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Portfolio preparation @Galway Arts Centre, Mondays 5-6.30 pm

Contact the Galway Arts Centre to book your place on 091-565886

Applicants from a wide variety of ages, backgrounds and experience welcome. This course is designed for people who wish to expand their drawing skills and/or pursue an art-related subject at a third level institution. Whether you wish to add to your existing portfolio or create a new portfolio, this course is for you. Also useful for those studying Art for the Leaving cert due to the recent change in the curriculum.

The objectives are to learn how to construct projects from concept to completion, how to use research notebooks, process images and develop their ideas through 2D, 3D and colour. Students will learn how to create a relevant, personal and individual comprehensive Portfolio.
Jennifer will cater her teaching to suit you and each student will receive personal tutorials to develop their drawing skills. She has extensive lecturing experience in IADT, has specialist knowledge of the N.C.A.D brief and her students usually gain third level entry.
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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.Read More

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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
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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.
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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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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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