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. ”
Hayoon Jay lee
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 .
NIAMH CUNNINGHAM/瑞莲, Bachmann Girl 巴赫曼姑娘, 2017, Acrylic on canvas 布面丙烯, 100 x 100 cm
Anti War Poet Ingeborg Bachman spent her life’s work often using death as a motif, reflecting on the hidden forces of violence and oppression in society. She was appalled and yet fascinated by the fact that crimes against humanity were being committed on such a large scale even outside the boundaries of war.
The Aryan poet came to despise her father (a bona fide fascist) and began to identify with the Nazi Jewish victims. Bachmann witnessed the Nazi troops march through her town when she was 12 years old of which she wrote “the pain came too early and was perhaps stronger than anything since … the monstrous brutality , the yelling, singing and marching, the first deathly anxiety attack .” The portrait above is based on a photograph of the poet as a young girl.
Li Xinmo and Amy Grubbs performing at The Red Gate Gallery Sunday 22nd April 2018.
Mortgaged Time is an international group exhibition at the Red Gate Gallery in 798 , Beijing. The artworks and performances pay homage to the post WWII poets Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan.
The exhibition is curated by Raimund Rosarius who is also a theatre director and the project is produced by Susanne Matz. It was these two stellar people who conceived the project. Huge thanks also to Brian Wallace and the wonderful Red Gate team including Feibi, Hongmei and Han Chunhai for hosting this special dialogue and also to the Austrian embassy for their support of the project.
Please join us for a very special exhibition on Saturday 21st at The Red Gate Gallery , 798 . Exhibition produced by Susanne Matz and curated by Raimund Rosarius . Impressive live performances in the afternoon and various events , guided tours and performances throughout the week.
Fred Dufour, Fion Gunn, Gao Ping, Li Chao, Li Li, Li Xinmo, Ben Mcmillan, Shameera Wiest, Tami Xiang, Niamh Cunningham
Performance Artists: Amy Grubb, Fen Ni, Gao Yuan, and Li Xinmo
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.
Currently showing in a Chinese New Year themed exhibition with the Roaming Museum. Located in the IT tech industry area of Zhongguang Cun, Beijing, newly opened Raycom centre has a shopping and leisure area on level B1 where people and families can wander about in the “Melting Space”.
LiushuiQiao Subway-2 120x100cm Oil on Canvas 2013 Niamh Cunningham
Participating artists :
Andrew Cole \ Baizi Zi \ Crow \ Chen Han \ Chen Lili \ big pocket \ Di Chong\ East Drum \ Hericium \ Liu Xiaoshu \ Niamh Cunningham \ Pang Shaoxian\ Pang Zhen Yong \ Sun Yi Fei \ Shan He \ Wang Yanfa \ Wei Ruiling \ Wujiang\ Yang Yan \ Yang Yang \ Yang Zhangsheng \ Zhang Runping \ Zeng Yong \ Zhao Wenjuan
Currently showing in the Exhibition “Chinese and International Visual Arts Exhibition Henan” Changsha at the Mezzi bookstore complex, curated by Ma Yiying.
Cang Xin, Li Guangbo, Li Wei , Shen Jingdong, Tie Xin , Wang Guofeng, Wu Di, Xiao Ye, Zhang Zhan, and Zhu Zhigang. From the international side Denise Keele-Bedford（Australia， Girar Bourriau (France), Carlo Bernardini (Italy), Claudio Pieronni (Italy) , Leonida De Filippi (Italy), Leonardo Cevallos (Ecuador) , Monica Lin (USA), Niamh Cunningham (Ireland) Sigurdur Gudmundsson (Iceland) and Stevens Vaughn
I was thrilled to meet several of these impressive artists at the opening recently and this blog will take a brief look at some of the artworks and a line or two about what the artist says.
Wu Xiaobin, Cang Xin, Zhu Zhigang, Monika Lin, WuDi , Li Wei, Ma YiYing, Tie Xin, Wang Guofeng