Olivier Cornet Gallery

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

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

New Artwork at VUE Irish Contemporary Art Fair at RHA until Sunday 5th November

Deepwater Horizon III, Acrylic on Original Metal Found Sign, 35cm x 35cm, 2017

2° C, a group show on climate change at Vue Art Fair 2017, RHA (2-5 Nov) & at Olivier Cornet Gallery (16 Dec-15 Feb 2018)

 VUE, Ireland’s National Contemporary Art Fair and yes it does takes place at the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.

For Vue 2017, The Olivier Cornet Gallery and their artists will be presenting ‘2° C’, a group show on the theme of climate change, supported by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Responding to the theme of Climate Change I developed a new work related to a previous series of work on the Deepwater Horizon BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

Our reliance on fossil fuels has impacted on the greenhouse effect and climate change. The quest for fossil fuels in the form of global oil corporations and conglomerates has had some of the most disastrous manmade environmental impact – both at sea, on land and animal and marine life.

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill killing eleven people, it is considered the largest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. The US Government estimated the total discharge at 4.9 million barrels. After several failed efforts to contain the flow, the well was declared sealed on September 19, 2010. Reports in early 2012 indicated that the well site was still leaking. The spill was also notable for the volume of Corexit oil dispersant used and for application methods that were “purely experimental.” Scientists concluded that mixing oil with dispersant increased toxicity to ecosystems by 52 times and made the gulf oil spill worse.”

In September 2014, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that BP was primarily responsible for the oil spill because of its gross negligence and reckless conduct.

The Deepwater Horizon I-III series of paintings refer to the grand tradition of marine painting – documenting great seafarers and nautical heroics and explorers.

2° C – A Group Show on Climate Change at Vue Art Fair 2017, RHA 2nd-5th November

2° C a group show on climate change at Vue Art Fair 2017, RHA (2-5 Nov) & at Olivier Cornet Gallery (16 Dec-15 Feb 2018)


Artists Panel Talk at Concerning The Other Exhibition @ 6.30pm on Friday 6th October

Last chance to get to see Concerning the Other exhibition with the Artist Panel Talk on Friday 6th October at 6.30pm at Olivier Cornet Gallery, 3 Great Denmark Street.

This panel discussion with the curators and some of the collaborating artists will explore various elements of the project – how the artists dealt with each other’s work, how they found the process of having their work altered, how the public engaged with the process week by week, how people responded to the final works, what effect (if any) the works had, and many more questions that have arisen since the beginning of the project.

It promises to be a very interesting evening as they will be talking about their experience during the project and answering any questions you might have. This free event will be chaired by Michael Coyne who is currently undertaking an MA in Visual and Critical Studies with the Dublin School of Creative Arts at DIT.

Concerning the Other a collaborative art project which 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:   Brian Fay, Claire Halpin, James Hanley RHA, Joanna Kidney, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Miriam McConnon, Kate Murphy, Ben Readman, Gail Ritchie and Susanne Wawra.

The Curators: Olivier Cornet, Claire Halpin and Eoin Mac Lochlainn

Concerning the Other: https://www.facebook.com/ConcerningtheOther/

Olivier Cornet Gallery: http://www.oliviercornetgallery.com/

Culture Night at Olivier Cornet Gallery – Friday 22nd September until 11pm

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As part of the 2017 edition of Culture Night this coming Friday (22 September), the Olivier Cornet Gallery would like to invite you to come and experience
‘Concerning the Other’. The exhibition will be open from 11am to 11pm
Concerning the Other’ is a collaborative project/exhibition curated by Olivier Cornet, Claire Halpin and Eoin Mac Lochlainn. It brings together 10 contemporary artists to work over each other’s artworks. The idea: in these days of conflict, growing racism and intolerance, artists can lead the way in promoting diversity and showing concern for minorities and refugees. Artists: Brian Fay, Claire Halpin, James Hanley, Joanna Kidney, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Miriam McConnon, Kate Murphy, Ben Readman, Gail Ritchie and Susanne Wawra. Visitors will be able to see the prints resulting from this collaboration and meet some of the artists.
A joining-the-dots session with one of the Concerning the Other images pared down by one of the artists. You’ll be sitting around our humongous Georgian table in the Blue Room above the gallery (once the living room of the Lord Norbury). Surrounded by an impromptu exhibition* curated by the gallery’s interns, you will be able to indulge in a bit of colouring or even drawing. You can then confront your masterpiece with the original image somewhere in the gallery… Suitable for children if accompanied by an adult. 4pm to 7pm.
*The exhibition in that room will include paintings of fireplaces and domestic objects, very relevant if you missed our show ‘Silent Stories’ at the Belltable Limerick earlier this year…
(Please note that during the performance the public won’t be able to browse through the exhibition)
More about Pearse and the band Nocturnes: http://www.pearsemcgloughlin.com/
Gallery artist Kelly Ratchford who will open her studio (3rd floor) for the night.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Olivier Cornet Gallery, 3 Great Denmark Street(beside Belvedere College off Parnell Square), Dublin 1