Anne Martin Walsh
Opened Friday 12th March at 7pm on Zoom
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.
Coalesce- A Retrospective
A First Fortnight Online Group Exhibition
Opened Saturday 9th January at 7pm on Zoom
Merriam Webster's Dictionary Definition of Coalesce:
1: to grow together
2a: to unite into a whole :
b: to unite for a common end :
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the First Fortnight Festival, First Fortnight and The Presentation Arts Centre will be hosting a unique retrospective exhibition, Coalesce, featuring the work of internationally renowned artists; Shane Keeling, Solus, ADW, Morgan, Emma Sheridan, Glenn Gibson, Nicola Anthony, Maser, Padhraig Nolan, Agnieszka Bloch and Sinead McDonald. The eleven Invited artists have previously contributed to the First Fortnight Festival on separate occasions and are now gathered together under one roof.
First Fortnight is a charity that challenges mental health prejudice through arts and cultural action aiming to make the beginning of each year synonymous with mental health awareness, challenging prejudice and ending stigma and creating a consistent space in the national cultural calendar where citizens can be inspired through arts and cultural events to talk about mental health issues in a non-scripted manner.
For more information visit First Fortnight.
Cur Amach Anaithnid; An Unknown Familiarity
A Virtual Exhibition of Artwork by Sheena Furlong
Opened On Friday November 6th at 7pm via Zoom
The Presentation Centre is proud to present Cur Amach Anaithnid; An Unknown Familiarity an exhibition of work by visual artist Sheena Furlong.
Sheena Furlong is a painter and workshop facilitator who works from her studio in the rural village of Kilmuckridge. The Ford Studio was established one year ago in November 2019 as a working studio, offering classes and insight into studio practice for those interested to learn.
In that short year there has been unprecedented challenges presented to those working in the arts sector, including the cancelation of exhibitions such as Cur Amach Anaithnid; An Unknown Familiarity as gallery spaces across the county remain closed.
In our efforts to continue to offer support to artists as best we can, we have taken this opportunity to adapt this exhibition of work for online viewing and hope that through adversity comes opportunity, in that we can share this exhibition with audiences online, connecting in new and innovative ways.
"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."