Helen Mac Mahon will be taking part in ‘Tactile’, Catalyst Arts upcoming exhibition. Opening Thursday 6th of March and running until the 14th.


An exhibition of work to coincide with The Belfast Children’s Festival.

Tactile is a one to one experience that has a direct encounter with the viewer, that reinforces the bond between artist and audience. Tactile embraces engagement with the work rather than the usual “Do Not Touch Artworks’.

Works from Rachel Campbell Palmer, DSNT, Clodagh Lavelle, David Fredrick Mahon and Helen Mac Mahon.

– See more at: http://www.catalystarts.org.uk/#sthash.q9qdarEr.dpuf



Link to the review of the show Tactile in Catalyst Arts, Belfast by Slavka Sverakova


Some images of the installation (Photos by Jordan Hutchings and Neil Harrison)

Polychromatic Shadow Configuration Device

 Polychromatic Shadow Configuration Device (2013) Installation view (Jordan Hutchings)


The Polychromatic Shadow Configuration Device in action. (Jordan Hutchings)


(Image Neil Harrison)

‘Your Otoliths’ Booked Out!


Due to popular demand, Mary-Jo Gilligan’s ‘Your Otoliths – An Audio Route Guide to The LAB Gallery for Minecrafters’ taking place on Saturday 1 March 2014 is now fully booked out!



Some Photographs of the Event ‘Your Otoliths – An Audio Route Guide to the LAB Gallery for Minecrafters’


For those who were not fortunate enough to secure a ticket, here are a few photographs of the event as it wove its way through the streets of Dublin city centre…

Hot potato hand warmers from Coin de Mire restaurant in the Moore Street MallHot potato hand-warmers from Coin de Mire restaurant in the Moore Street Mall. (Photo Kate Strain)



Himalayan pink rock salt lick from the inventory at the Oriental Pantry supermarket on Moore Street (Photo Kate Strain)


Junction of Moore Land, Henry Place, ‘an ideal pot-holed spot to see old cobblestone city roads that usually remain hidden under the thick heavy tarry blanket upon many Dublin Streets’. (Photo Kate Strain)


Earl Place Canyon. (Photo Kate Strain)


Precious gemstone pineapple parcel. (Photo Kate Strain)

‘Your Otoliths- An Audio Route Guide to the LAB Gallery for Minecrafters’ and ‘For the Birds’.

Two dates for the diary!

Our own Mary-Jo Gilligan and James Ó hAodha will be creating ephemeral events as part of The Lab’s current group show ‘Tonight, you can call me Trish’.

‘Your Otoliths- An Audio Route Guide to the LAB Gallery for Minecrafters’, Saturday March, 1st, 11am-3pm
(To register for participation, please visit www.thelab.ie)
Mary-Jo Gilligan has been commissioned to create an ephemeral event that sets the context for a niche engagement with the exhibition and its locale. The work titled ‘Your Otoliths- An Audio Route Guide to the LAB Gallery for Minecrafters’, unfolds as a guided journey custom built for the Minecraft gaming community.

‘For the Birds’, Saturday 15th of March, 11am-3pm
James Ó hAodha has been commissioned to devise an encounter with a specific community of interest. His work ‘For the Birds’ is a one off event, which takes place in the Lab gallery over a single day. Teasing out notions of what constitutes ‘audience’ and ‘exhibition’ he plays with the presence of three hand-picked exotic birds who similtaneously occupy the gallery both as viewer and live performer, activating, intervening, and, in moments becoming complicit with the language of display, aesthetics and the mediation of contemporary visual art.

Tonight, you can call me Trish

Ormond members Mary-Jo Gilligan and James O hAodha will have work in the upcoming exhibition ‘Tonight you can call me Trish’. Curated by Rachael Gilbourne and Kate Strain, the exhibition in The Lab, Foley Street, will open on Thursday 6th February and run until 22nd March. Details to follow soon on both James and Mary-Jo’s ephemeral contributions to the show in March!


Blue Monday

Ormond member Helen Mac Mahon will be exhibiting work as part of Blue Monday the upcoming exhibition in MART, Rathmines. The opening event is on Monday 20th January. The exhibition will run until Sunday 2nd of February.


Instead of using art as a means of amplifying the miseries of life, this exhibition seeks out the beautiful in the little moments of everyday life. Inspired by Arthur Schopenhauer’s notion that art provides relief from the incessant suffering of life, works included in this exhibit are meant to offer respite from an art scene obsessed with its own misery. Taking place during what some argue is the most miserable time of the year, this exhibition will showcase multi-media works that explore themes of beauty, happiness, serenity, and other expressions intending to provide relief from life’s hardships.

Exhibition Opens on Blue Monday 20th January 2014 @ 6pm. Runs 20th Jan – 2nd Feb. Open 1-7pm Daily.

Curated by El Putnam

Artists: Kajsa Bäckström, Liam Campbell, Mary Cooke, Derville Conroy, Justyna Gruszczyk, Madeline Hellier, Anthony Kelly, Helen MacMahon, Rosalind Murray, Rime Otilla Qvale, EL Putnam, Sarah Rado, David Stalling.


 RGB (2013) Sculptural light installation (Photo Sarah Rado)


Polychromatic Shadow Configuration Device (2013) Interactive light installation. (Photo MART)


Installation view (Photo Rosalind Murray)


Installation view (Photo Sarah Rado)


Generator feature Blue Monday

Link to DCTV’s magazine arts show Generator series 2 part 1,  Blue Monday is featured approx 8.30 minutes in!