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And the Women Voted – Women Artists from the AIB Art Collection, Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon – 7th April – 27th May 2018

dlr Arts Office, in association with AIB, is delighted to present this exhibition of work by women artists from the AIB Art Collection. The exhibition has been specially selected for the Municipal Gallery by a group of women from Women4Women Network dlr who worked with artist/ curator Claire Halpin.

Since September 2017 the group met regularly to research the Collection, artists and artworks and the result is this exhibition ‘and the Women voted’.  The group selected 40 artworks with a variety of media and styles, including photography, print, painting and three-dimensional works.  Featuring work by Jackie Nickerson, Elizabeth Cope, Dorothy Cross, Sarah Walker, Amelia Stein and many others.

There are a lots of events, workshops and tours for all ages to try out. The Women4Women Network dlr invite women from the County to join them at one of their International Women’s Breakfasts in dlr LexIcon on April 25. There are dementia friendly gallery tours, print workshops for adults, fibre and paper workshops kids and that’s just for starters.

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New Work delivered to EVA International to Invited Curator, Inti Guerrero at Limerick City Gallery

Delighted to have been selected for EVA International, Ireland’s Biennial and met Inti Guerrero, Invited Curator and Niamh Browne, Exhibition Project Manager at Limerick City Gallery earlier today when I delivered my new work for the exhibition.

EVA International, Ireland’s Biennial,

14 April – 8 July

Limerick City



Concerning The Other at QSS Gallery, Belfast – Opening 8th March 2018

Concerning the Other at QSS Gallery

Olivier Cornet, Claire Halpin and Eoin Mac Lochlainn are delighted to invite you to the opening of


Thursday 8 March 2018, 18.00 – 21.00

QSS Gallery, 31-33 Bedford St, Belfast, BT2 7EJ
Exhibition continues until 29 March 2018
Opening times: TuesdayThursday, 10.00–17.00

Concerning the Other is a collaborative art project that took place over ten weeks during the summer of 2017. The project involved ten contemporary artists working together on one hundred pieces of art, to promote diversity and concern for minorities in these days of mounting racism and intolerance.

The artists involved were: James Hanley R.H.ABrian FayClaire HalpinJoanna KidneyEoin Mac LochlainnGail RitchieMiriam McConnon, Kate MurphyBen Readman and Susanne Wawra. The project was curated by Olivier Cornet, Claire Halpin and Eoin Mac Lochlainn.

Concerning the Other began as a virtual project as the artists were invited to create an initial image which was then emailed on to the next artist in the group. The second artist responded by working over it and then emailing it on to the third artist who also responded and passed it on. The process continued until each of the ten artists had worked on each of the ten images. It was a creative and engaging experience for the artists involved, each gaining a lot from encountering the varied working methods and creative processes of the other artists.

The final ten artworks along with a selected number of ‘in-between’ prints, first exhibited at the Olivier Cornet Gallery (September 2017), will now be exhibited at QSS Bedford St. The show will then tour to other venues including: City Assembly House, Dublin (November 2018) and An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk (February 2019).

QSS is generously supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland


Delighted to be selected for EVA INTERNATIONAL 2018 by international curator, Inti Guerrero.

The 38th edition of EVA International takes its starting point from the painting Night Candles are Burnt Out (1927) by Irish artist Seán Keating. The painting presents an allegory of the Irish psyche at the advent of the construction of Ardnacrusha, a hydroelectric dam, built that same year on the border of County Limerick. Ardnacrusha was a symbol of early twentieth century engineering, which accelerated the Irish economy and radically shifted the society of the new state. Keating’s painting depicts a host of characters set against the backdrop of the construction site, whose lives are set to change by the dawning of a new era of technological progress.

Included in the exhibition, Night Candles are Burnt Out takes part in the dialogue of contemporary and historical artworks addressing narratives on nationhood, electricity, and the metaphors of power. Rather than a monolithic thematic exhibition, the biennial exhibition proposes itself as a kaleidoscope of essayistic, retinal and bodily narratives of artistic presentation, featuring: new commissions by Malala Andrialavidrazana (Madagascar/France), Sam Keogh (Ireland), and John Rainey (N. Ireland); large-scale installations by John Gerrard(Ireland/Austria) and Sanja Iveković (Croatia); works by modernist visionaries of the 1930s Mainie Jellett (Ireland) and Eileen Gray(Ireland/France); and the experimental approaches of artists from the late twentieth century, including Bruce Conner (USA) and Locky Morris (Ireland/N. Ireland). The generational scope follows a proposition by curator Inti Guerrero of thinking the biennial as a ‘temporary museum’ where the past is reframed to enable a critical perspective on the present.

The 38th EVA International has no title, breaking with a tradition of the biennial that dates back to 1990. This decision, taken by Guerrero is designed to emphasize the word ‘International’ that is central to EVA’s identity. Guerrero explains, “in our current state of nationalisms, hard-borders, protectionism and a complete change of course in humanity, where the liberal belief of a ‘never again’ seems to be dismantling, the word ‘International’ suddenly carries an important weight worth embracing. Since its foundation in 1977 in Limerick, EVA has been a forerunner in understanding the world through art in a transnational, transcultural, international dialogue, presenting its contradictions, anxieties and possibilities.”








Last Week of Arrival Exhibition at Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire

Last chance to see my award winning paintings at the dlr Open Submission Exhibition – Arrival at Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon. The exhibition was selected by art critic and writer Gemma Tipton.

dlr County Council presented an award of €1,000 to the overall winner of the Open Exhibition, Claire Halpin and two runner up prizes of €250 each to Mark Granier and Bebhinn Dunne.

The exhibition continues until Sunday 21st January.

dlr Arts, Municipal Gallery

2° C at Olivier Cornet Gallery, Sunday 17th December at 3pm

The best art exhibitions this week – from 2°C in Dublin at Olivier Cornet Gallery

“Olivier Cornet has a knack for curating good thematic shows, allowing artists to affiliate their work to a subject – in this case climate change – without distorting their customary practices. Here he elicits thoughtful, nuanced responses from a number of fine artists including Jordi Fornies, Claire Halpin, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Yanny Petters, Freda Rupp, Aisling Conroy, Vicky Smith and more.”

Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times, 10th December 2017

Awarded Overall Winner of DLR Open Exhibition 2017 Selected by Gemma Tipton

 “Huge congratulations to Claire Halpin who is the winner of ‘Arrival’, the open exhibition of works by artists from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County. Claire is pictured with her works, Raft I and Raft II at the launch of ‘Arrival’ last night at dlr LexIcon.”

Photo by Peter Cavanagh Photography. #irishart Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Olivier Cornet Gallery