9 Stones artist Cathy Fitzgerald is joining a panel this Wed 11 March 2015, 6-7.3o pm to discuss how the arts can contribute to conversations about sustainability. She’ll be talking about her ongoing eco art project that is transforming a conifer plantation into a permanent, life-sustaining forest.
Places are limited, more details here
Update 28 April 2015: a video of Cathy’s talk is available here
Also congratulations to 9 stones artist Gwen Wilkinson, showing new work in a group exhibition entitled Lacuna at the Taylor Gallery
8 – 30 November 2013
LACUNA [ 01 ]
Lucy Andrews, Maggie Madden, Seán Molloy, Eveleen Murphy, Helen O’Leary, Gwen Wilkinson
curated by Sabina Mac Mahon & David Quinn
*In Conversation event with artists and curators: 1pm, Saturday 23 November 2013*
LACUNA [ ] is a new curatorial project at Taylor Galleries co-curated by David Quinn and Sabina Mac Mahon. Situated in the first floor exhibition spaces of the gallery at 16 Kildare Street, it is planned as an occasional and on-going series of exhibitions and publications that will run alongside the gallery’s main programme and embrace experimental and enquiring practices in image- and object-making. When an empty space is encountered it can evoke a desire to fill it with something; to make it complete. In addressing this compulsion LACUNA [ ] both asks and answers the question, ‘With what?’.
Six artists have been invited to take part in the first iteration of the series, LACUNA . Rather than asking them to respond to a theme, LACUNA  embraces the diversity of their current practices, processes and concerns, offering them a space in which to show new and recent work that encompasses sculpture, drawing, installation, painting and photography.
Gwen uses an antique Gandolfi half-plate camera dating from the 1870s to produce 6½ x 4½ inch wet plate collodion photographs that are both technically complex and aesthetically beautiful, both as images and as objects.
Invented in 1851, the collodion process produces one-off images on glass (ambrotypes) or tin (tintypes) plates. In Gwen’s series Edifice and A Fine Balance she uses this seemingly out-dated process to explore the built heritage of rural Ireland and the ancient Japanese bonsai cultivation of kokedama (literally translated as ‘moss balls’) suspended on lengths of string.
See more at gwenwilkinson.com
Thanks to everyone who took part in our opening yesterday – it was a fantastic event!
Upcoming Artists Talks during the exhibition
At the 9 Stones Artists exhibition this week at Deighton Hall, Carlow, artists Brian Hand will present a short talk on Collective Capitalism in Pre Famine Ireland with reference to the Blackstairs Moountains at 8pm on Tuesday 12th June and Orla Ryan will present a short talk on Melodrama and Modernity in relation to Cinema at 8pm on Wednesday 13th June. All welcome.
On these nights, Lennon’s Restaurant together with the Carlow Brewing Company promise some POP-UP fare* and also on Friday and Saturday ( 15 & 16 June). On Friday night artist Gwen Wilkinson will also provide some scrumptious nibbles for the Pop-up Bar.
Special thanks to Lennons Cafe bar, also thanks to O’Shea’s of Borris. Also to Eigse Volunteers and the Carlow Amenity Trust.
VENUE: Deighton Hall, Dublin Street, Carlow (opposite An Post/Post Office)
DATES: Saturday 9th – Sunday 17th June
Opening hours: 1pm to 7pm daily,
*POP-UP BAR Tues, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (12, 13, 15 & 16 June) 8- until 10 pm