Tuesday 1 December 2015

Exhibition in Quay Coop downstairs Cafe

Art work by Yvonne Condon, Kathleen Mullane, Íde Ní Shiúlleabháin, Katie Whelan, Siobhan Mullane and Rosaleen Moore on display for the month of December.

Sirius Open House 6

Open House 6

A unique group exhibition of Cork-based artists
04-20 December
Opening Thursday 03 December at 7pm.
A celebration of creative energy by artists living and working in the Cork area. This is the sixth edition of Open House, an exhibition concept of 2D works that creates an opportunity for artists living and working in Cork city and county and addresses the issue of limited exhibition spaces in the area.
Open House 6 is an exhibition of over fifty works by thirty four Cork based artists.
11 of the GASP artists are featured in the Open House 6 exhibition:

Íde Ní Shiúlleabháin 
John Whelan 
Rosaleen Moore 
John Keating 
Eoin O'Broin 
Yvonne Condon 
Tom O'Sullivan 
Kathleen Mullane 
Siobhan Mullane 
Marie Sexton 
Mary Rose Marshall

Tuesday 17 November 2015

Three artists of GASP artist studio programme are exhibiting in 'Beyond" - an exhibition put together by Brent Pope


Irish Outsider Art Exhibition
17 November to 4 December 2015


Open Monday to Friday from 10:00 - 17:00

Artists getting ready for a photoshoot with Brent Pope and the Lord Mayor of Cork

Artist Yvonne Condon with one of her paintings exhibited in 'Beyond'

David Connolly's artwork in 'Beyond'

Artist John Keating at the opening of 'Beyond'

GASP artist Tom O'Sullivan chatting with Brent Pope and visitors at the opening in City Hall Atrium

Great turn out for the launch of 'Beyond"

Brent Pope giving his opening speech 

Artist Rosaleen Moore enjoying the exhibition opening

Monday 16 November 2015

Irish Outsider Art Exhibition "Beyond" in Cork City

 Beyond- Irish Outsider Art 

A Group Exhibition Curated by Brent Pope

The Atrium, City Hall, Cork
 17th November- 4th Decmber 2015

After spending three weeks in Dublin, The Irish Outsider Art Exhibition, Beyond has travelled to Cork City. 
Come and view the work of three of GASP's artists Rosaleen Moore, David Connolly and Yvonne Condon along with 15 other artists from around Ireland. 
The opening of the exhibition is Tuesday 17th of November 2015. 
Beyond is an exhibition of Outsider art, a term coined to describe art made by people with no formal training, whose work is created outside the influence of mainstream establishments such as art schools and galleries. Brent Pope of RTE has a passion for Outsider art and the talented people who create it, many of whom can be living on the margins of society and may have experienced social disadvantage or exclusion. Pope was prompted to go in search of Ireland’s hidden Outsider artists and with the help of Catherine Marshall, art historian and former curator at IMMA and Beyond showcases Irish Outsider art and artists.
A documentary about the making of this exhibition can be caught on the RTE Player or a DVD can be supplied on request: www.rte.ieFurther information:

Friday 16 October 2015

Yvonne Condon's chalk drawings in "Elle" fashion magazine

Yvonne Condon's chalk drawings of people passing the Infusion Caravan Project during Cork Midsummer Festival appeared in the fashion magazine "Elle" 10/15 in Italy. 

Thursday 15 October 2015

Brent Pope "Inside Out" Documentary

Tonight we will see Brent Pope's journey to discover Irish Outsider artists which culminates in the stunning exhibition, Beyond. Don't miss this opportunity to see the making of the exhibition and get to know some of the artists involved. 

Tuesday 13 October 2015

GASP Artists in Irish Outsider Art Exhibition- "BEYOND"

Beyond- Irish Outsider Art 

A Group Exhibition Curated by Brent Pope

Dublin 6th - 25th of October 2015
Cork 17th November- 4th Decmber 2015

Three of GASP’s artists have been selected to showcase their work in an exhibition of Outsider Art, the venture of popular rugby pundit Brent Pope. He started a search for Outsider Artists due to his curiosity about the genre’s profile in Ireland. His dream was to uncover the country’s hidden Outsider Artists and it was realised when he put out a call on national airwaves for submissions. He received an overwhelming response. Approximately 150 artists from around Ireland submitted work to this project and the final show includes 18 artists, 3 of which are GASP’s Rosaleen Moore, David Connolly and Yvonne Condon.

Our artist’s journey to the exhibition started when researchers for the show contacted GASP and videos of the artists working in studio were sent to the production company. It was the first opportunity for the curator’s to see the artist’s style and process. Images of the artist’s work were also submitted. The final pieces for the exhibition were chosen and were brought to Dublin.

David Connolly’s “Dog” was chosen for the exhibition. It is a sculpture piece made by Tom Campbell and painted by David.  The work possesses his distinctive style. The devotion he has to each piece and the unique and controlled movement of the brush he uses. Blocks of colour merge on the sculpture, but are also layered upon each other, balancing, to create a structural quality. The ridged texture of the paint on the Dog is so prominent that the paintings surface quality could also be considered sculptural.

Rosaleen Moore had four pieces in the show. Two of which are from a GASP recent show called Generations. Rosaleen’s work was chosen because she strives to make Cork City look like a magical place with vibrant colours and the addition of extra details from her imagination.

“Big Yellow Nude” and an untitled portrait were Yvonne Condon’s submissions. Her paintings are snap shots in time and her method reflects this as she completes them at high speed. The amount of detail Yvonne manages to include in her paintings is quite a feat due to her limited eyesight.

The long awaited opening night of Beyond was on the 6th of October 2015 in the Copper House Gallery. Most of the 18 artists, along with their friends and family joined Brent Pope and all those who made the exhibition happen to celebrate the work. The group of artists exhibiting their work are from all over Ireland. Some are independent artists and some are from supported studio settings such as Cuig and KCAT. There was a wonderful atmosphere in the gallery. It was emotional for some, an awakening for others but all who came, had a desire to explore the art.

The exhibition captured the interest of the viewers as soon as they walked through the doors. The individual pieces told their stories through bright colours, unique shapes and distinct styles, but the exhibition as a whole encompassed a greater tale of how important it is for this work to be seen and promoted. The art produced is raw; it can be therapeutic for the artists. It is not created to impress or for financial gain but to simply express visually what is within. Many but not all of the artists in this exhibition are living on the margins of society and may have experienced social disadvantage or social exclusion. Brent says, “To me, they represent what art should be, not about our acceptance, validation or about personal financial reward but about the immense pride and daily pleasure they derive from splashes of brilliant colour or minuscule detail painstakingly rendered. These art innovators are truly uncooked by culture”.

Brent Pope, Dorothy Cross, and Leszek Wolnik spoke at the opening. Leszek, the curator of the gallery commented that it was one of the best shows they had ever had in the gallery. Dorothy Cross, one of Ireland’s leading international artists made an interesting point about how she had recently seen a cave drawing that was undiscovered for thousands of years. She remarked that it is comforting to know that the art and artists of this show will not go undiscovered thanks to the people who support the genre. Brent Pope gave an emotional speech, as he genuinely has a love and is deeply touched by Outsider Art. He immersed himself in the exploration of the art and dedicated his time to finding it and says,  “I’m not an art critic or expert; I just have a passion for this kind of art and the talented people that create it.”

For all involved, this exhibition has been a culmination of hard work and passion. Both the art and the artists are inspirational and deserve this opportunity to be acknowledged and celebrated. 

"I cannot emphasise too strongly how touched and honoured I have been to finally realise this dream. This project has been my privilege." - Brent Pope. (Extract from the exhibition catalogue)

Press Coverage:

Ailbhe Barrett, an artist from Cuig, Cork City, was interviewed by Ryan Tubridy along with two other artists, on the Late Late Show on Friday the 9th of October 2015. 

RTE Television commissioned Firebrand Productions to create a documentary following Brent Pope’s journey of discovering the artists and their work. It will be shown on Thursday the 15th of October 2015. http://rteonenewseason.rte.ie/portfolio/brent-popes-outsiders/

Beyond runs in the Copper House Gallery from the 06.10.15 until the 25.10.15. www.copperhousegallery.com

Beyond will then be shown in The Atrium, City Hall in Cork from the 17.11.15 until the 04.12.15.

Wednesday 16 September 2015

GASP Artists at Culture Night 2015

Take part in a treasure hunt with a creative twist! 
 Challenge your knowledge of the Cork City sites! 

GASP Artists Studio are proud to announce that two of their artist's work will be featured as part of events for this years Culture Night at Crawford Art Galllery.

Using strong colours and angular shapes, Íde Ní Shúilleabháin has created bold interpretations of objects, paintings, ceramics and sculptures from the Crawford Gallery’s collection.
This Culture Night, challenge yourself to find all the parts of the gallery that Ide has obscured through her work.

 Rosaleen Moore has painted the buildings of the city, with imaginative details, magical twists and energetic colours. Could you still recognise and name the sites Rosaleen has depicted in her paintings?

You are invited to take part, view the work and meet the artist, in Crawford Art Gallery, Emmett Place between 5pm and 10pm on Friday 18th of September. For more details check out the Culture Night website:

Thursday 13 August 2015

Art exhibition in the Quay Coop

Artists from GASP exhibit in the Quay Coop restaurant for the month of August and September - come and see. In the photo is artist Ide Ni Shulleabain with one of her water colour pastells displayed on the 2nd floor in the Quay Coop

Thursday 16 July 2015

Last chance to visit Infusion Art Cafe in Merchants Quay

The exhibition in the Infusion Art Cafe closes tomorrow 17:00. Many visitors came today - see you tomorrow

Tuesday 14 July 2015

Artist Pat usually paints, but today becomes a poet responding to John Whelans painting

Flowers scent, summer day
Mix of jolly, sad, busy
Swimming in metallic blue.

Come and meet the artist

When: Wednesday 15 July from 11:00 - 12:30
Where: Old Tax Office Sullivans Quay Cork.                                                      
What: Meet the artist John Joe Sheehan, have a tea or coffee and see his amazing art.

Monday 6 July 2015

Pop into the Infusion Art Cafe pop up exhibition and get creative!

GASP Artists are involved in an exciting project called Infusion Art Cafe in Merchant's Quay Shopping Centre, from the 7th of July. The exhibition Generation will be a part of the space You are invited to make and share drawings, creative writing  and stop motion animations.
A fun, sociable space for people to get creative: ideal for friends and families to get involved together.
Everyone is welcome to come join in the creativity! 

Opening Times:

Ground Floor, Merchant's Quay Shopping Centre, Cork city 

Week 1
Tues 7th       1pm-6pm
Weds 8th   1pm-6pm
Thurs 9th   1pm-6pm
Friday 10th 1pm-9pm
Sat 11th      1pm-6pm

Week 2
Mon 13th      1pm-6pm
Tues 14th   1pm-6pm
Weds 15th  1pm-6pm
Thurs 16th  1pm-6pm

Friday 17th  1pm-5pm

Drop-in Stop Motion Workshops

Friday 10th @ 6pm-8pm

Saturday 11th @ 1pm-5pm
Friday 17th @ 1pm-5pm

A stop motion video made at Infusion Caravan, Cork Midsummer Festival 2015. A taster of what can be achieved at the Infusion Art Cafe Stop Motion Work Shops.

This project is supported by Erasmus +