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20th Anniversary Exhibition

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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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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July - Christopher Banahan

July 2015

Featured Artist

Christopher Banahan

Banahan is known for his reflective portraits of childhood in which children’s faces are viewed, with a certain posed formality ,through patterned fabric screens, a device that bestows a distanced retrospective quality. Here he exhibits a series of paintings homage to Vermeer and Ingres as well as two small paintings of boys on timber.


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June-Jennifer Comerford

June 2015

Featured Artist

Jennifer Comerford

Jennifer Comerford born in Tipperary is a graduate student from GMIT.Her original printed paper cut into geometric shapes in monochrome colours are based on concepts of the personality and the working mind “a place of mass storage”. These are intricate yet logically laid out art works which bring into focus the functions of the brain, it's ability to store memories, thoughts and encounters. The mind being a place of mass storage always engaged and working. Comerford plays with the idea of seeing the personality as a whole through representations of the subconscious. In her work we are invited to go behind the scenes into the deeper hidden workings of the personality.


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September 2015

Currently on show a selection of Sarah Walker Paintings including some paintngs from The Boxing Diaries series and a selection of graduates work from the summer show, suspended installation by Rachel Doolin, photograph by Brendan Finnerty and the Marigold glove drawing installation by Hazel Ramsay. Upstairs a wide selection of ceramics and smaller pieces including award winnning graduate Andrew Whitelaw's ceramic sculptures. 

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Tempy Osborne & Finola Cooney May 2015


Featured Artists

Tempy Osborne & Finola Cooney

Currently on show are digitally photographed minature paintings of West Cork landscapes by Finola Cooney that capture feelings of the object's poetic ability. Finola shows how mundane objects (in this case man-made ditritus) which she found emerging in her studied landscapes, can take on interesting new realms when given attension and focus. Also being exhibited are some brilliently unique oil on patterned fabric paintings by Tempy Osborne.Tempy manages to create images which individually convey small ideas but that can collectively tell a larger story, these works have unique small aspects painted with a great amount attention to detail. There is a mixture of Arctic and Cork landscape inspired paintings on show in the gallery. Throughout Tempy’s work ideas of climate change, mass culture and fear of the unknown are continually prominent.

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Early September 2014

Currently exhibiting a selection of Sarah Walker paintings on canvas and paper along with Tempy Osborne miniature works on wood, Fiona Harrington's delicate lacework on paper and Cormac Boydell ceramic plates 

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Darragh Wilkins Art Installation 2014

Featured Artist

Darragh Wilkins

Darragh Wilkins, recent graduate from Crawford College of Art will create an installation which explores the relationships between material, process and mass produced commodities. As an artist Darragh described how he takes "an experimental approach to sculpture making, exploring the physical possibilities of material".

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