Marilyn Gaffney presents her artwork to Mayor of Montreal Denis Coderre

I had the pleasure to present Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal, with my art work 'Burren Trail' part of Cavan County Council's private art collection, on his recent visit to Cavan on 30 April 2016.

L to r Ger Finn, Paddy Smith, Denis Coderre, Marilyn Gaffney, Una McEntee


1 – 30 June | Opening: 1 June at 6pm
Upstairs Gallery, Watergate Theatre, Parliament Street, Kilkenny
Opening hours: 10am-6pm week days, Saturday 2pm-6pm
Investigating the mental process of knowing through the process of painting forms as research within this new body of work. Awareness, perception, reasoning and judgment are obvious applications of conscious reasoning but thought takes many subtler forms, such as interpreting. Sensory input, guiding physical actions and empathizing with others.
Cognition refers to thinking.
The image is disrupted by the printing process with zooming, ink running out and other printer ‘mistakes’. Layering back the photographic images, in parts, to its negative format. Sensory input is transformed, reduced, elaborated, stored, recovered and used. This informs the work through the painting process whereby ‘mistakes’ are allowed on the canvas and abstraction comes to play within a semi- representational image of portraits.
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Peripheral ARTeries Art Review

Check out an interview that Peripheral ARTeries Art Review Magazine published on Artist Marilyn Gaffney.  The introduction to the article is here.  The Full publication can be read here.  Front Page here.

Common Ground "New Beginnings" at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Birr Theatre and Arts Centre | Oxmantown Hall, Birr, Co Offaly

Christmas is a traditional event but it's up to us to shape and improve our traditions. To do so CFCP brings together local and international visual artists artists from different backgrounds and stages in their careers, to present their work at our yearly Multicultural Winter Arts Exhibition. The show will open between 6-9pm on Thursday the 5th of December.

Exhibiting Artists:

Catherine Ryan | Orla Clancy | Robert Andrew Smyth | Eilbhe Donovan | Justyna Gruszczyk | Anna Olachova | Victoria Cody | Mario Sughi | Elena Duff | Jackie Hudson Lalor | Malihe Zafarnejad | Muriel Foxton | Marilyn Gaffney | Glenn Keelan | Silke Michels | Patrick Dundon | Sarah Ruttle | Brigette Heffernan | Tracy Fitzgerald | Karl Thomas | Nuala O'Sullivan | Kinga Birecka | Anthony Kelly | Sandra Hickey | Jean Doyle | Anna Olachova | Roger Hudson

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This years Imagine Festival presents 'Welfare'. A group show at Waterford's newest gallery, Hive Emerging, located at 25 Michael Street (former News & Star headquarters), Waterford City. This, the second launch within the galleries autumn program, will comprise of works which interpret & explore the theme of welfare. The exhibition will feature artworks by emerging artists from across the wide spectrum of artistic disciplines, one featuring artist's work by Marilyn Gaffney.

‘Welfare’ opens to the public Thursday, October 17th at 8.00 pm and continues until November 2nd, opening Tuesday to Saturday from 12.30pm to 5.30pm. Visit for further details.

Foundation 13 opens Thurs 26th September 2013 with the Official launch at Tullamore Library at 6.30 pm and run until 0ctober 24th.

Opening days and times : Thursday  - Sunday, 11am to 6pm.

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For the sixth year running,   The New Music Festival 2013, took place in the picturesque grounds of Hilltown House.
Amazing weather hovered over the grounds without a cloud insight, making the event a more pleasurable experience.  As the sounds of composers echoed each breath of the barn house, there was a chance to see works from visual artists throughout the weekend which included sound and visual installations incl. works by Ruth Clinton & Niamh Moriarty, Berkus, Marilyn Gaffney, Alan Lambert, Autumn Richardson & Richard Skelton, Katie O'Looney & Harry Moore, Alan Dunn.

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Place/Non Place: Locality in the Digital Age

Mind Map I by Marilyn Gaffney

On display June 29 - August 16, 2013 

Opening reception: Saturday, June 29, 5pm - 8pm

Summer Hours: July 1-26 M-F 12-2pm & by appointment, Sunday, July 14, 10am-5pm
July 29-Aug 16 M-F 10am-6pm & by appointment 

Based on the notion of “non-place,” a phrase coined by anthropologist Marc Augé, the 2013 Summer Juried Exhibition features 28 artists, each exploring how non-place—those locations of seeming anonymity devoid of time, such as freeways and airports—can unearth instances of humanity, storytelling, and belonging often associated with the particularities of “place.” 

Non-place can be anything and anywhere: the haunting stillness of a hospital room, the front seat of a van, or even our own bodies in transit. Join us as we investigate Augé’s phrase, considering the various interpretations the concept of “non-place” may hold, and all of the meanings that can be discovered through those interpretations.

Artists in the exhibition: 
Gareth Abraham (London, UK); Lorraine Boogich (Smallwood, NY); Miri Chais (Los Angeles, CA); Ed Colman (Los Angeles, CA); Gabor Esperon (Pacifica, CA); Rebecca Finley (Huntsville, TX); Natalie Franco (Los Angeles, CA); Zoe Frost (Oakland, CA); Marilyn Gaffney (Westmeath, Ireland); Stuart Gibson (Kalamazoo, MI); Huss Harden (Los Angeles, CA); DJ Hijawi (Coto de Caza, CA); Brandon Jacob Hudson (Los Angeles, CA); Lauren Jack (Los Angeles, CA); Nancy Kaye (Los Angeles, CA); Elizabeth Kenneday (Reno, NV); Chang Kyun Kim (Los Angeles, CA); Freya Najade (London, UK); Leopoldo Peña (Los Angeles, CA); Jeff Rau (Los Angeles, CA); Jordan Rodgers (Liverpool, UK); Moriyama Tadashi (Los Angeles, CA); Scott Tansey (Culver City, CA); Sarah Tortora (Guilford, CT); Brett Van Ort (Los Angeles, CA); Sandra Chen Weinstein (Lake Forest, CA); Marianne Williams (Los Angeles, CA); Xiaowen Zhu (Los Angeles, CA). 


Tuesday, June 15, 2013

High grade art from this year’s graduate crop

Inventive, ambitious, engaged and curious, art students from various colleges have produced work as diverse as it is excellent

There are terrific things to see, and on occasion hear, at this year’s art-school graduate exhibitions. You never know what to expect.
At Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, for example, Declan Grahamushered visitors into a school counsellor’s office and into the mind of an imagined, troubled boy, David Crow. The walls were embellished with clusters of Crow’s densely worked drawings, in which he tries to make sense of inner and outer worlds that seem equally strange and disturbing to his mind. The counsellor’s notes lay on the desk. Graham’s bravura installation vividly conveyed the complexity and perplexity of mental life and the strategies used in attempts to understand and cope with it.
At Cork Institute of Technology’s Crawford College of Art and Design, Mark Buckeridge’s tremendous performance piece is a rich musical meditation on suicidal thoughts. Historically, many musicians have art-school backgrounds, and one can see Buckeridge heading that way, but at the same time he likes the license that the fine-art context allows, mingling composition, performance, audience involvement and theatrical spectacle without being pinned down as any one thing.

Crossing boundaries
Also crossing boundaries, at Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT), Janna Kemperman devised and filmed a powerful piece of physical dance theatre, Performer, about how identities are fashioned to fit social structures and conventions. Conversely, Michael Dignam’s compelling performative video installation at the National College of Art and Design features individuals exercising quirky personal, expressive skills in fairly brutalist urban, architectonic spaces.
Another NCAD sculpture graduate, Eva Richardson McCrea, ambitiously films sections of Incident at Antioch, a play by the French philosopher and theorist Alain Badiou. Badiou is a darling of cultural theorists, in the mould of Michel Foucault or Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. Not so much a drama as an extremely solemn political dialectic, his play explores the possibility of generating a new political reality through revolution.
Drawing on the theoretical framework laid out in his best-known philosophical work,Being and Event, he has very specific ideas about what is possible politically, and how, and why. Richardson McCrea’s stylised treatment, with high production values, and implying links to Ireland’s recent history, inescapably recalls Gerard Byrne’s elaborate filmed re-enactments of cultural texts, while not being overshadowed by them.
It has become almost customary to berate graduate artists for not dealing with contemporary political or cultural events, or indeed with whatever else anyone feels they should be dealing with. This year it would be hard to make any particular charge stick. US military flights feeding through Shannon, the ban on cutting blanket bogs, surveillance technologies and practices, the legacy of the Magdalene laundries, global unrest: all are tackled very well, most of them repeatedly.
Identity, from every point of view, is perennially popular with young artists, in ways that range from the playful (Melissa Breen’s Cosplay photographs at IADT) to the historical (Deirdre McGing’s account of an Anglo-Irish family, at Dublin Institute of Technology) to the deadly earnest (Robert McCormack’s consideration of the African migrants who sell newspapers at traffic intersections, at DIT; Matthew Ashe at IADT; and Anna Dudek at CIT).
Less predictably, this year there is a resurgence of interest in optical phenomena, almost a return to op art. Rather than reflecting an infatuation with new technology, this has to do with an interest in the mechanics of perception, and it plays out in lively and inventive ways: in the work of Colm Eccles at IADT and of Helen MacMahon and Mark Reynolds, both at DIT, for example.
Comparably, there’s an interest in materials, and in materials not being what they seem. Sarah Doherty’s sculptures, sede vacante, at DIT are a particularly good example: she is acutely attentive to the historical and cultural meanings of the forms and illusions she creates. Marilyn Gaffney’s collages, in two and three dimensions, at Moxie Studios, are also very impressive.
It’s encouraging to see young artists asking us to question the basics of looking and seeing rather than being carried away on the tidal wave of image production that has swept through contemporary culture.
Photography at both DIT and IADT has been reliably strong in recent years, and that remains broadly true, even if there’s a slight dip at IADT, with several underwhelming projects – though Lisa BurkeHeber HanlyKarena HuttonJohn Jordan and work already mentioned maintain the standard.
Certainly at DIT there are a number of terrific projects. As well as those referred to, Maciej Pastka’s documentation of a marginal urban community in north Poland is memorable, as are Neil Dorgan’s War Games, Kasia Kaminska’s exploration of the Gaeltacht civil-rights movement that sprang up in Connemara in the late 1960s, Patricia Klich, Treasa O’Hanlon’s Lolita and Irene Siragusa’s look at nighttime violence in Dublin.

Most accomplished
It’s hardly surprising that the most accomplished exhibition overall is NCAD’s master-of-fine-arts show at Moxie Studios. If you’re going to see just one graduate show, make it this one. Highlights include Christine Lanney’s hypnotic performance videos, Gwen Wilkinson’s images of evanescence, Hannah Moore’s tent installation, printmakers Niall Naessens and Lilian Ingram, and Jane Giffney’s intricate works with human hair.
At Moxie you’ll also find a number of very good painters making up something close to a movement or school, a notional grouping that would include such more established figures as Paul Doran, Mark Swords and Fergus Feehily. They don’t all make the same kind of work, but what comes across is a sympathy in outlook and attitude. At Moxie are Eveleen Murphy, Natasha Conway and George Warren, and one could add two impressive BAs to that list, Andrew Simpson and Daniel Jackman.
Add Diarmaid O’Sullivan and Susan O’Leary at CIT as convincing painters and it might seem perverse to suggest there is a crisis in painting.
The crisis is that painting appears be used as a default option by students and staff who are not fundamentally engaged with it and don’t ask the most obvious questions about ability and intention.

Shop Front by Marilyn Gaffney is included in 6x4/4x6 at Colorado Mesa University.  Proceeds from the exhibition will go towards the Art Department Endowment Fund

"The permanent endowment has been established to support of a variety of Art Department programs, including visiting artists, exhibitions, equipment purchases, and other events or items that directly support student education."-Statement from Colorado Mesa University.

18th Feb 2013- 8th March 2013
'4x6/6x4' at Colorado Mesa University
1100 North Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81501, United States. 

The Backyard Gallery
Currently on display in permanent collection are my works from the Bah! Humbug exhibition
at The Backyard Gallery.  Check them out along with the other fantastic Rianta Artists.

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Cavan County Museum - Bah! Humbug

Cavan Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann 2012

Currently Open for display; this years Rianta Art Fair 2012

  • Date: Friday 10th August - 20th August
  • Venue: The Plaza Centre, College Street, Cavan

  • Open Weekdays Noon to 6p.m.
  • and Weekends 11a.m. to 6p.m.

Rianta 2012 brochure:

Museum of Miniature | Skibbereen Arts Festival

28 July – 4 August | 11 am – 5 pm
4 North Street, Skibbereen Co Cork

Tiny artworks from all over the world have arrived
in packages to be part of West Cork's 'inaugural, pop-up and wondrous'
Museum of Miniature organised by artists|curators Tess Leak + Marie Brett,
who are delighted to also be hosting as part of the Museum, JEMA:The John Erickson Museum of Art
curated by Annette Moloney.

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Hilltown New Music Festival 2012

Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd July

The Hilltown New Music Festival is an international weekend festival of contemporary music, sonic and visual installations around the medieval castle keep in the grounds of Hilltown House, Castlepollard, Co.Westmeath.

Opening of sound and visual installations incl. works by Cormac Crawley, Tilman Küntzel, Irene Murphy, Karen Power, Marilyn Gaffney, David Toop, Felix Deufel, Lukas Troendle, Denim Szram and Dominic Vogel

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Christopher Boland, Brendan Flaherty, Marilyn Gaffney, Ramon Kassam, Bartosz Kolata, Amanda Rice and Catherine Ryan.
Now in its third year, Manifest was created to showcase the work of artists who have not yet had a major solo show, but whose work promises both innovation and integrity. A significant event in the Open Submission Calendar, Manifest presents a first chance to see what the next generation of contemporary art might look like. Mike Fitzpatrick who selected this year’s exhibition notes that “These artists are comfortable making objects, happy with a return to the studio and they are all unplugged!”
This year, we have inaugurated the Manifest Prize (judged by Mike Fitzpatrick (LSAD), Trish Brennan (CCAD / CIT) and Patrick Murphy of the Royal Hibernian Academy). In collaboration with the Crawford College of Art and Design, and the Limerick School of Art and Design, the prize, which will be awarded during Manifest 2012 is of a Solo Show to be held at the CIT Gallery Wandesford Quay, Cork in July 2013, touring to the LSAD Gallery, Limerick.
Curated by Mike Fitzpatrick, former Director of the Limerick City Gallery of Art, now Head of the Limerick School of Art and Design.

The Wood Between The Worlds

Opening 7pm, Thursday 3rd May 2012

Exhibition 4th - 26th May 2012
in Occupy Space, Thomas Street, Limerick 
Gallery Open Wed -Sat 1-5pm

Similar Required MFA First 2012

~You are all Welcome to attend ~

An exhibition of selected works by 1st Year MFA students, NCAD
 May 3rd – 7th, 2012.
Opening May 3rd @ 6pm
Moxie Studios, Lad Lane,  Dublin 2

Rianta Art Fair 2011
Marilyn displayed her work at the first Art Fair entitled 'Rianta' at the Cavan Fleadh 2011.  It took place from the 19th - 22nd August 2011 with fourteen artists taking part.  The catalogue can be found here  We are looking forward to next years Art Fair event to take place in Cavan next year as Cavan has won the title to host the Fleadh for the third year in a row!

Exhibit at Hilltown House Music Festival July 2011, Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath
As part of the annual Music Festival at Hilltown House, Marilyn exhibited her art work as local artist among many international artists of art and music.

Artist Residency at Camac Arts Centre, France
Marilyn was recently resident at Camac Arts Centre, Marnay sur Seine, France in February 2011. Her online profile is documented in the Camac Collection under Artists 2011 and also 'News'- 'Artist Residencies' on the CAMAC website.

Artist Residency at La Muse Writer and Artist's Retreat, Southern France
Marilyn was resident at La Muse Writer and Artist's Retreat, Labastide Esparbairenque, South France in November 2010.

The John O’Leary Fine Art Graduate Award
Marilyn Gaffney of IT Sligo is the 2010 winner of the John O Leary Fine Art Graduate Award. It honours the late Sligo based artist and lecturer, John O’Leary. The award ceremony took place June 2010 at the Art and Design Honours Degree Show in the Fine Art and Design Department, IT Sligo.

This award was introduced by Sligo County Council in the current Space for Art Sligo Arts Plan 2007-2012 and is delivered in partnership with the Fine Art Department, IT Sligo and the Sligo Art Gallery, to recognise excellence in the visual arts at under-graduate level.

Loving Lace
Marilyn creates Lace from traditional Carrickmacross Lace designs, personalized designs to her own creations.
Check out her Loving Lace page here to find out more about these amazing creations.