An extensive exhibition of new works by Gabhann Dunne was launched by Una McCarthy, Director of the Limerick City Gallery or Art, and by the journalist and environmental writer Paddy Woodworth in Farmleigh Gallery on Thursday 14th March 2019.
‘May you never see the corncrake again!’ (Nár fheice tú an traonach arís) was once a way of wishing someone bad luck or worse, since you were hoping they wouldn’t live to see another summer. The imprecation implies a culture familiar with the corncrake and its distinctive call, and perhaps, more significantly, with the knowledge that it was a summer visitor. Once common along the river Shannon, the corncrake is now almost extinct due to human and climatic factors that stretch from here to its wintering habitats in Africa and the migration routes in between.
In his Farmleigh Gallery exhibition ‘Crossing the Salt’, Dunne reflects on changes wrought by the journeyings of water and the migration of wildlife and what they have to tell us about our identity. Cristin Leach the Sunday times art critic said of it “’Crossing the Salt’ is, in equal parts, disturbing and delightful, ambitious in scale but delicate and measured in its presentation”. Over a hundred birds, painted on separate panels, plunge, swoop and fly in this large installation. In this and other works in the show Dunne uses colour and gesture to evoke the vulnerability and energy of his subject, and asks the viewer to think on issues of emigration, migration, absence, and our changing climate.
Gabhann Dunne is a Dublin-based painter. He studied Fine Art Painting at the Dublin Institute of Technology and NCAD, Dublin. He is also a former winner of the RDS Taylor Art Award (2011) and the Hennessy Craig Scholarship and the Whytes Award for Painting for his entry to the RHA Annual Exhibition (2009). Dunne has exhibited widely, his recent shows include ‘Crossing the Salt’, Limerick City Gallery (2018), ‘In the Presence of Birds’ (2017), ‘The Flower’s Pilgrim’ at the Molesworth Gallery in Dublin (2015), and ‘Magenta Honey’ at The Lab in Dublin (2015).
Gallery Opening Hours:
Tues – Sun
10am – 1pm
2pm – 5pm
Please note that the gallery closes from 1pm – 2pm for lunch.
The exhibition is open to the public and is free of charge.
The Office of Public Works are delighted to present the return of The Big Brick Experience for the
third year running, this time at the fabulous Farmleigh House in Dublin. The Exhibition showcases
the best of Construction toys, 3D Puzzles and Football Stadium replicas. LEGO fanatic Michael, from
Banbridge has been passionate about the famous plastic brick since receiving his first set for his fifth
birthday in summer 1994.
Fans of the Big Brick Experience will be excited to see the new sets added to the collection for this
year. Michael has added the Fire Station to the LEGO Winter Village series, and the latest Modular
Building, the Corner Garage. The LEGO Modular Buildings are some of the most detailed LEGO Sets
with loads of playability and also the best value for money.
When: Saturday 29th June – Sunday 1st September
Time: 10am – 5pm
Where: Cowshed Gallery
Tickets: €3 Adults, €2 Child, €10 Family (2 adults, 3 children)