On show in our gallery and online until July 24th
The Presentation Arts Centre is proud to present an exhibition of paintings by artist Eva O’Donovan. For this collection of portraits, Eva continues her distinctive oil on vintage fabric style, this time working with live models. She remains focused on the essence of femininity, but for this collection celebrates and explores a broader conception of the term. In an attempt to redress the lack of visibility of those identifying as transfeminine in the visual arts and portraiture in particular, the artist collaborated with Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) to find subjects for the Chrysalis series. The artist and sitters aim to promote positive visibility and the rights of trans people (and their families) by presenting a collection of powerful portraits featuring members of the transfeminine and broader TENI community.The transgender community (through TENI) is a broad church and a highly inclusive one, catholic in the truest sense; representing trans men, trans women, cross dressers, people who identify as non-binary, gender queer or anywhere within the trans community spectrum.
Anne Martin Walsh
Available To View Online
Anne Martin Walsh’s practice revolves around painting, photography and printmaking, sometimes installed in combination with sculptural elements. Central to this work are themes of sexual and cultural identity that relate to our natural environment and reference a range of topics taken from history and mythology. Environmental issues are never far from her concerns. Her research involves an examination of geomagnetic ley-lines, ancient sites, Sheela-na-gig and rituals such as divination. She likes to engage in quiet conversation with nature, gleaning knowledge from an intimate connection with the elements and then using this experience to produce art which invokes a sense of spirituality and/or an awareness of ongoing environmental issues.
Anne Martin Walsh is interested in colour, the layering of paint and different forms of mark- making, working intuitively on canvas, board or paper. The art becomes visceral, primal and gestural in its making, with embedded references to a landscape inscribed through the chosen medium. Her printmaking process is kept as organic as possible, using collagraph, woodcut and dry-point, the subject matter remains earth related. She considers her photography to be an integral part of her process while also serving as documentation for her more ephemeral artwork.
Cruinniú na nÓg 2021
The Children's Gallery
Available To View Online
The Presentation Arts Centre & Wexford Arts Centre are delighted to host an online children's gallery of work created for Cruinniú na nÓg 2021, the national day of creativity for children.
Artists, Jeni Roddy, Nadia Corridan, Brid Colloton and Deirdre Meehan Buttimer guided participants in the creation of artworks through a series of workshops where children learned how to turn basic items all around them into wonderful artwork and sculptures!
Jeni Roddy delivered a workshop on how to make an animal inspired portable windsock to explore the wind in your garden or your local area; Nadia Corridan showed participants how to create cool 3D Peacocks using basic materials found in any household; Brid Colloton guided children throught the creation of a fun collage piece using hand shapes, and got our hands talking with some Lámh signs too; Deirdre Meehan Buttimer explored creative print/mark-making processes, using everyday objects, creating portraits from photos and images in magazines.
All the work on display was created by children, for children.
"Lisa gave me the opportunity to have my first ever solo exhibition and I'm forever grateful for the incredible support she gave every step of the way. This is a gallery that truly cares about giving a platform to emerging artists."