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Gabhann Dunne

July 2018 Exhibitions

20 July - 2 September 2018
Limerick City Gallery of Art


Crossing the Salt, by Gabhann Dunne, 

An extensive exhibition of new works by Gabhann Dunne will open in Limerick City Gallery of Art on Thursday 19th July @ 6pm.

Crossing the Salt is Dunne’s first solo institutional show and will include a significant body of new work comprising an installatiopn of over 100 paintings and a wall drawing of the Shannon basisn which will hum and run through the galleries in Pery Square over the summer months.

On encountering his new expanded series of bird paintings, the writer and critic, Cherry Smyth wrote “the movement hits you like a whoosh of air”

Dunne creates eclectic narratives to show how Ireland’s wildlife and human inhabitants have dealt with previous climate change and how we responding to the climate challenges we are now facing.  In the past hyenas roamed Munster but in the future water will be diverted from the Shannon to be consumed by millions of citizens in the greater Dublin area – an undertaking with profound implications for the environment and Irish culture.

Dunne says “the commodifying of a resource like the Shannon with all its natural and historical associations was the starting point for reflection on changes worough by the journeying on water and the migration of wildlife and what they tell us about their identity”.

Úna McCarthy, Director/ Curator of Limerick adds “that while the subject matter of Dunne’s work tends to the figurative his attention to colour and gesture leans to a more abstract form as he moves from the real to the unreal and from history to the future.




Karl Blossfeldt

Art Forms in Nature by Karl Blossfeldt,

a Hayward Gallery Touring Exhibition from Southbank Centre, London is an original portfolio of 40 photogravures from 1932.  The exhibition presents an opportunity to see an exemplary set of Blossfeldt’s signature close-up images of plants and flora.

Karl Blossfeldt (1865 – 1932) is regarded as one of the defining photographers of the twentieth century. In 1928 he published portfolios of images compiled under the over-arching title Artforms in Nature.  The publication became an overnight sensation and he was highly celebrated amongst early modernists and artists from the Surrealists during the late 1920s.

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Naomi Draper

Florilegium A Gathering of Flowers by Naomi Draper,

Naomi Draper has created a large-scale pressed flower installation in one of the Herbert Gallery upstairs.  The six metre-long VEIL 2017 creates a lush botanical carpet.  The proportions of the “ornate textile piece” might suggest connections with Ireland’s, and indeed Limerick’s lace-making heritage.

A desire to preserve fleeting moments in nature is evident in other works presented in this exhibition including Foliatus 2017, which draws on an historical form of botanical archiving known as “nature printing and Interval 2017 – a series of 11 lithographic prints.  Like flower-pressing, printmaking encases an impression in negative space, through a process akin to fossilisation.

Naomi Draper graduated from NCAD in 2007.  Naomi has spent the last few weeks, with her family, collecting cow parsley to make Veil 2018 for her exhibition in Limerick.


A publication accompanies the exhibition, with a text by Joanne Laws, responding to Drapers exhibition.  





Rachel Myles

Imní: Rachel Myles. 

Rachel graduated from LSAD in 2017 and was awarded the LCGA Graduate Prize to exhibit her piece from her Graduate show in Limerick City Gallery of Art.


Myles says her work is about “ exploring how emotional qualities can be translated into wearable artworks.  These items are meant to be worn on the body as an interpretive tool “



& Selections from the Permanent Collections


20 July - 2 September 2018


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