Art Exhibitions

Through the Looking Glass - Open Submission Exhibition

“I knew who I was when I woke this morning but I think I have been changed several times since then”

From a submission of well over 100 works, curator Therry Rudin has selected 25 to be printed and displayed in the Open air Gallery on Oxmantown Mall, Birr.
A wider selection can be seen in the virtual gallery .
Exhibition launch, live and online, Friday 13th August at 5pm.

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Empty Columns are a Place to Dream – Putting Birr under an International spotlight!

Under the curation of Ric Kasini Kadour, New Orleans and with the support of the Birr Historical Society, 18 collage artists from across the world have been researching, discussing, and responding to the Cumberland Pillar in Emmet Square Birr, its history, and contemporary issues relating to place, context and past.

The resulting collages will form an Open Air Gallery, with collage workshops with visiting artists from the exhibition and a talk at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre. A book will be published to accompany this important exhibition.

What would you put on the column? Ric Kasini Kadour lives in New Orleans, where they also have an empty column - from which the Confederate General Robert Lee was removed in 2017.

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Artists Shop Windows

Look out for these artist's windows, nestling between the vintage shop displays by recent graduates who missed out on degree shows this year.

When: 13 - 20 August.

Where: Connaught Street / Main Street Birr.

Sorcha Frances Ryder - In this project, inspired by vintage food advertising and analog aesthetics of 1970s cinema the work explores themes of feminine desire and the empty pleasures of domestic spaces.

Hollie Gilson - An Offaly graduate of NCAD, whose work is inspired by windows and voyeurism.

Clodagh Laffin - ‘Enclosed Garden/Hortus Conclusus’ Drawing imagery from fairy tales, medieval folklore and the Victorian decorative arts, she made her own series of enclosed gardens that explore ideas of femininity, nature and control.

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AR Trail

Strange images are appearing on the backstreets of Birr!

Artists Tamlyn Young and Finn Nichol have created an augmented reality trail that brings artworks to life.

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Siobhan Bulfin Exhibition

Monday 16th - Sat 21 August at New Order District, Syngefield, Birr

The wonderful sculptures and drawings of Siobhan Bulfin

Owen de Forge at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Visit Owen's exhibition in our gallery space Monday to Friday 2:00 - 5:30pm (July- September)

Owen de Forge is a figurative painter. Working primarily with oil paint on hand cut constructions, he combines observational studies and expressionistic mark making to show the effects of subjectivity and emotion on our perception.

His work as been included in group shows throughout  the country; most notably at Artists Ignite (Birr Theatre and Arts Centre, 2020), the 139th Annual Exhibition at the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts (Belfast, 2020), and the 188th RHA Annual Exhibition (Dublin, 2018)

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Tanya Bond at Sunflowers

Local Favourite painter exhibits exquisite work in this newly renovated space.

 

Frankie Gallagher

Beautiful original paintings on exhibit upstairs at the Chestnut Bar.

 

Art Fair at Buddha Lounge

We are thrilled to be teaming up with Buddha Lounge by Antoinette Larkin for a Local Art Fair on Saturday 14th August. This is a really magical space, with a great café for refreshments and healthy treats.

Studio 38 at Jerros

An amazing selection of artwork on display.

Artists include: Angie Culbert, Emma Mulrooney, Hology Photography, Laura Dunne, Emma Behan & Mags Dunne.

Window Wanderland

We are delighted to be bringing this fantastic event to Birr again and with your help, we will transform the streets into a magical outdoor gallery for all to enjoy! This year we are asking you to reflect the SPIRIT OF VINTAGE  in your windows, houses , gardens – anything goes – as long as it’s family friendly!

Your display could be as simple as a candle, book or fairy-lights in a window. Or you could go all out and turn your house into a carnival float!   

We will run the event for the week of 13th-20th August, from dusk to dark, all welcome!

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