St Carthage Hall Exhibition Programme 2019

St Carthage Hall is the project space of Lismore Castle Arts.

A Space for Lismore: Carol-Anne Connolly, Pattern Landscape, January To March 2019

Exhibition open 15-17 March, 12-5pm

Every Spring Lismore Castle Arts runs A Space for Lismore, which seeks to invite an artist to work with the local community in Lismore.

Carol Anne Connolly’s visual art practice is primarily concerned with the cultural, civic and social ideas that relate to ‘place’ in contemporary society. She draws from a variety of media, strategies and techniques to create work that is often driven by site-specific, historic and community intervention. In considering landscape as a reflection of our relationship and attitude towards nature, Connolly, through an artistic lens seeks to investigate, represent or re-imagine contemporary ideas that relate to our environs.

For A Space for Lismore, the artist has conceived Pattern Landscape, a new project that aims to examine the socio-historical relationship between nature and design by researching its manifestation in the locality of Lismore. Focusing on the concept of ‘contemporary landscape interpretations’, Connolly and local community residents will create a series of digital motifs. The final works will be exhibited in St Carthage Hall, Lismore.

Image: Carol Anne Connolly, 2018. Image courtesy the artist.


Michael Dean, Laughing for Crying, 31 March – 19 May

Preview Saturday 30 March, 3-6pm

Michael Dean’s immersive sculptural installations begin with his own writing, which he translates into physical form, from letter-like humanscale figures to self-published books deployed as sculptural elements within his installations. His materials are readily available, and include concrete and steel reinforcement bars. His sculptures are exposed to the elements as he works on them outdoors.

For Lismore, Michael will create a new body work especially for the space at St Carthage Hall.


Panel discussion chaired by Charlie Porter, featuring Michael Dean, Hilary Lloyd and Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith.
Location: The Heritage Centre, Lismore. Free event - booking essential.

3 - 6pm
Exhibition previews, at St Carthage Hall and Lismore Castle Arts.
The exhibitions will be launched by Olivia Laing, writer and critic.

Image: Unfucking Titled (Detail), 2019. M. Dean.Courtesy the artist; Herald St, London and Mendes Wood, São Paulo.


Niamh O’Malley, 2 June – 25 August

Preview 1 June, 4-6pm

Lismore Castle Arts is delighted to present a solo exhibition by Niamh O’Malley at St Carthage Hall. The exhibition features a series of new works seen here for the first time.

Niamh O’Malley works with drawing, sculpture, painting, video, and more recently glass. She is drawn to familiar materials that display traces of their own making, laboring the surfaces and edges of polished wood and graphite panels.

Originally trained as a painter, the artist’s interest in the construction and composition of images has extended spatially through the medium of glass. Rather than treating it as an invisible barrier, O’Malley emphasizes its physicality – its thickness, its surface, its opacity – giving attention to properties that might more usually be overlooked.

Her sculptures are partly reminiscent of furniture; shelves, canopies, panels, and bulk. They also function as ballast, solid weights to create a space of form and attention. Through her body of work, the artist continually reminds us of the directed and mediated image - from bench, to view, to landscape.


Dr Isobel Harbison is an art critic, and Lecturer in the Department of Art, at Goldsmiths,
University of London. Free event, no booking required.

Image: Niamh O’Malley, Handle, research still, 2019. Image courtesy the artist.


Oisín Byrne Feat. Gary Farrelly, 8 September – 22 September

Preview 7 September, 4-6pm

GLUE is the first feature-length film by Irish artist Oisín Byrne, with artist and collaborator Gary Farrelly. Told through manic and confessional monologues and dialogues, Gary – a cross-dressing narcoleptic – delivers a comic insight into our shattered subjectivity.

As Gary comes off the mood-enhancing drugs used to treat his narcolepsy, time and identity are dislocated between places real and imagined: Gary’s flat in Brussels, a disintegrating Irish country house, the ‘floating train’ in Wuppertal, Gary’s own grave, and a maternity ward. Gary himself is linguistically pyrotechnic, quick-witted, and provocative, but it is the hesitations, slow-time and the intimate space of filmmaking that produce a portrait which is both tender and brutally touching.

The film articulates Byrne’s ongoing interrogation of identity formation through linguistic models of naming, shaming, interpellation and performativity, particularly in relation to queer experience. In Farrelly’s dextrous performance, at turns good humoured and desperate, we see the shuttling of subjectivity between belonging and alienation, identification and wilful refusal of categorisation. The psychic rupture caused by these breaks is palpable.

Long term collaborators Byrne and Farrelly periodically placed themselves in proximity to each other, inventing and instituting game spaces and terms over a period of five years. These itinerant meeting-places provided a series of elsewheres from what Samuel Beckett describes as ‘the danger [of… ] the neatness of identifications’.

Image: Oisín Byrne Feat. Gary Farrelly, GLUE, 2018, Image courtesy the artist.


Origins – graduate solo award. 13 October – 10 November

Preview 12 October, 4-6pm

Lismore Castle Arts is delighted to present ORIGINS, selected from the 2019 undergraduate shows across Ireland. In June the curatorial team from LCA will visit the degree shows across the country to choose one artist whose work they felt merits a solo exhibition at St Carthage Hall.

This exhibition programme is funded by the Arts Council.
Featured image: Michael Dean, The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture, Installation View, The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, UK, Image courtesy the artist Herald St Gallery, London.

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