The catalogues arrived. As I opened them the memories flooded back. In Nov 2014 the second session of the residency (International Oil Painting Camp) took place in Hunan .
The catalogues covered the work done at the camp, activities and artist profiles, they are beautifully produced thanks to the editors Wu Shixiong, and Kongyan. The programme takes place every two years, bringing International and Chinese artists together in the Pullman hotel. We had to complete three artworks in the allotted time. Some of the two weeks was spent exploring nearby scenic towns and villages including the nearby Wuling National Park.
Some of the artworks on this page have since found themselves in different collections .
I am thrilled to be showing in Inner Mongolia at the moment.
On Paper Supreme 2018 is currently showing in Ordos Culture and Art Centre, the exhibition is curated by Chang Feng.
Some of the work I am showing is part of the Sucrose Series which refers to the fragility of nature and ecological settings.
‘A New Dress Woven ‘, mixed media, 40 cm diam Niamh Cunningham 2018
‘The bright stick trapped’ sucrose on printed cotton, mixed media, 40 cm diam Niamh Cunningham 2018 On Paper.Supreme被困的明亮树枝， 印花棉上的蔗糖，混合材质，直径40厘米，瑞莲，纸上·至上
On Paper.Supreme 2018 series of exhibitions will tour several cities in China begins in QingDao Tiantai Art Centre this weekend. The exhibition is curated by Chang Feng and will open on April 17th.
Lonely Impulse 2 Woodcut 20x20cm Niamh Cunningham (Guanlan printmaking base residency 2018)
In celebration of Yeats day June 13th , the Hamilton Gallery opens this exhibition of more than 100 small sized works in the town of Sligo , the place the poet WB Yeats called his childhood and spiritual home.
To mark the 100th Anniversary of the end of 1st World War Hamilton Gallery has chosen W B Yeats poem ‘An Irish Airman Foresees His Death’ as the catalyst for its Invited Artists Exhibition 2018. The poem addresses the dichotomy that existed and still exists around the Irish response to The Great War 1914 -1918. And of course it is relevant to many families whose loved ones have served or are serving other nations which is more likely now in our globalized world.
Opening reception at the Hamilton Gallery Sligo , Yeats Day June 13th 2018 Continue reading
The art of feminism
This post is an overview of the exhibition at the Mezzi bookstore art space in Changsha which opened on May 20th. The exhibition focusses on various aspects of feminist art culture. “We hope that this high quality art collective by sixteen artists will reveal some of the challenges and struggles for women in present day societies ” said curator Zhen Guo who is also a practitioner artist based in New York . “We also hope to unite women of diverse nationalities and ethnicities , promoting the status of women in their respective communities.”
“Just as we think the art of feminism is about to be a thing of the past” said academic advisor Yaxi Guo ” the tragedies women experience are universal as highlighted by Women in the Dark program presented by the installation by Franziska Greber. ”
Cautions are highlighted by the academic host Leier Ai in the exhibition catalogue, “Many exhibitions by all female artist have the danger of being secular and commoditized” she said “But in terms of language form and concept of feminist art this exhibition has a more progressive exploration of narratives . For example the Pillar of Time utilizes concepts of time and symbols and soft materials to construct female narratives. Material form and techniques are perfectly unified in the Mother establishing an impressive monument to female existence.”
Gallery Manager Peng Junyao commented on visitors reactions. ” Many visitors wanted to talk more about the various stories that are taking place in this exhibition whether they are personal or not , whether it is happy or depressing it gives visitors a chance to recall and discuss with their friends. ”
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Denise Keele- Bedford
Each artist talks about their work………
When I was young I remember hearing the first tangible reference to feminism, my mother told me “your great grandparents were feminists” They divided the farm equally between their three children: one son and two daughters. This was a very unusual in conservative rural Ireland in 1930’s. And so my first understanding of the term was equal resources.
‘Existence – An International Feminist Art Exhibition’ opened on May 20th curated by Zhen Guo. A huge thank you to some other wonderful women, Zhang Haixia (chairperson of Bu Gao group) for supporting this landmark exhibition , to Wu Xiaobin (head of culture and art BBK Group). The opening coincided with a launch of another BBK project which is local art program for female artists called Cloud Water(Yun Shui project) . Also would like to thank the people of Mezzi book complex especially local curator Peng JunYao and manager Yang li Hui for all your help during installation and to translator ZhangShen for his help during the forum.
The afternoon began with a forum discussing the expansive subject ‘Feminist Art: Present and Future’ with curator Zhen Guo moderating Wu Xiaobin manager of culture BBK group,with other panel members artists Franziska Greber, Li Xinmo, and myself, and supporting academicians Tsao Xingyuan, Guo Yaxi and Ai Leier.
This post will look at my works: the Hair Skull and the Pillar of Time which is exhibiting in this venue .
Niamh Cunningham Ha’Penny Bridge, Dublin, sucrose on cotton, mixed media, 30 x 40 cm oval 2018
Showing at ‘Excavations’ a group exhibition celebrating the twinning of the cities Dublin and Beijing
Excavations is currently showing at the He Gallery Laipeng Golf Art space until June 3rd 2018 .
This rendition of Excavations opened on Sunday 22nd April and I would like to thank Gallery manager Liu Meijun, Mr Zhou Chen of Chen Gallery, Mr Huang Zhongjin of Laipeng golf grounds. Many thanks to curators Jia Jingjing and Liu Meijun for all their hard work. Sincere thanks to deputy Head of Mission Tim Harrington who came to officiate the opening along with cultural attaché Aoife Fleming of the Embassy of Ireland. Thank you to Dublin City Council for sponsoring this project celebrating the twinning programme between Dublin and Beijing .
The opening was very special as five of the six participating artists were present : Fion Gunn, Gulistan, Monika Lin arrived from Shanghai and Lee Sheungha came from Korea and myself. Sadly Audrey Mullins could not be present .
Huiyuan Water City Oil on Canvas 2017 100x 300cm Niamh Cunningham
Excavations is an exhibition of work by six artists Gulistan, Fion Gunn, Monika Lin, Lee Sheungha, Audrey Mullins and Niamh Cunningham celebrating the twinning of the cities of Beijing and Dublin. Curated by Jia Jingjing and Fion Gunn.Excavations is an exhibition of work by six artists Gulistan, Fion Gunn, Monika Lin, Lee Sheungha, Audrey Mullins and Niamh Cunningham celebrating the twinning of the cities of Beijing and Dublin. Curated by Jia Jingjing and Fion Gunn. This post will look at some of my artworks.
Showing two renditions with different bodies of work the exhibition initially opened at Enjoy Museum, 798, April 12th-17 th .and will be at Art Golf Space, He Gallery from April 20thto 29th.
Some photos from Guanlan Printmaking Base Shenzhen where I had the good fortune to meet impressive artists in residence and other wonderful people based at the Printmaking workshop. This must be one of the most unique printmaking bases in the world located in a scenic 300 year old Hakka village.
Here with Rahman Mohamed, Ulrich Wolff, Teruyo Sonoyama, Harumi Sonoyama, Radka Hrabovska, Igor Baranov, Tomas Zemla and I.