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 after being awarded 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. The 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
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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In the mezzanine upstairs overlooking the main gallery there is a shop with a wide selection of ceramics and design, including Cormac Boydell's plates, the Connolly Brothers' locally made wood turned bowls and dishes, Chloe Dowds pots and cups, Adele Stanley vases, Siobhan Steele bottles, and Melania Lynch sculptures. There is a collection of Jenny Richardson's 'critters'; hand painted pieces of driftwood in various animal and bird shapes. Jacqueline O'Driscoll's cyanotypes can also be found here, as well as Sarah Walker's 30cm square oils on linen. There are also art books, poetry books, novels and the 2019 Gallery Diary, along with a large variety of cards and mini reproductions of Sarah Walker paintings. Everything here is available in the online gallery and can be purchased online.
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