School visit to An Eastward Calling

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We had a burst of lively activity here at Dong Yue Art Museum on Friday morning (Sept 12th 2014)  as a  local junior school Bai Jia Zhuan paid a visit. (You can see here a student/budding teacher mimicking me on the microphone)

student teacher mimicing microphone







We started the tour in the west with river Barrow scenes of my hometown Carlow, Ireland where I lived for a year in 2008 . There are a few points of historical note such as the gatehouse of St Dympna’s hospital where William Farrell wrote “Voice of Rebellion Carlow in 1798 ” his memories as a younger man during the rebellion and the harrowing experiences of it suppression. I passed by this house every day walking to school during the 1970’s and 80’s but I only experienced the horrors of that time when I read the book in 2008.

Sandbags on Barrow 23 x 28 cm low resFarrell's desk St Dympnas 26 x 26 cm low res






Moving from west to the East is the city of Prague where I lived for a year, summer and winter views from Prague castle, an overview over the Vltava river and the famous Charles bridge from Letna park with the historic roofscapes stretching behind.Moses dreams of Adam Prague Cunningham Acrylic on canvas  50x 50 cm


The Czech work also includes an acrylic painting of one of my favourite sculptures “Moses dreams of Adam” by Frantisek Bilek in the old Jewish quarter of Prague and autumn scenes of Stromovka park which in previous centuries was the Kings hunting grounds.

Moving further eastwards we arrive at the saltwater creek of Dubai is the lifeblood of the city with the coming and going of it people being ferried across by abra boats. Souk vendors, office workers, labourers, tourists, locals all sitting side by side taking the same journey. This authentic place was the original centre of commerce and trade, the various old souks and also the harbour crowded with old wooden cargo boats from India and Iran.  Also from the same region are the very thick oil  desert mountainscapes. Thick Impasto is the signature motif for most of the Dubai work. The paint is rich and thick with ripples of water encrusted in time.

Abra Channel X4

Even the four acrylic channel panels of four colours have mixed media to thicken the acrylic texture.

Pillar tsunami

Finally we progress to the China landscapes which are interspersed with portraits of young learners whom I taught on my first few years in Beijing. Lush green hills of Yunnan and Guilin and finally the sleepy canals of yuan Dadu.

Public transport in Beijing is also celebrated such at the red silhouettes of passengers on subway platforms and also the public bus stop flower pots reflecting the importance of public transport in urban living.

Bus Stop near andingmen 130 x 90cm low res

The Beijing bus stop painting was the most challenging work so far. I wanted to enhance those roadside flower pots. If you happen to be travelling on a doubledecker bus they look like space ships shooting past. The green and yellow foliage of the trees are in solid colours with well defined and unrealistic shapes and edges but the manmade poles and the signature Beijing railings are given softer shading and appear more sketched. Here I intended to have a dialogue with the organic living in simplified block shapes and the manmade structures expressed in sketch like shading while celebrating the unloved but essential bus journey.

Beijing canal &Yunnan bamboo

I first met Mr Yaun Qiu Lai the curator of Dong Yue Art Museum when I joined a few other artists: portrait painter Liu Dan, Shanghai artist Wu Jun and photographer Gao Yuan on a painting trip to Yunnan in Feb 2013. We were at the far west of Yunnan and sometimes we could see the Myanmar border. A year and a half later I was given this wonderful opportunity to show my varied work as the opening show of Dong Yue Art Museum.

skull discussionHair Skull

Thought processes interest me, when we are able to look at ourselves while we understand something we take into account our own perceptions and those limitations. I love the idea of being able to look at ourselves when we think and having a see-through skull made of our own organic material is what you see here. Thankfully at this point Bella Su assistant at Dong Yue Art Museum stepped in for translation

pillar Bai jia Zhuar

The knitted Pillar of Time was an installation that suggests our perception of time can use two calendars: one of past public events running parallel with personal intimate histories. Past public events knitted in circular images spiral downwards starting with the Cuban Missile crises to the current financial crises. The spiral red line is a personal intimate calendar of a woman, gold discs on the spiral line indicate the 450 -550 cycles of a woman’s lifetime. Sometimes when remembering  a personal event the two calendars are aligned  where a personal memory is joined with a public world event and the two are linked for time reference.


Last night Dong Yue Art Museum closed its doors for An Eastward Calling. These past two months have been an amazing experience. There has been some improvement on my spoken Chinese,  the support from fellow artists has been wonderful, Mr Yuan Qiulai  and staff of Dong Yue Art Museum have been exemplary in management and vision, they are currently building an online 3D of the Museum for virtual tours of exhibitions.  And later this week I can meet up the CCTV crew (who are great fun to work with) for a final shoot in Olympic Park for the new documentary series “My China”.

Things are well and truly wrapping up now.


Saying goodbye

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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