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LucyMc Kenna. Moy­lurg Tower, Lo ugh Key For­est Park, Boyle, Co Roscom­mon Jan­uary 26 th ,7 pm lin dash ev lin. com Lough Key For­est Park’s his­tory has

an ex­otic side: tales of mer­maids, UFOs, gi­ants, ghosts and mag­i­cal por­tals. Lucy McKenna draws on this fan­tas­tic di­men­sion to de­vise “a short light-filled ex­pe­ri­ence”, invit­ing a group of vis­i­tors in­side the Moy­lurg Tower (though view­able from the vicin­ity out­side too). Ac­cess to the Tower is lim­ited and book­able via Linda Shevlin cu­rates, for Roscom­mon CoCo Arts Of­fice, and a new text by Joanne Laws will be launched on the evening.


ken­nard­phillipps.RuaRed,South Dublin Arts Cen­tre, Tal­laght. Un­til March 29th ken­nard­phillipps is the col­lab­o­ra­tive, po­lit­i­cally en­gaged part­ner­ship of Cat Phillipps and Peter Ken­nard, ac­tive since 2002. Their pho­tomon­tages, prints, paint­ings and mixed me­dia in­stal­la­tions take the mo­tif of the raft with a mon­u­men­tal raft at its cen­tre, re­call­ing Ger­i­cault’s epic paint­ing and the rafts used by des­per­ate mi­grants in the Mediter­ranean, in a cri­tique of con­tem­po­rary po­lit­i­cal im­per­a­tives, plus a par­tic­i­pa­tory work­ing space called the War on War Room, an en­cour­age­ment of civic in­volve­ment.


Marielle MacLe­man. The LAB, Fo­ley St, DublinUn­tilMarch10­ththe­

Marielle MacLe­man draws on a range of ma­te­ri­als and pro­cesses to ex­press the in­ter­con­nec­tions be­tween nat­u­ral and syn­thetic com­po­nents es­pe­cially in the en­vi­ron­ment of In­ner City Dublin, ref­er­enc­ing the his­tor­i­cal role of weav­ing, mar­kets and re­newal in green spa­ces, a cot­tage mar­ket and the green­ing of streets, with a ref­er­ence to the de­val­u­a­tion of Ir­ish wool, now largely a low cost ex­port.


A group ex­hi­bi­tion. CCA (Cen­tre for Con­tem­po­raryArt),10-12Ar­tillery Street,Derry-Lon­don­der­ryUn­tilMarch 9th cca-derry-lon­don­ What do artists cur­rently find ur­gent? In a bid to an­swer that ques­tion, CCA Di­rec­tor Cather­ine Hemel­ryk and artist Wil­lie Do­herty have se­lected work by Myrid Carten, Bron­agh Gal­lagher, Michelle Hall, Hamish MacPher­son, Ni­amh McCon­aghy, Paddy McKe­own, Denise McShan­non, Doire­ann Ní Ghri­oghair, Laura O’Con­nor, Soft Fic­tion Projects from an open call sub­mis­sion. Such con­cerns as en­vi­ron­ment, gen­der, iden­tity, men­tal health, po­lit­i­cal dis­quiet and the border all fig­ure in work across a wide va­ri­ety of plat­forms.


Emerg­ing Ir­ish Artist Res­i­dency Award ex­hi­bi­tion.TheGallery,Bur­renCol­lege ofArt,New­townCas­tle,Bal­ly­vaughan, CoClare.Jan­uary31st-Fe­bru­ary22nd bur­rencol­ Work by the four award re­cip­i­ents – Conor Coady, Phoebe McDon­agh, Matthew Mitchell and Olivia Normile. The scheme of­fers four artists a one-month res­i­dence and is run jointly by the Bur­ran Col­lege and G126 in Gal­way.

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