Meet the Artists | Hinterland Coffee Dock

Tuesday 14 May

10:00 -11:00

Eblana house, Eblana avenue, Dun Laoghaire

ArtNetdlr invite the public to meet the artists for an insightful walk-through of the HINTERLAND project / exhibition, followed by coffee and chats.

See interdisciplinary creative interpretations by the local artists what Dun Laoghaire – Rathdown area means to them, see how it shapes our own inner hinterlands.

Join Shabnam Vasisht, Miriam Sweeney, Elizabeth Shaw, Erika Tyner, Iris O’Connor, Gaby Browett, Alison Hackett, Dylan Ryan and Eliot Smith who will guide you through their work and talk about their own creative collaborative process.

Hinterland is open to general public 11am – 6pm daily with late night opening on Thursday 16 May. Exhibition closes on Saturday 18 May.

photo: Erika Tyner

February Coffee Dock

ArtNetdlr will be hosting the first EVENING Coffee Dock 

Tuesday 12 February 7 – 8 pm 

dlr LexIcon 5 floor, meeting room 4

Winter walkers on the East Pier in Dun Laoghaire, last evening. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Winter walkers on the East Pier in Dun Laoghaire, last evening. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Drop in for a chat and help us understand the needs of local artists and communities. In an ideal world what would you want from ArtNetdlr to offer.

  • A forum for the exchange of information and ideas,
  • A place to meet other artists working and living in your neighborhood,
  • Talks that would interest you – visiting artists, workshops,
  • Any other suggestions very welcome.

The Coffee Dock takes place on the second Tuesday of every month in the dlr LexIcon. Informal networking sessions take place around a designated theme and each member has two minutes to discuss a topic without interruption, followed by a general discussion.

Printing Workshop by Aoife Dwyer & Ann Kavanagh

Saturday 16 February 2019, 10:00 – 16:00

dlr LexIcon, project room

Dun Laoghaire

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This hands-on printing workshop with artists Aoife Dwyer & Ann Kavanagh will introduce a non acid painterly printing techniques and tools, encouraging participants to experiment and develop their own individual projects. Ten students only, so personal guidance and supportive environment will be offered to develop the skills and experience of printing art making.

Ann Kavanagh visual artist originally from Kilkenny, now living in Dublin. She graduated as a mature student from Dun Laoghaire IADT in 2004 receiving an honours degree in Fine Art.
Ann works across the mediums of photography and printmaking and is a member of the Black Church Print Studio since 2004. Ann has also work at other print studios over the last 10 years namely Crown Point Press, San Francisco, Druckstella Printmaking Studio, Berlin and Mi-Lab at Lake Kawaguchi Japan, and has exhibited nationally and internationally. See Ann Kavanagh’s website

Aoife Dwyer works with photography, screenprint and etching. She is interested in drawing attention to everyday domestic objects, unintended marks, spaces and surfaces. Aoife studied screenprint under the tutelage of Terence Gravett at the Brighton Polytechnic College of Art. In 1998 she graduated from The National College of Art and Design, Dublin, with a BA honours degree in Fine Art. She became a member of the Black Church Studio that same year and subsequently became a Director of the Board in 2005. Since 1998 she has been a tutor in fine art at the City of Dublin Education and Training Board. From 2005 to 2009 she has worked with DLRCo.Co

Solo exhibitions include ‘Wild’, National Concert Hall, Dublin (2004) and ‘Link to the Future’, Aer Rianta Arts Festival (1999). She exhibited in Kilkenny in a two person show titled ‘Found Drawings, Kozo Gallery, Thomastown (2007). She has also participated in many group exhibitions nationally and internationally, including An tOireachtas; RHA Annual Exhibition, RUA annual exhibition, Eigse, Carlow; Iontas Sligo; and more recently ‘Pressed’ curated by the Graphic Studio Dublin, County Hall Dun Laoghaire (2013); dlr Open Submission Exhibition, County Hall Dun Laoghaire (2013); ‘Draw the Line’ in the Monster Truck Gallery, Dublin (2011) and ‘Inhabit’ Draoicht, Blanchardstown (2008). In 2014 she was invited to show at the 184th annual RHA exhibition.

Dwyer completed residencies at Cill Rialiag Arts Centre, in 2010 and 2014. She is a recipient of DLRCC professional development grant 2011. Her work is included in public and private collections including the Office of Public Works, RTE, Guinness, Dun Laoghaire county collection and Dublin Bus. More about Aoife Dwyer


Turkish Iznik Design Workshop (advanced) by IDA MITRANI

Saturday 6 April 2019

10:00 – 16:00

dlr LexIcon, Dun Laoghaire

Project room

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Introduction to botanical representation in Turkish Iznik design.

This workshop consists in creating an individual artwork using the vegetal motifs and patterns found in Turkish traditional art and design. So participants will be looking at geometry, composition and prepare a colour chart according to the colours used in Iznik design.

Iznik, a town in northwestern Turkey, was the main center for the production of ceramic tiles and tableware in the Ottoman empire. These ceramics were highly valued luxury objects and have come to represent Ottoman visual culture at its height.

Read more about Iznik design.

Iznik tile panel from the Met

IDA MITRANI is a Turkish born French artist living in Dublin. Her artwork is about the accuracy and idealisation of chosen specimens. Inspired by memories, the concept of cultural identity and distorted experiences, Mitrani creates scenes with motifs referring to the Botanical world, Nano world, anatomy and microbiology which blends reality and absurdity.

Drawing by Ida Mitrani

Along with her artistic practice, Mitrani has been intensively teaching Art and Botanical Illustration over the past 12 years and in various colleges, museums and art centres. She has set up the first intensive Botanical course in Ireland in the Institute of Art and Design and Technology in DunLaoghaire, Dublin. Ida is a member of the Irish Society of Botanical Artists. She exhibits widely.

See artist’s website.

Turkish Iznik Design Workshop

Turkish Iznik Design Workshop

MARTIN GALE | Artist Talk

Saturday 23 March 2019

10:30 – 12:00

dlr LexIcon, Studio theatre, ground floor

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Join artist MARTIN GALE for a discussion of his attachment to Irish landscape, stories and characters of rural countryside, and technical decisions, freedom and ideas that led and developed his artistic life, and summed up experiences of generations of Irish people in his paintings.

Seamus Heaney has written of Martin Gale’s paintings, they silence us, “they invite us to look twice, then to stand still looking until we begin to wonder if there is such a thing as innocent bystanding. They hold in a single, steady, local focus the reality and anxiety of the time”.

Martin Gale, ‘The Appointment’, oil on linen

Born in Worcester, Martin Gale moved to Ireland at a young age and studied painting and drawing at the National College of Art & Design. In 1982 Gale was elected a member of Aosdána and in 1996 was made a full member of the Royal Hibernian Academy. He was a Board member of the National Gallery. He represented Ireland at the Paris Biennale in 1980 and his paintings have been included in several major surveys of contemporary and 20th century Irish art. A large-scale retrospective of his work travelled from the Royal Hibernian Academy to the Ulster Museum in 2004-05. In 2013 Gale was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Art from NUI Maynooth and he was the recipient of the RHA Award for a Senior Artist at the 184th Annual Exhibition.

Gale’s work is held in numerous private collections in Ireland and abroad and represented in major public collections including The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon, AIB, Bank of Ireland, OPW / State Art Collection, ESB, Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Chester Beatty Library, and Crawford Art Gallery, Cork. He lives and works in Co. Kildare.

good evening, 1982

“Like good short stories, the works themselves prefer to tantalise than to explain; they spark the viewer’s imagination but they don’t dictate its direction; they illuminate but they never merely illustrate; they have a story to tell but they are (wisely) not spelling it out.” – Dennis O’Driscoll ‘Martin Gale: View to Vision’

“Time and again in work that is acutely attentive to both surfaces and what is beyond the surface, Gale displays an uncanny knack for encapsulating quintessential aspects of life in rural Ireland – and hence of life itself.” – Aidan Dunne 

“Exceptionally rounded.

Superbly realised. Gale paints what is it like to be in rural Ireland, rather than looking at an idealized version of it.” – read Aidan Dunne’s review in ‘The Irish Times’ 

“Gale is also a compelling recorder who is fascinated by the interaction between people and the landscape, or in his own words ‘how it changes them and how they change it” – Alison FitzGerald for ‘Irish Arts Review’

Martin Gale at Taylor Galleries

Artist’s website



Saturday 9 February 2019

10:30 – 12:00 

dlr LexIcon, meeting room 3, 5th floor, Dun Laoghaire

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ArtNetdlr is delighted to present one of Ireland’s most respected painters – EITHNE JORDAN, to talk about her resent exhibitions at Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, and RHA Gallery.  Hear about artists urban journeys exploring architecture, interiors and loneliness, the light of early dawn and darkness.

“I’m not interested in documenting a place. I think they are emotional landscapes, settings for a mood”

Tableau, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

“Since abandoning the energetic, expressionist style that characterized her early work—cultivated while studying in the mid-1980s in Berlin at what was then the Hochschule der Künste—the Irish painter Eithne Jordan has prioritized contemplative stillness and calculated under-statement.

Over the past twenty or so years, she has worked in a coolly reserved realist mode, generally focusing her inquisitive gaze on workaday city spaces and nondescript industrial hinterlands.

Night Street XV, Oil on linen, 73 x 100cm, 2009

Many of her best paintings catch moments of fleeting calm within the routine commotion of urban experience: waiting alone at a deserted subway station, passing through sleepy suburban housing projects, walking along sparsely lit backstreets late in the evening without another soul in sight.” Declan Long for Artforum.

Eithne Jordan was born in Dublin. She studied at Dun Laoghaire School of Art from 1972-76. She has lived for periods of time in London and Berlin (where she went initially on a DAAD scholarship) and currently divides her time between Ireland and France. Eithne has exhibited widely in Europe, and is a member of Aosdana and the RHA. Her work is in major public and private collections in Ireland, Europe and the U.S.

Tableau, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

See the artist’s website here

Read ‘Inside and Out’ – interview in ‘The Irish Art Review’

Images from IAR archives and installation views.

HINTERLAND Collaborative Project / Exhibition 9 – 19 May 2019


Hinterland is a multi-disciplinary collaboration* involving over 50 artists from a wide range of disciplines coming together from Dun Laoghaire–Rathdown. The project began with an open call to artists active in the DLR area. Over 50 artists applied and were matched into pairs and trios.

For 2019 the project theme is Dun Laoghaire–Rathdown and its environs, hence the title Hinterland.  However, all creatives have their own inner hinterland too – as such, the title can be interpreted in the broadest sense.

Hinterland aims to stimulate interdisciplinary conversations among members of different practices and in so doing, produce new hybrid works which will be stimulating, informative and educational for the wider community of DLR. The proposed project will culminate with an exhibition of over 25 new works including moving image, spoken word, installation, time based, performance, visual arts, theatre and more.

For example. A poet with a performance artist produces a poetic film/filmic poem; homeopathic plant remedies growing in the hinterland are incorporated into an artwork communicating “a civilized wilderness”; two photographers document a change in the landscape at Cherrywood, located at the foot of the Dublin Mountains; the voices of women in the hinterland are articulated in a site specific performance on the night of the opening of exhibition: three monologues of forgotten women’s stories — drawn from places such as the former Magdalene laundry, the soup kitchen and the immigrant’s hostel.

The works will be the result of unique creative collaborations between more than 50 Artnetdlr members of different disciplinary practices. The curated, free access exhibition is booked in for Eblana House, Eblana Avenue, in Dun Laoghaire from 9th-19th May 2019.

* The first ArtNetdlr members collaborative exhibition, Interaction, took place at Eblana House, Dún Laoghaire in May 2016 to great acclaim.

The Hinterland committee


Photographer Cyril Byrne

Photographer of the Year 2018 – CYRIL BYRNE | Artist Talk

Saturday, 1 December 2018, 10:30-12:00

Dlr LexIcon, meeting room 3, 5th floor, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin

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It is an absolute pleasure for ArtNetdlr to welcome our guest speaker, a renowned photographer CYRIL BYRNE of The Irish Times. He was recently named ‘Photographer of the Year 2018’ at the annual Press Photographers Association of Ireland awards.

Photographer Cyril Byrne

2nd Nature and the Environment – Starlings gather to roost at Ballywilliam, Co Wexford. Photographer Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Cyril won the overall award based on the excellence of his portfolio, and several awards in categories including those of Daily Life and People, Nature and Environment and Arts and Entertainment.

Photographer Cyril Byrne

3rd, Arts and Entertainment – U2 during their performance of the Joshua Tree at Croke Park. Photographer Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

“This portfolio comprehensively shows the ability and imagination of the photographer over a wide range of subjects and situations. The judges felt that the photographer displayed an incredible ability over so many disciplines and facets of press photography. The many subjects dealt with in this portfolio shows the commitment to quality and presentation. A collection of images to be very proud of.” – So commented judges on Byrne’s work.

Photographer Cyril Byrne

Second – Nature: A Seagull grabs its lunch from a bin in St. Stephen Green. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Cyril Byrne began work as a staff photographer at Irish Press Ltd in 1973. He worked as an art editor for Irish Press Ltd from 1978-1981. In 1984 Byrne became an executive committee member of the Press Photographers Association of Ireland. He has photographed aspects of Irish life and landscape. He also taught photojournalism at Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design.

photographer Cyril Byrne

Third – Politics – Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald TD seen through a window on the eve of her resignation from office, in the national interest, following mounting pressure from colleagues and opposition members. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

September Coffee Dock

Tuesday 11 September, 10 – 11 am

dlr LexIcon, 5 floor, room 3

Was there something that moved you this summer, such as an exhibition, architecture, or a book?
Let’s discuss.
Join us for a regular  informal discussion and networking session for members and aspiring members of ArtNetdlr.



LOUISE NEILAND | using notebooks to explore an idea or concept

Monday 26 November 2018, 10:00 – 13:00

dlr LexIcon, the Project room

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In this half day workshop with Louise Neiland we will be looking at how to use notebooks as a means of exploring an idea or concept. We will use still life as a starting point for ideas and mixed media pieces in the journals. We will look at the process of working and editing in notebooks and how journaling generates more ideas for finished works.

In her work Louis Neiland engages with the challenge of depicting the nebulous and intangible nature of time through the use of still images. She has exhibited in group exhibitions both nationally and internationally, and her work is represented in private and public collections including the OPW / State Art Collection, Rabo Bank, Dvblinia, Microsoft, IADT and Electric Ireland. Neiland studied at Camberwell College of Art & Design, London and the National College of Art & Design, Dublin from 1987 to 1991, and she completed an MA in Fine Art (Painting) at NCAD in 2008. Artist lives and works in Dublin.

Louise Neiland at the Taylor Galleries

Aidan Dunne’s review for ‘The Irish Times’

‘The Gloss’ interview with Louise Neiland