, museum or commercial gallery. It is the first gallery manifestation of a 4-year research/publication project undertaken by PP/S into artist-run practice and spaces around Europe.

“…while we remain subject to a system geared towards squeezing cash even out of the rubble it generates, the task, as we see it, is to remind ourselves that this rubble might offer a relative but significant opening: namely an awakening sense that there is no neoliberal future to build, and that we’re no longer compelled to compete as individuals for a piece of the free market world. Against this backdrop, we can measure those in the art system as it stands and by what it is they have to offer in the preparation of a post-capitalist society.”

There is no Alternative: The Future Is (Self-) Organised, Part 2 – Anthony Davies, Stephan Dillemuth & Jakob Jakobsen*
Included in the exhibition:

A curated installation of new and re-presented/reconfigured work by artists who have been involved with PP/S, and a number of invited artists: Brian Duggan, artist and co-founder of PP/S; Fiona Chambers, artist and formerly part of the PP/S team; Kathy Tynan, former PP/S studio artist; Mark Cullen and Gavin Murphy, artists and current PP/S co-directors; Gillian Lawler, artist and PP/S Studio & Intern Coordinator; Gillian Kane, whose drawing of ‘Pallas Heights’ is included; Jim Ricks, artist and sometime PP/S collaborator; and invited contributions from artists: Mark O’Kelly, Eimear Jean McCormack, Breda Lynch, Blaithin Hughes.

A screening-room installation will present artists’ films selected by Suburban Video Lounge. Based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands (in the basement of an Espresso Bar), Suburban Video Lounge was founded by Toine Horvers in 2004 as space for presenting artists’ moving image, and has been programmed by Toine Horvers 2004–2014 and Kathrin Wolkowicz 2011–2014. For The Future is Self-Organised the space’s intimate, comfortable and subterranean setting has been recreated in the gallery.

The Artist-Led Archive, initiated by Megs Morley, and presented for the first time in Limerick, is an artist-led initiative that was begun in 2006 as an attempt to intervene into a perceived and pressing lack, or ‘gap’ in collective knowledge, about the contexts, histories and developments of artist-led culture in Ireland.

The exhibition features video presentations of E.S.P. TV; FIX Festival, the oldest Live Art biennale in Europe run by Catalyst Arts since 1994; and a selection of work from the Limerick-based initiative Real Art Project (RAP). Also on show is documentation and ephemera relating to several artist-run spaces including: Catalyst Arts, 126 Galway, Occupy Space, and The Black Mariah, Cork. A reading room of Artist-Run publications and material will also be presented.
*The exhibition title The Future is Self-Organised is taken from the essay ‘There is no Alternative: The Future Is (Self-) Organised, Part 2’ by Anthony Davies, Stephan Dillemuth & Jakob Jakobsen, reprinted in Self Organised, Stine Hebert, Anne Szefer Karlsen (Eds.), Occasional Table/Open Editions, 2013. The text can be distributed freely and printed in non-commercial, no-money contexts without the permission of the authors.

The Artist-led Archive is presented with thanks to NIVAL: The National Irish Visual Arts Library, and NCAD Library

VUE Art Fair, Dublin.

Relocation II, oil on canvas, 35 x 45 cm, 2015.

Relocation II, oil on canvas, 35 x 45 cm, 2015.

I will be showing new work with the Molesworth Gallery at the VUE Art Fair at the RHA Gallery, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.

The VUE Art Fair opens on the 5th of November and continues to the 8th of November 2015.

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Center Street, oil on canvas,50 x 60 cm, 2015.

Center Street, oil on canvas,50 x 60 cm, 2015.

eminent domain II

A solo exhibition by Gillian Lawler
Pallas Pallas-Projects, Dublin.
15/10/15 – 31/10/15
Opening 14/10/15 from 6 – 8pm.

I first came across the town of Centralia in Pennsylvania upon reading Bill Brysons book ‘A Walk in the Woods’ where I immediately felt drawn to his vivid description of this abandoned place. In my minds eye I imagined an area devastated by environmental disaster but strangely preserved within the aftermath of its abandonment.

Centralia began burning deep under its foundations in the 1960s where a vein of coal was accidentally set on fire. This vein burned intensely, so much so that the town began to form sinkholes and poured out toxic gases. Centralia was declared unsafe in the 1980s and the residents were relocated to another area. Centralia is now a floor plan of empty overgrown streets and remnants of buildings long removed. Unexpected interruptions among its remains, making it seem like fragments of skeletal, emptied presence. Its emptiness only adds to its strangeness and among its streets hovers the memories of another time. In my work I create structures which hover motionless and insistently above the wastelands, anxiously scrutinizing the existing conditions for the possibilities of survival.

I traveled to Centralia in March 2014 and using this research opened my solo show at the Galway Arts Centre in June 2014 entitled ’eminent domain’. This work initiated a continuing interest in abandoned places where economic and environmental factors have forced inhabitants to relocate. My interest in science-fictional landscapes including computer generated cyber-scapes have led me to draw parallels with these abandoned places. Much sci-fi imagery within film and gaming imagine a future of devastation and desolation. I endeavor to position my work within these ideas, the reality and the hypothetical and create works which hint at environmental crisis but propose architectural solutions e.g., floating, suspended structures. These constructions and recurring checker board motifs play with notions of architectural unease accentuating a definite but skewed anti-perspective.

’eminent domain II’ is my second exhibition based on my research trip to Centralia. This work references the reality of this mining landscape and employs fictional notions of escape and adaptation through the use of hypothesized architectural structures. These fabrications assume an autonomous vitality, investing the atmosphere with a cosmic fear. This desolate landscape once destroyed by mining now lies in silence, sunlight blocked by smoke filled fissures, roads vanish and crack under the pressure, trees stand deadly still, the ordered and composed verses the shapeless, unexpected and unstable.

Gillian Lawler 2015.

Lawler was born in Kildare in 1977 and currently lives in Dublin. She received a BA in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, in 2000. She has won numerous awards including the Hennessy Craig Award, RHA Gallery Annual exhibition in 2007, the Whytes Award, RHA Gallagher Gallery in 2007 and the overall winner of the Open Selection Exhibition Award at the Eigse Arts Festival in 2009. Other awards include a Kildare Arts Services Award 2015/2013/2011/2009, an Arts Council Bursary Award 2009, and Culture Ireland Award 2011. She was shortlisted for the Beers Lambert Contemporary, Thames and Hudson publication, 100 Painters of Tomorrow in 2013, the Celeste International Art Prize in 2012 and a Merit prize from the Golden Fleece Award in 2013.

A booklet entitled ’eminent domain II’ will accompany the exhibition with essays by Dominic Stevens (architect), Daniel Lipstein (visual artist) and Linda Doyle (Professor of Engineering and the Arts, Trinity College Dublin).

Pallas Projects/Studios,
115-117 The Coombe, Dublin 8.
Opening hours, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 12 – 6pm.

This exhibition is supported by the Arts Council, Kildare County Council and Dublin City.

Wavelenght at the Molesworth Gallery, Dublin.

Urban Mountain 2, 102 x 104 cm, 2011 . Gillian lawler

Forthcoming Exhibition
Helen Blake, Gillian Lawler, Bridget O’Rourke & Tom Phelan
September, 2015


Kilkenny Arts Festival 2015 | Jonathan Swift Gallery

Tower II, 40 x 40 cms, oil on canvas, 2014

Tower II, 40 x 40 cms, oil on canvas, 2014

William Crozier, Tony O’Malley, Gwen Wilkinson, Colin Martin, Clifford Collie, Gwen O’Dowd, John O’Reilly, Louis le Brocquy, Judy Hamilton, Ciarán Lennon, Richard Gorman, Irene Barry, Charles Tyrell, Donald Teskey, Gillian Lawler, Anthony Scott, Barbara Rae, David King, Diana Copperwhite, John Kindness, Mark Cullen, Hughie O’Donoghue
Launch of the Kilkenny Festival exhibition on Saturday the 8th of August, from 3.30-5pm.
74 High Street, Kilkenny (adjacent to the Post Office)
Open Daily: Monday – Saturday 10am – 6.45pm
Sunday 12 noon – 6.45pm
The exhibition is previewing now, and continues until August 16th.
This group show presents the work of 22 artists, in a variety of media, that expresses their diverse practices. Although not strictly a themed exhibition, the use of strong colour, or luminous tones, are prevalent in most of the selected artworks.

The Jonathan Swift Gallery first began exhibiting at Kilkenny Arts Festival in 2003. This year marks our 13th festival exhibition. We are delighted to be right in the thick of the action again, with our temporary space adjacent to the post office on High Street.
Contact Peter Brennan.
tel: +353 (86) 8035771

Awarded a Kildare County Council Arts Award 2015

Recent Review

Widen the circle. Emerging artists rival big names at the RHA annual show. Review of the 185th RHA Annual Exhibition 2015 by Cristin Leach. Culture Magazine, the Sunday Times, June 2015.

185th RHA Gallery Annual Exhibition

Tower, 30 x 40 cm, oil on canvas, 2014

Tower, 30 x 40 cm, oil on canvas, 2014

Exhibtion open to the public from the 26th of May to the 9th of August 2015.

RHA Gallagher Gallery, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.


 11-15 March 2015

Pallas Projects/Studios, Dublin.

Vent, 70 x 70 cms, oil on canvas.

Vent, 70 x 70 cms, oil on canvas.

Panorama is a group exhibition which brings together the paintings of thirteen women artists who are affiliated with Dublin. The exhibition offers an acknowledgment of the variety and wealth of painting being produced by these artists.

Panorama has been initiated in a spirit of celebration and support, featuring work by artists who are at varying stages of their careers. Each participant has a unique approach to painting as process and medium. Style and subject matter range from real and imagined landscapes to dreams and memory, the animal kingdom, anatomy, architectural space, everyday objects, still life and pure abstraction. While the scope of this exhibition is truly vast, there are also some remarkable consistencies. The intrigue of the exhibition lies within particularities and novelties, but also within subtle similarities between artists and artworks. Panorama aims to look beyond its own boundaries, to a greater territory of painting and to a potential for encounter and discourse, especially between women artists.

The selection for Panorama has been made by Kathy Tynan and Chanelle Walshe.

Artists include Joanne Boyle, Diana Copperwhite, Mollie Douthit, Anne Hendrick, Gillian Lawler, Ruth E. Lyons, Niamh McCann, Aileen Murphy, Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Lesley-Ann O’Connell, Sanja Todorovic, Kathy Tynan and Chanelle Walshe.

Opening reception Wednesday 11th of March, 6 – 8pm /// Artist talk Friday 13th of March at 6pm /// Accompanying literature by Ingrid Lyons /// Open 12-6 pm daily ///115-117, The Coombe, Dublin 8.

Review of Difference Engine, Accumulator II at Limerick City Gallery of Art, 2013 by Michaele Cutaya, 2014.

Please go to Reviews and Essays for the full text.

The Winter Art Studio 2014

Untitled, oil on canvas, 70 x 80 cm, 2006.

Untitled, oil on canvas, 70 x 80 cm, 2006.

2nd – 11th of December

Presented by: The Ark and The LAB Gallery/Dublin City Council Arts Office

Featured Artists: Vanessa Donoso Lopez, Paul McKinley, Maria McKinney, Gabhann Dunne, Maggie Madden. Simon English, Gillian Lawler, Eithne Jordan from Mason Hayes and Curran’s Visual Arts Collection. Barbara Rae, Oliver Comerford, Martin Gale from The Ark’s Visual Arts Collection

Wexford Arts Festival, 2014.

Gillian Lawler, Frances Ryan, Colin Martin, Bartosz Kolata, Judy Hamilton, Irene Barry, David King, Clifford Collie, Louis le Brocquy, Gwen Wilkinson, Alison Kay, Mark Cullen, Liam Flynn

22nd October – 2nd November

Jonathan Swift Gallery
Gallery Venue: Redmond Square, Wexford
(Opposite vehicle entrance of Dunnes Stores, close to the Wexford Train Station)

See for further images.

Extension, 50 x 40 cm, oil and pencil on canvas, 2012.


PALLAS PROJECTS/STUDIOS Gala Benefit Auction with Whyte’s at the Irish Georgian Society, 2014.

Participating artists: Richard Gorman, Gillian Lawler, Michael Canning, Diana Copperwhite, Keith Wilson, Brian Maguire, Colin Martin, Nick Miller, Robert Ballagh, David Godbold, Gabhann Dunne, Alison Pilkington, Nevan Lahart, Sonia Shiel, David Eager Maher, Blaise Drummond, Amanda Coogan, Fergus Martin, Mark Garry, Gary Coyle, Padraig Spillane, Anna Rackard, Ann Quinn, Stehen Loughman, Beth O’Halloran, Aoibheann Greenan, Kathy Tynan, Peter Burns, Kevin Mooney, Ronnie Hughes, Niall de Buitlear, Mark Cullen, Gavin Murphy, Fiona Chambers, Jim Ricks, Bea McMahon, Ramon Kassam, Mark Swords, Colm Mac Athlaoich, Brian Fay, Wendy Judge, Brendan Earley, Mark O’Kelly, Orla Whelan, Gemma Browne, Brian Duggan, Daniel Lipstein

Pallas Projects/Studios and Whyte’s auction house are proud to announce a Gala Auction Night

Time: 6–9pm Thursday 9th October (auction begins at 7pm)
Venue: The Irish Georgian Society, City Assembly House, South William Street, Dublin 2
Viewing: Tuesday 7th & Wednesday 8th October, 12–7 pm

The event will be opened on the night by Ardal O’Hanlon

The non-profit art space Pallas Projects/Studios has been breaking new ground for art projects all over Dublin since its inception in 1996, recent cuts however have cut deep at this artist-run institution’s capacity to continue developing opportunities for Irish contemporary art and the work of new artists.

In light of this, Pallas has enlisted the support of its friends and colleagues in the Irish art world – a vast reservoir of goodwill built up over 20 years – to hold a New York style gala fundraising auction with the help of Whyte’s Auctioneers and The Irish Georgian Society. With pop-up food and drinks circulating over the course of the evening, to the backdrop of the faded grandeur of the Octagonal room of the City Assembly House.

The fundraising auction will feature renowned Irish painters, already familiar to the auction house, while introducing emerging artists, alongside internationally-established mid-career artists, who are already selling work through the leading Irish contemporary and international galleries and art-fairs (such as Frieze, Basel, Miami Basel, and Art Rotterdam), and exhibiting at home in museums such as IMMA and The Hugh Lane, and far and wide in art biennales and international institutions. All involved are donating their work for this benefit night.

It will demonstrate the huge variety of work being produced by Ireland’s contemporary artists, and show how much contemporary art is connected to the continuum of art history, dealing with aesthetics, style and concepts that can often be seen to channel and chart a line from the old masters – through Vermeer, Fragonard and Braque, to 20th century Irish painters Mary Swanzy, Mainie Jelltet, Louis le Brocquy, and Patrick Scott – right up to today.

The Auction, run by Whyte’s Auctioneers (who have graciously offered to forgo fees and commission for this event in support of the non-profit sector), will take place in the home of The Irish Georgian Society, who have donated the use of the hugely apt City Assembly House. Situated on the corner of Dublin’s South William Street, the City Assembly House was the first purpose built public art gallery in either Britain and Ireland (and possibly in Europe), built by the Society of Artists in Ireland between 1766 and 1771 with the expressed aim of promoting the work of Irish artists and providing an academy for the arts.

The evening will be a chance to introduce contemporary artists’ work to auction-goers and the public at large; demonstrate the range and diversity of contemporary art practice in Ireland today; and encourage Irish people to engage with and invest in the work of our living artists. At the same time, it will promote and help sustain a pillar of the grassroots non-profit sector – Pallas Projects/Studios.

ART FOR GAZA Oonagh Young Gallery, 2014.

Art for Gaza 

David Beattie, Mark Clare, Mark Cullen, Mark Garry, Una Gildea, Martin Healy, Caoimhe Kilfeather, Gillian Lawler, Nevan Lahart, Isabel Nolan, Liam O’Callaghan, Niamh McCann, Dennis McNulty, Ciarán Murphy, Gavin Murphy, Alan Phelan, Sonia Shiel.
Preview: Tuesday, August 26th, 6-8pm  
Exhibition runs until September 5th
The exhibition will be opened by Raymond Deane

This is a benefit exhibition in response to the situation in Gaza. We feel that this crisis is a humanitarian issue and want to make some effort to support the people and, in particular, the children. We invited a group of established Irish artists to generously donate a work to the exhibition, the sales of which go directly to the Unicef: Gaza Appeal.

KILKENNY ARTS FESTIVAL Jonathan Swift Gallery, 2014.

Sinkhole, 70 x 50 cm, oil on canvas, 2014

Sinkhole, 70 x 50 cm, oil on canvas, 2014

Jonathan Swift Gallery, 8th to the 17th of August 2014.

Gillian Lawler, Frances Ryan, Colin Martin, Ann Quinn, Myra Jago, Bartosz Kolata, Judy Hamilton, David King, Irene Barry, Clifford Collie, Gwen Wilkinson, John O’Reilly 

83 High Street Kilkenny
(next to Town Hall)

Opening Hours:
Monday – Saturday 10am – 6.45pm
Sunday 12 noon – 6pm

ENTROPY Claremorris Gallery, 2014.

Suspension, 80 x 60 cm, oil on canvas, 2014

Group show at Claremorris Gallery, opening the 26th of July, continues until the 26th of August. Gillian Lawler, Aidan Crotty and Michael Wann.

EMINENT DOMAIN Galway Arts Centre, 2014.

 Solo show by Gillian Lawler at the Galway Arts Centre opening Friday the 6th of June and continuing until the 5th of July 2014.
‘Smoke was hovering wispily off the ground, and just behind it, great volumes of smoke were billowing from the earth over a large area. I walked over and found myself on the lip of a vast cauldron, perhaps an acre in extent, which was emitting thick, cloud like, pure white smoke—the kind of smoke you get from burning tires or old blankets. It was impossible to tell how deep the hole was. The ground felt warm and was loosely covered in a fine ash’.
Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods’ (1998)
During the 60s Centralia, Pennsylvania, USA, began burning furiously as coal deposits deep under the town caught fire. The area began to spew hot toxic gases and sinkholes began to appear without warning. The area was declared unsafe in the 1980s and the residents were forced to move out.
Visiting Centralia in March of this year Lawler found a place of abandonment, a strange and eerie zone which exists between two worlds. Centralia is a townland which is no more, it has become a virtual construct in ones mind, a place of memory and imagination.
Lawlers new work looks at natural phenomena and its possible effects on the design and architecture of built structures. She explores human response to environmental crises and creates imaginary structures which play and hypothesize possible architectural solutions. These futuristic virtual structures hint at possible solutions, such as floating or elevated buildings, while only alluding to the cause of the disasters, in this regard, the viewer is confronted with wasteland and edifice, in an uneasy relationship of structural and psychological fluctuation and schism.

LACUNA [02] Taylor Gallery, 2014.

Platform, 30 x 25 cm, oil on canvas, 2014

Platform, 30 x 25 cm, oil on canvas, 2014

Lacuna {02} at the Taylor Gallery opening on the 8th of May 2014, continues to the 31st of May.

LACUNA [ ] is a curatorial project at Taylor Galleries co-curated by David Quinn and Sabina Mac Mahon. Situated in the first floor exhibition spaces of the gallery at 16 Kildare Street the occasional, on-going series of exhibitions runs alongside the gallery’s main programme and embraces experimental and enquiring practices in image- and object-making. When an empty space is encountered it can evoke a desire to fill it with something; to make it complete. In addressing this compulsion LACUNA [ ] both asks and answers the question, ‘With what?’.

Rather than asking invited artists to respond directly to a theme, LACUNA [ ] embraces the diversity of their current practices, processes and concerns, offering them a space in which to show new and recent work that encompasses sculpture, drawing, printmaking, installation, painting and photography.

Artists who have participated in the series to date include Lucy Andrews, Neil Carroll, Cora Cummins, Sarah Jane Finnegan, Gillian Lawler, Maggie Madden, Seán Molloy, Eveleen Murphy, Shane Murphy, Helen O’Leary, Sonny Ortolano and Gwen Wilkinson.

For information on current and past iterations of LACUNA [ ] please visit the website

  • Going to Centralia, Pennsylvania in March 2014 on a research trip.

JUST MAD ART FAIR Jim Ricks Projects, Madrid, 2014.

Just Mad Art fair

Just Mad Art fair

19-23 February, Madrid, project space curated by Jim Ricks.


UNEARTH Block T and Roscommon Arts Centre, 2014.


14th November 2013 – 5th January 2014 | centre opening hours
Group exhibition featuring

Gillian Lawler | Shane Murphy | Caroline Le Méhauté | Clodagh Emoe | Patrick Hough | Jane Fogarty | Alex Synge

BLOCK T in collaboration with curator Mary Cremin present BLOCK T OFFSITE, which brings together an exhibition and a series of events for Roscommon Arts Centre.

UNEARTH – a group exhibition encompasses a selection of artists who have previously exhibited or worked with BLOCK T over the past three years. Examining aspects of transformation, experience and architecture, the artists respond to objects, their environments and explore how subconscious encounters can lead to the creation of new and authentic experiences. Through their work, the artists orchestrate narratives that explore the impact of encounters with materials, environments and cultures. Each of the artists work is personal and particular to specific encounters; but speaks to broader cultural concerns. Creating tension through the visual impact of their practice, they draw the viewer into moments imbued with anticipation.

UNEARTH invites the viewer to experience these perspectives and view the exhibition as an establishment of meaning that is opened up through encounters with the work.

 DIFFERENCE ENGINE ACCUMULATOR III Limerick City Gallery of Art, 2014.



Limerick City Gallery of Art, featuring Mark Cullen, Wendy Judge, Gillian Lawler, Jessica Foley and Gordon Cheung. Exhibition continues to the 23rd of December 2013.

Difference Engine is an evolving touring exhibition, a model of autonomous artist curation, by artists Mark Cullen, Wendy Judge Gillian Lawler & Jessica Foley, featuring Gordon Cheung, whose works infiltrate the grouping with the Portrait of Charles Babbage, the early founder of what was to become the ‘computer’. Cheung’s work is the only piece that is a constant through Difference Engine’s ensemble installations. For Limerick City Gallery of Art, Difference Engine bring existing work, but they also work with the spaces to make something that is particular to LCGA – theirs is a collaborative practice that is highly individual – an ambiguity that works for each artist, for each place and yet has a distinct character.

BLACK COUNTRY Lion and Lamb Gallery, London, 2013.

Centralia, 40 x 40 cm, oil on canvas, 2012.

Centralia, 40 x 40 cm, oil on canvas, 2012.

September 12th – 5th October
Opening 11th September 6.30
Rob Brown
Nancy Cogswell
Julia Hamilton
Christopher Hanlon
Richard Hoey
Reece Jones
Gillian Lawler
Curated by Nancy Cogswell

This exhibition by six artists from the UK and Ireland, presents works that broadly relate to the term Black
Country, a term more commonly used to refer to an area in England that was known for metalworking and the
extraction of iron ore and coal during the industrial revolution. The use of the term here, as an idea, has more
to do with a resonance and an association with questions about memory, uncertainty and confrontation
through a physical, metaphorical or psychological framework – an exploration of the dark subconscious, a
duplicitous unnerving, and the buried and hidden.
Rob Brown’s works examine the way virtual reality contaminates the ‘real’ world.
Nancy Cogswell’s paintings involve scenarios with objects such as tables and drawers that are given an
emblematic character to produce uncertainty and intrigue through abstracting the figurative.
Julia Hamilton’s ‘decisive’ paintings have a solidity that counterpoints personal memories and evoke a nostalgic
Christopher Hanlon’s works of pared back fragments of objects and spaces engender a still, enigmatic
atmosphere and a sense of something lost or forgotten.
Richard Hoey’s works explore an undercurrent of conflict between sex and religion through the manipulation
of images from the broad pool of popular culture.
Reece Jones’ process driven, dark drawings carry an intense and absorbing psychological charge that have a
fiction reminiscent of cinematic locations.
Gillian Lawler’s paintings explore ideas concerning architectural unease, referencing imaginary, fictional
landscapes that explore a dystopian science-fiction terrain.
The Lion and Lamb is a unique opportunity for painters to curate painting shows: visual essays or a kind of platform where
artists can examine current practices in painting, take works from their usual contexts and experiment with new juxtapositions.

  • Shortlisted for 100 Painters of Tomorrow, a new publication by Beers Lambert Contemporary, visit for more details.

  • OPW 40/40/40

    International touring exhibition with the OPW in 2013, 40/40/40, exhibition of contemporary art celebrating Ireland’s 40 years in the European Union, exhibition touring to Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid, (March – April), Biblioteka Uniwersytecka, Warsaw, (May – June) and Palazzo Della Farnesina, Rome, (June – July).

  • Shortlisted for the  Celeste International Art Prize 2012

    Recently shortlisted by Risa Shoup, curator based in New York, for the Celeste International Art Prize 2012, visit for more details.

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