November 7th 2017

This week in the news...

Orla Barry MFA RPL student in Sculpture at NCAD was interviewed in The Irish Times yesterday 6/11/2017 by Gemma Tipton about her new show Breaking Bows at the Wexford Arts Centre. see

Brian Hand, lecturer and Head of Sculpture and Expanded Practice was interviewed on Inside Culture on RTE Radio 1 about Red Week at NCAD
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Student Acheivments
October 2017

Kevin O'Kelly (BA Sculpture 2017, currently YR1 MFA Digital Art) won the RDS Taylor Art Award, worth €10,000.!rii=b9%5F21259855%5F1526%5F24%2D10%2D2017%5

Elaine Hoey (BA Media 2016, MFA Media 2017) won the R.C Lewis Crosby Award, worth €5,000. She also won the RDS Culturel Irlandais Residency Award, worth another €5,000.

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Staff Achievements
October /November 2017

Susan MacWilliam: Modern Experiments West Cork Arts Centre - currently on show.
Diana Copperwhite – Recent and Forthcoming
Lonely Impulse of desire -WB Yeats print exhibition, The University Art Museum Tokyo University of the Arts, June 2017
Last Picture Show - Thomas Jaeckel Gallery, New York   May 11th to July 1 2017 Diana Copperwhite will take place in a group exhibition with Mary Heilmann, Jill Levine, Chris Ofili, Danny Rolf, Rebecca Smith and Elio Rodriguez.
Soul-Beating: An exhibition of painting told through the lens of film.
Gorey School of Art | 28 JULY — 5 AUGUST 2017
Robert Armstrong — Susan Connolly — Diana Copperwhite — Colin Crotty — Brian O’Doherty — Damien Flood – Paul Hallahan — Mark Joyce — Mark O’Kelly — Sheila Rennick — Emma Roche — Mark Swords — Kathy Tynan
Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris - Many Worlds - Group show, September 15 to October 5, 2017. Diana Copperwhite, Paul McKinley, Tadhg McSweeney, Paul Nugent, Geraldine O’Neill, Kathy Tynan
Context Art Miami, Miami, (Forthcoming) Dec 5  to 10, 2017, with 532 Thomas Jaeckel Gallery, New York

Diana Copperwhite Recent and upcoming Talks

Lodestar School of Art summer school visiting artist and talk
Glenstal Abbey August 23, 2017
RHA Gallery upcoming,
Material Culture series October 4, 2017
University of Ulster Belfast, December 18, 2017
Visiting artist and lecture.
External assessor Sligo Art Department, IT Sligo, 2017
External assessor Wexford School of Art, WIT, 2017
Ongoing conversation pieces for the NCAD Painttube
Upcoming Michael David artist and director of David and Schweitzer , Brooklyn, NY.

Robert Armstrong

PERIPHERIES 2017 | SOUL-BEATING, curated by James Merrigan. July at Gorey School of Art, Mary Ward Lane, Gorey, Co. Wexford. The exhibition featured work the of Robert Armstrong, Susan Connolly, Diana Copperwhite, Colin Crotty, Brian O’Doherty, Damien Flood, Paul Hallahan, Mark Joyce, Mark O’Kelly, Ciarán Murphy, Sheila Rennick, Emma Roche, Mark Swords and Kathy Tynan

And Creatures Dream....A New Language - a two-venue exhibition at Wexford County Council Buildings, Carricklawn and Wexford Arts Centre, July – August 2017. The artists participating -  Robert Armstrong, David Begley, John Busher, Ciaran Bowen, Serena Caulfield, Eamonn Carter, Helen Gaynor, Kate Murphy, Rosie O’Gorman, Emma Roche, George Warren, and Hanneke van Ryswyk.

Paul Nugent
Obscura – Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, September 14th – October 14th, 2017.
Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris - Many Worlds - Group show, September 15 to October 5, 2017. Diana Copperwhite, Paul McKinley, Tadhg McSweeney, Paul Nugent, Geraldine O’Neill, Kathy Tynan

Oliver Whelan – forthcoming
Oliver Whelan and Marcin Kowalik, Art Laboratory, Krakow. October 2017

Emma Finucane
Attitude Precedes Form, The Library Project Temple Bar, curated by Hilary Murray
Solo Show, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray Co.Wicklow.

Margaret O Brien
Solo exhibition at Galway Arts Centre  – Through a Glass Darkly
Activating Pangea Exhibit 101 and SantaMonica Art studios July
Anthology Art Prize 2017 Charley Smith Gallery Hoxton London.

Mary Fitzgerald
COE 17
Claremorris Open Adjudicated by Tom Morton contributing editor, Frieze.
Hive - Studio Members Exhibition
Swift Boxes for DCC and Birdwatch Ireland on going

Sarah Browne artist in residence UCD
recent / upcoming:
Conference presentation at the Society for Legal Studies (Ireland and UK), with Mairead Enright, hosted by UCD Sutherland School of Law (September 2017)
Against Ordinary Language, Tate Exchange, Liverpool (solo project, November 2017)
Box with the sound of its own making, Salonul Proyecte, Bucharest (group exhibition, December 2017)

Gareth Kennedy will present at Tir Saile Symposium in North Mayo and sculpture students will visit.

Recent / Upcoming:

Public Art:
Shortlisted for public art commission for Colaiste Raithin, Bray
Public Art Residency as part of Tír Sáile, with Mayo County Council in Erris, Co. Mayo over the Summer of 2017

Sites of Tension, Arts Council touring award for group exhibition touring national and regional galleries and art centres in 2018
Enter Stage Left, Group exhibition at Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland (finished in July)

Symposia / exchange / Public speaking:
Presenting at Tír Sáile Symposium at Aras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet, October 13th/14th 2017.
Guest artist on Global Ecologies Studio, at the Burren School of Art, Co. Clare, Ireland. July 2017
Gaining Ground - Public Art and Public Engagement Seminar, Glor, Ennis, Co. Clare July 2017

Published / Review:

Contributed essay to Georg Grote and Hannes Obermair (Ed.) A Land on the Threshold - South Tyrolean Transformations, 1915- 2015, Peter Lang, Oxford, Bern, Berlin,Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien. ISBN 978-17-870742-1-7

Enter Stage Left, Art Monthly, June 2017

Bring Your Own Chair selected as part of The Arts Council Open Call Programme 2018

Michelle Browne
and Callan Workhouse Union have been selected to develop a new work for The Arts Council Open Call Programme 2018. Browne and CWU will present Bring Your Own Chair, a performance in public space in 12 acts, across 12 small towns and villages in the South East region (counties Waterford, Kilkenny and Wexford). As the heart of our small towns face decline, Bring Your Own Chair looks to reclaim public space for collective experience and action. Bring Your Own Chair asks what can art do to contribute to the reactivation of public space as an agora – an arena for civic engagement?

Creative Producers International, Bristol

Michelle Browne has been selected from over 500 applications worldwide to take part in Creative Producers International, a three-year programme designed specifically to build the capacity of Creative Producers as city change-makers, supporting them to engage communities and deliver public-space projects that inform the evolving dynamics of their city. Creative Producers International is a new global talent development programme led by Watershed in Bristol. The programme expands the work and ethos of Playable City, and has been adopted across five continents and puts people and play at the heart of the future city.

Brian Hand collaborated with Orla Ryan for a site specific temporary Commission at Carlow Arts Festival, June 2017.

Brian Hand, Orla Ryan and Lisa Godson have recieved a small research grant from NCAD to host a seminar on Anatomy and Display later in 2017.

Feargal Fitzpatrick will present a paper as part of the Landscape and Land Wars: Legacies of the Colonial strand of the upcoming symposium Photogrpahy / Archives / Ireland, which takes place at DIT on November 3rd.

Cliona Harmey co-curated with aemi a series of screenings,events and commissions for  "Port |River |City " a public art project funded by Dublin Port Company.

Cliona Harmey also showed work in Solstice Arts Centre and is part of a research group (Orthogonal Methods Group) who have collaborated on a work for IMMA's Coastline Exhibition.

Leah Hilliard is representing the deparment at the upcoming Critical Media Literacy conference at DIT on October 20th and 21st.

Leah Hilliard completed a residency at IMMA in early summer, as part of The Mothership Project – a network of Irish parenting visual artists and art workers.

Alan Butler participated in the Malmö Fotobiennal in Sweden, and Volta Basel (with the Green on Red Gallery) in Switzerland in June 2017.

Alan Butler was interviewed on Lyric FM on October 2nd about his practice.

Philip Napier

Further Progress Around Ypres                           2017
Performance Lecture  
Rupert Guinness Lecture  Theatre NCAD, Dublin

So It Is
Curated by John Carson                                     
Mattress Factory , Pittsburgh USA
Group Exhibition and Residency

The Oceans After Nature                                     2017/18
Curated by Alaina Claire Feldman   
Dublin City Gallery Hugh Lane,  Dublin

Talks / Media                                                         2017
Invited Speaker Port Perspectives
Performance Lecture 24th November  Dublin City Gallery

Radio Interview
RTE Inside Culture

Review Irish Times

Student Achievements

RDS Awards 2017 - Painting Department participants Eve O’Callaghan (BA), Ann Ensor (MFA). The RDS Visual Art Awards Exhibition runs from October 25 to October 30 at the RDS.

Painting Department Award Winners – Degree exhibition 2017.

Department of Foreign Affairs Purchase Awards
Eve O’Callaghan
Fergus Smith

OPW Purchase Awards
Barbara Lee, Eve O’Callaghan, Niamh King, Christopher Kearney, Chuang Zhu

New Art Studios Residency Winner
Matthew Mitchell MFA

RHA Studio Residency Winners
Eve O’Callaghan
Christopher Kearney


Marcel Vidal, Kerlin Gallery, Hannah Fitz, Áine McBride, Daniel Rios Rodriguez, Marcel Vidal. 7th July - 26th August 2017
Natasha Conway, Pallas Projects opening 27th September.
Joseph Noonan-Ganley former painting student just got a teaching post at Goldsmiths College, London as Lecturer in Fine Art & History of Art / Art.
Aoife Scott is beginning her MA in Print at Royal College of Art
Melissa Ellis is exhibition at Marsh’s Library.
Emily Archer exhibited at  Tombolo, Mizen Head, Cork.
Gary Farrelly is exhibitiong at Laura Mars Gallery, Berlin &
RO2 Art, Dallas
Killian Dunne has begun his MFA at School of the Arts Institute of Chicago.
In July Asia O’ Driscoll Exhibited at the Cabinet Black Church Studio.
Rebecca Phelan has comenced her Graphic Studio Residency Award.
Sean Brennen Black Church Studio Award.
OPW Purchase Award for Michele Fahy and Tadgh Hannaway.
Kevin O Kelly and Ann Ensor were successful in The RDS award.
Ciara O Kelly was awarded the Firestation Studio residency
Michelle Hall (Media / MFA ACW 2016) is currently in a residency and exhibiting her work at Art Box in James Joyce Street, Dublin 1. Her work has been selected for the upcoming StartPoint Prize exhibition, Prague, after which she will travel to London for a research residency with The CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF SUBSTRUCTURED LOSS. Hall has been awarded the Arts Council Film Bursary 2017, the Dublin City Council Tyrone Guthrie Residency and the Fingal County Council Project Award.
Elaine Hoey (MFA 2016) and Ara Devine (BA 2016) have been shortlisted for the RDS Art Awards, and will exhibit in the shortlisted artists show, opening October 24th. Elaine’s BA work The Weight of Water, will be on show at Draíocht Blanchardstown from October 19th.
Kevin O’Kelly (BA Sculpture 2017, and currently YR1 MFA Digital Art is also in the RDS Awards exhibition.
Ella Bertilsson and Ulla Juske (MFA Art in the Digital World 2015) have been awarded a Draíocht Incubate Artist Residency from November 2017 to January 2018.
Emma Brennan (BA 2016) been awarded the following Draíocht Incubate Artist Residency from January to March 2018.
Orla Comerford (YR2 BA Joint Hons Education) was a finalist in the 100 meters final at the Para Athletics World Championships in London’s Olympic Stadium in July 2016.



October 2017

NUI Honorary Conferring Ceremony 2017

Clare Langan,former N.C.A.D student, Sculpture 1989, awarded honorory doctorate.

Feburary 2017


RHA School
23rd February 2017
RHA School invites you to attend an Open Studio for the Peer Residency. Current residents on the Peer Residency are Cara Farnan, Eve Rogers, Conor O'Sullivan and Chloe Nagle who are recent graduates from NCAD. This is an opportunity to see a selection of new work from the four artists in the studio where it was made.

The Peer Residency invites recent graduates to share the original RHA Drawing Studio, a space where Academicians gathered to draw and meet on a weekly basis. This commitment to peer learning and artistic mutual support is a continued value of the Peer Residency. The residency provides studio support to students transitioning from study to professional practice.

The Open Studio will begin at 6pm on Thursday, 23rd February at the RHA School Studios.

January 2017

  • Recent Graduates.
    Seven of ten Fresh Irish painters: 10 under 30 to watch from the RTE website Culture/Visual Arts are graduates of NCAD Painting Department. They were selected by Cristín Leach, Art Critic of The Sunday Times.
    Link here