The Possibilities of Place is the title of The 9 Stones Artists exhibition taking place at Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow in July.
New works by Rachel Joynt RHA, Anthony Lyttle, Remco de Fouw ARHA, Michelle Byrne, Annabel Konig, Gwen Wilkinson, Martin Lyttle, Jules Michael and Cathy Fitzgerald will be on display.
Formed in 2004, The 9 Stones Artists is a group of professional visual artists all of whom are based in the foothills of the Blackstairs Mountains in South County Carlow. Its members work in a diverse range of media – film, printmaking, sculpture, photography, painting and installation.
In conjunction with this exhibition the group is launching an anniversary publication kindly supported by the Carlow Arts Office. The work of each member is generously presented and a specially commissioned essay by Cliodhna Schaffrey also features.
The Nine Stones Show ‘The Possibilities of Place’ will open to the public on the 2nd July and will run to the 16th of October at Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow.
The Exhibition launch is 9th July at 3.00pm at Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow.
On the 9th July there will be the “Season Launch” of all the exhibitions at Visual at 3pm and there may be a short panel discussion also. This would be a friendly talk and involve the artists involved in the all the shows at Visual. Wine, tea and coffee, activities for kids 3pm- 5.30pm
Martin Lyttle will be exhibiting at Oak 2015 at Killenure Castle
This years exhibition will be officially launched by Darragh McCullough (farmer, broadcaster, journalist, presenter on Ear to the Ground) on Saturday 9th May 2015 from 3 – 6 pm.There will be food and live music at the opening and hopefully some sunny weather!
About the exhibition ; OAK 2015 – guest curated by artist Pauline O’Connell
“This year’s exhibition aims to reawaken a ‘ghost’ of times past. My curatorial thinking relates to ‘time’, the history / the lives (both human and animal) the domestic activities, the utilitarian aspects of the working farm from the past embedded in the historic ruins of the castle and in the surrounding farm buildings. Whilst the fabric of the stables, tack rooms, hay lofts / gallery spaces are in tact and have not been affected by any embellishments, there remains a presence in the vacant spaces, an echo of what was once there. So, it is this ‘ghost’ that I am interested in, a reawakening through artistic interventions and installations.
A cross section of art practice accounts for the wide variety of work on display, ranging from traditional sculpture, painting to video and installation, work that relates to the rural context in varying conceptual and textural ways.”The list of artists are : Michael Canning, Maud Cotter, Eileen MacDonagh, Daphne Wright, Marie Foley, Sonja Landweer, Margaret Tuffy, Cecilia Bullo, Cecilia Moore, Bob Frazier, Martin Lyttle, Martha Quinn, Tom Fitzgerald, David Fitzjohn ( Wales ), Michael Fortune, Rachel Parry, Aoife Banville, Eva Kelly, Holger Lang (Austria).
The context provided the inspiration for this commission.
A huge granite boulder sits to the side of the 100 meter glass atrium.
This has a series of playful ring marks cleanly cut into its surface and from it leaps the main feature.
It is a 63 meter long curved conical ‘horn’ form appearing to penetrate the glass curtain wall and is then suspended in a huge ark overhead in atrium.
It is a semi transparent brass and stainless mesh helix, ending in a 2000mm open mouth seen here.
9 Stone artists, Martin Lyttle (lithicworks.com), along with Eileen MacDonagh are showing work at the first ever sculpture exhibition to be mounted at Mount Juliet Estate, near Thomastown in Kilkenny, in conjunction with Artistic Alliance.
Over seventy artworks in stone, metal and timber will be displayed in the formal rose and walled gardens. This event promises to be one of the most interesting outdoor sculpture shows in Ireland this year.
Sculptors featured are: Stephen Burke, Don Cronin, Bojana Crisanek, Jason Ellis, Moss Gaynor, Richard Healy, Redmond Herrity, Holger Lönze, Martin Lyttle, Eileen MacDonagh, Helen O’Connell, Richie Perry, Krystyna Pomeroy and Martha Quinn.
All are welcome to the opening on Weds 17th July, 2013 @ 6.30pm Admission: free Open: 9am to 9pm daily