Dunamaise Arts Centre presents  PUSHING BOUNDARIES

Dunamaise Arts Centre presents PUSHING BOUNDARIES

Dunamaise Arts Centre presents


An Exhibition by the Printmakers Council

On Tour via Farmleigh House


Dunamaise Arts Centre Portlaoise presents Pushing Boundaries, an exhibition by the Printmakers Council of Ireland and the UK which will be officially opened by Artist Geraldine O’Reilly, Aosdána on Thursday 12th January.


This exhibition, which is on tour via Farmeligh House in Dublin marks the first time that the Printmakers Council have exhibited in Ireland. The title Pushing Boundariesrecognises that 2016 was a significant year for Ireland as the centenary of the Irish Revolution and the beginnings of a new nation.  Many events were held across the country to mark the year and this exhibition might be seen as a small but significant part of the living historical process, taking place between Ireland and the UK.


This collection of work by members of the Printmakers Council presents the very best of contemporary printmaking practice. Printmakers Council has no house style, embracing all forms of contemporary and traditional original printmaking. Their growing membership means that exhibitions are selected from an increasingly wider pool of artists keeping exhibitions lively and fresh.  The exhibition will include film, installation, sound pieces, artists’ books, pushing the boundaries of what constitutes a ‘print’.  The work will pursue a range of concerns from the political and social, the aesthetic and formal, to the self and the personal, creating a dynamic dialogue with other contemporary art practices.


Over fifty artists have been selected for the show and include: Margaret Ashman, Sinclair Ashman, Jacki Baxter, Helen Benson, Alison Bernal, Kit Boyd, Pauline Bradley, Angela Brookes, Emma Buckmaster, Rob Chapman, Dawn Cole, Christina France Crews, Barbra Cropper, Sandra Daniel, Felicity Dunbar, Steve Edwards, Shuxiang Jin Farrall, Kate Fortune-Jones, Eric Gaskell, Colin Gillespie, Anne Gournay, Lisa Gribbon, Michael Griffiths, Clare Grossman, Eleanor Havsteen-Franklin, Gloria Holden, John Hutton, Claire Hynds, Elizabeth A. Kelleher, Michael Kennedy, Frances Kiernan, Sari Majander, Marie-Louise Martin, Amanda McAllister, Julia McNeal, Margo McNulty, Janet Milner, Antoinette Momtahan, Stephen Mumberson, Frances Murray, Geraldine O’Reilly, Bronwen Paterson, Richard Peacock, Sumi Perera, Irene Vee Riley, Andrea Robinson, Sarah Rogers, Hilary Rosen, Ian Scaife, Yoonjung Shim, Ewelina Skowronska, Tim Southall, Francesca Souza, Emma C Tabor, Caroline Whitehead, Roy Willingham, Mary Yazhari, Johanna Zhang.

Printmaking Classes, inspired by the exhibition, conducted by Artist Caroline Conway will also take place at Dunamaise Arts Centre from 19th January to 16th February for adults and on Saturday 18th February for children.


The Printmakers exhibition continues at Dunamaise Gallery until Saturday 18 February.  For further information see or Tel: 057 8663355.