Claire Halpin

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




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.”








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

Raft I & Raft II selected for Arrival, dlr Open Submission exhibition at dlr LexIcon

Delighted that my two paintings Raft I and II have been selected for Arrival,  DLR Biennial Open Submission at the Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire from Friday 8 December 2017 to Sunday 21 January 2018. The 2017 exhibition is selected by Gemma Tipton, journalist, writer and critic of contemporary art and architecture; the theme is Arrival.

“Arrival always implies a journey, but it doesn’t have to be physical. It can be arrival at an idea, or an insight, something finished, something understood. It’s about that moment when you suddenly just know you’ve got there – wherever “there” may be. Making art can be an arrival. So too can looking at it. ” Gemma Tipton


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IN SITU – Talbot Studios Open Studio Event and Exhibition – 5-9pm Friday 24th November