Exhibition Opening Saturday, 15th June 2024

clearing – Noelle Gallagher (Main Gallery)

Curated by Eamonn Maxwel

I propose to screen my moving image artwork Forest/ry at Ballina Arts Centre alongside works from my current series of paintings which are companion pieces to this moving image artwork, evoking a slower, more measured response to the themes of the work. Exposed, Desth Row, Alien, Survivors, Extracted and Midges are six paintings from this new series of small works on linen, gesso and birch panels. They reject the widescreen format of the film in favour of square and rectangular shapes and break down the photographic elements through the use of charcoal and oil paint.

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