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:

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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:
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

Concerning The Other Exhibition – Opening this Sunday 3pm-5pm at Olivier Cornet Gallery

After 9 months working on the Concerning the Other project  with Olivier Cornet and Eoin Mac Lochlainn an exhibition is born!

We are delighted that Patrick Murphy, Director of the RHA will officially open the exhibition this Sunday 10th September from 3-5pm at Olivier Cornet Gallery, 3 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1.



Shrubmarine at Sculpture in Context, Botanic Gardens, Dublin opening 6th September

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We are delighted to have installed and launched Shrubmarine in Sculpture in Context 2017 in the National Botanic Gardens. Shrubmarine –  a sculptural installation by Claire Halpin and Madeleine Hellier – is a floating garden of earthly delights, emerging from and submerging into the waters of the pond. The seemingly incongruous sculpture is constructed from panels of aluminium riveted together in the style of Meccano – referencing play and construction but also referencing the more sinister elements of warfare masquerading covertly in the natural environment and whose very construction and design and form are inspired by nature.

The form and design of the Shrubmarine sculpture is based on the Holland Submarine – the first fully functioning submarine in modern history which was designed by Irish engineer John P. Holland. It was the first submarine to be commissioned by the American Navy. While Holland’s inventions continued to revolutionise naval warfare, here we try to honour the return of his submersible invention to a more peaceful past time floating in the ponds of the Botanic Gardens.

Sculpture in Context presents a thought provoking collection of work that bridges the gap between art and nature, organic forms and manmade objects. The magical natural setting of the National Botanic Gardens plays host to an impressive collection of contemporary works from over 120 Irish and international artists. Over 150 sculptures from the surreal and simple to the fantastical are to be found nestling in the shrubberies and standing in the shade of the trees throughout the gardens.

Sculpture in Context 2017 continues at the National Botanic Gardens until 20th October 2017.

Poetry Ireland Review feature Olivier Cornet Gallery Artists

Delighted that an image of my painting Citadel III: Ecuadorean Embassy is featured in the recently published in Poetry Ireland Review / Issue 22Poetry Ireland Review is a highly-regarded journal of poetry. Published three times a year, the Review includes the work of both emerging and established Irish and international poets, essayists, critics and visual artists. The current issue features selected artists from Olivier Cornet Gallery  including Kelly Ratchford’s work Dressed for Success on the cover, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Yanny Petters, Brad Gray and Miriam McConnon.

Poetry Ireland Review is available to purchase from Poetry Ireland

and also from Olivier Cornet Gallery, 3 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1.

Concerning the Other – Collaborative Curatorial Project – Final Stages

This week the final Stage 10 artworks of the Concerning the Other project have been returned to HQ at Olivier Cornet Gallery.

The curatorial team – Olivier Cornet, Eoin Mac Lochlainn and myself met to review the final works and the in-between artworks to select the ones that will be printed by Black Church Print Studio as limited edition prints for inclusion in the exhibition in September. See above three stages from Gail Ritchie’s artwork – Stage 1 (Gail Ritchie), Stage 9 (Susanne Wawra) and Stage 10 (Claire Halpin).

Concerning the Other exhibition opens at Olivier Cornet Gallery on Sunday 10th September. We are delighted that the exhibition will be officially launched by Patrick Murphy, Director of the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin.

Invited Artists participating in this project: Brian Fay, Claire Halpin, James Hanley RHA, Joanna Kidney, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Miriam McConnon, Kate Murphy, Ben Readman, Gail Ritchie and Susanne Wawra.

Concerning the Other

A Collaborative Curatorial Project by Olivier  Cornet, Claire Halpin and Eoin Mac Lochlainn

The concept for this curatorial project is that in these days of uncertainty, conflict, mounting racism and intolerance, artists can take a lead in promoting diversity and showing concern for minorities and for refugees from areas of conflict. The curators believe that a collaborative project where artists must respond to and take account of each other’s work is particularly relevant at this time.

Ten selected artists have been invited to develop an initial image which will then be emailed on to the next artist in the group. The second artist will respond to it by working over it or manipulating it in some way and then emailing it on to the third artist who will also respond to it and pass it on. The process will continue until each of the ten artists have worked on each of the ten images.

This will be a very creative and engaging experience for the artists involved, each gaining a lot from encountering and engaging with the varied working methods and creative processes of the other artists. The outcome will be 100 collaborative artworks, each piece constituting a new artwork at each stage. High quality prints of the final 10 artworks will be printed as well as a selected number of ‘in-between’ prints. This selection will be exhibited in a curated exhibition at the Olivier Cornet Gallery in September 2017.

Each artist has also been asked to exhibit an individual artwork for the exhibition – either a newly developed piece or an existing work, in any medium, responding to the theme of Concerning the Other or in response to their collaboration in the project. The curators plan to tour this exhibition to other venues in Ireland and internationally.