Olivier Cornet Gallery at Nissan Art Car Boot Fair at Russborough House – Sunday 9th September

Artists Catherine Barron, Monica Crowley and Blaise Smith RHA load up their Nissan Figaro for the Art Car Boot Fair at Russborough House on Sunday, September 9th. (Irish Times 25.08.18)











Nissan Art Car Boot Sale

11am – 6pm, Sunday 9th September at Russborough House

A contemporary art event like no other, an art world mash-up of the car boot sale with the contemporary art fair! The very best of Ireland’s contemporary artists sell affordable artworks and collectibles or do performative activities such as portrait sketches at very special affordable prices.

Participating artists include Vera Klute ARHA, Gabhann Dunne, PJ Lynch, Gillian Lawler, Blaise Smith RHA, Joe Dunne RHA, Helen Blake, Sean Molloy, Nicky Hooper, Monika Crowley, Yanny Petters, Eoin MacLochlainn, Hugh Cummins, Paul Murnaghan, Oscar Fouz Lopez, Catherine Barron, Olivier Cornet Gallery and many, many more. Small original works by these artists fetch hundreds or thousands of euro but at this fair, budding collectors can buy something fun and affordable made just for this event or during the event. Get in early to have your portrait sketched by Children’s Laureate P J Lynch, Hennessy Portrait award winner Vera Klute or Women on Walls portraitist, Blaise Smith. The National Print Museum will be there with their outreach van customising prints and running workshops.

The Art Car Boot Fair will take place on Russborough’s majestic carriage Sweep at the front of the house. Russborough in Blessington, Co Wicklow has a long association with Fine Art in Ireland and is home to the extensive Beit collection of art and antiques, as well as donated collections to the Miltown and Beit wings of The National Gallery.

Russborough House is run by The Alfred Beit Foundation, a charitable organisation, promoting the advancement of education in fine arts in Ireland. All monies generated through events, visitors and sales are reinvested in the upkeep of Russborough and its Parklands. (Charity No: CHY 5940).

Nissan Art Car Boot Fair

Olivier Cornet Gallery


Silver Seeded Cloud at Sculpture in Context 2018, Botanic Gardens – Opening 5th September

Claire Halpin and Madeleine Hellier -Silver Seeded Cloud, Plastic globes, paint, model plane, metal shells, 160cm x 80cm x 90cm, 2018

Myself and Madeleine are delighted to be invited artists at Sculpture in Context 2018 at the National Botanic Gardens opening on Wednesday 5th September 6.00-8.00pm. Exhibition continues to 19th October.

The longest running and most successful sculpture exhibition in Ireland, this unique exhibition displays the inspiring and extraordinary work of over 100 established and emerging artists throughout the magnificent gardens.

Artwork: Silver Seeded Cloud

Artists: Claire Halpin and Madeleine Hellier

Plastic globes, paint, model plane, metal shells, 60cm X 180cm X 80cm, 2018

Location: Great Palm House

About the work:

During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military attempted to disrupt the Ho Chi Minh Trail, with bombing campaigns, ploughed the jungle to strip the land and used deadly chemical defoliants like Agent Orange. In fact, rain was the only one thing that significantly slowed the flow of supplies and people on the Ho Chi Minh Trail: as it turned the trails to mud.

Operation Popeye was a top secret U.S military project whose goal was to actually create more rain in Vietnam by artificially extending and intensifying the naturally occurring monsoon season. The research of Bernard Vonnegut, atmospheric scientist working with General Electric, helped lay the groundwork for the militarisation of cloud seeding – a process where planes sprayed clouds with silver iodide creating cloud condensation to rain.

From March 1967 to July 1972, the US Military Operation Popeye sent two planes per day to cloud seed – allegedly resulting in the extension of the monsoon period for of 30 – 45 days. The 54th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron carried out the operation to “make mud, not war”.

National Botanic Gardens Glasnevin

Open daily 9am to 5pm weekdays

10am to 6pm Sat, Sun & Public Holidays

Sculpture in Context 2018 – Silver Seeded Cloud by Claire Halpin and Madeleine Hellier

Here’s a sneak preview of the proposed suspended sculpture for Sculpture in Context. Currently being constructed in the studio in collaboration with my sister Madeleine Hellier. Silver Seeded Cloud will be installed in the Great Palm House at the National Botanic Gardens later this week. More information to follow….

Sculpture in Context opens at the National Botanic Gardens on Wednesday 5th September 6.00-8.00pm and continues until 19th October 2018


National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin

Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00
Saturday and Sunday 10:00-18:00

Last Chance 188th RHA Annual! Last Chance Cairde Visual 2018!

Last chance to catch my work at 188th RHA Annual which closes this Saturday 11th August

Gallery Hours

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

And last chance to catch my work at Cairde Visual at The Model, Sligo which closes on Sunday 19th August

Gallery Hours

Tue – Sat: 10am – 5pm , Sun: 10.30am – 3.30pm , Closed: Mon


Citadel V Selected for Cairde Visual, The Model, Sligo – Opening Wednesday 11th July@6pm

Delighted my painting Citadel V – Fort Leavenworth I has been selected for Cairde Visual, Sligo Arts Festival’s fifth annual open submission exhibition at The Model, Sligo.

Building on the success of 2017’s successful partnership with The Model, this show will feature work from both Irish and international artists across a broad diversity of media.

Opening reception: Wednesday, July 11 at 6 pm with opening remarks by author Brian Leyden

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

*Gallery closed to public 10 Aug

Selection Panel: Ronnie Hughes, Emer McGarry, Marilin North, Christian Reeves, Michael Wann and Heidi Wickham

Cairde Visual

The Model

Last Chance! EVA 38th International – Ireland’s Biennial until 8th July

Last chance to catch EVA 38th International – Ireland’s Biennial across various venues in Limerick City until 8th July 2018.

My new diptych Syrial Serial (above) along with two other diptychs at Limerick City Gallery selected and curated by EVA International curator Inti Guerrero.

Limerick City Gallery of Art (Pery Square, Limerick):

14 April – 8 July 2018

Opening times:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10.00am – 5.30pm
Thursday: 10.00am – 8.00pm
Sunday: 12.00pm – 5.30pm

Cleeve’s Condensed Milk Factory (O’Callaghan Strand, Limerick)

The Limerick Clothing Factory (Lord Edward Street, Limerick)