Wednesday, November 24, 2010

'has been + is going'

Exhibition will be opened by Mayor Christy Curtin,
on Friday 26th November @ 7pm
TrasnaAUCTION begins at 8pm

‘has been + is going’ features an astonishingly diverse range of work that ‘has been’ exhibited or ‘is going’ to be exhibited in the near future. Artists were selected for the high standard of their work and the show captures a variety of styles, materials and ways of working. Alongside individual artists’ works are collaborative projects such as Sitemeetings, Collection of Minds and Aughty Public Art Projects.

Artists featured are Jackie Askew, Fiona O’Dwyer (in collaboration with Paddy and Jimin Dooley), Sinead O’Connell, Vicky Lennie, Sarah Fuller, Fiona Woods, Trudi van der Elsen, Nicola Henley, Sitemeetings (Alexandra Boettcher, Maeve Collins, Maria Kerin), David O’Rourke, Ilsa Thielan, Martina Cleary, Desmond McLoughlin, Mairin Kelly, Fiona Woods, Christy McNamara, Dyan Smith, Aoife McGovern and Aughty Public Art Projects (curated by Dr. Aine Phillips with artists Marie Connole, Emma Houlihan and Tom Flanagan).
Alongside these works the Courthouse will host a selection of artist’s paper projects; catalogues, artist’s books and zines.

Trasna is an exhibition of postcard-sized works by well-known artists run in conjunction with the Christmas show. This is a first for the Courthouse Gallery who have been delighted with the response from national and international artists.
 In celebration of this unique exhibition all works will be at a reserve price of 40 euros. This is a wonderful opportunity for locals to purchase original artworks as gifts for loved ones in the upcoming festive season
To encourage all of the communities of North Clare to share in this fun event there will be a wine reception and a humourous Auction to be enjoyed on the opening night Friday  26th November. Members of the public are invited to come early and place bids on their favourite pieces before the auction begins at 8pm.

The Courthouse Gallery welcomes you to these exciting events which celebrates artists’ work in the community of Ennistymon and beyond.

'Trasna' the auction


  ‘Trasna’ exhibition and auction of postcard-sized work

  • This collection of almost 200 postcards-sized works from national + international artists will be auctioned by Chris Wallis and Sarah Fuller on the opening night at 8 pm.
  • There is a reserve price of €40 on each work.
  • This is a silent auction, meaning artists are anonymous until after works are purchased.
  • To place a bid : please use stickers provided to indicate which piece you are interested in bidding on.
  • Auction starts at 8 pm, and the highest bidder can take their purchased work on the night. 
  • List of participating artists : Emma Houlihan, Cora Griffin, Cynthia Sinnott, Will O’Kane, Madeline Smith, Jackie Askew, Leslie Wieltschnig, Valerie O’Driscoll, Mimie White, Frank Golden, Patricia Tuite, Pauline Keena, Carmel O’Driscoll, Tara Barone, Sarah Stevens, Margaret Duffy, Fiona O’Dwyer, Desmond McLoughlin, Ann Vaughan, Ben Smith, Kate Hodman, Betty Gannon, Katja Wittmer, Joe Ryan, James Slevin, Judy O’Sullivan, Finola Graham, Achim Riffelwood, Trudi van der Elsen, Liz Moloney, Mary Hoey-Dietz, Barbara Damen, Koos van der Elsen, Maeve Collins, Alexandra Boettcher, Ilsa Thielan, Caitriona Sheedy, Vicky Lennie, Hilary Gilmore, Thomas Prendergast, Natalie El Baba, Madeleine Lara Smith, Mimi Kern, Charles Henihan, Mary McMahon, Ian Wieczorek, Orla Campbell, Gabrielle Cap, Caireann Browne, Carol Kennedy, Fiona Calnan, Joyce Shee, Josephine Quigley, Jean Duffy, Mary Fahy, Emma Barone, Sadie Cramer, Dorothy Ledwith, Tessa O’Connor, Marianne Slevin-Potterton, Dyan Smith, Corinna Schroeder-v.Frihling, Sinead O’Connell, Marje O’Brien, Nicola Henley, Marie Connole, Diana Reid.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Seeing and Dreaming


in the Gallery 
Saturday November 13th @ 8pm

Two visual theatre portraits telling the intricate stories of two lives.

‘Astonishingly insightful, sensitive piece. I think, as it exists, is near perfection – a dance between performers. It is both complete and complex.’


Seeing and Dreaming is a new piece of visual theatre that tells the intricate stories of two lives. Visual artist and puppeteer Sarah Fuller and performer Vanessa Earl are collaborating to bring these people’s stories to life using shadows, objects, puppets and people.

Dorothy is eighty, lives alone in a Victorian house in Birmingham. She has one eye, no teeth and a soft spot for Starsky and Hutch. Michael is eighty-eight. Gnarled and bed ridden, he dreams of dancing and wild horses.

Dorothy’s story is told through the memories of her eight-year old grand-daughter who spent many weekends alone with her. This is a portrait of older age told through the eyes of a child.

Michael’s story focuses on the last year of his life spent in hospital. This portrait explores his changing states of mind, slipping between dream, reality and memory. This is a man preparing to die.

Vanessa Earl
Trained at the Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School and the Laboratory for the Study of Movement in Paris. For sixteen years she has worked professionally making theatre. Among others she has worked for the Clod Ensemble, Augusto Boal and Theatre of the Opressed, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Tom Morris and the Battersea Arts Centre, Theatre de Complicite and the National Theatre. 
Sarah Fuller
Graduated in Textile Design at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design London. In 1995 she established Dog and String Theatre and since then has devised, performed and toured shows for childrens audiences both nationally and internationally. Her visual art has been exhibited widely throughout Ireland. She has considerable experience working in Arts in health and has been exploring the therapeutic possibilities of puppetry in relation to dementia. 

Friday, November 5, 2010


Open invite to “Trasna” Postcard Exhibition 

In conjunction with the Christmas exhibition ‘has been + is going’ 25th November to 6th January, The Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon is inviting A5 postcard submissions from national and international artists. Postcard- max 19cm x 13.5cm size, in any medium and clearly label on back artists name, title, medium, address, mobile number and email address. Post to Trasna, The Courthouse Gallery and Studios, Parliament St., Ennistymon, Co. Clare, by 16th Novemeber.  All postcards priced at 40euro including 25% gallery commission. There will be an auction on opening night and prices may increase.

The Bahh Band

 The Bahh Band 
concert in the gallery to launch their new CD

“Worlds Colliding”
Friday 12th November @  9pm
door: €15,  includes CD!

The Bahh Band
The Bahh Band are a rapidly evolving group of seven eclectic musicians based in the cultural melting pot of Galway in the West of Ireland. Their unique and soulful blending of such diverse influences as Indian classical music, bluegrass, Irish music, vocal improvisation and groove laden rhythms have won them many fans at their regular appearances in festivals such as Body N Soul, Electric Picnic and the Festival of World Cultures. The group began as a three piece founded by Australian born, Mattu who plays the sarode (a 25 stringed Indian lute), Italian tabla player, Ciro Montanari and Galway bluesman, Tom Portman on the dobro (a slide resonator guitar). However, the group has constantly been seeking a greater density of sound and have expanded to include the dynamic Pauli Smalls (double bass), 2 vocalists (Ceara Conway and Goishka) and well known bodhran/percussionist Brian Fleming. They have become increasingly known for their hypnotic live shows, incorporating more guests using further percussion, drones and electronics. The Bahh Band also display an interesting choice of covers in their live repertoire, drawing on psychedelic rock riffs, jazz standards, Johnny Cash, reggae motifs and traditional Irish folk songs!!!
Most recently, in 2010, they recorded a version of Jeff Wayne’s 70’s rock opera, War of the Worlds, which received the enthusiastic approval of the author and numerous hits on youtube for their subsequent video. The band’s founding member, Mattu, received a grant from the Arts Council of Ireland to further his study in India and funding from Galway County Council to complete the group’s debut album entitled, Worlds Colliding. The group performed for thousands of people at the recent visit of Indian guru, Amma, in the RDS in Dublin and are planning a tour of England and India.
Exceedingly talented and diverse, the Bahh band mix elements of blues, bluegrass, folk and eastern sounds seamlessly” (
Serious shoes off music!!!” (Ronan O Snodaigh-Kila)