RAW WAR solo exhibition opens at Olivier Cornet Gallery

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Great crowd at the opening of my new solo exhibition RAW WAR at Olivier Cornet Gallery. Great opening speech by Aoife Ruane, Director of Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda. A very engaged and complimentary crowd in attendance! And great feedback on the exhibition and the new work. Looking forward to seeing lots of visitors to the exhibition over the coming weeks.

On Culture Night next Friday 20th September there will be an evening of music with Pearse McGloughlin and his band Nocturnes performing live at the gallery at 8pm for Culture Night 2019.

The exhibition runs until Sunday 6th October 2019.

Olivier Cornet Gallery

Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1, Ireland

087 288 7261

Tues to Friday: 11am – 6pm (8pm on Thurs)
Sat & Sun: 12 noon – 5pm


RAW WAR – Claire Halpin solo exhibition opening at Olivier Cornet Gallery – Thursday 12th September at 7pm


Image: Yeoman Yemen, Oil on Canvas, 60cm X 150cm, 2019

Noah’s Ark of Seeds at Sculpture in Context, Botanic Gardens – Opening 4th September

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Sculpture in Context 2019 opens at National Botanic Gardens on Wednesday 4th September at 6pm.

The Botanic Gardens are transformed into a sculptural park with over 125 original artworks in a wide range of media and styles by Irish and international artists set in the beautiful context of the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin.

For this year’s exhibition I collaborated with my sister Madeleine Hellier to create the Noah’s Ark of Seeds installed in context in the Plants for People bed in the Curvilenar Range Glasshouse.

This artwork is based on the Global Seed Vault in Svalbard – a secure seed bank on a Norwegian island in the remote Arctic Svalbard archipelago, about 1,300 kilometres from the North Pole. The vault holds a wide variety of duplicate samples or “spare copies” of seeds which are held in gene banks worldwide. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault’s mission is to provide a safety net against accidental loss of diversity in traditional gene banks earning it the name “the Noah’s Ark of Seeds”. At the last count, the vault held 983,524 samples representing 13,000 years of agricultural history. The vault can hold up to 4.5 million varieties of crop, with 500 seeds from each variety being stored. This amounts to a capacity of 2.5 billion seeds.

While the popular press has emphasised its possible utility in the event of a major regional or global catastrophe, it is also accessed when gene banks lose samples due to accident, equipment failures, funding cuts, and natural disasters. War and civil strife have a history of destroying some gene banks. The national seed bank of the Philippines was damaged by flooding and later destroyed by a fire; the seed banks of Afghanistan and Iraq have been lost completely. Conversely, the vault itself is entirely without any political borders with seeds from North Korea being stored next to those from South Korea, and the seeds from the Middle East being preserved side by side.

This artwork acknowledges the crucial role of conservationists such as the Global Seed Vault, and indeed the National Botanic Gardens, in preserving crop diversity for future generations and restoring natural indigenous food supply to those countries requiring it most.

Artwork: Noah’s Ark of Seeds,

Glass, steel, glass bottles, perspex, seeds, plaster, MDF, 170cm x 50cm x 50cm, 2019

Leinster Print Studio – 20th Anniversary Exhibition at dlr LexIcon Library, Dún Laoghaire

Delighted that my print Raft I is selected as guest artist in the Leinster Printmaking Studio 20th Anniversary Exhibition currently on show in the fantastic library that is dlr LexIcon in Dún Laoghaire until 27th September. The exhibition is accompanied by beautiful catalogue featuring all the prints in the exhibition and artist introductions.

Leinster Printmaking Studio


Last Week – Cairde Visual 2019 at The Model, Sligo – closing 18th August

Seed Vault, Oil on Gesso, 37cm X 57cm, 2019

Last chance to see my new work Seed Vault selected for Cairde Visual at The Model, Sligo.

Building on two years of successful partnership with The Model, this dynamic and colourful show features work from both Irish and international artists across a broad range of media.

The Mall, Rathquarter, Sligo

Opening Hours: Tue – Sat: 10am – 5pm & Sun: 10.30am – 3.30pm




Last Chance Last Chance! Final Day of the 189th RHA Annual Exhibition

Last chance to see my two paintings on show at the 189th RHA Annual Exhibition at the Royal Hibernian Academy which closes tomorrow Saturday 10th August. Delighted that the two paintings have been sold to one lucky buyer! So this is the last day these two paintings on public show in a gallery.

Gallery Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 11am – 5pm

Royal Hibernian Academy
15 Ely Place, Dublin 2
Tel: 353 1 661 2558
Fax: 353 1 661 0762

Invited Artist at LEGACY, Main Exhibition, King House, Boyle Arts Festival 2019

LEGACY, 30th Anniversary of Boyle Arts Festival

King House, Boyle, Co.Roscommon

curated by Paul McKenna, McKenna Gallery, Omagh

19th July – 5th August


Delighted to have been invited by Paul McKenna to participate in the Main Exhibition with a great line up of artists from across the country. Boyle Arts Festival – Celebrating 30 years of Irish art and Culture was officially launched at King House by Professor John Crown. I am showing a new work at the exhibition – Farewell Palmyra pictured below.

Boyle Arts Festival