Graduate Residency 2014


Ormond Studios is delighted to announce a residency opportunity for a 2014 graduate. The selected graduate will receive the use of a studio space from mid-August until the end of September 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 25th of July to Please write ‘Residency application’ in the subject line.


Ciara O’Hara – Summer Shows

June is set to be a very busy month for Ciara O’Hara who will be exhibiting work in three shows! Image ‘Parts’ Gallery 26 26 Dublin Street (formerly Hennessy Fine Foods) Carlow 07th – 15th June Opening Hours 11.00am-6.00pm Parts, an exhibition by Ciara O’Hara, Ruth Power and Adam Bohanna, is based on the premise that life depends on the interaction of parts for nature to flourish. This reflective study will allow us to consider not only the art in nature but also the nature of art. Image ‘A Natural Selection’ Touring exhibition RDS Member’s Library 11th June – 4th July Opening reception on Wednesday 11th June at 6.30pm. Entrance is free and open to the public. Image Hamilton Gallery, 4 Castle Street, Sligo 14th June – 29th August Opening reception on Saturday 14th June at 2pm. Visit her website for more information on the shows

Ciara O’Hara – PARTS

Ormond’s Ciara O’Hara will have a number of works in the group show ‘PARTS’ in Gallery 26 as part of the Carlow Arts Festival.
The opening reception will be on the 6th of June and the exhibition will run until the 15th.

Gallery 26
26 Dublin Street formerly Hennessy Fine Foods

Opening Hours 11.00am-6.00pm

Parts, an exhibition by Ciara OHara, Ruth Power and Adam Bohanna, is based on the premise that life depends on the interaction of parts for nature to flourish. This reflective study will allow us to consider not only the art in nature but also the nature of art.

Mary Jo Gilligan – ‘Fathom and Span’

Ormond member Mary Jo Gilligan will be exhibiting her new show ‘Fathom and Span‘ in the Broadcast Gallery in DIT, Portland Row from the 7th – 16th June 2014. The opening reception will be held on Thursday the 6th of June at 6:30pm. Its sure to be a fascinating event!

Fathom and Span
Exhibition by Mary-Jo Gilligan (IE)
Broadcast Gallery, DIT, Portland Row, Dublin 1
7th – 16th June 2014, opening reception 6th June at 6:30pm

Public, private and directed gestures collectively form this curatorial project by Emer Lynch – recipient of the Broadcast Gallery Emerging Curator Award 2014.

Interested in editing the traditional strands of exhibition-making (art and writing about art) at a distance from each other, Lynch co-mediated two stands of this curatorial project concurrently. Beginning with inviting Dublin based artist Mary-Jo Gilligan to intercede with Broadcast Gallery site-specifically, Fathom and Span is a solo exhibition that crosses boundaries with theatrical experience – not as audience but in the role of players. Gilligan’s exhibition deals with the curatorial intention of the project: to consider the gallery’s withdrawal from its own architecture in anticipation of the institution’s move across the city. This very architecture is exploited in the work as a way to investigate how things and people are a unit of something else. The pre-constructed space is the subject, whilst scripted functions and roles bleed into the fabric of the room.

Lynch also worked in the capacity of collaborator with Berlin based artist Achim Lengerer to produce the publication Scriptings#38. These publications exist in response to, but outside of, Gilligan’s exhibition. In anticipation of the opening of Fathom and Span, Lengerer will perform Scriptings#38: Layout for Broadcast Gallery; a live performative lecture which will investigate the ways in which collected social spaces are negotiated in-between medias. This event will also feature a reading by artist Tracy Hanna (IE).

Further information:

Mary-Jo Gilligan is based in Ireland where she works as an artist independently and collaboratively. Her practice is typically site-specific and includes live events, public art, performance, exhibitions and curation. She has produced work with various commissioning bodies including RGKSKSRG, Portlaoise County Council, Out Of Site and Culturstruction, and has undertaken residencies with Roscommon County Council, ID11 Netherlands, The Performance Corporation, VOID, Fís and Greenstar. Founder of the architectural research body Dublin City Agency for the Sensory Investigation of Constructed Space, Gilligan has also co-curated site-specific projects with Parking Meter Arts and The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin. Gilligan was the recent recipient of the Emerging Artist Award from Kildare County Council (2013) and was awarded a Studio Residency at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (2012/2013).

On your bike, there’s a new gang in town…

Great article about James O hAodha’s event for this years Bealtaine Festival, the Crank Set Bike Gang Rally

The Patchwork Quill

If you happened to stroll through Dublin’s Phoenix Park last Saturday afternoon, you may have found yourself a victim of the mischievous ‘Crank Set’.

Dozens of innocent passersby were accosted by a group that came from nowhere and took over the park on their bicycles. Clad in black bomber jackets emblazoned with their gang logo, they swooped on unsuspecting members of the public.

A far cry from the sophisticated sportsmen of the Giro d’Italia, these rowdy riders circled and chased people, sped down paths dragging sticks across railings, and created an unearthly racket wherever they went, thanks to playing cards jammed between the spokes of their wheels.

This surreal scene was actually the culmination of a unique art project forming part of the Bealtaine Festival, an all-island Irish festival which celebrates creativity as we age. 

Gang The Crank Set Bike Gang Rally. Photographer: Eoin Kirwan

The Crank Set is a bike gang…

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ILLUSION on Tour at the Reuben H. Fleet Centre, San Diego


Ormond member Helen Mac Mahon will have two pieces, Revelators and Motion After Effect Illusion in the Trinity College Science Gallery touring exhibition. ILLUSION: Nothing Is As It Seems. The exhibition is making its North American premiere on May 10 and will run for a number of months before moving to its next destination. Further information about the show can be found here –

Precognition at the Talbot Gallery


PRECOGNITION, a group show of recent graduates work, opens in the Talbot Gallery on Thursday the 4th of May. Opening reception is from 6-8pm. Further information can be found on the Facebook event page –

The Crank Set Gang Rally Event

Some updates from James Ó HAodha latest project for the Bealtaine Festival of creativity. Some places are still available if there are any over 50’s who would like to be involved.

Workshop One


Rookie Crank Set cyclist tries out the ‘Card Trick’.


Workshop two.

Gang members met with Kevin McNamara of Dublin Ink to decide on an insignia for the Crank Set that will appear on the gang jackets.


You can follow the gangs progress here (or join up!!) –

Ciara O’Hara – A Natural Selection


Eucalyptus & Cabbage White by Ciara O’Hara
Etching on Somerset paper.

Ormond member Ciara O’Hara is currently exhibiting work in Uttersberg, Sweden as part of the touring exhibition ‘A Natural Selection’. So if you are in the area be sure to drop in and see her work!

Further information at

James Ó hAodha – Over 50’s Bicycle Gang


Over 50’s Bicycle Gang is James Ó hAodha’s new collaborative project for Bealtaine 2014

Bealtaine Festival of creativity as we age is looking for interested participants to create an “Over 50s” Bicycle Gang, with artist James Ó hAodha. Marking the arrival of the Giro D’Italia bicycle race to Ireland, this creative project will bring a group of people together for a live event in Phoenix Park on Saturday May 10th.

Be part of this exclusive group, and work together to earn some ‘street-cred’! This event is brought to you by Dublin City Council and Age and Opportunity.

Participants will:

Take part in a series of group cycles and guided workshops
Explore aspects of urban cycling, communication and self-organisation
Meet new people and work together to create a visual identity for the gang.
Participate in an outdoor public event in Phoenix Park on Saturday May 10th as part of Bealtaine Festival
Explore the creativity of mischief-making, and what is seen as the antisocial side of adolescent gang culture
Work together on and test out a series of group actions and gestures in preparation for the event

Getting involved:
Free workshops will take place weekdays, from Wednesday 30th April – dates are flexible.
Bicycles can be provided if necessary.
Limited places available, so please register early to avoid disappointment!
For more information contact James at:
Artist James Ó hAodha
or call 087 9596 949