Exhibition Opening Saturday, 15th June 2024

clearing – Noelle Gallagher (Main Gallery)

Curated by Eamonn Maxwell

This exhibition is centred on a film made by the artist following a residency at Interface in Connemara. Forest/ry examines modern industrial forestry practices intercut with the lush greenery of an ancient forest in Derryclare. Alongside the film work, there are 22 paintings made from a variety of materials including digital images, paint and charcoal, on canvas or panel. These small works are, in a sense, companions to the film work but are intended to evoke a slower and more considered approach to the themes that the artist is exploring.


The title of this exhibition is intentionally ambiguous – clearing can refer to the clearing of trees through deforestation, an open area in the middle of a woodland, removing a blockage (physical or psychological) or something that is disappearing. Noelle Gallagher wants to give the viewer a sense of what the works in the exhibition might be exploring, but without revealing too many details or suggesting how we should respond.

This exhibition is centred on a film made by the artist following a residency at Interface, situated in the Inagh Valley, in the heart of Connemara. Forest/ry is exploring the deforestation of parts of Derryclare at the southern edge of the Twelve Bens mountain range in County Galway to create the conditions for a new biodiverse woodland. We’re observing a landscape being Read More

Closing Of The Bones – Claire Murphy (Concourse Gallery)

The Cork-City based artist Claire Murphy works with film and photography to examine the journey of birth and motherhood through a feminist lens using personal and universal narratives.

Closing Of The Bones is an exploration of childbirth through photography and text, by cultivating an environment that embraces the woman’s narrative and allows her story to resonate. The physicality of her journey is accentuated through meticulous care and attention devoted to her well-being. Through the act of sharing and establishing a nurturing and intimate space, women are empowered to assert ownership over their bodies and experiences. This exhibition is a new iteration of the 16mm film ‘Closing of the bones’.

The Closing Of The Bones ceremony originates in South America and is performed on a new mother soon after giving birth to her child. This ritual provides a place of support and care for the new mother. It acknowledges the labour the woman’s body has gone through in growing and birthing a baby and promotes healing to help the mother ‘come back’ into herself energetically and physically from the birth experience.

Both Exhibitions will run until Saturday, 3rd August 2024

Ballina Arts Centre Gallery Opening Hours
Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm 
Admission Free