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After the Future- Solo show, Festival Gallery, Galway International Arts Festival

For this exhibition, Jennifer developed a body of work investigating the ways in which modern realms of collective pleasure decay. Abandoned fairgrounds, overgrown glass houses, untended car parks, ghostly figures and derelict hotels all hint at recent economic struggles but also suggests the cycle of change and renewal in which places become spaces and vice versa.

Statement about Exhibition

After the Future is a body of work that does not invoke a whimsical nostalgia. Rather it evokes a perturbance, a feeling of participation in a nostalgia that is not one’s own. This body of work comes to us in three distinct yet interlinked sequences, we see places that have been abandoned with little or no human population, we see children not at play but in moments of isolation and we see women in dream-like sequences in strange off-modern scenarios.

While it seems the world around us in ‘this’ present may be revelling in a political restorative nostalgia far out of reach for younger generations, it is pertinent to ask if hope lies in the past where does that leave these children but in the ruins of the world we think once was, after our own future? Restorative nostalgia stubbornly wants to return to a past that never was without realising it can never be again. It wants to simply go back and live within the fantasy without acknowledging the fantasy is indeed just that.

Reflective nostalgia, however, is grounded in longing, contemplating and remembering. It allows us to explore and re-imagine lived experience and to have a temporal and changeable understanding of the past as it relates to our present and our future. It is within this space, our future imaginary, that we can re-locate our own past and contextualise it in our present. After the future has happened we can imagine how it might have been different or how it might still become.

Gianna Tasha, Art Researcher/Writer


In Jennifer Cunningham’s imaginative world, an abandoned fairground, crumbling glasshouses and derelict lots of land evoke the faded magic of childhood possibility. These realms will change in the face of, and even be eclipsed by the tougher realities of life’s choices limitations and hurt.

The characters-female-who inhabit these spaces are poised between the two stages of awareness, in a moment of pre-pubescence, perhaps as dreamy confidence verges on the acknowledgement of more troubling prospects or, it could equally be, as young women recall that earlier, in-between moment. Cunningham draws superbly well, and she is as sensitively incisive in the 3D and video work. -Aidan Dunne Irish Times

Special thanks to Jane Cassidy-Original score, Tim Acheson-Technical assistance, Elaine Mears and Sue Roche-Actors, Gianna Tasha-Writing, Alan Fahy-Galway Memories and Rosemarie Noone-Claremorris Gallery, Galway County Council, Paul Fahy-Galway Arts Festival, Dolores Lynn, Maeve Mulrennan and Galway Arts Centre.

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Galway Art Centre’s 2018 Artist in Residence.

Located at Number 47 Dominick Street is a 3,000 sq ft gallery, showing national and international contemporary arts. The building was built in the 1840’s and was the residence of Augusta Gregory, founder and patron of the Abbey Theatre.

Jennifer will be Galway Art Centre’s 2018 Artist in Residence.
She plans on using the space to finalise her upcoming Galway International Arts Festival solo show
It will give her a chance to spread out and see her body of work together and to present it to visiting curators and to experiment with her projections for Una, a play which will be premiered at the Galway Theatre Festival as a work in Progress

She will also be mentored by Maeve Mulrennan. Maeve is a curator and writer based in Galway. She is the Head of Visual Art and Education in the Galway Arts Centre and lectures on the MA in Arts Policy and Practices at NUI Galway. She is also on the board of Directors of TULCA Festival of Visual Art

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Linen Hall Show

What is drawing? A pencil mark on paper? A swipe across a screen? A double yellow line? Where do we draw the line – or do we? Visit this exhibition of a whole multitude of drawings from some of Ireland’s leading mark makers. Find drawings made from materials such as pencil, ink, paint, pixels, chalk, pastels etc… by architects, visual artists, illustrators, furniture designers, animators, and more. Visitors can also explore drawing for themselves at the exhibition process stations.Read More

Red Hands by Jennifer Cunningham

Artist in the School Scheme, Bringing the ocean to Kilglass National school

Earlier this year I was part of the Artist in the School School to Kilglass national School.

Each week I explored a wide range of different media, developed their craft skills and researched a wide range of different artists. They also learnt about gastronomy, important ocean food and E.P.H.E ( healthy eating). They explored geography and topography as they used maps and tide tables in their work. I found working with the teachers and students in the school extremely enjoyable and it is something I hope to do again. Contact me if you’re interested in working on a project together.

We had a mini-exhibition at the end of the project and we created an installation piece together. The parents attended and refreshments were served.
Special thanks to Galway County Council who funded the project.

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The Wayfarer, 30x22inch, mixed media by Jennifer Cunningham

 All that Surrounds us

A solo show of work in the Ashford Gallery R.H.A by Jennifer Cunningham. See link for an opening speech by Mick o Dea P.R.H.A.

The RHA is an artist-led organisation, Its core remit is to support contemporary art and artists in Ireland through exhibition, education and advocacy. The Exhibitions programme also brings significant contemporary international art to Irish audiences. The RHA Ashford Gallery encourages young artists not already showing with a commercial gallery

For this exhibition, Jennifer developed a body of work investigating the ways in which modern realms of collective pleasure decay. Abandoned fairgrounds, overgrown glass houses, untended car parks, ghostly figures and derelict hotels all hint at recent economic struggles but also suggests the cycle of change and renewal in which places become spaces and vice versa.

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The Thin Line, Solo Show, Gallery Dix, Helsinki, Finland

The Thin Line will be a solo show comprised predominantly of my etching based work in Finland.The show is curated by John Fitzgerald of Irish Art.
The exhibition will be opened on June 1st by His Excellency, Ambassador Dermot Brangan and all are welcome to attend. With its first venture outside of Norway, Irish Art is delighted to work with Galleria Dix in presenting Galway born artist Jennifer Cunningham to the Helsinki arts scene.

Following Rollespill/Role Play, her successful Norwegian exhibition at Galleri Sonne last year, Cunningham complements a busy year at home in Ireland with The Thin Line, her second international solo exhibition.
As the exhibition consists mainly of etchings, the title could be taken as a reference to the artist’s process of using thin lines to create images on a copper plate which are then inked and printed to create a finished etching. It could also allude to the thin line between the departure of childhood into adolescence and on to young adulthood, a complex area of subject matter that seems to engross the artist.

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oil paint of 3 women going down a stairs into the sea at blackrock in salthill galway

Aquacade, Solo show Cork Film Centre, April 12th

For the Cork Film centre, she is showing a two-channel synchronised swimming video piece and a series of new drawings and paintings of run-down seaside resort areas and the Bathers who repopulate them. The show is curated by Chris Hurley.

The bathing shelters and baths with their unique art deco architecture are falling into disrepair. Modernist structures, which have been placed into Victorian settings in Bray, for example, have now become dated. Brash gaudy amusement arcades flicker and wink, pumping demented electronic rhythms into the night. Among the dandelions and chip wrappers, shoddiness is revealed. There is rust under the paintwork; cracks in the plaster and the seats are worn.

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Open Studio


On the 6th of April I will have a studio sale in my studio in Henrietta street.
Mulled wine will be served.
It has been a beautiful home and is very atmospheric but now it is time to move on.

Hernietta street is the earliest Georgian Street in Dublin – it is the model from which Dublin’s Georgian identity is derived and is very atmospheric. Now is your chance to take a peek inside one of those houses and view its unique architecture, see a working artists studio,  as well as the chance to purchase some very reasonably priced artworks.


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doctors and nurses mixed media by Jennifer Cunningham

40/40/40 Group show, works by 40 artists under 40, Madrid, Warsaw and Rome.

Minister of State Brian Hayes and Minister of State Lucinda Creighton today announced details of an exhibition of Irish contemporary art that will tour a number of prestigious European venues to celebrate our EU Presidency and our 40 years as a member of the European Union.
The 40/40/40 exhibition comprises works from the Office of Public Works (OPW) managed State Art Collection by 40 artists under the age of 40, who are Irish or are based in Ireland.  The exhibition includes photography, drawing, sculpture and painting to represent the diversity of current visual art practices which have been drawn from over 15,000 pieces managed by OPW that are usually located in the public buildings throughout Ireland.

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Roleplay, Solo Show Norway


Irish Art was started in 2009 by John Fitzgerald in order to promote and exhibit Irish and Irish based visual artists.  He has worked with artists such as Charles Cullen (Aosdána), Rita Duffy, Eamonn O`Doherty, Brian Bourke (HRHA, Aosdána), Michael O’Sullivan and Michael Cullen (RHA, Aosdána) Jay Murphy, Rosie mcGurran and  Ger Sweeney. Past exhibitions include Europe’s Edge Ireland- The Artist and the Island, Out of the West, and  RE- JOYCE.

Irish Art is pleased to announce an exhibition called Roleplay/ Rollespille by Jennifer Cunningham, at Galleri Sonne in Drøbak, Oslo from 24.10.12 until 14.11.12.

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A oil paint with a girl on blue background

Metamorphosis Show

Metamorphosis – a case of bilocation is a new exhibition opening by  Galway artist Jennifer Cunningham. It features prints, drawings and video work, that she produced here in Galway and while on an artists residency in Iceland.

It takes place in two venues with two openings, the first taking place on Thursday 28 at 9pm, in Bar no 8, the docks Galway and the second taking place on Thursday 4th of June at 7pm in the Gallery Cafe in the City museum. Both exhibitions with the notion of ‘das unheimlich’ or the uncanny and  use water as a metaphor which is apt given how close both venues are to water and that they run during the Volvo Ocean Race.  The Gallery Cafe is a new venue managed by Deirdre Coyne and has a delicious menu, in a fantastic location situated behind the famous Spanish Arch and boasts spectacular views of the Claddagh, Spanish Arch, River Corrib and Galway Bay.. It is open for lunch, poetry readings, book launches and art exhibitions.

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Just Add Water Art Festival show

“Just Add water” is a solo show that is part of the Galway art festival showing in the NUI gallery in the college quadrangle.  The work is a result of her residency in the RHA where she researched deserted sea side resort areas.

For the festival she is showing a two channel sychronised swimming video piece, One side depicting a group of women performing sychronised swimming in Blackrock Galway and the other side depicting the abandoned baths of Dun laoirghaire, Clontarf and Blackrock Dublin. She is also showing a series of paintings dealing with deserted seaside resort areas, that have suffered from or succumbed to neglect in recent years.

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