Kildare art exhibition goes online

Artist plans next exhibition on bog life

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Kildare art exhibition goes online

Kathrine Geoghegan in her Straffan studio

An exhibition by a Kildare artist is now showing online after being shut down by Covid restrictions in both Dublin and Kildare.

“Shifting sands… a startling evolution,” contains 43 paintings inspired by the North Bull Island in Dublin Bay. 

Due to Level 3 Covid-19 restrictions Kathrine Geoghegan's exhibition is online at www.kilcockartgallery.ie 

 The exhibition is accompanied by a video narrated by Kathrine Geoghegan about the habitats of the North Bull Island. 

Straffan based, Kathrine, is as interested in the natural environment of the North Bull Island area, as she is in the art created from it.

She lived in Clontarf and Templeogue in her early years  and she and her family have lived in Straffan since 1995, where she has her own studio.

A majority of the works in the exhibition are based on an aluminium surface which has to be primed so that the paint will not run off it. 

Around a fifth of the works are on paper.

Her deep interest in nature is put  down to her late father, Belfast born Bob McCune, an electronic engineer, and her mother, who is also an artist.

Her  father spent most of his life working  with Bord na Mona, which he joined at the start of the 1960’s. “He was the first to talk about windmills to provide alternative energy and to see that turf cutting would not be sustainable in the long term,” said Kathrine.

She took a lot of photographs with her iphone as part of her work on the North Bull exhibition, which provides an insect eye view of the world.

We are lucky to have such a treasure as the North Bull island and we must do everything we can to protect it, said Kathrine.

As she moves toward a similar project on the bogs, she told us that it could take up to a year and a half to complete.

As with many others it has been a difficult time for Kathrine and logn time Kilcock Art Gallery owner, Breda Smyth.

Breda said the North Bull exhibition opened initially in a large 6000 square feet space in Tallaght business park on September 12.

Around 50 people attended and it was officially opened by Eamhna ni Lamhna but had to shut down after a week due to Covid restrictions in Dublin.

It then moved to the Kilcock Art Gallery, opening on October 1, but had to close again. “It has not been easy,” said Breda, who added that the gallery can safely  hold 5-6 people, including herself.

The online exhibition runs until the end of October.