December Drink & Draw

Just a quick update, our Intern Drink& Draw event has been moved to December 11th from 6 pm, Please join us for what is sure to be a bit of fun and a laugh or three Admission is €5, all proceeds go towards the intern exhibition in January 2019. 

Time After Time

126  Artist-run Gallery is proud to present “Time After Time” by Paddy Joe Rickard and Cliodhna Timoney.

Preview: Thursday 22nd November 6-8pm.
Exhibition Run: Friday 23rd November- Sunday 9th December.
Opening times: Wednesday-Sunday 12-6pm.

Time After Time offers a portrayal of the artist’s studio and the quotidian processes that occur within. Rickard and Timoney provide a situation where the audience can participate in the processes of looking viewing, assembling, rejecting and thinking. Presenting the terra incognita of their practice, the exhibition invites the viewer into a customarily private space.
Here Rickard and Timoney have staged a studio that gathers their common interests in line, colour, materiality, form. Time after Time is grounded in a trove of references borrowed from pop culture, craft and art history. The combinations are homogenous and repetitive in display, a conglomeration of overlapping ideas, systems and conversations.

Paddy Joe Rickard is an artist based in Dublin and London. He makes drawings, paintings and sculptures. Rickard graduated from IADT’S Visual Arts Practice with first class honours in 2015. Recent exhibitions include Young Folks, Solo Exhibition, YMCA Sports Hall, Dublin (2018), Stream/2, The Complex, Dublin (2018), The Hike I Never Went On, Block T, Dublin (2016), Winter Open, Rua Red, Dublin (2016), ART WORKS, Carlow Arts Festival, Carlow (2016), unFold, Mart Project Space Dublin (2015), IADT Graduate Exhibition, IADT Dun Laoghaire (2015), The Beholders Share, The Project Space IMMA (2015). He was awarded the Fingal County Council Artist Bursary Award 2018, Fingal County Council Artist Bursary Award 2016 and was the recipient of Fingal Graduate Award in Partnership with Block T 2015.

www.paddyjoerickard.eu 

Cliodhna Timoney is an artist currently based in London. Using familiar imagery, materials, objects and forms, Timoney removes their function, deliberately misconstrues and intentionally distorts their character in an attempt to examine communication and sensibility. Chancing failure and accidents, she intuitively allows the works to take on transitory, provisional and awkward states. Timoney graduated from IADT’s Visual Arts Practice with first class honours in 2015. She is currently undertaking an MFA at The Slade School of Fine Art. Recent Exhibitions include Whoops, SoloExhibiton, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork (2018), Tatty Green Lampshade, Solo Exhibition, Eight Gallery, Dublin (2018), all shimmers here, The MART (2016), Very Good Waves Now, Catalyst Arts, Belfast (2016), A Knowing Nature, The Dock, Carrick-On Shannon (2016), IADT Graduate Exhibition, Dun Laoghaire (2015), The Beholder’s Share, IMMA, Dublin(2015). She was awarded the Felix Slade Scholarship 2018 and was the recipient of Fire Station Sculpture Workshop Award & Bursary 2016.

//cliodhnatimoney.com/
126 Artist-Run Gallery is proudly funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and Galway City Council and Fingal Arts.

“Affordable Art, Christmas Market” Fundraiser

“Affordable Art, Christmas Market” Fundraiser.

126 needs your help!!! As many of you know 126 is a not for Profit voluntary run organisation which aims to support and provide professional opportunities to our members. Every year we must fundraise for up to 14,000 to cover just the core costs of running the gallery from electricity and heat to repairs/upgrades and rent. This Christmas we invite our generous members to take part once again in 126’s week-long “Affordable Art, Christmas Market” from December 14th to 23rd. The idea is to submit works of various scale no larger than 50cm x 50cm, so make something new or use an old piece. The Market will be anonymous and therefor it will only be revealed who the artist is once the piece has been sold.

There are a few ways our members can support the fundraiser:

1) donate a piece to 126,

2) donate the piece and allow 126 to split the sale 50/50 or

3) pay a €10 handling fee per piece and if sold 126 will not take any commission.

We believe this will allow all our members at every stage or circumstance to take part and hopefully make some money this Christmas. There is a cap of €100 on the price of all work. You may also submit up to 3 pieces. All sold works will be paid for and taken by the buyer at time of purchase.

We would be forever grateful to all those who take part, without our members 126 would not exist. When so many artist lead spaces which kicked off in the early 2000’s have over the years been forced to close or give up their premises’, 126 because of its members remains and in fact is stronger than ever. But like most arts organisations in Ireland we forever hang by a thread and it is fundraising events like this which allow us to keep the doors open.

Please send the work to 126 Artist run Gallery, 15 Saint Bridgets, Place Galway City,

Include in the postage Title, Artist name, Price, and which of the three options outlined above you wish to take, all work must be delivered on two drop days, December 10th and 11th, any work being posted should be securely wrapped and posted no later than December 6th to allow time to arrive and be hung. If choosing option 3 please pay the handling fee via the donate option on the website before delivery of work and notify 126 or if personally delivering work at the drop days bring it along then.

There will be “Gammy Geansaí” Christmas fundraiser event to launch the market on the 14th of December from 6-9pm with music and drinks reception and prizes for the most gammy geansai’s. €5 at the door, free to all artists participating.

Intern Fundraiser

Drink and Draw

Please Join us in 126 for a Drink and Draw fundraiser this Monday, November 12th from 7-9pm. Suggested donation of €5 at the door. All proceeds will go towards paying artists for the internship exhibition in January 2019. The exhibition currently is accepting submissions for work related to “Process”. more information available on the opportunities page on the website or through our Facebook page.

Coming up next: Tulca 2018

Next in 126 Artist-run Gallery: Tulca “Syntonic State” curated by Linda Shevlin, 2018

TULCA Festival of Visual Arts and 126 warmly invites you to the official launch of Syntonic State curated by Linda Shevlin. Join us from 8 pm in the Tulca Festival Gallery, Fairgreen House, Galway.

Performance by Aoibheann Greenan | 9 pm
TULCA Festival Gallery, Fairgreen House

Afterparty | 10pm
Biteclub Electric Galway

TULCA 2018 Artists:
Bassam Al-Sabah, Cyprien Gaillard, Domestic Godless, Aoibheann Greenan, Mark Garry & Sean Carpio, Helen Hughes, Jesse Jones, Mark Leckey, Colin Martin, Stella Rahola Matutes, Eleanor McCaughey, Conor McGarrigle, Dennis McNulty, Paul Murnaghan, Gavin Murphy, Ciaran Og Arnold, Laura Ni Fhlaibhin, Ciara O’Kelly, Rosie O’Reilly, Marcel Vidal, Susanne Wawra

Update | Concert event

Admission is free and all are welcome. Space is limited so arrive early.

Please be advised that the concert with Deleyaman and Jules Maxwell, an evening of music and a celebration of the life and legacy of Stephan Roche on Saturday, October 6th will welcome guests to 126 Artist-run Gallery, 15 st Bridgets Place from 6:30 pm. The concert will commence from 7-9 pm. 

Deleyman and Jules Maxwell will also play in the upstairs bar in the Rosin Dubh, Galway on Friday, Oct 5th and have offered the limited edition poster of their tour to any of your friends or anyone attends the event in the Roisin Dubh from the 126 as a token of the collaboration with 126 for Stephan. Stephan sadly passed away on September 15th, 126 has partnered with Deleyaman and Jules Maxwell to host this event to celebrate the great impact Stephan had on 126, and wish to thank them for their generosity.

JULES MAXWELL and DELEYAMAN in Concert

Please join us at 126 for a celebration of the life and legacy of Stephan Roche, 6-7 pm October 6th.

Stephan Roche contributed so much to 126 and we want to mark his sad passing with a get-together and celebration with all his friends and colleagues. Stephan left 126 in one of its strongest positions ever and made such a significant impact to all those he met, his final wishes were to be remembered in celebration and not in mourning, this event is aimed to do just that. Admission is free and all are welcome for what promises to be a wonderful night of music. ​

JULES MAXWELL and DELEYAMAN in Concert, Irish Tour.


Irish composer and songwriter Jules Maxwell returns to Ireland for a series of rare performances, alongside French post-punk minimalists Deleyaman.  Maxwell, whose music has featured in the work of Foy Vance, Duke Special, Iain Archer, Dead Can Dance, Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, releases his debut solo album to coincide with the tour. Deleyaman have recently been collaborating on a feature film with the French actress and director Fanny Ardant.

A video link to Jules Maxwell’s “blowtorch”
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=7efqAgIcH3c

A video link of Deleyaman
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=vflHxpH55E4

Link to a piece of music by Deleyaman & Jules Maxwell
//deleyaman.bandcamp.com/track/jules-maxwell-remix-murdered-days

All welcome | Free Admission

Plane / Potty

126 Artist-Run Gallery is delighted to present ‘Plane / Potty’ an exhibition of work from Galway-based artists Peter Bradley and Laura Angell. The Exhibition is part of our on-going “Unset in Stone” project and is kindly funded by the Arts Council of Ireland. 

Exhibition Launch at 6pm, Friday September 14th, exhibition runs until September 30th.

Opening Times: Wed-Sunday, 12-6pm

Residency 2018

 

126 Artist-Run Gallery is delighted to announce an open call for a month-long paid residency at 126, Deadline is October 5th. The resident will receive a free studio along with support and advice from the 126 team should they require it. Use of the 126 equipment is also available. Particular attention will be given to those looking at ideas around 126’s current project theme “Unset in Stone”. Conceived in light of recent activities surrounding the destruction of National Monuments overseas. These events became ingrained in a collective unconscious, shocking society and provoking much-heated debate. We are inviting proposals which confront the idea that an art object can be considered a monument of sorts: a symbol of the time in which it was made: a representation of society or societal concerns, Materialism also comes into play here, as the longevity of an object in both meaning and physicality, can disintegrate change or produce new meaning.

For more information visit the opportunities/residency section of the website.

‘Outflow’

Evgenyia Martirosyan and Ronnie Hughes. Curated by Stephan Roche

Outflow will be open daily from the 16th – 29th of July 2018 from 11am – 6pm

Please join us for a preview with light refreshments on 15th July 12pm – 3pm

‘Beyond’ 11th Annual Members Show

126 Artist Run Gallery is proud to present our 11th Annual Members Exhibition; ‘Beyond’.
Our members were asked to respond to the theme of ‘spiritual and uplifting’
Join us this Friday the 22nd of June @ 6pm. Enjoy work in a variety of disciplines by a group of talented artists.

Artists:
Sara Dowling, Tory Irvine, Anne Marie Deacy, Samir Rana, Gala Tomasso, Amanda Jane Graham, Ruth O’Hagan, Austin Ivers, Tom Mc Lean, Sara Pecanic, Hugh Murphy, Laura Poff, Marlene Dahl, Barbara Dunne, Jason Dunne, Emily Lohan, Steve Cannon

Opening hours:
Wed – Sun 12-6pm

Internship Opportunity

Internship Opportunity
Every year, 126 welcomes 6 interns to its Internship programme. Every year the interns will work along 126 board of directors and group curate the final show of the year here at 126, gaining first hand experience in the activities carried out in an artist-run space.

Open Call 2018
126 is delighted to announce an open call to all graduates who wish to participate in the 2018 Internship programme. Six interns will be selected for a six month internship running from July to December 2018. The interns will be mentored by the board members and will gain experience in all aspects of running the gallery including: fundraising, curation, marketing, archiving, web design and arts administration. The internship culminates in a project, exhibition or event to be developed and curated by the interns under the mentorship of the 126 board and to take place in the Hidden Valley gallery in December.

Please include a CV and images of recent work (max. 10) and a letter of interest (max 350 words), which should include your expectations for the project in one Pdf document.

Applications should be emailed to: contactg126@gmail.com Please subject line: “Internship Programme 2018” in your email.

The deadline for applications is July 1st 2018. Successful candidates will be notified by Friday 6th of July and the internship will begin on Sunday 15th of July. The first month of the programme is an induction period to allow the interns to settle into the gallery and into Galway. However the Galway International Arts Festival runs from the 17th – 30th July and is a great opportunity to immediately become involved in the work of the gallery.

Please note that internship at 126 is not a prerequisite for becoming a board member. Applications to become board members from all artists, including recent graduates, are welcomed throughout the year.

Any inquires please contact internship coordinator Sarah Keenan by emailing: contactg126@gmail.com

 

Terrestrial/Satellite

‘Terrestrial/Satellite’ is a new body of work that explores contact between civilization and a dynamic planet. Beginning as a study of digital spaces, the work evolved into considering the physical components of technology, particularly seeing it as an extension of the geological world. Digital space is created from a combination of geological matter gathered and changed to produce an ephemeral place. Materials quarried from, and cables grounded in the Earth’s surface transmit a fabricated world, invisible & present. Using CGI of primordial objects the colour, texture, form & spatial positions are re-mixed between these worlds.

Opening Hours:

27th April – 13th May

Wed. – Sun.

12 – 6pm

Open Call – 126 Annual Members Show

We are now accepting submissions for our annual members show. This year we are looking for work that is spiritual and uplifting.
As always you need to be a member to apply. You may become e member or renew your membership via our member ship tab. All work can be submitted via email to contactg126@gmail.com! Thanks and looking forward to hearing from you all.

4.48 Psychosis

4.48 Psychosis | 16th-21st April

Tickets available at Town Hall Theatre Galway.

Written by Sarah Kane | Performed by Aoife Delany Reade & Anna Doyle| Directed by Kieron A Smith

Recalling Familiar Entities

126 Gallery in association with Basic Space Dublin is delighted to present Recalling Familiar Entities with work by Ali Kirby and Conor O’Sullivan.

Recalling Familiar Entities will be made up of sculptural materials, forms and imagery, responding to the architectural, the prosaic, and the everyday.

The exhibition will bring together a group of work that will address the performativity of object, formally reducing them to the point where their pragmatic nature is dismissed. The materiality of these works will exist in flux. Materials and forms that were once useful will be reworked into objects that examine how the identity of an object can become blurred and physical language altered.

Exemplifying minimalism’s concern with site, Recalling Familiar Entities looks to the uncanny eeriness of global architecture and the ubiquity of neoliberal fantasy cities. The pedestrian spectacle of LED displays and consumer packaging as unactivated monuments demonstrating the difficult relationship between calculation, function, and identity.

Friday 16th March – Sunday 1st April

Opening Hours: 12 – 6  Wed – Sun

‘Brainchild’

Brainchild was the result of a 126 members exhibition which took place in both 126 Artist Run Gallery and in Revolve Gallery in Ashville, Western Carolina University.

The 126 Board was very happy to make ties with Western Carolina University, which allowed our members this fantastic opportunity to exhibit across seas.

Artists:

Aran Crotty, Noelle Gallagher , Paul Kearney, Breda Lynch, Evgenia Martirosyan , Sean O’ Riordan , Shane O’ Malley, Sarah Lundy

 

‘Blow-Ins II’

An exhibition of a selection of works by MFA students and faculty of Western Carolina University School of Art and Design.

126 Gallery has been working side by side with the university to provide residency opportunities and international exhibitions for our members. This exhibition is the result of our exchange with the artists of Western Carolina to exhibit in Ireland, and our selected members will in turn have their work exhibited in America.

Join us for the opening night Friday 26th of Jan to see a wide array of art disciplines and enjoy the light refreshments provided.

Artists:
Chelsea Dobert-Kehn , Jon Jicha , Lauren A. Medford , Javier Fox , Raymond Baccari , Sara Method , David Skinner , James K Kirkpatrick , Donald Sawyer, Matt Hellgeth , Morgan Kennedy , Zachary Rogers, Greg McPherson , Brendan Best , Kylie Price , Susan Alta Martin , Tom Ashcraft , Matt Liddle , Richard Tichich, Martha Neaves

Opening Times:
Tuesday – Saturday 12.00 – 18.00
Sunday -Monday Closed

B D G R L

Each year 126 takes on a team of interns for a six month period. During this time the interns take on roles in the gallery and learn new skills such as fundraising, curating, installing an exhibiting and what it takes to run a gallery. At the end of the six months they then have the opportunity to curate an exhibition in 126 Artist-Run Gallery.

B D G R L (Bad Girl) is a new exhibition curated by 126 Gallery Interns, Chloe Austin, Sarah Keenan and Saffron Lily.

This inaugural exhibition features individual works from artists Emily Lohan, Eden Mitsenmacher, Katie O’Grady and Samir Rana.

These works were created in response to our open call that focused on navigating a discussion on society’s expectation of women, how younger generations of women are pressured to portray themselves as overly sexualised as a way to claim cultural power and the origins of the phrase ‘Bad Girl’.

Internship Programme 2017

126 is delighted to announce an open call to all graduates who wish to participate in the 2017 Internship programme. Six interns will be selected for a six-month internship running from July to December 2017. The interns will be mentored by the board members and will gain experience in all aspects of running the gallery including fundraising, curation, marketing, archiving, web design and arts administration. The internship culminates in a project, exhibition or event to be developed and curated by the interns under the mentorship of the 126 board and to take place in the Hidden Valley gallery in December.

Please include a CV and images of recent work (max. 10) and a letter of interest (max 350 words), which should include your expectations for the project in one Pdf document.

Applications should be emailed to contactg@126gallery.com. Please subject line: “Internship Programme 2017” in your email.

The deadline for applications is July 1st, 2017.  Successful candidates will be notified by Thursday 6th of July and the internship will begin Saturday 15th July. The first month of the programme is an induction period to allow the interns to settle into the gallery and into Galway. However, the Galway International Arts Festival runs from the 17th – 30th July and gives a good opportunity to immediately become involved in the work of the gallery.

Please note that internship at 126 is not a prerequisite for becoming a board member. Applications to become board members from all artists, including recent graduates, are welcomed throughout the year.
Any inquires please contact internship coordinator Connor Robertson by emailing: contactg@126gallery.com

ANNUAL MEMBERS’ SHOW 2017 OPEN CALL ‘brainchild’

126 Artist-Run Gallery invite submissions of works in any medium by artists within our membership for the 10th Annual 126 members’ show, which will be held in both 126 Gallery in Galway and The Western Carolina University (WCU) Fine Art Museum, USA. This open call is particularly exciting as we will also offer one of our members a month-long residency opportunity at WCU in October of this year.

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BACKGROUND: Our annual member’s show celebrates our members, without whom we could not operate. The 126 team are delighted to offer our membership the chance to exhibit internationally in an award winning the architecturally designed centre. The museum is known for its strong academic and contemporary art exhibition program. Its mission is to serve as a cultural catalyst, showcasing innovation. The facility, situated in the lush Cullowhee Valley, the site of several early Cherokee settlements, features numerous Cherokee inspired design elements and Bilingual signage throughout the facility. ‘It uses English and the Cherokee syllabary, developed in 1809 by Sequoyah to give his people their first written language´. Galway (aka The ‘City of Tribes’) is also known for its scenery and history and ‘Tribes’ and was designated Ireland’s first Bilingual city in May 2015. As part of 126 Gallery’s wider project, ‘Blow-Ins’, we seek to make connections through collaborative efforts and will be exhibiting WCU members’ show in 126 later this year as well as paying host to one of their artists for a residency at the gallery.

DETAILS: This year ‘innovation’ will be the basis for selection: some of the most respected artists in history were innovators and through developing new techniques and new styles, they were able to enhance art by making the expression easier, clearer, or more recognizable. The starting point, the ‘brainchild’, is the product of one’s creative effort and this year we simply ask that work is new, experimental, fresh, and innovative with the intention of pushing boundaries within the art world.

From the members selected for Brainchild we will then choose one artist to spend a month-long residency in WCU to develop their ideas further. 126 will cover travel, accommodation, and will offer a small stipend to cover some additional costs. Please specify in your application if the residency is NOT of interest to you (this will not affect your submission).

PROCEDURE: Applications are accepted from artists with active 126 membership. Membership can be purchased/renewed at www.126gallery.com or contact us at the gallery. To apply: please send a statement of intent (approx 300 words), artist CV, and relevant links/images of your work (up to 10 images), in one PDF to contact@126gallery.com before 5 pm on 15th April 2017. Selected work must be delivered to the gallery on or before the 20th April 2017.

 

 

RARE EXPORTS#2 RESIDENCY 2016: Gašper Jemec

3/12/2016 – 17/12/2016

126 Artist-Run Gallery, in partnership with Sheila Flannagan, ARTFarm, Co. Galway, invited a European artist to take part the second phase of the Rare Exports exchange program: Rare Exports #2, a two week paid residency in ARTFarm, IRELAND. The residency was funded by the Arts Council Ireland Visual Arts Project Award 2016 and the selected artist was Gašper Jemec (Slovenia).

Gašper Jemec was born on 25th of October 1975 in Kranj, Republic of Slovenia, former SFR Yugoslavia. He enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana, where he studied painting and new medias both as an undergraduate and as a graduate student. Jemec also did graduate work in painting at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in America. As a Herder scholarship winner of Alfred Toepfer Stiftung FVS from Hamburg, he further trained in sculpture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. His work has been widely exhibited in solo and group shows all over the world, from Slovenia to America, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom. He has resided and worked in Indiana, Los Angeles, New York, Vienna, Hamburg, Sakaide, Valencia, Moscow and London.

Below are some of the works completed during Gašper Jemec’s 2 week residency at ARTFarm in December 2016.

 


WEST COAST, 2016
coloured ink on canvas
95 x 139 cm

 

 

A VEDUTA OF THE PRINCIPAL IRISH PORT IN THE MIDDLE AGES
2016
coloured ink on canvas
47,5 X 49 cm

 

VIOLET #1
from the Galway County Series
2016
coloured ink on paper
17,7 x 12,7 cm                                                                                          //www.gasperjemec.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Open Call For Video Work- Exquisite Corpse

New Open Call For Video Work- Exquisite Corpse

Open Call | Exquisite Corpse

Video Project

Online | in The Gallery | Year-Round

As part of our ‘On The Line’ project, 126 is breathing new life into the classic surrealist game exquisite corpse. We intend to create a composite collaborative work, comprised of 5 short successive video pieces. Each video will begin with the final frame of the preceeding video and should be an investigation into drawing.

Relevant points of departure might be (but are not limited to): –drawing methods

-the history of drawing

-looking at new drawing technologies

-the relevance of drawing in digital age.

These videos will be succesively released through the 126 youtube channel as well as being screened at the gallery as a mapped projection.

Commissions will be successive, with successful artists having STRICTLY 3 weeks to complete their piece. Please stipulate in your application whether you’d like to create your work in: APRIL | MAY | JUNE | JULY or AUGUST

Applications are welcomed by artists or collectives that work in any medium, but the final result must be a film piece of 2-5 minutes in length. There is no fee to apply, but applicants should be members of 126 Artist-Run Gallery. To renew your membership or become part of the 126 membership, click here.

Send in an artists’-statement of no more than 300 words to contact@126gallery.com with up to 5 images or 2 links to video works online. Selected works will receive a fee of €100

DEADLINE MIDNIGHT MARCH 24TH.

This exhibition is kindly supported by the Arts Council Project Award

First Exhibition of 2017 Sebastian Mügge at 126

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Sebastian Mügge at 126

sebastian mugge at 126

For his exhibition at 126, Swedish/German artist Sebastian Mügge will produce a large scale drawing directly onto the walls of 126. He plans to fill the gallery with this composite piece with images obtained through social media research and sent in by 126 audiences.

What we need |
pictures/ selfies/ videos /stories
All manner of visual information which you want to, or already have shared on social media is welcome for this project; especially if it has a connection to Galway.

How to take part |
Send files no bigger than 10MB or links to the images/video to: 126mugge2017@gmail.com

When |
ASAP! Our artist is currently preparing his research for the drawing and needs your input as soon as possible.
#deadboycatfilmsexyselfiesuccessquotesgalway opens on THURSDAY 19th JANUARY at 6pm and all are welcome.
126 will be open from 12-6 (or by appointment) Wed-Sun for the duration of the exhibition.

This exhibition is kindly supported by the Arts Council Ireland Project Award, and is the first of a series of projects dedicated to examining drawing in a digital context in the series: ‘On The Line’

Exciting Announcement 126 Arts Council Funding

Practice Makes Practice

Exciting Announcement 126 Arts Council Funding

126 is thrilled to have been awarded the Arts Council Project Award for two ambitious projects in 2017! Both projects focus on interrogating arts practice while creating quality opportunities for member artists and gallery audiences to engage with works and their artists closely. This Arts Council funding will allow 126 to continue programming ambitious exhibitions, exciting events and quality residencies for its members and audiences. There’s a number of ways you can get involved!

On the Line

The first ‘On The Line’ will examine the practice of drawing in the digital age through two exhibitions of new work by emerging artists: Sebastian Mügge and Laura Kelly. Through a series of short film commissions 126 will involve a number of artists in a public game of exquisite corpse. These creative projects will be supplemented by public talks and workshops. Commissions will be awarded through an Open Call process. Details coming soon.

The first of these will be a large scale piece by Swedish/German artist Sebastian Mügge in January 2017. This work invites contributions of images from gallery audiences. To get involved, click here

Blow-Ins

The second will extend our focus on providing artists with quality residency opportunities. Through a residency exchange with the US and by taking our members show to the States, 126  will showcase the diversity of work produced by our member artists in an international context. By hosting a US artist at the 126 Studios we will bring new forms of practice to the city.

Our US residency will be awarded through an open call process, details coming soon. As always the open call for our members show will be announced to members very soon.

You’ve got to be in it, to win it! To renew your membership, become part of the 126 community [and be able to apply for some of the opportunities listed above] or to support the work that we do, simply click here

Further to these two projects 126 will also host exhibitions of new work by exciting emerging artists as well as working with our festival partners GIAF and TULCA festival of visual art.

Exhibition Opening ‘We Are Drifters’ FRIDAY at 6.30pm

We Are Drifters

Elaine Crowe | Sophie Gough | Hue Hale | Joseph Nix | Kate O’Shea

Opening Friday 2nd December 6.30pm

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126 Artist-Run Gallery is pleased to announce after a thoroughly successful year the final show of 2016 ‘We Are Drifters…’, an exhibition by emerging artists, Elaine Crowe, Sophie Gough, Hue Hale, Joseph Nix and Kate O’Shea. The exhibition is the result of the gallery’s 2016 curatorial internship programme.
“We are drifters amongst spaces where the madness of things has no limit.”
[Thomas Ligotti]

Through the media of sculpture, video, photography and printmaking these artists responded to Thomas Ligotti’s words and the climate that surrounds them currently. As recent graduates the exhibiting artists find themselves on the threshold between the institution of art education and the current broader world of personal and professional practice. This exhibition will be an exploration of the limits as well as possibilities of this time for each of the artists as they observe mental as well as physical structures and the world around them.

‘We Are Drifters…’ is a co-curated exhibition by the 126 Interns, Danny Carter, Louise Maher, Rita McMahon, Seán O’Riordan, Connor Robertson and Emma Zukovic opening on Friday the 2nd of December 2016. Everyone at 126 Gallery warmly welcomes you to come and take part in the festivities. There will be some wonderful artwork by emerging artists from around the country and as always some refreshments for you to enjoy on the opening evening.

Announcement: Selected Artists for December Exhibition

Artists for December Exhibition Announced:

126 is excited to announce the selection of 5 graduates for the final exhibition of the year at 126 Artist-Run Gallery.

This exhibition will be curated by the current team of 126 interns: 6 recent graduates from art colleges across the country who have been part of the 126 team since July.

After an number of exciting responses to the open call, the following artists were selected by the curators:

Selected Artists:

Elaine Crowe

Sophie Gogh

Hue Hale

Joseph Nicks

Kate O’Shea

About the exhibition:

The exhibition opens on Friday 2nd December, ALL ARE WELOMCE

You’ll be able to view the exhibition Wednesday-Sunday from 3-18th December.

Join the Team : 126 is seeking new Directors

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There’s never been a better time to get involved at 126. Our new home is bigger and more vibrant than ever- presenting big challenges and even bigger opportunities to our team of directors.

We’re currently seeking new gallery directors to become part of our team.

The open Call

26 Artist-Run Gallery are accepting applications for new Directors for 2015/16. The Board of Directors are responsible for the overall programming, curation, production and administration of 126’s year-round programme of events and exhibitions. We are currently seeking Directors with skills and interests in one or more of the following areas: curation, archiving, research, web design, marketing and exhibition installation.

126 is integral to the visual arts culture in Galway and Ireland. Run voluntarily by a board of professional artists, 126 prioritises criticality and experimentation in contemporary visual art. For our 2017 programme we already have a number of interesting local nada international projects planned- so its a great time to get involved!

Experience gained working in an artist led organisation like 126 can greatly improve your professional practice. Directors gain an understanding of all aspects of running a gallery, curation, assessing proposals, installation, grant application writing, artist liason, archiving and arts administration. Each individual Director takes responsibility for specific duties, which play to the individual’s strengths.

What we’re looking for:

Essential criteria:

-Appreciation of contemporary art and a commitment to the objectives of 126

-Excellent verbal and written communication skills

-High degree of personal organisation

-Self-motivation and initiative

-Ability to work productively as art of a close knit team of directors

Desirable criteria:

-Previous experience in arts administration or curation

-Computer literacy and knowledge of social media marketing

-Experience in drafting funding applications/proposals

How to apply:

Simply send on a copy of your CV and a short letter of interest/personal statement (no more than 400 words) to contact@126gallery.com.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

TULCA 2016 ‘The Headless City’@ 126

The Headless City

The Headless City126 is excited to once again act as an exhibition venue for TULCA festival of Visual Art. This year’s edition of the festival ‘The Headless City’ is curated by Daniel Jewsbury.

Our space is being transformed by Dave Madigan and Meadhbh O’Connor’s site-specific sculptural installation, Gridlock. Also showing at 126: photographic works by Berlin-based photographers Anna Homburg and Diane Vincent, drawings by Julie Merriman and paintings by Jane Rainey.

For the duration of the festival 126 will be open 12-6 Monday-Wednesday and 12-7 Thursday-Sunday.

PREVIEW 4-5.30 FRIDAY 4TH NOVEMBER

(Before the main opening at the TULCA festival gallery, 6pm)

Annual Fundraiser Friday 28 & Saturday 29 October

This Friday and Saturday is your chance to support the work of 126 into 2017.

OPENS 6PM FRIDAY 28 OCTOBER AND 12-6 SATURDAY 29 OCTOBER

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How it works:

Artists submit works to sell and pay a SMALL hanging fee.

We hang and sell the work in the gallery (28 & 29 October) and afterwards online.

SHOULD they choose to, artists can donate us a small commission (MAX 20%) of their sales made.

126 AND exhibiting artists make a little money.

What will the funds be used for?

We will use these monies for core costs (rent, light, heat, wifi, toilet paper) the thing we need to pay to keep the gallery open to you as a free space to visit year rounds. These costs are NOT supported by the local authority or covered by Arts Council Funding.

How much do we need?

Well, that’s a little bit like asking how long is a piece of string, but we think we need to raise around 1000Euro through this event to cover our upcoming core costs into 2017.

We hope we’ll see you all this evening for a cocktail, a browse and some beautiful affordable art pieces.

Creative Cafe Show and Tell

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Thursday 29th September 2016
The Secret Garden Tea Rooms
5-7pm
Creative Cafe get together every last Thursday of the month in The Secret Garden Tea Rooms, Galway. Launched in October 2015, The Creative Café, is an open space for all artists to meet and network, exchange ideas, information, knowledge, thoughts, and their passion for the arts.
Open to all artists and creative individuals, it is an opportunity for people to meet in a friendly relaxed environment. All are welcome to join us for a chat, some tea and the chance to hear about upcoming opportunities and events.

After taking a break during July and August for the summer, we are looking forward to returning on September 29th!

The theme for September’s Creative Cafe is ‘Show and Tell’. We invite artists to bring along some images of their work, a portfolio, or one of their original pieces to show the group. It will be an opportunity for artists to receive some relaxed feedback about their work and to see what others are up to as well. Don’t worry if you are feeling shy about showing your work, you don’t have to speak about your work or bring anything if you don’t want to. You are more than welcome to come and join in the discussions or just enjoy the tea and cake!

Hopefully see you there.

Film Night at 126

Film Night Friday September 30

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This Friday 30th September our Interns will be hosting a film screening to raise funds for their exhibition in December. All profits raised form this event will be used to cover fees for artists exhibiting in their December exhibition.

~FILM NIGHT~ 126, Artist-run Gallery
The Interns from 126 Gallery will be screening a selection of short films in order to raise funds for their upcoming exhibition in December.
We look forward to showing some great films and hosting an evening that promises to excite and delight!
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€3 entry
It is a BYOB event and as usual a concoction of nibbles and some booze will be provided.

We hope to see you all there!

Submission Open – The Affordable Art Fair

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The Affordable Art Fair

126 is holding a unique event to raise money to support the gallery’s core costs and make participating artists and audiences a little richer too!

In return for a nominal hanging fee, artists will be able to sell their affordably priced pieces at 126 on 28th&29th October in this festival sale.

126 aims to fill the whole of the gallery with works for this unique Affordable Art Fair. The submission process is completely open, and artists can keep ALL the profits from the sales of their work. There will also be an opportunity for artists to sell their work through the 126 website for the following month when works can be posted to the Gallery’s webshop.

This a chance for artists to make some money, to introduce new people to buying art at affordable prices, and of course a way of raising the funds needed to support the work of 126 through to next year.

Hanging Fees:

1 x Small Work (up to A4 Size if 2 Dimensional) 5 Euros

1 x Large Work (Up to A1 Size) 8 Euro

3 x Small Works (Up to A4 Size) 10 Euro

3 x Large Works (Up to A1 Size) 15 Euro

Artwork should fit into one of these price categories: €20, €50, or €100.

Submissions

When submitting works please label all pieces with Artist Name, Title, Medium, and clearly state which price category the work should be sold at. Artists can pay hanging fess online in our webshop, in person (if dropping work off to 126) or by enclosing a cheque made payable to ‘G126’.

Send work via post/or hand delivery to:

126 Affordable Art Fair, 126 Artist-Run Gallery, 15 St. Bridget’s Place, The Hidden Valley, Galway City.

All works must be submitted with a complete submission form (below):

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DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: OCTOBER 26TH 5PM

Email: contact@126gallery.com

Open Call for New Graduates

Recent Graduate Open Call 2016:

‘We are drifters amongst spaces where the madness of things has no limit.’ [Thomas Ligotti]

126 Artist-Run Gallery seeks applications from artists such as recent graduates and emerging artists. The exhibition is due to show in December 2016 and will be co-curated by our current interns. Artists are invited to respond to the potentials We are drifters amongst spaces where the madness of things has no limit.

Submissions are welcome in all mediums and there is no limit in size. Successful applicants will be chosen by members of the curatorial Internship programme 2016

All eligible applicants must be members of 126 Gallery (apply for membership at //126gallery.com/membership)

Submissions should include:

  • Up to 10 examples of previous work (less than 30MB)
  • Provide links to a maximum of 2 video works.
  • An artist statement (A PDF less than 300 words)

Send entries to: 126interns@gmail.com with a subject title: “126 Recent Graduate applications 2016”.

Deadline for applications is Friday 07rd October 2016. With successful applicants being notified by Friday 20th October 2016

 

Levi Hanes Things Opens Friday September 9 6PM

126 Artist-Run Gallery is please to invite you to attend the opening of: ‘Things’ an exhibition of new works by mixed-media artist Levi Hanes, this Friday 9th September at 6pm in our Hidden Valley space.

This exhibition has been developed, in part, through Hanes’ practice-based PhD research of deadpan and slapstick in contemporary art at the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, National University of Ireland Galway, and draws on his own expanded practice.

The exhibition opens at 6pm on Friday the 9th of September and all are welcome. The artist will give a talk on his recent artwork and research on Thursday 15th September, at 7pm which is free to attend, but places may be limited, please email contact@126gallery.com to confirm your attendance.

Drink & Draw Fundraiser at 126 Tonight!

DRINK AND DRAWTonight at 126 A Drink & Draw Fundraiser hosted by our brand new Interns:

This evening from 7pm in our main gallery space. Relax, sketch, meet new people and get to know the newest additions to the 126 team.

The evening will be filled with drawing games, drinking and of course great tunes!
There will be raffle tickets sold where a few lucky winners will win original artworks that have been donated from some very talented emerging artists!
It is a BYOB event but nibbles and some booze will be provided as well as all the art supplies!
AND…..There will be spot prizes for the drawing games! So get on your dancing shoes on, your pens at the ready and come meet us for a great night at 126, Artist-run Gallery
Its a guaranteed eventful night!
See ye all there!

This evening from 7pm.

Shane Berkery & Ruby Wallis at 126

RUBY AND SHANE“With each it is different and the same” – 2×2 Part I
Shane Berkery & Ruby Wallis
13-28 August PREVIEW 12 August 7pm

For this exhibition, Shane Berkery & Ruby Wallis create a visual dialogue between painting and photography, two mediums that have long challenged and inspired each other in their attempts to capture experience. As Walter Benjamin suggested, the aura or originality of the artwork was lost with the reproducibility of the image, the aura or originality of the work. Film and photography constitute potent interventions into reality, directing us to specific stories and places, sometimes leaving others out. Shane and Ruby explore the tension between the two modes of image-making, between presence and distance, difference and similarity, seer and seen.

This exhibition is their collaborative response to a series of photographs of Shane’s grandfather, at work for Mitsubishi in Japan in the 1950s, as well as photographs from Ruby’s family archive in the 1990s. Their partnership emerges from a shared experience of migration: both artists moved to Ireland at the age of fourteen, Ruby from London and Shane from Japan, seventeen years apart. Tracing the effects of personal history, their individual work has reflected on the dilemmas of relocation and belonging. Their collaboration uses painting, photography, and film to explore the perceptual shifts between the exotic and the banal, document and fiction, history and the present moment.

In a series of paintings, Shane wanted to situate the viewer in a strange and nostalgic intermediate space between eastern and western memories. Ruby offers a meditation on this liminal space in two photographic slideshows, both performative, one based on Shane’s painting practice and the other based on her own focus on the body’s contact with the landscape.
This exhibition was developed through the 2×2 Project. A year long series of collaborative residencies, exhibitions and a publication which interrogate the idea of collaboration between emerging and established artists. It is funded by the Arts Council project award.

Evening Reception | Foreign Bodies | Thursday 14 July 6pm

All Welcome | Evening Reception Thursday 14 July 6-8pm

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We’re thrilled to welcome all to an evening reception for Foreign Bodies our contribution to Galway International Arts Festival 2016. This beautiful multi-media exhibition of figurative works highlights both the inevitability and challenge of human embodiment through photography, video and textile.

We’re giving audiences the chance to view the exhibition after hours this Thursday 14th July from 6-8pm. All our welcome.

Foreign Bodies is the third part of a year long programme of residency and exhibition exchanges between 126 and a network of European partners. You can find out more about this ambitious project here.

This exhibition is supported by: Galway International Arts Festival, the Arts Council Ireland Project Award and the 126 membership and has been developed through a partnership with AmistadeLab- Art & Culture.

 

 

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Preview this Sunday, 10th July at 4pm – 6pm. ALL WELCOME
126 Artist-Run Gallery, 15 St. Bridget’s Place, Woodquay, Galway

Exhibition is open at 126 from 11-24 July.

“To be really mediæval one should have no body. To be really modern one should have no soul. To be really Greek one should have no clothes.” – Oscar Wilde

Our relationship with our bodies is ambivalent, despite phenomenology’s claim: ‘flesh is at the heart of the world’ (Merleau-Ponty); we remain reluctant to explore this, to probe the body’s fragility thereby bolstering our understanding of embodiment itself.
126, Artist-run Gallery is proud to present works by: Elisabetta di Sopra, Giancarlo Marcali, Ilaria Margutti, developed in partnership withAmistadelab- Art & Culture and is supported by the Arts Council IrelandProject Award and Galway International Arts Festival. A multi-disciplinary exhibition of textile, video and photography.

PREVIEW SUNDAY 10 JULY 4-6PM
EVENING RECEPTION 6-8PM THURSDAY 14 JULY
Opening Hours 11-6pm Monday-Sunday

Foreign Bodies is the third part of our year-long collaborative exhibition and residency exchange project, Rare Exports. You can find the full details of the project here.

Grand Re-Opening Party 24.6.16 7pm

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Join us for the Grand Re-opening of 126 is a new bigger, space with more possibilities for art in the west. Drinks, an exhibition preview & a fabulous time!

We’re back, Re-Opening bigger than ever!

We’re thrilled to announce our grand re-opening! Please join us this Friday, the 24th June for the grand re-opening of 126 in its new home on St. Bridget’s place, Woodquay (aka The Hidden Valley). Its been a long few weeks for the team at 126, who’ve dismantled, packed and un-packed, painted and renovated, to transform what was once an old gym (and previously a pine furniture showroom) into Galway’s newest non-commercial contemporary art space. We can’t wait to welcome our members and audiences to our new space, and to raise a glass to all those who’ve helped us get there. You can find their names here.

We still have uite a way to go in order to raise all the monies we need for his major transition. If you can spare even a few euros, or share our fundraising campaign with those who can, you’ll be helping to support the development of a much needed cultural hub in Galway that will bring international contemporary art to everyone in the city, paying its exhibiting artists, every time. If this fresh way of seeing culture sounds good to you, please support our gofundme campaign. //gofundme.com/126bigmove

Our opening celebrations are kindly sponsored by: McGinn’s Hop House, The Traditional Cheese Company and Sheridan’s.

The Exhibition

Anon | Laura Angell | Judith Bernhardt | Anne O’Byrne | Dave Callan | Maeve Curtis | Ashleigh Downey | Hazel Egan | Dan Flaherty | Marcel Badia Ferrer | Betty Gannon | Johanna Kavanagh | Sarah Lundy | Siobhan McGibbon | Marielle McLeman | Laura McMorrow | Ronan O’Reilly | Dominic Punch

We can’t think of a better way to open our new space than with a celebration of the diversity of our growing membership. ‘Earth is our Chrysalis’ probes the transformation of bodies and the spaces they occupy, the tensions between these forces and our often futile attempts to control them. The result is a diverse multi-media exhibition that shows the vitality and variety of art practice within the 126 Membership.

Funding for the 126 Members’ show 2016 is gratefully received from Galway City Council and the 126 Membership.

The BIG Move Campaign

BIG MOVE

Raising funds to raise our game:

In order to support our current relocation and expansion 126 is launching a gofundme campaign. This move is necessary due to our current rent being doubled. However, the new space we are moving to is an exciting development, and will mean that we can offer better services to our members artists and audiences!

Since opening in 2005, 126 has grown a reputation for its commitment to non-commercial contemporary art presented with a meticulous aesthetic, that welcomes anyone to come in, meet us, and interact with exciting new work. We’re raising money to renovate our new premises, so that we can provide Galway with an exciting new public gallery space, create opportunities for emerging artists and give everyone who comes to the city a space to see, think and talk about something different and exciting.

Within 2016 126 will have:
-Offered subsidised residencies to 9 artists
-Provided exhibition opportunities to over 25 artists 
-Trained 4 curatorial interns
-Commissioned writing by 14 different writers
-Provided work to 1 graphic designer & 1 illustrator
-Hosted 2 international exhibitions from European Artist-Led spaces
-Shown 12 diverse exhibitions that are free to visit
-Hosted an exciting programme of events and workshops.
-Produced 2 brand new publications
-Given 11,000 visitors* the chance to see something fresh and new.
……but we urgently need your help to get our new doors open!

For this reason we’ve launched a gofundme campaign to raise money for the refurbishments to the new and improved space 126 will open in June.

You can find details of the campaign here.

Please share the campaign widely.

Thanks you for your support.

Farewell Flood Street – PARTY

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We’re Having a Party

Things are changing at 126- its time for a party!

Due to an increase in our rent, 126 has sadly been priced out of its current home at Flood Street. We have found a new, larger home that we’ll be moving into over the next few weeks, where we’re excited to be bringing better opportunities and facilities to our members, artists and audiences.

Before we close our doors on this phase of 126 we want to raise a glass to this space where we’ve worked with some amazing artists, pulled all nighters for funding applications and installs, met some amazing people and been privileged to see great things happen.

Tonight, FRIIDAY 20th MAY, please join  us for one last hurrah in 4 Commerce house before we move on up.

We’ll be updating you here, and via Social Media about all stages of the move, and if you’d like to lend a hand, please drop us a line: contact@126gallery.com.

Our first exhibition in our new home will be our members show, ‘Metamorphosis’. You can find details of the Open Call here.

NOTICE : EGM

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126 will be relocating due to circumstances outside of our control. This move, although an upheaval of sorts, represents an exciting new development for 126, its membership and its programming capacity.

As our most important stakeholders, we’ve called this EGM to update our members on the situation, the reasons for the move and the new opportunities that we will be offering in our new home.

It would be great to meet as many members as possible to update them on this information, so we’d be very grateful if you could attend.

WHEN: Monday 23rd of May

WHERE: 126 Gallery, Flood Street Galway

TIME: 6-7pm

This meeting is on the same date as the TULCA festival of visual art AGM. As this takes place at Galway Arts Centre from 4pm we’ve scheduled our meeting just afterwards to keep people from travelling into the city twice for administrative matters.

To confirm your attendance, please email: contact@126gallery.com

Best,

The 126 Team

Annual Members’ show Open Call

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It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.  

~C. S. Lewis

126 will be moving premises this month. Change presents us with both a challenge and an opportunity. In the impossibility of maintaining stasis, we are faced with the task of imagining our future within the formative horizons of our present and our past.

As 126 stands on the brink of change again, we invite submissions of works in any medium by artists within our membership for the Annual 126 members show, that explore the notion: ‘Metamorphosis’ as both a challenge a necessity.

The exhibition will take place from Friday June 24th – Sunday 3rd July.

This inaugural exhibition in our new space will celebrate our members, without whom we could not operate. We welcome new members at any time, and membership is open to anyone who wishes to support the work we do and avail of our exhibition and residency opportunities.

To become a member of 126, or to renew your membership, please click here.

How to Submit:
Submissions are by email only. Please send these to: contact@126gallery.com
The deadline for submissions is Midnight May 30th.
Please title the email “ANNUAL MEMBERS SHOW” and include a description of proposed work (Max 500 words), images of proposed work(MAX 10MB), a brief artists’ statement (max 350 words.) and CV in PDF FORMAT ONLY.

Selected works must arrive at 126 with installation specifications on or before the Wednesday 15th June.

All of the team at 126 are looking forward to receiving your work.

Quadraro Residency Artist- Moi Tran

Announcement:

It is with pleasure that 126 announce our member Moi Tran as the selected artist for the Quadraro Residency. This is the first residency of our Rare Exports project, an opportunity to showcase the work of one of our members internationally, and help them to develop a wider network of contacts.

Moi will undertake a residency in this unique area of Rome during the moth of May, developing work in relation to the local area with the support of our partners AmistadeLab and their extensive network and knowledge of the area.

The team were impressed with her application, her considered practice and what she hopes to achieve through the residency.

During this unique residency, Moi will undertake site visits, and studio time to develop new works and we’re excited to see what she produces during this time.Schemata 1

ABOUT the Artist, Moi Tran:

Anchored in the use of textile as the catalyst for response. Moi Tran employs the process of ‘making’ to explore the effect of repetition on spatial claiming through painting, sculpture, installation, drawing and performance.

She utilises the tactile immediacy of textile to explore states of fluctuating architectural placement and spatial composition. Her geometric demarcations, tactile assemblage and soft temporal structures describe the phenomenology of temporal space and volume through a series of circumscribed repetitive ‘making’ processes.

In the use of Textiles, she examines the relationship between object and maker, beyond function she uses the roots of making to consider issues on contemporary displacement.

Find out more at //www.moitran.com/

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About the Residency:

This one month residency takes place in the Quadraro area of Rome. The residency has been developed in partnership with AmistadeLab Art and Culture, a cultural organisation that produces exhibitions and events internationally and is based in Rome.

Using their local knowledge and network of contacts, they will bring our resident artist into contact with curators, archaeologists, makers and producers in the local area as well as arranging site visits.

In order to maintain accessibility for emerging artists to this opportunity, 126 is covering the costs of accommodation, travel and a studio as well as providing a stipend to the resident artist.

This residency is part of a year- long international project, Rare Exports, which explores the relationship between locality and practice, foregrounding the emerging art practice of 126 members on an international stage through residency exchanges, and bringing exciting new European works to our space in the form of group shows.

This project is kindly supported by The Arts Council Ireland Project Award.

More Opportunities at 126:

The team at 126 has carefully shaped its programme this year to provide unique residency opportunities to provide a range of artists with new ways to develop their practice and exhibit their work.

Our residencies are advertised via open call, and there is no fee to apply, you simply need to be a member of 126. Click here to join, or to renew your membership.

126 is currently accepting applications for 2×2 Part II a collaborative residency that will take place in July. For more details, please click here.

We will be announcing the open call for our members’ show shortly.


This project has been made possible by

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126 Internship 2016- Accepting Applications NOW

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126 is delighted to announce an open call for potential interns! Applications are open to all graduates who wish to participate in the 2016 Internship programme. Four interns will be selected for a six month internship running from July to December 2016. The interns will be mentored by the board members and will gain experience in all aspects of running the gallery including: fundraising, funding applications, curation, marketing, archiving, web design and arts administration. The internship culminates in a project, exhibition or event to be developed and curated by the interns under the mentorship of the 126 board and to take place at 126 in December.

PLEASE NOTE: 126 is a not-for-profit organisation and everyone who works there does so free-of-charge because they’re passionate about the work of 126. As such, this is an unpaid opportunity.

HOW TO APPLY|

Please include a CV and images of recent work (max. 10) and a letter of interest (max 350 words), which should include your expectations for the project in one Pdf document.

Applications should be emailed to: contact@126gallery.com.
Please the subject line: “Internship Programme 2016” in your application email.

The deadline for applications is June 1st 2016.  Successful candidates will be notified by Monday 6th of June and the internship will begin on Monday 4th July.

The first month of the programme is an induction period to allow the interns to settle into the gallery and into Galway. However the Galway International Arts Festival runs from the 11th – 24th July and is a great opportunity to immediately become involved in the work of the gallery.
Please note that internship at 126 is not a prerequisite for becoming a board member. Applications to become board members from all artists, including recent graduates, are welcomed throughout the year.

Please contact or internship coordinators, Cliodhna Timoney or Blaithin Hughes with any inquiries, by emailing: contact@126gallery.com

Find out more about our previous interns here.

Exhibition Opening |Rare Exports | BASIC NATURE 21.04.16

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OPENING 21 APRIL 7PM. ALL WELCOME

An exhibition that juxtaposes vibrancy with foreboding, decoration with detritus. Beneath the popping colours of a cheerful continental breakfast and the careful decoration of discarded tree trunks, two narratives of the baser natures of material consumption and corporeal cruelty play out.
This exhibition is the first of the Rare Exports project, which sees 126 exhibit works from emerging European artists in a development of ideas incumbent in the Primary Resource project (2015). This project probes the issue of an increasing lack of spaces for risk taking art across the continent, and the nature of collaboration in an arena where competition for funding is fierce; through residencies, exhibitions and a publication.

BASIC NATURE runs from 21 April to 1st May. 126 is open Wednesday- Sunday 12-6 (or by appointment.)

THE WORK:

Death & Breakfast is a series charged with irony. Every picture shows a traditional Chilean breakfast next to the most typical ingredient of them all: La Cuarta; a tabloid draped in morbid headlines, a slap to the face, over-saturated by tales of sex and blood. That’s what we call a real wake-up call.
Painted Trees stem from Gotari’s relationship with the environment, and a need to transgress the limits of the canvas, reusing what has been disposed of to transform it into an aesthetic object.

THE ARTISTS:

Blanca Gortari is a poet and an artist whose education in philosophy shapes and informs her work in both fields. Her interest in the knowledge of emotion means her work constellates around the same sensitive area.

Manuel Valmorico began his career as an advertising copywriter. Eventually his library was taken over by photography books, prompting an abandonment of his original career for an arts practice as a photographer. 


OUR PARTNER ORGANISATION:

La Casa del Arco was founded in 2010 inside a historic building of Vejer de la Frontera (Cádiz), one of the most beautiful spanish towns. Like 126, it promotes artistic talent under a non speculative basis, taking no fee from the artwork sold. They aim to be a link rather than a barrier between artists and art lovers.

You can find out more about the exhibition opening here.

2×2 Part 2 Residency / Exhibition Open Call

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2×2 Open Call for submissions residency and exhibition opportunity

2×2 Part 2 Residency / Exhibition Open Call- Now Accepting Submissions

126 is thrilled to invite applications from established artists within its membership for the second phase of 2×2, a project that teams talented graduates with established or mid-career artists to develop a dual exhibition through collaborative residency. The project will be augmented by a project publication bringing fresh voices to bear on the concerns at the heart of the project.
Part I sees paint graduate Shane Berkery collaborate with photographer Ruby Wallis. Their collaborative residency takes place in April with a dual exhibition in August at 126.
Part II features talented textile graduate Katie Moore. The collaborative residency will take place in July 2016 for an exhibition in October 2016 at 126.

ABOUT |

‘The work I make comes from a feeling of being compelled to make it, giving the topic a voice, telling a story, an act of memory.’

Katie  Moore is a visual artist based in co. Mayo. She recently graduated from the Centre for Creative Arts and Media (GMIT) Galway with a BA First Class Honours in Design and Textiles and was shortlisted for the RDS Student of the year award. She uses textiles, stitching and installation in addition to drawing and video to create visual experiences of the world.

REQUIREMENTS |
Applicants should be willing to develop work with the graduate artist as a peer not a studio assistant or intern. In your application you should identify why you intend to work with the artist in question and why you think you would collaborate effectively with them.
This is a satellite residency. While Katie will be based in a studio in Galway, we appreciate that artists that apply may have other commitments or may be based in a studio elsewhere. Please outline these in your application, making clear how you intend to collaborate with our Galway resident (i.e face-to-face meetings, split studio, social media or other form of correspondence.)

HOW TO APPLY |

Please submit: a brief artists’ statement, CV and no more than 10 images of work in one Pdf file (no larger than 10MB) to contact@126gallery.com

Applications will be assessed under the following criteria:
-Quality of the application
-Suitability of the applicant
-Compatibility of applicant with the invited artist in question

DEADLINE: MIDNIGHT MAY 16TH 2016

The Successful applicant will receive a stipend of 250 Euros for participation in the residency. They will receive an exhibition fee of 200 Euro and be featured in a publication that accompanies the project.

This project is supported by the Arts Council Ireland Project Award.

EXTENDED DEADLINE ROME RESIDENCY

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EXTENDED DEADLINE Rare Exports 1 Residency

We’ve extended the deadline for our Rare Exports Residency Open Call to give as many artists as possible the chance to avail of this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Tailored especially for emerging artists this is an exclusive chance to highlight your practice on an international stage.

NEW DEADLINE MIDNIGHT MONDAY 28TH MARCH

126 Artist- run Gallery, in partnership with AmistadeLab, invites applications from emerging artists within its membership for the first phase of the Rare Exports exchange program: Rare Exports #1 Quadraro international art lab, a one month residency in Italy*. You will work in Rome in the historic Quadraro neighbourhood, in order to produce a piece of work engaging with the local community. The neighbourhood, 15 minutes from the center of Rome, is known for its vibrant artistic and cultural scene as well as for its historical heritage. Especially in the last years it has been the focus of massive artistic regeneration, exemplified by the massive pieces of Urban art that characterize the area.

The residency will take place from 10 May to 10 June 2016

Our selected artist will receive: a travel bursary, studio and accommodation costs covered by 126 and bursary of 400 Euros towards day-to-day expenses. During the residency you will be connected with an exclusive network of curators, writers, artists and archaeologists in order to develop new work inspired by this diverse area on the outskirts of Rome.

Please note: applicants should have an up-to-date, accurate membership to 126 in order for their application to be processed. To become a member of 126, please click here.

Applications are welcome from any art form. There is no submission fee.

For details on  how to apply, please visit the Rare Exports Part 1 page.

To support 126 in offering more opportunities like this to risk-taking, emerging contemporary artists, click here.

This Residency is funded by the Arts Council Ireland Project Award Scheme.

Bloomin’ Fabulous Vintage Party @ 126 26.03.16

VINTAGE updatedWhen is a contemporary art gallery not a contemporary art gallery? When is a beautiful vintage tea room of course!

Bloomin’ Fabulous is popping up at 126 for a very special 1 day party, on Saturday the 26th of March between 11.30 am -4.30pm. Get updates on our party-prep here.

About this Very Vintage Event

On Saturday the 26th of March, 126 will be transformed into a wonderful 1 day vintage parlour, and we’ll be opening our doors between 11.30-4.30 for ticket holders to enjoy a sumptuous tea including savories, sweet treats, classic tunes and of course lashings of atmosphere served up  by the Bloomin’ Fabulous team with help from the 126 crew.

We’ll all be donning out finest vintage togs and we encourage you to do the same. This is a great chance for all you vintage guys and dolls to get decked out in your finest for a glamorous escape in the heart of the city.

To avoid disappointment, booking is recommended.Tickets are available here at the 126 site.

If you have any queries please drop us an email at: contact@126gallery.com or give us a call on: 0864491366

About Bloomin Fabulous:

Bloomin Fabulous is one of Ireland’s hottest new Vintage Tea Party planners, coming to Galway for the first time to adorn 126 and bring us all a corking good time. The company hails from Leitrim and is the brain child of JoAnne Neary. You can read an interview with vintage Vixen JoAnne here.

See other wonderful experiences they’ve crafted on their facebook page.

Any profits from the event will be split 50/50 between Bloomin Fabulous and 126, so the price of your ticket will give you not only an Easter Saturday to remember but will contribute towards running costs and artists fees of Galways most vibrant Contemporary art venue.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Folding Landscapes Part II | Preview 04.03.16 ALL WELCOME

Folding Landscapes

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Hazel Egan | Patricia Farrelly| Miriam O’Conor | Rory Prout

Exhibition Opening FRIDAY 4 MARCH 7PM ALL WELLCOME

Folding Landscapes features work by the recipients of the 2015 Emerging Irish Artist Residency Award through the Burren College of Art. In February 2016 Folding Landscapes | EIARA (Part I) took place at the Burren College of Art, and in March 2016, Part II will take place at 126 Artist-Run Gallery.

The EIARA Artists:

Hazel Egan
Hazel Egan is a visual artist from Tullamore, Co. Offaly, currently based in Dublin. Her practice is multi-disciplinary, primarily incorporating pencil drawing, printmaking and installation. Egan graduated from the Limerick School of Art and Design in 2014 with a BA in Printmaking and Contemporary Practice. She was awarded the Selectors Choice Award by Nevan Lahart at the 2014 Drawing Awards, LSAD and the Foundation 15 and AIB People’s Choice Award in 2015. She has exhibited nationally and internationally.

Patricia Farrelly
Patricia Farrelly, is a graduate of the Edinburgh College of Art, receiving a BA Fine Art Painting in 2015. Her work is an intuitive response to space through drawing with an overarching interest in the potential of the medium both spatially and experimentally. Recent selected exhibitions include a solo show at Sleeper Gallery, Edinburgh, a commissioned performance ‘Arorus Avarice’ for Hidden Door Art Festival, participation in London Artist Book Fair at the Whitechapel Gallery and ‘Drawing, a group show ‘at GUS Gallery, Stellenbosch (SA). Subsequent to participating in the Emerging Irish Artist Residency Award, Farrelly has been based in Reykjavík on a three month artist residency with The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists (SIM).

Miriam O’Connor
Irish artist, Miriam O’Connor currently lives and works in Cork. In her practice, she is interested in the subtleties of looking and seeing, the tenuous nature of photographic representation and the special ambiguity of still images. She holds a BA in photography from Dublin Institute of Technology, and a Research Masters from the Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dun Laoghaire. Her work has been featured in a wide range of photography publications and she has exhibited in solo and group shows in Ireland and internationally. She has published two Photo books, Attention Seekers (2012) and The Legacy Project (2013).

Rory Prout
Rory Prout graduated in 2015 with an MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory and Criticism from U.C.C., having previously graduated with a BA in Painting from LSAD in 2008. Alongside his painting practice, he has worked in a number of artist led initiatives in Limerick, most notably as co-director of Faber Studios, which pioneered the use of slack spaces in Limerick City. Prout has previously undertaken residencies in Ireland, Italy, Belgium and Ethiopia, and is currently working from Cappamore Arts Studios following a 2015 bursary from Limerick Arts Office.

The Emerging Irish Artist Residency Award is an annual award offered by the Burren College of Art in conjunction with 126 Artist-Run gallery. Each year four emerging Irish artists are selected from an open submission and given the opportunity for a focused period of producing work during a one month residency at BCA. This group of artists then work collaboratively with 126 and BCA to produce a large scale exhibition that takes place in both galleries at a later date. EIARA started in 2014 during the Burren College of Art’s 20 year celebrations, and was conceived as a way of discovering and supporting emerging talent in Ireland’s contemporary art scene.

The Selection Panel for the 2015-16 EIARA artists consisted of Conor McGrady (Burren), Robert Ellis (Burren), Marcel Badia (126), and Louise Spokes (126).The exhibition opens on Friday 4th March at 7pm and runs from March 5th – 20th 2016 in 126 Artist-Run Gallery.

You can find more information and links to the artists’ websites here.

Open Call/Exhibition Opportunity 2×2 | Part 1

 

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2 x 2 is a unique project that aims to bring together some of the finest new graduates with established contemporary artists, working together to create dual exhibitions through collaborative residencies. The project will be augmented by a project publication bringing fresh voices to bear on the concerns at the heart of the project.

Phase 1 sees talented paint graduate Shane Berkery take up residency in the 126 studio for the month of April with a dual exhibition in August.

126 is seeking established contemporary artists from any discipline to collaborate with talented graduate Shane Berkery for the first stage of very unique project. 2 by 2 pairs a talented graduate artist with an established artist to develop a dual exhibition for our flood street space.

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Shane Keisuke Berkery is an Irish-Japanese contemporary painter based in Dublin, Ireland. His recent work has concentrated on oil on canvas, with which he ‘aims to place the viewer in a strange and nostalgic intermediate space between oriental and western memories’. During the National College of Art and Design Degree Show 2015 Shane was asked to remove one of his paintings as it depicted a nude Professor Declan McGonagle.

Winner of the National University of Ireland’s Art and Design Prize for 2015

//www.shaneberkery.com/

Applicants should be willing to develop work with the graduate artist as a peer not a studio assistant or intern. In your application you should identify why you intend to work with the artist in question and why you think you would collaborate effectively with them.

Please submit: an artists’ statement, CV and no more than 10 images of work in one Pdf file (no larger than 10MB) to contact@126gallery.com

Applications will be assessed under the following criteria:

-Quality of the application

-Suitability of the applicant

-Compatibility of applicant with the invited artist in question

DEADLINE: MIDNIGHT MARCH 14 2016

This project is supported by the Arts Council Ireland Project Award.

Please email contact@126gallery.com with any queries.

ARTFarm – Now Accepting Applications

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“Anyone who believes in indefinite growth in anything physical, on a physically finite planet…. is either mad – or an economist”
-David Attenborough

126 is seeking applications from emerging artists within its membership for ARTFarm 2016. The successful applicant will receive 200 Euros towards materials and costs. The residency will take place for 2 weeks in June 2016.

In the age of globalized production no one is exempt from a critical assessment of his/her productive activities. Artists have a privileged place in this process of critical awareness as their practice is the root of techne, of labour as a way to transform the environment in a human landscape.  In this residency you will be asked to reflect over such a condition and consider what it means to be an artist if we accept the imperative need to reduce production. Is the designation ‘artist’ a matter of active practice or living praxis? Can artistic reflection influence the means of productions? How means of artistic production itself can be transformed?

Artists should address these concerns directly in their application as 126 are seeking artists who engage with these issue in new and innovative ways. The residency recipient will be given the opportunity to present their findings to the 126 team with a view to developing an artist talk or event at our Flood Street space.

About ARTFarm:

The ARTFarm is an Artists’ retreat space with environmental ethos situated in a remote rural setting in the townland of Cloonkeen, 5km from Newbridge Village in North East County Galway. It is a place of quiet and solitude. It consists of an old style country cottage, separate large studio space and hay-barn. Artfarm aspires to bring artists to this rural area with an aim to increase arts awareness and participation in the region.

Practical Matters:

The deadline for applications is Midnight on Monday 18 April 2016.

Applicants must possess an accurate, up-to-date membership of 126 in order for their application to be processed (to renew your membership, please visit: //126gallery.com/membership-account/membership-levels/)AFFI

-Assessment of applications and final selection will be made by the Board of Directors at 126 under the following criteria:

-Innovative emerging art practice

-Engagement with the issues outlined in the Open Call

-Quality of application

Please submit only the application form from the ARTFarm Page and up to 10 images of work in one Pdf (max size: 24MB) Please provide links for video pieces.

In your application please indicate which 2 week period in June 2016 you plan to undertake the residency. Artists are expected to spend 2 consecutive weeks on site at ARTFarm and should only return home during that time under exceptional circumstances.

Please email: contact@126gallery.com with any queries about this opportunity.

Opening Thurs 18 Feb 6pm Preserve | Change

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PRESERVE | CHANGE

An Exhibition by Philip Kavanagh & Cohan Wilson

Recipients of the ARTFarm Residency 2015.

These exciting new works were developed as a part of the 126 ARTFarm residency 2015.
The work of both artists constellates about the middle ground at the heart of cultural identity and the tensions between preservation and evolution that oppose eachother within this critical space.
At the opening 126 will launch the open call for applicants to ARTFarm 2016, which sees the residency move in an innovative new direction.

 

Click here for more information on ARTFarm and previous residency awardees.

Life Drawing Day Sunday 7 February 11-4

Life drawing day at 126 Artist-Run Gallery, featuring professional models. All materials, models, a facilitator, and tea and coffee provided. All levels welcome.

Session 1: 11am to 1pm
Lunch break: 1-2pm
Session 2: 2-4pm

Only €40 for the whole day.

The class size for this session is limited to 15 people to ensure the best quality experience for our participants. If you have any queries, please email: contact@126gallery.comLD Day

Shills | Pádraig Spillane | Opening 08.01.15 @ 7pm

126 is proud to host the following exciting exhibition, opening this Friday, 8th January at 7pm. All are welcome.

 

Engage Art Studios is delighted to present “Shills” a solo exhibition by Pádraig Spillane in 126 Artist-run Gallery. Opening Friday the 9th of January 2016, 7pm.
This exhibition is part of an ongoing collaborative project between Engage Studios Galway and Sample Studios, Cork.
Pádraig Spillane utilises diverse representational processes and object arrangements to explore ideas regarding desires and intimacies. His works connect image generation and appropriation with 3D stagings. Shills at 126 Gallery features new works which, by incorporating object and image manipulations, produce anthropomorphic resonances and extend an ongoing investigation of mirror effect arrangements.
Spillane has exhibited widely both in Ireland and internationally this includes: This is not my voice speaking, CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork, (2015); Magic Touch, CCA Derry – Londonderry, Northern Ireland, (2014); Mammouth, Treignac Projet, France, (2014); Fortnightly Features Presents, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland,
Shills features an accompanying text by Sarah Hayden, Lecturer in 20th and 21stc American Literature & Culture at the University of Southampton. The exhibition runs until Saturday 23rd January. 126 is open Monday- Saturday 12pm-6pm

126 AGM 21.1.16 6pm

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All of the team at 126 are pleased to invite you to our AGM. To be held onThursday 21st January, at the 2020 hub in the Cornstore, Galway City Centre.

The meeting will be a chance to meet the current team, review the projects and exhibitions we developed in 2015 and hear about the exciting programme of exhibitions and events we have planned for 2016.

This event is for 126 members only. To give us an idea of numbers we’d appreciate it if you’d drop us a line to confirm your attendance to:contact@126gallery.com

A Fond Farewell to Marcel

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Given the constitutional structure of 126, members of the Board of Directors serve
a maximum of 2 years.That being said, the time and energy it takes to voluntarily run a multi-functioning entity like 126, while very, very rewarding is tough stuff!

Our head technician and co-chairperson Marcel Badia finished his 2 year stint at 126 at the end of November. In that time he’s done everything from painting, building and installing to graphic design, mixing drinks, chairing meetings and curating as well planning a great programme for next year.

We’ll be having some farewell drinks for him after the opening of our internship exhibition: ‘All Our Future Conversations’ this evening (Thursday 10th December 6-8pm) . We’ll really miss working with him, but we can’t wait to see what a renewed focus on his own artistic practice will bring.

Toodle-pip Marcel, and thanks a million!

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All Our Future Conversations Opening 10.12.15 @6pm

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All Our Future Conversations | 10th – 20th of December | Opening Thursday 10th at 6pm

All Our Future Conversations Exhibiton Co-Curated by the 126 interns; Brendan Finnerty, Bláithín Hughes, Cliodhna Timoney and Ellen Egan, opens on Thursday the 10th of Deceber and everyone at Gallery 126 warmly welcomes you to come and take part in the festivities. There will of course be a few tipples for all and plenty of wonderful art to explore.

‘Last year’s words, belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice.’ [1] [1] T.S Eliot, Four Quartet

126 Artist-Run Gallery closes out a successful year with ‘All Our Future Conversations’, a dual exhibition by emerging artists, Gemma Fitzpatrick and Lisa Freeman. The exhibition is the result of the gallery’s 2015 curatorial Internship programme.
Through the media of sculpture and video, respectively, Fitzpatrick and Freeman explore the theme of language and the future of communication.

Gemma Fitzpatrick’s work is produced through comparative analysis of statistics and personal information from the experiences of two female sources and a child. Through this process, similarities and disparities between both sources are revealed and explored. The resultant irregular and colourful geometric forms are a striking illustration of things taken for granted, continuous interruptions and events overlooked in the everyday.
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Lisa Freeman presents ‘Falling Not Flattening’. Using Derrida’s, ‘The Parergon’ as a foundation, Freeman’s video investigates the subjectivity inherent in our navigations of the world. In this exploration of perception she attempts to highlight the space between the moment before and after communication to question how we perceive these gaps that exist in human experience and explore how we give meaning to this.

Looking forward to seeing you all there for another gem of an evening in Gallery 126. Wine for the evening has kindly been provided by Woodberry’s of Middle Street. (We’ll be cooking up some delicious cocktails too!)

Evening Reception | TULCA 2015 Seachange

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Seachange | TULCA Festival of Visual Arts 2015 curated by Mary Cremin at 126 Artist Run Gallery.

You Are Cordially invited to a drinks reception and viewing of:

Balor’s Mega Baalistic Gall Stones, by TULCA 2015 artist (and alter ego of Nevan LaHart) Remote Painter

Thursday 19th November, 2015 6.30-8.30pm at 126, Flood Street, Galway.

The work forms part of a private collection of ancient Irish Stones and artifacts amassed by Remote Painter during his research over the years into illicit archaeology.

Enjoy a glass of mulled wine or sample some flouride-free water from: Gabon Saors’ Fluoride Free Stone of ill: Bring Your Own Lithium.

This event is free to attend and all are welcome.

Q.V.3 Now Available

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126 is proud to announce the arrival of the third edition of our limited edition quarterly magazine. Celebrating its decennial the spirit of criticality for which 126 is well known and much celebrated; the magazine focuses on the pleasures and pitfalls of artists led practice, looking back over the gallery’s history as well as critically appraising its activities in 2015.

This issue as well as issue 1 & 2 is available online and in various galleries and stores nationwide.

This limited edition Risograph print is filled with original writing and includes a limited edition centrefold by talented artist Noelle Gallagher, who exhibited at 126 as part of the Emerging Irish Artists Residency Award this September.

Get your copy here.

126 X- Birthday Bash 7.11.15

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126 X. We’ve made it to a decade, it’s time for a knees up!

Expect: a durational performance by outgoing board member Marcel Badia, new work by emerging artists in an intimate space and a knees up with a DJ and stunning visuals in Deburgos.

Tickets are 5 Euros.

Click here to get yours.

Keep up to date with the event on Facebook.

Artspace Studios & 126 Launch The Creative Cafe 22.10.15 5.30pm

 

CreativeCArtspace Studios in collaboration with 126 Artist-run Gallery are officially launching the ‘Creative Cafe Galway’. The Creative Cafe will provide an informal networking space for all Galway City and County artists to meet and get together. As part of the launch there will be a presentation of the different artists groups existing in Galway.
This will be an ongoing event. The Creative Cafe Galway will take place every last Thursday of the month in the same place, at the same time. Please come and join us, everybody is welcome!

Creative Cafe is hosted at the Secret Garden Cafe Williams Street Galway. 5.30-7.30pm

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Triangular Brush @ 126

126 is excited to host the last stage of Triangular Brush’s incarnation as ‘Triangular Brush Jazz Band’ with a very special brief residency and pair of events.

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Darker Half: Last Feast, 28th Oct, 5pm, 

Darker Half: Guising, 31st Oct, 5pm, 

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‘Darker Half’// A residency of destruction, guising and prediction once darkness has fallen.

Taking inspiration from super heroes and the alter egos of rock stars, Triangular Brush will use the spirit of Halloween/Samhain to celebrate the past and predict the future.

Since December 2014, Annelie Fawke, Jojo Hynes and Joanne Newman have been researching collaborative improvisation and atmosphere within exhibition making, through the group dynamic of musicians within a band. Giving themselves the intentionally humorous title ‘Triangular Brush Art Jazz Band’, they embarked on a ‘tour’ which manifested itself as a series of exhibitions as temporary events.

Beginning in London with ‘After Hours,,,’ an exhibition/event held in a working office that took the office Christmas party as inspiration, the ‘Triangular Brush Art Jazz Band’ tour is now nearly complete. During the tour they have hosted other artists in an exhibition taking place in a public park, they have held a parade of artworks in MART gallery (a former firestation); they have undertaken a week long residency in Budapest in a project space funded by the Hungarian University of Fine Arts; and have explored the outer limits of the gallery system, showing in a former public toilet in south London, and a cave in Kosovo as part of a group exhibition.

126 Gallery in Galway is the final leg of the ‘Triangular Brush Art Jazz Band’ tour and will mark the end of the year and the end of Triangular Brush in its current guise as an Art Jazz Band.

‘Triangular Brush Art Jazz Band’ will be destroyed. From the ruins of the exhibitions they have held throughout the year, Annelie Fawke, Jojo Hynes and Joanne Newman will discover new ways of working together.

They will then enter the ‘Darker Half’ of the year in a new form.

The tour can be followed on our website: //triangularbrush.wordpress.com/

Darker Half: Last Feast, 28th Oct, 5pm, 

Darker Half: Guising, 31st Oct, 5pm, 

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Life Drawing at 126 – Next Class Nov 3 | 7pm

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Life Drawing at 126. Experienced tutor, model and materials provided. For these popular sessions we’ve limited the numbers to 15 participants max, so make sure you book your place early to avoid disappointment.

This is the third of our monthly sessions at 126. Each class included two shorter and two longer poses with a break for refreshments. This is a great chance to develop your skills and meet other artists. The session is relaxed and all levels of experience are welcome.
Each session costs 20 Euros.
To secure your spot, please drop in a deposit of 10 Euros to the gallery, or drop us an email: contact@126gallery.com

Alternate Route | Preview Friday 7pm

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“In the story politicians, intellectuals and artists are standing at a bus stop without realising that it is in fact, the final stop.” – Francis Fukuyama

What if, as Fukuyama stated in his 1992 book, The End of History and The Last Man, we are at the very last stop? Having travelled past many possible destinations, movements and political ideologies, not only may we have come to the end of history, we might have been languishing in cyclical boredom, perceiving a comma where in actuality lies a full stop?

in/Form Art Collective has created an interactive installation which uses Fukuyama’s analogy in direct response to the research and issues presented by 126 FOOTFALL: Articulating the Value of Artist-Led Organisations. As the fifth and final installment of the Primary Resource project, Alternate Route seeks to facilitate an interstice; a reflective space, a gap or break in something generally continuous, in order to reassess from where exactly it is we wish to depart and where it is we wish to arrive.

You can view Alternate Route at 126 Artist-Run Gallery from 10-24 October

PREVIEW FRIDAY 9 OCTOBER 7PM

About in/Form Art Collective:
in/Form Art Collective duo Gianna Tomasso and Suzi Coombs are primarily concerned with the intersection between art and socio-political action. Seeking effective and creative ways to generate discourse, in/Form combine intervention, research and performance in order to explore ideas, concepts and visual languages. For further information, please visit www.informartists.com

About Primary Resource:
Primary Resource is a curatorial project that has taken place in 126 throughout 2015 that aims to make a practice-based response to the 126 FOOTFALL research report that was published in March 2015. FOOTFALL began an line of enquiry into what separates the activities of artist-led organisations from those of other art institutions in Ireland and what role they play in artists’ careers. With Primary Resource, 126 invited five diverse artist-led organisations to react to the FOOTFALL research and findings through their own practice. These five responses take varying forms and have taken place in the 126 gallery space throughout 2015. Each organisation’s response to one curatorial arc will contribute to a process that can be critically viewed as a whole.

About Ormston House:
Ormston House is a cultural resource centre in the heart of Limerick City. We opened in 2011 to address a gap in the ecology of project spaces in the city – to support emergent practices and to provide the opportunity to develop challenging and experimental work. We strive to build and strengthen partnerships with artist-led organisations and to develop a network for cultural exchange and participation. Ormston House is run on a voluntary basis by students and recent graduates of Limerick School of Art & Design.

This Weekend | ANON | Opens Friday 6.30pm

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Visual Artists for 126 and 126, Artist-run Gallery present
ANON | Art Now or Never
126 Fundraiser: Art Exhibition & Sale

Opening night: Friday, 2 October, 6:30 PM
Sale runs through Sunday, 4 October
2D Works €20 & €50

You’re invited to a unique flash exhibition of artistic talent in the heart of Galway city. From 2nd-4th of October, don’t miss your chance to collect affordable art and help 126 raise urgently needed funds to cover their core costs, and to keep the gallery open. This will be a chance to raise funds for this vital, voluntarily run epicentre for experimental and contemporary art, have fun, acquire affordable work and become acquainted with exciting work by emerging and established artists.

126 is a not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers. All monies raised will go towards core costs and artists’ fees.

The 2D works fall into two categories:
1. Postcard-sized (approx. A6), priced at €20
2. Large (max. A3), priced at €50

Prospective collectors may start browsing at 6:30 pm.
The sale will begin at 7 pm.

A juried prize will be conferred, one for each category. On the jury are Galway Arts Centre visual art curator Maeve Mulrennan and Russell Hart, artist/curator and director of economicthoughtprojects.

Life Drawing 2 – Thursday at 7pm

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The second of our monthly Life Drawing Classes for the Autumn will take place this Thursday in the gallery at 7pm.

Each session costs 20 Euros with materials, an experienced teacher on hand, a range of paper and a model.

Our relaxed life drawing class was full up in September, so email contact@126gallery.com or call in with a deposit of 10 Euros ASAP to reserve your place.

Format: two poses and a break. A further two poses and time for networking or socialising with the rest of the class.

The class for October is almost full, but to reserve a place or join the waiting list, drop us a line.

Dates for November and December classes will be announced later this week.

Drink & Draw- Wednesday 7pm

 

Drink n DrawAnother fine BYOB event brought to you by the 126 interns.

We’ll be providing paper and a range of drawing materials so you can relax, chat, drink and draw. We’ll set up a few ‘inspiration stations’ in t the gallery space so you can get those creative juices flowing.

There’ll be a few prizes up for grabs too!

Entry is only 5 Euros, and any profits made will go directly to the costs of our December exhibition, ‘All Our Future Conversations’.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

Culture Night at 126 | Live and Late

This Culture Night, Burren based performance collective, The Erratics & guests will create a series of live public performances with 126 Artist-Run Gallery (weather permitting this will take place at Spanish Arch.) The Erratics are: Áine Phillips, Karen Sorensen and Emma Houlihan with special guests from the USA and Galway. The performances will engage with the historical and modern city spaces close to 126, making relationships and exchanges with Culture Night audiences and the general public alike.
Meanwhile on Flood Street…….126 will be open late, welcoming culture vultures to meet the gallery team and view our latest exhibition ‘Situated’ which features works by winners of the EIARA Emerging Irish Artists Residency Award 2015.

About the Performances

The Erratics & guests

The Erratics: Lisa Newman & Llewyn Máire as gyrl grip, Emma Houlihan, Karen Sorensen, Áine Phillips,

Guests: Noel Arrigan, Brian Loughran, Victoria Fury, Sandra Breathnach

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Mistress of Ceremonies by Áine Phillips

Áine phillips will perform as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the event.

Áine is a performance artist who has been making a show of herself since the late 1980’s in Ireland and internationally. She also curates performance and video art events, Live@8 and Tulca Live in Galway (2007-2013) and is curating Future Histories at Kilmainhan Gaol in 2016 as part of the Ireland 1916  Centenary Programme.  SHe is head of sculpture at Burren College of Art and has recently published a book “Performance Art in Ireland: A History (Intellect Books and LADA 2015)

Where Love Goes by Emma Houlihan

Emma invites you to experience a new intimate work in which she will use materials foraged around the environs of Co. Clare and Galway to make personal mappings, which you are then invited to act upon this mapping. A performance work for one person at a time.

Emma Houlihan is an artist whose work engages people with places and people with people, offering new perspectives on everyday situations. Emma adopts walking as a form of performative research – a tool for fresh interaction between landscape and communities.

Balancing Act by Karen Sorensen

I’ve nearly reached the halfway point of my pregnancy, in preparation for motherhood I am performing a personal ritual for Culture Night. In this liminal state, everyday life is suspended and I experience a quality of ambiguity and disorientation. My body is mine, but the body I knew, the body that was just me, is changing daily before my eyes. I gain weight my skin expands and stretches to fit another life inside it. With a growing baby inside, my center of gravity shifts and my sense of self transforms. How do you balance the weight of responsibility with the lightness of a new spirit entering your body?

Karen Sorensen is a writer and performer who spent seven year researching love on NYC streets and presenting her findings to a wide audience. She has performed in theaters, performance venues and galleries throughout the US. She recently relocated from Brooklyn to the Burren and is now a founding member of The Erratics.

Mnemosyne by gyrl grip

This performance draws on the ethos and narrative of the Orphic journey, and addresses the struggle of finding language to communicate with the Divine. A sailor, adrift at sea, attempts to sacrifice voice and the spoken word in exchange for revelation and clarity.

gyrl grip is the intimate live art collaboration of Llewyn Máire and Lisa Newman founded in 2001. Using video, movement, spoken word, sound sculpture, conceptual and text-based performance, endurance, and experimental music, the gyrl grip explores new possibilities of communicating what is incommunicable.

Untitled by VIctoria Furey

Victoria Fury’s work deals with notions of isolation and anxiety interpreted through the use of her body and slow paced movements. The piece aims to create a conversation about identity and the self and the search to find the true self and the struggles this can entail.

Victoria Furey is a recent graduate from GMIT receiving a BA (Hons.) in Fine Art. Primarily focusing on performance arts during her education having a previous background in theatre and circus.

Saille by Sandra Corrigan Breathnach

This piece will explore the natural material of Willow, Willow being healing and powerful, in this case as an adornment to connect with the Meta-physical, seeking to share that energy. Those wishing to interact can receive a yellow dot on their forehead connecting back to the yellow shells of Duic na Lenamh and their positive energy. Connotations of ritual and the visible semiotic statement of the yellow dot aim to act as an unspoken connectivity between those that partake and the onlookers of the action. Performance art allows me to enter an existential plain, seeking to go beyond the shroud of ‘modern life’.

I am a Laois based Artist, the fundamental core of my practice deals with states of phenomenological expression of self, through this expression my life is given meaning, it is the searching for meaning within my life that has brought my work to its current manifestation. Performance Art allows me to enter an existential plain, where the vein of an innate knowledge as Beings in this world is explored.

www.sandracorriganbreathnach.com

Anchorage by Noel Arrigan and Brian Loughran

‘Anchorage’ is a collaborative work by Galway artists Noel Arrigan and Brian Loughran and is site specific to the general area in and around Galway ‘s Spanish arch. The ideas central to this work will involve playing / working with object and elements that are charged presently and historically to the activities of port / habour (rope and light signals), specifically dealing with themes around security (city wall), and harboring (Maritime activity). We aim to perform actions that communicate beyond the object and it’s function, towards that which is personal.

Brian Loughran has shown work nationally and internationally through object and performance. Underpinning his concepts are theories of behavioral psychology such as rumination and sense of jeopardy.

Noel Arrigan is a multi – media artist working out of Galway. His sculpture based practice includes live performance, installation, photography and manipulating found objects. He is a member of Artspace Galway and Forge Clay Studio’s, Galway.

 

 

 

Call for Submissions | ANON | Art Now or Never

Visual Artists for 126

ANON | Art Now or Never

We are calling for works to be donated for an exhibition/fundraiser for 126 gallery. It will be a chance to raise funds for this vital, artist-run epicentre for experimental and contemporary art, as well as an opportunity for collectors to acquire affordable work and become acquainted with emerging and established artists. 126 is a not-for-profit organisation. All monies raised will go towards core costs and artists’ fees.

The sale will open at 126, Artist-Run Gallery in Galway, on Friday,October 2nd at 7pm. It will run through that weekend.

The 2D works fall into two categories:
1. Postcard-sized (approx. A6), priced at €20
2. Large (max. A3), priced at €50

A juried prize will be conferred, one for each category. The prize will be announced later, most likely a meal at one of Galway’s fantastic restaurants. On the jury are Galway Arts Centre visual art curator Maeve Mulrennan and Russell Hart, artist/curator and director of economicthoughtprojects.

Works can be in any medium e.g. drawing, photography, painting, print, text, fabric etc.

Please:
– sign works (on the back if not signed already).
– submit no more than 3 works.

Submissions:
Please submit works by Monday, September 21st, either by dropping off or posting work to:
126 Artist-Run Gallery,
4 Commerce House,
Flood Street,
Galway, Ireland

For larger works (approx A3) post or drop off to:
Visual Artists for 126
Galway Arts Centre,
47 Dominick Street,
Galway, Ireland

We will endeavour to sell all works. If works do not sell by Sunday, October 4th, they will be presented online for sale. After that we will advise artists when to collect their work.

Resource Drive for Calais

We need your help to support the refugees stranded in Calais. On Friday essential goods collected at Galway Print Studio and 126 will be driven to Calais to provide urgently needed support. Winter is coming, and some things are more urgently required than others. Please consult the lists below and give as generously as you can. All donations should be handed in at 126 before 11.00 am on FRIDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER.

Information:
Here is a list of how, and what to give. To ensure our support is helpful, please consult the lists below. If you could pack like items together and label them (i.e all your socks together with some labeling on the outside of the bag):

HIGH PRIORITY:
Trainers (Sizes 7-9)
Hiking Boots (Sizes 7-9)
Wellies (Sizes 7-9)
Tents
Jackets (S, M)
Travel Bags
Socks
Candles
Belts
Tracksuit Trousers
Blankets
Jeans (Sizes 28-32)
Smartphones (w/sim)
Sleeping Bags
Soap
Shampoo
Toothbrushes
Plastic Bags
Wooly Hats
Underwear
Pots

LOW PRIORITY:
Women’s Clothes and Shoes
Children’s Clothes and Shoes
Jumpers & Sweaters
Nappies & Wipes
Tampons & Feminine Hygiene Products

NOT NEEDED:
Sheets
Pillows
Suits
Formal Shoes

From today onwards the gallery team will be on hand to collect your kind donations. Please bring them in to us at flood street by 11.30am on FRIDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER.

This isn’t the only way we’ll be reaching out. But it’s a start.
Best

The 126 Team

FORUM | How to……| In 5 easy steps

We recently opened a new venue where you can meet other artists completely free of charge to discuss anything you like. From technical questions to critical issues and theoretical questions- and it’s right here online.

Our forum is a great way to stay connected, and beat the studio isolation blues.
Here’s how to use it:
1       Step 1:Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click login.
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Step 2: Enter the username and password you chose when you became a member (if you can’t remember just click to renew your password)

 

 

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Step 3: A Forum bar will appear at the top of the screen

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 4:  Use the drop down menu to access the topic of your choice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 5: From here, you can reply to an existing topic, or start your own conversation with other artists within the 126 network. You can post images too and find further guidelines & policies around posting content. Enjoy!

EIAR Exhibition | 11-26 September

EIAR – Emerging Irish Artists Residency. An exhibition of work produced as a result of a four week residency managed by 126 Artist-Run Gallery in collaboration with our long-term partners the Burren College of Art.
See new exciting work by Joanna Hopkins, Yvette Monaghan, Amanda Rice and Noelle Gallagher that was developed as a result of this unique residency opportunity.

Works will be shown concurrently at both 126 Artist-Run Gallery and the Burren College of Art, giving audiences a chance to see work by this talented group of artists in two refreshingly different contexts.image1

EVENTS:

OPENING: Burren Collge of Art | 10 September 7pm

CLOSING EVENT: At 126 Artist-Run Gallery | 24 September 7pm-10pm

PLUS: LATE NIGHT ART Culture Night | 18 September 6pm- Late

Q.V.2 Now Available

rsz_quarterly-mitchellWe’re proud to announce that the second edition of our Quarterly Magazine is now available.

Issues cost 5 Euros and are available for sale in the gallery and select locations nationwide.

To reserve your copy, email contact@126gallery.com

Open Call Opportunity ‘All Our Future Conversations’

 

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Last year’s words belong to last year’s language.And next year words await another voice.
[T.S Eliot, Four Quartet]

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126 Artist-Run Gallery seeks submissions from artists including recent graduates for ‘All Our Future Conversations’, due to show in December 2015. Artists are invited to respond to the the potentials of language and future of communication.

Submissions are welcome in all mediums and there is no size limit.  All applicants must be members of 126 Gallery (can apply for membership on //126gallery.com/membership ). The work will be assessed by members of the 2015 Internship programme.

Applicants can send up to 10 images and an artist’s statement (under 400 words) in one PDF (up to 10 MB) or provide links to a maximum of 2 video works.Please send your submission(s) via email to 126interns@gmail.com with the subject: “All our future Conversations application”.

Applications will be assessed under the following criteria:
-Innovative response to the theme
-Feasibility of work produced
-Quality of the application
-Fit with other works selected

Deadline for applications is Friday 25th September 2015 and successful applicants will be informed by Friday 9th of October.

 

BYOB Bank Holiday | SCI-FI DOUBLE HEADER

 

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Come and get cosy with us the coming bank holiday weekend.

The 126 Interns cordially invite you to a screening of two cult futuristic movies to fundraise for their upcoming Exhibition in December. The planned exhibition will focus on issues of the imagined far-flung future and the screening should get you in the mood for our Open Call (details coming very soon).

We’ll have delicious homemade popcorn on the go, and a few more lovely treats besides. Watch two cult classics in a relaxed environment with the bevvies of your choice- what a way to warm up for your bank holiday Sunday session?! 100% of your entrance fee will go toward production costs of an exciting exhibition this December conceived and curated by six emerging curatorial talents.

This event is BYOB and entrance is just €5 . For details, click here.

If you have any queries, or to reserve your place email 126interns@gmail.com or pay on the door.

Better Late Than Never Q.V.2

Due to unexpected issues at our printers 126 Quarterly Issue 2 will be a touch later than planned. The good people at Ditto press assure us that our latest publication will be on its way tomorrow- so watch this space for news of our launch event.

126 Quarterly is an Arts Council Ireland funded project that celebrates and casts a critical eye over the work of 126 during its 10 year history.

Our latest issues has essays inspired by exhibitions that took place in the gallery from April-June as well as editorial on the Capital of Culture Phenomenon, and a brilliant repost to Gavin Murphy’s critique of the FOOTFALL report by artist and writer Valerie Connor. Each magazine has a centrefold by Daniel Tuomey and will be hand-stamped and numbered.

With a limited print-run of only 200, these are expected to sell fast. To reserve your copy, please drop us a line: contact@126gallery.com

If you’re outside of the Galway area we’re happy to post a copy to you (P&P costs available on request)

Double Screening | Still Life | Thursday 7.30pm

126 in association with GIAF invite you to attend an exclusive double screening as part of its current exhibition: MESSAGING by Victor & Hester.

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Thursday 23 July 2015
7.30pm – 9pm
 
‘The material that I used to fill the gap took a very long time to dry and as it dried it wrinkled and caught the dust, it looked a bit like dried old skin.’ Joanna Davis Often During the Day

A screening of films presented by Victor & Hester, part of the exhibition Messaging at 126 Artist Run Gallery, Galway (13 – 25 July 2015)

(image: courtesy of Clio Barnard and LUX)

The Limits Of Vision – Part One: Still Life, Clio Barnard (UK, 1988, 4 minutes )

Often During the Day, Joanna Davis (UK, 1979, 16 minutes)

Supported by LUX London, distributed by LUX and Cinenova.

Admission: FREE

For more information and live updates click here

If you have any other queries about this event, please email: contact@126gallery.com

Tonight’s the Night| MESSAGING | Opening Reception 7.30pm

126 in association with GIAF cordially invites you to the official opening reception for MESSAGING by Victor & Hester. This show forms the third exhibition in our Primary Resource curatorial arc. These artists were selected by our collaborator Transmission (Glasgow) as an artistic group whose practice best exemplified the ideals of Transmission as an Artist-Led organisation. You can find out more about Primary Resource and the other participating organisations here.

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Victor & Hester have installed a number of spatial interventions in the space at 126, which includes: objects, specially commissioned texts, film work and audio. The exhibition, which is intended for reception as an experiential whole, emerged from Victor & Hester’s distinct practice of creating a rich dialogue around texts, with their collaborators, which forms a diverse, evolving dialogue via Googledocs. The resultant installation is the product of these discussions around a rich variety of subjects: science, feminism, economics to name a few. This process of conversational consideration has set the tenor for a different kind of space that stands as a gentle juxtaposition to the frenetic activity of ‘festival-season Galway’.

It looks like fine weather in Galway this evening, so we’re hoping to set up the bar outside, on Flood Street. Cocktails will be on ice, the board of Directors and our brand-spanking-new interns will all be in attendance, so please come and say hi.

We’ve conspired with Galway Arts Centre to bring you a bumper evening of the finest new Visual Art. Don’t forget to visit their opening of Martin Healey’s Terrain (at 6pm) before heading over to 126 for some cocktails in the sunshine. We’ll  be continuing on to our kind sponsor Bierhaus afterwards to continue the party.

Fresh Faced | 126 Interns 2015

After a difficult selection process, 126 is pleased to welcome 6 talented graduates to its internship scheme for 2015. This new group will be producing the final show of 2015, as well as forming an integral part of the gallery’s day-to-day operations. The internship runs from July-December and aims to give graduates insight into the pleasures and pitfalls of choosing to work in an artist-led organisation.

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The 126 interns for 2015 are:

 

Amber Baruch (NCAD)

Bláithín Hughes (CCAM)

Brendan Finnerty (LSAD)

Cliodhna Timoney (IADT)

Dierdre Feeny (CCAM)

Ellen Egan (LSAD)

 

 

 

 

Off to the Printers- 126 Q.V.2

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We sent the second edition of our Quarterly Magazine off to Ditto Press last night. Much excitement all round. This issue focusses on 2009, 4 years into the history of 126; we catch up with performance artist Dominic Thorpe and ex-board members Dave Callan and Alwyn Revill, editor Daniel Jewesbury talks about the phenomenon that is the ‘Capital of Culture’, Val Connor responds to Gavin Murphy’s article from Q1 and much more besides.

We’ll be launching this edition at the gallery on 23rd July.

As always, you can reserve your copy by emailing: contact@126.e

Installation in Progress – Primary Resource # 3

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The team at 126 are busy installing Primary Resource #3, a collaboration with Transmission Gallery (Glasgow). The exhibition supported by GIAF (Galway International Arts Festival) features work by Victor and Hester a collaborative initiative by artists Amelia Bywater and Emma Fitts.

The exhibition opens on 13th of July at 12pm, with an evening reception in the Gallery at 7.30pm on Wednesday 15th of July.

For more information about the Primary Resource Project click here

Primary Resource #5 | Open Call Deadline

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The deadline for applying to There is No Alternative,  the fifth instalment of the Primary Resource project, is approaching!
The deadline for submissions is Friday 26 June 2015 at 5pm.

Please send your submission(s) via email with the subject title “There is No Alternative” to oh126.submissions@gmail.com or by post (with return SAE) to There is No Alternative, Ormston House Gallery, 9-10 Patrick Street, Limerick City. There are no guidelines for submission. You can send us as much or as little information as you like and in any format you choose.

During the exhibition, we will host an event at 126 Gallery inviting members of both organisations to reflect together on the purpose and value of both membership schemes, taking an earnest approach to questions described by Davies, Dillemuth & Jakobsen as a bogus consultation process: What work can we do? How do we find alternative ways of thinking about production and labour? How can we act collectively?

In preparing submissions, we invite our members to read the following texts co-authored by Davies, Dillemuth & Jakobsen which are available online for free:

There is no alternative #1: //bit.ly/1Gu8mX0
There is no alternative #2: //bit.ly/1EnSyPE

 

About Ormston House:

Ormston House is a cultural resource hub located in the heart of Limerick city. An Artist-led organisation who,  like 126, is run by unpaid volunteers who work to promote contemporary arts practice, and who’s activities aim to support their membership.

Information on Ormston House membership: info@ormstonhouse.com
Information on 126 Gallery membership, click here.
Information on the FOOTFALL research: click here.

Please note: Applicants must be a member of at least one of the organisations

ARTfarm Residency 2015

126 Artist-Run Gallery is excited to announce the start of the ARTFarm Residency 2015.There was great interest in the ARTFarm residency this year and a number of exciting applications (selection by the board was a lengthy process!) and we’d like to thank all the artists who expressed an interest. We’re working hard on creating more opportunities like this for 2016. As always we’re grateful to Sheila Flannagan at ARTFarm for the unique environment she offers our resident artists each year.
This year’s artists in residence: Philip Kavanagh and  Cohan Wilson took up residency at the ARTFarm the 15th of June

 

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My art practice is mainly performative in nature and culminates in live actions.
This emphasis on the fleeting, the un-touchable and the ephemeral places unparalleled importance on process, and it is in this sense that I feel my practice is suitable for residency opportunities. Performance is communication that sits outside the realm of language, it enters us through affect rather then understanding, and travels deeper then we could ever logically explain. The spectator or participant is the link, the missing part that completes a work that up until the point of encounter has been merely an a set of actions.
It entitles the viewer to an involvement rare to other mediums. Something I do believe to be of critical importance in art which lends itself perfectly to the residency as a platform for art-making is the idea that a project engages with the local area in an open and direct sense, namely through the people, and seeks to encourage a refocusing, and if possible a reassessment, of a place from the perspective of those who know it best. In contemporary Ireland, our past it seems has caught up with us. How is it that we as a nation should process previously masked aspects of our history? Especially when that processing may lead us to question aspects of ourselves, and the trust we lend in bodies of administration that have claimed to act in our best interests but have failed in their responsibilities. These sensitive issues are highlighted dramatically now on the eve of the centennial year of the easter rising.
Moral and Financial Bankruptcy we can be sure was not part of the building blocks of an independent Ireland, however, now that we find ourselves here in this now, how do we as beings born into this society consolidate? For this Residency, I would seek to develope these questions, through a combination of community orientated discussions and workshops that aim to engage with members of different generations, as I believe that only through a trans-generational dialogue can our past be digested and not haunt a future Ireland that may find its second century more difficult then it’s first.

Cohan Wilson

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I hope to investigate and detect Human activity in remote locations through Anthropology, Archaeology and Anatomical investigations on found objects once lost or discarded, to reconnecting with primal experiences on a sensory level. I intend to leave purpose built site-specific works to mark both human activity and my visitation to the landscapes made from found materials that are located in the landscape. I am working in the theme of ALLEMANSTRATTEN an ancient “Birth right” which is a freedom to roam the land, a basic human right.
I simply want to produce things I want to see. I look to explore every mark that there is to make, both fleeting and permanent. I want to explore the nature of things. How things work. How they interact with each other. To explore materials and conceptual landscapes of physics and universal questions and processes, from carbonisation to transcendence and decay. With entering new landscapes and interacting with new experiences I hope to expand my critical thinking of my own practice, and my place in the landscape. I see the world as a painter, through material and its tactile nature as well as re-evaluating its very definition. I am focused on physicality and the compulsion to make and understand the tools I use and the processes of making things.
The context of my work fits into many fields… it is an organic process that manifests itself in many forms. I am interested in how paintings are made, how they are conceived, raised and subsequent death and rebirth into something new. I work with the reality of found objects and chance happenings and discoveries as well as collision between materials. From uncovering layers of environments to exploring a shared and forgotten primitive human history that transcends time and culture. I am focused on Human occupation and interaction within spaces and the landscape, from recent geological history of the Holocene to a new Human/Earth relationship manifested in Anthropocene.

A Degree of Darkness | Sofie Loscher

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…light and darkness, brightness and obscurity, or if a more general expression is preferred, light and its absence, are necessary to the production of colour… Colour itself is a degree of darkness. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
This work explores light in its most basic form. The polarised film blocks half of the light’s movement and creates prismatic colours that shift and change as we move in relation to the work. It exposes how we see refracted light, and how a change in direction might affect our perception. In his Theory of Colours, Goethe controversially claims that darkness is not an absence of light but an integral part of the colour spectrum. Darkness can fall on the light, and light can break through the darkness. But in both cases, colour arises.

Sofie Loscher (b. 1987) lives and works in Dublin. She holds an MFA in Sculpture from NCAD and a BA in Visual Arts Practice from IADT. Recent exhibitions include Light Falls, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin (2015); Intelligent Machinery, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin (2015); Welcome Disturbance, The LAB Gallery, Dublin (2015); Neutral: Tulca Festival of Visual Arts, Galway (2014); Agitationism, EVA International, Limerick (2014) and Periodical Review #4, Pallas Projects, Dublin (2014) and Ormston House, Limerick (2015).

OPENING Friday 12th June 7.00pm

A¯¯A A¯¯A A¯¯A – Opening 15th May

PRIMARY RESOURCE #2: BASIC SPACE

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STÉPHANE BÉNA HANLY | SIMON CUMMINS | JANE FOGARTY | ANN MARIA HEALY | DAVID LUNNEY | OISÍN O’BRIEN | LILIANE PUTHOD | EOGHAN RYAN | DANIEL TUOMEY | DAVID UPTON | TANAD WILLIAMS | LEE WELCH

 

15th May –  31st May
Opening: Friday 15th May 2015

19:00 Exhibition opening at 126 Gallery, Galway

 

A¯¯A A¯¯A A¯¯A presents a selection of works in progress by Basic Space studio artists.
Provisional works sit upon trestle tables.
The studio artists briefly open their processes to the public.
After the exhibition some of the objects on the tables will be reinserted in these processes and further developed.
Others will not.
Basic Space: Basic Space is a Contemporary Art Practice Group based in Dublin.They support to artists in 3 different strands: 1. A core group of Studio Artists make use of the space on a permanent basis as an open plan communal workspace.2. Artists can make use of the space as short-term work/exhibition space. Project Artists are appointed by invitation or on the strength and suitability of their proposal. 3. Basic Space Projects/Exhibitions are curated and developed by the Basic Space team.

Primary Resource is a curatorial project taking place in 126 throughout 2015 that aims to make a practice based response to the 126 FOOTFALL research report that was published in March 2015. FOOTFALL began an line of enquiry into what separates the activities of artist led organisations from those of other art institutions in Ireland and what role they play in artists’ careers. With Primary Resource we invite five diverse artist led organisations to react to the FOOTFALL research and findings though their own practice. These five responses may take varying forms and will take place in the 126 gallery space throughout 2015. Each organisations response to one curatorial arc will contribute to a process that can be critically viewed as a whole.

126 Internships

 

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Internship Opportunity 2015

126 is delighted to announce an open call to all graduates who wish to participate in the 2015 Internship programme. Three interns will be selected for a six month internship running from July 2015 to January 2016. The interns will be mentored by the board members and will gain experience in all aspects of running the gallery including: fundraising, curation, marketing, archiving, web design and arts administration. The internship culminates in a project, exhibition or event to be developed and curated by the interns under the mentorship of the 126 board and to take place in the Flood St. gallery in December.

Please include a CV and images of recent work (max. 10) and a letter of interest (max 350 words), which should include your expectations for the project in one Pdf document.

Applications should be emailed to: contact@126gallery.com. Please subject line: “Internship Programme 2015” in your email.

The deadline for applications is June 24th 2015.  Successful candidates will be notified by Monday 29th of June and the internship will begin Monday 13th July. The first month of the programme is an induction period to allow the interns to settle into the gallery and into Galway. However the Galway International Arts Festival runs from the 13th – 26th July and gives a good opportunity to immediately become involved in the work of the gallery.

Please note that internship at 126 is not a prerequisite for becoming a board member. Applications to become board members from all artists, including recent graduates, are welcomed throughout the year.

Any inquires please contact: Jo Kavanagh (contact@126gallery.com)

Interns 2014

In June 2014, 126 launched an internship programme in partnership with GMIT’s Centre for Creative Arts & Media. The internship was awarded to recent graduates of GMIT CCAM who formed a new venture, Itsa Collective while in final year of college. Itsa Collective explores the visual language of film, media, history, culture and the unreality of our contemporary world and attempts the exploration of an uncertain narrative through cultural, social, and philosophical constructs. For their internship exhibition in December 2014, Itsa Collective presented SYNERGY in which they featured the work of all members of the collective and published their first publication, which both represented Itsa’s interest in interdisciplinary practice and allowed for an additional engagement with the exhibition.

 

The Itsa Collective members are:

• Jackie Burke

• Jason Dunne

• Phill Foley

• Martin Reid

• Peter Sherry

 

ARTFarm Open Call 2015

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126 Artist-Run Gallery and Sheila Flannagan are pleased to offer residency opportunities to two emerging artists to take place from 15th-30th June 2015 in the rural setting of ARTFarm. The two week concurrent residency is open to two individuals or collectives and includes a contribution to materials and costs of €200per residency. The successful applicants will be selected by the board of 126. Preference will be given to early to mid-stage artists with experimental contemporary art practice. Set in the townland of Cloonkeen ARTFarm provides emerging artists with a chance for often elusive solitude. Nestled between the ‘Mass Rock Pathway’ and a ‘Lisheen’, surrounded by a rural community facing challenges of state-resource reduction, and diversity; ARTFarm presents artists with diverse areas for creative investigation. We’re seeking artists who will engage innovatively and sensitively with the local community or investigate the environment surrounding ARTFarm via their practice. Artists are asked submit the below application form and up to 10 images of work (max size: 24MB) to: contact@126gallery.com by May 19th 2015, with the subject line: ARTFarm Residency 15. Applications will be assessed under the following criteria: innovative emerging art practice, quality of the application and engagement with the social context or site specificity of ARTFarm. Successful applicants will be notified by 26th May 2015.

ArtFARM 126 Summer Residency Open Call Guidelines

ARTFarm Residency 2015 Application Form

About ARTFarm:

The ARTFarm is an Artist retreat space situated in a remote rural setting in the townland of Cloonkeen, 5km from Newbridge Village in North East County Galway. It is a place of quiet and solitude. It consists of an old style country cottage, separate large studio space and hay-barn. Artfarm aspires to bring artists to this rural area with an aim to increase arts awareness and participation in the region. The long term goal is to navigate towards explorations of Art in a Rural Context, Socially Engaged Art Practice in remote communities, Contemplative Art Practice and Ecologically Sustainable Art Practices.

Art Residencies were first established here in collaboration with 126 Artist-Run Gallery in Galway City in 2013 to give artists the space to completely escape the everyday chaos and totally immerse themselves in their art without distraction.

Past Recipients:

The 2013 residencies were awarded to Siobhan McGibbon (Ire) in July and Ciara Healy and Karl Musson (Wales) in August. in February 2014 the artists had an exhibition of the work developed while on the ARTFarm Residency in 126 Gallery, Flood St.  The 2014 ARTFarm Residency 2014 was awarded to Galway based artist Ramona Burke.

The Existence Of Flamethrowers In Your Street – Opening 24th April

PRIMARY RESOURCE #1: CATALYST ARTS

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The Existence Of Flamethrowers In Your Street

Martin Boyle | David Blandy | Anita Delaney | Iain Griffin | John Lawrence | John Macormac | Liliane Puthod | Atom Tick

24th April – 8th May 2015

Opening: Friday 24th April 2015

18: 00 – 19:30: Exhibition Opening at 126 Gallery, Galway

20:00 – ­21:30: Live Event at Áras na nGael, Galway

“The very existence of flamethrowers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves. You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not
close enough to get the job done.”

―George Carlin

Since its inception over twenty years ago, by a multidisciplinary group of artists, theatre makers, architects and educators, Catalyst Arts is one of the longest running artist ­led organisations in Ireland and the UK, committed to delivering a programme which embraces risk and expands beyond the gallery to provide innovative opportunities for
artists.

This year, through a series of small scale collaborations with artists, collectives and organisations Catalyst Arts will pilot a new auxiliary off­site programme titled ‘Garrincha’ which will further promote the commissioning of new works of artistic merit by emerging artists with a non ­gallery centred practice, for temporal and event based works.

The first of these collaborations has been through the invitation of 126 in Galway, for which Catalyst Arts has selected artists working across a range of disciplines, encompassing a two ­person exhibition at 126 Gallery space by Martin Boyle and Lilianne Puthod, whose work excavates or activates commonplace aspects of the civic and urban landscape which have been ignored or overlooked in recent times as the sites for new interventions and dialogues.

Following the opening of this exhibition on Friday 24th the audience are invited to a join us for an off­site, live event held at Áras na nGael from 8pm showcasing a selection of video screenings, performance and music by artists from across Ireland and the UK.

Within this context of re-­interrogating conventional modes of artistic practice The Existence of Flamethrowers in your Street aims to continue Catalyst Arts commitment to providing opportunities for a range of multi­disciplinary activities both in the gallery framework and off­site.

Catalyst Arts would like to thank 126 for the invitation to collaborate on this projects and to extend an open invitation to all to attend both the opening and live events which are
free.

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PRIMARY RESOURCE:
Primary Resource is a curatorial project taking place in 126 throughout 2015 that aims to make a practice based response to the 126 FOOTFALL research report that was published in March 2015. FOOTFALL began an line of enquiry into what separates the activities of artist led organisations from those of other art institutions in Ireland and what role they play in artists’ careers. With Primary Resource we invite five diverse artist led organisations to react to the FOOTFALL research and findings though their own practice. These five responses may take varying forms and will take place in the 126 gallery space throughout 2015. Each organisations response to one curatorial arc will contribute to a process that can be critically viewed as a whole.

The Twelfth Night – Brendan Regan

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We would like to invite you to the opening of The Twelfth Night, an installation by Brendan Regan, this Wednesday the 1st of April at 7pm in 126 Artist-Run Gallery. This fleeting exhibition will, like the ceremony it examines, last only for a single day. We hope you catch it while you can.

The Twelfth Night is an interactive installation piece composed of photographs, sculptural elements, found objects, text, and candles. The piece is based on an old Irish ritual held on the eve of the Epiphany that referenced death, superstition, faith, and folklore. While the literal conclusion of the ceremony predicted who would be the next to die in one’s family, this installation examines it from a metaphorical standpoint. In a sensitive play on the intersection between the personal and ritual, viewers will be invited to take an active role in the exhibit laying down their own thoughts/feelings as text which will be symbolically burned away. Through the motif of the burning candle, The Twelfth Night visually juxtaposes personal memory and loss along with the collective facticity of our own mortality.

About the artist: Brendan Regan is an artist and educator living in Phoenix, Arizona, in the United States. Originally from Kinvarra, County Galway, he has returned to Ireland to complete a site-specific body of work. With a clear focus on the sociological or topographical surroundings that inspire each of his works, the viewer should question his or her own participation with each of Brendan’s pieces and be struck with a new interpretation of a seemingly commonplace facet of life.

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Cian McLysaght | VIBE

 

14-28th March
PREVIEW 13th March 7pm

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There are 500 million tweets sent daily*. But what happens when these digital ephemera become sensorial manifestations in the physical world?

In this installation Cian McLysaght creates an auditory link between our digital personae and the ‘real’ world. His custom-constructed Vibe machine mines Twitter’s Application Programming Interface (API) re-configuring the emotional state of its community of anonymous users, amalgamating them in sound. At once ambient sound sculpture and distinct physical entity, there is a sense of duality at the heart of the Vibe project; gathering individual emotional expressions to create unique soundscapes reflective of a ‘collective’ emotional state of the Twitter community at any one given time.

In a spirit of playfulness, the ‘Vibe’ can be both played by Twitter followers and seeks out interaction with them, mimicking human characteristics by posting Tweets to its own account. This continuous interaction and adaptation serves as an analogue for our online ‘selves’; the very nature of which at once enable and necessitate reinvention.

To interact with this piece tweet: @vibe126

Open Mon-Sat 12-6

14-28 March 2015

No Time For Hysteria | 126 Members’ Show

5 – 28 March

Aoibheann de Brún | David Callan | David Finn | Róisín Foley | Sean Guinan | Austin D.H. Ivers   Breda Lynch | Eimear Jean McCormack | Cormac O’Neill | Kristian Smith | Louise Spokes Rebecca Strain | Gianna Tomasso

PREVIEW | THURSDAY 5 MARCH 7PM

The Burren College of Art, Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare

No Time for Hysteria is a group show of 126 Members’ work. Curated by 126 Gallery and hosted by The Burren College of Art

The works selected for this exhibition reveal a recurring engagement with mid – late 20th Century popular culture reflections on social anxiety. The works collectively develop a sense of foreboding mitigated by black humour, much like the documentary that inspired the title of the show The Atomic Cafe*.

The Atomic Cafe was a documentary created from a broad range of 1940s, 50s and 60s archival media footage and US government issued propaganda films which were designed to reassure Americans that the atomic bomb was not a threat to their safety. The film offers a glimpse into an era rife with paranoia, anxiety and misapprehension and illuminates with black humour, the often comic paradoxes of life in the Atomic Age with a genuine nostalgia for an earlier and more innocent time.

References to Doctor Strangelove (Kubrick), WarGames (Badham), Lost Highway (Lynch) and allusions to sci-fi through several works that engage with mutation or dystopias feature in No Time For Hysteria. More than just a re-appropriation of the simulacra of a bygone hysteria, many of the works in this exhibition use the potent visual images of a distinct historical period to point to enduring concerns about our increasingly complex technological relationship with our world and the tactics of sublimation we employ in defence of this.

GETTING THERE

For the preview, 126 have arranged a bus leaving from outside the Gallery at 6pm on Thursday 5th March returning from Burren College of Art at 9pm.

Bus tickets cost 8 Euro and are allocated on a first come first served basis. Entrance to the exhibition is free of charge.

To book a place on the bus email: contact@126gallery.com
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Open Call for New Directors at 126

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126 Artist-Run Gallery are accepting applications for new Directors for 2015/16. The Board of Directors are responsible for the overall programming, curation, production and administration of 126’s year-round programme of events and exhibitions. We are currently seeking Directors with skills and interests in one or more of the following areas: curation, archiving, research, web design and marketing. If you wish to be considered for this position please email a short personal statement (max. 400 words) and your C.V to contact@126gallery.com before 28th February 2015.

126 is integral to the visual arts culture in Galway and Ireland. Run voluntarily by a board of professional artists, 126 prioritises criticality and experimentation in contemporary visual art. 126 celebrates its 10 year anniversary this year. We have an exciting programme planned, including: exhibitions by Irish and international contemporary artists, the production of a 126 quarterly Magazine, offsite residencies and a curatorial project that will involve working with Transmission (Glasgow), Catalyst Arts (Belfast), Block T (Dublin) and Ormston House (Limerick).

Experience gained working in an artist led organisation like 126 can greatly improve your professional practice. Directors gain an understanding of all aspects of running a gallery, curation, assessing proposals, installation, grant application writing, artist liason, archiving and arts administration. Each individual Director takes responsibility for specific duties, which play to the individual’s strengths.

Essential criteria:

-Appreciation of contemporary art and a commitment to the objectives of 126

-Excellent verbal and written communication skills

-High degree of personal organisation

-Self-motivation and initiative

-Ability to work productively as art of a close knit team of directors

 

Desirable criteria:

-Previous experience in arts administration or curation

-Computer literacy and knowledge of social media marketing

-Experience in drafting funding applications/proposals

 

Directors work voluntarily with 126 for a maximum of 2 years. Since its establishment in 2005 there have been 49 Directors. In a recent study, 126 ex-Directors were asked if 126 influenced their career path, 86% said “Yes.”

One of the many positive responses stated:

“It gave me an understanding of how the gallery world functions, how proposals and applications should be written and working with so many artists who showed and worked there influenced my work.”

“It helped me realise that an art career is something that is possible and opened my eyes to the many pathways available to having a career in Arts.”

 

 

DemocraCity | Mark Clare

 

 

PREVIEW | THURSDAY 5 FEBRUARY 7PM

DemocraCity is a solo show by Mark Clare presented by 126 Artist-Run Gallery.

The exhibition title comes from the animation produced using the 3D modeling program Google Sketchup and takes the contradictory ideologies of B.F. Skinner and Theodore John Kaczynski as its starting point and an edited version of Arvo Part’s Fratres for violin and piano as its soundtrack. It is a combination of Architectural models, some appropriated from 3D Warehouse and original models created specifically for the animation. In the animation we travel through a timeline of iconic Modernist buildings, symbolic of a utopian dream and on through a cityscape and the industrial structures necessary to deliver the fuel that power our cities. Finally we move into a landscape based on artist renditions for the Onkalo waste depository site being developed at the Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant in Finland. This facility will extend five kilometers down in to the bedrock and hold a number of chambers large enough to store large quantities of spent Nuclear fuel. Onkalo is being developed to last for up to 100,000 years. While many scientists estimate that we will have an ice age within the next 60,000 years there is some speculation that those who survive this ice age will not speak or read any of today’s modern languages and therefore there is a special emphasis on the semantic importance of marking the depository as dangerous for future generations.

This is accompanied by a slide presentation of a series of temporary public sculptures the artist has produced in recent years.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Over the last number of years Clare has consistently explored issues of social value in his work, which has developed into a sophisticated observation of the space and time we live in. The practice does not lie within any one discipline but instead utilises a variety of mediums and techniques to produce work. This has included animation, video and photography to document a myriad of performances and public interventions, the role of facilitator in developing collaborative projects with a wide variety of participants, many of who would have no formal Artistic background, and more recently the production of large site-specific sculptures.

The process of engaging with and responding to new environments is a vital part of the development of new work within his practice. While there is an over-riding ethos and aesthetic behind Clare’s practice, it is the challenge of seeking out and engaging with new people and new environments that infuse energy into his practice and allows for distinctive projects/works to be developed.

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Editor & Graphic Designer Wanted for 126 Quarterly Magazine 2015

The 126 Quarterly Magazine is an ambitious project in which 126 will coordinate and produce a four part visual art publication that will highlight the activities of 126 and its members in 2015, provide a platform for interaction with new nationally relevant research, review cultural events in the western region and reflect on and celebrate the 10 year anniversary of 126.

Each of the four editions of the Quarterly Magazine will feature contributions from arts writers and practitioners including Ciara Healy, Conor McGrady, Gavin Murphy, Gregory McCartney, Joanne Laws, John Mulloy, Maeve Mullrennan, Michaele Cutaya, Nora O’Murchú, Paul Fahy, Ruth Morrow, Sarah Searson, Valerie Connor among many others. Exhibiting artists and 126 members will be profiled and interviewed. Ex board members of 126 will recount stories about the gallery over the last 10 years.

The Quarterly Magazine will be a 24 page, full colour, A3 folded to A4 publication. It will be a unique and collectible visual art publication. This project is kindly supported by the Arts Council Project Award 2015.

We are offering contracts for two paid positions in the production of the four part magazine, those positions are for an Editor and a Graphic Designer of the publication.


Contract 1: EDITOR

Activities will include planning and organising the logistics related to the production of the Magazine, commissioning of writers and artists, discussing layout, writing and artwork with the 126 board of directors and the graphic designer and ensuring on-time delivery from printers.

Responsibilities of the contract will include:
• overseeing the layout, appearance and content of feature articles;
• generating ideas for features with 126 board of directors;
• commissioning articles from freelance writers;
• editing and re-writing articles, some of which may be rejected or returned to the writer for revision;
• overseeing artwork, design and photography for the features section of the magazine;
• organising meetings with 126 board of directors, writers and artists to discuss ideas for artwork, layout and features;
• understanding and complying with media law and industry ethical guidelines;
• selecting feature articles for each issue;
• sending out briefs to writers, which can include word count, deadline, fee and writing style;
• final proofreading of all pages before going to print;
• raising the profile of the magazine;
• assisting other staff to meet their deadlines;
• ensuring on time delivery of the magazine at each publication launch;
• maintaining a high standard of production value throughout the four editions.

Qualifications:

Applicants should have experience with, or comprehensive knowledge of contemporary visual art. We are seeking a professional with a degree or higher qualification in fine arts, art history, critical writing or related discipline with emphasis on contemporary visual culture. Applicants should have an understanding of the activities and functionality of artist led organisations in Ireland.

Applicants should send a personal statement outlining their reasons for applying and what they would bring to the project (Max 400 words) and a C.V. of relevant experience.
Deadline for applications is Friday the 9th of January 2015 at 6pm, please title the email “Application: Magazine Editor”. Interviews will be held on the 14th & 15th of January.


 

Contract 2: GRAPHIC DESIGNER

The contract demands creative ability, up-to-date knowledge of industry software and a professional approach to time, costs and deadlines. The successful applicant will develop creative ideas and concepts, choosing the appropriate layout and design to meet the objectives of the 126 Magazine. The graphic designer will work closely with the editor and the 126 board of directors.

Responsibilities of the contract will include:
• developing a design concept for the four editions of the Magazine;
• meet with Magazine editor and 126 directors to coordinate the appearance of each edition of the Magazine;
• estimating the time required to complete the work;
• developing design briefs by gathering information and data through research;
• thinking creatively to produce new ideas and concepts;
• presenting finalised ideas and concepts to the editor and 126 board of directors;
• proofreading to produce accurate and high-quality work;
• contributing ideas and design artwork to the overall brief;
• working on layouts and artworking pages ready for print and for online PDF version;
• design of Magazine logo and advertisements from local sponsors;
• keeping abreast of emerging technologies in new media, particularly design programs such as InDesign, QuarkXPress, FreeHand, Illustrator, Photoshop, 3ds Max, Acrobat, Director, Dreamweaver and Flash;
• working as part of a team with the printers, editor, 126 directors, artists, other designers and 126 web designer.

Qualifications:
Applicants should have experience with, or comprehensive knowledge of contemporary visual art. We are seeking a professional with a degree or higher qualification in graphic design or related discipline. Applicants should have experience working on high quality print design projects and should also have a thorough understanding of production and rendering methods.

Applicants should send a C.V. and short personal statement outlining their reasons for applying and what they would bring to the project (Max 200 words) and a portfolio of previous work demonstrating their ability.
Deadline for applications is Friday the 9th of January 2015 at 6pm, please title the email “Application: Magazine Graphic Designer”. Interviews will be held on the 14th & 15th of January.

 

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126 Membership Opportunity at the Burren Gallery

As part of our continued commitment to support our membership, 126 is pleased to announce that one of our members shows for 2015 will be taking place off site at The BCA Gallery, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare in March. 126 is grateful for the financial and moral support of its members and each year offers various opportunities to exhibit their work.

126 invites members to submit work in any medium. This members show will be curated by the board. The brief for submission is open. However, applicants are asked to consider the gallery space and its surroundings. Submissions are by email only to contact@126gallery.com. The deadline for submissions is Thursday the 8th of January 2015 at 4pm. Please title the email “MEMBERS SHOW @ BCA” and include a description of proposed work (Max 500 words), images of proposed work, an artists statement and CV in ONE PDF FORMAT ONLY.

The financial contribution of our membership is invaluable to the running of 126. One year’s membership costs €10 to students/unwaged or €20 to those with a wage. You can also support us further by becoming a ‘Friend of 126’ for €50 or ‘Patron of 126 for €250. To join, drop in to the gallery to join up or you can use paypal through our website here www.126gallery.com. Membership is open to anyone over the age of 18 that supports our aims and is not exclusively for visual artists.

We also encourage members to make exhibition proposals throughout the year. In addition to this, 126 members will have access to discounted rates on a number of events throughout the year including, workshops, seminars, screenings and limited edition merchandise. Invitations and opportunities to take part in 126 projects and collaborations throughout the programme year are offered to current 126 members only. Members can also avail of listing a link to their website from the 126 website. Members are also entitled to a vote at the 126 AGM, which will be held this year on the 17th Dec. at 7pm.

SYNERGY – ITSA Collective

synergy126 Artist-Run Gallery and ITSA Collective invite you to the opening of the 126 internship exhibition Synergy this Friday the 5th of December at 7pm.

ITSA Collective are Jackie Burke, Jason Dunne, Phil Foley, Martin Reid and Peter Sherry.

Synergy is the creation of a whole, which is greater than the sum of its parts. Synergy embodies the working process of ITSA Collective.

Having graduated from GMIT’s Centre for Creative Arts and Media in June 2014, ITSA Collective are displaying a new body of work which was created during their six month internship with 126. The exhibition marks the end of their internship, which provided them with an invaluable insight into the local, national and international art community, while also allowing for continued creative practice. Accompanying the new body of work ITSA Collective will also be presenting their first publication, which both represents ITSA’s interest in interdisciplinary practice and allows for an engagement with the exhibition that will transcend the four walls of the gallery.

Copies of the limited edition publication will be available in 126.

There will be a Q & A event on Saturday the 13th of December between the members of ITSA Collective from 2pm. ITSA will discuss their work in the publication with each other and the general public.

ITSA Collective originated in a series of student led talks at the Centre for Creative Arts and Media (CCAM), GMIT in 2013. This led to the curation of a series of impromptu guerrilla exhibitions in the art college, with work comprising of talk members and the wider student body. In 2014 the group established an artist’s collective upon realising the value of shared knowledge and activity.

The exhibition is open from Friday the 5th of December and runs until Saturday the 20th.

For further information on 126 Internships see here

www.itsacollective.com

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Peter Sherry                     Jason Dunne                    Phil Foley                         Jackie Burke

The Project Twins @ 126

OPENING – Thursday 13 November @ 7pm

TULCA, Galway City’s international festival of visual art, returns for its 12th year from Friday November 7 to Sunday 23, and this year’s title is Neutral. 126 is delighted to have The Project Twins from Cork in the gallery right now as part of the festival programme. Their piece entitled Dwelling takes up a considerable presence in the gallery.

The Project Twins are James and Michael Fitzgerald, an Irish based graphic art duo. They work together in a range of disciplines including art, design and illustration. Curiosity, humour and wit are a predominant feature in work of the Project Twins. Their playful graphics have a bold and simple aesthetic. They are interested in observations and oddities and enjoy taking the familiar and turning it into the surprising. While their work is aesthetically bold and graphic, it has a quiet and melancholic feel, often dealing with ideas of absurdity and value in the human condition.

Presented at its most simple, ‘Dwelling’ is a minimal house-like structure which is not tied to any geographical or social area. Within the space a void is created, presenting a stillness that cannot be infiltrated, only observed from outside. Two opposing figures coexist within the structure, suggesting a duality or clash of idylls, which can exist between urban and rural environments, within one 126 ARTIST – RUN GALLERY geographical area, and also within one’s own psyche.

126 would like to invite you a reception on Thursday the 13th of November at 7pm, there will be our very own delicious Mulled Wine, see you there!

We are open 11am to 7pm every day throughout the festival. For full details of the TULCA programme visit www.tulcafestival.com

 

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SOUND OUT: Discussing European Capital of Culture Legacies

 

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1.00 pm – 5.00 pm at The View, Áras na Mac Léinn, NUI Galway.

SOUND OUT: Discussing European Capital of Culture Legacies, devised by 126 Artist-Run Gallery in partnership with European Capital of Culture Galway (ECoC) 2020 Bid Team, TULCA Festival of Visual Arts 2014 and Adapt Galway, is an open, public discussion for Galway’s local artists and organisations from both City and County.

Galway Arts workers in the visual arts, theatre, dance, literature, music, performance, art education etc are invited to come together and become more informed about the European Capital of Culture bid process. Contribute to the discussion and help identify possible benefits and shortfalls. The event will also highlight how strategic investment in the cultural infrastructure of the city in preparation for becoming a European Capital of Culture can result in sustainable benefit to the arts community in Galway.

SOUND OUT will be a platform to ask questions and to learn:

• How the European Capital of Culture could benefit your local community
• What are the cultural impacts and possible long-term benefits of holding the title “European Capital of Culture”
• What are the common difficulties that can arise within communities during the ECoC
• Learn how you can get involved
• Hear from the European Capital of Culture Galway 2020 Bid Team about the application process and what to expect over the coming month
• Hear from artists and researchers who have practical experience of the process and the outcomes

The event will be chaired by Patrick Collins, NUI Galway, (lead consultant ECoC 2020 Galway). Invited speakers include:
• Dave O’ Brien, Lecturer in Cultural and Creative Industries, City University London.
• Tara Byrne, Consultant and Cultural Policy researcher, based in Dublin.
• Craig Richardson, Professor of Fine Art, Northumbria University, UK.

This is a free event however booking is recommended.

Termination of Sponsorship Agreement with Kerry Guinan

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Currently:          “126 Artist-Run Gallery © Kerry Guinan”

Amendment:     “126 Artist-Run Gallery”

Effective as of:   Thursday 6th November 2014

We wish to inform our members and supporters,

As of Thursday the 6th of November 2014, the current sponsorship agreement between 126 Artist-Run Gallery © Kerry Guinan and Kerry Guinan will be terminated, and 126 will regain full control of our intellectual property. Consequently, on this date, our official name will revert to “126 Artist-Run Gallery”.

To compensate her investment, Kerry Guinan will receive lifelong membership of 126 Artist-Run Gallery; entitling her to promotion on our website and discounted rates on gallery events and merchandise. She will also be permanently advertised with other sponsors on our exterior signage and on the footer of our website.

Kerry Guinan will continue to support 126 in other capacities and will remain an avid campaigner for the visual arts in Ireland.

126 Artist-Run Gallery would like to take this opportunity to thank Kerry Guinan for the dedication and benevolence she exhibited throughout our partnership. We expect to work with her again in the future.

Once more, we appreciate your patience while due changes are made to our facebook, website, merchandise and display.

Many thanks for your continued support,

126 Board of Directors

Visual Artists for Gaza Fundraiser at 126 © Kerry Guinan

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Art Exhibition & Sale
Opening night: Friday, 12 September, 7PM
Sale runs through Sunday, 14 September

In response to Gaza’s emergency situation, established and emerging artists from Ireland and beyond have generously contributed artwork for a benefit exhibition, to open Friday, September 12, at 7PM. The public is invited to view and collect work at this exhibition, helping Palestinians caught up in the conflict.

This exhibition is a chance for both artists and the public to respond to the atrocities taking place in Gaza and to contribute to emergency relief. Contributing visual artist Michelle Brown said she is delighted to have an opportunity to help the people of Gaza through her particular skill set. Asked why she is submitting work to the project, artist Aideen Barry replied, “We are witnesses to one of the greatest crises of our time. It is our obligation as human beings to stand up for the rights of the most vulnerable, and for those of us with a voice or a visual language, it is essential that we support those who need standing up for. I am supporting the vulnerable children and people of Gaza through this very dark and inhumane time, it’s only a small gesture of support but the very core of being human is in it.”

Potential collectors are invited to peruse these works at an exhibition in 126, Artist-Run Gallery in Galway, starting on opening night, September 12 at 7pm. The sale will run through September 14, during opening hours, 11am-6pm.

A mix of 2D pieces by both well-known artists and emerging artists, the work will be displayed anonymously, so that the public may enjoy guessing who the artists might be. The art is highly affordable:
– €20 for postcard-sized (approximately A6) pieces.
– €50 for larger (maximum A3) works.

Juried prizes will also be conferred for an entry in each of the two categories.

Funds from the sale of artwork will go directly to Middle East Children’s Alliance,
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The exhibition will be opened by Conor McGrady, Dean of Academic Affairs at
Burren College of Art. His work has shown in international exhibitions, including the
2002 Whitney Biennial in New York, and the Biennale of Contemporary Art, D-0 Ark
Underground, Sarajevo-Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina. As a member of the
Culture and Conflict Group, McGrady has co-curated exhibitions highlighting military
occupation, national sovereignty and human rights in Palestine.

Artists donating artwork for the fundraiser can do so until Thursday 11th September. Please post or drop artwork into 126 Artist-Run Gallery, 4 Commerce House, Flood St, Galway.

Imminent Change to 126 Gallery Name

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126 CHANGE OF NAME

Currently: “126 Artist-Run Gallery”
Amendment: “126 Artist-Run Gallery © Kerry Guinan”
Effective as of: Monday 8th September 2014.

 

To our members and supporters,

126 are excited to announce that its official name, currently “126 Artist-Run Gallery” is changing to “126 Artist-Run Gallery © Kerry Guinan”, effective this coming Monday, the 8th of September 2014.

In the wake of recent funding cuts to the visual arts in Ireland, Kerry has generously offered support to 126 in the form of monetary sponsorship. Under this sponsorship agreement she has purchased the intellectual property of 126, which includes names, logos, trademarks, and the copyright to the aforementioned. As such, all future realisations of 126’s brand identity will now include the caption “© Kerry Guinan”.

The funding acquired by the gallery in this unique exchange will enable us to contribute towards bills and rental costs, install new signage at our location, and produce new merchandise.

 

“We are a not-for-profit organisation run voluntarily for almost 10 years. Recent cuts to our funding have meant we had to cancel several exhibitions and programmed events this year. Thanks to Kerry’s sponsorship and our members support we will manage to keep our doors open for now. However the slow strangulation of small visual art organisations around the country is of growing concern. Our situation is indicative of a broader national problem.”
– Shelly McDonnell
Chairperson, 126 Board of Directors

 

“Valuable artist-run venues such as 126 have faced tremendous difficulties in recent years. I am
delighted to offer them my support and am looking forward to our new working partnership”
– Kerry Guinan

 

126 © Kerry Guinan appreciate your patience while due changes are made to our facebook, website, merchandise and display.

 

This name change is the result of a month-long gallery residency by the artist Kerry Guinan. The residency was awarded by Paul McAree, curator of
Restless: the 7th Annual 126 Members’ Show.

For more information please visit:

cargocollective.com/kerryguinan

Summer Residency – SHOW & TELL

 

This coming weekend (6 & 7 Sept.), there will be two events focused on the summer residencies at both the Centre for Creative Art & Media (GMIT) SUMMER RESIDENCY PROGRAMME and the 126 ARTFarm RESIDENCY (Galway County).

The events will take place on Saturday 6th with an exhibition at 126 Gallery and Sunday 7th with an Open Day at ARTFarm, Newbridge, Co. Galway.

 

SATURDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER
– CCAM SUMMER RESIDENCY SHOW & TELL
@ 126 Artist-Run Gallery, Flood St., Galway. 11am -6pm

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Artists from Ireland, the US, Scotland and Brazil were selected for the inaugural GMIT Centre for Creative Arts & Media Summer Residency Programme that took place during June, July and August 2014.

On Saturday the 6th of September several of the artists will present work developed while on their residency in CCAM. The exhibition will take place in 126 Gallery and will be open to the public from 11am-6pm. In addition to the work on show, there will be a reading of a paper by Christina Mullan at 12.00pm. There will also be a screening of a film by Conal Carey and other artists will informally discuss their residency experience throughout the day.

The residencies provided opportunities for the artists to research and develop their practice in the privacy of their own studio while having access to GMIT’s library and editing facilities. The artists selected for the programme were Conall Cary, Heather Macali, Marielle McLeman, Christina Mullan, Tassia Bianchini, Elodie Rei and the five members of Itsa Collective (Betty Gannon, Joanna Hopkins, Amanda Rice and Ian Wieczorek were based in the Mayo campus).

 

SUNDAY 7th SEPTEMBER
– ARTFarm RESIDENCY OPEN DAY
@ Cloonkeen, Newbridge, Ballinasloe, Co.Galway. 2pm

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ARTFarm is an annual open submission opportunity extended to artists by 126 and Sheila Flanagan (generous owner of the beautiful house and grounds that is ARTFarm). On Sunday the 7th of September from 2.00pm the ARTFarm will be open to visitors. Visitors will be welcomed to the ARTFarm with a tour of the grounds by Sheila Flannigan and a informal presentation by Ramona Burke and board members of 126 about this unique residency and future plans for ARTFarm. Sheila and Ramona have generously offered to provide food and refreshments for visitors to the ARTFarm Open Day, so if you could please contact 126 to let us know you’ll be making the trip out it would be much appreciated (contact@126gallery.com).

ARTFarm is located in a rural and secluded setting in Cloonkeen, Newbridge, Ballinasloe, Co.Galway. It comprises a farmhouse with additional studio space of a large open barn and a shed/workshop space.

In August 2014, 126 were delighted to announce that the ARTFarm Residency was awarded to Galway based artist Ramona Burke. Ramona graduated from GMIT in June 2012 with first class honours in Fine Art Sculpture and was awarded the Galway Arts Centre ‘Graduate Mentored Residency Award’ and the LORG Printmakers ‘Graduate Bursary Award’. She works mainly with photography and sculpture and recent exhibitions include Ormston House, Limerick and Catalyst Arts, Belfast.
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Lifts can be arranged for those who need them, contact@126gallery.com

Directions:
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126 Gallery Residency – Kerry Guinan

KerryWe’re delighted to have Kerry Guinan on residency in the 126 Gallery space. This residency was awarded as part of Restless: 7th Annual 126 Members Show and is ongoing through the month of August. //cargocollective.com/kerryguinan Kerry Guinan is a Dublin based artist, recently graduated from the National College of Art and Design where she studied Fine Art Media and Visual Culture. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at 126, Foundation 13, the Lab, Pit Groningen and Supafast, among others. Her work is political in content and method, and is informed by Feminist and Marxian analyses of topical Irish issues. In her current body of work Guinan is investigating the precarious and often unjust economic structures of the visual arts field.
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Previos work of Guinan part of Restless 126 member show.

Paul Fahy to launch 126 Gallery publication of RESTLESS

126 would like to invite you to the launch of a limited edition publication documenting the exhibition Restless: 7th Annual 126 Members Show.
The publication will be launched by the Artistic Director of Galway International Arts Festival, Paul Fahy and will take place in 126 Artist-Run Gallery, Flood Street, Galway on Thursday the 24th of July at 6.00pm.

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Restless: 7th Annual 126 Members Show runs from 14th-27th of July and is open daily 11am-6pm.The exhibition was curated by Paul McAree, features the work of thirteen artists and is part of the Galway International Arts Festival 2014. The limited edition publication, designed by Ciaron Fitzpatrick includes curator and artist statements and photographs of the exhibition.

RESTLESS: 7th Annual 126 Members Show

Curated by Paul McAree

14th of July- 29th of July

Opening Reception Tuesday 15th of July at 7.30PM

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Image from Ruby Wallis, Exiles

126 are delighted to present the 7th Annual Members Exhibition “Restless” as part of this years Galway International Arts Festival. The exhibition will feature work by Amanda Rice (IRL), Aneta Nowicka (PL), Breda Lynch (IRL), Emer Ní Chíobháin (IRL), Gianna Tasha Tomasso (IRL), Kerry Guinan (IRL), Inguna Gremzde (LV), Jane Queally (IRL), Michael Holly (IRL), Noelle Gallagher (IRL), Nora Duggan (IRL), Robin Jones (IRL) and Ruby Wallis (IRL).

Restless does not have a distinct theme, yet belies a certain feeling from the collected work. An unease, a questioning, a poking, a teasing of possibilities. In sending out an open call for submissions, no theme was suggested, only general background interests of the curator. McAree was interested to see what would emerge and suggest itself as a show. What presented itself was a distinct sense of questioning through a very diverse series of artworks – who we are, what are things made of, the meaning of things, of objects, of reality, of the personal, the social. The blur between reality and fiction, of burden shouldered, and sacrifices taken, of memory, of history, of contracts, of artifice.This diverse series of artworks seems to suggest a sense of where we are now, eternally never emerging from a recession, and in its various ways, teasing at the global through its collective presentation.

126 is Galway’s and the west of Ireland’s first artist-led exhibition space. 126 was established in 2006 by local artists as response to the urgent need for more non-commercial gallery spaces in Galway. Among the aims of 126 are to maintain a central permanent exhibition space and resource centre for all visual artists. Provide a unique platform within Galway for the presentation of art works that are risk-taking, experimental, in-progress, and otherwise not normally represented by commercial galleries or established institutions and to encourage a growth in the visual arts in Galway and in critical discourse in Ireland.
In addition to an opening reception on the 15th of July, there will be an exhibition publication launch and website launch of the new 126 website on the 24th of July at 6.30PM.

126 would like to thank The Galway International Arts Festival for their generous support.

GMIT’s CCAM & 126 Launch a programme of new cultural initiatives

Programme Launch

 

6.30pm | Friday 4 July 2014

 

Programme Launch

GMIT is delighted to announce a series of exciting new initiatives supporting artists and film makers in Galway City and the region.

Including six artists, a Galway based Film production , Galway City Curator in Residence , Photographer in residence , International artists collective, Expanded Draught and a new internship partnership for GMIT students with 126.

Six practising artists from Ireland and abroad who have been selected to take part in the new GMIT Summer Residency Programme, commencing 16 June for the Summer months

Six artists from Ireland, the US, Scotland and Brazil have been selected for the inaugural residency programme. The residencies provide opportunities for the artists to research and develop their practice in the privacy of their own studio while having access to GMIT’s library and editing facilities.

The artists selected for the programme are Conall Cary, Heather Macali, Marielle McLeman, Christina Mullen, Tassia Bianchini, Elodie Rei, who will be based in the Galway campus Centre for Creative Arts & Media, and Betty Gannon, Joanna Hopkins, Amanda Rice and Ian Wieczorek who will be based in the Mayo campus.

Artists and organisations will attend a launch event on the evening in 126 Gallery, Flood Street, Galway with guest speaker James Harrold, Arts Officer Galway City Council Friday 4 July, 7pm.

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Toward A New Paradigm

Curated by Malcolm McClay & Chicory Miles

Participating Artists: Lala Rascic, Dan Tague, Generic Art Solutions, Malcolm McClay, Christopher Saucedo, Chicory Miles, Center for Tactical Magic, Jeff Becker

14 – 29 June 2014
PREVIEW | FRIDAY 13 APRIL | 7pm
126 Gallery, Flood St, Galway

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Toward a New Paradigm 

” In Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, he explains that during ‘normal’ periods, scientists did indeed research and test their theories, but instead of reaching out towards new truth, they were in fact simply seeking confirmation of the scientific paradigm of the day. Teachers and texts all worked to support the prevailing orthodoxy and tended to ignore anything that challenged it; they could advance no further than the current paradigm, which thus acquired a conviction and rigidity that was not unlike theological dogma. But then – as had occurred during the 1920s – the ‘normal’ period was succeeded by a dramatic paradigm shift. The accumulating uncertainties and puzzling results of experiments became irresistible and scientists contended with each other to find a new paradigm. This was not a rational process; it consisted of imaginative and unpredictable flights into the unknown, all influenced by metaphors, imagery and assumptions drawn from other fields. Khun seemed to suggest that aesthetic, social, historical and psychological factors were also involved, so that the idea of ‘pure science’ was a chimera.     —The Case for God by Karen Armstrong  Continue reading “Toward A New Paradigm”

ARTFarm Residency | Open Call

Art Farm Residency

126 are pleased to announce:

OPEN CALL 
ARTFarm RESIDENCY, Co. Galway

21st July – 4th August & 11th – 25th August 2014

Closing Date for Submissions by email, 4pm, 27th June 2014

Art Farm Residency

 

As part of our continued commitment to support our members, 126 is delighted to announce an open call out for the 2nd annual ARTFarm Residency Award. This residency will take place in a very rural and secluded setting in Cloonkeen, Newbridge, Ballinasloe, Co.Galway. The ARTFarm is owned and operated by Sheila Flanagan and comprises of a small self-catering farmhouse with access to a studio space comprising a large open barn, indoor library/studio and an indoor shed/workshop space. The ARTFarm is ideally suited to independent, self-sufficient artists who would relish quiet, unplugged time to develop their practice or new work. Please note that own transport is necessary for travel to this residency. The residency is aimed at providing an artist with the experience of a residency and subsequent joint exhibition. Photos and more information can be found at  //126gallery.blogspot.ie/

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OPEN CALL | 7th Annual 126 Members Show

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CURATED BY Paul McAree

Closing Date for Submissions by email, June 6th, 2014 at 4pm

 

Annual members show open call poster

 

 

As part of our continued commitment to support our membership, 126 is delighted to announce a call out for its 7th Annual Members’ Show. 126 is grateful for the financial and moral support of its members and each year offers this special opportunity to exhibit their work. The members shows are usually selected by the board and have taken place at various times over the years. This year, with generous support from the Galway Arts Festival, we would like to present the work of our members to the international audience that visit the festival from 14th – 27th of July.

To develop this exhibition, we are delighted to announce Paul McAree as curator. McAree is founder of FLOOD, Dublin, a contemporary art project in Dublin city. FLOOD has hosted several group exhibitions including artists Michelle Browne, Alan Butler, Martin Healy, Nevan Lahart, Beatriz Olabarrieta, and Suzanne Treister, a commissioned publication by artist Kevin Atherton, and printed projects with Theresa Nanigian, Terry Atkinson, and Flávia Müller Medeiros. McAree is also Exhibitions and Events Co-ordinator at Lismore Castle Arts in Waterford. Previously McAree worked at Breaking Ground, Tate Modern and Ikon Gallery Birmingham.

While the call for entries is wide open, McAree is particularly interested in work which is conscious of the process of an artwork’s journey from studio to gallery, and the questioning and contesting of an artwork’s autonomy. This could be work which is concerned with the physicality of its own construction, to work which is overtly about exhibition and display, looking and meaning.126 invites members to submit work in any medium. Submissions are by email only to contact@126gallery.com. The deadline for submissions is June 6that 4pm. Please title the email “7TH ANNUAL MEMBERS SHOW” and include a description of proposed work (Max 500 words), images of proposed work, an artists statement and CV in PDF FORMAT ONLY.

The financial contribution of our membership is invaluable. It helps support our strong programme of unconventional and international art exhibitions. One year’s membership costs €10 to students/unwaged or €20 to those with a wage. You can also support us further by becoming a ‘Friend of 126’ for €50 or ‘Patron of 126 for €250. Just drop in to the gallery to join up or you can use paypal through our website www.126gallery.com/member. Membership is open to anyone over the age of 18 that supports our aims.

The Annual Members’ Show is a vital part of 126. It is open to all members and is a great opportunity for emerging artists. We also encourage members to make exhibition proposals throughout the year. In addition to this, 126 members will have access to discounted rates on a number of events throughout the year including, workshops, seminars and screenings. Invitations and opportunities to take part in 126 projects and collaborations throughout the programme year are offered to current 126 members only. Members can also avail of listing a link to their website from the 126 website.

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BURREN COLLEGE OF ART@126 | MFA GRADUATES SHOW

Images by Collette Egan – “Poll Salach” and Mollie Douthit – “Fail Me”

May 16th – June 1st  2014

Images by Collette Egan – “Poll Salach” and Mollie Douthit – “Fail Me”
Images: Collette Egan – “Poll Salach” , Mollie Douthit – “Fail Me”

 

126 is delighted to present work by Collette Egan and Mollie Douthit, Burren College of Art MFA Graduates 2014.

Egan’s practice is founded on the act of drawing, in its instinctive and immediate nature, which serves to capture the essence of being-in-the-world. She investigates how this process might act to facilitate a search for a sense of belonging, and reveal connections between time, place and memory. 

Through a process of experimental drawing she endeavours to trace journeys through life, paying particular attention to the material encountered along the way. The dynamics of specific environments become the drawing material, for example, the chalk from the sea bed describes the wave movement of the sea; a seagull feather found on specific wanderings, becomes a tool for drawing; wind, rain and frost leave their mark on paper stretched and loaded with ink. Traces of journey’s are witnessed through the use of archival footage, which enables an otherwise absent connection with family history and memory. The impermanence of the journey is reflected through the use of these transient materials which is employed in immersive installations and then erased, so that the viewer is only able to experience the work for a limited time. All of these experiments offering a very specific insight on the otherwise invisible traces of being-in-the-world. 

Douthit’s practice is grounded in an exploration of objects, which exist in physical reality, engaging in the genre of still life painting. The subject of each painting floats in a field of non-representational space, remaining in a state of tension that questions its gravitational ground. This use of space alludes to the emotional resonance that certain objects hold. The images are initially sparse, and the subjects are simple, yet maintain an arresting position, requesting closer investigation of their surfaces. The paintings become complex, as subtle layers of application are revealed. Traditional still life objects such as food and vernacular items become her subjects. Painting permits her to remove any practical utility they provide and explore their forms, creating a new aesthetic within a painting, while transcending paint itself. The paintings become offerings of contemplation once an object of their own.

Egan received her MFA  from Burren College of Art in 2014 and her BFA in Painting from Wimbledon School of Art in 2008. She was recently selected for inclusion in the RHA Annual Exhibition and ‘Something Recalled’ at Glór, Ennis, curated by Helen Carey, Director of Limerick City Gallery.

Douthit received her BFA from the University of North Dakota in 2009, and a Post Bac Certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2011. Her work has been featured in the 2013 MFA edition of New American Paintings, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Medal Award Auction, Royal Dublin Society Student Art Awards, and the Saatchi Gallery in London. Douthit exhibited in the 2013 Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition and received the Hennessy Craig Award. In 2014 Douthit was long listed for the John Moores Painting Prize.

Burren College of Art is an internationally recognised not-for-profit independent college specialising in undergraduate and graduate fine art education. It offers artists and art students from around the world time, space and inspiration within the unique environment of the Burren. Their graduate PhG, MFA, MA and PG Diploma programmes are accredited by the National University of Ireland , Galway and are operated in association with the Royal College of Art, London and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. To date, the core of the Burren experience has been the education of artists, with ecology, law, archaeology, business, leadership and other subjects as background elements.  

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Too Many Dinner Parties

Too Many Dinner Parties poster

Too Many Dinner Parties poster

 

Too Many Dinner Parties
An Engage Studios Project Presents

a live sound performance by 
Sven Anderson and Russell Hart

Sunday the 11th of May at 6PM in 126 Artist-Run Gallery, Flood Street, Galway.

Engage Studios are proud to present the final event taking place as part of Too Many Dinner Parties project at 126 Artist-Run Gallery by Russell Hart and Sven Anderson.

Too Many Dinner Parties has been a series of exhibitions and events involving three curatorial projects by PS² (Belfast), Russell Hart (formerly Economic Thought Projects, Galway) and Paul Hallahan (formerly SOMA Contemporary, Waterford). These events and exhibitions have taken place in The Shed and 126 and the final event returns to Galway’s only artist run gallery.

On the 11th of May at 6PM Sven Anderson and Russell Hart will be using field recordings taken during the exhibition run as a starting point for a live sound work in 126. Through performing in 126 Anderson and Hart will be returning many of the recorded sounds to their original point of origin. These recordings will be heavily processed by Anderson’s custom made software and augmented by a combination of Hart’s homemade and electronic instruments. 

All work produced in the Too Many Dinner Parties exhibition series focused specifically on participatory art and collaborative engagements. Engage studio members, national artists, disparate groups and people from different cities and communities were invited to respond to one-of-a-kind curatorial programme. Too Many Dinner Parties is an Engage Studios Project that has been generously funded by The Arts Council of Ireland through the Visual Art Project Award and is coordinated by Engage Studios members Shelly McDonnell, Carol Anne Connolly and Vicky Smith.

PURE | a live performance by Noel Arrigan

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Friday 09 May 2014

1st Performance 6.30pm

2nd Performance 7.45pm

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126 are proud to present PURE, a performance by Noel Arrigan. We would like to invite you to join us on Friday 9th May, there will be a performance at 6.30pm, and a second performance at 7.45pm

Noel Arrigan is a multi – media artist working out of Galway. His sculpture based practice includes live performance, installation, photography and manipulating found objects. His recent work investigates the continuous veneration and identity of wells through Irish history. He explores elements such as distillation and transubstantiation of water and belief. 

“Through distilling I noticed that the evaporating steam can be absorbed into the body by inhalation and the pores of the skin. By interacting with this steam I am questioning the healing powers of the spiritual wells of Ireland,”

Noel is the current chairperson of Forge Clay Studio, Galway and a recent board member of 126 Gallery Galway. He has completed public art commissions including ‘Things to live by’ a collaborative contemporary art project between Croi na Gaillimhe – St. Vincent de Paul and Forge Clay Studios, 2013. Tulca visual arts festival 2013, also a Project Administrator on “Inis Bearachain”, part of the Tulca Festival of Visual Arts, Galway, 2012.

Tom O’Dea | Representations

126 proudly present                                                                                                               

REPRESENTATIONS
TOM O’DEA

26 April – 04 May 2014
Preview | Friday 25 April | 8pm     

Representations is an exhibition about data, categorisation and the self. By exposing the available data that exists around himself, Tom O’Dea will attempt to expose the gaps that exist between representations and the things they attempt to describe. The exhibition will encourage the examination of both the data structures that exist around our daily lives and our motivations for their use.

The exhibition, which will run for eight days, will see the gallery split into two parts the first which will include the various collections of the artists data including the institutional, social and biological. In the second room the artist will be present during the exhibition where he will continue his daily work.

There will be a 126 Dialogues event in the gallery on Thursday the 1st of May at 5pm with artist Tom O’Dea and invited speakers. They will discuss the exhibition Representations and O’Dea’s PhD work that is focussed on investigating the impact of the networked society on concepts of the self and on the systems of post-industrial capitalism that underpin the global political economy.

Tom O’Dea is an artist and doctoral researcher at the Arts Technology Research Lab of Trinity College Dublin. He is undertaking a Visual Arts practice based PhD investigating the impact of emergent technologies on the philosophical concept of the self. Tom is a graduate of UCD and NUIG, he is originally from Sligo and is currently based in Dublin.

Ceara Conway | Making Visible Vigil Series

Making Visible Vigil poster
As part of the current Making Visible exhibition by artist Ceara Conway, 126 are delighted to present Vigil – a series of vigils and discussions held in light of those currently living within the Direct Provision system, from Monday 7th – Friday 11th of April, 6pm- 7pm at 126 Gallery.

For each day of Vigil the artist has invited individuals connected with Direct Provision to explore and share their knowledge from a variety of perspectives.

Monday 7th: Senator, Trevor O Clochartaigh.
Tuesday 8th: Representing Testimony in contempoary art.
Wednesday 9th: Singing workshop with Veronika Ncube
– Maintaining the soul, songs and singing in times of upheaval.
Thursday 10th: Dr Jenny Dagg
– The fragility of migrants living within Direct Provision centres in Ireland.
Friday 11th: Adedotun Adekeye
– Life after papers and the difficulties of accessing education for asyum seekers.

FREE and OPEN to the public: Your participation is most welcome!

Making Visible –  showcases a series of performances that have been created through a process of engagement, during 2013, between artist Ceara Conway and ‘Able Women’, a group of women who are currently seeking asylum in Ireland and residing in Galway City.

This commission is supported by the Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme and managed by CREATE.

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Ceara Conway | Making Visible @126

Making Visible Exhibition Poster

126 presents Making Visible I & II and Vigil by Ceara Conway
28th March – 12th April 2014

 

Making Visible is a series of performances that have been created through a process of engagement between Ceara Conway and ‘Able Women’, a group of women who are currently seeking asylum in Ireland. During 2013 the artist met with various members of the group in Galway with the intent to create a series of song and voice performances that were both artistic and political at their root. Drawing upon the Irish tradition of Caoineadh, ‘keening’ where a bean caoineadh would lament on behalf of an individual or community, the artist asked ‘Able Women’ members to choose a lament that was meaningful to them and to choose a site in Galway City for it to be sung. A site that was pertinent to an aspect of their experience living within the Direct Provision system. Excerpts from interviews that took place between the artist and the group were also incorporated into the work. Collaborating on these performances were singers and musicians Noirin Ni Rian, Veronika Ncube, Juliana Erkkonen and Moises MasGracia.

Vigil 
As part of this exhibition the artist will hold vigiI at 126 from the 7th -11th of April, 6pm- 7pm.
For each Vigil individuals involved with the Direct Provision system will be invited to hold the space with the artist and to explore the current issues of Direct Provision through conversation and song. These vigils are open to the public.

This commission is supported by the Arts Council and managed by CREATE.

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126 Dialogues | Representations | Tom O’Dea & Austin D.H. Ivers

Dialogues and Representations - Tom O'Dea and Austin D. H. Ivers

1st May | 5pm

126 Gallery | Flood Street

Dialogues and Representations - Tom O'Dea and Austin D. H. Ivers


Artists Tom O’Dea and Austin D. H. Ivers will discuss the exhibition Representations.
They will also discuss Tom O’Dea’s PhD research that is focussed on investigating the impact of the networked society on concepts of the self and on the systems of post-industrial capitalism that underpin the global political economy.

Representations is an exhibition about data, categorisation and the self. By exposing the available data that exists around himself, Tom O’Dea attempts to expose the gaps that exist between representations and the things they attempt to describe. The exhibition encourages the examination of both the data structures that exist around our daily lives and our motivations for their use.

In Representations the gallery is split into two parts. The first of which includes the various collections of the artists data including the institutional, social and biological. In the second room the artist is present for the duration of the exhibition where he continues his daily work.

Tom O’Dea is an artist and doctoral researcher at the Arts Technology Research Lab of Trinity College Dublin. He is undertaking a Visual Arts practice based PhD investigating the impact of emergent technologies on the philosophical concept of the self. Tom is a graduate of UCD and NUIG, he is originally from Sligo and is currently based in Dublin.

Austin D. H. Ivers is an artist and lecturer in Digital Media in CCAM (GMIT). Austin, along with Ben Geoghegan, co-founded 126, Artist-run Gallery in 2005.

Representations runs until Sunday the 4th of May.

“Making Visible”

a performance by Ceara Conway with Juliana Erkkonen and Moises Mas Garcia.

 

Friday 7th of March, 5.30pm at the NUIG Quadrangle Courtyard (Aula Maxima if the weather is bad)

 

"Making Visible" Title Image

Drawing upon the old Irish tradition of ”Caoineadh” a vocal lament associated with mourning, artist Ceara Conway has created a series of ritual performances that have been informed by her time engaging with ”Able Women’a group of women who are currently seeking asylum in Ireland

In the series of performances each woman has chosen a lament from their own country and a location in Galway City, that they wish to have it performed. The location and lament they have chosen is pertinent to a personal aspect of their experiences living within the direct provision service in Galway.

For this second performance an ‘Able Women’ member from Gaza who wishes to remain anon has chosen an arabic lament to be sung

These performances aspire to create a connection between both audience and performer, communicating emotive, personal and political aspects of these women’s experiences through voice and song.

This event is free and everyone is welcome to attend!

For further info: www.cearaconway.com – 087 6934038

This commission is supported by the Irish Arts Council managed by CREATE. It is also supported by 126 Artist-run Gallery, Galway.

ARTIST TALK | Ciara Healy, Karl Musson & Siobhan McGibbon

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ARTIST TALK 10 | Ciara Healy, Karl Musson & Siobhan McGibbon

Sunday 23 February 2014 | 2pm

126 are delighted to announce that, as part of the ARTFarm Residency Exhibition, artists Ciara Healy, Karl Musson and Siobhan McGibbon will talk about their art practices and the work that has been made for this exhibition. The talks will begin at 2pm on Sunday 23rd February at 126 gallery. This is a free event, and all are welcome.

This will be the 10th in a series of Artist Talks that were initiated by 126 in 2012. It is a great opportunity to hear from the artists, first hand, about their respective arts practices, and will be of interest to anyone with an interest in contemporary art. Refreshments and hot beverages will be served!

Images: Helen Caird – preparations for talk

Siobhan McGibbon, Ciara Healy & Karl Musson

An inside view of Artfarm

participants in 126 gallery’s 2013 ARTFarm Residency

23 February – 09 March 2014

Preview: Saturday | 22 February | 7pm

126 are delighted to present an exhibition of new work by Siobhan McGibbon (Ireland) and the collaborative duo Ciara Healy and Karl Musson (Wales). This exhibition will show work that has been produced since their time at the ARTFarm in July & August 2013. The exhibition will run from 23 February – 09 March 2014, with preview on Saturday 22 February at 7pm. Siobhan McGibbon’s practice is predominantly sculpture based with a distinct medical slant. Her work derives from a fascination with extraordinary medical conditions that essentially force the host to exist on the edge of anatomy. The artist explores the notion of “normal” and examines the boundaries of anatomy through a series of investigations. This installation investigates the notion of misconception and the cultivation of a fallacy of an illness or medical condition. Fictitious organs and vessels that flourish within these enormous medical apparatuses, an imagined inner bodily landscape created from a collective of misinterpretations. The work is influenced by the evolution of clinical teratology. This is the historical study of abnormalities both real and imagined. Wondrous accounts of illnesses that often stemmed from the misconception or creative interpretation of actual occurring phenomenon’s. Semi human creatures created from the act of bestially. Double headed monsters where the example of god’s wrath. and abnormal limbs where the result of the mothers unnatural thoughts during pregnancy. Central to this enquiry is the modern scientific study of teratogenesis, from the Greek meaning monster making. This is the study of abnormal growths in the foetus. The artist finds it amusing that terminology created from such an absurd misconceptions is still used in science today. The artist is influenced by the medical visualisations of these congenital malformations and the narratives that are created from these other worldly x-rays and cellular imagery. Through this research the artist questions whether the misconceptions of the uncanny body have assisted in the formation of socially accepted notions of “normal” anatomy. Break On Through is the name for the collaborative duo Ciara Healy and Karl Musson. Formed in 2012, they are focused on researching, developing and implementing bold new projects and bodies of work which are concerned with notions of periphery, cultural identity, spirituality, story, power and place from a local and global perspective. How we are linked to other cultures across time and space is a central part of their research interest and is examined in an inter-related and inter-dependent manner. “In her analysis of Ovid’s epic poem Metamorphosis, Marina Werner suggests that literature concerned with shape shifting, with Otherworlds and with the transmigration of souls, usually gains popularity during moments of crisis. More specifically, when one intellectual hegemony seeks to dominate another. Fairy tales, myths and legends were first transcribed around the edge of the Mediterranean, travelling from Egypt to the bustling ports of Venice and Naples, they followed trade routes far and wide and became a means of supporting us over liminal thresholds in our turbulent journey through life.They helped us to imagine, to think about the nature of reality, to live deliberately. Continue reading “Siobhan McGibbon, Ciara Healy & Karl Musson”

FIONA KELLY | MISSING SOMETHING WHICH NO LONGER EXISTS

18 JANUARY – 03 FEBRUARY 2014

PREVIEW | FRIDAY 17th JANUARY 2014 | 7PM

 

 

Missing Something Which No Longer Exists, a multi-disciplinary solo exhibition by Fiona Kelly addresses isolation and the interim. Kelly’s observations of the manmade landscape, topographic movement, stagnation and metamorphosing debris are representations, characters for her contemporary fables; a legacy of longing, disposability and escape.

In uniting objects, reclaimed materials and text she endeavours to generate happenings. Through visual combinations the viewer is invited to join in a fundamental dialogue intrinsic to Kelly’s work which quietly speaks of urban sprawl, throwaway culture, and the absurdities found in unremarkable environments. Continue reading “FIONA KELLY | MISSING SOMETHING WHICH NO LONGER EXISTS”

Fiona Kelly

Opening of Fiona Kelly Exhibition
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FIONA KELLY | MISSING SOMETHING WHICH NO LONGER EXISTS

18 JANUARY – 03 FEBRUARY 2014
PREVIEW | FRIDAY 17th JANUARY 2014 | 7PM

Missing Something Which No Longer Exists, a multi-disciplinary solo exhibition by Fiona Kelly addresses isolation and the interim. Kelly’s observations of the manmade landscape, topographic movement, stagnation and metamorphosing debris are representations, characters for her contemporary fables; a legacy of longing, disposability and escape. Continue reading “Fiona Kelly”

126 Annual Graduate Exhibition 2013

126 proudly present      
                                                                                                              
PICNOLEPSY

An exhibition of new work created by recent graduates from Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and Limrick School of Art and Design
Artists involved | Eleanor Phillips, Matthew Sutton, Arlene Mc Padden, Emma Johnston & Laura Maloney    

08 – 20 December 2013
Preview | 07 December | 7pm                

Each year 126 Artist Run Gallery hold an exhibition to show the work of recent graduates of Art and Design in Ireland. This year, we are pleased to present new work by 5 recent graduates from GMIT and LSAD. In order to give the exhibition some common structure the artists were asked to loosely consider the theme of Picnolepsy, without moving too far from their own artistic interests. Picnolepsy is the epileptic state of consciousness produced by the speed at which we live our lives. The term was introduced by French cultural theorist Paul Virilio. “The argument I am supporting is that digital technologies generate (and protract) picnoleptic events. And that these phenmomena will result in an aesthetized state of absence, which might be characterized as a digital interruption in an analogic life” – Christiane Robbins writing about Virilio’s “The Aesthetics of Disappearance”.

Artist Information:
Eleanor Phillips
Eleanor’s current practice is based solely on drawing and bookmaking. This work is centered around reflections on external sources of strength, particularly looking into the idea of Gods. Within this she is thinking about weakness/strength; the weakness of mankind who leans on a God for strength/ the weakness of a nonexistent God who is credited for the strength of mankind. Her work is ever concerned with age-old human uncertainties, in turn looking at truth and belief, safety and knowledge, bravery and cowardice, and most recently; strength and weakness. Her practice is heavily involved with research, typically browsing through historical documents or records, and early medical photography or scientific illustration. The collection of information in this way provides an important  basis of factual knowledge, or actual historical occurrence, upon which she builds her own, more enigmatic, imaginings and intentions.
Eleanor is an artist from Cork. She studied Fine Art BA (1st class Hons) in Crawford College of Art and Design, (2012) specializing in Life Drawing, and then Fine Art BA (Hons) (1st class Hons) in CCAM Cluain Mhuireclass of 2013), specializing in Printmaking, and graduated with Printmaking Student of the year award. She has exhibited in Cork, Galway, Tipperary (Damer House Gallery), London (RK Burt Gallery) and also currently showing work in Dublin, in Talbot Street Gallery’s ‘Selection BOX’ (opening on the 06/12/13). 

Matthew Sutton 
Matthews work follows the constructivist tradition, that of ready-mades and found objects. It is also site specific through the use of found materials which provide a starting point for his work. Waste material from skips and building sites are the types of material he is attracted to as their original purpose was to build or help sustain living environments.
He uses a reduced vocabulary of lines, grids and minimal colour schemes to explore the full conceptual potential of the material. A limited palette helps to amplify the elements of abstraction, and helps keep interference with the material to a minimal so the materiality of the waste is still present. The work is a reflection on urban waste, an undeniable presence in contemporary life. Of most importance, is a sense of order and disorder colliding as the imperfections of this waste material in the exhibition context play off each other. Conformity and continuity, placement and displacement are all present in his work. “What is important to me is what this reveals and hides the tension between the two. The process produces work that charges the visual space with a dynamic intensity.”
Matthew graduated from GMIT with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art specialising in Painting. He has exhibited in the White Lady Art Gallery (Dublin) and the Talbot Gallery (Dublin).

Arlene Mc Padden
Information available at 126 gallery.

Emma Johnston
Emma is a Dublin based artist. She studied Sculpture and Combined Media in Limerick School of Art and Design, graduating with a first class honours in 2013. Since graduating she has exhibited her work in the Sarah Walker Gallery, Castletownbere and Lismore Castle Co. Waterford.  Some of her work has recently become a part of the Lismore Castle collection.  Currently Emma is doing a masters in Marketing in DIT.

“When making this work, I was interested in the way in which I browse the internet. Particularly how one thing can lead to another and by the end of the process it is almost unclear of what the initial objectives were. The three drawings are a map like documentation of this browsing experience. My work is influenced by 18th century satirical print. At the time, the technological developments in the printing industry played a significant role in promoting conversations and debate. More people than ever were engaging in the social and political issues, current affairs became apart of everyday life. In my work I am attempting to draw a parallel between the role of the print shop in the 18th century and the role of the internet in the 21st century.”

Laura Maloney
Laura is a recent graduate of the Limerick School of Art and Design, Limerick, Ireland, where she achieved a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art with Printmaking and Contemporary Practice.
Her current practice, stemming from her Graduate Show work, concerns anti-depressants and the pursuit of Happiness. She find the casual use of anti-depressants in society today somewhat unsettling, and explores this through a combination of Print and Film. She is currently based between Ennis, Co. Clare, and Limerick city.

STILL, WE WORK Exhibition

Still we work practices and facts

with Vagabond Reviews, Anne Tallentire, Sarah Browne and Miriam O’Connor

Nov 2013

 

STILL, WE WORK in Conversation

Still We Work, group shot

with Vagabond Reviews and Val Connor

Thursday 21st Nov 2013

 

 

Developing Proposals for Individual Artists & Artist-Led Groups

Visual Artists Ireland & 126 Logo

126 present
in partnership with Visual Artists Ireland,
and generously hosted by the Community Knowledge Initiative at NUI Galway:

Developing Proposals for Individual Artists & Artist-Led Groups 

Wednesday 6th November 2013 | 10.30am – 4.30pm

ROOM SC 200B, The Concourse, NUI, Galway.
€20 for 126 & VAI members / €40 for non-members
Places: 20

 

 

126 would like to invite our members to attend the next in our series of professional development workshops in partnership with Visual Artists Ireland. This session is called Developing Proposals for Individual Artists & Artist-led groups and will involve 2 talks followed by one-to-one clinics to review a specific proposal and an open discussion with artist-led groups. You can register for this event by clicking here. 
The session will start at 10.30am and run until 4.30pm. The cost is €20 for 126 and VAI members, and €40 for non-members. Places are limited, so please register in advance to guarantee a spot.

Morning – this session will involve 2 talks
Talk 1 will be from Marianne O’Kane-Boal (Curator & Writer) and focuses on individual artists proposals taking an overview on how to put together proposals for a variety of contexts.
Talk 2 will be from Rosie Lynch (Curator) and will look at how artist-led  / curatorial groups might devise proposals / projects in response to site but also look at long-term development and embedded-ness in a local.
This session will look at how to target opportunities relevant to your practice either individual or collective and outline issues that you may need consider when approaching different opportunities such as Arts Council / Local Authority bursaries or Public Gallery calls for submissions. The session will briefly discuss: Dos and Don’ts; writing style; formatting; imaging and presentation and provide examples of good and bad proposals.Afternoon – this session will give the opportunity for 6 individual artists to avail of one-to-one clinics with Marianne, and/or participate in discussions with Rosie about issues affecting artist-led groups.
Following the morning talks individual artists will have the opportunity to have short one-to-one clinics with Marianne O’Kane-Boal looking at a previous proposal or a proposal that you are developing.  Participants should bring along any material relating to the proposals they wish to discuss including: images; proposal documents; statement about a project.  If possible bring the material printed, on memory stick or on your laptop.
Running in parallel Rosie will lead an open discussion with artist-led groups on issues of sustainability and longterm development strategies.
Please note that clinic places are limited so you should indicate in the registration form (What you want to gain from this session?) if you wish to avail of a clinic.  There will be a maximum of 6 clinic slots for individual artists.   Clinics will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Contributors: 
Marianne O’Kane Boal bring her curatorial experience to bear when discussing the expectations that public venues and funding organisations have in relation to artists seeking their supports.
Rosie Lynch will bring her experience of working as part of  The Commonage Callan and other  collaborative curatorial projects such as Unbuilding (Mermaid Arts Centre, 2011) and Dig Where you Stand (Sth Tipperary, 2012).

www.126gallery.com

Facilitation Skills for Artists with Marie Brett

126 present
in partnership with Visual Artists Ireland and CREATE,
and generously hosted by the Community Knowledge Initiative at NUI Galway:

Facilitation Skills with Marie Brett 
Wednesday 16 October 2013 | 10.30am – 4.30pm

ROOM SC 200B, The Concourse, NUI, Galway.
€35 for 126, VAI & CREATE members / €70 for non-members

 

Visual Artists Ireland & 126 Logo

 

 

This event aims to facilitate the participation of artists who have an interest and commitment to the development of their creativity and group skills. 
This session will explore the theory and practice of facilitation skills, which can be applied to both group and individual activities and collaborations in social and community contexts.
Continue reading “Facilitation Skills for Artists with Marie Brett”

I am shapeful and gracely, a creature of the air I’d say

Sculpture, Creature of the Air

NEW WORK BY ROBIN JONES

PREVIEW | FRIDAY O4 OCT 2013 | 6PM | FLOOD STREET | GALWAY
EXHIBITION DATES | 05 OCTOBER – 02 NOVEMBER 2013

TOO MANY DINNER PARTIES
Image: Robin Jones

Robin Jones works with a range of materials to make three dimensional objects and wall based works. He uses a variety of media; wood and bolts from DIY shops, paper, cloth etc., through which he invents and reworks a vocabulary relating to adaptable, mutable forms and structures.The objects have a certain fragile quality, they seem close to collapse, remaining upright through internal tension, but sometimes suddenly overbalancing in slapstick fashion. They are often modular structures, re-makable, the parts roughly interchangeable, made through cutting, dismembering, replacing. It is not always certain if they are complete and their orientation and position is usually not fixed or certain.The work takes in ideas around drawing as a language considered in various ways.  Line is traced as cut and or join. Speed of line, qualities of surface and speed of surface are concerns, as is an interest in proximity, hapticity and bodily gesture. Jones attempts to explore possibilities for combining and composing, breaking up and dispersing – groups of work that may or may not evolve towards coherence.

Robin Jones went to art school at LSAD, GMIT (then Galway RTC) and the Slade School of Fine Art, London
He has exhibited in the Claremorris Open exhibition, Jerwood Drawing Prize, London, In the House, London, Iontas, EV+A and various other group exhibitions. Previous one-person shows include Galway Art Centre and Siamsa Tire Arts Centre, Tralee. He is curating ‘Taking Note or The Curious Eye’ at NUIG art gallery in November 2013

//www.robinjones.ie

126 Presents: CULTURE NIGHT 2013

Gerard Dillion house

126 present:
CULTURE NIGHT 2013 @126gallery
Friday 20th September 2013 | 6pm

Gerard Dillion house

Image: Gerard Dillon House

 

On view for Culture night at 126, in addition to ‘Overland | The Ongoing’, will be a short excerpt from a documentary called “The Inislacken Project” which has been made collaboratively by Jennifer Cunningham, Tim Acheson and Ray Burke. Jennifer works in a variety of media and has won several awards for her work including the Taylor Art Award and Thomas Dammann award. Most recently she was awarded residencies in the RHA, the Tyrone Guthrie Center and Firestation studios Dublin. Tim Acheson is a visual artist based in Galway City. His practice consists of object making, video and field recording. He is currently a member of Engage Studios. Ray Burke researches, edits and presents a visual arts programme called The Artists Space on 103.2 Dublin city fm. For several years now, Jennifer and Tim have participated on an artist residency called “The Inishlacken Project” curated by Rosie Mc Gurran. Inishlacken is a depopulated island off the coast of Roundstone in Conemara. It has been uninhabited for forty years but for a week each June, Rosie repopulates the island with artists who produce work in various media. Over 50 artists have taken part in this residency and resulting work has been shown around the world including New York and Australia. The documentary being produced by Jennifer, Tim and Ray addresses the islands isolated beauty and its function as liminal space, separate from the mainland. The film will act as an intersection between documentary making, studio process and the natural world.

126 Presents: OVERLAND | THE ONGOING

126 presents:
OVERLAND | THE ONGOING
TIM ACHESON | WINNIE PUN
September 7 – 28th 2013
Preview | Friday 6th September 2013 | 7pm

Brian Kenny image
Images : Tim Acheson, Caravan (2013); Winnie Pun, Space Mountain (2013).

 

126 is delighted to present new work OVERLAND | THE ONGOING by Tim Acheson (Ireland) and Winnie Pun (Hong Kong).

Tim Acheson’s new work deals with the duality of a sense of perspective. Although we observe our surrounding landscape we are simultaneously in a landscape of memory  and outside references. The work looks at the simultaneous nature of seeing and memory, perspective and location.

Tim Acheson is a visual artist based in Galway City. His practice, consisting of object making, video and field recording, deals with the human aspect and reaction to the physical landscape. He is currently a member of Engage Studios.

Winnie Pun’s work encourages active looking. Seeing is always in motion within each image, and each image portrays a mechanism of seeing that can be continued in other work, and in other mediums. It is not her intention to create photographic paintings or photographic images that resemble paintings as such. The banality of subject matter is non-narrative, but has the intention to slow down viewer’s perception. The indirectness induces an ambiguous moment where the mechanism of seeing and the nature of representation can be confronted.

Winnie received her Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from GMIT in 2011. Her work has been selected for various exhibitions including RDS Student Awards (2010), Eigse Carlow Arts Festival (2012) and Osage Gallery, Hong Kong (2013). She is currently based in Hong Kong.

www.126gallery.com

VAI/ 126 hosts Galway Show and Tell Evening | 12th September at 6pm

Galway Show and Tell Evening
12th September at 6pm

126, Artist-run Gallery,
4 Commerce House,
Flood Street,
Galway

The Visual Artists Ireland ‘Show and Tell Evening’, provides artists with the opportunity to give a presentation on their practice in an informal setting where they can network and meet people with similar ideas and interests. Due to popular demand a number of ‘Show and Tell’ events will now be held outside of Dublin, with the first event being held in the 126 Gallery, Galway. We are now inviting artists, curators, etc. to attend/take part in this free event.
The presentations will be fast paced and will consist of 10 slides/images per speaker. The images will change automatically, giving the speaker a few seconds to talk about what is on the screen. This ensures that an equal amount of time is given to each image. There will be a maximum of 10 speakers asked to present. Speakers must be current members of Visual Artists Ireland.

If you are interested in participating, email your selected images to adrian@visualartists.ie. Please register for the event online via the correct link below before emailing your images.

The deadline for both registration and submissions is 5.30pm, 8 September 2013

The event will be held at 126, Artist-run Gallery, 4 Commerce House, Flood Street, Galway City and will be followed by a wine reception.

Anyone is welcome to attend although there is a €2 charge for non-members. The maximum number of attendees is 40 (including speakers) so book now to avoid disappointment.

To register to present at the event please click here. 
To register to just attend please click here. 
For any other information, please email event organiser Adrian Colwell : adrian@visualartists.ie
The event will be held following a ‘Documenting your work’ Professional Development Workshop with Tim Durham. More information about the workshop can be found at this address – //visualartists.ie/education-2/current-programme/

126 & VAI Professional Development Workshop – Documenting your Work with Tim Durham

126 &VAI Professional Development Workshop

Documenting your Work with Tim Durham

In partnership with Crafts Council of Ireland.

Thu. 12 Sept. (10.00 – 17.00)
126 Gallery, Flood St, Galway
Cost: €80 / 40 (Members)
Places: 10

Artists often struggle to photograph their own work or spend scarce money paying someone else to do it for them. But with some basic guidelines and practice, artists are, for the majority of purposes well able to photograph their own paintings, drawings, etc with the digital compact or SLR camera that they already own. For most of the situations in which you present images of your work whether: submitting proposals, portfolios of work for submission to galleries, websites, catalogues, press releases for magazines and newspapers, this workshop will assist you in a methodical step-by-step process to obtain the best possible results with your digital compact camera or digital SLR. This session is about getting the very best quality results from the equipment you have. Perhaps you may still need to employ a professional photographer for producing coffee table books and limited edition prints. But having undertaken this workshop you will have a better understanding of the process and potential pitfalls, and be able to communicate knowledgeably with a photographer. The course will cover, exposure, ISO, white balance, apertures, depth of field, jpg and raw quality, resolution of images, tripod use and much more.

To take part you will need:
Your camera (and manual if possible)
Blank memory card
Fully charged battery and spare if possible
Cable for downloading images
Tripod if you have one (I will also bring some for the group to use)
A piece of artwork to photograph

Tim Durham is a photographic artist working from his home in Westmeath. He is interested in architectural interiors having photographed the last month of the Irish Times in D’Olier Street in 2006, Shackleton Mills in Lucan in 2009 and Tara Mines for a show at the Solstice Arts Centre in 2009. He is also interested in architecture and landscape. He completed a percent for arts project for Kells Town Council based around the town of Kells and the island of Iona in their connection with St. Columkille and the Books of Kells. He is currently working on a percent for arts project for Westmeath County Council on the history of social housing in that county. His practice includes art documentation and photographic workshops. For the past 4 years he has been teaching artists how to photograph their own work.

 

THE MACHISMO PROJECT Panel discussion & Documentary screening

Machismo three men with guns

 

THE MACHISMO PROJECT
Panel discussion & Documentary screening
Thursday 29th August | 6.30pm

126 is pleased to present the second in the series of panel discussions for THE MACHISMO PROJECT.

There is a deficit of work in current contemporary art practice which confronts masculinity directly as its subject matter. The MACHISMO PROJECT was conceived as a means by which this neglected area of research could be examined and explored. Through an exhibition and panel discussions, a dialogue will be opened up where the complex pressures of traditional gender constructs can be unpacked and discussed. This project does not hope to provide answers to the issues it raises but rather to begin to subvert and question the roughly hewn narratives of machismo and its intersection with society.

For this panel discussion, artists Conall Cary and Gary Dempsey will be joined by David Patterson, mens community worker based in Gort, Co. Galway along with a representative from the Galway Branch of The Mens Sheds Association. The aim of the discussion  will be to constructively develop the conversation about machismo within a social context, providing the framework with which to view the current MACHISMO EXHIBITION.

Prior to the discussion, there will be screening of the MACHISMO documentary by Flying Knee Productions for The MACHISMO PROJECT, which discusses issues concerning contemporary masculinity.

This is a free event and all are welcome

Further info:
Within the  MACHISMO EXHIBITION, curated by Gerald Heffernan (Tactic @ Sample-Studios),  the topic of male identity is explored through the work of artists Conall Cary and Gary Dempsey in their use of printed imagery and innovative construction methods. The work consists of large scale prints on cast concrete and cut steel, utilising the inherent masculinity of the materials size, strength and toughness juxtaposed against the surface imagery.

Gary Dempsey is a visual artist and printmaker currently working as a member of Backwater Artists Group and Cork Printmakers. He graduated from the Limerick School of Art & Design with a degree in Fine Art Printmaking and has been involved as a member of the Francisian Church and Limerick Printmakers,  showing work in a variety of group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. In 2011 he was awarded the  Bursary Award from Cork Printmakers and he continues to work and teach there. Dempsey’s work draws on his experiences of relationships and human interactions and imposed sexual expectations placed on men today. In his work men and women are replaced by curious, animal like creatures that are used to explore the ways in which men are encouraged to reduce themselves to a series of primal urges.

Conall Cary is a visual artist and printmaker currrently working as a member of Backwater Artists Group and Cork Printmakers. After his studies at the University of Oregon, he went on to study Printmaking at GMIT and graduated with a first class honours degree in 2010. As artist-in-residence at the Highland Print Studio in Inverness, Scotland he worked with mental health patients facilitating workshops using printmaking methods. With recent residencies at the Sirius Art Centre, Cork Printmakers and Ratamo Centre for Printmaking & Photography in Finland, Cary has continued a direction of work that is concerned with the modern male identity, in particular the issues facing men living in rural isolated environments.

Gerald Heffernan graduated from the Crawford College of Art & Design in 2010 with a bachelors degree in Fine Art. Having previously founded and programmed the Patrick St. Gallery in Cork from 2006-2009 he became involved with the creation of Sample-Studios in Cork City. He currently acts as Director and Chairperson while also being the co-curator and programmer for TACTIC project space in Sample-Studios. Heffernan has curated several exhibitions both in TACTIC and elsewhere, most notable being NLAIII at IMOCA in Dublin in 2012. He is currently involved in on-going curatorial projects such as The Machismo Project.

//www.machismo.ie/M-A-C-H-I-S-M-O
//www.conallcary.com/
//www.rockthefuckoutjr.com/

www.facebook.com/TACTICart

www.126gallery.blogspot.ie

ARTIST TALK 8 | Aaron Lawless

Thursday 22nd August 2013 | 7pm

Free event open to all

126 Artist Talk | Aaron Lawless
Thursday 22nd August 2013 | 7pm

126 presents its ongoing series of Artists talks that aim to encourage critical conversations about contemporary art practice in Ireland. Artist Aaron Lawless will discuss the development of his artistic practice along with a presentation of a selection of his works.

Aaron Lawless’ works are playful experiments of authorship and authority.

Using the urban environment as an entry in which to engage with the individual. His works are transitional objects that cross reference components of the every day, giving them new meaning and new use. Lawless’ practice involves recycling leftover found materials into startling arrangements, exhibited as installations or as sculptural entities. Often guided by YouTube tutorials and DIY instruction manuals, his constructions rarely hold an allusion to high art, rather that he sees them as makeshift solutions made with the resources at hand…. Drawing on the viewer’s personal relationship with the objects, in their new and old forms. Activating the viewer and blurring lines of participation. Or maybe just asking “sure, what is the use?”

As a contemporary art practitioner engaging in aspects of improvisation and frugality, specialising in making performances and installations in public spaces, Lawless has been invited to work with local environmental group Transition Galway. During this talk, Aaron will give an introduction and background to his series of work todate, as they playfully related to ideas of exchange and economy, whilst opening up a discussion on the possibilities of activating a new cultural and creative context working within Transition Galway.

Selected Works:

2013 Culture Night Lawless will present a series of musical instruments in ‘Visual’ Carlow, made of recycled and found material located around the Carlow area.
These forms will be used on the night in a public event with local musicians.
For further information visit… //www.visualcarlow.ie/exhibitions/info/transitional-instruments

2013 “Act of Portrayal”,Limerick City Gallery of Art, Ireland
“Welcome to the neighborhood”, Askeaton Contemporary Arts, Askeaton,Limerick, Ireland
“Whats A Little Fallout?”, St. Patricks Day Parade, Askeaton Contemporary Arts, Askeaton,Limerick, Ireland
2012 Eva International, Faber Studios, Re-Possesion, Curated by Annie Fletcher
2011 Chairperson Faber Studios-to present,
2009 “Aulstubleift”, Das Built, Utrecht, Netherlands
“Plotfarm”, Zal 100, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2008 “Way Out”, Limerick, Ireland

For more information please visit:
www.aaronlawless.com
//transitiongalway.wordpress.com/about-transition-galway

126 presents: THE MACHISMO PROJECT

126 presents:

THE MACHISMO PROJECT

Gary Dempsey & Conall Cary
curated by Gerald Heffernan

August 10th -31st  2013
Preview | Friday 9th August 2013 | 7pm

 

THE MACHISMO PROJECT

Gary Dempsey & Conall Cary
curated by Gerald Heffernan

August 10th – August 31st 2013
Preview | Friday 9th August 2013 | 7pm

‘THE ROUGHLY HEWN NARRATIVES OF ‘MACHISMO’ AND THE COMPLEX PRESSURES OF TRADITIONAL GENDER CONSTRUCTS ARE EXPOUNDED THROUGH A FORM OF SELF-REFLEXIVE HUMOUR; A HUMOUR WHICH ACTS AS A FRONT PARADOXICALLY REVEALING THE WEIGHT OF THE SUBJECT MATTER ENTAILED’

There is a deficit of work in current contemporary art practice which confronts masculinity directly as its subject matter. The Machismo Project was conceived as a means by which this neglected area of research could be examined and explored. Through an exhibition and symposium a dialogue will be opened up where the complex pressures of traditional gender constructs can be unpacked and discussed. This project does not hope to provide answers to the issues it raises but rather to begin to subvert and question the roughly hewn narratives of machismo and its intersection with society.

Within the exhibition curated by Gerald Heffernan (Tactic @ Sample-Studios) the topic of male identity will be explored through the work of artists Conall Cary and Gary Dempsey in their use of printed imagery and innovative construction methods. The work will consist of large scale prints on cast concrete and cut steel, utilising the inherent masculinity of the materials size, strength and toughness juxtaposed against the surface imagery.

Gary Dempsey is a visual artist and printmaker currently working as a member of Backwater Artists Group and Cork Printmakers. He graduated from the Limerick School of Art & Design with a degree in Fine Art Printmaking and has been involved as a member of the Francisian Church and Limerick Printmakers,  showing work in a variety of group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. In 2011 he was awarded the  Bursary Award from Cork Printmakers and he continues to work and teach there. Dempsey’s work draws on his experiences of relationships and human interactions and imposed sexual expectations placed on men today. In his work men and women are replaced by curious, animal like creatures that are used to explore the ways in which men are encouraged to reduce themselves to a series of primal urges.
Conall Cary is a visual artist and printmaker currrently working as a member of Backwater Artists Group and Cork Printmakers. After his studies at the University of Oregon, he went on to study Printmaking at GMIT and graduated with a first class honours degree in 2010. As artist-in-residence at the Highland Print Studio in Inverness, Scotland he worked with mental health patients facilitating workshops using printmaking methods. With recent residencies at the Sirius Art Centre, Cork Printmakers and Ratamo Centre for Printmaking & Photography in Finland, Cary has continued a direction of work that is concerned with the modern male identity, in particular the issues facing men living in rural isolated environments.

Gerald Heffernan graduated from the Crawford College of Art & Design in 2010 with a bachelors degree in Fine Art. Having previously founded and programmed the Patrick St. Gallery in Cork from 2006-2009 he became involved with the creation of Sample-Studios in Cork City. He currently acts as Director and Chairperson while also being the co-curator and programmer for TACTIC project space in Sample-Studios. Heffernan has curated several exhibitions both in TACTIC and elsewhere, most notable being NLAIII at IMOCA in Dublin in 2012. He is currently involved in on-going curatorial projects such as The Machismo Project.

//www.machismo.ie/M-A-C-H-I-S-M-O
//www.conallcary.com/
//www.rockthefuckoutjr.com/
www.facebook.com/TACTICart

 


Artist Talk 7 | Laura Gannon in conversation with Katherine Waugh

Artist Talk 7 | Laura Gannon in conversation with Katherine Waugh

Saturday 10th August 2013 | 5pm
Followed by prosecco reception
Free event open to all

126 Artist Talk 7 | Laura Gannon in conversation with Katherine Waugh
Saturday 10th August 2013 | 5pm

126 presents the seventh in a series of Artists talks that aim to encourage critical conversations about contemporary art practice in Ireland. Artist Laura Gannon will discuss the development of her artistic practice along with a presentation of a selection of her works in film, drawing and performance.

Laura Gannon was born in Galway and grew up in Mayo and is now a London based visual artist working predominantly in 16mm and digital film and drawing. She completed the Artist Associate Programme at Lux, London, 2009 and graduated from Goldsmiths College, London, with an M.A( Fine Art) in 2003. Her 16mm film StopGap was the first moving image work purchased by the Irish Arts Council and has recently been included in the touring Into the Light exhibition, and her film A House in Cap-Martin set in Eileen Gray’s landmark Modernist house E1027 (2006) has shown internationally to much acclaim.

Gannon recently completed a commission to produce a performance piece based on Elizabeth Bowen’s The Heat of the Day as part of the David Roberts Art Foundation’s programme A House of Leaves, which investigated further her preoccupation with the relationship between architecture, literature, non-dominant narratives and the body. Her work will be included in a forthcoming group show Folly: Art after Architecture in the Glucksman Gallery.
She has exhibited widely in numerous group exhibitions in Ireland, the UK, Germany, and the USA, in addition to solo exhibitions in the Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane; Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, The Context Gallery, Derry, Sketch Gallery London and Whitechapel Projects London. She has received many awards and scholarships, including the Macauley Fellowship from the Irish Arts Council and the Thomas Damann Memorial Fellowship.

Laura Gannon:

My work is an ongoing process of exploring ways to convey fragility, the female body within architecture and non-dominant narratives which emerge in geographical margins. This interest stems from a childhood growing up in the West of Ireland where language was nuanced and loaded with unspoken meaning.  I have an ongoing engagement with literature, which explores architecture, storytelling and memory. I have worked with texts from Elizabeth Bowen, Maeve Brennan and Jean Rhys. Most recently I have used Bowen’s novelThe Heat of the Day’ as a starting point for creating a performance for four actors. By taking sections of text and collaging it to create a new structure, the work explored place as narrative.

I am now adding layers to this ongoing research and exploration incorporating performance and the fantastical coinciding with the domestic containing the voice and actions of older women.The current work-in-development The Cat Jumps (title from an Elizabeth Bowen short story) will allow me explore collaged narrative in film as well as live performance. By including non-actors in their seventies, there is roomin their filmed performance for an intimate space to be created and portray the texture  that is part of old age. The use of a house as location for filming will provide an existing ‘stage set’ for  the action to take place. 

My films question the placement of an individual body in socio-cultural environments, specifically within sites of particular architectural or historical interest. These might be fraught with an uncertain future, troubled by conflict or lie languishing and derelict. I am also concerned with the alignment of power and the effect of recent histories impacting earlier histories.

I explore the appearance of human presence as a form of ritual and staging within both architectural and the natural environments. I am concerned with the notion of performance, staging, existing histories and the slippage between the dominant history and a story that is under the skin of that history.

Voice, storytelling, architectural histories in literature, the edge of the margins: culturally and geographically,glamour, luxury, fragility, creating identities through dress, the inconsistent narrator, the construction ofdomestic environments into a place of performance and ritual. The secrets of old women. (which really means remembering outside the dominant cultural and political narrative). Humour and pleasure in the uncanny and the slippage of life.  Powerful women who occupy my mind include: Grace O’Malley, Eileen Gray, Nora Barnacle, Elizabeth Bowen and Margaret Burke-Sheridan”.

Brian Kenny | Field

Brian Kennedy turquise pyramids

Brian Kenny | Field

 


Field by Brian Kenny is a site-specific video mapping and light installation commissioned by Gallery 126 and the Galway Arts Festival.

Field is an exploration of the relationship between the subjective perceptions of a changing physical environment and the passing of time within an increasingly technologically mediated society. By both re-appropriating the physical as a digital landscape and immersing the user within the virtual, Field encourages the user to examine the physical effects of technological change and exponential growth on their own landscape. By exploring the boundaries between the perceived and the actual, Field questions our conception of the solidity of the natural world in the face of both natural process and human intervention.

Field utilises two-dimensional reverse video mapping techniques along with custom software and electronics to create virtual and physical lightscapes. Field makes use of the experimental PixelPusher technology with Processing. The technical realisation of the project was a collaborative process with designers and programmers Mick Murray and Tom O’Dea.

The audio, composed by Christian Kleine, is Red Norvo and is used with the kind permission of the artist.

Brian Kenny is a visual artist and designer whose work focuses on the transformation and manipulation of structures and spaces using digital lighting and projection technologies. He is a founding member of the collective Lightscape Ireland. His work has been show extensively throughout Ireland and internationally in Germany, Jordan and South Africa.

Galway Hub

We’re proud to be the latest addition to the Galway Hub website. //galwayhub.com/item/126-gallery/

Galway Hub is a website dedicated to the arts and culture in Galway city and county.

OPEN CALL for RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Tracing Artists Logo

OPEN CALL

RESEARCH ASSISTANT
August -December 2013

Part-time, flexible, 2 hours per week
Duration: 5 months
Fee: €450

Closing Date for Submissions is midnight, Wednesday 31st July.

Tracing Artists

126 are looking for a research assistant to work with us over a period of 5 months to help with the initial phase of a project we are calling Tracing Artists.

Tracing Artists aims to map networks of artists and artist-led spaces. Through several different stages, this interesting and unique project will visually articulate the value of smaller artist-led organisations in the trajectories of artist’s practices and careers. This will narrate the legacy, value, impact and oral memory of groups like 126 and make a case for the importance of small visual arts organisations. A gap was identified in this type of research when 126 were renegotiating funding with Galway City Council in December-January 2013.

The research assistant will work alongside appointed 126 board members to find, list and make contact with artists who have shown in 126 since 2005. This will be done through web research as well as our own physical archive and oral histories.

The position requires 2 research hours per week, for a 5 month period. A fee of €450 will be paid for this work.

The submission process is open to anyone with an interest in contemporary art and arts organisations. The successful applicant will be offered the position within 3 days of the deadline, with a view to an immediate start in the 1st week of August.

Please e-mail expressions of interest, along with a current C.V. and any evidence of previous research experience to contact@126gallery.com. The e-mail should be titled ‘Tracing Artists Research’.

Deadline for submissions is midnight, Wednesday 31st July.

Any queries regarding this position should be e-mailed to contact@126gallery.com, with the title ‘Tracing Artist Research Query’.

This project is generously funded by the Arts Council of Ireland through the Project Award: Strand 2.

Artist Studio Open Call

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OPEN CALL

ARTIST STUDIO FOR RENT @ Flood Street
July – September 2013

Closing Date for Submissions, by email only, 19th June, 4pm

As part of our continued support to our membership, 126 are delighted to announce an open call out for our 1st studio residency at 4 Commerce House, Flood Street. We are extremely grateful to all our members for their financial and moral support, which is why we are so delighted to be able to present this new opportunity.

Applications are now being accepted for a three month residence in our new premises on Flood Street, Galway. The studio space is located within 4 Commerce House, behind our gallery/exhibition space. In addition to 24 hour studio access, the successful applicant will have access to wi-fi internet, kitchen and bathroom facilities as well as 126 events free of charge for the duration of the residency. We will be renting the studio at a rate of €100 per month, including all utilities.

This residency is open to all artists working in contemporary visual arts. It will commence on 1st July and run until 30th September 2013. At the end of the residency period the artist will be featured on the 126 website and blog.

Submissions are by email only to contact@126gallery.com. Please title the email “Studio Proposal”
The deadline for applications is 4pm,  Wednesday 19th June.
Applicants will be informed of the decision by 21st June.

Submissions for this open call are invited from 126 members. In order to apply for this studio, artists must be a member of 126. Membership details are at  //www.126gallery.com/member.htm

The financial contribution of our membership is invaluable. It helps support our strong programme of unconventional and international art exhibitions. One year’s membership costs €10 to students/unwaged or €20 to those with a wage. You can also support us further by becoming a ‘Friend of 126’ for €50 or ‘Patron of 126 for €250. Just drop in to the gallery to join up or you can use paypal through our website www.126gallery.com. Membership is open to anyone over the age of 18 that supports our aims.

Members are encouraged to make exhibition proposals throughout the year. In addition to this, 126 members will have access to discounted rates on a number of events throughout the year including, workshops, seminars and screenings. Invitations and opportunities to take part in 126 projects and collaborations throughout the programme year are offered to current 126 members only. Members can also avail of listing a link to their website from the 126 website.

ARTFarm Residency Recipients 2013

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ARTFarm RESIDENCY RECIPIENTS 2013

July : Siobhan McGibbon
August : Ciara Healy & Karl Musson

 

 
126 are delighted to announce the recipients of our ARTFarm residency for 2013.

Siobhan McGibbon (Ireland) has been awarded the July residency, and Ciara Healy and Karl Musson (Wales) have been awarded the August residency. Residencies will lead to an exhibition of work shown in 126 Gallery.

McGibbon has a keen interest in science, particularly medical science and the practice of diagnosis and treatment of abnormalities. She is engrossed by the body’s ability to stretch and morph itself almost beyond human recognition. Uncommon conditions such as neoplasm’s, caused by abnormal proliferation of tissues, which can be caused by genetic mutations, dominate the artists practice. The artist finds delight in the very thought that the vessel in which we live in is capable of developing these mammoth forms that can almost consume oneself.

Healy and Musson’s arts practice focuses on the meaning of the concept of ‘Thinness’ in contemporary thinking. Thin places are traditionally understood to be portals or thresholds that allow souls to connect to Other Worlds.
Their proposition is that ‘Thinness’ can induce a feeling that the whole universe of concrete objects as we know them, swims with us in a wider universe of abstract yet interconnected ideas, which the 19th Century philosopher William James described as a “belief that there is an unseen order.” The concept of Thinness is currently being employed in Ciara Healy’s doctoral research and Karl Musson’s creative practice in order to meet what we argue is a serious contemporary need.

We would like to thank everyone who applied for the ARTFarm residency, and we look forward to offering more opportunities in the near future.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST SYMPOSIUM WITH SYLVERE LOTRINGER

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126 presents:

Kindly sponsored by The Embassy of France in Ireland
ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST
SYMPOSIUM WITH SYLVERE LOTRINGER

SATURDAY 18 MAY 2013 | 2-5.30pm
Followed by cheese and wine reception
Free event open to all

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Image: Sylvere Lotringer

ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST
SYMPOSIUM WITH SYLVERE LOTRINGER

CURATED AND MODERATED BY KATHERINE WAUGH

Participants include
Professor Sylvere Lotringer,  Professor Luke Gibbons, Professor Paolo Bartoloni, Dr Hadrien Laroche (Cultural and Scientific Counsellor, French Embassy), Vivienne Dick, Dr. Deirdre O’ Mahony, Ruby Wallis, Dr. Gavin Murphy, Michaele Cutaya and James Merrigan (Fugitive Papers).

Supported by The Cultural Service of the French Embassy Ireland
SATURDAY MAY 18TH 2013 | 2-5.30pm in 126 Gallery, Flood Street, Galway.

This symposium is organized to coincide with the visit of renowned French Professor Sylvere Lotringer to Galway as he re-traces the steps of Antonin Artaud to the city and the Aran Islands in 1937. The public discussion will precede his visit to Inis Mor to make a film on the subject emerging from a collaborative workshop on the island with international and local filmmakers and artists. His desire to transpose Artaud’s Mexican writings to Aran in his film provokes many challenging aesthetic and political questions about art, writing, nationality and translation. Lotringer is Professor Emeritus at Columbia University in New York and the founding editor of Semiotext(e) and he is generally credited for introducing French Theory to America.

The symposium will be structured around an open discussion with Lotringer, in which the question of how writing relates to art and politics will be framed by Lotringer’s lifelong love of the work of Antonin Artaud.  Artaud’s visit will be used as a springboard from which a number of significant subjects will be explored throughout the afternoon. How can we in the West of Ireland read Artaud’s visit now and activate important connections it reveals between the European avant-garde from which he emerged and his expectations and aspirations for his pilgrimage to Galway at the time?

Over the years the ‘West’ as a concept has hovered between Romantic nationalist ideas and more clichéd tourist frameworks but is it possible for us to invigorate alternative intellectual and cultural associations through a re-examination of the artistic, literary and spatial concepts which dominate our understanding of the peripheral? The ‘West’ in this sense can  be framed in such a way that it refers to a sense of space and being peripheral in a conceptual manner which might align itself with Maurice Blanchot’s idea of thought from the ‘outside’. In Blanchot’s essay on Artaud from 1959 he wrote that :

“When we read these pages, we learn what we never succeed in knowing: that the fact of thinking cannot be anything other than devastating; that what is to be thought is that which, in thought, turns away from thought and inexhaustibly exhausts itself in it…”

How artists think of themselves and think about their work when they occupy a spatiality which is at the boundaries or on the fringes finds resonance with how many thinkers, in particular French writers such as Blanchot and Artaud, try to understand the limits of thought and its relationship with the body or the material world.

The symposium will begin with a discussion with Sylvere Lotringer about his extraordinary work in philosophy, publishing and art and will then expand into a broader conversation with invited artists, writers  and academics who either live and practice on the fringes in geographical or conceptual terms, or have engaged with ideas from art, literature and philosophy touching on this subject. The closing conversation with the editors of the publication Fugitive Papers, Michaële Cutaya and James Merrigan, will engage with the legacy of Lotringer’s groundbreaking and acclaimed Semiotext(e) publishing project and the possible connections to ‘peripheral’ publications in Ireland today attempting to open up new critical spaces around art.

Finally there will be open discussion involving all present responding to the various issues raised throughout the afternoon.
This event is free and open to all and we would like to encourage artists working in rural contexts to participate.

The symposium will begin at 2pm with an introduction by Katherine Waugh .

There will be an extended conversation between Sylvere Lotringer and Katherine Waugh about Lotringer’s personal relationship with art and literature and how this has influenced his theoretical engagement with so many leading thinkers such as Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari, Baudrillard and Virilio, and Lotringer will also discuss his love of Artaud and his new film project.

The remainder of the symposium will consist of literary and artistic interventions intended to open the discussion out in the broadest possible terms.

Professor Luke Gibbons, Ireland’s leading intellectual and most original writer on Irish cultural, intellectual and literary history will engage with the legacy of Romanticism in terms of how we conceive of the ‘West’ and re-visit his writings on Joyce which touched on how Joyce sought to retrieve Galway, Aran and the Irish West for a modernist project,  contesting the notion of the Irish West as being ‘provincial’.

Professor Paolo Bartoloni of the Italian Department NUIG who has written extensively on European Literature and its spatio-temporal singularities will speak about how some of his writing, from his work on Blanchot to Interstitial Spatiality to the complexities of translation might relate to the artistic and political subjects of a contemporary ‘West’ of Ireland.

Local artists, writers and filmmakers will intersperse these more theoretical and literary conversations with presentations on their practices which resonate with the ideas being discussed.

Vivienne Dick will present excerpts from a new film project, some of which is based on Artaud.

Other artists based in the West of Ireland including Deirdre O’Mahoney and Ruby Wallis will explore the potential for radical and challenging artistic projects in rural or fringe communities through a discussion of their separate practices.

The closing conversation with the editors of the publication Fugitive Papers, Michaële Cutaya and James Merrigan, will engage with the legacy of Lotringer’s groundbreaking and acclaimed Semiotext(e) publishing project and the possible connections for ‘peripheral’ publications in Ireland today attempting to open up new critical spaces around art.

The afternoon event will be structured in an open and informal way to facilitate the greatest level of audience engagement in the various discussions and there will be a closing wine reception open to all.

Participants

Sylvère Lotringer, Ph.D., born in Paris in 1938, is Jean Baudrillard Chair at the European Graduate School EGS and Professor Emeritus of French literature and philosophy at Columbia University. He is based in New York and Baja, California. Sylvère Lotringer is a literary critic and cultural theorist, and as general editor of Semiotext(e) and Foreign Agents book series was instrumental in introducing French theory to the United States. His interests range from philosophy, literature and art to architecture, anthropology, semiotics, avant-garde movements, structuralism and post-structuralism. Sylvère Lotringer studied at the Sorbonne and received his doctorate from the École Pratique des Hautes Études VIe section in Paris in 1967 before moving to New York in the early 1970s. Among the books Sylvère Lotringer has published, he has co-written with Paul Virilio: Pure War (1983), Crepuscular Dawn (2002), and The Accident of Art (2005), and with Jean Baudrillard: Forget Foucault (1986), Oublier Artaud (2005), and The Conspiracy of Art (2005). Sylvère Lotringer has also written extensively on Georges Bataille, Simone Weil, L. F. Céline, Marguerite Duras, and Robert Antelme, and is the author of Antonin Artaud (1990), French Theory in America (2001), Hatred of Capitalism (2002), David Wojnarowicz (2006), and Overexposed (2007). Silvère Lotringer frequently lectures on art and has published catalogue essays for the MOMA, the Guggenheim Museum, the Musee du Jeu de Paume, Modern Kunst and has edited numerous magazines and books such as Philosopher-Artist (1986), Foreign Agent: Kunst in den Zeiten der Theorie (1991), and Nancy Spero (1995).

He has written several books in collaboration with Jean Baudrillard (The Conspiracy of Art, New York, 2005, Oublier Artaud, Paris 2005) and Paul Virilio (Pure War, New York, 1982; Crepuscular Dawn, 2002; The Accident of Art, New York, 2005). His most recent books are Hatred of Capitalism, New York, 2002; Fous d’Artaud, Paris, 2003 and A Satiete, Paris, 2006). He has written art essays on Nancy Spero, London, 1996 and David Wojnarowicz, New York, 2006 as well as catalogue essays for The Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, The New Museum in New York, The Musée du Jeu de Paume in Paris, the Kuntshalle, Wien, amongst others. He is presently the Jean Baudrillard professor at the European Graduate School and at IDSVA.

Hadrien Laroche is a former student of the Ecole normale supérieure. He completed his doctorate in philosophy under Jacques Derrida in 1996 at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS); Jacques Derrida considered Laroche, his last doctoral student, as “one of the most talented and original thinkers of his generation.” He has published essays on Jean Genet, Paul Cézanne, Marcel Duchamp (“La machine à signatures,” Inculte #18, 2009) and three French-language novels—Les Orphelins (Paris: Allia/J’ai Lu, 2005), Les Heretiques (Paris: Flammarion, 2006) and La Restitution (Paris: Flammarion, 2009)—which have placed Laroche at the forefront of contemporary French writing. Last publication in English : The Last Genet, a writer in revolt, essay, Arsenal Pulp Press, 2010 and The Orphans, fiction, Dalkey Archive Press.

Professor Luke Gibbons, is Professor of Irish Literary and Cultural Studies at the School of English, Drama and Media Studies, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, and formerly taught at the University of Notre Dame, U.S.A., and Dublin City University. He has published widely on Irish culture, film, literature, and the visual arts, as well as on aesthetics and politics. His publications include Gaelic Gothic: Race, Colonialism and Irish Culture (2004), Edmund Burke and Ireland: Aesthetics, Politics and the Colonial Sublime (2003), The Quiet Man (2002), Transformations in Irish Culture (1996), and co-wrote (with Kevin Rockett and John Hill) Cinema and Ireland (1988), the pioneering study of Irish cinema. He was a contributing editor to Seamus Deane, ed., The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (1991), and has edited two recent collections, Re-Inventing Ireland: Culture, Society and the Global Economy (with Peadar Kirby and Michael Cronin, 2002), and ‘The Theatre of Irish Cinema’ (with Dudley Andrew), a special issue of The Yale Journal of Criticism (2002). He won a Kaneb teaching award at the University of Notre Dame, where he co-supervised over 20 Ph. D dissertations. His research interests include film, modernism, romanticism, aesthetics, visual culture, critical theory and cultural history, particularly as they bear on developments in Irish culture.

Professor Paolo Bartoloni Italian Department NUIG. Prof Bartoloni specializes  in critical theory, comparative literary studies and translation studies and has written on Blanchot, Borges, Heidegger, and spatio-temporal issues in literature as well as on the subject of translation and interstitial space. Important recent publications include a text Blanchot Literature of Indistinction: Blanchot and Caproni (in After Blanchot: Literature, Criticism, Philosophy) , Blanchot and Ambiguity: Paolo Bartoloni and Anthony Stephens (eds.), and books include Ambiguity in Culture and Literature 2010 ,  On the Cultures of Exile, Translation and Writing 2008, Intellectuals and Publics: Essays on Cultural Theory and Practice1997.

Fugitive Papers is an artistic research project by James Merrigan and Michaële Cutaya to explore ideas about art, writing, criticality and public(s) in Ireland. The project aims at opening critical spaces to think, exchange and debate about art and art-writing through public discussions, printed publications and online.

Vivienne Dick was born in Donegal in 1950 and studied at University College, Dublin. Between 1977 – 1982 she lived in New York, part of a group of filmmakers whose affiliation to the music and aesthetic of punk became known as ‘No Wave’. Working mainly on Super 8, Dick’s films from this period feature many musicians from the punk movement in NY with performances and music from Lydia Lunch, James Chance, Pat Place, Adele Bertei, and Ikue Mori.

Dick returned to Ireland in 1982 and then to London in 1985, where she was a member of The London Filmmakers Coop for many years and produced a number of films in 16mm, and in videoHer films have been screened at cinemas, museums and film festivals internationally, including Tate Britain, Moma and the Whitney in New York, IMMA in Dublin, and the Edinburgh and Berlin Film Festivals. She has received a number of Production Awards from The British Arts Council and The Irish Film Board, and has had work commissioned by Ch 4 (Dazzling Image, Midnight Underground), BBC (Artrageous, The Late Show) and RTE. Her work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art and Anthology Archives, NYC and the Irish Film ArchivesShe lives in Galway, Ireland, where she teaches and continues to make films.

Deirdre O’Mahony is an artist and academic. She completed her PhD at the University of Brighton titled New Ecologies between Rural Life and Visual Culture in the West of Ireland: History, Context, Position, and Art Practice in 2012. In her latest research she has been exploring three themes, all arising from earlier work on the perception and representation of rural landscapes. This concerns first, the multiple and often conflicting perspectives on ‘community’ in rural places, secondly the creativity of tacit, practice-led knowledge and thirdly, the relational dynamic between the local/rural and the national/global.Solo exhibitions include Abandoned Clare X-PO 2011, re-presentations; the BCA Gallery 2009, Viscqueux; Galway Arts Festival, 2006, Wall; Context Gallery Derry and LCGA, 2002 and WRAP; Galway Arts Centre in 2000. Selected group exhibitions include Hybrid Denver USA, 2012, TRACE Limerick City Callery, 2012, 10,000 to 50, IMMA Dublin 2008 and Eire/Land McMullen Museum Boston, 2003. Public art projects include SPUD, a collaborative project with Frances Whitehead T.U.R.F (Transitional Understandings Of Rural Futures), ongoing, Mind Meitheal ongoing, Abridged: 0 – 20 Abandoned Clare, 2011, funded by the Arts Council, X-PO 2007-8 funded by the Arts Council and Cross Land, 2007 commissioned by Clare Co. Council. O’Mahony has received numerous awards, both national and international including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship in 1995 and visual arts bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíonn, 1997/2001 and 2010.

Patricia Allio is a French dramatist and filmmaker whose recent film Night Replay, on illegal mexican border crossings, has screened at the Pompidou centre and internationally. She will participate in the workshop and film on the Aran Islands.

Dr  Gavin Murphy is a lecturer in Art History and Critical Theory at GMIT. He has published widely on contemporary art and photographic practices.

Ruby Wallis is a practice based PhD researcher with NCAD and GRAdCAM. She will discuss ‘Unfixed Landscape’ Is it possible to define ‘place’ through artistic practice? In 2012 Wallis has had work published in The Journal of Artistic Research (JAR). Recent exhibits include, The Lab, Dublin. G126, Galway. Basic Space, IMMA (residency). In the near future Wallis will present her practice at On-Walking, International multidisciplinary conference and at Portfolio 13 -International Portfolio review, Dublin.

Katherine Waugh is a writer, filmmaker and curator. She co-directed the award winning The Art of Time, a film on the complex temporalities in contemporary art, film and architecture, which has shown internationally in galleries and Film Festivals in New York, Paris,  the ICA and most recently in the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Recent projects include a symposium she curated and moderated for the AV International Arts Festival 2012 in Newcastle based on its theme  As Slow As Possible (after John Cage) and a series of films programmed in conjunction with  IMMA’s Time Out of Mind exhibition. A film installation project A Laboratory of Perpetual Flux, was curated by Annie Fletcher of the Van Abbemuseum Holland for eva International 2012.  In February 2013 she co-presented ‘Unfolding Aspen’ at the Whitechapel Gallery London (with artist Mary Ruth Walsh); a conceptual mapping with film, audio and text of Aspen 5&6 by Brian O’Doherty 1968.She has curated a discussion on Art and Writing The Question Itself with Sylvere Lotringer and leading art writers in the South London Gallery this May. She has written essays for artists books and catalogues nationally and internationally.

THE BURREN COLLEGE OF ART@126: MFA GRADUATES EXHIBITION

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126 presents:

BURREN COLLEGE OF ART@126
MFA GRADUATES EXHIBITION

May 3rd – May 31st  2013
Preview | Thursday 2nd May 2013 | 7pm

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Image: John Freeman – ‘You’re the One I’m Thinking Of’

BURREN COLLEGE OF ART@126

MFA GRADUATES SHOW

May 3rd – May 31st 2013

126 is delighted to present work by John Freeman and Jill Miller, Burren College of Art MFA Graduates 2013.

Freeman’s focus is on interrogating the cultural binary views of gender identity. His work addresses Carl Gustav Jung’s idea of the anima (the feminine component of the male psyche) and it’s archetypes. He attempts to separate the feminine psyche from the masculine, externalizing her through performance, video and sculpture. He takes on alter-egos  and works towards achieving the masculine potential, by investigating archetypal feminine identities.Miller’s paintings represent an autobiographical understanding of emotional reactions, specifically in relation to experiences of anxiety and fear. They investigate the idea of liminality as a metaphorical state, hovering between spaces, how this place of transition exists in physical body language. Liminality is defined as “relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process, occupying a position at, or on both sides of a boundary or threshold”.  In these works, physical liminal space is expressed within the environment surrounding the figure, which enforces the fragility of the context. Bringing the idea of a constant state of fear-based anxiety into physical, cohesive visual representation through paint.

John Freeman was born in Greenwich Village, New York, and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at Eckerd College in 2011, with a concentration on ceramics and installation. He currently works predominantly in the mediums of video and multimedia installation. He has participated in group exhibitions in St. Petersburg Florida at the Rhino Gallery, Artpool, and the Ransom Gallery, as well around Ireland at Gallery 126, the Iniscealtra Arts festival, the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Center, and the Burren College of Art. He was awarded a solo opportunity to open the New Cobb Gallery at Eckerd College. He lives, works, and studies in Ballyvaughan.

Jill Miller received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing from the University of Michigan and continued at a graduate level with painting, drawing and printmaking courses at Ox-Bow School for the Arts through The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited at the Burren College of Art Gallery, Gallery 126, and The Courthouse Gallery (Ennistymon). In 2012 she completed a residency at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin.

Freeman and Miller along with fellow BCA PHD student Elizabeth Matthews, formed the collective Poll na bPeist, currently working out of the graduate studios of the Burren College of Art.

Burren College of Art is an internationally recognised not-for-profit independent college specialising in undergraduate and graduate fine art education. It offers artists and art students from around the world time, space and inspiration within the unique environment of the Burren. Their graduate PhG, MFA, MA and PG Diploma programmes are accredited by the National University of Ireland , Galway and are operated in association with the Royal College of Art, London and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. To date, the core of the Burren experience has been the education of artists, with ecology, law, archaeology, business, leadership and other subjects as background elements.

www.burrencollege.ie 

Professional Practice Workshop: A Guide to Artist Residencies

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126 presents

Professional Practice Workshop: A Guide to Artist Residencies
with FIONA KELLY

10am-1pm | 03 May 2013

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A GUIDE TO ARTIST RESIDENCIES

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE WORKSHOP
10am – 1pm | Friday 03 May 2013
Artist Residencies are an extremely viable and practical approach for an artist at any level of their career, to challenge, sustain and develop a significant studio practice.
Fiona Kelly will give an in depth professional development workshop on the topic of artist residencies; what facilities you use to find them, how to apply, the available funding and what documentation is required of you to display your work in the best possible light. She will demonstrate how to build an artist CV and the best way to write a clear and concise proposal.
A prologue to these demonstrations will be a brief presentation of her experiences while on residency and how they facilitate, develop and fuel her professional practice.
The talk will be followed by a Q & A session.
To book a place, please email contact@126gallery.com
Workshop Fee:
€5 for 126 Members
€15 for non-members

www.fionakelly.co

Open Call for ARTFarm Residency, Co. Galway

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OPEN CALL 

ARTFarm RESIDENCY, Co. Galway
1st – 14th July & 1st – 14th August 2013

Closing Date for Submissions by email, 4pm, 10 May 2013

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As part of our continued commitment to support our members, 126 is delighted to announce an open call out for the ARTFarm Residency. This residency will take place in a very rural and secluded setting in Cloonkeen, Newbridge, Ballinasloe, Co.Galway. The ARTFarm is owned and operated by Sheila Flanagan and comprises of a small self-catering farmhouse with access to a studio space comprising a large open barn, indoor library/studio and an indoor shed/workshop space. The ARTFarm is ideally suited to independent, self-sufficient artists who would relish quiet, unplugged time to develop their practice or new work. Own transport is necessary. The residency is aimed at providing an artist with the experience of a residency and subsequent joint exhibition.

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126 invites its members to submit proposals for the residencies that will take place at the ARTFarm this summer. The inaugral residency will be for up to two artists, from any discipline, from the 1st – 14th July 2013, working towards the ARTFarm exhibition in 126 Artist run Gallery in February 2014. The second residency for up to two artists will run from 1-14th August 2013. In your application, please state if you are applying for the July or August residency. Individual and joint collaborative applications are welcome from artists working in any medium. 126 Board members will visit artists during the residency.

Artists and recent graduates are invited to apply for the ARTFarm residency with a proposal of how time would be spent at the ARTFarm, images of recent work, an artist statement and CV. A small stipend will be made available to the artist to cover costs.

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Submissions for this open call are invited from 126 members. Membership details are at  //www.126gallery.com/member.htm

The financial contribution of our membership is invaluable. It helps support our strong programme of unconventional and international art exhibitions. One year’s membership costs €10 to students/unwaged or €20 to those with a wage. You can also support us further by becoming a ‘Friend of 126’ for €50 or ‘Patron of 126 for €250. Just drop in to the gallery to join up or you can use paypal through our website www.126gallery.com. Membership is open to anyone over the age of 18 that supports our aims.

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Members are encouraged to make exhibition proposals throughout the year. In addition to this, 126 members will have access to discounted rates on a number of events throughout the year including, workshops, seminars and screenings. Invitations and opportunities to take part in 126 projects and collaborations throughout the programme year are offered to current 126 members only. Members can also avail of listing a link to their website from the 126 website.

 

ARTFarm self-catering accomodation

 

Large Barn with electricity for large scale work

 

Studio workspace
Studio workspace
Adjoining field for large work

 

126 Present: ARTIST TALK 6 | CONOR McGRADY

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ARTIST TALK 6 | CONOR McGRADY

THE ARTIST, THE STATE AND THE COLLECTIVE IMAGINARY

SATURDAY 13 APRIL 2013 | 4pm

A recording of the talk is available here

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Image: Knut Egil, The Coronation of artist Martin Holmefjord as Viceroy of the Micronation “Fusa” 2003

ARTIST TALK 6 | CONOR McGRADY
THE ARTIST, THE STATE AND THE COLLECTIVE IMAGINARY
SATURDAY April 13th 2013 at 4pm in 126 Gallery, Flood Street, Galway.
Introduced by Megs Morley.

126 is delighted to present ‘The Artist, The State and the Collective Imaginary”, a talk by artist Conor McGrady.  All welcome.
From the Temporary Autonomous Zone to the Commune, Squat or Micronation, the desire for alternative communities has long existed in opposition to the collective imaginaries offered by the modern nation state. Artists have often been key in shaping the utopian flows of desire that drive the formation of such communities. In an era characterized by globalization, neo-liberalism and crisis, what role do artists or artists’ collectives play in the formation of alternative social structures? If cultural producers do play a role in such formations, how do they relate to existing societal mechanisms or to the broader public? If society on a macro and micro level embodies contradiction, conflict and tension, can cultural/aesthetic projects that utilize the form and language of social structures pose as viable alternatives to the dominant paradigm, and if so, what can such projects offer that traditional forms of activism or social/political engagement cannot? Conor McGrady, will address the relationship between art and ideology/representation and action and examine the role played by artists in the formation of utopian or alternative communities. A discussion will be facilitated by Megs Morley after the talk.
Conor McGrady was born in Downpatrick in N. Ireland, and lives and works in New York City and The Burren, Co. Clare, Ireland. He received a BA Hons from the University of Northumbria, Newcastle, UK, and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998. He has exhibited internationally, with one-person exhibitions in New York, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago and Zagreb. Group exhibitions include the 2002 Whitney Biennial in New York and the Biennale of Contemporary Art, D-0 Ark Underground, Sarajevo-Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Editor of Curated Spaces the journal Radical History Review, his writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Ruminations on Violence (Waveland Press, 2007) State of Emergence (Plottner Verlag, 2011) and State in Time (Drustvo NSK Informativni Center, Ljubljana and Dolenjski Muzej, Novo Mesto, 2012).

We’re Moving

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We’re moving!

We’re now at 4 Flood Street, Galway, just off Druid Lane

We’ll be renovating for the next month.

We’ll be saying goodbye to the Queen St Gallery on Saturday 30th March, 4pm, come and have a beer!

 

 

126 Present: IRISH SPRING | CLAUDIA OLENDROWICZ

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126 present:

IRISH SPRING
CLAUDIA OLENDROWICZ

March 8th – March 30th  2013
Preview | Thursday 7th March 2013 | 7pm

Irish Spring
Image: Claudia Olendrowicz  

 

126 is delighted to present ‘Irish Spring’, new work by German artist Claudia Olendrowicz.

The guest has the capacity of making hidden things visible – curating the “nothing” of others in order to make it become “something”. Hospitality, according to Derrida, should neither acquit a guilt, nor should it be an obligation for the host towards the guest. This unconditional law of hospitality would be a law without imperative, without orders and without obligation. in short, a law without a law.

Claudia Olendrowicz (1983) was born in Germany, received a degree in Fine Arts at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany. She now lives and works in Berlin, Germany. She has participated in group exhibitions in Germany and Italy, and held a solo show at Meetfactory, Czech Republic in 2011. She has been invited for a research residency by the Kunstverein Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 2013.

126 Present: Thursday’s Clinic | NEW WORK BY BREDA LYNCH

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126 present:

THURSDAY’S CLINIC
NEW WORK BY BREDA LYNCH

February 9th – March 2nd  2013
Preview | Friday 8th February 2013 | 7pm

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Image: Breda Lynch, Convulsion, photographic image on acrylic mount, 2013

 

126 is delighted to present ‘Thursday’s Clinic’, new work specifically created for the 126 space in Galway. The body of work came about from a period of intensive research, begun on residency in the Cill Rialaig artist village in Kerry early in 2012.

The photographs reference the language of hysteria as described in the extensive collection of photographs shot by 19th century neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot at Saltpetriere Hospital in Paris of his medical muses. These postures and positions which articulated the distress of some of these women have subsequently been uncannily repeated in particular films; ‘Mother Joan of the Angels’, ‘The Exorcist’, ‘Possession’ and ‘The Snake Pit’. Here are depicted the same and similar postures of bizarre fits and spasms, paralysis of the limbs, inverted figures and faces, contortions and convulsions. Much of the horror in such films is predicated on threats to the body particularly the female body, either through its destruction, dissolution, convulsion, fragmentation, disempowerment or death.

An early childhood memory of a dream sequence from the 1948 film ‘The Snake Pit’, became the focus of the presented video installation. Utilizing strategies of cinematic appropriation the presented video installation ‘The Pit’ uses the remembered sequence where the main character Virginia finds her self in the most chaotic ward in the asylum. This scene conjures up horror, which lies in the threat to humanity and humanness, both individual and collective. The destruction of self emblematized by loss of face and voice.

The depictions of these bodies have histories; some motifs of posture and gesture are so persistent in visual culture as to suggest a valid trans-historicity, a kind of collective memory of forms.

Breda Lynch is a visual artist living and working in Limerick, Ireland. She received her BA Hons degree at the Crawford College of Art, Cork, MA from Chelsea College of Art, London and an MPhil from the University of Wolverhampton, England. She has mounted solo shows in Ireland and Northern Ireland. She has participated in-group shows in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, Italy, Turkey, Thailand China and the USA. Most notably of these shows was the BEFF – Bangkok Experimental Film Festival 2008 and the Irish Pavilion at World Expo, Shanghai 2010. She has been a recipient of the Artists Bursary Award from the Arts Council of Ireland and a number of Limerick City Council Artist Bursary Awards and was a prize-winner at Iontas in 2007. She has curated exhibitions, most notably ‘Darkness Visible’ with Ann Mulrooney at the Galway Arts Centre commissioned by the Galway Arts Festival in 2008, ‘A Poem of Friendship’ at Occupy Space, Limerick 2010, ‘Excavate, ’commissioned by Cork Printmakers and Cork City Museum, 2010 and ‘Other Drawings’ at Ormston House part of Creative Limerick scheme 2012.

Thanks to Austin Ivers, Isabella Oberlander and Mark O’Kelly for their support. Thanks also to Mike Fitzpatrick, Tracy Fahey and Marian Sheehan at L.S.A.D.

 

6th Annual 126 Members’ Show

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126 present:

6th ANNUAL 126 MEMBERS’ SHOW
SELECTED BY KATHERINE WAUGH

January 26th – February 2nd  2013
Preview | Friday 25th January 2013 | 7pm

 

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Image: Matthew Doherty, Characters

THE 6TH ANNUAL 126 MEMBERS’ SHOW
SELECTED BY KATHERINE WAUGH
January 26th – February 2nd  2013

126 is delighted to present the 6th Annual 126 Members’ Show.

The show attracted a large number of submissions from a wide spectrum of both  local and international artists, and the work submitted for the exhibition reflected many of the significant aesthetic, conceptual and political concerns of the artistic community. Many of the works in the exhibition emphasise the ongoing re-engagement with the materiality of the object in the face of perceived challenges created by a dematerialisation fostered by the virtual, and seek to explore the disintegrating boundaries between technology, nature and the human. Painting continues to prove itself as a vibrant form within the Galway art scene, and this was reflected in both the variety and number of painters who submitted their work.

The video art in the show contrasts artistic practices which seek to engage with the aesthetic power of the moving image pared down to its primary elements with experimental video work which explores the origins of cinema through a contemporary digital filter. Photography is represented in work which varies from the poignant and politically framed images from a Belgrade-born artist’s project Asylum Archive, through to work which plays with layered cultural references of both a cinematic and literary nature.

This year, 21 artists have been selected to exhibit. The selected artists are Tim Acheson, Julian Astellara, Asylum Archive, Catherine Barragry, Jane Cassidy, Cecilia Danell, Matthew Doherty, Mollie Douthit, Sean Guinan, Levi Hanes, Austin D.H. Ivers, Robin Jones, Marielle Mac Leman, Tim O’Connell, Tadhg O’Cuirrin, Will O’Kane, Cormac O’Neill, Jim Ricks, Kristian Smith, Joan Sugrue and Ruby Wallis.

126 is very grateful for the continued support of its membership.

www.126gallery.blogspot.ie

Call out | 6th Annual 126 Members’ Show

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126 present:

OPEN CALL

6th ANNUAL 126 MEMBERS’ SHOW
CURATED BY KATHERINE WAUGH

Jan 25th – Feb 2nd  2013

Closing Date for Submissions by email, Jan 10th, 2013 at 4pm

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As part of our continued commitment to support our membership, 126 is delighted to announce a call out for its 6th Annual Members’ Show. 126 is grateful for the financial and moral support of its members and each year offers this special opportunity to exhibit their work.

126 invites members to submit work in any medium. Submissions are by email only to contact@126gallery.com. The deadline for submissions is 10th January 2013 at 4pm. Please title the email  “6th Members Show” and include images of proposed work, an artists statement and CV.

This year’s members’ show will by curated by Katherine Waugh. Katherine Waugh is a writer and filmmaker living in Galway. She co-directed with Fergus Daly The Art of Time, a film on the complex temporalities in contemporary art, film and architecture, which has shown internationally in galleries and Film Festivals in New York, Paris, London and most recently in IMMA. She recently curated and moderated a symposium for the AV International Arts Festival in Newcastle entitled As Slow As Possible (after John Cage) and programmed a series of films for IMMA where she also presented a lecture on Time in Contemporary Art and Film . She has written essays for artists books and catalogues nationally and internationally.  A film installation project A Laboratory of Perpetual Flux, jointly undertaken with Daly was curated by Annie Fletcher of the Van Abbemuseum Holland for EVA 2012. She is currently engaged in Curatorial research with Goldsmiths College London.

The financial contribution of our membership is invaluable. It helps support our strong programme of unconventional and international art exhibitions. One year’s membership costs €10 to students/unwaged or €20 to those with a wage. You can also support us further by becoming a ‘Friend of 126’ for €50 or ‘Patron of 126 for €250. Just drop in to the gallery to join up or you can use paypal through our website www.126gallery.com. Membership is open to anyone over the age of 18 that supports our aims.

The Annual Members’ Show is a vital part of 126. It is open to all members and is a great opportunity for emerging artists. We also encourage members to make exhibition proposals throughout the year. In addition to this, 126 members will have access to discounted rates on a number of events throughout the year including, workshops, seminars and screenings. Invitations and opportunities to take part in 126 projects and collaborations throughout the programme year are offered to current 126 members only. Members can also avail of listing a link to their website from the 126 website.

 www.126gallery.com

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Happy new year from 126!

Happy new year from 126!

126 is calling on all its supporters to sit in the public gallery at the next meeting of Galway City Council on 14th January 2013 at 4pm. We are asking for a motion to be raised and passed to secure the €8,000 shortfall in funding from Galway City Council.

The meeting is open to the public, and to book your place to attend a City Council Meeting, telephone 091 536431.

126 Artist Talk 4 | Declan Casey, Barry McHugh, Gerard Garvey

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126 presents

126 Artist Talk 4 | Declan Casey, Barry McHugh, Gerard Garvey

2pm | 11th December 2012
126 Artist-run Gallery | Queen Street | Galway

 

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Image: Declan Casey, 2012

 

126 presents the fourth in a series of artist talks that aim to encourage critical discourse about contemporary art practice in Ireland.

Declan Casey, Barry McHugh and Gerard Garvey – recent graduates, currently exhibiting in Breaking the line _ _ _ _  discuss their practice and how it has developed since completing art college in June 2012.

Declan Casey was born in Dublin, but lives and works now in County Limerick. Casey graduated from Limerick College of Art and Design with a BA in Sculpture and Combined Media. Moby Strets is his alter ego, who questions the futility found in many aspects of contemporary living. This is done using both live and video performance.

Barry McHugh is from Largydonnell, Co. Leitrim and graduated from GMIT with a BA in Fine Art. Through incursions and re-appropriation of images, McHugh breaks the line of creation and looks at issues of ownership with regard to the printed image.

Gerard Garvey is from Ballinasloe in Co. Galway and graduated from GMIT with a BA in Sculpture. Garvey’s work is based on sexuality, gender and the complexities that gay identities face with conforming to or rejecting society’s stereotyping critical perceptions.

www.126gallery.com

How to help 126

We would like to bring you up to date on 126 Artist-run gallery in Galway. Some of you will already have heard that we are facing the prospect of closure because of a drastic and sudden 64% cut of local funding. 126 is extremely important to many artists, curators, critics and administrators who have cut their teeth through this artist-led organisation. We need your help now to make some noise and lobby Galway City Council to review this decision as soon as possible.

This funding cut has been sudden, and is not in line with other cuts to other arts organisations made by the council, and the board of 126 feels that there is a lack of understanding in regards to the cultural importance of 126.

We would like you to write a letter of support for 126 to Galway City Council. The people to contact in Galway City Council that decide on our funding are Patricia Philbin ( <patricia.philbin@galwaycity.ie>), and her boss Thomas Connell (Director of Services, Economic Planning, HR, Corporate Services and Community & Culture
thomas.connell@galwaycity.ie ).

The addresses for all city councillors and local TD’s are below. Information that can be used to draft letters can be found in previous posts.

We hope to see you at our fundraiser, RENT EVENT, in De Burgo’s this Friday 7th December
126 membership runs from November of each year. You can drop into the gallery to renew your membership or download the membership form and use paypal on our website www.126gallery.com

We appreciate your support.

Many thanks

126 Board

 

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Local Galway City Councillors

Tom Costello tcostello@cllr.galwaycity.ie
Michael J Crowe mjcrowe@cllr.galwaycity.ie
Frank Fahey ffahy@cllr.galwaycity.ie
Nuala Nolan   nnolan@cllr.galwaycity.ie
Declan McDonnell declanpmcdonnell@eircom.net
Mayor Terry O Flaherty toflaherty@cllr.galwaycity.ie
Billy Cameron bcameron@eircom.net
Colette Connolly colconnolly@cllr.galwaycity.ie
Ollie Crowe ocrowe@cllr.galwaycity.ie
Catherine Connolly cconnolly@cllr.galwaycity.ie
Peter Keane pkeane@pmkeane.ie
Donal Lyons donallyons@eircom.net
Níal McNelis mcnelis@votelabour.ie
Hildegarde Naughton hildegarde.naughton@gmail.com

 

National Representatives: TD’s

Noel Grealish TD (Ind) noel.grealish@oireachtas.ie
Séan Kyne TD (FG) sean.kyne@oireachtas.ie
Derek Nolan TD (LAB) derek.nolan@oireachtas.ie
Brian Walsh TD (FG) brian.walsh@oireachtas.ie
Éamon Ó Cuív TD (FF) eamon.ocuiv@oireachtas.ie

President Higgins info@president.ie

City Council funding update 3rd December 2012

Dear Supporters of 126

We feel it is necessary to bring to your attention the very serious issues suddenly facing 126 Gallery.

126 is a critically celebrated artist-run exhibition space in Galway city that promotes challenging and experimental art that would not be seen in commercial galleries or conventional institutions. Since its founding in 2005, 126 provides a place where artists can exhibit along with their local and international peers and influences. 126 is critically acclaimed because of its policy to programme new work and engage with art graduates. It is also important to remember that there is no municipal visual arts gallery in Galway City. 126 is the only place that fulfils this role, and on a completely voluntary basis.

126 relies on public funding to cover its costs. In 2012, The Arts Council provided €10,000 for programming and Galway City Council were asked for €15,000 in rental support. Until now, Galway City Council has provided full rental support of €15,000.

In August 2012 we received an Arts Grant from the Galway City Council of €1,500. Until today, we had only verbal assurances that Galway City Council would continue to provide 126 with the rental support on which the gallery depends as a non-profit organization. We have had no written notice of what we might receive since applying for the city arts grant in June 2012. We have had no notice that we might expect a huge cut. This is in contrast with the city arts strategy.

Galway City Council approved Confidence in the Arts, Galway City Arts Strategy 2010-2013 in September 2010.

In the opening paragraph the Strategy states:  A primary emphasis of the strategy is the development of policies which offer clarity in decision making processes and articulates how the City Council will work best with the various communities of the city (page 8)

The Strategy recognises…deficits  in the city’s arts infrastructure, with particular necessity for provision of dance, music and visual arts (page 16)

On the same page the Strategy clearly states that the City Council…will support artist led initiatives that are active in the city and encourage the development of ground-up approach to the use of its city spaces.

As of today, 3rd December 2012, we have been informed by Patricia Philbin, Galway City Council that our funding for 2012 is €4,000. The proposed rental support of €4000 represents a 64% cut in total funding from Galway City Council. While we understand that the overall Arts budget may have been cut by 10%, a 64% cut in our rental support seems largely out of proportion with reasonably expected reductions in funding. % is in relation to the full €15,000 being awarded.

While we are grateful for this financial assistance, €5,500 in total is insufficient  and will lead to the closure of 126 Gallery, in which Galway City Council is a major stakeholder.

By providing €15,000 in rental support, Galway City Council have benefited from the full-time work of 8 committed unpaid gallery technicians and administrators that programme and manage a critically acclaimed exhibition space, whose combined labour would otherwise cost the City Council at least €80,000 in wages.

Since 2008, 126 Gallery has hosted an extensive programme of exhibitions and events which include the works of 407 artists based both nationally and internationally.All exhibitions and events are free and open to the public. Many curators have started their careers in 126 Gallery. Emerging artists are championed by 126 and gain a valuable start in their career by exhibiting in the gallery.

The experience gained by the rotating board members in running 126 Gallery is an invaluable training ground and has been compared to the extensive knowledge acquired on a MA programme.

All of this is under immediate threat, and we are asking for your support.

It would be immensely helpful if you could take one minute to send a letter of support to 126,which we will use as support to help strengten our argument and persuade the Galway City Council to review their funding decisions. We have included a suggested text below that you could start with/edit if needed.

Many thanks and best wishes,

The 126 Board

126 Artist-run Gallery

Queen Street

Galway City

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Draft letter of support for 126 Artist-run gallery

Dear Galway City Council

We are writing in support of 126 Artist-run gallery and ask that you maintain their previous level of funding that they can continue to provide an essential arts programme that contributes to the cultural life of Galway City.

126 needs your help to lobby Galway City Council

 

We know you love 126 and we need your help to lobby Galway City Council to come through with our funding for 2012. 126 have not yet received our 2012 rental support  funding from Galway City Council and we cannot get a clear figure as to what we can expect from them. We owe €4,500 in rent and on 20 December that will be €5750. We need to mobilise our previous board members and membership to make as much noise as possible. Galway City Council closes for Christmas on 16 December.

We’ve sent the letter below to all Galway City Councillors, local TD’s and President Higgins. 126 needs you to lobby the local representatives to put pressure on to get us our money for this year and make sure we don’t get cut next year as well.

Feel free to modify the letter, improve it and add your own experiences with 126. The email addresses are as follows:

Local Galway City Councillors
Tom Costello     tcostello@cllr.galwaycity.ie
Michael J Crowe mjcrowe@cllr.galwaycity.ie
Frank Fahey ffahy@cllr.galwaycity.ie
Nuala Nolan   nnolan@cllr.galwaycity.ie
Declan McDonnell declanpmcdonnell@eircom.net
Terry O Flaherty toflaherty@cllr.galwaycity.ie
Billy Cameron bcameron@eircom.net
Colette Connolly colconnolly@cllr.galwaycity.ie
Ollie Crowe ocrowe@cllr.galwaycity.ie
Catherine Connolly cconnolly@cllr.galwaycity.ie
Peter Keane pkeane@pmkeane.ie
Donal Lyons donallyons@eircom.net
Níal McNelis mcnelis@votelabour.ie
hildegarde.naughton@gmail.com

National Representatives: TD’s
Noel Grealish TD (Ind) noel.grealish@oireachtas.ie
Séan Kyne TD (FG) sean.kyne@oireachtas.ie
Derek Nolan TD (LAB) derek.nolan@oireachtas.ie
Brian Walsh TD (FG) brian.walsh@oireachtas.ie
Éamon Ó Cuív TD (FF) eamon.ocuiv@oireachtas.ie

President Higgins
info@president.ie

Many thanks! And hope to see you at our fundraiser, RENT EVENT, in De Burgo’s this Friday 7th December

The 126 Board

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Dear

We feel it is necessary to bring to your attention the very serious issues facing 126 Gallery. 126 gallery is a critically celebrated artist-run exhibition space in Galway city that promotes challenging and experimental art that would not be seen in commercial galleries or conventional institutions.  Since its founding in 2005, 126 provides a place where artists can meet, talk and exhibit along with their local and international peers and influences. 126 is critically acclaimed because of its policy to programme new work and engage with art graduates. It is also important to remember that there is no municipal visual arts gallery in Galway City. 126 is the only place that fulfils this role.

126 relies on public funding to cover its costs. In 2012, The Arts Council provided €10,000 for programming and Galway City Council were asked for €15,000 rental support. Until now, Galway City Council has provided full rental support. This rental support is now under threat. The 2012 funding from Galway City Council has not come though yet. I urge you to lobby Thomas Connell (Director of Services, Economic Planning, HR, Corporate Services and Community & Culture thomas.connell@galwaycity.ie ) to protect the level of rental support to maintain the future of 126 in Galway City. We cannot use Arts Council money to pay the rent, it is solely for programming purposes. We are aware of the difficulties in public financing but 126 plays a hugely important role in the visual arts in Galway. 126 represents outstanding value for money. Any reduction on the local funding would seriously threaten the existence of 126.

By providing €15,000 in rental support, Galway City Council benefits from the full-time work of 8 committed unpaid artists that programme and manage a critically acclaimed exhibition space. Board members give up to two years of their unpaid time to manage the gallery. Galway City benefits from a visual arts programme in 126 that leads the critical discourse on the west coast of Ireland. 126 won the Mayor’s award in 2009 and 2010 in recognition for our outstanding commitment to community and voluntary activity and the impact we have made on the quality of community life in Galway City.

126 runs a year-round programme of exhibitions and talks. Since 2007, there have been 101 exhibitions and talks at 126 Gallery, all documented on our blog //126gallery.blogspot.ie/  126 have hosted exhibitions by international artists; have exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy. We have partnered with NCAD, The Glucksman and artist-led spaces in Ireland. Our previous board members have exhibited in Dublin Contemporary 2011, San Francisco Bay Area and the Good Children Gallery, New Orleans among others. 126 have collaborated with Gregory Sholette, New York based Art Critic; have brought international artists to Galway including Swiss Artist Rainer Ganahl and Dutch based artist Parminderjit Singh Bhangoo among many others.

126 is run on a day-to day basis by a board of volunteers. The board of 126 is comprised of volunteers who are motivated by a passion for the arts and an intense interest in the cultural development of Galway and Ireland. The Board directly represents the membership, which is an expression of the most committed artists in the greater Galway area; it is on the basis of this relationship that the success and longevity of 126 is based.

We’ve met with Patricia Philbin in Galway City Council and are concerned as to our financial position and the level of support from City Hall. We would like you to lobby Thomas Connell on our behalf to deliver our 2012 funding and maintain our funding for next year.

Best wishes

The 126 Board

Breaking the line _ _ _ Lotte Bender, Declan Casey, Gerard Garvey, Barry McHugh

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126 present:

Breaking the line _ _ _ _

Lotte Bender    Declan Casey
Gerard Garvey    Barry McHugh

1-22 December 2012

Preview: Friday 30 November, 7- 9pm,
with opening night performances by Declan Casey and Gerard Garvey.

 

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Image:  HotStr8actn2012  Gerard Garvey
Breaking the line _ _ _ _

126 Gallery presents a show by four recent graduates from Galway & Mayo Institute of Technology, and  Limerick School of Art and Design.

This exhibition is a showcase of new work by four recent graduates.  Responding to the theme ‘Breaking the line’, each artist has engaged with powerful issues of perception, futility, identity and ownership in modern contemporary living.

 

Lotte Bender
Lotte Bender lives in Limerick and graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design with a BA in Sculpture and Combined Media.She has an interest in how perception shapes our views of the world and how this perception can be influenced, especially by the mass media.  By combining these questions within her artistic practice the aim within many of her projects, inspire dialogue and ask open-ended questions.

 

Declan Casey

Declan Casey was born in Dublin, but lives and works now in County Limerick.  Casey graduated from Limerick College of Art and Design with a BA in Sculpture and Combined Media.

Moby Strets is his alter ego, who questions the futility found in many aspects of contemporary living. This is done using both live and video performance.  The current video piece is part of an ongoing larger work in the form of a surreal short video film featuring Moby.

 

Gerard Garvey
Gerard Garvey is from Ballinasloe and graduated from GMIT, with a BA in Sculpture.

Garvey’s work is based on sexuality, gender and the complexities  that gay identities face with conforming to or rejecting society’s stereotyping critical perceptions. Blurring and testing gender roles that are placed on men, Garvey is interested in the constraints that are constructed to maintain the ‘ macho man’ social order and wants to push the boundaries on what is deemed adequate behavior for men in society today.

 

Barry McHugh
From Largydonnell, Co.Leitrim, Barry McHugh graduated from GMIT, with a BA  in Fine Art.

Through incursions and re-appropriation of images, McHugh breaks the line of creation and looks at issues of ownership in regard to the printed image.  Deliberately altering the images, McHugh changes the way the images are viewed, giving a feeling of displacement.

www.126gallery.com

 

  

126 Artist-run Gallery,
Queen St,
Galway,
Ireland

+353 86 4491366

contact@126gallery.com

www.126gallery.com

Gallery hours:
Wednesday – Saturday, 1pm – 6pm
(or by appointment)

126 presents: 126 Artist Talk 3 | Eve Vaughan

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126 presents
126 Artist Talk 3 | Eve Vaughan
Out in the open |  An artist’s insights into creating performance for public spaces
4.30pm | 13th November 2012
The White Room | Cluain Mhuire | Wellpark Road | Galway

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126 presents the third in a series of artist talks that aim to encourage critical discourse about contemporary art practice in Ireland.

 

Out in the open | An artist’s insights into creating performance for public spaces

Eve Vaughan (Galway) is a contemporary theatre and live art practitioner who specialises in making performances and installations in public spaces. Alongside working independently of theatre and art spaces, she has presented as part of festivals and with the support of art galleries in Galway, Belfast, Dublin, Glasgow, Amsterdam, New York and London. In conjunction with her arts practice she is trained drama facilitator and regularly creates performance workshops for artists and young adults.
A statement to stand by | Performance workshop
Life Room | Cluain Mhuire | GMIT
2-5pm | Friday 16th November 2012
This free workshop will look at various methodologies behind making contemporary performance and how these forms can engage with the participant’s current beliefs/preoccupations when translating ideas into live actions. Maximum 10 places. email contact@126gallery.com to book a place.

126 and TULCA present: Weatherman | Conor McFeely

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126 and TULCA present:

Weatherman

Conor McFeely

10 – 23 November 2012

Preview: Friday 09 November, 6pm

Conor McFeely
Image: Weathermen Projects, Conor McFeely, 2012

 

Weatherman – Conor McFeely

Shown for TULCA 2012 are extracts from the Weathermen projects in the form of video and audio sequences. The Weathermen projects draw upon an interest in a history of arcane references including “the weathermen” a clandestine revolutionary party in the 60’s and 70’s for the violent overthrow of the US government and the establishment of a dictatorship of the proletariat. They famously aided the jailbreak and escape of Timothy Leary. It is a landscape of the interior as much as the exterior of human experience as structured by diverse forces from the meteorological to the personal and the social.

Conor McFeely’s works have an emphasis on the manipulation of space and the idiosyncratic use of materials and media. The contexts for these works have been varied and include references to literature, cinema, art history and social contexts amongst others. He has been referred to by the Guardian newspaper as a twenty-first century electro-alchemist. His work which has often been informed by cult literature, has also been described as jump cut rather than linear, and been likened to a diatribe, more from the lips of Mark E Smith than William Burroughs, a sort of post-punk diorama. Recent shows include The Cologne Video Art Festival, CologneOFF 2012 and The Night of the Long Knives (Weathermen projects) as part of an AIR Residency at NKD Dale Norway, 2012.

126 Artist Talk 2

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126 presents:

126 Artist Talk 2 | Applying for postgraduate art programmes
Amanda Ralph, MAVIS Programme Director, IADT

5pm | 6th November 2012
126 Gallery | Queen Street | Galway

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126 presents the second in a series of artist talks.

Applying for postgraduate art programmes

Amanda Ralph, Programme Director of the MA in Visual Arts Practices (IADT) will conduct a meet and greet session to discuss applications to postgraduate art programmes. While there will be specific information provided on the MAVIS programme, Amanda will also discuss her own experience of applying to and studying in the United States along with general advice regarding proposals for study at Masters level. Recent graduates (critics, curators and artists), and those about to graduate or those interested in pursuing postgraduate art programmes are welcome.

The session will include a presentation entitled “You don’t do art for no good reason. It costs so much” James Turrell, Sunday Independent, 1991, which focuses on one of the research themes that will be taken up during the 2013 MAVIS programme.

Amanda Ralph is an artist whose practice is based on ideas generated though consideration of material in the public realm and has previously developed ideas working at the Centre for Creative Photography, Tucson, the Coroner’s Court Dublin, the Economic and Social Research Institute and the Multiple Sclerosis Care Centre, Dublin. Amanda is Programme Director of the MA in Visual Arts Practices at Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. She holds an M.Sc. from Trinity College Dublin, an MFA from the University of Arizona Tucson, and a BA(Hons) from the National College of Art and Design Dublin. Awards include Fulbright Scholarship, a one-year artist residency at the International Studio Programme at PS1 Museum of Modern Art, New York, a three-year artist residency at the Fire Station Artist’s Studios, Dublin and Arts Council of Ireland bursaries. Amanda has served on the board of the National Sculpture Factory Cork, the board of The Sculptor’s Society of Ireland and is currently a member of the International Association of Art Critics, Ireland and Advisory Board member of Askeaton Contemporary Arts.

 

126 is supported by the Arts Council, the Galway City Council and our membership.   

126, Artist-run Gallery,
Queen St,
Galway,
Ireland
+353 86 4491366
contact@126gallery.com
www.126gallery.com

Opening hours:
Wednesday – Saturday, 1pm – 6pm
(or by appointment)


 

126 Artist Talk 1 | Russell Hart in conversation with Sarah Searson

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126 presents

126 Artist Talk 1 | Russell Hart in conversation with Sarah Searson

4.30pm | 23rd October 2012

The White Room | Cluain Mhuire | GMIT

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126 presents the first in a series of artist talks that aim to encourage critical conversations about contemporary art practice in Ireland.

Russell Hart studied drawing and painting at Edinburgh College of Art before moving to Belfast to complete an M.F.A. in Fine Art. In 2008 he received an M.A. in Visual Arts from I.A.D.T. in Dublin.

In 2007 Hart established economicthought, work created by economicthought includes live audio performances and presentations, artworks, exhibitions, a series of audio pressings on both vinyl and Compact Disc, poster design and an independent record label that focuses on collaborative processes.

Recent exhibitions include; Ached Grew Print Jot (the Drawing Room Dublin), Timecoloured Place (Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin), DAS SPLINTER (Galway Arts Centre, Ireland), What Happens Next Is A Secret (Irish Museum Of Modern Art, Dublin), economicthoughtprojects (ArdBia Gallery, Berlin), and Yes Way (Music Festival, Peckham, London). Recently a number of his audio projects were featured on WFMU (America’s longest running freeform radio station). Hart is currently producing a series of new recordings for release during 2013 entitled “The Third Existence”.

Sarah Searson’s early career as an artist influences her planning and 
policy perspectives. She is a Fine Art graduate of the DIT, and returning 
to Ireland after a number of years of practice in New York, she studied 
Cultural Policy and Arts Management at UCD and later gained a Master’s in 
Public Culture Studies at IADT. Within academic contexts she has advised 
on arts processes with IADT, NUI Maynooth and lectured with DIT and UCD,
currently she is Head of Centre for Creative Arts and Media at GMIT.  She 
has recently co-authored The Grangegorman Arts Strategy for the 
Grangegorman Development Agency.

 She was responsible for developing the arts in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown for
 seven years, and there she oversaw the development of two major capital
 projects, Dance Theatre of Ireland and the Pavilion Theatre, and 
initiated and managed large-scale festivals such as the Festival of World
 Cultures 2001–2005 and the Poetry Now Festival. She has written and 
implemented arts policy and programme development for the Arts Council,
 Dublin City Council, Galway City Council, Wicklow County Council’s etc. She led mediation strategies for the InContext 3 public art programme,
 which included commissioning education processes, exhibitions, texts and
 events. She has developed and co-edited a national information project 
about Public Art in Ireland and later advised on the development of a
 parallel resource project in the area of Arts and Health. She is 
co-editor of the national public art guidelines. She has written about 
mentoring practices for artists in Ireland. Her creative practices 
include writing, curating and mentoring project development with artists.
 She keeps notes about her interests at www.sarahsearson.com

The Sky Road – Russell Hart

large stone in ditch overgrown green

The Sky Road

Russell Hart

3 October – 3 November 2012

Preview: Friday 12 October at 7pm

Russell Hart
Image: The Sky Road (photograph) 63x78cm, 2012
The Sky Road – Russell Hart
“My methodology for the production of the works included in this exhibition was simply to pinpoint a location on The Sky Road, travel to that point and gather material such as photographs, field recordings, colour samples and measurements.With this information I then constructed the pieces, a chipboard incline, a photograph, a digital graphic, a geometric collage, a vinyl record of musical compositions and a series of mixed colour samples applied throughout the gallery space and upon the works themselves where appropriate.Throughout the production of these works my thoughts kept returning to the sampling techniques often used by IDM composers to produce a remix of one particular track or another. This process involves the breakdown of an original into its component pieces before it is reassembled into a new whole. By applying a similar technique to a location my intention has been to create something abstract, beautiful and entirely new while still retaining an unmistakable sense of place.”Russell Hart studied drawing and painting at Edinburgh College of Art before moving to Belfast to complete an M.F.A. in Fine Art. In 2008 he received an M.A in Visual Arts from A.I.D.T. in Dublin.In 2007 Hart established economicthought, work created by economicthought includes live audio performances and presentations, artworks, exhibitions, a series of audio pressings on both vinyl and Compact Disc, poster design and an independent record label that focuses on collaborative processes.Recent exhibitions include; Ached Grew Print Jot (the Drawing Room Dublin), Timecoloured Place (Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin), DAS SPLINTER (Galway Arts Centre, Ireland), What Happens Next Is A Secret (Irish Museum Of Modern Art, Dublin), economicthoughtprojects (ArdBia Gallery, Berlin), and Yes Way (Music Festival, Peckham, London).Recently a number of his audio projects were featured on WFMU (America’s longest running freeform radio station).Hart is currently producing a series of new recordings for release during 2013 entitled “The Third Existence”.
126 is supported by the Arts Council, the Galway City Council and our membership.   
126 Artist-run Gallery,
Queen St,
Galway,
Ireland
Gallery hours:
Wednesday – Saturday, 1pm – 6pm
(or by appointment)

Culture Night at 126 Gallery: Artist talk & performance by Michael Karr

126 Gallery present:

Four preludes to history: The symphony that’s beginning to end

Michael Karr

Artist talk and performance by Michael Karr
7pm | Friday 21st September 2012

As part of Culture Night this Friday 21st September, 126 welcomes visitors to the gallery to see Michael Karr’s new exhibition “Four preludes to history: The symphony that’s beginning to end”, with an artist talk and performance by Michael Karr at 7pm. Four preludes to history is a bundled sequence of all of the preludes in Michael Karr’s absurdist audiovisual collage The symphony that’s beginning to end: a 16-hour-long comprehensive recomposition of music history, which consists of 9,000 fragments of recorded music from 1800 BCE up to 2012. The preludes, containing some 1,000 fragments, are layered in a dynamic sequence lasting 200 minutes over 4 chapters and performed by three musicians sharing a variety of instruments on one stage. Four preludes premiered from the 2nd to the 5th of September in SugarFactory (Amsterdam). These performances have been reconstructed as a multimedia installation in the 126 gallery space and the DVD is available for purchase. From an audio-visual standpoint, collage and symphony are so closely related that the one can serve to illustrate the other. Composed and performed by means of a spatial collage, this symphony gives insight in the progressive simultaneous production of sound that has been evolving since the beginning of time.  We know that instruments have been around for more than 10,000 years, but the earliest (surviving) recordings are to be found on 4,000 year-old clay tablets.  With time this developed to a standardized means of notation and somehow this has all logically spawned dubstep and several thousand other genres of music. We now have to rely on academic interpretations of early music; before that, there is only speculation based on archaeological findings.  As natural selection of art happens through destruction and conservation, it remains the question what will be seen as early music after another 4,000 years and how much will be misinterpreted or forgotten; for the time being, explore it while it’s around!

 

Performers:
Michael Karr:
composition, vocals, recorders and percussion
Rik Möhlmann:
keyboards, electronics, guitar, flutes and percussion
Cristina Beteringhe:
violin, vocals, flutes and percussion
David Bordeleau:
violoncello, vocals and percussion
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Four preludes to history: The symphony that’s beginning to end – Michael Karr

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126 Gallery present:

Four preludes to history: The symphony that’s beginning to end | Michael Karr

Exhibition: 19th Sept – 6th Oct 2012
Preview: Saturday 15th Sept, 7pm

Michael Karr


Four preludes to history: The symphony that’s beginning to end

Four preludes to history is a bundled sequence of all of the preludes in Michael Karr’s newest work The symphony that’s beginning to end: a 16-hour-long comprehensive audio-visual recomposition of music history, which consists of 9,000 fragments of recorded music from 1800 BCE up to 2012.

The preludes, containing some 1,000 fragments, are layered in a dynamic sequence lasting 200 minutes over 4 chapters and performed by three musicians sharing a variety of instruments on one stage.  Four preludes premiered from the 2nd to the 5th of September in SugarFactory (Amsterdam). These performances will be reconstructed as a multimedia installation in the 126 gallery space and the DVD will be available for purchase.

From an audio-visual standpoint, collage and symphony are so closely related that the one can serve to illustrate the other.  Composed and performed by means of a spatial collage, this symphony gives insight in the progressive simultaneous production of sound that has been evolving since the beginning of time.  We know that instruments have been around for more than 10,000 years, but the earliest (surviving) recordings are to be found on 4,000 year-old clay tablets.  With time this developed to a standardized means of notation and somehow this has all logically spawned dubstep and several thousand other genres of music.

We now have to rely on academic interpretations of early music; before that, there is only speculation based on archaeological findings.  As natural selection of art happens through destruction and conservation, it remains the question what will be seen as early music after another 4,000 years and how much will be forgotten; for the time being, explore it while it’s around!

 

Performers:

Michael Karr
composition, vocals, recorders, electronics, various keyboards and percussion

Rik Möhlmann
keyboards, electronics, electric guitar, flutes and percussion

Cristina Beteringhe
violin, vocals, flutes, guitar, percussion

David Bordeleau
cello, vocals, percussion

 

www.126gallery.com

www.michaelkarr.nl

 

Stranger in a Strange Land | David Callan

space man on wooden rubbish

26 Gallery present:

Stranger in a Strange Land | David Callan

Exhibition: 11th August – 8th September 2012
Preview: Friday 10th August, 6pm

David Callan
Image credit: Brendan Goode

 

Stranger in a Strange Land

“Then suddenly, with grokking so blinding he trembled, he understood money. These pretty pictures and bright medallions were not “money”; they were symbols for an idea which spread through these people, all through their world.”
Excerpt from Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

In his debut solo show, David Callan presents a mixed media installation which draws on a failure to grasp the global economic crisis, the interpretation of history and the artist’s love of science fiction to create an imagined narrative of current events. ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’ takes its title from the 1961 science fiction novel of the same name by Robert A. Heinlein (who borrowed it from the Book of Exodus), the story of a Martian’s attempts to understand life on earth. In turn, the artist has created dystopian works inspired by our enigmatic alien landscape of ghost estates and abandoned building sites, modern day monoliths, and questions how will they be interpreted hundreds of years from now. The work takes aesthetic and allegorical cues from such films as the Alien franchise and 2001: A Space Odyssey, in particular their miniature special effects, as well as building sites, Newgrange and Joe McNamara’s Achillhenge.

David Callan is an artist based in Galway. He is a graduate of GMIT Cluain Mhuire and a former board member of 126. He has shown widely around Ireland as well as in the USA and Finland. He has yet to exhibit in Berlin.

The Good Children Gallery: Post-Fordlândia – Tom Flanagan & Megs Morley

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126 Gallery & The Good Children Gallery present:

Post-Fordlândia 

An exhibition of new collaborative work by Tom Flanagan & Megs Morley

126, Artist-run Gallery,
Queen St,
Galway,
Ireland
www.126gallery.com

An exhibition of new collaborative work by Tom Flanagan & Megs Morley

Tom Flanagan & Megs Morley

 

Post-Fordlândia

An exhibition of new collaborative work by Tom Flanagan & Megs Morley

Opening Reception: Saturday August 11th, 6pm – 10pm

Post-Fordlândia is a series of films and photographic works exploring the ruins of Fordlândia, Henry Ford’s failed utopian, white-picket town constructed in 1928 in the heart of the Amazonian rainforest. Fordlândia, a now abandoned American town exists as the most poignant existing monument to Ford’s attempt to export his puritanical model of capitalism “Fordism” and the American way of life into other parts of the world. Whilst Ford’s vision was at once protecting even parental, it was utterly totalitarian, and as industrialised processes became increasingly global, the flaws in Ford’s logic began to erode the fabric of his utopian dream. As the ensuing disasters mounted, Ford’s aims for Fordlândia became increasingly obsessed by idealism, as if he sensed that the growing failure of Fordlândia was an apocalyptic premonition that threatened to destroy his vision of the world saved by capitalism.

Post-Fordlândia is a series of works exploring the space between fiction, documentary, and subjective observation, that contemplates the physical and ideological failure of the exportation of the capitalist dream into one of the most complex ecological and cultural places on the planet.

Megs Morley and Tom Flanagan are visual artists based in Galway, Ireland. Their collaborative practice is primarily concerned with the exploration of cultural and political contexts and sites through the expanded use of artists cinema, cinematic space, documentary, fiction and experimental film. Their approach to moving image is multifaceted and experimental and plays with the forms and tropes of both fiction and non-fiction film. Their work explores a self-reflexive inquiry into the medium of film, and attempts to complicate potential readings surrounding the documentation of politically complex sites and contexts thereby creating a criticality on the relationship between images, history and memory.

Morley and Flanagan both studied Fine Art Sculpture in LSAD before completing Masters in Visual Arts Practices in IADT, 2008. Their work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in both gallery and film festival contexts. Recent solo and group exhibitions include: Galway Arts Centre, June 2011 (Solo), Rencontres Internationales: Paris: Centre Pompidou November 2011. “A Series of Navigations” curated by Seamus Kealy, The Model, Sligo. Upcoming: Rencontres Internationales: Berlin – July 2012, Mermaid Arts, Wicklow, (Solo) 2013. Public Commissions include “Aughty, a Film in 4 Parts” a feature length film, commissioned by Aughty Public Art Projects and Galway County Council, July 2012.126 Gallery is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Good Children Gallery, New Orleans, USA. The Good Children Gallery is a pioneer artist-run space based in the St. Claude Arts District aimed at enhancing the cultural landscape of New Orleans. The space serves as a bellwether for artistic endeavors by exhibiting engaging work from local, national, and international artists.As part of this new partnership, the galleries will exchange exhibitions during the upcoming programme year. 126 Gallery will travel with a show to New Orleans in August 2012, with the Good Children Gallery bringing a show to Galway in June 2013.

126 is supported by the Arts Council, the Galway City Council and our membership.   The Good Children Gallery, 4037 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
good children gallery

Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday 12pm – 5pm

 

126, Artist-run Gallery,
Queen St,
Galway,
Ireland+353 91 569871
contact@126gallery.com
www.126gallery.com

Opening hours:
Wednesday – Saturday, 1pm – 6pm
(or by appointment)

126 PRODUCTS & SERVICES

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Dear 126 members,

126 invite you to the launch of

126 PRODUCTSSERVICES

 

Zu & Nu
Russell Hart
Lisa Sweeney
Laura Brennan
Simon Fleming
Ben Geoghegan
Marielle McLeman
Sarah Jameson-CoadyOfficial Launch: Wednesday 25th July from 7pm

This aspect of the current exhibition comes from the thought/reality that many of our members are multi-skilled practitioners and so have a lot to offer in terms of products and services, along side their career orientated fine art practice. 126 product services is a gesture to highlight these skills and possibly strip out some of the stigma of a singular and strictly fine art practice.
The 126 committee are releasing a new badge range at €2 and limited edition high quality 100% cotton bag for life at €6.00 each.
Zu & Nu has a range of accessories for both formal and informal wear at various prices.
Economic Thought Projects has five 6 inch records in an edition of 250 for sale at €10 each.
Lisa Sweeney has produced a range of products using Tayto bags at various prices.
Laura Brennan has produced an A1 drawing to promote/celebrate her Architectural Practice.
Simon Fleming has produced a poster illustrating his skills as an illustration designer.
Sarah Jameson-Coady has produced a skyscape cake of Galway to celebrate/promote her business Top Shelf Cakes.
Marielle McLeman and Ben Geoghegan have collaborated to produce a table.
Ben Geoghegan has a number of items for sale including a refurnished bicycle, 2nd hand books, drawings and has also collaboration with his Grandmother, which has produced bobble hats.

We would be delighted if you can join us for the official launch this Wednesday 25th July from 7pm in 126.

Best wishes,

126 Board

products and services

Offsite – Eve Vaughan & Mitch Conlon

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OFFSITE PERFORMANCE | EVE VAUGHAN & MITCH CONLON | 126 ARTIST-RUN GALLERY | GALWAY ARTS FESTIVAL | 16 – 29 JULY 2012

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126 in association with the Galway Arts Festival present:

Offsite Performance

Eve Vaughan

Mitch Conlon

16th – 29th July 2012

Check our website for performance times and locations throughout the festival, or visit the gallery and ‘we will point you in the right direction’.

126 Gallery - Eve Vaughan

 

Eve Vaughan

Julie Fiala and Eve Vaughan embarked on a series of collaborations at the beginning of 2011. The Video piece “Lay of the Land; Dublin” took place in March. The idea for the action came about from conversations on the nature of “Divide and Conquer”. A strategy employed by political and military interests in order to gain and maintain power by breaking up larger concentrations of power into smaller parts. The thinking being that people would be too busy arguing amongst themselves to have the solidarity needed to fend off enemies.

The north and south of Dublin have traditionally been seen as separate in terms of sociological and economic mindsets, and although in a state of perpetual motion the division still remains in the psyche of the city. This piece takes place on O’Connell Bridge, the inner meeting point of the north and south of the city.
Eve Vaughan (Galway) is a contemporary theatre and live art practitioner who specialises in making performances and installations in public spaces. Alongside working independently of theatre and art spaces, she has presented as part of festivals and with the support of art galleries in Galway, Belfast, Dublin, Glasgow, Amsterdam, New York and London. In conjunction with her arts practice she uses drama as a developmental and exploratory tool for working with young people.   Julie Fiala (Queìbec City) recently returned to Canada after more than seven years living in Britain, then the north of Ireland. A performance artist and cultural activist, she has presented her artistic and academic work in Ontario, the Czech Republic, Russia, Belfast, Dublin, London, Yorkshire, Scotland and New York. She has been the Programme Director of Modern Fuel Artist- Run Centre (Kingston, Canada, 2002-04) and has received artistic and academic awards, including a Commonwealth Scholarship for studies in England.

Mitch Conlon
Image: ‘DELIVER US JIM, DELIVER US! BE NOT AFRAID, I GO BEFORE YOU ALWAYS’ 2012 
Mitch Conlon
‘DELIVER US JIM, DELIVER US! BE NOT AFRAID, I GO BEFORE YOU ALWAYS’

‘Naw man sure im telling ya its the volvo ocean drinking race. Boer, she’s middlin that one. Here c’mere jim man we head down the kebab house and we get the deed on. Dogs dinner, cert. Kebab house, not proud of it, not ashamed of it either. Throw us it all on there fiend, don’t be afraid of it, with chips. Your wan’s trying to skip the queue there on the sly hey. Here jim man, relax there to fack will ya. Yer wan’s a thundering bitch skipping. I wouldnt ride ya into a battle ya bitch. Here jim man relax, ahh here ladsThere was no neeed to be rucking there jim. Whatdaya on about man, sure ya got her into a headlock in the middle of the kebab house. She was about 45 ya dick. Ring 50 shades of Dan there an tell him we’ll head down the Roisheen an get a bottle outta the wine-ese. Boer tides

Fackin wine-ese, right we’ll head up the No.10 shop for the snear and get a bottle a bucky, throw it in the jacket jim. Yeah sure yer man owes a ball of tax, he’ll throw ya out a bottle no bother hey. Sure we’ll kip back in the van, certified qualitay. Faack, how are we gonna make it through the arts festival’.

facebook photo albums here: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

 

126 is supported by the Arts Council, the Galway City Council and our membership.   

 

Our mailing address:

126, Artist-run Gallery
Queen St
Galway
Ireland
contact@126gallery.com
www.126gallery.com

 

Opening hours:
1pm – 6pm (16th – 29th July)

The Bureau

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THE BUREAU OF ‘WE WILL POINT YOU IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION | 126 ARTIST-RUN GALLERY | GALWAY ARTS FESTIVAL |  16 – 29 JULY 2012

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THE BUREAU OF ‘WE WILL POINT YOU IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION’
126 Gallery: ICONOCLAST | Ben Geoghegan | Products & Services

>>The Shed: Brian Loughran & Kate Howard

>>>Offsite: Eve Vaughan & Mitch Conlon

16th – 29th July 2012

126

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126 is supported by the Arts Council, the Galway City Council and our membership.   

Our mailing address:

126, Artist-run Gallery
Queen St
Galway
Ireland
contact@126gallery.com
www.126gallery.com

Opening hours:
1pm – 6pm (16th – 29th July)

Iconoclast – Ben Geoghegan

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ICONOCLAST | BEN GEOGHEGAN | 126 ARTIST-RUN GALLERY | GALWAY ARTS FESTIVAL | 16 – 29 JULY 2012

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126 in association with the Galway Arts Festival present:

ICONOCLAST

Ben Geoghegan

16th – 29th July 2012

Opening reception: Wed 18th July, 7pm

126 Gallery - Ben Geoghegan

Image: LT Self Portrait aged 33, 2010. RT Bobble Hat collaboration with Granma Geoghegan, 2011/12

The intensions for ‘Iconoclast‘ are to accommodate and privilege disparities and complexities within idenity and collectives; using photography as an expression of curiosity and participation in broader fields of everyday life, and as a means of looking widely into the world. 

Offering an opportunity to meditate upon the grandeur of history and as an analogy for the particularity and sameness of our experience, especially in an age of increasing homogeneity; when the sustainability of our existence is everyone’s concern.

The exhibition concerns itself with the history of Art and ‘exhibition’ and is not alone among contemporary discourse in this respect, but intends to maintain a level of playfulness and humour that can be accessible, and engaged with popular culture, whether it’s the history and discourse of photography or painting, etc.

Using a variant of Brechtian “alienation” technique, nudgingly reminding us that we are looking at a construct, a staged contrivance, the exhibits articulate diverse ideas and means in order to formulate a poetics of vision confronted with the gaps between reality and representation.

Through ‘Iconoclast ‘ it is intended that there materialises a specfic condition of exposure that is essential to Art and offers a critical commentry on the ways in which presentation bestows value and addresses constituencies. Through combining production modes of making and presenting (at once creative, analytic, interpretive) and by inhabiting the roles of photographer, curator, designer, critic, fabricator and historian (all under the rubric of Visual Practitioner), the works presented in this show celebrate a challenge to cherished beliefs, be those, of Church, State, and the institution of Art itself ?

Bonkers.
‘It’s all one song.’
– Neil Young replied to a fans request for a song.

126 is supported by the Arts Council, the Galway City Council and our membership.   

126 is supported in kind by Eight Bar & Restaurant and the Traditional Cheese Co.

Eight Bar & Restaurant Traditional Cheese Co.

Our mailing address:

126, Artist-run Gallery
Queen St
Galway
Ireland
contact@126gallery.com
www.126gallery.com

Opening hours:

1pm – 6pm (16th – 29th July)

The Shed: Brian Loughran & Kate Howard

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BRIAN LOUGHRAN & KATE HOWARD | THE SHED | 126 GALLERY | GALWAY ARTS FESTIVAL | 16 – 29 JULY 2012

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Brian Loughran

Kate Howard

16th – 29th July 2012
Opening reception: Friday 20th July, 7pm

 

Brian Loughran

Brian Loughran is a Galway based visual artist, graduating from LCAD in 1995. Loughran explores notions of memory and identity in his work, often using the mediums of object installation and performance art. Brian has received grants from the Arts Council of Ireland, and has performed and exhibited in Unit 1, Dublin, Platform Arts, Belfast, 2009, ‘Weather permitting’, Galway, Driocht, Dublin, and RAP, Limerick. For ‘The Shed’ exhibition, Loughran presents two new works, ‘Prey’ and ‘Guillotine’. Both works play on the viewer’s sense of anticipation and expectation. ‘Guillotine’ alludes to the seduction of dangerous close encounters and the notion of being close to the edge of a perilous situation. ‘Prey’ evokes a sense of frustration and endless empathy as the work is futile in its nature.

kate howard, 'bauen', mixed media, 2011
‘Bauen’, 2011
Kate Howard
Kate Howard aims to examine the various spatial and architectural features of the exhibition space. By the means of nominal site-specific intervention, seizing an existing situation and exposing the essence of the materials employed. Howard is primarily concerned with instability and alterability, with construction and decay. She hopes to create new environments that reveal the essence and unpredictability of the materials themselves. Through employing and manipulating functional everyday materials and re-configuring their potential. Interventions produced on site, objects become spatial structures. Kate Howard is a contemporary visual artist and arts organizer based in Galway. In 2010 she completed her MA in Arts Policy and Practice through the Huston School of Film and Digital Media at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She holds degrees in Fine Art from Sligo IT (2000) and GMIT (2009).
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Image: Eimearjean McCormack

The Shed, Middle Pier, The Docks, Galway

Facilitated by the generous support of the Galway Harbour Company and the Galway City Arts Office, The Shed is a large 4,000 square foot warehouse space located on the middle pier of the Galway Docks. The space will be used for the duration of 2012 and into 2013 for a wide variety of projects and exhibitions, all instigated by local artists affiliated with Adapt Galway’s organisations. Adapt hopes that by doing so, it will provide a unique platform for local artists to showcase their talents at a local and national level. Adapt also hopes to highlight the great potential of such vacant spaces around the city and how they could be used in the future.

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126 is supported by the Arts Council, the Galway City Council and our membership.   

126 is supported in kind by Adapt Galway, Galway Harbour Company and the Harbour Hotel.

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Our mailing address:126, Artist-run Gallery
Queen St
Galway
Ireland

contact@126gallery.com

www.126gallery.com

 

Bar 8 – 50/50

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126 present: 50/50 // Eight Bar & Restaurant // 11th – 29th July 2012

50/50 art.sale

Opening reception: Wed 11th July, 7pm

50/50

Installation: Jasmin Finn | Image credit: Ruth Le Gear

 

126 is delighted to present: ’50/50′ an exhibition of art works kindly donated by the 126 membership to help raise funds for the gallery’s annual operational costs and extensive visual arts programme. Eight Bar and Restaurant once again lends its fantastic support to 126 by hosting the exhibition during the busy festive period of 11th – 29th July. ’50/50′ offers a great opportunity to purchase artwork from an exciting range of emerging and established artists based both nationally and internationally, while at the same time generously helping to support 126’s activities in the coming year. We would like to thank all the artists who have submitted works for the exhibition to date, and we will continue to collect work up until Saturday 7th July.

Submissions can be delivered to the gallery during opening hours (1pm – 6pm, Wed – Sat) up until 6pm on Saturday 7th July. Please include your name, title of work and price guidleine (€100 max) with each submission. Please remember to take into consideration that it is a group exhibition and that space is limited, so very large works may not be accepted. All sales will be split 50/50.
We hope you will join us at the opening reception on July 11th at 7pm in Eight Bar & Restaurant, Dock Rd, Galway.
Thank you for your support!
126 Board
126, Artist-run Gallery plays an important role as the only permanent space in Galway that allows artists to experiment and take risks with their practice. 126 is Galway’s and the west of Ireland’s first artist-led exhibition space. 126 was established in 2006 by local artists in their own living room as a response to the urgent need for more non-commercial gallery spaces in Galway. 126 shifted locations to a white-cube space and invited local artists to form a Board based on the successful democratic style of Catalyst (Belfast) and Transmission (Glasgow). In 2009, 126 relocated to a larger, more prominent space on Queen Street in the city centre, where we remain to this day.
126 has developed a reputation as an organisation which supports traditionally unrepresented artistic projects. We have consistently programmed work that other organisations and commercial galleries within Galway and western Ireland’s cultural infrastructure may find difficult. Because we are a not-for-profit, publicly funded gallery space, we are able to make decisions on an artistic, rather than economic, basis. As such, 126 is gaining recognition and support as a place of cultural innovation in Ireland and is quickly becoming an integral part of Galway’s cultural fabric.
126 is kindly supported by the Galway City Council, the Arts Council and its membership.

www.126gallery.com
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“Apposite Extravaganza: Cheating Progress” – Volvo Ocean Race

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Apposite Extravaganza: Cheating Progress
Part of the Volvo Ocean Race Galway

With work by: 126 Artist-Run Gallery, Nina Amazing, Aideen Barry, John Brady, Michelle Brown, Carol Anne Connolly, Roisin Coyle, Dorothy Cross, Benjamin de Burca, Economic Thought Projects, Simon Fleming, Ann Maria Healy, Martin Healy, John Herrick, Ken Lee, Maggie Madden, Louise Manifold, Fiona Murray, Angela O’Brien, Occupy Galway, Tadhg O’Cuirrin, Roisin O’Sullivan, Sheila Rennick, Amy Taylor, and Sarah Quick.

Curated by Jim Ricks

Exchange House, Fairgreen Road, Galway (Adjacent to the Radisson and Revenue)

June 30 – July 8, 2012. Open daily 12 – 6 pm.

Opening Reception: June 29th, 6 pm with a performance by Economic Thought Projects.
As part of the Volvo Ocean Race Closing Stopover in Galway, Let’s Do It Galway presents an exhibition of contemporary visual art just a short walk away from all the action in the Race Village and Global Village.  Occupying the first two floors of the Exchange House on Fairgreen Road, adjacent to the Radisson and to Revenue, the space is over 20,000 square feet. Uniquely, it will feature over 25 artists from, or living in Galway and is curated byJim Ricks (US).
Typical of contemporary practice, the show features a diverse range of works ranging from the recreation of a local sitting room, a tornado like sculpture of miniature houses, a shark’s heart, as well as photography, sculpture, painting and video.  It has an equally diverse range of artists, as it features recent graduates and emerging artists to those of national and international significance.  Together in this exhibition they form an exciting component of the Volvo Ocean Race events in Galway and draws particular attention to a sometimes overlooked, yet extraordinarily dynamic part of Galway’s rich cultural life: visual artists.
Although always open to interpretation, the themes in Apposite Extravaganza: Cheating Progress reflect the broad set of interests of the artists.  Many take an insightful, careful and often humourous look at the important issues of our time.  Many of the works deal with issues that relate directly to Galway and Ireland, others to larger global concerns.  Others seek to deconstruct the sometimes impenetrable world of art museums and institutions.
The empty space on Fairgreen Street has been reworked and modified especially for this exhibition and has been kindly provided by property owner John Hughes. The curator has chosen to highlight an interesting cross section of local intellectual talent.  The varied practices of these artists have been woven together in a way that is provocative and engaging for the general public.  Along with the unique treatment of the venue and the diversity of those involved,  strands within the exhibition include research and showing works in development as well as the inclusion of individuals, organisations and communities normally in the supporting role or on the margins of  Galway’s cultural sphere.  It promises to be a visually stimulating and energising exhibition.
This exhibition was made possible by the kind support of Galway City Council.
Special thanks to: Galway City Council, John Hughes, Lets’ Do It Galway, Lisa Hallinan, Jim Ricks, Aisling Riannon, Michael Connolly, Michael Mee, Niall de Buitlear, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Royal Hibernian Academy, Visual Artists Ireland, Alan Butler and Kai Cafe + Restaurant without whom this project wouldn’t be possible.
 

In all things – Eamon O’Kane

small pieces of cut out pieces of wood.

126 presents:

In all things

Eamon O’Kane

June 13th – July 7th 2012
Preview: Saturday June 9th – 7pm

Image courtesy of the artist
 
In all things
For his most recent exhibition artist Eamon O´Kane has chosen to focus on the chemical element Carbon. O´Kane has produced a series of charcoal animations and constructed a site-specific installation of new charcoal wall drawings and sculptures examining the molecular and crystal structure of carbon and other elements. Carbon is the 15th most abundant element in the Earth’s crust, and the fourth most abundant element in the universe by mass after hydrogen, helium, and oxygen. It is present in all known life forms, and in the human body carbon is the second most abundant element by mass (about 18.5%) after oxygen. This abundance, together with the unique diversity of organic compounds and their unusual polymer-forming ability at the temperatures commonly encountered on Earth, make this element the chemical basis of all known life.
The work in the show also draws on the legacy of Frederich Fröbel (the inventor of the Kindergarten) and the effect of his education techniques on society, especially in relation to the development of creativity. Fröbel originally trained as a crystallographer and then he designed the educational play materials known as Fröbel Gifts, or Fröbelgaben, which included geometric building blocks and pattern activity blocks. These simple wooden blocks and shapes have inspired many artists, architects, mathematicians, engineers and designers such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Piet Mondrian, and Charles Eames. Who were all were educated in early childhood using Fröbel Gifts. In addition the works in the exhibition relate to his childhood home in Co. Donegal including the history of this house, which has been central to the artists practice for many years. In this exhibition the artist brings together all the disparate aspects of his art practice together under one theme.
Eamon O’ Kane (b. in 1974 in Belfast, Ireland. Lives and works in Bergen, Norway and Odense, Denmark).
O’Kane studied at National College of Art and received MFAs from University of Ulster and from Parsons School of Design, New School University, NY. Solo exhibitions include Rare Gallery, New York, USA; Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland; ArtSway, New Forest, UK; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, France; Economist Plaza, London, UK. He has participated in e v+ a, Limerick seven times including 2005 when he received an OPEN e v+ a award. He is recipient of awards including the Taylor Art Award, The Tony O’Malley Award, The Pollock Krasner Foundation grant and a Fulbright Award. His artwork is in numerous collections worldwide including Deutsche Bank; Burda Museum, Baden Baden, Germany; Sammlung Südhausbau, Munich; Aspen RE, London; Rugby Art Gallery and Museum Collection.

 

Experimental Film Club // 31.05.12

old picture man open mouth head back wide eyed

126 presents:
Experimental Film Club

31.05.12 // 20.00

We are delighted to announce our first screening on 16mm film of Dimitri Kirsanoff’s ‘Ménilmontant’, which will take place on Thursday May 31st at 8pm in 126, Artist-run Gallery, Queen St., Galway. The event is free and all are welcome.

 38 min / 16mm film / silent
 
The Experimental Film Club Galway at 126 Gallery is a new initiative that aims to bring together cinephiles and like-minded individuals interested in experimental cinema and all it has to offer. The club aims to be a meeting point and forum for discussion around experimental film practices, both contemporary and historic with the aim to building new audiences in Galway for this unique and overlooked form of cinema. The Club is organised by Galway native Tom Flanagan (Co-director of Different Directions experimental film festival) in conjunction with 126 Gallery. It is envisaged that screenings will happen monthly with a strong emphasis on screening works available on 16mm / super 8 film.

We are delighted to announce our first screening on 16mm film of Dimitri Kirsanoff’s ‘Ménilmontant’, which will take place on Thursday May 31st at 8pm in 126, Artist-run Gallery, Queen St., Galway. The event is free and all are welcome.

Dimitri Kirsanoff’s Ménilmontant is a masterpiece of silent cinema, taking a simple melodramatic plot and transforming it into a deeply affecting work of art with the sheer force of the poetic and intense visuals that Kirsanoff uses to tell his story. The film follows a pair of sisters who leave the country for the city after their parents are slaughtered in a mysterious axe murder. Unusually for the time, there are no intertitles, so the plot is communicated entirely with imagery. Kirsanoff employs a wide variety of aesthetic tools, from superimposition to expressive close-ups to poetic non-narrative shots of the urban surroundings.

In France from 1923, Kirsanoff was at the forefront of Parisian avant-garde filmmaking thanks to works such as Ménilmontant. For a recent article on the subject read ‘The Paradoxes of Dimitri Kirsanoff: ‘Menilmontant’ Within the Avant-Garde Tradition‘ written by Santiago Rubín de Celis for ‘Experimental Conversations‘ Cork Film Centre’s online journal of experimental film.

For more information contact: experimentalgalway@gmail.com

www.experimentalfilmclub.wordpress.com
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126 Open Studio Residency Project: Helen Caird

looks like dark egg shells

 

126 Open Studio Residency Project

Helen Caird

April 18th – May 12th, 2012

 

Following its successful launch last year, 126 is pleased to announce that local artist Helen Caird will be undertaking this years Open Studio Residency Project in 126’s Queen Street gallery space this coming April and May.

During this period, the gallery will be transformed into an open studio, and the artist is invited to explore elements of their practice in this new context. The project will culminate as a short exhibition during the final week. The space will be open to the public during normal gallery hours for the duration of the project, and we would encourage members of the public to visit, to observe and converse with the artist at work. We hope that this will foster an environment where the public can engage with and gain a greater insight into the contemporary creative process.

Helen Caird is a recent graduate (2011) of Cluain Mhuire, G.M.I.T., with an honours degree in the discipline of Painting. Since leaving college, she has been involved in a number of shows which include the RDS Student Art Award Show, as well as its travelling exhibition (August – October 2011), the PrettyvacanT Dublin “Unused and Unloved” Exhibition (October 2011) and TULCA (November 2011). Helen is a founding member of The Kitchen Table Collective which formed in June, 2011. She is also the group’s representative (along with another core member) for the ADAPT initiative.

126 will be open to the public during normal gallery hours (Wednesday to Saturday, 1pm – 6pm) for the duration of the residency project.

Please join us for the closing reception on May 9th to see how the project unfolds.

Closing reception: Wednesday May 9th, 7pm

Artist talk: Friday May 11th, 1pm

Call for submissions: 126 Gallery – New Orleans

map good children gallery

126 Gallery – New Orleans (USA) – August 11th – 25th, 2012

Call for submissions: 126 Gallery – New Orleans (USA) – August 11th – 25th, 2012

126 Gallery is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Good Children Gallery, New Orleans, USA. The Good Children Gallery is a pioneer artist-run space based in the St. Claude Arts District aimed at enhancing the cultural landscape of New Orleans. The space serves as a bellwether for artistic endeavors by exhibiting engaging work from local, national, and international artists. As part of this new partnership, the galleries will exchange exhibitions during the upcoming programme year. 126 Gallery will travel with a show to New Orleans in August 2012, with the Good Children Gallery bringing a show to Galway in June 2013.

126 would like to welcome submissions as part of its exchange programme with the Good Children Gallery. The exhibition will be a solo project and take place from August 11th – August 25th 2012, during the White Linen Festival. This is a unique opportunity to showcase work on an international scale during the busiest period in the New Orleans art district. This exchange aims to bring new talent to new audiences and to create opportunities for future projects and collaborations. Submissions should include the following: (1) specific proposal (2) artist statement and biography/cv (3) images of work / links to video files (4) submission fee Submission fee: €10 to 126 members / €20 to non-members Submissions by e-mail: contact@126gallery.com Submissions by post: 126 Gallery, Queen St, Galway, Ireland The deadline for submissions is 1st June, 2012 www.126gallery.com www.goodchildrengallery.com

AS ABOVE, SO BELOW

as above so below in cut out uneven text
 

126 presents:

AS ABOVE, SO BELOW

Lucy Andrews and Carl Giffney

Curated by Padraic E.Moore


March 17th – April 7th, 2012

Preview: Friday March 16th, 7pm

 
 
 
 











Dearest One,


I hope this finds you in good spirits. As you may be aware, I’m organising an exhibition of Lucy Andrews and Carl Giffney at 126 Gallery in Galway. You’ll undoubtedly already be familiar with the ubiquitous hermetic maxim I’ve taken for the title. I’ve always liked the idea that there is to everything a corresponding analogy. In the context of this exhibition, the title relates to the idea that for every occurrence on our material visible plane there is an invisible, unseen equivalent. For while this is ostensibly a site specific installation comprising of domestic detritus, household products and broken appliances manipulated and placed about the gallery in a ludic manner, it is on another level a field of unseen forces activating a determined space. In this way, AS ABOVE, SO BELOW explores the rhythms between things and emphasises the obvious fact that the positioning of a work of art is an important element of the work, and how, on final analysis, an exhibition possesses an unseen form in itself a ‘new spatiality’.

I’m excited by what Lucy’s been doing in the studio. She’s congregating flotsam and jetsam with an array of gels and unidentifiable liquids into sprawling landscapes upon the floor. She has this tendency toward subjecting low-tech appliances to instinctive and intriguing processes of experimentation. This is what I find most captivating, these actions of taking base materials and separating them from their original use in order to suggest the presence of some hidden potential or maybe the possibility that some force can be released from within them. This manipulation is alchemical. The exhibition at 126 includes a number of objects evocative of ritualistic vessels, in which viscous materials, are activated by energy sources or allowed to form reactions with each other. The resulting experience is olfactory as well as visual, and I suppose one might interpret these works as the manifestation of some primal demiurgic instinct to effect change in ones immediate material surroundings.

The reference to cultic gatherings and props of worship are equally present in Carl’s new installation, which is comprised of a scenography constructed around an object resembling the ark of the covenant. It’s almost like a diorama in that it appears like a reconstruction of an actual event at the centre of which is a sacred relic. Materially his work speaks of subtle energies and instinctive impulses while the narrative implied is one of mass exodus. The elements positioned in the gallery space are presented in a way that ensures they reveal their symbolic potential. It is my hope that this exhibition becomes something that can be ‘taken away’ by the spectator, in a sort of telepathic transmission. Through the intermediate passage from concrete form the works pass from being an idea in the artist’s mind to an idea in the mind of the viewer.

I really do hope that you have the opportunity to visit this show.

Yours fraternally in anticipation,

Pádraic E. Moore

Game On / Re-Newing Media Art

futuristic cityscape woman and child floating

Cao Fei / China Tracy. “Live in RMB City,” 2009 Courtesy of the artist and Vitamin Creative Space, Beijing

 

Game On / Re-Newing Media Art

A touring initiative
Curated by Chris Clarke

Artists: Peggy Ahwesh (US), Paul B. Davis (US), Michael Bell-Smith (US), Cao Fei (CN), Faith Denham (IE), JODI (NL), Oliver Laric (AT), Conor McGarrigle (IE), Takeshi Murata (US)

126 Gallery: Thursday March 8th, 6pm

 

Game On / Re-Newing Media Art is a touring screening programme of artist’s film and video works that utilise the imagery and media of desktop interfaces, video games and online software. Curated by Chris Clarke (Curator of Education and Collections, Lewis Glucksman Gallery). Game On explores the ways in which contemporary artists appropriate and manipulate extant online materials and applications, often in order to challenge the rhetoric of user-interactivity and to highlight the aesthetics of the computer screen. While new media artists have often explored computer technologies in their practices, the featured artists in Game On appropriate existing software; an approach shared with hackers and ‘hacktivists’ who often re-programme mass-produced video games and applications as a strategy of subversion. While hacking has generally concerned itself with forms of sabotage through computer viruses and website vandalism, the artists here use widely-available software to create films that emphasise the aesthetic qualities of the virtual landscape.

Artists: Peggy Ahwesh (US), Paul B. Davis (US), Michael Bell-Smith (US), Cao Fei (CN), Faith Denham (IE), JODI (NL), Oliver Laric (AT), Conor McGarrigle (IE), Takeshi Murata (US)

A 42-page publication featuring information on the artists, works and an essay situating Game On within the wider history of media art and ‘hacktivism’ has been produced to accompany the programme. For further information, please contact: exhibitions@glucksman.org