Next week I am going to Art Fair in Gwangju to meet the Leyden Gallery (London) and Nancy Toomey Gallery (California) .


For further information and press release please read further.


Press release                                                                                    

ART GWANGJU 17: Venue KIM DAE JUNG Convention Centre 28 September – 1 October address, map and opening times attached:

Niamh Cunningham, Fion Gunn and Monika Lin are three artists with international practices, who work across a range of media and who exhibit and curate regularly in China, Europe and the US. They have aroused critical interest and attention and are exhibiting at Art Gwangju 17 for the first time providing an ideal opportunity for South Korean collectors to acquire their recent work.

Claire Cuccio, curator, writes “In a 21st century rendering of any landscape, artists are posed with inevitable challenges of how to portray nature….. Cunningham has set out to transcend these limitations in her own visual production.” While writer, critic and art educator Luise Guest describes how “The rich texture of a restless life appears in her landscape paintings; her interest in humanity and the lives of others imbues her portraits.”

In his 2016 essay on her work, Harry Liu, managing director of ART.ZIP magazine wrote that Gunn “recognises, both in her artistic and her curatorial practice that to focus on humanity itself is the most fundamental and most ambitious theme:” Gunn’s artwork makes a ‘Powerful statement’ Angela Reid – World Wide Review 2013


“Monika Lin’s work has consistently focused on the marginalised, on those absent from the grand narratives of history… In innovative multi-disciplinary bodies of work, underpinned by deep research, she presents us with alternative, hidden histories, and with the voices of those who were expected to be silent.” -Luise Guest, 2017

The three artists whose work is featured by the Leyden Gallery, London (booth 8) and the Nancy Toomey gallery, San Francisco, (booth 26) present a fascinating creative response to current global preoccupations. Theirs is a subtle and light touch which benefits from their deft skills and engagement with materiality.

For many international museums and galleries there has been a growing awareness of the lacuna in their collections created by the underrepresentation of artists who are women. The pressing need to rebalance major collections has led to a surge of interest in women artists whose oeuvre has been neglected. Cunningham, Gunn and Lin are part of this energetic and inspired wave of creatives.

As practitioners who work across widely differing cultures collaborating across media and their work features in high profile corporate and private collections around the world.

Extraordinarily the three artists will all be present at the Leyden Gallery and Nancy Toomey Gallery booths and will run a daily guided tour starting at 3pm.

Languages spoken – English, French, Chinese.



Gallery Information, information about guided tours –

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Selected images & bios attached. High res images available on request



Leyden Gallery

Leyden Gallery was founded 4 years ago in London and shows work by established artists such as Paula Rego, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and Henry Moore alongside mid-career and emerging artists. Work commissioned for their inaugural exhibition Fabricate was shown at the Tate Gallery Liverpool in April 2014. Leyden Gallery recently held a Christine Taylor Patten exhibition co-curated by the esteemed feminist art historian Griselda Pollock. Patten’s drawings have since gone on to show at the Istanbul Biennial 2015. There is an on-going programme of stimulating solo-shows, including that of Vivienne Koorland (Soft Heart, Nov 2016), whose work was also recently shown at The Edinburgh Fruitmarket Gallery along with William Kentridge. The dynamic space in East London, hosts regular panel discussions on live issues: erotic censorship, identity, gender and race. Aside from offering regular curated shows of new contemporary work from artists whom they represent, they also curate themed shows and exhibit collections of work from important artists and film-makers. Leyden Gallery is fast becoming known for its imaginative curation and forward-thinking programming of exhibitions and events, and is building a strong reputation in its growing support of emerging artists.


Nancy Toomey Fine Art is a venue for established and emerging artists whose work exemplifies the innovation of contemporary art while advancing the standards of its quality. Through its exhibitions, the gallery intends to pursue the discussion of what is relevant to the art process today, to encourage the development of artists, and to foster the myriad techniques and concepts that identify the contemporary art market.

Nancy Toomey works with a wide range of clients, from private collectors to large corporations. The gallery was located downtown at 49 Geary Street for eighteen years, and is now celebrating its second year at the Minnesota Street Projects, a new arts destination in SF that opened in March 2016.


Kim Dae-jung Convention Center

DATES               September 28, 2017 (Thursday) 10.1 (days) 4 days

Opening Times

  1. 28 (Thursday): 17 pm to 20 pm, 9. 29 (Friday) – 9.30 (Saturday): 10 am to 20 pm, 10. 1 (Sunday): 10 am to 18 pm

Press Opening                     September 28, (Thursday) 14: 00 – 15.00

VIP opening              September 28, (Thursday) 15:00 – 18:00

Opening ceremony       September 28, (Thursday) 18:00 -19:00







Gwangju International Art Fair Office (2nd floor) 231 Geumnamno, Dong-gu, Gwangju Metropolitan City / 062-226-8057


NIAMH CUNNINGHAM                                                                                               September 2017

Niamh Cunningham (Ireland) is a visual artist working in Beijing. Two solo exhibitions in Dubai established her reputation for cityscapes and waterways. Her first solo exhibition in China opened at Beijing’s Dong Yue Art Museum in August, 2014. Following its success, CCTV (China’s national TV English channel) broadcast a documentary on the series “My China” the following March. In April 2017 TV programme ‘Beijing Guest ‘ on Beijing TV Youth Channel highlighted her most recent exhibition Infinite Entities : Life and Nature in April 2017 with artist Geng Xin .

Apart from landscape and portraitures, Niamh also exhibits textile installations. This body of work includes two knitted pieces; a 3-metre high ‘Pillar of Time’ and smaller work created from the artist’s hair. “The Hair Lock” was exhibited at the WhiteBox gallery in New York in September 2015. Awarded a residency with the Zhang Jiajie International residency program in Hunan in November 2014, Niamh then received a commission for three large paintings for the Orthopedic Department in Huaxin Hospital which were installed in August 2015. She was also awarded at the Female Nomination exhibition at Da YunTang Art Museum, Wangjing in December 2016.  

Cunningham has been actively engaged in cross cultural projects here in China co curating IRISH WAVE exhibitions in Beijing and Shanghai for over 5 years for the Irish festival in China. She was the Beijing Co Curator for the Intimate Transgressions exhibition in October 2015.

Her work has been collected by Emirati royal households (Abu Dhabi) and various institutions, including Dubai Duty Free, Tamani Hotel Marina (Dubai) and the Grosvenor Hotel Dubai. Others include the Dubai Department of Tourism, Trade and Commerce, the Emirates Environmental Group, Irish embassies in Abu Dhabi and Beijing, Pullman Hotels (China) and Wan Liu Properties (Beijing).

Since 2015 her artworks have been exhibited in the Leyden Gallery London, Inter Gallery 798 Beijing, First International Biennale of Inner Mongolia, Hohot, JiuJiang Art Museum Jiangxi, Dahua 1935 Xi’an, NING SPACE 798, EARC 798, San Wei Art Centre Shanghai, Hangzhou Library, Ningbo City Cultural Centre, Gallery of Swift Current Canada,Joy Pavillion Beijing, Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, Taipei, Da Yun Tang Art Museum, Beijing and Dong Yue Art Musuem , Beijing, Wuxi Opera House Jiangsu and Ordos Art and Cultural Centre Inner Mongolia.

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FION GUNN                                                                                                             September 2017

Fion Gunn graduated from Crawford College of Art & Design, Ireland in and spent a post-graduate year at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts Supérieure de Nancy, France, she now lives and works in London. She is the first Irish artist to have a public art commission in China (‘Slice of the Land’ – sculpture in stainless steel/fibreglass/stone for the city of Zhangjiakou,) in August 2012. She is represented by ZhongFang Culture & Art Diffusion Co Ltd and Peking Art Associates, both in Beijing and Art W (USA).

Gunn’s diverse practice comprises 2D, 3D/sculpture, installation and curatorial projects which can be viewed at where her full CV is also available. Her work features in private & corporate and state collections in UK, France, Poland, Ireland, USA & China.

Gunn has won multiple awards for her work from Arts Council England, Arts Council Ireland, Culture Ireland, Dublin, Cork & Belfast City Councils, Irish Literature Exchange, Walcot Foundation and Mayor’s Outer London Fund. She has also been awarded Artist Residencies at RedGate Programme Beijing and Baltic Art Center Poland. She was granted access to the archives of the Museum Historyczyne Miasta Gdansk and has an ongoing series of work ‘Displaced’ informed by the post WW2 images of Gdansk.

Gunn has exhibited at numerous galleries in Europe, China (including the A.P.T Gallery London, Au Medicis, Paris) and recently at WhiteBox New York. She exhibited in The Painted Thread a major 3 person exhibition in Beijing in September 2016 and curated a collaborative Irish, N.Irish, Chinese & UK exhibition ‘Sailing to Byzantium’ at the Leyden Gallery in 2015.

She is the lead curator for The Intimate Transgressions Project, a touring exhibition supported by the Center for Pacific Asia Affairs (CAPA), which highlights the issue of war and genocide rape. This exhibition has toured in New York, Beijing, Hangzhou and Taipei with significant media coverage and enthusiastic audiences. It will open in Seoul in January 2018 and afterwards in Shanghai. The ethos of the exhibition aims to combine international and local perspectives and Gunn works with a different local curator at each host venue.

Gunn was guest editor for the 2015 Spring Edition of ArtZip Contemporary Art Magazine (bilingual English/Chinese) writing on the theme of the artist as curator. She works with a wide network of international artists and has led panel discussions with high profile practitioners such as Shirin Neshat, art critics Eleanor Heartney and writer Luisa Valenzuela (at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center, Oct 2015).

Many of her projects are based in Beijing and Shanghai where she has exhibited in and curated major exhibitions of Irish & Chinese contemporary art in an annual project called IRISH WAVE (2009-2016). Her work is currently on show in ‘On Paper’ an international exhibition curated by Chang Feng at the Ordos Art & Culture Centre, Ordos, Mongolia.

Gunn will exhibit a body of new work in ‘Like an Iceberg’ a major exhibition with Niamh Cunningham in October 2017. She will have a retrospective solo show in London at La Galéria, Piccadilly in October 2018.







MONIKA LIN                                                                                                  September 2017

Monika Lin was raised bi-coastally in New Jersey and the San Francisco Bay Area. She has lived in Shanghai since 2006. Her work deals primarily with social-political themes based in narrative forms emphasizing cultural constructs, relationality and materiality. Her work is cross-disciplinary, incorporating textual, visual, and social intervention practices.

Lin is a Clinical Assistant Arts Professor in visual arts. She holds an MFA in Art Practice from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and a BFA from Mills College in Oakland, California. She has attended residencies in San Francisco, Jindezhen and Vermont.

Exhibitions include shows at Central Booking Gallery in New York, New York; the Power Station of Art, Art Labor Gallery, the Shanghai World Financial Center, OV Gallery, and the Shanghai Fine Art Museum in Shanghai and WW Art in Nanjing, China; the San Francisco Performance Art Institute and Toomey Tourell Fine Art in San Francisco; the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall in Taibei; Spreewald Museum in Berlin, Germany; Odie & Cite in Paris, France; the Richmond Art Center in Richmond, California; and the Asia Arts Initiative in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, Monika taught painting and printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute and 2-D Design (painting, drawing, and graphics) at the Kansas City Art Institute. In Shanghai she has conducted educational programs at the Power Station of Art, the Minsheng Museum, and the Rock Bund Museum as well as community-, participant-based projects in Shanghai and New York. She is currently working with the Museum of Chinese in America on a collaborative project.

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Supported by the Embassy of Ireland in the Republic of Korea 

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Ann Derwin, Ambassador to Ireland in China with gallerist 庞春慧Peng Chun Hui at For 觅 gallery , August 2022
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Artist talk on gathering peoples tree stories before Spitoon Book Club discussion on Pulitzer prize winning novel " The Overstory" by Richard Powers
Online Catalogue launched Jan 2022 , showing Sucrose Series alongside Microbe Art
Recently exhibited in Xishuangbanna State Art Museum Dec 2021
Canal Bank Walk , Yuan Dadu Culural Relics Park Beijing
Grand Canal artist Residency and Exhibition

Her Name Penninsula Art Museum Weihai, Shandong 16 July- 22 Oct 2021

Linear….. showing at LangKong Art Museum (朗空美术馆) 07.7-30.7.21
Suzhou Couples Retreat Gardens
The Second Step – mini solo of 18 portraits in HouHai from 6.6 tp 8.8 2021
Astro World Exit Tourism – Group exhibition June 2021
Recently ART Beijing 2021 Booth B28 Irish Contemporary Art
Early stage – Sculpture project HongFangzi ShaWan Sichuan
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2022 6-8“月亮之约” For觅画廊,通州,北京

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20216“第二步”(小型个人展),龙头井胡同JoyBeans Space,北京

20216“天体世界:出逃旅行” 蓝色港湾KUN美术馆,北京

2021年3月4月 ART Beijing 2021

202012 艺术推动可持续未来” 中国企业社会责任国际学术研讨会, 北京泰富酒店


20207  “沉默的爆破”,无锡外滩美术馆,江苏无锡, 7月11日至31日

2019年11月”中国 爱尔兰  MUSEu&m , 上海

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*2019年8月*Gobi Heaven- August 戈壁。天堂-八月

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*2018, 10月中欧国当代艺术全球巡展·上海

2018, 9月-10月“纸上·至上”展览,沈阳市拓•空间,

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Upcoming Exhibitions:

* Gushan Rural Village Park Harvest  Autumn 2022

Current Exhibition


Recent  exhibitions:

2022 Moon Covenant Forgallery , Grasse Town , Beijing June- August

2022 Artists from Ireland (online) Sasse Museum of Art Pomona, CA, USA (catalogue link)

2022 Peoples’ Portraits EBM Centre, Tsinghua Uni Intelligent HealthCare, BJ

2021 Rhythm of Life Xishuangbanna Art Museum, Jinghong, Dec

2021 Linear Jingheng Art centre, Jinshan, Shanghai Dec

2021 Abstract China, Taizhou, Jiangsu Oct-Nov

2021 Meet the Grand Canal Xinguanda Centre Tongzhou, Oct

2021 Linear Langkong Art Museum 798, Beijing July

2021 Her Name – Existence Peninsula Art Museum, Weihai, July

2021 Silent and Soft -New Interpretations Suzhou classical Gardens June

2021 All things Bright CSR symposium Shangrila Hotel, Beijing June 10th

2021 The Second Step (mini solo) Joy Beans Space, Jiu Longtou hutong, June

* AstroWorld Kun Art Museum June 5 2021

*Portraits (solo) Joybeans  Hou  Hai 6.6-8.8

*River things  Suzhou Zhenyuan garden UNESCO world Heritage Training and Research centre June 12 th

*Art Beijing  2021 Booth B28  Garden of Friendship

*“Art promotes a Sustainable Future” China CSR international symposium Dec 2020.

*Silent Explosion, Wuxi Bund Art Centre, Jiangsu,  July 11-31 2020

* Sculpture project in HongFangzu , Shawan, Sichuan , begining phase Nov 2019

Current Exhibition

*China Ireland exhibition at MUSEU&m, near the Bund , Shanghai, Nov 29th 2019

* Sculpture project in HongFangzu , Shawan, Sichuan , begining phase Nov 2019

*1919 – Group Exhibition (Hamilton Gallery) in New York, Irish Consulate

*1919 – Group Exhibition Hamilton Gallery , Sligo , Ireland July – September

*Gobi Heaven Art Festival , Inner Mongolia , August 2019

*A piece of Cotton Paper  9th floor gallery Songzhuang June 15th

*”Winning the Day ‘ Granary Art Centre,  SiShui , Shandong, May – June 2019

*Beyond the form of Art , Wick Art Centre , Budapest, Hungary may 2019

*Odyssey The Return ; group exhibition at Dong Yue Art Museum, Beijing  in April

Map and Territory Art IRRCA at Beijing Geely College Nov 20- Dec 20 2018

*Thousands of Sprouts, an experimental online exhibition – by Elizabeth Ross  Nov 2018

* On Paper Supreme, Gwangju Art Museum Beijing Creative Centre Songzhuang Nov- Dec 2018

*China Europe Internaitional Contemporary Art Global Tour Shanghai Oct 2018

*An Irish Airman foresees his Death – Hamilton Gallery Sligo, Ireland June – Nov 2018

*On Paper Supreme, Extension Space, Shenyang, Liaoning,  Sept 16th – Oct 21st  2018

*Artist Nomination Exhibition, Huaiyin art gallery, Huai ‘an shi, Jiangsu, July-Aug 2018

*On Paper Supreme, Ordos Culture and Art Centre , Inner Mongolia , Aug 17th – Sept 10th  2018

*International Abstract Art , ChungChuen College, Jinan, July 2018

* On Paper Supreme, QingDao , Tiantai Art Centre, June 2018

* Existence , International Feminist Art Exhibition,  Mezzi Bookstore Art Space , Changsha

* Excavations 20 April-4th June  He Gallery, Golf Club.

*’Mortgaged Time’ 21st- 29th April at Red Gate Gallery , 798 Beijing  April 21st

*’Excavations’ 12-18th Enjoy Museum 798,  Beijing   preview 5 pm 12th April

* 5 week residency at Guanlan Printmaking base , Shenzhen (Feb-March 2018)

*Lunar New Year theme exhibition “Red Fruit” showing at Raycom IT centre, Zhongguancun,  28th Jan continues to March 3rd, organised by RoveArt , supporting the Female Protection Fund.

*Chinese & Foreign Visual Arts Hunan,  at the Meixi Academy Book Complex, Changsha Dec 26th to Jan 26th 2018.

* ‘Beyond Time’  Raycom IT Centre, Zhongguangcun, Beijing Dec – Jan 27th  2018

*”Qualitative Phase and The Narrative” Beijing Film Academy Triennial Exhibition at Dong Yue Art Museum, Beijing, curated by Li Zhen till Dec 18th 2017…………………………………………….


由此及彼——中(国)爱(尔兰)女艺术家邀请展 The Pattern That Connects Sept 2020
Wuxi Bund Art Centre “Silent Explosion”
My interview with Today Art Museum and Today Art Media on the COVID era

Recent Interview , click on above image April 2020

Link to newspaper coverage -Carlow Nationalist (click on image)

In Her Eyes, F&E 100x100cm acrylic on canvas, 倪芙瑞莲Niamh Cunningham 2019

Silent Explosion
‘China-Ireland’ exhibition Shanghai Nov 29th 2019

China Ireland exhibition at MUSEu&m, Shanghai , opening Nov 29th

‘Whirls in the Old’ in New York at the exhibition ‘1919’

1919-Whirls in the Old Terezin acrylic on canvas 30x30cm Niamh Cunningham 2019

Gobi Heaven Art Festival August 2019

Participating in the International Artists program for this exciting event in the Gobi Dessert

Jul.Aug 2019 Group Exhibition , Hamilton Gallery , Sligo, Ireland and also Sept 2019 at the Irish Consulate Offices , Park Ave NYC
Granary Art exhibition SiShui Shandong June 2019

Granary Art Exhibition SiSHui , Shangdong June 2019 click on image

Swim Duck Video …30 sec clip of original work recently shown at Bloomsday event at Embassy of Ireland Niamh Cunningham 2019
clip from Swim Duck video Niamh Cunningham 2019

Clip from 'Swim Duck' Video by Niamh Cunningham 2019

Group exhibition in Sishui, Shangdong 正在展出

Granary Art Museum , Sishui, Jining , Shandong

April /May 2019 in Budapest 近期展出匈牙利

Currently showing in Budapest Aprli- May 2019

Wandering Rocks series of portraits 游岩系列
Web Of Fabulous Grass – Sucrose Series Click on image for Artist Profile English &简体中文
Talk on James Joyce at Bookworm with prof Fu Hao 乔伊斯座谈会
Aritst Talk on James Joyce at Beijing Bookworm

Talk on James Joyce at Bookwork Beijing April 2019

Map and Territory project Nov -Dec 2018 at Beijing Geely University
Map and Territory

Map and Territory

Artist talk at Beijing Geely College Dec 11th 2018
-.On Paper Supreme made its final exhibition for 2018 in Beijing Songzhuang opening Nov 16th
Group exhibition Hamilton Gallery, Sligo
Hamilton Gallery Sligo - Lonely Impulse 2

A response to WB Yeats poem 'An Irish Airman Foresees his Death'

Group show Oct 27th Shanghai Bund 27 The House of Roosevelt House , the Bund Shanghai
With curator Guo Zhen at the opening of Existence in Changsha , exhibition continues till end of July 2018


Recent ‘At your Leisure’ Summer exhibition Jiangsu “悠游“——淮阴艺术馆
exhibited in Jinan curated by Ma Yi Ying
简体中文Artist Interview & Profile for the Art Project ‘Existence’
Group exhibition at Red Gate in April 2018 focussing on antiwar poet Ingeborg Bachmann
Niamh Cunningham 'Bachmann Girl' 2017

Artwork for poster is 'Bachmann Girl' 100x100cm Acrylic on Canvas by Niamh Cunningham 2017

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