IRISH WAVE 2015 group exhibitions in Beijing and Shanghai this March as part of the Irish Festival in China

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Each IRISH WAVE  exhibition is theme based and also interlaced with a poem of WB Yeats as 2015 celebrates his birth 150 years ago. The Beijing shows will be opened by Alan Kelly TD, Irish Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government and the Ambassador of Ireland Paul Kavanagh will also be present.

Niamh C (med res) They will not Hush 110 x 160cm copy


“They will not hush, the leaves a-flutter round me ”  Oil on canvas, Ginko leaves 110 x160 cm

This post takes a look at some of my work that will be showing in the various shows. The following post will look at the highlights from these group shows once they have been installed over the coming days)

Golden Fleece: Inter Art Gallery, 798, Beijing, (March 15th -22nd) 

Opening reception March 15th at 3 pm all are welcome

Golden Fleece” is an exhibition of Irish and Chinese contemporary art in the ‘Year of the Ram’ and is inspired by the Yeats poem ‘Sailing to Byzantium.

*Bus Stop near andingmen 130 x 90cm low res


The quest for the Golden Fleece, like that of the Holy Grail, describes a universal aspiration, a search for meaning and the desire to leave a legacy.

Yunnan Hillside panorama Cunningham copy

The artists explore their own personal quests for meaning and elucidation through the media of textile and fibres, painting and mixed media artworks.

Yeat’s eco quotes:
These works take selected lines of poetry written with correction fluid on used hepa air filter paper.

“Too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart”

*Mad as the Mist and Snow

Certain lines of poetry seem pertinent to our fragile planet. I think this link between the human condition and the natural world can speak volumes. How perhaps the natural world may express the human condition and in turn how our human condition affects and alters the earth.

“ I have spread my dreams under your feet,

Tread carefully because you tread on my dreams”


A Meditation at a Time of War- Dong Yue Art Museum- Beijing

Opening Reception March 16th 6pm (March 16th – 28th)

Please contact me at the back page of this site with your e mail address and I can send you a map and add your name to the guest list.

‘A Meditation in Time of War’ explores the difficult legacy of conflict across cultures and timelines in a range of media. The exhibition incorporates relevant texts from Yeats and Wing Tek Lum in English and as a complex poetic conversation about the meaning of war in our world. This year also marks the end of World War 2.

*Lonely Impulse of Delight Niamh Cunningham 110 x 146 cm copy

This work is based on the poem an “Irish Airman Foresees his Death”. The poem was written to honour the memory of Lady Gregory’s son Robert Gregory who died as a pilot in World War 1. There are two aircraft, the sopwith pup in the upper right represents Robert Gregory and the Black Hawk UH60 in the bottom left represents my bother Donie, Donal Cunningham CW2 (pilot), although not in combat, he died in service to the aviation section of the US army 20 years ago this August. May he rest in peace.

I want to thank Prof Fu Hao for the translation of this poem in Chinese which I use on the chinese version of this page.

An Irish Airman Foresees His Death W.B Yeats

I know that I shall meet my fate

Somewhere among the clouds above

Those that I fight I do not hate

Those that I guard I do not love

My country is Kiltartan cross

My countrymen Kiltartan’s poor

No likely end could bring them loss

Or leave them happier than before.

Nor law nor duty bade me fight

Nor public men, nor cheering crowds

A lonely impulse of delight

Drove to this tumult in the clouds;

I balanced all brought all to mind,

The years to come seemed waste of breath,

A waste of breath the years behind

In balance with this life, this death.

Small World – San Wei Art Centre, M50, Shanghai, March 20- 27th

Reception at 3 pm Saturday 21st will be opened by Irish  Vice Consul  General in Shanghai Eoghan Duffy

This group show focuses on the power of miniature artworks. A tiny scale can lead to a much deeper level of connection making it more immediate and intimate.

*Niamh Cunningham Stolen Child 1 Small world Small tank- Tuam 1925-1961Oil on Board 14.5 x 21 cm *Niamh Cunningham Stolen Child2 Small world- Small tank Tuam 1925-1961 Oil on Board 14.5 x 21 cm






The two works I have done here are also of an emotional nature. Confronting a painful collective past is difficult, to think about a time when unwed mothers had only one place to go and be removed from embarrassing an acutely conservative society ruled by the Church. Hearing the news story last year of the long closed Bon Secours Mother and Child Home  (1925- 1961) in Tuam, the media and the nature of the reporting of the small bodies in a septic tank deeply affected me. I needed to mark this in some way. I am hoping to say some things in these two small works, that there there is some kind of liberation and departure from the Church.


Intimate Perspectives Shanghai Grand Theatre Artist Talk March 23rd

These small works were made the year I lived in Carlow, Ireland in 2009.

Sandbags on Barrow 23 x 28 cm low res*Gate house St Dympnas 26 x 26 cm*Electric Picnic 08 Arts and Music Fest 26 x 26cm






IRISH WAVE founder Fion Gunn and artist/curators Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels will be giving presentations of the work in the March exhibitions and promoting the show at the San Wei  Art Centre in M50, Shanghai.

Another post on the highlights of these group shows to follow soon .

Bi lingual walk through tours:

Inter Art Gallery 798 – Golden Fleece: Saturday March 21st  11am,  Sunday March 22nd  3pm

Dong Yue Art Museum – A meditation in time of war: Saturday March 21st 3 pm , Sunday March 11am

Artists Talk  on WB Yeats and the Contemporary Visual will be hosted at the Embassy of Ireland on March 25th at 6.30pm

Seats are limited for this presentation, Prof Fu Hao a major translator of Yeats will also speak and tell us what he found in Anne Yeats (daughter) library . Please contact me if you are interested in attending.


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
Currently Showing in Suzhou Couples Retreat Gardens
The Second Step – mini solo of 18 portraits in HouHai from 6.6 tp 8.8
Astro World Exit Tourism – Group exhibition June 2021
Recently ART Beijing 2021 Booth B28 Irish Contemporary Art
Niamh Cunningham- Bio 。。。个人简介-倪芙瑞莲
Current Events 正在展出



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

*2019年11月装置中国—红房子首届国际户外装置创作营在乐山沙湾红房子开营 …开始阶段

*2019年8月*Gobi Heaven- August 戈壁。天堂-八月

*2019年7月”1919″ 爱尔兰  Sligo -Hamilton Gallery  

*2019年5月“胜日寻芳“ 山东济宁市泗水等闲谷艺术粮仓美术馆

2019年5月-16 爱尔兰大使馆布卢姆日的展览

20195-6  《一张棉花纸》   在宋庄东区玖层美术馆展出



*2018年11月-12月“地图与疆域”国际艺术邀请展 北京吉利学院


*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,

2018, 6月-11月诗人叶芝日,爱尔兰,斯莱戈(SLIGO),汉密尔顿艺术画廊

*2018年8月 淮阴艺术馆提名展,淮安市

*2018, 8月 “纸上·至上”展览, 鄂尔多斯,

*2018 , 6月30日 济南“国际抽象艺术展”

*2018 , 6月17 日 纸上•至上2018 在青岛,

*2018 , 5月20 日存在-国际女性艺术展,湖南长沙,

*2018 , 4月21 日延缓的时间,4月21日-29日,红门画廊,798艺术区

*2018 , 4月20 日 挖掘,,和画廊,来鹏高尔夫俱乐部

*2018年4月-12日 挖掘, , 展览,悦美术馆,北京798艺术区




*2017年12月末至2018年1月末, 《时间之外》主题艺术展, 北京中关村融科资讯中心

*2017年12月, 形质与叙事, 形质与叙事, 东岳美术馆

 *2017年12月,广州新造当代艺术中心,纸上·至上 纸艺作品群展.

Upcoming Exhibitions

* AstroWorld Kun Art Museum June 5

*Portraits (solo) Joybeans  Hou  Hai 6.6-8.8

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

Current Exhibition


Recent  exhibitions:

*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

Early stage – Sculpture project HongFangzi ShaWan Sichuan
‘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
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

RTE interview on preparing for upcoming group exhibition 2 min clip
Web Of Fabulous Grass – Sucrose Series Click on image for Artist Profile English &简体中文
Artist talk at Beijing Geely College Dec 11th 2018
Map and Territory project Nov -Dec 2018 at Beijing Geely University
Map and Territory

Map and Territory

-.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
Recent ‘At your Leisure’ Summer exhibition Jiangsu “悠游“——淮阴艺术馆
exhibited in Jinan curated by Ma Yi Ying
With curator Guo Zhen at the opening of Existence in Changsha , exhibition continues till end of July 2018


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

Excavations showing at Enjoy Museum 798 April 2018

Excavations , a cross collaborative exhibition showing contemporary art by Chinese and Irish artists , showing in Enjoy Museum, 798 , 2018.4.12

Very honoured to have Irish Ambassador Eoin O’ Leary visit Chinese New Year exhibition “Red & Fruit”

Irish Ambassador Eoin O'Leary with subway paintings at Raycom Centre exhibition Feb 2018

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