The Rising Art Exhibition – Mount Argus Upper Room

Pádraig Mac Piarais

Patrick Pearse by Eoin Mac Lochlainn (painted specially for the 2016 Festival)


Saturday, 14 May – from 12 noon until 6pm

The exhibition will be opened by poet, Catherine Ann Cullen at noon on Saturday, 14 May.

 “Rising” is an exhibition of contemporary art in the Upper Room in Mount Argus Monastery on Saturday, 14th of May between 12 and 6pm. The artists taking part are Ricí Ní Chléirigh, Nuala Ní Fhlathúin, Lorcan Walshe and Eoin Mac Lochlainn.

The exhibition explores various aspects of the Easter Rising, recalling the fact that the Pearse family were well acquainted with the monastery having converted to Catholicism here and that James Pearse had produced some fine stone sculpture for the interior of the church.  Two more of the seven signatories Eamonn Ceannt and Joseph Mary Plunkett also attended the ceremonies here on Good Friday, just before the Rising, along with many volunteers from the Kimmage Garrison who were stationed in the Plunkett family estate in Larkfield.
The exhibition is intended as a dignified response to commemorate all those who died in the Rising.


Ricí Ní Chléirigh

Ricí Ní Chléirigh is a Dublin based performance artist. She received a B.A. in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2013 and completed her MFA (Sculpture) there in 2015. She has exhibited widely in Ireland, most recently at the Boyle Arts Festival, 2015, exhibiting both live performance and performances to video. Future planned exhibitions include an invitation to perform at Defibrillator Gallery, Chicago.


Nuala Ní Fhlathúin

Nuala Ní Fhlathúin is from the Gaeltacht area in the West of Ireland. She received a BFA in Ceramics from the GMIT School of Art in Galway in 2008 and an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2011.  Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, in Ireland, Portugal, The Netherlands, Belgium, the USA and Georgia.


Lorcan Walshe:

Lorcan Walshe graduated Fine Art N.C.A.D. 1979.  Fourteen solo exhibitions 1982 -2010. Numerous group exhibitions in Ireland and abroad including “Contemporary Irish Artists “Syracuse University.U.S.A. (1991) and “Sense of Ireland Festival” London. U.K. (1990). Represented  in Dublin by the Lincoln Gallery (1982-1985), the Hendricks Gallery (1985-1989), the Rubicon Gallery (1990-1994) and Jorgensen Fine Art (1999-2009). Represented in England by Lawrence P. Cleary Fine Paintings UK since 1994  and recently  signed to The Barbara Stanley Gallery, London. Included in many public and private collections such as IMMA, AIB, The Office of Public Works, The National Self Portrait Collection, and The National Museum of Ireland.


Eoin Mac Lochlainn 

Eoin Mac Lochlainn graduated from NCAD in Dublin in 2000. He won The Golden Fleece Award in 2008, was shortlisted for the Davy Portrait Award in 2010 and won the ESB Keating McLaughlin Medal at the RHA the same year. He is a founder member of the Tondo artist’s collective.  He has had ten solo exhibitions in Ireland and has participated in several selected and invited exhibitions (including RHA, RUA, Iontas, Éigse) and in various groupshows in Ireland, England, France, Belgium, Georgia and China. His work is in the collections of the Office of Public Works, AIB Bank, Bank of Ireland, AXA Insurance, University of Limerick, Wesley College and the Boyle Civic Collection.  He is represented by The Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin. Website