Category Archives: Art

Brexit Diary

We were in London 2018-2019 for much of the drama surrounding the Brexit debate. The good people at EFACIS (Thank you Hedwig Schwall, Anne Fogarty, Joachim Fischer) have published these extracts from a diary I kept at that time:

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“Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light” at The National Gallery (London)

The Sorolla exhibition in the National Gallery (London) stunned me. I didn’t know enough to have expectations, and then found myself in front of immense canvasses that spilled light and colour into the gallery. My absolute favourite was this one: … Continue reading

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Contemporary Turner? Katie Paterson & JMW Turner at Turner Contemporary Gallery, Margate

“A place that exists only in moonlight” – Katie Paterson and JMW Turner (26th January – 6th May 2019) What a surprise it was to find the Turner Contemporary Gallery. I have to admit, the seafront at Margate looked fairly forlorn … Continue reading

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Feminism, Brexit and the Irish Border: Rita Duffy at the Courtauld Institute of Art

“NEITHER HERE NOR THERE” (Images are low-res screenshots of overhead projections, taken on an iphone on the night. Go to for proper images) Edwin Coomasaru, a post-doctoral Fellow at the Courtauld Institute introduced Rita Duffy as ‘an artist getting … Continue reading

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Vividity (yes, that is a word) 

  In 1919 a town in Northern France donated a statue of the Sacred Heart to the Catholic Parish of Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire) in memory of the Irishmen who fought and died in Flanders during World War 1.  Because … Continue reading

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Barbara Hepworth at Tate Britain

Last year we were lucky enough to visit the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden in St Ives. It was a foggy day – I remember because this worked to our advantage. The fog dissipated soon after we arrived in … Continue reading

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Melancholia (The Conference)

This weekend saw an extraordinary gathering at Collins Barracks: psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, academics and artists came together to watch and discuss three striking performances/screenings in the context of psychoanalytic theories of Melancholia.     We watched Lars Von Trier’s full length … Continue reading

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How to be a Child? – a Carmel Benson Exhibition @ The Mermaid (Bray)

  “How to be a Child?” is the title of Carmel Benson’s latest exhibition. Themes familiar from the artist’s earlier work recur but in newly explicit forms: here, the solitary, watching figure is that of a young girl who faces … Continue reading

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DWF Venue #6: The LAB, Foley Street (Sheena Barrett)

(Interview with Sheena Barrett, arts officer and curator @ The LAB) What and where is the LAB? The LAB is Dublin City Council’s Arts Office, a dynamic hub of activity housing a gallery, rehearsal and incubation space for a range … Continue reading

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Patrick Scott (and Michael D) at IMMA

Is there anything nicer to do on a sunny Dublin Sunday than go to IMMA? Why a gallery, in such rare sunshine?  Good question. The long avenue stretching away to the Richmond Tower is one reason. The formal gardens, another.  A balmy walk … Continue reading

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