I have a lot of exciting exhibitions and submissions keeping me busy this month.
The RUA Annual in Belfast opened last week. It was great to get to the participating artists preview and see my two pieces (Tree Cathedral 1) hanging in this lovely space. Really enjoyed meeting up with everybody and getting a good look at this very dynamic show. It stays open to the public until the end of January in the Ulster Museum and is well worth a visit.
I was delighted to be included in The Royal Society of Physicians of Irelands first ‘Climate & Change’ Exhibition, and completely taken by surprise to be awarded a prize on the opening night for my piece ‘Presence’, which was selected by a panel of three judges. Lots of great work included in this exhibition.
‘Samhain’, an exhibition of giclee prints opens in The Copper House Gallery from 2nd November.
My print ‘Tree Treasure’ is included in a group of forty artists selected from an Open Call and is a great way to purchase contemporary artists prints at a very reasonable price, open to the public through November and December.
I’m also looking forward to taking part in various Curated Winter Group Shows including SO Fine Art (Tree Cathedral 2), The Doorway Gallery (Cypress 2&3), Art @The House, Howth (Tree Treasure 2) and ArtNetdlr at Walters Dun Laoghaire.
It’s been a busy time for submissions and applications, and one of the most important fixtures in the artists calendar year is the RHA Annual Exhibition. I finished my piece ’Lengthening the Bright’ just before the deadline for entering, and was relieved to hear it had made it through the first round of the open submission system. Last week I was thrilled to hear it has made it through the final round and will be included in this years’ exhibition.
The competition to get into this show gets more difficult every year, so many artists from all over Ireland and abroad submit work, with only a fraction making the final cut. It’s always well worth a visit, a gorgeous spacious gallery and lots of interesting work of the highest quality. Opens May 22nd until mid-July.
In other news I have been invited to give a two-day drawing workshop in Schoolhouse for Art in lovely Enniskerry, June 10th & 11th, details on their website, really looking forward to this!
Artnet dlr are busy with their ongoing group shows in Walters Dun Laoghaire. I’m always delighted to be included in this artists-driven collective, and have just heard the good news that my ‘Only Connect’ has been selected through open submission by Charlie Tyrell RHA, opens at the end of April.
Last month I went to Cork city to visit The Lavit Gallery Members’ Exhibition. Really bright atmospheric gallery space in a converted industrial building at Wandesford Quay.
Honoured that my piece ‘Fullness of Time ’was bought by the Chairman of The Board of Directors on the opening night.
Meanwhile I’m busy in the studio getting some larger scale new work finished off and photographed.
Great to be included in various group shows this month alongside many interesting artists.
I have a large charcoal drawing - the biggest I have made to date - titled ‘At Times Like These’ in Art @ The House Group Show, which opens this week.
‘Winter Exhibition 2022’ opens on Saturday 3rd at SO Fine Art Gallery, where my ‘Treasure of Memory’ will be in good company in this gorgeous space. Always worth a visit.
I also have work in The Hamilton Gallery Invited Artists Group Show in Sligo, and some smaller pieces in The Doorway Gallery Christmas Show (‘Deerpark Group’).
I’m looking forward to visiting the RUA Annual Exhibition this month - delighted to have a piece included in this prestigious show. ‘Here & Now’ has been selected by Dorothy Smith for the next ArtNetdlr Open Submission Exhibition opening in Walters on the 12th.
And, meanwhile, I’m kept busy with some local commissions... deadlines looming!
Plenty of new work going on here in the studio, some almost finished, and a few taking their time to resolve. One well-behaved piece (although it took four months, and a lot of tweaking, before it finally got some manners) called ‘destination’ has been accepted into this years RUA Exhibition in Belfast. I’m delighted - it’s great to be selected. This show is always well worth a visit, and it opens to the public on 14th of October.
Meanwhile, and closer to home, I will have two pieces included in this years’ Dublin Painting & Sketching Exhibition, which takes place in Windmill Lane, Dublin 2, at the end of September, and Art Netdlr will have a new show ‘Pause’ opening in Walters, Dun Laoghaire in October.
My piece ‘The air is still’ has been selected by Rachel Joynt.
I’ll be busy in the studio for the next two months getting new work finished off and framed in time for various Winter shows... where did the summer go?!
Very busy here getting work finished off , tidied up, and into to the framers.
I’m delighted to be an Invited Artist in various Winter Group Shows in Dublin, Sligo and Waterford.
I will be bringing ‘ remains of the day’ into Catherine at SO Fine Art Gallery, Dublin 2 this week.
Cathy Boyle will be hanging the Winter Show at The House, Howth, this week, I will have four pieces in this, including ’Winter Duo’.
Later in the month I’ll be travelling to Sligo to leave five pieces into Martina at The Hamilton Gallery, including ‘Tree Island 1’ and ‘Tree Island 2’, then on to The Quay gallery in Waterford with ‘Distant Copse’.
It was great to see such interest and footfall at this years RHA Annual, with plenty of red dots including one for my piece ’this day,this promise’ which I was delighted to see sold on the Opening Night.
Looking forward to visiting these,and other interesting exhibitions, over the next few months, great to see such a lively interest in the visual arts at the moment !
137th Royal Ulster Academy Exhibition
I'm delighted that two of my drawings have been selected to be exhibited at the 137th Royal Ulster Academy of Arts exhibition 2018/19
I’m delighted to have ‘Field of Dreams’ included in the 192nd Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, open free of charge to the public May 23rd - July 24th 2022, Ely Place Dublin 2.
Always a great exhibition, well worth a visit, loads to see in this beautiful gallery space.
Also delighted and very grateful to hear that I’ve been awarded a Bursary from Fingal Arts Office, who are consistently supportive to artists, musicians and writers in the Fingal area.
In early June a small group of invited artists, including myself, will take part in an exhibition titled ‘Lapis Lazuli’ at The Hamilton Gallery, Sligo . My ’Old Civilisations I & II’ will be included .This exhibition will then travel to China to be shown at the Irish Embassy, Beijing. Very exciting!
Meanwhile, I’ve been busy getting work ready for Art @The House Spring Exhibition, and I am really enjoying working with talented Irish poet Sonya Gildea on illustrations for her chapbook ‘The Nine Beats of Owenrea’.
Sorca O'Farrell - award winning landscape artist
Sorca O’ Farrell is a landscape artist from Howth, Co. Dublin.
She attended D.L.A.D.T. and N.C.A.D., receiving an honours degree in Fine Art, and continuing to complete a H .Dip, with distinction.
Recent awards include the Drawing Prize at the Royal Ulster Academy exhibition 2017, and the Hamilton Gallery award at Cairde Visual 2016.
Her work has been included in the exhibition ‘A Celebration of Drawing’ at the National Gallery of Ireland. She has also exhibited in the Royal Hibernian Academy s Annual exhibition (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015) , the Royal Ulster Academy 2018, 2017, 2016), and many other group shows.
‘Re-Visits’ was the title of her most recent solo show at The Hamilton Gallery Sligo in 2017.
In 2018 she was short-listed for the Royal Academy Annual Exhibition in London.
Her current work is a direct and emotional response to the landscape close to where she lives, a place with many memories.
Her work is represented in the public art collections of ; The National Gallery of Ireland, Allied Irish Bank Collection, The Office of Public Works, Dunlaoghaire/Rathdown County Council , The Department of Transport Northern Ireland, along with many private collections both in Ireland and abroad.