RHA West Presentation by Niamh O’Malley ARHA – Wednesday, October 25
Thursday, September 14, 10.30am – 1pm
Ballina Arts Centre
Free Admission, but limited spaces. Booking is essential: call 096 73593
In association with Ballina Arts Centre
Niamh O’Malley ARHA will give a presentation on her participation at the Venice Biennale 2022.
About the Artist
Niamh O’Malley ARHA
Born Co Mayo, Ireland, Niamh O’Malley currently lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.
‘Niamh O’Malley’s artwork reveals a profound appreciation for the act of trying. Trying to catch a certain slant of light, trying to prove a pattern or uncover a composition, trying to fathom a mountain, trying to hold time still. Working with the moving image, mark making and sculptural materials such as glass and wood, O’Malley’s work attempts to contain and reflect the weight and wonder of the world in its becoming. It is the act of trying, in the face of predictable failure, that gives way to conviction and a sense of hope within the artist’s work. Full of reflection, both literal and metaphorical, filled with absence and framed by negative space, O’Malley’s work asserts something unstoppable about the human spirit, something that neither distance nor death can extinguish’ Exhibition text by Kate Strain, Grazer Kunstverein, 2018
Niamh O’Malley, with Temple Bar Gallery + Studios as the curator, is currently representing Ireland at the 59th Venice Art Biennale, (2022).
O’Malley has made numerous solo exhibitions in recent years including mother’s tankstation limited (2020), Royal Hibernian Academy (2019), Lismore Castle Arts (2019), Grazer Kunstverein (2018), Bluecoat Liverpool (2015), Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2017) & (2015) a five venue solo show called ‘The Mayo Collaborative’ Ireland (2013), ‘Garden’, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2013) Ha Gamle Prestegard, Norway (2012), ‘Model’, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (2011), ‘Island’, Centre Culturel Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (2010), ‘Frame, Glass, Black’ Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, France (2010), ‘Echo’, Gaain Gallery, Seoul, Korea (2010), ‘No Distance’, Void, Derry, Northern Ireland (2009).
A selection of group exhibitions include Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, CAG, Vancouver, KARST, Plymouth, eva International, Biennale of Visual Art, Limerick, Eli & Edythe Broad Museum, Michigan, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Galleria Civica di Modena, White Box, New York, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, Germany.
Thursday, September 14
Masterclass in Drawing Anatomy lead by Una Sealy RHA
Thursday, September 21
Aideen Barry ARHA will present and discuss some of her recent short films.
Thursday, October 12
Masterclass on Plein Air painting with Blaise Smith RHA