An exhibition of 12 artists from the Le Chéile Project opened in Urban Retreat Gallery (at Hanover Quay, Dublin 2) on Tuesday, 12th July. The exhibition, entitled “Printmakers in Residence, Le Chéile at Cill Rialaig”, was opened by His Excellency Mr. Julian King, British Ambassador to Ireland. A huge crowd celebrated the opening hosted by Noelle Campbell-Sharpe, the owner of the gallery. The exhibition continues until 12th August after which the gallery will close for a fortnight’s holiday. It will then re-open in September for a further two weeks.

Participating artists: Veronica Calarco, Linda Davies, Sylvia Hemmingway, Pamela de Brí, Margaret Becker, Don Braisby, Eileen Keane, Alison Craig, Diana Williams, Deirdre Shanley, Bethan Hodgson and Rebecca Homfray.


Neither dead nor resting…..

We have been preparing for our exhibition at Urban Retreat in Dublin.

Riding on the wave of interest generated by the Queen’s visit to Ireland, and a serendipitous purchase of one of Veronica Calarco’s prints by himself, the British Ambassador has agreed to open the exhibition.

The show continues until August 12th.



Field Trip to Oriel Mon (Anglesey)

Tara, Linda and Alison visited Oriel Mon to get a feel of the main gallery. This was a good move, as we had become a bit intimidated by the idea of the big space: it certainly is big, but it’s not intimidating. At a guess, it’s probably about 50% larger than the gallery space at Rhyl Arts Centre. We can fill it….

It was very helpful to meet Nicola Gibson, who is no longer just a voice on the phone, or a signature to an email. She was reassuring, and full of good ideas. We will have cabinets for 3D work and artists’ books, and there’s space to hang 3D stuff away from the walls, subject to negotiation.

Our exhibition (24th. September to November 6th.) coincides with the Big Draw, so it seems like a good idea to run a Big Print/Small Print event in the gallery at the same time. This would be an excellent chance to work with professional printmakers and to bring printmaking to the wider public. A lot of preparation to do: what medium/media to use? where to source l a r g e pieces of paper? who will sponsor us? etc. etc. etc.



A fruitful meeting yesterday at the Open Access session in the Regional Print Centre – prints shared and re-worked using a variety of technique, including some very experimental screen printing!


Le Chéile in Wales

– some installation shots of our exhibition in Llyfrgell Bae Colwyn/Colwyn Bay Library. The work on show has been selected from the core touring exhibition by Sian Hughes, Conwy County Arts Officer.

The exhibition runs intil March 5th. Colwyn Bay Library is an Edwardian building, with a pleasant foyer – complete with elaborate tiles – which doubles as exhibition space. More details on the web page http://www.conwy.gov.uk/doc.asp?cat=6579&doc=24085