WE ALL LIVE ON THE SAME SEA opening Saturday 13 September at 5 pm

Curated by Rana Öztürk

Including works by Cliona Harmey – David Farrell – Deniz Üster – Fiona Marron – Gülsün Karamustafa – Margaret Fitzgibbon – Mark Garry, Paid Murphy & Sean Carpio – Tayfun Serttaş

Taking its inspiration from the seaside location of Sirius Arts Centre on the banks of Cork Harbour, this exhibition seeks to view the sea as a vehicle for unification rather than separation of distant lands. It explores the notion of sea as a connecting force between disparate geographies either through travels in the form of immigration, vacation, and commerce, or through the circulation of stories and memories, and other movements within or even beneath the sea. The exhibition also engages with Cobh’s particular narrative in relation to a larger global geography through the connections and dialogues generated by the art works. With this purpose it was developed through a series of residencies at Sirius through August and September.

Presented with the support of the Turkish Cultural Foundation, Cork Film Centre & SAHA provided support for the production of the works by the artists from Turkey

Exhibition runs until Sunday 12 October

Deniz Üster-croped

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Vitality of the Sea paintings by Kenneth King continues until Sunday 31 August

SIRIUS ARTS CENTRE invite Kenneth King Vitality of the Sea

Exhibition & Book Launch on Thursday 14 August 2014 at 7pm

Exhibition continues until Sunday 31 August

 With special guest speaker

Rear Admiral Mark Mellett DSM

Deputy Chief of Staff (Support), Defence Forces

Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork presents Vitality of the Sea an exhibition of new works by Donegal based artist Kenneth King curated by Marianne O’Kane Boal. King has significant connections to Cork having shown at the Cork Boat Show 1982-1985, Sirius Art Centre 2005 and the National Maritime College, Ringaskiddy 2009. The artist has created a substantial body of work specific to Cork. His oil paintings of vessels of the Irish Navy have been presented to various Commanding Officers. Moreover he has several paintings in the collection of the Navy, depicting the International Naval Review in Cork Harbour in 1996, which have been part of Kings of the Tides exhibition in the Harbour Office, Belfast, in 2012, curated by Marianne O’Kane Boal. Other exhibitions include Maritime Paintings of Cork 1700-2000 curated by Peter Murray and shown in the Port of Cork headquarters, Custom House Street, marking Cork 2005: European Capital of Culture.

This exhibition is important in that it includes thirty recent works from the artist’s studio and a further fifteen on loan from different institutions including the National Maritime Museum, An Post, the Irish Naval Service, Cobh Heritage Centre and private collectors.

Works on exhibition include ‘Fastnet Rock,’ ‘Roches Point Lighthouse,’ ‘Tuskar Lighthouse,’ ‘L.E. Roisin,’ ‘L.E. Samuel Beckett (Aoife and Orla in company),’ ‘L.E. Macha,’ ‘L.E. Maeve,’ and L.E. Cliona.’ Furthermore the exhibition is intended to mark the Cobh launch of a major publication on the artist entitled ‘Kenneth King: Life and Work’ by leading Irish writer Marianne O’Kane Boal, with a preface by maritime historian Terry Conlan. The publication is a detailed analysis of the artist’s work in light of the maritime painting tradition and providing literary context, with reference to his life and formative beginnings and with over one hundred illustrations.

‘Kenneth King’s work is a combination of scrupulous attention to detail and empirical realism, yet it is also marked by an immediacy and freshness that denote the might and vitality of the sea, the surrounding landscape and material heritage.’ writes Marianne O’Kane Boal.

The book was funded by Ealaion na Gaeltachta, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Donegal County Council with support from Oideas Gael, Udaras na Gaeltachta and business sponsors that include Swan Net Gundry, Atlantic Dawn Group and Western Seaboard Fishing Company Ltd. Special thanks also to Oliver Hawes and the World Ship Society.

Dr Denise Ferran has written in the Irish Arts Review, “Marianne O’Kane Boal’s book on the marine painter Kenneth King…is a visual delight and a riveting read, not just for seafarers and art lovers but also for marine and social historians.”

Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Friday 11am 1pm & 2pm – 5pm / Saturday & Sunday 2pm – 5pm / Monday & Tuesday Closed

APPEARING LIVE / Maria Doyle Kennedy / JULY 18 / Tickets €20


Sirius Arts Centre / Friday 18th July 8pm / Tickets €20

Maria has just finished a run of sold out shows in Europe and New York/Toronto and lives in Dublin with Kieran and their 4 sons. She is a great believer in doing things (rather than just talking about doing them).


MARIA LIVE (live album) Mermaid Records (Maria’s record label) will release Maria Live on March 21 2014. Available on itunes Amazon and http://www.mariadk.com

THE LAND OF ORANGES (a spoken word album featuring a score specially composed by Kieran and the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca (To be released in 2014)

Maria & Kieran have begun work on a new album, the follow-up to SING.

For further information please contact: 021 4813790 / cobharts@iol.ie / http://www.siriusartscentre.ie
Credit card facility available

Open House 5 until Sunday 6 July

Open House 5 005

A unique group exhibition featuring artists living and working in Cork City and County

Opening Thursday 12 June 7pm – all welcome

Running until Sunday 6 July 2014

Sirius Arts Centre presents Open House 5 celebrating a wide range of artists who live and work in the Cork Area. We began Open House 6 years ago based on a presentation made in Łodz, Poland of the Homeless Gallery (Galeria Bezdomna) www.galeriabezdomna.art.plwhich was a spontaneously created photographic exhibition begun in 2002. The idea of the Homeless Gallery is to make an exhibition space available to everyone. The initial Homeless Gallery was organised in the Former Merchants Guild House in Warszawa, followed by the second Homeless Gallery in the Gdansk shipyards.  Since then there have been over one hundred Homeless Galleries successfully organised in a wide range of areas such as: Wrocław, Kielce and Kraków in Poland, as well as in South America, Australia and Algeria.

Unlike these Homeless Galleries – Sirius Arts Centre doesn’t have the vastness of space for a completely free for all exhibition, so we had to change the format a bit to suit our organization. In April we made a public call out to artists living and working in the Cork area. We opened the submissions to any 2D visual art work that was ready to hang on the wall and not bigger than 80cm squared. Artists had the opportunity to pre-book their space in the exhibition – reservations had to be taken due to our limited space, allowing only those artists who took the time to arrange an appointment for dropping off their work to participate.

The response has been astounding! The slots were completely filled in a matter of a few hours. This illustrates to us the huge need for more exhibition space in the Cork region. The presentation of this exhibition is very casual, our Open House exhibitions are not ‘formal’ in the traditional sense of the word. Instead, it is evidence of the huge energy, variety and talents existing in the area and the creativity that abounds in our community.

Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Friday 11am 1pm & 2pm – 5pm / Saturday & Sunday 2pm – 5pm / Monday & Tuesday Closed

Mandy Barker Artists Talk Thurs 29 May at 7.30pm

PowerPoint Presentation

Mandy has been participating in beach clean-ups around Cork Harbour, collecting rubbish with which to make new work. Her work was featured in the Guardian Eyewitness Series on Friday 8 May 2014. She will be giving a talk about her work and highlighting the environmental issue of marine litter on Thursday 29 May at 7.30pm in Sirius. Admission is free, this has been made possible through a Visual Arts Grant from Cork County Council.