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Visual Art – Archive Spring 2015

Visual Arts


Youth Art Exhibition

Title: Heads-Up

Opening Date: Sun 18th Jan   Time: 3-5pm   Admission: Free  
Exhibition runs until Jan 30th. Open: Thurs-Sat 10-5pm


Heads-up is our second Youth Arts Festival to be held in January 2015 at The Courthouse Arts Centre. This is a multi-tiered arts event with an exhibition from both primary and second level students together with: theatre, dance, spoken word and music performances.

Sunday Jan 18th 3-5pm Free: Vibrant art exhibition from over 200 young Wicklow artists with theatre, dance and music performances.

Saturday Jan 24th 8pm €3: Youth Café. Music, spoken word, theatre and dance from second level performers. 

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Joan Sugrue

Title: 40 English Miles

Opening Date: Sun 8th Feb   Time: 4-6pm   Admission: Free    
Exhibition Runs: Sat 8 Feb – Fri 6 Mar   Open Thurs-Sat 10-5pm

Joan Sugrue’s practice is based around image making and looking.  The cultures which produced the historical  illustrations, photographs and texts from which she works provide a starting out point for the work. Appropriating images and writing which were products of a specific geographical and historical time and place, her work follows specific lines of enquiry which are often linked to real persons and places. Source material is dissected and reassembled continuously.

Her work for this exhibition was made following on from studies into the history of CountyWicklow and in particular Tinahely. Sources were drawn from a range of material including emigration manifests, Coolattin Estate Books, press clippings, Census records and donated photographs. ‘40 English Miles’ refers to the length of CountyWicklow as described in Samuel Lewis’ “A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland” from 1837. However the paintings that emerge are not descriptive nor are they realistic. During the process of painting the act of searching is given precedence over finding. 

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Cecil King

Title: Cecil King – Works from a private collection

Opening Date: Sun 22 March   Time: 4-6pm   Admission: Free  
Exhibition Runs: Sun Mar 22 – Fri April 17th   Open: Thurs – Sat 10-5pm 

Cecil King was born in Rathdrum, County Wicklow, in 1921. After schooling in Athlone and Dublin, he went to work for a printing company, and only gradually began to take an interest in art, first as a collector, then as a self-taught practitioner. For many years he was active as a hill-walking committee member of An Oige. The colour-sensitive ‘hard-edge’ abstraction for which he is famous was preceded by explorations of other styles. He died suddenly in 1986.

The present exhibition is based on the collection put together by poet and novelist, Hugh Maxton, who was nominated for membership of Aosdana by Cecil King in the 1980s. Thirteen pictures are shown representing progressive stages of the painter’s evolution. Maxton wrote a number of poems relating to these and other works by King, in a strict format. These texts are also on display.

The exhibition coincides with publication of Maxton’s second novel, Happen (Duras Press).

Hugh Maxton would be delighted to learn of any Cecil King’s paintings that might be hanging in private homes around the county – it is rumored that King was kind enough to give some of his works to people in and around Rathdrum to hang in their homes, so everyone could afford to have ‘art’ in their homes. If you are aware of any please do contact us here at the courthouse. 



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Ferdinand Von Korff Schmising

Title: Peregrination Hodgepodge

Opening Date: Sun 26 April   Time: 4-6pm   Admission: Free   
Exhibition Runs: Sun April 26  – Fri May 22   Open: Thurs – Sat 10-5pm 

“Some people keep diaries, I take photos. Some people like to elaborate in their writing, I like to, where possible, not just show what I saw but how I saw it”

Photographic exhibition from Tinahely resident Ferdinand Von Korff Schmising.

Ferdinand has been taking photographs for many years. His images reflect his inquiring eye and function as a travel log. Where others use words Ferdinand uses his camera to interpret and provide a commentary on the people and cultures he encounters. As observer you are brought into the frame and narrative of his experiences.

Ferdinand was the winner of The Irish Times Amateur Photographer of the year award Portraits section in 2012.


TAG – Tinahely Arts Group

Title: Revolution

Opening Date: Sun 7th June   Time: 4-6pm   Admission: Free   
Exhibition Runs: Sun 7th June  – Fri Sat 27th June   Open: Thurs – Sat 10-5pm 

“Revolution” is an exhibition by the Tinahely Arts Group (TAG) taking place during the month of June 2015 in the Courthouse Arts Centre.

Revolution makes the world go round. Revolution is a big word with many meanings and interpretations, and as the theme for this exhibition will have as many varied connotations as the diverse practices of TAG members.

Revolution is in the air and the theme lends itself as a rallying point for the group exhibition. It has equal significance whether treated universally or locally, historically or contemporary. TAG will present artworks tackling world movements versus domestic upheavals, fanatical versus measured, violent versus cultural revolt.

TAG, working as a collective, brings their creative forces to the Tinahely area with this exhibition. The disciplines practised by TAG members include painting, sculpture, ceramics and textiles. The many meanings and understandings of the word revolution have been left open to the creative, mischievous and intellectual imaginations of TAG members.





Pure Mile 

Title: Pure  

Opening Date: Sun 12th July  Time: 4-6pm   Admission: Free   
Exhibition Runs: Sun 12th July  – Fri 31st July   Open: Thurs – Sat 10-5pm 

The Exhibition, PURE, concentrates on the various multi media projects PURE has produced to create environmental awareness.

This exhibition features:

-16 award winning short environmental animations

-8 environmental music videos

-a short film – The PURE Mile –  on the community/environmental initiative

-short films on illegal dumping in the Wicklow/Dublin Uplands. 

To find out more information on PURE logon to www.pureproject.ie



Thurs Aug 6th – Sat Aug 29th

You are invited to the installation & residency between Aug 6 – Aug 29  Thurs-Sat 10am-5pm. 


Exhibition Title : CHANEY

 Exhibition runs until Sat Aug 29 . Courthouse open wed 10-1pm. Thurs-Sat 10-5pm. This installation centres on a collection of shards of pottery or “Chaney” collected by the artist Orla Callaghan from the fields near her home in Carnew, Co Wicklow.

 Using techniques of feltmaking the shards will be enclosed in a floor piece and combined with other constructed elements to evoke the environment of the fields.

 This work is intended to reflect on the relationship between people and the land, local practice of agriculture over the years and its primal role in human existence.

 The exhibition is presented as an open studio event and the public are invited to come to observe and engage with the artist as she works on the installation.

 Open Studio – Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Aug 6th  – 28th   10am-5pm

 Lecture – Farming in Wicklow 1750-1850. Jonathan Bell and Mervyn Watson

Thurs Aug 27th   8pm.  €5/€3. In partnership with West Wicklow Historical Society.

 Closing reception – Saturday Aug 29th  4-6pm.


Using techniques of feltmaking artist Orla Callaghan encloses shards of pottery, or ‘chaney’, in a floor piece which combined with other constructed elements evokes the environment of the fields.