Oct/Nov 2014

Claremorris Gallery at VUE Contemporary Art Fair

at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

Oct 30 - Nov 1




May 2014

Transient Worlds

Peter Burns, Gabhann Dunne, Anne Hendrick, Mary Noonan & Caroline Patten

Curated by Rowan Sexton

If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.” -Edward Hopper

Art is not a fixed concept. Opinions of what 'art' is can shift quite dramatically, given the subjective nature of art and the different criteria that a viewer may take into consideration. A myriad of different factors can be taken into account, whether based on aesthetic merit, draftsmanship or the subject matter itself, and so forth. Transient Worlds is a group show from five contemporary painters, Peter Burns, Gabhann Dunne, Anne Hendrick, Mary Noonan & Caroline Patten, each of whom address the inherent formal qualities and processes of painting. Their stylistic sensibilities differ, but the works themselves converge on overlapping themes. Through their practices, these five artists expose their own individual, alternative worlds, examining themes such as mythology and folklore, identity, cultural history, landscape, environment and notions of humanity. The affiliate practices that contribute to the exhibition reflect on a broad range of reference points, personal perceptions, and an instinctual stylistic sensibility throughout the process of production. Each artwork asserts a unique authority, but when care is taken to contextualise each piece in a collective setting - through structure, common properties and the ensuing patterns that materialize as a result of this approach - the effect is far more powerful.

Opening Reception Wednesday 14 May, 6.30 - 8.30pm. Exhibition continues 14 May - 14 June 2014.

Open: Monday - Saturday 12 - 6pm.

Ranelagh Arts Centre, 26 Ranelagh, Dublin 6. (Opposite Luas)

Nov 2013


On the other side of 'Les Fleurs du Mal'

An exhibition of paintings and sculptures on the theme of flowers in Charles Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal

Fenderesky Gallery Belfast

Preview: Thursday 21 Nov 6 - 8 pm

Exhibition continues until Saturday 21 Dec 2013

more info:


Nov 2013


Column by Niall MacMonagle in the Sunday Independent 3 Nov


Oct 2013

Claremorris Gallery
presents an

Exhibition of new painting and sculpture by
Peter Burns and Mary Noonan.

Opening reception:
Friday 18th of October at 7.30pm.
The exhibition will be launched by the director of the Royal Hibernian Academy, Mr Patrick Murphy.

This show will continue until November 15th.

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday - Saturday 1.00pm - 6.00pm
or by appointment at 087 - 7912337

For more information and images of the artwork
please visit website:

Claremorris Gallery, Mount Street, Claremorris, Co.Mayo.

image: Don't Mess with a Fairy Tree
acrylic on panel, 30 cm x 24 cm, 2013


Oct 2013

Royal Ulster Academy of Arts

132nd Annual Exhibition

Opening reception:
Thursday 17th of October at 6.30 - 9.30pm.
Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast

Continuing until 5th January 2014.

image:So Filthy Spuds could grow in his ears


Sept 2013

COE '13

Claremorris Open Exhibition

Selected By: Andrew Wilson, Curator of Modern Art and Contemporary British Art at Tate Britain

COE ’13, the thirty-sixth Claremorris Open Exhibition,will be officially opened by Ms Ingrid Swenson, Director of the Peer Gallery, London.
The opening will take place in the COE Gallery,Mount Street, at 8.30pm on Saturday 14th September.
Preview of the exhibition will be from 7.30pm – 8.30pm.

image: The Strength of a Body is Needed by the Shadows
acrylic, gold marker and plastic on birch panel 122cm x 170cm 2011


Jul 2013

Once Upon A Time

Fantasy & Folklore in Contemporary Painting

Peter Burns, Marie Connole, Mark McGreevy, Mary Noonan
Curated by Patrick T. Murphy


Since image making began, whether scratched on cave walls or built in the fine glazes of oil paint, it has attempted to tell stories. Biblical, mythical or historical, painting was the vehicle to illustrate narrative to a wide audience. In the past century, the burden of narrative has passed from the painted image to the moving picture. Epic and intimate stories are the substance of cinema. Painting is now free to be anything it wants to be but there are still a coterie of artists that want to tell a tale, or, tell how a tale is told.
These artists all work in relatively small scale, their stories are whispered to us – intimate accounts of folklore or mock epic, depictions of fantastical lands and wonderous creatures.

Preview Sat 6 July (3-5pm)
Early closures 7 July (3pm) / 13 July (4pm)


May 2013


183rd RHA Annual Exhibition: 28 May-17 Aug, 2013


December 2012

Talbot Gallery

Fast Moving Consumer Goods

Selected Artists

Dec 06th - Dec 21st 2012

For its Fast Moving Consumer Goods exhibition,Talbot Gallery has invited almost 40 artists to create new artwork using the stock of discount shops as a rich seam of inspiration. There are no restrictions on the form the artwork can take other than it must be predominantly constructed or made from items purchased from a discount shop. We asked artists to be as innovative as possible, to push the boundaries of their usual practice and explore the potential of the materials and media for their artwork. As this show is a reflection of the current climate, the pricing of the work will reflect this concept accordingly.
Ah, the two euro shops, eurogiant, eurogeneral, eurostretchers, bargains4u, eurobargains, euro2, poundcity, pricebusters, bargains for you for your euro, stretch your euro, apollo one, bargains galore, value4U, alphabargains, hector grey....We are all familiar with the ever ubiquitous discount shop filled to the brim, dealing in lines of fast moving consumer goods that can be had for an unbelievable minimum euros....bargola, knockdown prices and a cut of the high street price. How do they do it? As the recession erodes the consumers’ budget, suddenly ‘cheap’ does not necessarily mean ‘nasty’ and we find ourselves frequenting the discount stores more and more.
As a barometer of society, a cursory trip to ones local discount shop can reveal a lot about our culture and the times we live in – religious beliefs represented through bible key rings and nativity sets alongside resin buddhas, angels, dream catchers, rasta ashtrays and lucky cats. County and nationalist fervour represented through the GAA and football paraphernalia, the most popular baby names through the empty spaces of the Happy Birthday Sophie/ Chloe/ Adam/ Dean stand.
As you make your way through life,you may browse in different aisles of discount stores as each critical decision in life is reflected leading you to previously undicovered sections of the shop. The years pass and the sections slowly reveal themselves until you emerge in the medical aisle with the daily pill box in your hand and through your two euro reading glasses, see your life mapped out through Fast Moving Consumer Goods.

Invited Artists include: Angela Mc Donagh, Emmet Kierans, Felicity Clear, Aisling Conroy, Emma Hogan, Joby Hickey, Blath Ni Mhurchu, Bennie Reilly, Nicky Hooper, Deirdre Hayden, Anne Hendrick, Claire Mc Cluskey, Daria Privalko, Joe Stanley, Margaret O’Brien, Lucinda Jacobs, Julie Merriman, Michelle Considine, Claire Halpin, Jennette Donnelly, Beth O’Halloran, Louise Butler, Mary Noonan, Paul Mac Cormaic. Maree Hensey, Jane Fogarty, Andrew Carson, Cecilia Danell, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Cecillia Bullo, Jennifer Cunningham, Kate Murphy, Mary A. Fitzgerald, Ian-John Coughlan, Madeleine Hellier, Myra Jago & Kate Stitt.


image: Sure, it’s only something small for the little one.
Hand embroidery on baby-gro, 2012

The arrival of a changeling baby can to some degree be a little unsettling however given time they can bring great joy to a household. This hand embroidered baby-gro is a unique and personal gift for the couple lucky enough to experience such a blessing...


December 2012

Claremorris Gallery

This exhibition will include new and recent paintings by Peter Burns, Martin Gale, Neal Greig, Chris Leach, Mary Noonan, Marc Reilly and Lorraine Wall.

The opening reception is at 7.30 on Saturday December 1st.

The exhibition continues until December 23rd.

image: She was always lurking about the place
watercolour and thread on paper, 2012


November 2012

Something of the Night

Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery, Co. Clare

01 - 29 November

Something of the Night is an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Peter Burns and Mary Noonan. Their work explores varied themes including myth, allergory and storytelling. November traditionally seen as the month of the dead provides the backdrop for the work shown in this exhibition.


August 2012

youth eco challenge claremorris

Project to visually transform the disused water reservoir at 'Growing Locally' community garden, Mayfield, Claremorris. Facilitated by artist Mary Noonan August 2012.
Sponsored by: Clár IRD, ECO UNESCO, European Union Youth in Action Programme, Leargas and Toyota.



May 2012

Tyrone Guthrie Bursary Scheme - Mayo County Council Award

This award is a two week residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Co. Monaghan.


April 2012

Art Profiles - Mary Noonan

The first in a series of profiles on artists working in and around the thriving Dublin art Community. This first profile is of watercolour and installation artist Mary Noonan based in Red Stables Studios in Clontarf.



Nov 2011

Fables | Peter Burns, Anne Hendrick and Mary Noonan

Opening reception Thursday 10th November 5.30pm - 7pm. All Welcome.

Thursday 10th November - Thursday 15th December | viewing during centre opening hours

Peter Burns creates paintings and sculptures in a variety of materials and has a very tactile approach to his work. Based on his research into literature, art history, myth and allegory, Peter’s paintings are often playful re-workings of romantic themes with allusions to faraway places. The sculptures are often very fragile, an important feature which lends the sculptures a warmth and pathos. Since graduating with a Masters in Fine Art from NCAD (2009), Peter has been involved in numerous solo and group exhibitions, the most recent being a solo exhibition in the Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast and as part of a group show at this years Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition in Dublin. Anne Hendrick’s paintings deal with the nature of reality and the truth within the seen image by simulating architectural, psychological and social spaces or situations within a landscape. The work questions ideas surrounding representation and the idea of an embellished truth. Dualist themes are prevalent; ambiguous narratives are slowly revealed. Anne Hendrick graduated with a BA Joint Honours in Fine Art Painting and History of Art from NCAD (2006). In 2011 her work has featured as part of a number of group exhibitions including New Connections at Rua Red, Dublin. Most of Mary Noonan’s work is watercolour and drawing-based. The pieces chosen for this exhibition are a reflection of her research into Irish folklore and superstition and her own upbringing on a farm in the west of Ireland. The work is informed by a sense of the uncanny, and explores ideas relating to identity, landscape and cultural history. Since graduating with a Masters in Fine Art from NCAD 2009, Mary Noonan’s work has featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions including the 181st Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition (2011), Dublin and TULCA, Galway Arts Centre (2010).

This group exhibition is curated by Patrick T Murphy, RHA, Dublin.

more info at:

image above: Self-Portrait as Ancient Irish Elk
watercolour, watercolour pencil & pencil on paper, 2011


Oct 2011

Open Studio as part of Visit 2011

VISIT 2011 is the initiative of eighteen artists’ studios in Dublin. On Saturday the 22nd of October, over 250 visual artists living and working in the city will open the doors of their professional practice studios for VISIT 2011.

The Red Stables Artists’ Studios houses artists’ day studios, an annually awarded Irish Artists’ Residential Studio (intended to support an emerging visual artist at a crucial stage of their professional practice) and an International Artists’ Residential Studio.

The Red Stables are located in 200 acres of parkland, originally part of the Ardilaun estate, owned by the Guinness family from 1885. In 1939, they were acquired by Dublin Corporation and opened for public use as St. Annes Park. George Ashlin, a 19th-century architect renowned for his ecclesiastical work, designed the stable buildings.

Dublin City Council opened The Red Stables Artists’ Studios in June 2006 to provide working space and support for visual artists in the creation of contemporary art and to provide opportunities for artists to engage with the local community.

The Red Stables provides a series of unique working spaces for professional artists selected through open competition administered by Dublin City Council Arts Office. The Red Stables courtyard also accommodates a small Exhibition space and The Tack Room, used for educational programming.

more info at: and


Sept 2011


a publication of poetry by Bridget T. Lally

was recently launched at Dublin Writers Centre, Parnell St., and features Farmer's Daughter as its cover image.

Published by Lapwing Publications

more info and to purchase a copy visit


Sept 2011

Forthcoming exhibition in Roscommon Arts Centre features in the Irish Arts Review Diary

Fables and Folklore

Roscommon Arts Centre rounds off a busy year with ‘Fables’, a group exhibition featuring three very distinctive artists – Peter Burns, Anne Hendrick and Mary Noonan. Burns creates paintings and sculptures in a variety of materials. Based on literature, art history, myth and allegory, his paintings are often playful re-workings of romantic themes with allusions to faraway places. The sculptures are often very fragile, an important feature which lends them a particular warmth and pathos. Hendrick’s paintings deal with the nature of reality and the truth within the seen image. Most of Noonan’s work is executed in watercolour and drawing-based. The pieces chosen for this exhibition are a reflection of her research into Irish folklore and superstition. Fables: 10 November – 15 December

more info at and Irish Arts Review

image: Angel of Death
watercolour, watercolour pencil, pencil & cut paper on paper, 37 cm x 27 cm, 2011


August 2011

The Narrow Limitations of Common Sense

an exhibition of mixed media drawings, paintings and sculptural works by

Mary Noonan

at the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

opens on Friday 5 August 2011 at 7.30pm


Exhibition continues until Saturday 27th August

more info at

image: The Strength of a Body is Needed by the Shadows
acrylic, gold marker and plastic on birch panel 122cm x 170cm 2011


June 2011

Forthcoming exhibition in The Linenhall Arts Centre features in the Irish Arts Review Diary

Fairy-faith folklore

The Narrow Limitations of Common Sense’ is an exhibition of mixed media drawings and sculptural works by Mary Noonan at the Linenhall Art Centre, Castlebar, Co Mayo shortly. The work reflects the Claremorris-born artist’s research into Irish ‘fairy-faith’ folklore and superstition from the late 19th and early 20th century. It also relates directly to her own upbringing on a Mayo farm. ‘The materials and processes I use, such as tearing and cutting the paper, become a metaphor for psychological aspects of uncovered narrative,’ the artist explains. ‘The work is informed by a sense of the uncanny and explores ideas relating to identity, landscape and cultural history.’

Mary Noonan: 5 - 27 August

visit Irish Arts Review and The Linenhall


May 2011

Farmer's Daughter

selected for inclusion in the

181st Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition

GRAND OPENING Tuesday 24 May 6 – 8pm

by Jimmy Deenihan TD Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Exhibition continues: 25 May - 30 July

image: 'Farmer's Daughter'

for more information visit


Feb 2011

UpStart is a non-profit arts collective which aims to put creativity at the centre of public consciousness during the Irish General Election Campaign in 2011. We plan to do this by reinterpreting the spaces commonly used for displaying election campaign posters in Dublin City.

The objectives of UpStart are to encourage a debate on the role of the arts in this state. We hope to highlight the importance of creativity and ingenuity when society is in need of direction and solutions, and to emphasize the value of the arts to public life. We believe that the future development of the country requires a healthy cultivation of the Arts.

image: So Filthy Spuds could grow in his ears on Parnell St., Dublin 1


For more info


Nov 2010

TULCA 2010 Festival of Visual Art

Living on the Edge: People, Place & Possibility

TULCA - an annual Galway season of contemporary visual art.  Featuring local and international exhibitions, unexpected live-art performances and discussions & talks with artists with admission free to all events.

Established in 2002, TULCA’s vision is to be accessible to a wide-ranging audience. The Festival engages and challenges audiences with new and fresh ideas, and art that audiences want to see. Attention is given to the finer details, such as programming work in interesting venues and ensuring the invigilators are well informed and enthusiastic.

Each year TULCA aims to do things differently, without trying to fit into a prescribed version of a visual art festival.

TULCA 2010 will take place in venues throughout Galway City including:
Galway Arts Centre | Galway Museum |The Fairgreen Building | 126 | Niland Gallery | The Spanish Arch | Nuns Island Theatre | Bar 8 | Aran Ferries | The Dock Shed | Bike Shelters in Eyre Square and Spanish Arch

Curated by Michelle Browne

Sat Nov 6 - Sun Nov 21 2010

for more info visit

image: Farmer's Daughter showing in Galway Arts Centre


Sept 2010

COE 2010

Claremorris Open Exhibition

official opening Saturday 4th September at 8.30pm

exhibition runs 4 - 25 September 2010

Lisa Le Feuvre - 2010 Adjudicator

Lisa Le Feuvre is a curator and writer based in London. She is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Art at Goldsmiths. Between 2005 and 2009 she directed the contemporary art programme at the National Maritime Museum, commissioning work by Dan Holdsworth, Esther Shalev-Gerz, Lawrence Weiner, Simon Patterson, Renée Green and Jeremy Millar. In 2009 she curated the exhibitions Joachim Koester: Poison Protocols and Other Histories at Stills, Edinburgh and Economies of Attention from the Arts Council of England Collection. In 2010-11 she will co-curate British Art Show 7 (with Tom Morton), Jeremy Millar: Amongst Others at Plymouth Arts Centre and Alexander and Susan Maris: The Pursuit of Fidelity (A ‘Retrospective’) at Stills. Her edited book Failure, published by MIT Press / Whitechapel Art Gallery, is published in May.

image: In Training

watercolour, watercolour pencil, pencil, iridescent medium & cut paper on cut & torn paper, 39 cm x 27.5 cm 2010


August 2010

Occupy Paper out Now

featuring interview by Aoife Flynn

click here for full issue or click here to download a pdf transcript


July 2010

Occupy Space

Thomas Street, Limerick



A Two-Person Exhibition by Mary Noonan and Damien O'Connell

Opening Reception 7 pm - 9pm July 1

Exhibition continues until July 17 Opening hours: Wed - Sat 1 pm - 6pm

image: Sucking on a Lemon watercolour, watercolour pencil & pencil on cut and torn paper


May 2010

Swine Flew: Pigasus An Irish Myth

selected for inclusion in the

180th Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition

24 May - 31 July

image: Detail of 'Swine Flew: Pigasus An Irish Myth'

for more information visit


April 2010

Telling Images

An exhibition of paintings by Peter Burns and Mary Noonan

at Claremorris Gallery

Opening reception Saturday the 17th of April at 7.30pm

April 17 - May 8 2010

click here for press release (pdf)


Mar 2010

Selected for Dublin City Councils Artists' Panel

Dec 2009

A Brief Introduction to the Work of Mary Noonan

now playing in the foyer of the Red Stables Artists' Studios


Dec 2009

Launch of Art Exhibition Taispeántas Ealaíne by Mayo Artists at the former Bank of Ireland Georgian building by Cathaoirleach of Westport Town Council, Cllr. Myles Staunton as part of the Westport Shop ‘n Spraoi na Nollag.

Opening: Thursday, December 10th at 7.00pm

Ealaíontóiri / Artists: Alan Ardiff, Veronica Bolay, Rory Breslin, Breda Burns, Chris Doris, Ronan Halpin, Alice Maher, Niall Mc Cormack, Mary Noonan, David Quinn, Dermot Seymour, Ger Sweeney & Deirdre Walsh

Dates: Exhibition runs 11, 12 & 13 December 2009
Location: Former Bank of Ireland Georgian building, North Mall, Westport, Co. Mayo


June 2009

Master in Fine Art


The Exhibitions are open to the public from 6th June to 14th June inclusive

Fine Art Posgraduate Exhibitions are located in the Digital Hub, James St., Dublin 8.


April 2009


The Habit of Remembering

An Exhibition of new work By Marie Connole and Mary Noonan

at Draíocht Arts Centre Blanchardstown

on Thursday 16th April at 7pm

Exhibition continues until 27th of June 2009

visit for more information