Helen Mac Mahon ‘Fortuna’ at MART



Helen Mac Mahon will be showing work as part of the MART Experiments series. It opens on Monday the 7th of December at 6pm and will run until Thursday the 10th.

Fortuna is comprised of a collection of works at various stages of development whose realisation owes much to the element of chance.
The starting point for each of the works is the manipulation of light, but serendipitous discoveries have been allowed to lead the course of creative action.
Mundane, everyday items introduced have acted as catalysts, producing surprising results and offering opportunities to push the process of discovery further along an undetermined path. This type of experimentation has become the very root of my practice.
These works are not intended to be finished pieces and are more akin to sketches that inform and influence each other. They allow a glimpse into a process of investigation – one where the eventual outcome cannot be fully predicted. Curiosity fuels this experimental approach. An openness to experimentation for its own sake facilitates the growth and development of the work.
Curated by Siobhán Mooney.

More information can be found on the Facebook events page https://www.facebook.com/events/1494050704230330/

More information about MART and its events www.mart.ie

Studio Space Available From December


ormond with lights

A studio space will become available from 1st December 2015 in Ormond Studios. Rent is €100-€150/m for all spaces (approximately 2 x 2.5m) and every member also has access to a large project space through our booking system. All members also have access to Wifi, studio tools and equipment.
Interested applicants should send a letter of interest in becoming a member, a statement about your practice and examples of your work or a link to a website/blog to ormondartists@gmail.com.
Deadline: Saturday 14th November.

**It is important to note that Ormond Studios is an artist led studio space and it is collectively run and programmed by all members. Those interested in applying for the studio space should have both the time for, and the interest in, the running and organising of the studio. Membership requires taking on a specific role in the management of Ormond Studios.


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View of studio spaces and the project/exhibition space.

Helen Mac Mahon – Eidolon, Platform Arts Belfast



Helen Mac Mahon’s exhibition ‘Eidolon’ will be opening in Platform Arts Belfast on Thursday the 1st of October from 6 to 9pm. The show will then run until the 24th of October.


For more information see the Platform Arts website platformartsbelfast.com or the Facebook event page http://www.facebook.com/events/426527620885092/

Ormond Stew



‘Ormond Stew’ is influenced by the artistic practices of the members currently residing in Ormond Studios from the perspective of its newest members.

The exhibition examines how practices can exist and influence each other in this artist-led initiative.

It aims to challenge and reflect upon the creative atmosphere in such an environment, and is an experiment meant to encourage conversation and integration among it’s members.

A series of conversations were conducted amongst members in the realizing of the show.
Through the course of these meetings, thematic language and common themes arose that helped shaped the show.

self reflection / self – actualisation / deliberation / a place for contemplation / an integral part to practice*life / shared experiences / sensory submersion / trust in simplicity / definitions are finite / reading not explaining / suggestion / digestion and observation/ Deceitful memory / recreated memories / objects as vehicles of memory / representations of constructed or false realities imaginary situations /


Opening: 7 – 9pm
17 & 18th of September.

All other viewings by appointment.

Helen Mac Mahon – ILLUSION on Tour, Petrosains Discovery Centre, Kuala Lumpur

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Ormond member Helen Mac Mahon has work exhibited as part of ‘ILLUSION on Tour’, the Trinity College Science Gallery’s touring exhibition, at the Petrosains Discovery Centre in Kuala Lumpur. The show runs until December.

‘Petrosains, The Discovery Centre at Suria KLCC presents a new visiting exhibition – “Illusion”, an exhibition which offers an insight into the human mind through an exploration of the motivations and mechanisms of sensory deception. In simpler terms, “Illusion” will make you question what you see and will help you to investigate how perception underpins the way we see, feel, think and understand the world.

“Illusion” was developed by Science Gallery at Trinity College, Dublin and offers a diverse range of artworks or exhibits that deal with different types of illusions, from Significant Birds by Nye Parry, Cubes by Jennifer Townley and The Hurwitz Singularity by Jonty Hurwitz. All exhibits will deceive the senses, showing that what we perceive is often radically different from the reality of what our eyes observe or our ears hear.

This exhibition recently showcased in Charlotte, North Carolina and Petrosains is their first venue in Asia, which makes it a MUST-VISIT exhibition. It will be at Petrosains from August 2015 till December 2015’

Steven Maybury & Helen Mac Mahon – Quantum Leap

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Studio members Steven Maybury and Helen Mac Mahon will be exhibiting work in Quantum Leap as part of the brilliant Foundation15 in Tullamore. The festival runs from the 10th -25th September with a jam packed programme of art, music and theatre and an educational programme that will run alongside it.

For more information see their website www.foundationartsfestival.com or follow their Facebook page – www.facebook.com/foundationartsfestival?fref=ts

Camilla Hanney Awarded Graduate Residency 2015



We would like to thank every artist who took the time to apply for the Ormond Studio’s graduate residency. We received lots of really impressive submissions and the decision making process was not an easy one, however, a decision had to be made and we are delighted to announce that Camilla Hanney is the recipient of this year’s award.
Congratulations Camilla, we’re all looking forward to working with you! If you would like to find out more about Camilla’s work, here is a link to her website.


Jessica Kelly & Elisabeth Van Dam – LOVEDOLL



A collaboration between dancer, sculptor, philosopher Elisabeth Van Dam and visual artist Jessica Kelly, who defines her video work simply as “moving images”, LOVEDOLL arose from the expressive figures of Van Dam’s autobiographical neon drawings.

As the eponymous LOVEDOLL, she appears as a latter-day Faustian “Gretchen” singing her mad love for her madness making loverman. Her song, a re-working of Schubert’s Gretchen am Spinnrade, inspired by Goethe’s tragic maiden, was created in collaboration with Laurens Marien of Soldier’s Heart.

Bathed in the radiance and colours of a future-Flemish, hallucinatory medieval aesthetic, the metamorphic LOVEDOLL emerges in a fractured video space, with claustrophobic and expansive moments, both fertile and barren. She offers up her fruity delights, simultaneously childlike and erotic, carnal yet unreal, iconic and eclectic, glittering yet dirty.

LOVEDOLL, a collaboration between Ormond artist Jessica Kelly and Elisabeth Van Dam will be shown at the Zaradi Tebe festival in Ghent, Belgium this weekend. http://zaraditebe.com/album/elisabeth-van-dam-lovedoll

Ormond Studios Announce Residency Opportunity For 2015 Graduates.


397968_10152767460395262_1643764763_nOrmond Studios is delighted to announce a residency opportunity for a 2015 graduate. The selected graduate will receive the use of a studio space from the 23rd of September to the 21st of October culminating with a solo exhibition at the end of the residency. In addition they will have peer support from studio members, access to a larger project space and use of studio equipment.

The residency will be awarded on the basis of applications to this open call. Submissions to include up to 10 images of work (jpeg or pdf), an artist statement, a project outline for the duration of the residency and a link to website/blog if the applicable.
Please submit your application by 5pm on Friday 21st of August to ormondartists@gmail.com Please write ‘Residency application’ in the subject line.

Best of luck to all the applicants!

New members for Ormond Studios


Ormond Studios is delighted to be welcoming two new members – Steven Maybury and Eoin O’Dowd.

Steven Maybury is a Dublin based artist who’s practice investigates the temporality of material. His focus is on our relationship with the temporary as a way to reflect upon the beauty and the energy rooted in the rhythms and cycles of our surroundings, of our consciousness, and of our interrelationships with the world.


The Drawing Suite
6-Double Speak RHA 2013 copy 2

Double Speak, RHA 2014.

Eoin O’Dowd uses a variety of media in his practice including paper and video collage and sculpture. “Much of my work lends heavily from an ongoing fascination with mythological narrative and folkloric custom and the use of ceremonial and sacred objects in their relation to modernity. These are experiments attempting to correlate what is perceived as sacred within modern sensibilities. As of late, work has focus on the creative method rather than it’s outcome”.

More examples of Eoin’s work can be found at ingirumimusnochte.wordpress.com

Eoin O'Dowd - Paper Collage - James VI & I after John de Critz Eoin O'Dowd - Paper Collage - Charles I after Robert Peake

Royal Scots, 2013 (Two from a series of three paper collages)