Pop-Up Exhibition at 126 Gallery (H91NN29) called A MOST TENDER TUG OF WAR, featuring work by artists Enda Burke and Sorcha Frances Ryder, from March 8th-10th 2024. The preview is on March 8th at 6pm; the gallery is open Saturday 9th from 12-6pm with an in-conversation event with Ben Geoghegan at 1pm; the gallery is open on Sunday 10th from 12-6pm with artist talks at 1 & 2pm. 126 Gallery is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and Galway City Council Arts Office.

08 March - 10 March
126 Artist-Run Gallery & Studios, 15 St. Bridget's Place, Galway. H91NN29


126 Artist-Run Gallery & Studios is excited to present a pop-up exhibition from March 8th-10th 2024 with artists Sorcha Frances Ryder and Enda Burke.

Over the weekend please join us in exploring photography as a most tender tug of war — the relationships between artist, subject, object, viewer — during an in-conversation event with Ben Geoghegan, Sorcha Frances Ryder, Enda Burke, and Kate McSharry on Saturday 9th March at 1pm. Book a free ticket via 126 Eventbrite to secure your seat. Learn more about the artists’ individual practices on Sunday 10th at 1pm & 2pm – more details to follow. All are welcome to the preview on Friday March 8th at 6pm, and the gallery will be open from 12-6pm on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th March.


Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/a-most-tender-tug-of-war-photography-in-conversation-march-9th-at-1pm-tickets-846111581517?aff=oddtdtcreator










Sorcha Frances Ryder (b. 1998) is a Dublin-based visual artist and fine art photographer. Ryder grew up in Tallaght, where she currently resides with her family. In 2021 she graduated with First Class Honours (BA) in Fine Art Print & Contemporary Practice from Limerick School of Art & Design.

Her work deals with themes of home, loneliness and the human condition, with elements of the uncanny and abject personhood. Ryder makes deeply honest and sincere self-portraits which uncompromisingly show her flaws and idiosyncrasies, and are inspired by the modern media-obsessed, consumerist world in which we live. In doing this, her work also comments on mental health taboos and class, through the mediums of analog photography, video and installation.

Ryder’s work takes inspiration from artists such as Nicole Eisenmann, Claude Cahun, Yorgos Lanthimois and Paula Rego. 

She is currently based in La Catedral Studios, Dublin 8.


Enda Burke is an artist based in Galway City. His practice is a meeting point between set design, storytelling and photography.

His process involves building elaborate vintage sets with close attention to detail concocting narratives with family and friends in them, with a particular emphasis on nostalgia, colours, humour and all things kitsch.

His work featured in The Guardian, he presented a TED Talk about Creativity during Lockdown, and has had work featured in multiple exhibitions including Outset Gallery, Galway International Arts Festival, and 126 Artist-Run Gallery, along with being shortlisted for the Zurich Portrait Award and winning the International BarTur Photo Prize. 

“I am drawn to the strange monotony associated with home life, exploring humour, nostalgia, kitsch design and colour. I am interested in portraying how small transient details of colour and play can become marvels in monotonous settings.”

Enda is currently a studio and board member of Artspace Studios in Galway.

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