Past Exhibitions

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In Search of the Donegal Vernacular Cottage
In Search of the Donegal Vernacular Cottage
13th November - January 2018

County Donegal is home to one of the largest surviving concentrations
of vernacular cottages in Ireland. ‘In Search of the Donegal Vernacular
Cottage’ celebrates the traditional dwellings of County Donegal that help
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Teangá Rúnda na gCorr
Teangá Rúnda na gCorr
10th July - 15th September 2017
This installation has been a long time in the making, both the visual concept and the actual installing of the work. Of course there would be no exhibition if it had not been for Lorcán Ó Tuathaíl’s book ‘Corr Scéal – Crane Notions’ ...More Info
Artist’s Statement

A selection of paintings by Brian Byrne
27th May - 29 June 2017

The painting process for me is primarily emotional, instantaneous and immediate in its function. Observation is important, I don’t make notes as to colour or drawing references etc. I tend ...More Info
30 Years I Artist I Places
30 Years I Artist I Places.
8th April - 19 May 2017

One of the most significant exhibitions of Irish artists in recent years, 30 Years, Artists, Places marks 30 years since Local Authorities embarked on providing for the arts locally, featuring 30 artists and 30 places.

Renowned artists such ...More Info
Seán Cathal
Seán Cathal
25th February - 31st March 2017

“Et quid amabo nisi quod ænigma est?”

As a title this phrase...”what should I love if not the enigma itself” is a perfect way to understand and see the work in this exhibition.

The work is at once personal and universal in its references ...More Info
Páirc Ghnó Ghaoth Dobhair ó 1990 - 2000.    Dialann Pictiúracha.
The Gaoth Dobhair Business Park from 1990-2000: a story in images. The working lives of the workers on the Derrybeg Industrial Estate (as it was then known) from 1990 to 2000 will be on display in an exhibition of press photographs at Áislann Ghaoth Dobhair, Doirí Beaga, from 09 December 2016. These ...More Info
Artist in Gallery 2016
Heidi Nyguen, Brian Byrne and Sarah Lewtas.
17 October - 25th November ...More Info
An Island People & Donegal Landscapes – Richard Noble.  The Lark's View -Aodh Ó Coileáin.
An Island People’ is a photographic project undertaken by the highly-renowned Donegal based, New York born, artist and photographer Richard Noble in the mid to late noughties. It features 18 exquisite large-scale black and white portraits of well known figures from Irish public life, selected from ...More Info
Donegal in Pictures
Donegal in pictures

The artworks in this exhibition were selected from the Donegal County Council art collection and all are lens based. Public collections like this can be hit and miss by nature but the Donegal County Council collection has a large body of work at its core that is wonderful.

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Tinteáin   Eoin Mac Lochlainn

Eoin Mac Lochlainn

Artist’s Statement:

This new body of work is a reflection on Irish emigration in the 21st century. It is a series of paintings of abandoned fireplaces in derelict houses on the West coast of Ireland. It was inspired by a poem by Cathal Ó Searcaigh entitled: ...More Info
Micheál Ó Nualláin  - A Retrospective
Micheál Ó Nualláin - A Retrospective

An Gailearaí & Slí na gCopaleen present
A retrospective of the work of Micheál Ó Nualláin

Micheál Ó Nualláin was born in 1928 in Blackrock, the youngest of the 12 children of Michael Victor and Agnes (née Gormley) Ó Nualláin. His brother ...More Info
Faoi Spéartha Thír Chonaill ‘Under a Donegal Sky’
Faoi Spéartha Thír Chonaill
‘Under a Donegal Sky

New artworks by Glenties artist Johnny Boyle

An Gailearaí Gaoth Dobhair is delighted to present an exhibition of new works by accomplished Glenties artist Johnny Boyle. Johnny is well known throughout the county not only as proprietor of the ...More Info
A Donegal Photo Album
Mhairéad Ní Mhaonaighis renowned internationally as one of Ireland's leading musicians. Together with her band Altan, she has played the music of donegal with pride on stages thoughout the world. This exhibition looks at Mhairéad's remarkable life in music viewed though her own personal archive of ...More Info
Amra Cholium Chille
Amra Cholium Chille was composed sometime after Colm Cille’s death around 597. This exhibition presents a modern translation of this ancient poem into Modern Irish, English and Scotts Gaelic, paintings by Brian Ferran and calligraphy by Donald Murray. The launch is 27/2/2015 at 8pm at An Gailearaí ...More Info
An tEaragal
An Gailearaí has specially curated a multi-media multi-disciplinary exhibition that celebrates the mountain Earagail after which the festival is dedicated. Earagail, or ''errigal' is the most significant landmark of County Donegal and is envisaged and responded to countless ways by us all. The exhibition ...More Info
Beonasc: Thoir agus Thiar
Open 22 November - Current exhibition

For generations, Belfast’s Irish community has drawn on the wealth of language and culture of the Donegal Gaeltacht and maybe, in recent years, the urban Gaeltacht of Belfast has offered hope to Donegal. To celebrate and demonstrate this link An Gailearaí ...More Info
Faoi Chló An tSolais Transfigurations
19th September - 13 November 2014

Curator: Úna Campbell

The exhibition will feature two of the counties most accomplished artists namely Caitlín Ní Gallachoir and Liz Doyle. The artworks selected for this show all have the landscape as their beginning reference point. Both artists take the ...More Info
24th May – 27 June 2014

Curator: Úna Campbell

The eight digital prints that make up this exhibition are the final stage of a collaborative process which took place between eight Irish artists over the summer of 2013. In this process each artist created an initial image which was then forwarded ...More Info
Patrick Scott: The Taylor Galleries Collection
Patrick Scott

Born in Kilbrittain, Co. Cork in 1921, Patrick Scott studied Architecture at University College Dublin from 1939 and worked for the Dublin-based architectural practice Scott Tallon Walker from 1945 to 1960. While still in college he became involved with the White Stag Group and began ...More Info
Bright Anxiety
March 29 - May 09, 2014

Curator: Nuala Ní Fhlathúin

Artists: Diane Reid, Robin Jones, Peter Kelly, John Conway, Laura Angell and Nuala Ní FhlathúinSábháil sinn / bright anxiety brings together six contemporary Irish-based artists, with work which encompasses photography, drawing, sculpture ...More Info
The Yielding Glass
Mat Collishaw

24th January – 14th March

The Glass album is a series of late 19th century photographs that were used in the Irish courts to protect the lives of civilians on a murder charge and facing the death penalty. The photographs depict the desperately poor inhabitants of Gweedore, clinging ...More Info
KENNETH KING ' Life and Work '
The exhibition consists of over fifty paintings by the artist
Kenneth King of well-known vessels, coastline and lighthouses throughout Ireland ...More Info
Another Country
Adrian Kelly is a painter and curator, born in 1968. He has lived his entire life in the North-West of Ireland, and since 2000 has been the curator of The Glebe Gallery, Churchill. He studied painting at Sligo RTC, and has exhibited widely, in Donegal ...More Info
The Glass Album Commissions
Exhibition Times: Tuesday 9th July - Friday 20th September

The Glass Album Commissions features new work by a number of leading contemporary artists including Walead Beshty, Matt Collishaw, Will Curwen and Eoghan Mc Tigue. The work is inspired by the nineteenth-century archive photographs by Derry ...More Info

17/04/13 - 21/06/13

SAMKURA is the name for a small earth covering plant which has a leaf composed of a stem and three interconnected leaflets. The name in its Georgian form, trefoil, suggests the image of “three ears connected together.” In English it translates as Shamrock and in ...More Info
Inní agus Inniú – Second Sight
Inní agus Inniú – Second Sight

19/01/13 - 29/03/13

Photographer Rachel Giese Brown transforms the visually dramatic landscape of Donegal into a dramatic visual narrative of its places and people in these duotone photographs. At the centre of her story looms Mount Errigal, shaping profoundly ...More Info
Sean Hillen ReViewed
Artist Sean Hillen at An Gailearaí, Gweedore

An Gailearaí Gweedore is please to announce the forthcoming new exhibition by Dublin based artist Sean Hillen.
Hillen was raised in Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland. He studied at the Belfast College of Art. In 1982, he travelled to London to continue ...More Info
Fired Ground by Seán Ó Flaithearta
Talamh Dóite / Fired Ground.

When you walk in the bog at springtime you can see, feel and smell the growth of plants and flowers and you hear the song of birds from the undergrowth and high in the sky. After the land is fired in an act of destruction and vandalism the bogland becomes silent. What ...More Info
Spré Solais : Kindlings
Spré Solais : Kindlings.

8th July - 21st September 2012

The Spré Solais : Kindlings exhibition mounted by An Gailearaí in Gweedore is dedicated to the memory of the late artist Teresa Kennedy in recognition of her tireless encouragement and support for artists living in the region. Teresa ...More Info
Spirit of Donegal
Spirit of Donegal : Images of Donegal by Derek Hill and Friends

31st March - 22nd June.

Derek Hill had many visitors to his house at Churchill and very often other artists. The tradition was that he and his visitors would set off to paint together ‘en plein air’. After the day’s work they ...More Info
On The Square
Barbara Freeman
14th December-10 March 2012

A Visual/Sound Installation with composer Joel Cathcart

Artist Barbara Freeman collaborated with composer Joel Cathcart to develop this installation of sculpture, drawings and sound which was commissioned by and on tour from the new F.E.McWilliam Gallery ...More Info
Stoney Road Press
Stoney Road Press at An Gailearaí
Patrick Scott
William Crozier
Donald Teskey
Barrie Cooke Dorothy Cross
Felim Egan
Alice Maher
Mick O’DeaSeán McSweeney
Barbara Rae
Maria Simonds Gooding
Amelia Stein

Stoney Road Press is a fine art publishing and editioning house ...More Info
Ciall 2011
Visual Artists Open Submission Exhibition – Ciall 2011

Overall Prizewinner €5,000 – Seán Ó Flaithearta
2 Judge's Prizewinners €1,000 - Geraldine O'Reilly and Angie Shanahan

Ciall translates as ‘sense’.

To quote Theo Dorgan from his book ‘Sailing for Home’ the speaking of ...More Info
An N56. A Photographic Journey by Declan Doherty
An Gailearaí in conjunction with the Donegal County Council Public Art Office and the Regional Cultural Centre presents award-winning photojournalist Declan Doherty's beautifully produced images that ask us to look again and review the iconic arterial route, the N56, the road that weaves its way around ...More Info
Maurice Galway 'Drying in the Rain'
Time(s): 11am - 5pm
Admission: Free
04th July 2010 - 28 August 2010

An Gailearaí is proud to present an exhibition by Maurice Galway which will feature a new film installation especially commissioned for this year's Earagail Arts Festival.

With an incubation period of 7 years the installation ...More Info
Cuisle ag Ardú – Ascending Pulse
Exhibition opening 9th April 2010 at 8p.m.
Exhibition will continue until 19.06.2010

An Gailearaí has selected four artists living and working along the west coast of Ireland to exhibit together under the title Cuisle ag Ardú. This group show is representative of the strong, thriving 'pulse' ...More Info
Dinnseanchas II
"Dinnseanchas II" Bernadette Cotter & Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill 31.10.2009 until 19.12.2009

"Renowned Irish Poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Cork-based artist Bernadette Cotter bring the second phase of their Dinnseanchas project into the gallery space. ‘Dinnseanchas’ is the traditional ...More Info
Páip.Eal - Works on Paper
An Gailearaí are proud to present their latest exhibition “Páip.Eal – Works on Paper”, opening at 8pm on Saturday 19th September, 2009 and running until Saturday 17th October 2009.
A group show; “Páip.Eal” brings together some of the finest contemporary local and national artists including ...More Info
Earagail Arts Festival, 2009
An Gailearaí kicked off it's summer season on Friday with a stunning exhibition from Local Artist Katrina Quille (see below) and it did not stop there...!
We hosted a Visual Artists Ireland Info Clinic with their Western Representative Aideen Barry; conducted guided local artists studio tours and ...More Info
Titim Icarus - The Fall of Icarus, Katrina Quille 2009
"...Quille forces us to gaze down upon the ground from an undetermined height (between sun and wave), in his remarkable, understated paintings. In reality, the artist’s paintings of ebbed tides, explore both outer shallow and inner depth. In death as in birth, the tide has its pattern, and we ...More Info
"Taobh le mo Bhróidneireacht Churtha / Beside My Buried Embroidery" Ian Gordon 2009
Beside My Buried Embroidery

Well known Donegal artist, Ian Gordon, has a substantial exhibition record. He attended the Wimbledon School of Art in the early seventies when the contemporary cultural view held painting as irrelevant, even antiquated. College wished to impart an academic education at ...More Info
Saothar Nua - Marie O'Donoghue / Turas Samhlaíoch - Sr. Clair Dillon 2008
An Gailearaí celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2008. To commence our first annual programme in our new premises we invited Marie O’Donoghue, who lives and works locally and Clair Dillon who has previously lived here and draws her inspiration from the locality.

Turas Samhlaíoch
Creative Journey ...More Info
"T3 - T4" Sarah Lewtas 2008
‘T3-T4’ is a series of 3 short films, Installations and works on paper inspired by a period of illness three years ago caused by an underactive thyroid. The symptoms of this illness included changed states of consciousness where time and the significance of day to day events were altered. The medical ...More Info
'Changing Of The Guards' - Kevin McGee 2008
Kevin McGee is a Gortahork-based, multi-disciplinary artist.
His exhibition, "The Changing Of The Guards" ran from May 31st - June 27th 2008 ...More Info
Christmas Exhibition 2006
An Gailearaí is set to host its final exhibition for 2006 this Saturday 9th December from 2.00 - 5.00 pm. The group show entitled 'Taispeántas na Nollaig' brings together the work of 23 Donegal based artists. The range of work is vast and should suit all tastes. To get everyone into the Christmas ...More Info
Bernadette Cotter Neartú – Strengthening 2006
A new exhibition entitled 'Neartú' which means 'strengthening' will open in An Gailearaí, Falcarragh on Saturday 23rd September 2006 at 8.00pm. Artist Bernadette Cotter from Cork was awarded the Maggie Hughie Eoghan Scholarship which is administered by Cló Ceardlann na gCróc, Gweedore. Directors ...More Info
John Mc Hugh - October 2006
John Mc Hugh is a sculptor living in Achill. His work relates directly to the surrounding landscape and village built environment and the local community. He has exhibited in Ireland, at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Abha Teangai Achill, the Crawford Gallery, Cork, Model Arts Centre Sligo, Limerick ...More Info
(ath)bhailiúchán:(re)collection - Jill McKeown 2006
Artist Jill McKeown recently completed a residency at the Cló Ceardlann na gCroc artist-in-residence facility 'Teach an tSléibhe' in Mín á Leá, Gortahork. This exhibition is the result of work she was investigating during her residency.

At first glance this installation may appear as highly ...More Info
Éire le Díol - Liam de Frinse 2006
The title for this latest work by Belfast artist, Liam de Frinse, was prompted by the simulated 'World for Sale' construction in Abu Dhabi, Dubai as a holiday development. It points to the consumerist perspective that - anything can be sold. Each of the thirty two pieces that relate to the thirty two ...More Info
Northern Prepositions 2006
Art of the N.I.TroublesTwo deep-rooted and related concepts underline various art concerns during the late seventies and eighties. These are place and identity. Where we are, what we stand for, what has formed and continues to inform our sense of difference - these are the questions Northern Ireland ...More Info
Spirit of the Rosses, Kate Doogan 2006
Artist Kate Doogan is 'of' the sea, it is in her experience, her bones and her psyche. Her father's family all came from Inis Caora, the island of the sheep, a flat, bleak island just off the mainland. She is also an accomplished box player and has received numerous awards for her music and is well ...More Info
Aislingí na Rossan, Heidi Nguyen 2006
Heidi Nguyen was born and raised in Paris. Having completed Art College Heidi spent ten years working as an illustrator and graphic designer. She moved to Dublin in 1996 and finally eight years ago Heidi moved to rural Marameelan, Dungloe and set up her studio. She has practiced continually since this ...More Info
The Art of Friendship Charity Auction 2005
A commissioned charity auction of 80 unique works by the cream of Irish writers, visual artists and musicians took place in An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny on Saturday 3rd December 2005 from 2.30pm - 5.30pm. This fundraising exhibition was in aid of Cathal Ó Searcaigh's charity work in Nepal.

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