Ranelagh Arts Centre

Recent Exhibitions

Eilish Moore Exhibition of Paintings

21 - 30 November 2014

The exhibition was officially launched by singer Frances Black
at 6.30pm on Thursday 20th November.

The Grand Canal
The Highlands

Eilish Moore spent most of her creative working life organising music events around the city of Dublin from the 1960's onwards. The venues include the Meeting Place, the Civic Centre in Ballyfermot, the Oscar Theatre in Sandymount and Mother Redcaps in the Liberties.

Among the performers she promoted were her brothers Christy Moore and Luka Bloom as well as De Danann, Mary Black, Clannad, Donal Lunny, Paul Brady and of course the Fallen Angels. Eilish was a founder member of the Fallen Angels and sang with them for five years. She also helped create the Dublin Folk Festival which was a major success in the '70s.

When she moved away from the music business her creativity found an outflow through her paintings. From her bright bold colours we can see the influence of her artistic heroes, Monet and Gauguin . Some have compared her work to the vibrant pictures that Kadinsky produced in his early career.

Eilish finds peace and healing in doing her paintings. For her it is a contemplative practice which has been instrumental in helping her get through some periods of depression during her life. We can feel the uplifting nature of her work in the bright vibrant colours in her watercolours. These pictures will add light to the coming winter evenings.

Making a Show of Ourselves

31 October to 16 November 2014


Making a Show of Ourselves was the irreverent title of the forthcoming exhibition at Ranelagh Arts Centre. It showcased the divergent nature and approach of four female Irish artists, Laura Averill, Kathleen Delaney, Alwyn Gillespie and Evanna O’Boyle.

Evanna O’Boyle focuses on the landscape and café scenes with bright interiors, scenes from the everyday peopled with friends. A hive of activity of the West Pier at Howth informs and inspires Laura Averill’s work. Her paintings are imbued with the texture of an industry in which weathered and rusting fishing trawlers are hoisted from the water onto tracks that cross the harbour road and lead to the dry dock; where boats are welded, bashed, repaired, resealed and repainted before being returned again to sea.

Kathleen Delaney explores the inner realms, creating dark interiors that hold ceramic shoes and hearts shining from the charred edifices. Her canvases are filled with words from the internal lyrical dialogue. Watercolours and bronzes are the media used by Alwyn Gillespie. In her watercolours she looks at the animal world, landscape and the nude.

The exhibition was officially launched by playwright and columnist Hillary Fannin at 6pm on Thursday 30th October and ran until 16th November.

Incontri Europei | European Meetings

An Intercultural Exhibition of Irish and Italian Art 12th September 2014-5th October 2014.

Ranelagh Arts Festival was delighted to present the exhibition Incontri Europei – European Meetings at Ranelagh Arts Centre, from 12th September until 5th October, which brought together the work of a number of artists from Italy and Ireland as part of an ongoing intercultural exchange. The eclectic mix of artworks – including painting, video, photography and sculpture – captures the myriad concerns of these different Irish and Italian artists and provides a visual starting point from which to consider the linkages and disparities between their work. By presenting these diverse artworks and artists alongside each other we hoped to visually stimulate and, through the visual arts, provoke further consideration and conversations about Ireland, Italy and intercultural collaboration.

Curated by Jean Doyle, Visual Arts Director at Ranelagh Arts, and Patrizio Donati, Director of Associazione Culturale Il Barattolo, the project was formed in 2006 in Bologna, Italy, while Doyle was studying at the Accademia di Belle Arti Bologna. It marked the continuation of an ongoing relationship between Ranelagh Arts and Associazione Culturale Il Barattolo in collaboration with Galleria de Marchi, Bologna.

Exhibition Coordinators: Emma C. Smith
Sara OBrien


Prose & Poetry by Cynthia Lewis-Jones & Paintings by Frank Spiers
25 August 7pm- Friday 5 Sept 2014

Frank Spiers

Allen Kiely-Close Up
1 July – 9 August 2014

Allen Kiely’s work spans many continents, featuring a diverse collection of images that document both traditional and contemporary culture. In this collection, entitled, Close Up, he has reflected on years of travel images from India, Africa, Asia and Europe. "What I love most about photography is trying to capture the people I meet. Travelling for me is a collection of memories of the people I encounter. Each person in these shots, recalls a fond memory, a moment in time, somewhere in the world - mostly after taking a bit of time and getting to know the person, not just sticking a camera in their face."

Allen Kiely has been involved in commercial photography over the past twelve years. His photography has incorporated everything from food to festivals, and his portfolio includes work for both newspapers and private clients. Several of the images included in the exhibition Close Up have been published in National Geographic and Lonely Planet Guides.

Allen Kiely Close Up