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Aurélien Froment // Of Shadow of Ideas

The National College of Art and Design Gallery, Dublin, is pleased to announce Of Shadow of Ideas, a solo exhibition of Dublin-based French multidisciplinary artist Aurélien Froment.

NCAD Gallery exhibition open view 5.30 – 8pm Thursday 3rd March 2016.
Exhibition continues Friday 4th – Wednesday 30th March 2016. Gallery opening hours 1-5pm, Mon- Fri.

‘..its model is not a palace but a forest.. not as a depository of fixed appearances, not as the source of all taxonomy, but as an example of continuous metamorphosis.’ John Berger, ‘The Ideal Palace’

Froment’s installation of approximately ninety unmarked photographs represents three extensive research projects examining the life work of art and architecture autodidact Ferdinand Cheval, pedagogue and pioneering educationalist Frederick Fröbel and Italian architect Paolo Soleri.

In his artworks, Aurélien Froment investigates subjectivity, montage, the experience of images and the spaces in which they exist. For Of Shadow Of Ideas he experimented with education curatorial methodologies. Froment enacted a seminar series over a six week period prior to the exhibition in association with the MA Art in Contemporary World (ACW). Through engaging the National College of Art and Design master’s degree students, Froment considers his presentation of material, in part, contingent on the relationships forged on a weekly basis in a dialogic setting.

Central to the work is the interplay and reconfiguration of artist, institution and viewer relations. In retrospect, three life’s work share points of confluence in the becoming of an institution of a work, Cheval crafts a tomb museum in Palais Idéal, Fröbel in creating the first Kindergarten; Soleri in visioning Arcosanti.

Aurélien Froment’s exhibition is commissioned by the NCAD Gallery. Of Shadows Of Ideas is co-produced by FRAC Midi-Pyrénées / Les Abattoirs, Toulouse France. Aurélien Froment is represented by Galerie Marcelle Alix.

James Armstrong Q&A with Danish actor Rolland Møller

Date: Monday, 22 February
Location: Lighthouse Cinema

As part of the ADIFF (Audi Irish International Film Festival), James Armstrong will host a Q&A with Danish actor Rolland Møller following the screening of Martin Zandvleit’s Land of Mine (2015) on Monday, 22 February at the Lighthouse Cinema.

Land of Mine recently received nine awards from The Danish Film Academy including, Best Picture and Best Director to Martin Zandvleit. Rolland Møller has starred in Kapringen (2012), Northwest (2013) and En Chance Til (2015), and Land of Mine (2015).

How to Flatten a Mountain

How to Flatten a Mountain Artist Residency

May 23 – June 1, 2016

PhotoIreland & Cow House Studios present a unique 10-day residency coordinated by Ángel luis González, Frank Abruzzese, and Kate Strain.

A dynamic group of curators and creative practitioners have been assembled to lead a series of day-long projects, discussions and critiques resulting in new works and an exhibition to be presented at Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin during PhotoIreland Festival 2016.

How to Flatten a Mountain is a residency open to emerging and mid-career visual artists whose practice in whole or part, makes use of digital or analogue photographic processes. Applicants must be 20 or older and may be enrolled in third level or graduate degree programmes. Applicants should be sure to present a cohesive body of recent work along with accompanying artist statement.

The aim of this 10-day residency is for participating artists to explore possibilities outside their core practice, work collaboratively and produce a cohesive exhibition/publication of work to be presented at PhotoIreland Festival 2016.

Read more about the residency and application guidelines at

There Are Little Kindoms

Adrian Duncan, Sabina MacMahon, Eamon O’Kane and Kathy Tynan curated by Emma Dwyer

Thu 11 Feb – Sat 19 Mar 2016

There Are Little Kingdoms features the work of four Irish artists – who each tell us their own story. From King James II enjoying a meal under a sycamore tree at the house of John Keyes and later burning everything in the area but that house, to the submerged forest of Bray beach, the logs from Finland which have turned our soil Scandinavian and the motivational wheelie bins of Dublin 8. Every tree, house, town and mountain has a story. Whether it’s the absurd, historical, fictional or anchored in unbelievable fact. Meaning can be slippy and a slight change in the way we look at something can completely change how we see it. What these four artists have in common is a sideways glance at the world and their place in it.


Exhibition launch by Cllr. Micheal MacDonncha
on behalf of the Ardmheara/Lord Mayor of Dublin Criona Ni Dhalaigh

Wednesday 10th February 2016
6.30pm to 8.30pm

Jesse Jones contemplates themes of empowerment and social renewal by interrogating how art is represented in the museum­­ world in her new exhibition at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane.

Deploying a recursive structure, Jones considers the museum as actor and resonator of state ideology in her new work specially created for the gallery’s “Artist as Witness” programme. Entitled NO MORE FUN AND GAMES, Jones has referenced a 1969 publication by the American militant feminist organisation CELL 16 and shifts the viewer’s encounter with art through a lens of feminist critique.

NO MORE FUN AND GAMES attempts to redress or renegotiate omissions in the historical canon of art. Jones has invited a collaborative curatorial team of art professionals and activists to create a deterritorised cultural space within the gallery. Entitled Feminist Parasite Institution, it takes an oppositional slant to received notions of merit or seminal in judging artworks. Posing questions around “women’s art,” how it ought to be valued, not just within the context of this municipal collection but more generally and how a feminist curatorial practice might interrogate the way we develop societal structures both physical and metaphorical to support our values.

Jesse Jones has transformed the gallery space into a cinematic experience through sonic and architectural interventions. In collaboration with renowned American film composer Gerald Busby (composer for Robert Altman’s 1970′s film, 3 Women), a new music score has been composed. The composition titled “pneuma” was inspired by artworks selected by the curatorial collective from the gallery’s collection. The connecting and coordinating materials of image, sound, motion and sequence are reworked in her attempt to make cinema without projection. The exhibition calls our attention to the spatial and sequential aspect of time and focuses on the artwork as an instigator of event rather than an object.

Experimental, collaborative and multi-authored, NO MORE FUN AND GAMES opens up a conversation that is pertinent in Irish society today through a series of workshops, performances, guided tours and seminars. These include a conversation between ACW contributor Vaari Claffey and Isla Leaver-Yap exploring the role of laughter as a political gesture in relation to the history of feminism (April 23) and an offsite closing with philosopher and ACW contributor Tina Kinsella (June 25). For the full programme of events see

A magazine trilogy, ACTS I – III, will accompany the exhibition, developing and contextualising the events of the Feminist Parasite Institution. ACT I includes an essay by Sara O’Rourke on radical 19th century Irish socialist feminist Anna Doyle Wheeler and documentation of Feminist Parasite Institution discussions.

Michael Dempsey and Logan Sisley

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
Charlemont House
Parnell Square North
Dublin 1, D01 F2X9

Michelle Hall: The Lament of the Jade Phoenix // Deirdre Lyons: Reverse Paintings

Exhibition will continue from Jan 30th to Feb 7th, opening 11-7 daily at Steambox Gallery, School St, Dublin 8.

Hall and Lyons present new bodies of works to mark the end of their time on the practice/theory pathway of the MA Art in the Contemporary World programme at NCAD.

Michelle Hall: The Lament of the Jade Phoenix

For this show Hall presents a new video work made up of a series of vignettes which draw upon aspects of personal history along with her ongoing research into psychological processes. Throughout her work she uses objects, images, details and textures as catalysts for narratives that fall somewhere between fact, fiction and myth. This work deals with themes of memory and loss, and weaves together reflections on various healing and therapeutic practices.

Hall graduated from Fine Art DIT Portland Row in 2007 and has since exhibited in group exhibitions throughout Ireland and abroad. During this time she has also worked on collaborative projects with many artists, writers and curators. Throughout her time on the MA Art in the Contemporary World programme, Hall has developed new and existing strands to her art-making and writing processes. This is her first solo body of work. Hall’s work has been kindly supported by the Fingal Arts Office Artist’s Support Scheme 2014 and 2015.

Deirdre Lyons: Reverse Paintings

Lyons refers to the works in this show as ‘Reverse Paintings’ – that is, everything is backwards from traditional painting. In traditional painting the areas that would ordinarily be painted last, are painted first; the background, instead of being painted first, is last.

Lyons has a BA in Fine Art Painting and Print from the Crawford College of Art and Design. She also studied at UCC and has a BA in Archaeology and Geography. She works in Education, Training and Arts Administration – particular emphasis and contributions being within Curriculum Development in Education.

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