A collection from two different perspectives

Aidan Dunne: Arts Council and Civic Art Collection join forces for an exhibition in Boyle


Selected works from the Arts Council and Boyle Civic Art Collections. King House, Boyle, Co Roscommon. Until June 14th. lindashevlin.com

An exhibition that draws on two collections assembled from different perspectives – the Arts Council Collection with its national sweep and ambition and Boyle’s surprisingly strong Civic Art Collection (driven for many years by the late, much missed Fergus Ahern). Janet Mullarney, Elizabeth Magill, Willie Doherty and Anne Madden feature in an impressive line-up.


Ita Freeney. Lavit Gallery, Wandesford Quay, Cork. Until June 22nd  lavitgallery.com

Estuarine views by Ita Freeney become meditations on space, light and form, although they are closely based on views from her studio at the city’s edge, and explorations of other locations on Cork harbour. Muted, almost musical in their delicate sonorities.



Adam Fearon. Butler Gallery, The Castle, Kilkenny. Until July 28th butlergallery.com

Adam Fearon’s work is concerned with “the skewed contracts we make with technology”. Relief sculpture he views as both image and tactile surface, just as more and more devices are tangible screens directed and controlled by touch. Screens, sounds and object come into play in his consideration of the subject.


The Dock, St George's Terrace, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim. Until July 20th. thedock.ie

Patrick Hall’s visionary, allegorical paintings have long resonated with younger generations of artists, and this show partners him with Mary Ronayne (Hogarthian satire in paintings of “blithe, cartoonist characters” made with enamel paint) and Anishta Chooramun, whose sculptures address issues related to displacement and identity.


Lucy Andrews. Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, North Co Leitrim. Until June 8th. leitrimsculpturecentre.ie

There’s a touch of the uncanny to Lucy Andrews’ intense sculptural objects and installations, which include “disembodied tree parts, corroded metals and melted plastics…”, making up “a disharmonious ecosystem”. Manufactured things seem drawn back into their natural state, overseen by the unmistakable form of the burr – the bulbous growths that enclose injuries to trees like masses of scar tissue.