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4 events for... art lovers looking for a visual feast

Paintings, textiles, and paper obelisks. All your art needs met across the country.

WHETHER IT’S FELTED installations, striking ceramic sculptures or fine art printing, Ireland’s art scene has it all in abundance.

A celebration of twenty years of textiles takes center stage in the Rebel County, elsewhere in Dublin revered ceramicist Jim Turner’s oeuvre will be showcased, following the artist’s recent milestone seventieth birthday.  

Here are four of the finest exhibitions to visit across Ireland, this week. 

1. Cork Textiles Network celebrate two decades of work

When: Until Saturday September 22

Where: Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin St, Cork City, Co Cork

A focus on textiles in art installations inspired the inception of Cork Textiles Network back in 1998. Two decades later, the organisation has overseen major developments throughout Ireland by offering workshops to both adults and children as well as establishing connections across Europe for various textile exchanges.

To mark its continuing success, a special group exhibition featuring work by members of Cork Textiles Network, spanning its 20-year existence, will be on display in Cork’s Triskel Arts Centre

2. Romanticism is brought to life in Lurid Ideal

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When: From September 6 until September 28

Where: Platform Arts, 1 Queen Street, Belfast

Featuring work by artists Anna Maria Savage, Craig Donald, Christopher James Byrne and Anne Marie Taggart, Lurid Ideal re-imagines the foundations of Romanticism, the eighteenth century exploration of nature and individualism through various platforms. Each artist has created stunning pieces based on this movement with the intention of evaluating Romanticism’s relevance and resonance in a contemporary context.

The exhibition will be displayed in Belfast’s wonderful artist-led gallery space, Platform Arts

3. The opening of Hang Tough’s newly renovated premises is celebrated in Dublin 8 

When: Friday September 7, 6pm

Where: Hang Tough, 25 Lennox Street, Portobello, Dublin 8

Having recently moved their workspace from their original Richmond St location, now a gallery space, and expanding in Portobello, Hang Tough will open their newly renovated premises to the pubic with an exhibition featuring some of Ireland’s finest artists. Original artworks from up-and-coming fine artist Salvatore Fullam, designer Steve McCarthy and sign-painter Vanessa Power, to name a few, highlight the wealth of talent and diversity of artists working in Ireland, today. 

4. Ceramicist Jim Turner’s work is on show in Dublin’s Gallery Zozimus

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When: Opens Monday September 13

Where: Gallery Zozimus, 56 Francis Street, Dublin 8

The impressive career of esteemed ceramic artist Jim Turner, including his remarkable sculptures and collaborative projects, will be showcased in Dublin’s Gallery Zozimus. Predominantly inspired by landscapes, Turner’s experimentation with glazes and firing techniques has resulted in a wonderfully ecclectic body of work.

Introspective/Retrospective will feature familiar pieces as well as new work and a two-metre-high obelisk, made with printmaker Brian Lalor. 

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