gallery notes

These are notes relating to the exhibition as laid out in the gallery.

Gallery notes

1. from NUI Galway Archives

Brendan Duddy Throughout twenty years of violent conflict in Northern Ireland a secret channel of communication linked the IRA to the highest levels of the British government. At the heart of this channel was a single intermediary, Brendan Duddy. His house was the venue for secret negotiations between the British Government and the IRA throughout 1975. He managed the intense negotiations over the Republican hunger strikes in which ten men died (1980-1981) and he was at the heart of the contacts (1991-1993) that culminated in a secret offer of a ceasefire that was a precursor to the public IRA ceasefire of 1994.

Deposited at NUI Galway in 2009, the papers of Brendan Duddy provide a unique insight into this channel from the perspective of an individual who operated at the intersection of the two sides. They include coded diaries of contact kept by Duddy throughout 1975 and early 1976 and a diary kept for several months in 1993 when communication between the British Government and the IRA was at its most intense, as well as documents exchanged between the British Government and the IRA.

Robert Cresswell A retired professor of Anthropology from the Sorbonne in Paris, donated his archive of photographs, slides and film to be held for the nation at NUI Galway Archives. In 1969, based on his anthropological studies in Kinvara and the west of Ireland, the Institut d’Ethnologie (Paris) published his book, Une communauté rurale de l’Irlande (A rural community in Ireland).

John Huston (August 5, 1906 – August 28, 1987) was an American film director, screenwriter and actor. Huston studied as a painter in Paris and used ideas to do with composition and framing sketching out ideas as he made his films. This is a photocopy of Huston’s personal copy of the storyboard for the horse-trapping sequence in The Misfits, drawn by Stephen Grimes. 1961.



 2.John Rocha John Rocha CBE is a Hong Kong born fashion designer who is based in Ireland. Best known for his distinctive style experimenting with fabric and technique.

 3.Siobhan McNutt “These drawings were made whilst making an effort to eat healthily following some keyhole surgery. This obviously lapsed with the mince pies.” Siobhan has a BA Fashion Design Central Saint Martins 1998. She has worked designing clothes and jewellery 1998-2006. Currently teaching in Galway Technical Institute.

4.John Brady Artist and Lecturer in Fine Art Painting at the Centre for Creative Arts and Media, Galway

5.Conor Gallagher Born in Sligo in 1964 and originally a graphic designer, Conor Gallagher has been practising as a fine artist since 2008. In May 2010 he was awarded a studio at The Model in Sligo.

 6.Gina Ruane, “This sketchbook is from college. At the time I was preoccupied with how we divide and use our time, our routines, habits, schedules, and conventions- both biological and personal, natural and external.”

7.Dave Holland is an artist and a soon to be retired, artisan baker, living and working in Galway and Gran Canaria.

8. Allison Regan is a Contemporary visual artist and curator living in Galway City. She spent from 2008 to 2012 living in Louisiana. There she taught and received her MFA in Sculpture from Louisiana State University. Accordion sketchbook-The sketches in this book relate to the mundane and altered presumptions. My work refers to cycles, unity and the repetitive nature of thought, actions, and patterns, how the unique needs we seek to satisfy, with our physical spaces are rooted in our past experiences.

9.Joanne Dolan is a Galway based visual artist and printmaker. Her practice is primarily based in drawing. Joanne is a co-founder of Expanded Draught artist collective.

10. Guy Westbrook is an Ocean Scientist who worked in marine engineering then returned to university as a mature student to do a Degree and PhD back to back. He worked on a series of deep field scientific surveys the length of the Atlantic Ocean during the mid to late 90’s and then re-located to Ireland to work in the Marine Institute.

 11.Louise Manifold “I was working on a video piece called the tiger groom it was about a man who believed he was turning into a tiger (it was in the GAC in 2010, and there is a link to the finished work on my website) anyhow, part of the work I made a series of studies of a Siberian tiger in Dublin Zoo. It involved lots of hours standing around with the camera, the zoo keepers were a great help to me, however the Tiger was a bit lazy and would not come out at all so I could not get a good shot of him or his mate. In the mean time, while I was waiting for them, I began doing a series of camera pans of the enclosure and my eye fixed on the 2 twin cubs, who became very aware that they were being observed…”

12.Lochlann A. Hoare d. 2008. Lecturer in Art and Design and Head of Fine Art Sculpture Galway. Sketchbook kindly loaned by his family.

13.Marie Hannon, “My notebooks are like special playrooms where I can scatter all my toys on the floor, make a mess and never have to clean up after it. It is possible for everything to exist in this place, it is the starting point for many processes successful and unsuccessful.”

14.Maev Lenaghan, My eye on the world alights on both people and places and the spaces through which (and on which) stories are told and found. Galway, Belfast, Dublin, Mayo and Clare, France and Sweden are the places that have anchored me at some point or another. The people are too many to mention.

15. Allison Regan as before

 16.Dominic Stevens Architect based in Leitrim, known for his free construction plans for €25,000 house and his two publications Domestic and Rural.

 17. Robert Rivers combines drawing, painting and sculpture.  Robert has exhibited widely and has recently completed an MFA at the Slade School of Art.

18.Anne Marie McKee was born in Northern Ireland. She is studying for a degree in painting at CCAM, GMIT, Galway. She previously studied botany, gaining her PhD in 2001. Anne-Marie has worked as a botanist, chocolate maker and baker, and lived for a while in Mexico. She joined the board that runs 126 Artist-run Gallery in Galway in 2012, leaving recently to give more time to her studies. Her work deals with books and fragments of the human body.

 19.Fionna Murray Artist and Lecturer in Fine Art at the Centre for Creative Arts and Media Galway

 20. Sadie Chowen Doyle is a perfumer who runs The Burren Perfumery Co. Clare.

 21. Noel Farrell, d.2002, was a builder and more. List of what is needed to make a cupboard.

 22. Nicholas John Jones was born in Taplow, UK in 1982. He holds an MFA in Fine Art from the Slade School of Art (2011), and a BA (Hons.) from Wimbledon School of Art (2006). He received the Kirsgillow Residency Award, Florence (2011). He has been artist in residence at the Sunhe Museum, Hangzhou, China (2012); at GURA, Kyoto, Japan (2012); and at The Trelex Residency, Switzerland, (2012). Recent exhibitions include, Freeze ’13, The Mayor’s Parlour, London, HEAD TO HEAD, Rogue Project Space, Manchester, (2013); hiatal, Barbican Arts Trust, London (2013); 1, Block 336, London (2012); Embedded Reflections, Dahan Gallery, China, (2012); Takoyaki & Chips, Kokinen, Japan (2012); Invention of Painting, Centre for Recent Drawing, London (2011); and Istanbul was Constantinople, Hush Gallery, Istanbul, (2010). His work considers contemporary relationships to object, image, and lifestyle.

 23.Sarah Pettitt Sarah Pettitt’s interest in the drawn line has resulted in the deconstruction of her painting into sculptural forms which examine the constituent elements of painting. She has recently completed her MA at the Slade School of Fine Art and lives and works in London. The sketchbook shown here includes drawings made in Palermo’s Capuchin Crypts, where photography is not permitted.  This visual record is neither objectively correct nor entirely abstract – instead it captures a physical reaction as well as a psychological impression of that environment – the stillness of death punctuated by a visual cacophony. Sketchbooks containing lines made on the move, drawings made with eyes closed or under constraint, provide Sarah with the beginning for her painted pieces.

 24. JP McMahon is a chef and restaurateur. He is culinary director of the EatGalway Restaurant Group, which comprises Aniar, Cava Boedga, and Eat Gastropub. He is committed to the educational and ethical aspects of food. JP also lectures in Art History in UCC and is currently finishing his PhD in Art History, which focuses on twentieth century American art.

25. Aine Phillips Áine Phillips is a performance and visual artist living in the West of Ireland. She has been exhibiting multi-media installation and performance works internationally since the late 1980s. Dr Phillips is Head of Sculpture at the Burren College of Art.

 26. Dr. Tony Lundon Dr. Anthony Lundon commenced practice in 1978 in Galway City. In August 1984, he moved to 1 The Crescent with a Nurse/Secretary. The Crescent Medical Centre is also a training practice attached to the GP training scheme.

26. Joe Fyfe Joe Fyfe is a painter and art critic, based in New York City. Using acrylic paint on primed burlap and jute, he limits his palette to a few colors in each work. His works have been exhibited in places as diverse as New York City, Philadelphia, Paris and Hanoi. He was awarded a 2002 Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation grant, and has received a Fullbright Fellowship, as well as fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Yaddo and MacDowell colonies.

28. Will Self is an English author, journalist and critic. Self is the author of nine novels, five collections of shorter fiction, three novellas and five collections of non-fiction writing. His fiction is known for being satirical, and fantastical, and is predominantly set within London. His novel Umbrella was nominated for the Man Booker Prize

 29. Ulf Strohmayer is a German-born geographer who is a Professor and Head of the School of Geography & Archaeology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Born in Germany, educated there, in Sweden and in the USA (PhD, Penn State), he has held posts in the USA, France and at the University of Wales, Lampeter. His work is largely theoretical, drawing on social and cultural theory as well as human geography, and aims to illuminate historical geographies of modernity. He has written and published extensively on the urban historical geography of Paris, France.

 30. Silvia Bächli is a Swiss artist and is Professor at Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe, Germany. She represented Switzerland at the 53rd Venice Bieniale 2009. Based in Basel and Paris.

25.Rick Kimball founded Aria Stained Glass in 1993, specializing in restoration work. Rick also is involved in the study of international human rights and has worked actively in Lebanon in this capacity.

32. Pete Bowyer

33. Peter and Annie Bowyer Dr. Peter Bowyer is a consultant oceanographer at Seamode Oceanographic specialising in coastal oceanography and surge tides. Annie Bowyer, is a botanist and folklorist and contributed her and Peter’s work on the compilation of crossword puzzles. They both currently live in Glasgow, Ireland and Aude, France.

34. Jonathan Sammon has been exhibiting both in Ireland and internationally since finishing his degree in Sculpture and Digital Media in 2006. He went on to gain an Visual Arts in 2010. He also works as a freelance Videographer/ Photographer for Artists, Musicians and Institutions. Jonathan uses drawing, sound, sculpture and moving images to create allegorical and poetic narratives which draw upon his interests in music, film and literature. He is particularly drawn to Science Fiction literature and the genres ability to pose questions about the nature of reality and what it means to be human. He references historical and current events and combines them with SF ideas to comment on the struggles of everyday people within the context of an increasingly technologically driven society.

35. Ferren MacIntyre is a retired independent research professional. He holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry from MIT and now lives in the South West of France.

36. Jack B. Yeats  Painter, draughtsman, writer. Born 29 August 1871 in London, son of John Butler Yeats, R.H.A., and brother of William Butler Yeats, the poet. Worked first as a graphic artist, illustrator and watercolourist. Died in Dublin 1957.

 37. Rose Davey lives and works in London as an artist and curator. After studying Fine Art and Art History at Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh University, Davey completed her MFA in painting in 2010 at the Slade School of Fine Art, London where she now regularly returns as a visiting art history lecturer. Since leaving the Slade, Davey has been included in various shows in London and has exhibited in Budapest and the Bahamas. Davey’s paintings are meditations on the object on which they are painted, which is almost always a rectangle; an essential shape on which to work rather than an accepted one. These meditations are rehearsed in her sketchbooks, along with investigations into colour, which result in the finished works. The freely drawn linear rectangle, which mimics the page, regularly appears as logical comfort blanket to which the artist always returns.

38. Ian Walton is co-founder Director and Designer at Notion. A multi award winning industrial designer he has worked in Dublin and Helsinki.

 39. Neil Sharkey is a retired accountant who has worked for many years with Galway BirdWatch Ireland “…the past 15 or 20 years have seen huge changes. Bird guides, including pocket and regional guides have improved beyond recognition. Optics including telescopes is now of very high quality and digital photography is now the norm for recording and identity confirmation. It is doubtful nowadays if field notebook recording alone would get a difficult rare bird’s presence accepted. The photo is the thing…However the keeping of written recording still has a value and continues  – digital, Internet or not the handwritten list of the birds you saw on that trip to Sicily or wherever is by far the best. Writing that bird down at the time of sighting still has a recollective value that the digital cannot provide. Long may it be so.”

40. Marielle McLeman Born in Scotland, Marielle MacLeman studied Drawing and Painting at DJCAD, Dundee, and relocated from Glasgow to Galway in 2011. Her practice includes mixed media wall-based work, object-making, site-specific installation and working in healthcare contexts.

41. Gabriel Walsh is a general building contractor based in Galway. He has particular experience in set and exhibition building.

42. ES Jones is currently studying at Goldsmiths University, London.

43. Kevin O’Brien is originally from London, Kevin moved to Galway in 2003. Kevin has a Diploma in Clinical and Therapeutical Hypnotherapy and is President of the Irish Hypnotherapy Association.

 44. Sadhbh Hoare is a teacher of drawing and related subjects at Galway Technical Institute. These are the record of conversations with students 

45. Lionel Pilkington is a Professor of English at NUI Galway. He is a graduate of University College Cork and the University of Toronto. He teaches drama and theatre studies, Irish theatre history, colonialism and cultural theory, and cultural politics. His research interests include twentieth-century Irish theatre, the playwright J. M. Synge, and minorities in Irish culture. He is currently writing a monograph entitled Theatricality, Agency and Irish Cultural Politics, 1900-2000.

 46. Karin Ruggaber was born in 1969 in Stuttgart, Germany. She graduated from Chelsea College and Slade School of Art, London. Karin Ruggaber makes sculpture as well as producing artist’s books. She works with a range of different media considering materials in relation to their dynamic and association with particular activities, or representational function. Recent works include relief sculptures based on inventing, reworking and extending of a growing vocabulary of form, using materials such as concrete, plaster, fabric and wood. Karin Ruggaber is represented by greengrassi.

47. Ramon Kassam paintings incorporate various motifs in their quite often ruthless and laboured construction. They are the result of a brutal reshuffling of studio materials, narratives, art histories, biographical elements and formal structures, all of which come together in such a way that they have been chewed, swallowed and regurgitated to construct works. This is a cut and paste approach to absorb and refract the different things he may have experienced or imagined. Ultimately however the works become their own point of reference and aim to connect to painting’s visual tradition, and the physical and psychological landscape of his world.

48. Ruby Wallis is a practice-led PhD researcher at NCAD. In 2013 she was selected for joint first prize at Claremorris Open Exhibition and was nominated for the Prix Pictet award by Trish Lambe, The Gallery of Photography. Recently Wallis had work published in (SMBHmag) and took part in Portfolio 13, Dublin. These fragments are collected from my research process. I explore through a self reflexive approach a restlessness in the act of fixing a representation of place.

49. Raymond Bellour Director of Research Emeritus at C.N.R.S., Paris is one of the world’s most prominent film theorists. In 1991, with Serge Daney, he founded the journal Trafic. Author of many books, his latest book to be translated is Between the Images (JRP/Ringier 2013).

It’s a little package of notes waiting for years to be classified. Mostly taken during projections, maybe some in front of the TV set, several from the days before VHS tapes.

La Chute de la maison Usher (Jean Epstein)

La Chute de la maison Usher (Alexandre Astruc)

While the City Sleeps (Fritz Lang)

Brigadoon (Vincente Minnelli)

Rien que les heures (Alberto Cavalcanti)

Les Photos d’Alix (Jean Eustache)

Le Sphynx (Thierry Knauff)

Souvenirs de la maison jaune (Joao Cesar Monteiro)

The Grifters (Stephen Frears)

Arnulf Rainer Peter Kubelka)

50. Mike McCormack was born in 1965 and comes from the West of Ireland. He is the author of two collections of short stories Getting it in the Head (1996) and Forensic Songs (2012) and two novels, Crowe’s Requiem (1998) and Notes from a Coma (2005). In 1996 he was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. Getting it in the Head was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1998. In 2006 Notes from a Coma was shortlisted for the Hughes and Hughes Irish Novel of the Year Award. He has received several Arts Council Awards and in 2007 was a recipient of a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship. He lives in Galway with his wife, artist Maeve Curtis.

51. Olwen Fouéré is an actor, writer and theatre artist born on the west coast of Ireland. A free-lance actor, Fouéré has worked with the Abbey Theatre, the Gate Theatre, the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. She recently established an artistic entity called ‘TheEmergencyRoom’ for the development of her ongoing projects. Olwen Fouéré features in several works by artist James Coleman which continue to be shown internationally.

52. Nicole Brenez is an historian, theorist, programmer, teacher of theatre and a specialist in avant garde cinema. She has taught at the Pantheon-Sorbonne University and at New Sorbonne University.

53. Maeve Curtis art practice is a meditation on the mysteries, anxieties and metaphysics which ghost around imaging technologies. A graduate of National University of Ireland, Galway she gained a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art from the Centre for Creative Arts and Media, GMIT, Ireland. She was also awarded the AIB Graduate of the Year in Paint and Galway City & Galway County Council Emerging Artist Awards (2007). Her work is among many private collections and has been purchased by the OPW for the collection of the President of Ireland (2008) and for the collection of Galway City Council, Ireland (2010). A recipient of a Culture Ireland Travel Award, her work has been selected for numerous juried shows including the prestigious Threadneedle Prize (2011) and shortlisted for the Thames & Hudson 100 Painters of Tomorrow (2013).

54. Eamonn Farrell, formerly a journalist and now a senior executive at Vodafone in Sandyford, Dublin. He is a writer and maintains a practice of constant note taking.

55. Phelim May created these notes in class whilst studying Cyberpsychology.  Keenly aware of his own cognitive limitations he put his trust in mind mapping to help him record, remember and make associations. Phelim works as Online Support Manager at Vodafone and Cyberpsychology is the study of how human behaviour is impacted by technology, for example, what kind of relationship have we established over email, in what way does it impact how we communicate, understand and very often misinterpret information.

56. Sheenagh B. Geoghegan  What comes to mind. What’s overheard. What is worth remembering. What notes must be made. A particular line that sent my thoughts elsewhere, a particular mark that made sense on its own. These are stepping stones and stumbling blocks.

57. Austin Ivers Artist and Lecturer in Fine Art Digital Media at the Centre for Creative Arts and Media Galway.

58. Fergus Daly is the co-author of Leos Carax (Manchester University Press, 2003) and has contributed essays to Movie Mutations (BFI, 2003) and Jean-Luc Godard: Documents (Centre Pompidou, 2007). His films include Abbas Kiarostami: the Art of Living (co-directed by Pat Collins), Experimental Conversations and The Art of Time (co-directed by Katherine Waugh).

59. Jürgen Simpson was born in Dublin. His work spans multiple mediums and approaches including electroacoustic works, opera, music for film, dance, and sound installations. He is the director of the Centre for Computational Musicology and Computer Music at The University of Limerick. Sigilum, a work for loudspeakers (or acousmatic composition) was commissioned by RTÉ Lyric FM in 2008 and was featured on the RTÉ CD Hiccup in 2009. The soundworld was entirely derived from a single large gong, 28 inches in diameter. Though the work bears the traits of a performance and is a development of the techniques and approaches used in previous such works, Sigilum is an entirely fixed concrète composition in which the inherent spectral and decay characteristics of the gong are picked out and transformed. The microphone becomes an acoustic lens, the computer a microscope for sound. Initially the recordings of the gong were developed and explored in a short one minute work, Short Sigilum, which was presented as part of the European Broadcasting Union’s ‘Ars Acustica’ Minutes of Noise Project in 2010. This initial study formed an aspect of the ‘note-taking’ which would result in the final larger scale commissioned work. However the early recordings and electronic treatments of the Sigilum works have an engaging quality even before their integration into any refined compositional structure. For The Curious Eye, a selection of these early artefacts are presented in a long 22 minute loop.