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Municipal Gallery Programme of Exhibitions

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Thursday, September 10, 2015
Dun Laoghaire
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Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is delighted to announce a new programme of exhibitions for the next six months in the Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire.

The programme includes artists Susan Connolly; Felicity Clear and Helen Hughes; two solo shows presenting work by Denis Kelly and Ben Readman; and an especially selected exhibition of work from the Office of Public Works (OPW) Collection.


The Municipal Gallery in dlr LexIcon opened its doors in December 2014 and since then has welcomed over 40,000 visitors who have viewed the exhibitions and participated in the many talks, workshops and special events as part of the Learning Programme that is a key part of each exhibition programme.  The Gallery Programme averages six exhibitions annually and features a mix of commissioned exhibitions, touring exhibitions of national interest and open call exhibitions. 


This October sees the launch of over & over + over and over, a solo exhibition of newly commissioned artwork by Susan Connolly, curated by Rowan Sexton. Susan’s work focuses on the space in-between what defines painting and sculpture. Her work involves peeling and cutting back layers of paint from canvas, walls and miscellaneous structures.


In mid-November, an exhibition of artworks from the Office of Public Works (OPW) Collection will open.  This exhibition has been curated by a group of older people from dlr County working collaboratively with artist/curator Claire Halpin to select a range of artworks from this fantastic national collection. The group met every week for 10 weeks to research and find out more about the OPW collection, including rare opportunities to visit the OPW collection to see the collection first hand.


In late January 2016 a two-person exhibition of new art works by Felicity Clear and Helen Hughes, curated by Brenda McParland, will open. Both artists share an interest in architecture and building materials and have taken inspiration from dlr LexIcon and the urban environment around Dún Laoghaire for this exhibition.  Then, in March 2016, the Gallery will be divided in two to showcase work by Denis Kelly and Ben Readman simultaneously. Kelly’s painting practice incorporates abstract paintings painted flat on wooden surfaces. Readman’s is a new collection of intimate multi-layered works that employ a number of traditional techniques and materials.


All of the solo and two person shows were selected through an open call process.  Professional artists, curators and arts organisations were invited to apply. Proposals for solo, two person, or group shows were welcomed and the selection process was by way of a panel of arts experts drawn from around the country.


For further information on the exhibition programme, contact Ciara King, dlr Arts Office, phone (01) 236 2757 or email cking@dlrcoco.ie;  Máire Davey, dlr Arts Office on (01) 236 2756 or email mdavey@dlrcoco.ie


Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon, Haigh Terrace, Moran Park, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin