Ciarán Doyle | Laura McMorrow | Helena Gouveia Monteiro | Sarah Wren Wilson

Preview: 6 pm, Friday, 1st of February
Runs: until Feb 17th 2019.

126 Artist-run Gallery is pleased to present Barnacle which features the work of the four recipients of the Burren College of Art, 4th Emerging Irish Artist Residency Award: Ciarán Doyle, Laura McMorrow, Helena Gouveia Monteiro and Sarah Wren Wilson. 

After the snowstorm that hit Ireland in early 2018, the exhibition was delayed, and we are delighted to present this collaboration between 126 and The Burren College of Art now. Following Barnacle, we will present “Interplay”, featuring new works by the 2018 recipients of the Emerging Irish Artist Residency Award, Conor Coady, Phoebe McDonogh, Matthew Mitchell and Olivia Normile.

In October 2017, these four artists took up a month’s residence in the Burren College of Art and the village of Ballyvaughan. Akin to the filtering process of the marine barnacle, these four artists filtered through the distinct particles of their new home.  As the austere Burren landscape mingled with the warmth of the Ballyvaughan village, so proceeded the venturing into the landscape, the trailing of whiskeys, and the capturing of oddities.

This show functions as an invitation to glimpse their individual artistic approaches to creating; from painting to casting plaster, to darkroom photography. Collectively their artworks offer a paradoxical juxtaposition connected by the nuances of a shared experience of place and time.

Admission is free and all are welcome. 126 is kindly funded by The Arts Council of Ireland and Galway City Council.


Ciarán Doyle

Born in Dublin (1992). His work observes Edge-lands and awkward spaces in Ireland. The paintings focus on unremarkable and forgotten streets, buildings and landscapes, and focuses on their overlooked beauty. While these spaces appear dull at first, they appear remarkable in certain lights and the unusual perspectives that are employed in these works. In 2015 Aidan Dunne mentioned Ciaran’s work in his review of the three Dublin College’s Degree shows in The Irish Times: “There were painters of note at all three shows… At NCAD, Ciarán Doyle’s amalgams of photographs, drawings and paintings of anomalous urban spaces, utilitarian, contingent and shabby, but oddly beautiful, also stood out”; (June 12) //

Laura McMorrow

Laura McMorrow is a visual artist from Leitrim. She holds a Masters in Fine art from the University of Ulster in Belfast (2012) and she graduated with a degree in painting from Limerick School of Art and Design (2008). Her practice incorporates video installation, sculpture, collage, and painting. Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition at Leitrim Sculpture Centre (2018) and a group exhibition in The Model, Sligo.

Helena Gouveia Monteiro

Filmmaker, photographer and editor Helena Gouveia Monteiro was born in Lisbon in 1991. She received her MFA from the Villa Arson National Art School in France in 2015 and lives and works in Dublin and Marseilles.

Her work was featured in international exhibitions, screenings and performances such as Altered States in the UK, Staunton International Film Festival, Ultra Cinema in Mexico, PRÁM studios and Prototyp gallery in Prague, Images Contre Nature and Traverse Vidéo in France, Halftone Print Fair and PhotoIreland Festival in Dublin.In 2016 she co-founded Stereo Editions, an independent publisher of artists’ books, films, and sounds working between France, Ireland, and Portugal.

She was recently awarded the Emerging Artist Residency at the Burren College of Art and the Project Development Residency at Leitrim Sculpture Centre.

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Originally from Monaghan, Sarah is a current studio member of Ormond Studios, Dublin and a studio facilitator at KCAT, Kilkenny. She completed her BA(Hons) Fine Art at Loughborough University, England. Since then Sarah has taken part in several residencies abroad and been shortlisted for two London based awards ‘The Young Contemporary Purchase Prize’ and the Graduate ‘Works in Print’ Prize.

In 2016, Sarah completed her Fine Art Masters (Distinction) at the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland. She continues to exhibit in Ireland with a recent solo show in June 2018 at the Ards Art Centre, Co. Down. Sarah has also exhibited internationally in locations such as China, New York and Sweden.