Lismore Castle Arts, St Carthage Hall, June 2nd, 2019

Niamh O’Malley, 2 June – 25 August

Preview 1 June, 4-6pm

Photo Ros Kavanagh

Photo Ros Kavanagh

O’Malley works with drawing, sculpture, painting, video, and recently also coloured glass. She is drawn to materials that display traces of their own making, labouring the surfaces of polished wood and graphite to the point of distraction.

Originally trained as a painter, the artist’s interest in the construction of images has extended spatially through the medium of glass. Rather than treating it as an invisible barrier, O’Malley emphasizes its physicality – its thickness, its surface, its opacity – giving attention to properties that might more usually be overlooked.

Her sculptures are partly reminiscent of furniture; shelves, canopies, panels, and bulk. They also function as ballast, solid weights to create a space of form and attention. Through her body of work, the artist continually reminds us of the directed and mediated image - from bench, to view, to landscape.


Dr Isobel Harbison is an art critic, and Lecturer in the Department of Art, at Goldsmiths,
University of London. Free event, no booking required.

Collaborative symposium with Paper Visual Art Journal and National Gallery of Ireland

Join us for a symposium, presented in partnership with Paper Visual Art, addressing a timely theme examined in the exhibition Shaping Ireland: Landscapes in Irish Art.

Featuring contemporary writers, artists, filmmakers and critics, the symposium will comprise short, engaging presentations and panel discussions exploring the concept of borders. 

Ticket price includes refreshments and free access to Shaping Ireland.*

Introduction: Donal Maguire, curator of Shaping Ireland: Landscapes in Irish Art

Keynote | Record of entries and exits: Colin Graham

Who shows? Who looks? Who sees?: Niamh O'Malley

Scripting the Border: Language in the Landscape: Mary Ann Bolger and Clare Bell

Border Representatives: Garrett Carr

Country Disappeared: Dragana Jurišić

Panel Q&A: All speakers, chaired by Declan Long

Drawing Biennial 2019 20 February – 26 March 2019

Artists have been invited to make an original drawing by Drawing Room directors Mary Doyle, Kate Macfarlane and Katharine Stout, with additional nominations by leading international artists, museum directors, curators and collectors. 

Drawing Biennial 2019 signals the diversity of artists’ imagination, demonstrating the vitality and importance of drawing today.


DABF18 | Panel Discussion: Why I love libraries 29 November 2018

Thursday 29 November 2018 | 6pm
Studio 6, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Chaired by Declan Long (Writer, Lecturer and Director of MA Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD). Panellists include Niamh O’Malley (Visual Artist), Annemarie Ni Churreain (Poet), Alison Lyons (Director, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature), Gerard Carty (Architect, Grafton Architects), Dr. Ellen Rowley (Architectural & Cultural Historian and Guest Curator, DABF 2018).

This event takes place as part of Dublin Art Book Fair 2018: Art and Architecture: Uncovering Libraries and Collections, sponsored by Henry J Lyons, supported by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and the Arts Council of Ireland. Dublin Art Book Fair 2018 is guest curated by architectural and cultural historian, Dr. Ellen Rowley.

Centre Culturel Irlandais: Songs of Peace: Francis Ledwidge Sven Anderson, Patricia Burns, David Farrell, Clare Langan, Mick O’Dea, Niamh O’Malley, Sasha Sykes

25/01 - 13/05 Opening night: Thursday 25 January, from 6.30 to 8pm

Tuesday to Sunday from 2pm to 6pm
(late opening on Wednesday until 8pm)
Closed on Mondays, bank holidays, 7-8 Feb, 16-18 March and 10 April

The Irish poet, naturalist, activist, nationalist and soldier, Francis Ledwidge, died in Ypres in 1917 shortly before his thirtieth birthday. A century later, curator Sabina MacMahon has selected work by seven visual artists in response to the life and work of Ireland’s soldier poet. Ledwidge’s final volume of poems ‘Songs of Peace’ illustrates his poignant longing for the countryside of his home county of Meath. This intimate connection with landscape together with the conjoined themes of love and loss are explored in different ways by each artist presented in the show – an ode to the contemporary relevance of the poet’s oeuvre.

This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the Solstice Arts Centre, Co Meath.

The curator Sabina MacMahon will give a guided visit of the exhibition at 6pm on the opening night (reservation recommended). Our artists-in-residence Lian Bell and Stephen Brandes invite you to come and visit their studios during the course of the evening.

Dublin Art Book Fair 2017: PANEL DISCUSSION - The Interaction between Art and Architecture

Saturday 25 November 2017 | 4 - 5.30pm
Studio 6, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Panel: Chair Hugh Campbell (Professor of Architecture, UCD)
Shelly McNamara (Grafton Architects), Niamh O’Malley (Artist), Brendan Earley (Artist), Peter Carroll (A2 Architects), Gavin Corbett (Writer).

As part of Dublin Art Book Fair: Art and Architecture Interwoven, sponsored by Henry J Lyons, a panel of leading artists, architects and writers will consider how art and architecture, physical and material things in the world, are interconnected. How these two distinct disciplines inspire and overlap, and how they diverge. Speaking from personal experience and their artistic and architectural practices, they will consider ‘the interwoven’; the ways they see; how, through material and experimental making, they gain particular insights into a material world - made and inhabited - that might appear fragile as well as an infinitely potent source for imagination and inspiration.

A Name Unmade: Francis Ledwidge (1887 - 1917) Exhibition

Nerve Centre
7-8 Magazine Street
BT48 6HJ

On the centenary of his death, A Name Unmade: Francis Ledwidge (1887–1917) is an exhibition of new and recent work by contemporary visual artists presented in response to the life and work of the Meath poet, naturalist, activist, nationalist, and soldier.

The location of the exhibition in Buildings Eighty81 has particular resonance. Ledwidge was stationed at Ebrington Army Barracks in 1916 and wrote a number of poems about the events of the Easter Rising during his time in Derry~Londonderry.

Featuring work by artists Patricia Burns, David Farrell, Clare Langan, Mick O'Dea, Niamh O'Malley and Sasha Sykes.

Sat 08 Jul 7:00pm to Sun 01 Oct 12:00pm

Opening times: Tues - Sat, 10am - 5pm & Sun, 12 - 6pm

'It is very hard to arrange something that looks like it just happened. There is something within the very effort to produce a natural or accidental crumple that defeats it. Is it that time itself – embedded in this natural state and true slow momentum – cannot be replicated by twisting or throwing or pulling, just so?'

Niamh O'Malley's gorgeous 'Gathering space' is now online, and marks the end of this project (at least in this format). As always, you'll have two weeks to read:

Augmented Geology, 09.06.17 - 08.07.17, KARST, Plymouth

Anna Estarriola / Nabb+Teeri / Maggie Madden / Lola Gonzalez / Niamh O'Malley

Curated by Laura Koonikka & Darja Zaitsev

09.06.17 - 08.07.17

Augmented Geology presents six international artists whose works study the immaterial and physical possibilities of build environments and rocks. The exhibition brings together installations, video works and sculptures through the thematics of representations, speculative entities and hybrids. Augmented Geology explores the possibilities of recreating natural and solid materials. It questions how does the man-made technology affect the physical and social environment we live in.

The exhibition revolves around the concept of the rock cycle, the dynamic and often violent transitions through the geologic time. A voyage through Niamh O'Malley's quarries and monumental ruins leads us to Anna Estarriola's performance for a rock contemplating on mankind's limited and helpless desires and attempts to embrace and conduct reality.

Lola Gonzalez' moments of synchronicity and bodily communication guide us to face outwards, towards the natural landscape, and to question is it only sound and fury, signifying nothing. Whereas Maggie Madden's collected materials accompany us to reflect on our spatial encounters in the urban landscape and the natural world. Watching Nabb+Teeri's imaginary minerals makes the raw-materiality surrounding humans corporeal, and substantiates the capitalistic dreams of exploitation leading to the end of resources.

As the rocks are forced to change as they encounter new environments, the exhibition opens a space for unpredictable and sometimes unwanted actions of human bodies, non-human creatures, and ecological systems.

Augmented Geology is supported by Arts Council England, The Finnish Art Agency, Lantoom Quarry, Marcelle Alix, Mothers Tankstation.



Douglas Hyde Gallery, Gallery 2 April 21st - May 27, 2017

Panel Discussion
On Tuesday, May 2 at 6pm, Isobel Harbison will lead a discussion on aspects of contemporary Irish sculptural practice with Niamh O’Malley, Aleana Egan, Caoimhe Kilfeather, and Isabel Nolan. All are welcome and there is no need to book a place.


Gallery 2

April 21 - May 27, 2017

The Douglas Hyde Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new video, sculpture and drawing by Niamh O'Malley.
'shape' is a video work in which O’Malley feigns the role of choreographer. Flat abstract shapes enter the frame and move calmly across a grey plane. Occasionally lines and curves settle into what appear to be deliberate arrangements. These allusive compositions shift onwards, inevitably swallowed by some barely discernible rhythmic drift. This transient image-making is possible due to surface tension in the molecular space where sky meets water.
Surface tensions recur in O'Malley's sculpture and drawings, evident through a haptic, agitated quality to edges and appearances. She is drawn to materials that display traces of their own making, labouring the surfaces of polished wood and graphite to the point of distraction. Glass is a favoured material, which is sometimes tinted and encountered as slivers of translucent solidness, directing us to observe, re-observe and filter our gaze.

Niamh O’Malley previously held a solo show in Gallery 1 of the Douglas Hyde Gallery in 2014. She has also held exhibitions in the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool; and Project Arts Centre, Dublin, amongst many others. The Douglas Hyde Gallery would like to thank the artist for her commitment and enthusiasm; and John Hutchinson for initiating the project.

Panel Discussion
On Tuesday, May 2 at 6pm, Isobel Harbison will lead a discussion on aspects of contemporary Irish sculptural practice with Niamh O’Malley, Aleana Egan, Caoimhe Kilfeather, and Isabel Nolan. All are welcome and there is no need to book a place.