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Visual Arts


Tony Kew

Title: ’Swansong’

Opening Date: Sun 23 April   Time: 4-6pm   Admission: Free  
Exhibition Runs: Sun 23 Apr – Fri 19 May Open: Wed 10-5pm Thurs – Sat 10-5pm 

Tony Kew was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1937, where he studied in the Johannesburg School of Art. In 1967 he immigrated to Toronto, Canada when he was thirty years old. During his career in commercial art in Toronto and New York he received over thirty awards of merit and creativity. He began painting seriously in 1974. Almost ten years later, in 1983 he was chosen to design images for Canada Post and for Canadian Embassies throughout the world. He now lives in Aughrim, Co. Wicklow.

Tony is a painter with a preoccupation with the human form and in the realistic and surrealistic genre. His work has sold in eleven countries: Ireland, USA, Bermuda, Canada, South Africa, Spain, England, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Italy. Tony’s work is represented in several corporate collections; collected Imperial Oil of Canada and Texaco Canada Inc as well as numerous others. His paintings have been seen on RTE on television programmes such as the Angelus, Time Out and IRIS. His portraiture has won awards. 




David - Body of light

David Begley

Title: ’Lamp Black and moonlight’

Opening Date: Sun 28 May   Time: 4-6pm   Admission: Free   
Exhibition Runs: Sun 28 May – Fri 30 June  Open: Wed 10-5pm Thurs – Sat 10-5pm 

‘Lamp black and moonlight’ is an exhibition of animations, drawings and
monotypes by David Begley.  David Begley is an artist and writer based in Wexford, currently
working in the mediums of drawing and printmaking. Recently his work
has been presented at Cinema Club, New York, Animfest Athens, Greece,
Oriel Myrddin and Oriel Davies, Wales, VISUAL, Carlow, The RHA,
Dublin, DAS2015, Belfast and The Linenhall Arts Centre, Mayo. David
was awarded The Artists Film Award at In Motion, Wales in 2015 and an
Artlinks Visual Arts Bursary in 2014.

“My monotypes are part of an ongoing body of work in monochrome
following three years of drawing and making animated films. ” David Begley



Youth Arts 

Title: ‘It is not What It Seems’

Opening Date: Wed 11 January   Time: 12pm   Admission: Free   
Exhibition Runs: Wed 11 Jan  - Fri 27 Jan  Open: Wed 10-5pm Thurs – Sat 10-5pm 

Now in its 4th year our Youth Arts Festival is going from strength to strength with over 300 young artist and performers taking part from all around south Wicklow.
As a multi-tiered art event across visual art, music, theatre, spoken word and dance we are delighted to exclusively offer The Courthouse Arts Centre as a youth venue for the entire month of January.

Visual Art: Exhibition by over 250 National and Secondary school pupils and our own Courthouse Teen studio and Artsparks groups.
Date: Opens Wednesday 11 January and runs until Friday 27 January
Opening Time: 12 noon
Admission: FREE



Jung – A Han

Title: ’Raincoat’

Opening Date: Sun 19 March   Time: 4-6pm   Admission: Free   
Exhibition Runs: Sun 19 Mar – Fri 14 April  Open: Wed 10-5pm Thurs – Sat 10-5pm 

Jung-A Han is a  Korean artist who works and lives in Ireland.  Han moved to Ireland in January 1999, where she studied Fine Art at the Institute of Technology, Carlow.  Currently studying for an MA at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art and Design & Technology, she has been living in Shillelagh, Co. Wicklow since 2007. 

Jung-A Han’s  exhibition is entitled ‘Raincoat’ as it relates to her technique of dripping painting as well as approaching art in the style of a performance.  Living in Korea, there were sunny days,  but she had always loved rainy days.  Now living in the land of eternal showers, she poses herself as canvas or paper, the dripping paint expressesing the rain cascading down on her existence in a strange land just as the paint freely trickles over the canvas. 

Han’s also work focuses on the relationship between people and how they communicate and network with each other in the modern world.  Her work explores themes of our position in the world, a world in which we are more and more surrounded by different cultures, types of space and ever more sources of technology.

She is interested in history, culture and the environment, more specifically the relationship of these elements to people and nature.  Her work aims to explore ideas of communications with the world, how I, through collaborations and solo projects try to answer the reflective question of ‘Who I am’ as an artist, ‘Who I am as a person?’

 The exhibition will be opened by Charles DeLapp, great-grand nephew of William Orpen, and by the artist and writer, Brian Hand.  Brian is a lecturer with Carlow Institute of Technology where he lectures in Visual Studies, Photography, Video, Sculpture and Community Based Learning.