Performing a Translation | Ormond Studio Members Group Show


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AsWeMaySink, Dorota Borowa, Chloe Brenan, Claire Burke, Niamh Coffey, Sarah Edmondson, Hazel Egan, Kieran Gallagher

Performing a Translation is the first exhibition of work by current members of Ormond Studios since its relocation. ‘Translation’ is a term used in geometry to describe a function that moves an object a certain distance. The object is not altered in any other way. It is not rotated, reflected or re-sized. In a translation, every point of the object must be moved in the same direction and for the same distance.

In moving from No. 6 to No. 4 Ormond Quay, Ormond Studios have performed this translation, preserving the studio as a nucleus of art-making, a place to translate, test and transform ideas. Works reflect on this geometric term in an expanded sense, interpreting translation more broadly as a paradigm of mediation that includes aesthetic, political, topographical and intertextual transformations.

This exhibition is held in conjunction with Bealtaine Festival 2017.

In-between worlds, An Exhibition of work by Louise Peat | May 11th – 14th


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Ormond Studios are pleased to present In-between Worlds, a solo exhibition of work by artist Louise Peat, held in conjunction with Bealtaine Festival 2017.

Louise Peat’s current body of work examines how the development of the online social world is altering identity and social behaviour. She focuses on communication and alludes to the way people today keep in touch by interacting through a screen – via social media and internet networks trying to perpetuate social bonds, relations and intimacy. The artist believes that simultaneously there is a disconnect occurring, and that what is missing with most forms of modern communication is emotional exchange. She expressly asks – are we losing meaningful connection within the process?

This new body of work includes computer-generated drawings constructed in virtual spaces, scanned paintings and screen shots, which she has transformed through the medium of printmaking into a tactile print series.

Studio member Chloe Brenan is a participating artist in REPLIKA Issue 2: ELLIPSE.


Studio member Chloe Brenan is a participating artist in REPLIKA Issue 2: ELLIPSE.

The issue will be launched on 08.04.17 with a coinciding exhibition of work at Omelette Studios, Mittenwalderstr. 6, 10961 Berlin at 18:00. REPLIKA is a three dimensional magazine bringing together artists from all spheres to explore a unified concept, and to respond with an object-based, serialized work.


Artist Talks: Leah Hewson | March 31st | 19.00 | 4 Ormond Quay


EO-LH9_Resized.jpgJoin us for the third in a series of conversations with emerging Irish artists at our new location at No. 4 Ormond Quay with artist Leah Hewson.

(b. Dublin, 1986) Leah Hewson achieved a First Class BA(Hons) in Fine Art from DLIADT in 2010. Hewson’s first solo show, Whats behind the Magic door? (2011) gave way for her work to be included in the Microsoft Collection as well as being published as part of Goblin Market: New Irish Contemporary Art. Amongst a steady flow of commissions for private collections, Hewson developed work for her second exhibition CUSP which was in 2013. Earlier this year she gained experience working in Sean Scully’s studio in New York which has seen her work move to a more abstract approach to image making.

Following on from the artist’s recent solo exhibition ‘Scintilla’ at the Ashford Gallery which was the culmination of a six month studio residency at the RHA, the artist will speak about this project as well as research topics including Jungian psychology and her instinctual approach to image making.

Artist Statement:

Hewson’s area of concern has always been the importance of preserving ones imagination. It holds endless possibilities but with maturing age and alternative priorities it becomes abandoned in many humans. The act of utilising her imagination is the primary motivation in her work. This act rebels against the formulaic and stems from the desire to develop it as a tool and refine its use in achieving obscure possibilities.


Artists Talks : Jessica Kelly & Sinead Keogh| Friday 17 February 2017 | 19:30 | 4 Ormond Quay



Join us for the second in a series of conversations with emerging artists in our new space.

Jessica Kelly and Sinéad Keogh are two Irish artists who frequently work with video and performance. They will each present their work and talk about their practice.

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Due to limited capacity, please let us know if you would like to attend:


Jessica Kelly (Dublin, 1982) is an artist who works primarily with moving image. Her work is usually screen-based and is informed by philosophies of technology, dance and spirit. Collaboration and discourse are frequent features of her practice, and she also uses text and performance. Present interests include the spectral image, commemoration and after-death existences.

Kelly graduated from the National College of Art and Design in 2007 with a degree in Fine Art Media, and from 2009-10 was a resident artist of Daghdha Dance Company, Limerick. In 2011 she moved to Belgium and in 2014 completed her Masters in Fine Art Multimedia at KASK School of Arts, Ghent. She currently lives and works in rural Leitrim, in the west of Ireland. Recent exhibitions and events include: ‘Fragmented Identities’ at Borders Festival, Venice, ‘(phe)NOM(e)NON’ at the Guesthouse Project, Cork, ‘Homeland: A Terrible Beauty is Born’ at Damer House Gallery, Tipperary, ‘Wayward Fruit Tree’ and ‘2016…’ at Ormond Studios, Dublin. She also undertook a residency at Dance Limerick, to support a collaborative project with Mary-Jo Gilligan, entitled ‘A Dancer Drowned’.


Sinéad Keogh is a multimedia performance artist with a recently finished MA in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. Sinéad is also an expressionist dance instructor at the NCBI (National Council for the Blind of Ireland) for the past four years. Keogh has had many exhibitions in Dublin institutions such as The Broadcast Gallery, IMMA, and The Lab and exhibited internationally in New York, Italy and Glasgow. Keogh has made work for festivals such as BIFPA and The Bram Stoker Festival. The utilization of raw human states are ever present through the artists’ practice created from ideologies of intensification of the senses leading to immersive, often emotional experiences. Keogh has collaborated with groups such as Create and performance artist Pauline Cummins. Keogh works and is based in Dublin.

Studio Member Chloe Brenan exhibiting in ‘Attitude Precedes Form’, Group Exhibition at The Library Project, Temple Bar, Dublin

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‘Attitude Precedes Form’ premieres new work by members of the Black Church Print Studio, responding to the curatorial questions: What are our goals for women in Ireland today? And what challenges do we now face?

‘Attitude Precedes Form’ is curated by Dr. Hilary Murray for Black Church Print Studio, and features works by Ella Bertilsson and Ulla Juske, Chloe Brenan. Janine Davidson, Emma Finucane, Rachel Fallon and Eleanor Phillips, Anja Mahler, Sadbh O’Brien, Alison Pilkington and Lee Welch.

The exhibition also features an A&E Session (Analyse and Experiment)’, the latest in a series of panel discussions run by Black Church Studios on January 19th 2017. In this public talk, curator Hilary Murray and exhibition artists discuss the parameters of the exhibition, and the artist’s approach to the work.

Show runs January 12th until January 31st.


‘Trickster’ featuring studio member Chloe Brenan at Catalyst Arts Belfast.

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Studio member Chloe Brenan is exhibiting new and recent work alongside Alexandra Brunt at Catalyst Arts, Belfast, Opening 6PM, Thursday 1st December 2016.

Show runs until December 18th.

The trickster is a mythological entity or archetype, indicative of absurd or destabilising re-evaluations of perception and its limitations. The work of both artists explore ideas of rearranging perceptual modes to break down and ultimately reassemble conceptions of self and objective reality respectively.



November 17th Artist Talks: Nollaig Molloy, Dorota Borowa & Sarah Edmondson

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Join us in our new space at 4 Ormond Quay for an evening of presentations and discussion with three emerging artists. Nollaig Molloy, an artist based in the west of Ireland, along with Dorota Borowa and Sarah Edmondson from Ormond Studios, will share their work and talk about their practice.

Due to limited capacity, please let us know if you would like to attend.

Nollaig Molloy:

Nollaig Molloy is an multi-disciplinary visual artist based between Leitrim and Roscommon. Graduating in 2012 from National College of Art and Design, Dublin receiving a BA (Hons) History of Art and Fine Art, Sculpture her practice includes drawing, video and site specific sculptural installation. Her work derives from a fascination with the material-to-hand and objects of necessity, through modes of in depth research and engagement with environments and people from local communities. She explores the perception of the everyday and essences of material. Focusing on the interplay between material, people and their surroundings drawing from spatial and material site specificity. She examines processes and techniques of traditional craft, incorporating it within contemporary art.

Molloy’s recent solo exhibition ‘Material Witness’ , Roscommon Arts centre, Roscommon, 2016, other exhibitions include ‘hɛkəl~s’, TACTIC Cork, Cork City, 2015 and ‘HERE/NOW’ as part of Boyle Arts Festival, Roscommon 2014. She is a recipient of the CREATE Artist in the Community Scheme, Research and Development Award Mentoring 2015 with mentor Gareth Kennedy.

Dorota Borowa:

Dorota Borowa is a Polish artist based in Dublin. Dorota received her MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. She works with painting, drawing, collage, video and photography. Borowa has participated in many solo and group exhibitions in Poland but also in Hungary, Lithuania and Norway and recently in Ireland. She has been awarded a number of Artist In Residency Programs (last residency in Cill Rialaig in Ballinskelligs, Ireland 2015) and also has been longlisted for the 2016 Aesthetica Art Prize.

Dorota works across the range of media including painting, drawing, collage, video and photography. The process of painting has become the starting point for all her recent works and her techniques reflect her works which straddle between reality and abstraction and the fallibility of human memory.

Sarah Edmondson:

Sarah Edmondson is a Dublin based artist, originally from Waterford. She graduated from the National College of Art and Design with a BA (Hons) Art and Design Education, 2012 and from University College Cork, BA (Hons) History of Art and Sociology, 2007.

Sarah uses many mediums in her work in order to explore a variety of different concepts and themes including paint, photography, image transfers, cardboard construction, found objects, stop motion animation and digital film. In her work there is often an interest in space and the occupation or desolation of that space. She looks at our (humans) relationship with objects and how the arrangement of these objects can be used to initiate a personal response or create a narrative. Her installation pieces aim to question the validity of certain information presented to us by the media or the state, including cultural institutions and the education system. She confronts the viewer with fictitious information or scenarios in order to highlight the ambiguity of our learned reality.