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Sarah Walker Exhibition, Oliver Sears Gallery Dublin until Nov 12th

Walter Leonard Cole, 3 Mountjoy Square

Oliver Sears Gallery is pleased to announce the launch of a new exhibition of paintings by Dublin born artist, Sarah Walker.

Accompanied by an illustrated book, the exhibition narrates the story of the artist’s maternal grandfather, Walter Leonard Cole, T.D. and Alderman, and of his magnificent house in Mountjoy Square, an underground meeting place for the Dáil and Treaty negotiations in early 1920's Dublin.

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a consideration: all is fair in love and war (?)

September 2021 Project

Kate McSharry’s experimentation with concrete and its elegant engagement with the surrounding space at Sarah Walker Gallery continues in ‘a consideration: all is fair in love and war (?)’

This week-long project is an initial response to one of Peter Schjeldahl’s Hot, Cold, Heavy, Light essays, observing the nature of concrete as a material and how the cast concrete body parts are activated by their context. There is a focus on the changing light in this space, and how the sculptural pieces engage with the gallery floor.

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Bóthar Buí / Noreile Breen & Áine Gallagher

August 2021 

A visual and sound exhibition by Noreile Breen and Áine Gallagher, using drawings, photographs,and sound to present an on-site record of Robin Walker's Bóthar Buí on the Beara Peninsula, Co. Cork. Using their practice mediums, they present their analytical and observational findings in the gallery for the month of August.

Noreile Breen is an architect and lecturer based between Dublin and Kerry. Her practice focuses on creating buildings which have a rich spatial character with distinct qualities of light and are rooted in the built heritage of the Irish rural landscape. 

Áine Gallagher is a sound artist and radio producer whose work uses conversational and observational audio recordings to present an aural understanding of our cultural landscape. She is focused on composing relationships between the human experience and the conceived environment.

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Under 18s

A mini series of paintings by Sarah Walker and Cathy Bacon about non-helicopter parenting.

Naturally, there are very real dangers to children and teenagers growing up and of course it is of utmost importance to provide them with care and protection, but some people suffer more fear than others with the task of parenting, which unfortunately can lead to overly zealous protection of children, also known as helicopter parenting.
This small series of paintings is a glimpse of the quiet unseen courage of children developing through teenage years into adulthood. A sense of adventure is inherent in most children but is often curbed and dampened by fear instilled from parents and guardians. How damaging is it to personal development to replace courage with fear?

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Winter/Spring 20/21

2020 Paintings by Sarah Walker

A selection of new paintings inspired by the landscape and flora of the Beara peninsula by Sarah Walker.

Sarah has found more time than usual to paint in 2020 and has maximised her studio time during covid lockdowns. She has been as inspired as ever to paint from her local environs, these are the new paintings which are currently on view in the gallery.

This year Sarah has also been continuuing her work on a completley different subject, a series of paintings from the last five years, which will be shown in Oliver Sears gallery in Dublin October 2021.

Read more: Winter/Spring 20/21

Corban Walker and Kate McSharry

September 2020

An installation of work by Corban Walker and Kate McSharry.  


This exhibition visualises the subtleties of the connections and interruptions that we experience through our encounters with others - occurrences that have changed drastically since the onset of the current pandemic. Groundwork explores an ongoing stream of thought in this regard. The simple acts of shaking hands, getting lost in a crowd, or meandering around busy spaces are things of the past for the foreseeable future. Walker's drawings remind us of his work Please Adjust (2011) where we experienced the idea of how 'one person's actions can have broad consequences that lead to adjustments of expectations in life and in art' - Culture Ireland (Corban Walker, Venice Biennale 2011). This is, once again, particularly relevant now. We are now required to stay separated, linear, almost stiff with our interactions. Here, we offer another way of viewing the ‘new normal’.

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20th Anniversary Exhibition August 2020

Group show including Taffina Flood, Rachel Ballagh, Cathy Bacon and Sarah Walker.

202020 celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Sarah Walker Gallery since opening. Each artist’s practice is distinctly individual, while successful in complimenting one another on the walls of this wonderful open space. On entering the building you are struck with the colourful and exciting large-scale paintings by Taffina Flood that brighten up the gallery on rainy days, and add a bouncing energy on the sunny ones. In contrast Cathy Bacon’s work brings up a familiarity in the storytelling of common life events, some misted with what seems to be an unsettling memory, allowing for a quiet and contemplative moment in the gallery. Rachel Ballagh’s striking and memorable portrait alongside her other work, provides an insight into her thinking and consciousness of the ordinary. Sarah Walker’s work shows off the beauty of the surroundings in West Cork, a place where she is proud to ground her livelihood.  

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Kate Murphy and Ellen Duffy

Main Gallery- July 2020

 Currently showing in the Main Gallery is a joint exhibition of Kate Murphys sculptural works and Ellen Duffys works on paper. Kates works titled Corner and Revealed Reliance were part of her Fine Art Degree Show in 2019 in Technological University Dublin. Her work titled Dismantle was realised during a residency in the Fire Station Artists Studio as the recipient of the Graduate Award for Sculpture in 2019. Ellen is exhibiting a series of works on paper realised during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic when access to her studio in the RHA was restricted. Ellen was awarded the RHA Graduate Studio Award after a successful degree show in 2019 in Technological University Dublin. Ellen was one of eleven leading Irish artists commissioned by the Dock to produce a body of work in 2020.She has upcoming shows in The Draiocht in Dublin and The Dock Arts Centre in 2021. The works in this exhibition were made individually and exhibited together. This exhibiton was curated by Kate and previously the two artists have collaborated together. Both artists are working on a project supported by the Dock, this project aims to merge both Ellens and Kates practice and will result in a week long working week in Ellens studio in the RHA in August. The final installation will be presented in the form of an open studio.

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Sarah Walker Tapestry

Ithaca Tree

 A new Sarah Walker tapestry titled Ithaca Tree is hanging in the main gallery, a large scale variation on the small tapestry Dusk Tree from 2018, using a new Grecian blue colour in silk.

A painting titled Eyeries Field is made up of nine panels hanging in a square on the gable end of the gallery. It is a description of a meadow on the edge of the village of Eyeries split in a modernist sense into nine separate images which make up a whole.

Many of the other paintings on view were made on a residency in Cill Riallaig Arts Centre, Co Kerry in July 2019.

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Tom de Paor - A E I O U

August 2019 

A selection of 189 portraits of lower case vowels in watercolour on 300gsm paper, 290 x 210mm, landscape format. Made in Spring 2019

Tom de Paor architect graduated from UCD in 1991 where he is a Design Fellow and since 2016, a Design Critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
He was elected Fellow of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland and Young Architect of the Year by Building Design / Corus in 2003, member of Aosdana in 2015 and International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2017.

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Michael Healy-Harald Kurreck-Sarah Walker

Main Gallery July 2019

Currently showing in the main gallery is an exhibition of Michael Healy's hand-carved ewe 'needles' and walking stick, wood art objects by Harald Kurreck and works on paper and canvas by Sarah Walker.

Michael Healy  is a Cork based mixed-media artist. A 2019 Degree graduate of the Crawford Collage of Art and Design, his works are based in mixed media sculpture. He has been selected for the Fledglings 2019 show at the Lavit Gallery in Cork City, a yearly exhibition from selected stand-out recent graduates.
He has also been selected for an upcoming residency at the National Sculpture Factory in Cork. Michael’s current work is inspired by the idea of human ingenuity and tools. ‘The processes of human creativity and communication. The acts that lead human beings to create tools and language, the necessity to survive, develop and ultimately begin to reason and understand the complexities of the human condition’. The works on show are made from hand-carved seasoned Irish Yew.

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Sarah Walker Tapestry

July 2019 Inner Gallery

Sarah Walker's first tapestry will be exhibited for the month of July. The tapestry 'Emmet on the Strand' was hand-tufted in Connemara with wool, silk and linen in 2016. The image is based on a painting from The Boxing Diaries series exhibited in Oliver Sears Gallery 2015.

In the main gallery a selection of 2019 graduate's work will be on show with Sarah Walker work on paper.

Carol Reid White

 May June 2019  Inner Gallery

Carol Reid White is an American collage artist and retired museum art educator living in Ireland since 1987. She produces colourful, often humorous collages using human figures and scenes from the natural world, often with a beach setting. She has been working on this particular body of work over the past 7 years. As a past art educator in museums and galleries, the art historical perspective is important to Reid White. Displayed in the gallery are a selection of such collage works, alongside three sketchbooks which show the process of her work. We encourage viewers to look through the sketchbooks as well as the works on the wall to see the artist's process. Recurring motifs of armour, birds and beach scenes form a cohesive thread through the selection; however each individual work also speaks for itself.

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Rachel Ballagh - Harald Kurreck - Sarah Walker


May June 2019  Main Gallery

Currently showing in the main gallery is an exhibition of  Rachel Ballagh's drawings and Harald Kurreck's wood art, with two works on paper by Sarah Walker. 

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February 2019

School of Architecture University Limerick exhibition runs until February 9th.

From February 10th a selection of tapestry samples designed by Sarah Walker will be on show.

Also exhibiting paintings by Sarah Walker and a selection of work by other artists.

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An Exhibition of Student Urban Design Work for Castletownbere

Students in the Second Year at the School of Architecture University of Limerick have been spending the past number of weeks engaged in design projects for the town of Castletownbere in west Co. Cork. As part of the national outlook of SAUL each year, students are asked to carry out in-depth studies of sites and towns across the country. Castletownbere was chosen as a place which is a scenic location for tourism, but uniquely, also has a thriving fishing port – one of the two largest in the country, and the town’s greatest asset.

It all adds up to the perfect vehicle for the students to carry out a long-overdue urban study – to use the educational resources of the University to survey and document the town’s historic buildings, to make design proposals for the public realm, the connections between the town and the sea, and to identify areas where future urban development, including housing, might occur. Although these may only be College design projects, the students hope that they might start a discussion locally about a future vision for the town, based on proper urban design principles.

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Big Paper Show

Sarah Walker Gallery has the pleasure of exhibiting artworks on paper by recent graduates Anna Gallwey, Electra Grant, Lucy Hyland, and Muireann Kelleher from CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, alongside work by Sarah Walker, Carol Healy, and Cathy Bacon. Exhibition runs until August 26th.

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Summer 2018

There is a selection of paintings on canvas and paper by Sarah Walker, Cathy Bacon, Lucy Hyland, and Electra Grant on view in the main gallery. There is also a collection of work by various artists in the upstairs mezzanine.


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Spring 2018

During the spring there is a selection of paintings by Sarah Walker on view and a colllection of other artists work in the upstairs mezzanine.

Sarah exhibited a selection of tapestries designed by her and made in Oughterard, Connemara by Dixons. The exhibition took place in Oliver Sears Gallery, Molesworth St, Dublin from May 11th to June 23rd.

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Anelys Wolf - Tables and Heritage

November 17th to 25th

Anelys Wolf is an artist visiting from the island of Chiloé in Chile, she has been making paintings of local people in Beara from a collection of their family photographs. 

Anelys is the daughter of a cutural mix that characterizes the northern areas of the Chiloé Archipelago. Her mother hailed from Quinchao Island in the Chiloé archipelago’s inner sea, from where, as a student, she would go on horseback, boat, and then by train to reach Ancud Teacher training School, where she trained as an elementary school teacher. Her father was a descendant of German settlers, dedicated to agriculture and commerce. Anelys grew up in a typical home in Ancud, with the rain at the window and the warmth of the fire in the wood stove.

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October 2017

Group exhibition featuring textiles by Sarah Walker, aluminium spray painted flowers by Cian Carroll and textiles by Fiona Clancy.

August to Late September 2017

Margaret Corcoran with a selection of graduates.

"Dark Aspasia" - is a work following a theme from Margaret Corcoran's most recent solo show: Aspasia - An Influential Immigrant, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin. It was reviewed favourably by Frieze Art Magazine, London and The Irish Times.

The Three Graces are part of an ongoing series of watercolours and canvases based on images of the sculptor Canova's Neo- Classical marble masterpiece. The three goddesses are shown nude, huddled together. Their heads almost touching. Corcoran liked the delicate beauty and peaceful balance that seems to exist between the three heads.

Also on show will be installations by a  selection of students; Dominika Glowinkowska, graduate from NCAD and  from the Crawford College of Art, Cork; etchings by undergraduate Aaron Philips, textile installation by Carly Gadbury, metal work by Cian Carroll, and photographs by Artem Trofimenko.

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July 2017

Barbara Kenneally
'Mining-Light' - glass and photography.

'The natural beauty of the Beara Peninsula in West Cork has had a profound influence on me from a very young age. Exploration of colour, especially that of Nature’s response to man’s intervention by copper mining, forms the kernel of my inspiration. My camera documents this exploration.

Glass has an honest purity and natural allure. Its transparency allows for exploration of both the surface and the subsurface. I use rock fragments gathered from the abandoned copper mines at Allihies to create moulds for the glass.

I want viewers to enjoy entering this other world of geology and mining and in some way I also hope to evoke reflection on those who lived, worked and passed on from this place.'

- Barbara Kenneally 

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June 2017

 An exhibition featuring textiles by Fiona Clancy with paintings by Sarah Walker. Fiona Clancy's textiles are  large scale abstract compositions of stitched fabric made with her own hand dyed fabric. She makes contemporary wall hangings using  a traditional patchwork tecnique.

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Island - Oiléan

Island - Oileán
July 9th to August 7th 2016

Island - Oileán: An exhibition by Angie Shanahan, Jacqueline O'Driscoll and Eileen Singleton

Paintings, Prints and Sculptural Ceramics.

'Sunlight, turf smoke, seagulls, boatslip, diesel.
One by one we were being handed down
Into a boat that dipped and shilly-shallied
Scaresomely every time. '
(From Seeing Things by Seamus Heaney)

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Sarah O'Brien

June 11th to 29th
Sarah O'Brien    Painting
'Who is Gosh?'

Sarah describes her painting as 'dressing up boards', she uses lots of paint and pieces of fabric and tassles to create pieces which don't necessarily stay on the wall but can drift into the gallery space and bring the viewer into a world of colour. Her work is playful and uplifting, although she claims it's based on the menial tasks of everyday family life, the end result is bursting with a real sense of joy and satisfaction.

In her exhibition this June at Sarah Walker Gallery, Sarah O'Brien is exploring painting through a focus on habitual and domestic actions. Sometimes looking at labour associated with construction, large paintings created with sweeping brushes/toilet brushes and cement trowels realise an unintended aesthetic potential.
Domestic chores are more frequent than artful ones in Sarah's everyday life, this comes through in the work. It is also in keeping with Sarah's method of painting as a space where processes drive the work and everything emerges from this. The lack of control inherent to paint as a medium makes the process all the more engaging. 

Sarah O’Brien’s practice is focused on drawing and painting based installation. Earlier this year she exhibitied in the West Cork Art Centre, Uilinn in a group exhibition Unfold. Recently she took part in The Kindly Ones in the Crawford Gallery, Cork, SYNC, Galway Arts Centre and Eigse. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, having solo shows at Pallas Contemporary Projects (PCP) in May 2008, Very Common Glory, Draiocht Arts Centre in January 2011 A Circle Dance and Stutter and fluid, Bar 8 Galway, curated by Galway Arts Centre.

Among selected group exhibitions Sarah took part in Holding Together (Autumn 2010) at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin which celebrated 50 years of the Modern Art Collection at Trinity College.

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'In the Garden of Last Things' by Bénédicte Coleman, curated by Melania Lynch

Benedicte Coleman, curated by Melania Lynch. Installation

Opened on Culture Night on the 18th of September 2015 an exhibition by Bénédicte Coleman 'In the Garden of Last Things' runs until October 9th.  

These are the last things … one day they will disappear and never come back … you learn to take nothing for granted. Close your eyes for a moment, turn around to look at something else, and the thing that was before you is suddenly gone. Nothing lasts, you see, not even the thoughts inside you. (Paul Auster: In the Country of last things: 1-2) 

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August 2015 - Graduates Summer Show "A Blue Thread"

A Blue Thread

Summer Graduate Show

1st - 22nd August

Sarah Walker Gallery is delighted to host graduates from art colleges around the country.

This year’s summer show will be a selection of work by Rachel Doolin, Hazel Ramsay, Ryanse Elle and Andrew Whitelaw from CIT, Crawford College of Art & Design, Genevieve Howard, Eoin O'Reilly and Eimear Murphy from NCAD Dublin, Brendan Finnerty from LSAD, Limerick and Nicola Chestnutt from Waterford Institute of Technology. The exhibition titled ‘The Blue Thread’ refers both to colour and material throughout the show. The show will be made up of installation, photography, sculpture, ceramics and jewellery.

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Skibbereen Arts Festival- Pop up Gallery with Catherine Hammond Gallery

Friday July 24th- Sunday August 9th

Skibbereen Arts Festival- Pop Up with Catherine Hammond Gallery

Sarah Walker Gallery features work by recent graduates, Sandra Corrigan Breathnach, Andrew Whitelaw and Eimear Murphy and emerging artist Tempy Osborne as well as her own paintings.

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