Opening this week: 15 – 21 June

Interdisciplinary events and exhibition openings are on the cards this week for Art in Cork. Tonight Colin O’Connor’s combined materials exhibition opens at the Alliance Francaise de Cork. Fresh from the opening of his solo show last week Billy Dante curates a poetry and visual art show at Tactic Cork. The two wonderful curators at Lewis Glucksman Gallery are giving a tour on Friday, illustration students from St John’s Central College celebrate Bike Week at the Unitarian Church and closing out the week is Time Machine a collaborative event as part of Cork Midsummer Festival. Plenty to get you through the week!



Colin O’Connor‘s solo exhibition mesh. opens tonight Tuesday 16 June at 6pm in Alliance Francaise de Cork. The exhibition runs from 17 June – 12 July.

mesh. is an exhibition of combined materials by Irish artist Colin O’Connor. Working from his West Cork studio, O’Connor creates patterned works that represent personal memories.The exhibition mesh. will combine these works along side a new series of table sculptures.

Colin O’Connor is a Cork City born artist specialising in sculpture. He graduated from Crawford College of Art and Design in 2012 and has also completed a furniture design course in The Florence Institute of Design International. He has exhibited in a number of shows including Prelude Speaker: Contemporary Castletown, with the Crawford Art Gallery in conjunction with the OPW; Art of the State Exhibition 2013 ‘Encounters’ with the OPW in the Republic of Ireland and the DFP in Northern Ireland; and ‘Layers and Layers’ with artist John Kingerlee at the CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery 2014.


Between Seeing and Blindness is a Billy Dante curated project which previews at Tactic Cork on Thursday 18 June at 7pm. The show runs until July 2nd.

This show brings together the worlds of literature and visual art. In an attempt to heighten the sensation of art by way of a void, both disciplines will be placed within the one space. Creating a dialogue between the audio and the visual, the written and the drawn, ‘Between Seeing and Blindness’ creates an overall experience for the viewer.

On opening night there will be a timetabled line-up of poets reciting pieces within the gallery, followed by music. Mid-way through the running of the exhibition, there will be a further afternoon of artist’s talks and poetry readings.

Participating Visual Artists:

Billy Dante, Richard Proffitt, Billy Childish, Terence Birch, Kevin O’Shea ,Helen Horgan, Colm O’Brien, Femke Vandenberg, David Mathúna, Bren Smyth, Mark Buckeridge, Mariah Black, John Dwyer and Joseph Keating

Participating Poets:

Lewis Kenny, Seamus Barra Ó Súilleabháin, Cathal Holden, Alicia Byrne Keane, William Wall, Paul Casey, Victoria Kennefick and Orla Travers


Curators Chris Clarke and Fiona Kearney will lead a free lunchtime tour of the exhibition Stitch In Time: The Fabric of Contemporary Life at 1pm, Friday 19 June in Lewis Glucksman Gallery.

From protest banners to embroidered passports, abstract fabric designs to narrative tapestries, Stitch in Time demonstrates how artists employ textiles and its associations of a popular, vernacular culture to shape and comment on contemporary life.

Beginning with the groundbreaking work of Bauhaus artist, Anni Albers, the exhibition includes sensitive depictions of social and political issues as well as considered explorations of how fabrics can be deployed in new and imaginative ways.


Revolution Re-discovering Cork as a cycle friendly city is an exhibition of work by St. John’s Central College film and illustration students. The preview is on Friday June 19 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm at The Unitarian Church, Princes’ Street. The exhibition closes on Saturday 20 June at 6pm, a short run so don’t miss it!

Time_Machine_ImagereTime Machine is a visual arts event that asks the question: What are the demands of time? It takes place at the National Sculpture Factory on the closing day of the Cork Midsummer Festival Sunday 21 June at 8pm.

‘Time Machine’ will present a series of artists film works and actions, which present contradictory and subjective perceptions of time. Devised by Hollie Kearns and Rosie Lynch as part of their Im/Plant residency at National Sculpture Factory. With contributions from Ruth Lyons (visual artist), Katherine Waugh (curator, writer, filmmaker), Sarah Lincoln (visual artist) and hospitality by Fennelly’s.

Timetable for the event:

Ongoing:   Ruth Lyons, Afterings
A collection of bowls carved from solid lumps of Irish Rock Salt.

20:15 – 20:45   Event introductions and clockmaker talk.

21:00 – 22:00      Katherine Waugh
Presentation on radical ideas of time from philosophy, art, film.

22:00 – 22:30    Hospitality break

22:30 – 23:00   Sarah Lincoln, Other Slippages, a short presentation on erosion. A performative lecture in which Sarah will respond to particular remnants along a stretch of Co. Waterford shoreline.



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