The Arts Office, Laois County Council hosts regular exhibitions at Laois Arthouse, Stradbally – to view upcoming or previous shows visit the Arthouse website
The Laois Arthouse Gallery, Stradbally, Co Laois currently host “Bardo” an exhibition of paintings and sound installation by Aisling Conroy. The exhibition opened on Sunday 12 June and runs until Saturday 9th July. Jenny Haughton, Public Art Advisor to Grangegorman Urban Quarter, officially launched the Exhibition.
‘Bardo’ meaning “intermediate state” derives from, Bardo Thodol (“liberation through hearing during the intermediate state”). The text describes the different stages referred to in the Tibetan Book of the Dead, which instruct and guide the consciousness from life into death. This transitioning journey can also be understood as change and reincarnation within the living world.
Aisling Conroy’s latest work, explores the idea of intention, reincarnation and repetition. Her paintings, which channel impressions of mystic rituals and that resemble meditative aids; are inspired by Eastern religious iconography and Tantric art. In ‘Wisdom Of the Heart’ and in the ‘Sigil’ series, Conroy attempts to represent doors or portals that must be passed through during the process of transformation or ‘liberation’ within love, life, death and rebirth.
Also on exhibition are a number of items on loan from the Patrick Scott Archive in the National Irish Visual Arts Library, Dublin. Through this invaluable archive, Aisling has drawn parallels between her own art practice and life as an artist. A Patrick Scott drawing, one of his studio books and personal photographs will be included alongside the work in ‘Bardo.’
Aisling was awarded a Laois Arthouse artist-in-residence bursary, where she worked on developing this exhibition. “During my timeat the Laois Arthouse, I explored and developed this new body of work that was informed by and made in response to a collection from the late Patrick Scott, recently bequeathed to The National Irish Visual Arts Library. This donation is a rare and previously unseen collection of Scott’s day-to-day studio diaries, photographs, correspondence and drawings. Zen Buddhism, meditation, veneration and ritual directly influenced Scott’s work; recurrent veins that have grown throughout my own practice and have indirectly influenced this exhibition, “- Aisling Conroy
Aisling Conroy is originally from Portlaoise. She is a Dublin based artist using drawing, painting, sculpture, sound, and installation. She graduated from The National College of Art and Design with a BA Hons degree in 2009 and an MFA postgraduate degree in 2011. Aisling has exhibited in various venues around Ireland, as well as having exhibited in the US, China and India. Her work is represented in public and private collections, both nationally and internationally. Aisling also works at the library and archives of the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.
Opening times: Tues and Thurs 1pm-5pm & 5.30pm-8pm, Sat: 10am-1pm except on Bank Holidays(Entry through library) Wed and Fri 1pm-4pm (entry through Laois Arthouse) For more details contact T: 057 8664033 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
On permanent display at Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise is a set of ten giclée prints by artist Brendon Deacy titled “Siorai” . Brendon was commissioned by Laois County Council to produce an exhibition as part of the James Fintan Lalor School 2014. This series of iconic paintings revitalise Lalor’s words with images of contemporary Ireland and signify his relevance today. Lalor’s words are portrayed in the style of the posters of his time and presented in the typefaces of that period. Each painting has been faithfully reproduced as a limited editioned giclée print, measuring 360x520mm, individually signed and numbered by the artist. Only twenty prints of each painting were released for sale. Laois County Council purchased this complete first edition of the giclée prints. The work can by viewed Mon-Fri by appointment by contacting 057 8664033.
Laois County Council have a collection of artworks, purchased over the years on display throughout the Council buildings, including works by Cathy Carman, John Keating, Jock Nichol, and local and nationally know artists.
Laois main Exhibition spaces include:
The Dunamaise Arts Centre
T: 057 8663355
Laois Arthouse Gallery, Stradbally, Co Laois
T: 057 86641740
The Gallery @ Abbeyleix Library, Abbeyleix, Co Laois
T: 057 8730020
Mountmellick Library & Art Gallery, O’Moore St, Mountmellick, Co Laois
T: 057 8644572