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Visual Arts

Maeve Hunter

Title: Threads of My Life

Opening Date: Sun 13 Aug   Time: 4-6pm   Admission: Free   
Exhibition Runs: Sat 5 Aug – Fri 25 Aug  Open: Wed – Sat 9:30am -5pm 

This exhibition intertwines watercolours, textiles and mixed media that narrate the artist’s love of Africa and threads of association that bind her to that Continent.  Having first visited Africa as a child she returned as an adult and developed her artistic practice while travelling across all four provinces: North, South, East and West.

Her work takes inspiration from the colours, textures and people of Africa. She combines the delicacy of watercolours with African fabrics while also bringing her Celtic heritage into the visual image.  A select number of textile pieces in this exhibition were created in 2013 while on an artist residency programme in Namibia.

Maeve, a graduate of NCAD obtained an honours degree in Textiles and both a H.Dip and Masters in Visual Arts Education. Her practice is equally split between her own creative practice and working as an Educator and arts facilitator. She believes very strongly in education through art and that art should be available to all. Maeve is currently the Education and Outreach Officer at the Courthouse Arts Centre.



Lynn Foster Fitzgerald and Émer O Laoghaire

Title: Seeing comes before words

Opening Date: Sun 10 September   Time: 4-6pm   Admission: Free   
Exhibition Runs: Sun 10 Sept – Fri 6 Oct  Open: Wed – Sat 9:30  -5pm 

The exhibition will be opened by Liam Ó Maonlaí 

Lynne Foster Fitzgerald

Lynne Foster Fitzgerald lives and works in Wicklow. Trained at IADTL and DIT (2006), her solo shows have addressed the possibility of psychological transformation through the act of painting.

In this collaboration Lynne’s love of and deep connection with materials is expressed through the recycling of studio detritus and found objects.

Émer O Laoghaire

Born in Dublin and living in Co. Wicklow for almost 20 years, Émer O Laoghaire started painting in 2014 using found materials such as discarded sails and household paints.

Émer has had no formal training apart from a workshop in NCAD on colour mixing. Now working on canvas and linen grounds and using acrylics and powdered pigments, Émer’s artwork reflects her interest in the dynamics of colour, the ongoing tension between light and dark, and the gradations of tone between the two.

Works photographed by Dieter Setz – photography   www.dietersetz.com


Group Show Niall Lynam, Karen Walsh, Alison Tubritt and Sean O Rourke

Opening Date: Sun 15 October  Time: 4-6pm   Admission: Free   
Exhibition Runs: Sun 15 Oct – Fri 10 Nov  Open: Wed – Sat 9:30  -5pm 

The exhibition will be opened by Dr Éimear O’Connor HRHA, MBA (Hons)

Four artist’s from our very successful Emerging Artist’s Exhibition 2016 have been selected for this group exhibition. Each artist has a distinct style and all a strong future ahead as a upcoming Irish artist to watch.

Niall Lynam

Niall Lynam’s painting practice focuses on the deconstruction of the portrait genre. They are virtual portraits, faces of non-existent persons. Lynam works directly against the most commonly valued aspect of the genre; (must a portrait only represent an existing face?) in order to provoke a sociological analysis of what portraiture is.With no identity, there is no prejudice or pre conceived bias towards the subject/painting. It is a more democratic, socially based mode of representation; merely examples of a type of portraiture. In these twin portraits Lynam explores two concepts; eugenics and gender. With his brush the artist is in complete control of the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics.

Karen Walsh

Karen’s artwork attempts to make visible abandoned, mainly domestic, dwellings, as well as their forgotten objects, that remain untouched in the Irish landscape. Structures once filled with warmth and life are now seen wasting away and slowly becoming reclaimed by nature. Fragmentation is a vital element within her work with such images composed of remnants of something that once was.  Within such fragments an image is created that observes loss. An absence and presence occurs simultaneously through the stillness of her oil painting compositions which reflect on the lack of human presence yet still provide the stuff of life that suggest a human interaction that once existed.  Recognisable objects bring forth hidden histories and therefore lead to improvised narratives.

Alison Tubritt

Equus Caballus II : Through a sustained study and exploration of the horse anatomy in the context of contemporary art, the artist explores traditional drawing and mark making techniques. This series is following on from the previous Equus Caballus using just a white pencil on black paper, where as now the artist is limiting her materials to a blade on scratch board. The artist often chooses to limit her materials to test her abilities through a subject matter that has been previously explored throughout art history. 

Precise attention is given to details and fragments of the horse’s form through a play between light and shadow, while also adding the component of negative space. The small scale of the artwork allows the viewer to connect with each piece individually or as a whole. The artist’s main aims are to seek a productive relationship between the physicality of the work and the drawing process, as well as focusing on the technical execution of each individual piece. 

Sean O Rourke

Sean O’Rourke graduated from NCAD in 2016 with a BA Hons in fine art painting. In 2016 he was awarded NUI Art and Design Prize for his “Crucifixion” triptych, the painting was created to commemorate the demolition of Dolphin House flat complex. In transforming relics of the building into art, he brings attention to what once existed. Sean has lived in Dublin’s south inner city since he was born in 1994. This is where he has drawn his inspiration from, using what interests him aesthetically about Dublin’s economically deprived inner city. Mostly painting on reclaimed objects, like rusted metal sheets once used to board up the windows of derelict flat complexes, using the plates to paint everyday scenes from a working class environment. The plates give a realistic look into the rough distressed elements Sean finds intriguing, as well as giving a representation of the area that the plates come from in the form of a painting. By removing the plates from their original context and placing them into the context of a gallery space, it allows them to be primarily viewed in an aesthetic.



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.  




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 9:30am – 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