Sports Casual

23 June – 17 July 2021

Sports Casual is a show that explores the relationship between humour and pathos within the more absurdist elements of machismo.

Featuring works by Angus Fairhurst, Elliot Dodd, Guy Oliver, Mitch Vowles’, Paul M. Smith, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Teal Griffin, Theo Ellison.

Rosie McGinn: OBLIVION

27 May – 12 June 2021

Hanging off the edge, the apex, the top of the stairs, the precipice, the diving board, the monkey bars. The wind blowing in your hair. Your soul is seized and shaken till it tingles. Everyone’s losing their heads as you look around, trying to hold onto yours, by the ears, by the hair, by the seat belt. Humanity suspended.

Caroline McCarthy: New Poems and Short Stories

5 – 22 May 2021

‘New Poems and Short Stories’ is a kind of record in time, articulated through the language of product design. It memorialises our strange times where such base materials as toilet paper and tissues have a newly acquired value synonymous with lockdown survival.

Lucy Gunning: In Passing

14 April – 21 May 2021

Several of Lucy Gunning’s ongoing concerns are brought together here: behaviour, interacting with public and private space; the planned and unplanned affordances of built spaces; the slowing down of consciousness; the intangibility and temporality of light and the qualities of the present moment.

Sphinx of Black Quartz, Judge My Vow

9 December 2020 – 30 January 2021

‘Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow’ is a show that explores elements of allegory, joke-telling and narrative postures in painting today. A pangram is a sentence designed to include all letters of the alphabet. “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” is one such. The show’s title is another.

Evangelia Dimitrakopoulou: Phaneromene

14 – 31 October 2020

‘Phaneromene’ comes from the Greek fanerono, φανερώνω, meaning ‘to reveal’ or ‘the one who is revealed’. Without spelling out the revelation at hand, the show initiates transitions between the visible, the invisible, the sensory and the knowable.

Damian Griffiths: One More First Time

9 September – 3 October 2020

Damian Griffiths photographs trace the spatial theatre of a glamourless retail realm, while also alluding – through the lateral expanses of glass – to the genealogy of the picture plane in dialogue with the residues of painting. They deftly observe texts in these settings as found in the language of labels and straplines.

Richard Hughes and Bernadette Kerrigan: The Lie-By

29 July – 29 August 2020

The works in this exhibition acknowledge the significance of bed as both metaphor and place for major life events, but also muse on it as a place for dreams, a domestic arena for the subconscious to run riot.

Laura Ní Fhlaibhín: Róisín, silver, rockie

22 January – 22 February 2020

Sifting stories, materials and traces associated with site, memory, myth, narratives of care and the casting of spells, Laura Ní Fhlaibhín creates complex but pithy material scenarios.

Gerard Hemsworth: Works from the 70s

23 October – 30 November 2019

Widely known over the last two decades for his cool yet anxious line drawings and paintings, Gerard Hemsworth first came to public attention in the early 1970s through his text works. Concerned with the reflexive relationship between art and its audience, these works are typically presented as written propositions relating one concept to another.

Daniel Pettitt: Granite and Rainbow

19 September – 18 October 2019

‘Granite and Rainbow’ moves voraciously across painting and drawing. Fluctuations of index, fragment, metaphor, memory, semblance and mood as they congeal and dissolve into provisional fields and partial images are tracked across these works.

Benjamin Brett: The Taciturn Moth

26 June – 13 July 2019

‘The Taciturn Moth’ is an installation that incorporates painting, sculpture and audio. The work poses a variety of placeholders to insinuate and investigate the presence of something that isn’t there, in a manner reminiscent of the ghost stories of M. R. James or plot devices characteristic of crime fiction

Martina Schmuecker: Basement

22 May – 15 June 2019

For the duration of the exhibition the gallery space is turned into a continuously changing sculptural construction site. The work explores the relationship between a possible inhabitant and a temporary living space.

Cute Places

26 January – 21 February 2019

What if we both imagine something and it is more or less similar to each other. It is a picture of a place we spent some time together between 2013 and 2015. It had a big plant, an old wooden floor, a piano that was out of tune, and a lamp that looked like a boat.

Jonathan Clark: Early Life and Education

21 November – 15 December 2018

‘Early Life and Education’ includes works from a four-year period to the present. For Jonathan Clark the boundary between visual noise and signal is uncertain. Clark uses the remnants of painting to navigate and endure this uncertainty.

Not Dream of Islands

29 September – 20 October 2018

Featuring the work of eighteen contemporary painters, ‘Not Dream of Islands’ is an exhibition of paintings with and without rhyme.

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