Lismore Castle Arts is delighted to announce their exhibition programme for 2019. The main exhibition for 2019 will be Palimpsest, a group exhibition curated by Charlie Porter. Artists include Nicole Eisenman, Zoe Leonard, Hilary Lloyd, Charlotte Prodger, Martine Syms, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Andrea Zittel, many of whom will create new work for the show.

Further information about the exhibition is available on our website here.

St Carthage Hall will host A Space for Lismore, as well as exhibitions by Michael Dean, Niamh O’Malley, Oisín Byrne and ORIGINS Graduate Award.

Further details of the St Carthage Hall Programme are available on our website here.

A full supporting programme of events and learning projects will be announced in the Spring. Keep an eye on www.lismorecastlearts.ie for further details.

A Space For Lismore

January to March 2019

Every Spring Lismore Castle Arts runs the A Space for Lismore project, which seeks to invite and work with the local community in Lismore. In 2019 artist Carol Anne Connolly will work in Lismore exploring ideas of the local, folk, community and collaboration. The artist will visit Lismore several times over the project and will use St Carthage Hall as their base for the project.



Lismore Castle Arts, Main Gallery,  31st March – 13 Oct Preview Sat 30th March 3 – 6pm

Palimpsest, Lismore Castle Arts’ main gallery exhibition for 2019, is curated by Charlie Porter. Artists include Nicole Eisenman, Zoe Leonard, Hilary Lloyd, Charlotte Prodger, Martine Syms, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Andrea Zittel, many of whom will create new work for the show.

The exhibition takes as its starting point the definition of “palimpsest” – originally a manuscript or document that has been erased or scraped clean to be re-used. It has since become used to mean “something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form”.

Information on artists available here.

Shown with these works will be archival material relating to Lismore from the Chatsworth Archive. To sit alongside Palimpsest, students from Blackwater Community School will work with the curator to gather oral histories from parents and grandparents in Lismore, ensuring the town’s histories are recorded for posterity. These histories will be presented alongside the exhibition, offering a living archive of the changing nature of the town and its people.

Palimpsest will also feature events and initiatives designed to engage diverse audiences throughout the run of the show. This includes the design and production of a limited edition publication to accompany the show, launch event and seminar in Lismore, the production and dissemination of a Palimpsest map of the town and a series of film screenings.

Michael Dean

Michael Dean

St Carthage Hall, 31 March to 19th May, Preview Saturday 30th March, 3 – 6pm.

Image: Michael Dean, LL (Working Title), 2017 Vinyl stickers, cable ties, scene tape (sorry), (tender tender), books (ILO VEY), heart shaped balloons, steel reinforcement and concrete 241 x 89 x 76 cm / 94.8 x 35 x 29.9 in. Courtesy the artist; Herald St, London and Mendes Wood, São Paulo.

Michael Dean was born in 1977 in Newcastle Upon Tyne and now lives and works in London.

Michael Dean’s immersive sculptural installations begin with his own writing, which he translates into physical form, from letter-like human-scale figures to self-published books deployed as sculptural elements within his installations. His materials are readily available, and include concrete and steel reinforcement bars. His sculptures are exposed to the elements as he works on them outdoors.

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Niamh O’Malley


St Carthage Hall, 2nd June – 25th August

Image: Niamh O’Malley, Shelf, 2017, Oil on glass, coloured glass, beech, h950 x w1018 x d74mm. Image courtesy the artist.

Born Co Mayo, Ireland, currently living and working in Dublin, Ireland.

O’Malley has made numerous solo exhibitions in recent years including Grazer Kunstverein, (2018), Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2017) & (2014), Bluecoat Liverpool, (2015). She works with drawing, sculpture, painting, video, and recently also hand-made 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.

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Oisín Byrne Feat. Gary Farrelly


St Carthage Hall, 8th September – 22nd September

GLUE is the first feature-length film by Irish artist Oisín Byrne, with artist and collaborator Gary Farrelly. Told through manic and confessional monologues and dialogues, Gary – a cross-dressing narcoleptic – delivers a comic insight into our shattered subjectivity.

As Gary comes off the mood-enhancing drugs used to treat his narcolepsy, time and identity are dislocated between places real and imagined: Gary’s flat in Brussels, a disintegrating Irish country house, the ‘floating train’ in Wuppertal, Gary’s own grave, and a maternity ward. Gary himself is linguistically pyrotechnic, quick-witted, and provocative, but it is the hesitations, slow-time and the intimate space of filmmaking that produce a portrait which is both tender and brutally touching.

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Origins – Graduate Solo Award

St Carthage Hall, 13th October – 10th November

Lismore Castle Arts is delighted to present ORIGINS, selected from the 2019 undergraduate shows across Ireland. In June the curatorial team from LCA will visit the degree shows across the country to choose one artist whose work they felt merits a solo exhibition at St Carthage Hall.

Admission to St Carthage Hall is free. St Carthage Hall is located on Chapel Street, Lismore town centre, behind the Heritage Centre.

Lismore Castle Arts, Co. Waterford, Ireland. T: +353 (0)58 54061 info@lismorecastlearts.ie www.lismorecastlearts.ie


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