Oil on canvas
Cian McLoughlin, Crowd 1, 2020. Oil on canvas. © Cian McLoughlinCredit


Exhibition \ Lace, Paint, Hair

25 July - 30 September

Millennium Wing Studio


Following Government advice, the National Gallery of Ireland is temporarily closed. 

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For over 150 years, artists have found inspiration and support at the National Gallery of Ireland. This summer, the Gallery celebrates work created by three contemporary Irish artists in lockdown in Lace, Paint, Hair. The exhibition features handmade lace by Fiona Harrington, oil paintings by Cian McLoughlin and a series of mixed media artworks by Eimear Murphy.

While the Gallery was closed for over 100 days this year, conversations with artists continued. Fiona Harrington, Cian McLoughlin and Eimear Murphy each have an established and unique relationship with the National Gallery of Ireland: all three artists have made significant contributions to its public programme in recent years.

From Fiona Harrington’s masterful needlework to Cian McLoughlin’s pulsating ‘Crowd’ canvases and Eimear Murphy’s innovative fusion of traditional techniques with unusual media, this exhibition celebrates the inexorable art of making, and the makers of art in Ireland today.

Read more about the exhibition and artists here

Curator | Sinéad K. Rice

This exhibition is supported by Maples Group. 

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