St Carthage Hall Exhibition Programme 2020

Kaye Donachie

Kaye Donachie’s paintings pay tribute to a cast of historical female figures. Modernist performers, futurist actresses and non-conformist poets become protagonists connected by their unconventional beliefs and preferences. The paintings recognise the allure of these individuals and the extent to which they have stimulated Donachie to illuminate their specific histories, posing questions such as what it is to be present, to be active, to have a voice, and to assume ultimately, some measure of control over creative and emotional labour. The narratives within the paintings are given structure by the visceral sensation of light, outline and intensity of surfaces that evoke images surrounding the various subjects of her investigation.

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

Image: Silence into weary ears, 2018, oil on linen, 55.3 x 35 cm, 21 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches
© Kaye Donachie. Courtesy Maureen Paley, London


Matt Connors

Abstracted by colour, Connors’ paintings and drawings are created through a process of layering and re-working forms extracted from his immediate environment. Over time, these recognisable shapes are steadily obscured through the repetitive application of paint and line – the visual reduction and dilation of influence creating works imbued with an almost psychedelic presence.

Indebted to the physicality of their production – process, materiality and action exist as equivalent points of departure in Connors’ work. Details are seized upon, drafted and re-worked – either within one painting or simultaneously across several; accidental drips and marks accumulated through time spent in his studio become integral to the work, his surfaces registering each moment in their creation. The installation of Connors’ works allude to the struggle and scrutiny of this process.

Image: Matt Connors, Inhere, Installation view, Herald St, 2019, Courtesy: Herald St, London.


Alicia Reyes McNamara, Curated by Berlin Opticians

Alicia Reyes McNamara’s work translates the Mexican American or Chicana identity through her explorations of language as a territory and space to challenge ideas of authenticity within a diaspora.

Combining sculpture, painting and video, Reyes McNamara investigates key texts by Mexican American theorist Gloria E. Anzaldúa, Dominican American writer Junot Diaz, and Cuban American poet Gustavo Pérez Firmat. Exploring the notion of bilingual and bicultural existence, Reyes McNamara refers to the concept of an in-between space where identity is fluid and where two cultures and their languages intersect.

Alicia Reyes McNamara recently received her MFA from the University of Oxford’s Ruskin School of Art, after completing her BFA at California College of the Arts. Her work was included in the Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition at the Bluecoat and ICA in 2016.

Image: Alicia Reyes McNamara, She who comes undone, 2019, Oil on canvas, 110 x 150 cm.
Courtesy of the artist and Berlin Opticians Gallery.


Deirdre O'Mahony, A Space For Lismore, January To March 2020

Across 2020 Deirdre O’Mahony will work collaboratively with groups and individuals in a series of talks, walks and workshops. Using St Carthage Hall as a base, the group will return from investigative trips to produce a deep mapping process of the complex human, natural and social ecology of the forests around the Lismore region.

The information gathered during the physical experience of the forest will be further informed by discussions led by individuals with different experiences of the forest- history, commercial use, plant life, animals, insect life, flora, fungi and mushrooms. This will feed into workshops, botanical drawing and other ways of recording the forest ecosystem.

By working in Lismore over a three – month period the intention is to map the traces of human and non-human histories that still remain in the land. Deirdre hopes to meet and engage with farmers, forestry workers, hunting enthusiasts, wildlife experts, recreational users, foragers, and anyone with an interest in the estate forest.

The project will result in an installation and archive exhibition from 29 February to 8 March at St Carthage Hall.

Image: Deirdre O’Mahony, A walk in Lismore, 23 November 2019, with Tom Kent.  Photograph: Paul McAree



Lismore Castle Arts is delighted to present ORIGINS, selected from the 2020 undergraduate shows across Ireland.

ORIGINS is an annual exhibition held each autumn in St Carthage Hall as a way of presenting emerging new artists in a gallery context, alongside Lismore Castle Arts respected programme of international artists.

Image: Origins install view, 2019. Photograph: Paul McAree

This exhibition programme is funded by the Arts Council.
Featured image: Kaye Donachie, Like This. Before. Like Waves, installation view Morena di Luna, Hove, 2018
© Kaye Donachie. Courtesy Maureen Paley, London

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