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Christine O'Brien

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woven decade exhibitionLatest NEWS :

Woven Decade

Gallery 20ten, Waterford
28th February to 24th March, 2018

Retrospective solo exhibition of paintings, photographs and mixed media sculptures and installations created between 2008 and 2018. Inspired by natural habitats and exploring the boundary-lines that separate, link, divide, protect or connect. A liminal space between what was and will be; a place of transformation. More information here ->

'treelines & skylines exhibition

After the Rain by John O'Regan and students drawingsGreyfriars Municipal Gallery, Waterford
8 Feb-29 Mar, 2018

Featuring paintings from the Waterford Municipal Art Collection and artwork by Transition Year students from Ard Scoil na Mara,  De la Salle College, the Presentation Convent and Waterpark College.

Senator Grace O'Sullivan will officially open the exhibition on Thursday 15th February at 7.30pm. Guest speaker Ray McGrath from the Irish Wildlife Trust.

waterford City and County Council logoThe exhibition was curated and workshops facilitated by Christine O'Brien. Grant aided by Waterford City and County Council as part of their Schools Participation Programme. Click here for more information

Other NEWS :

Collaboration between Group 20ten and River Barn Artists ( Cappaquin, Co. Waterford)
from Spring to May 2018, funded by Waterford City & County Council.

Gallery 20ten will continue at 18a Lombard Street to Summer 2018

GROUP Exhibitions

2017 | Genius Loci | Gallery 20ten | Imagine Arts Festival | 4th October to November 11th

Exhibition of paintings, sculpture, prints and photography inspired by Spirit of Place. Work by Pat Carri, Darragh Lyons, Pat McArdle, Christine O'Brien, Conor Rush, Milia T Maddock and Beata Zakrzewska.

Culture Night - Open Studio - September 2017 - 19 Lombard St. 5.30 - 8.30pm Culture Night.

Solo Exhibitions

2015: Taking Leave, Solo exhibition, Sonic Dreams, Soma Contemporary Gallery.

Curatorial work

2016->on-going : Co-curator, Gallery 20ten, 18a, Lombard St, Waterford. more info on Culture Fox

Recent Arts Facilitation

2018: Tramore Coastguard Cultural Centre Classes restart in January, visitors welcome more info

2017-2018: hedges and treelines: Waterford City & County Council TY Arts Participation Programme

2016: 30 years / Artists / Places, guest workshop facilitator, Greyfriars Gallery.

2015: Art Workshop at Ambiosonic Festival, Forêt des Maures, Provence, France, June

Recent Collaborations

2016: The Joy of Painting in Watercolour, with Jack O'Hare
2015: Re-imagining Beckett with Animated State Dance Theatre Company, City Hall, Waterford
2015: Invited Response: Artist Talk - Culture Night | 'Recent Acquisitions + Abstract & Contemporary Works' from the Waterford Municipal Art Collection, Greyfriars Gallery
2014: Slow Art Day - Greyfriars Municipal Art Gallery, Waterford | April 12th | A global event is run by volunteers. The aim is to facilitate engagement with art in a new way - ‘if you look slowly, your experience will be transformed.’ Over 160 galleries around the world have signed up so far over.


2016: The Joy of Painting in Watercolour, Co-author Jack O'Hare more info via Culture Fox

Recent Awards/ grants

2017-18: Waterford City & County Council Transition Year Arts Participation Programme
2016-17: Waterford City & County Council Transition Year Arts Participation Programme
2016: Waterford Council Publishing grant re collaborative project with Jack O'Hare
2016: Waterford City & County Council Transition Year Arts Participation Programme


Imbolc to Bealtaine 2014 - artist-in-residence - SOMA Contemporary Gallery Waterford

February to May - Working on an art installation as part of the continuing weave series of works, and delighted to have to space to work with materials grown and harvested from our own garden. An installation inspired by the 2012 oil on canvas ‘Nine Nests’ created in response to the National Bealtaine Festival, and part of the 'Weave - Boundaryline' series of works.

landscape : habitat earth : sky contour : line colour : light
  • Landscapes record the passage of time, the presence of man
  • Hedgerows mark boundaries and common ground
  • Horizon: a boundary between the seen & unseen; real & imagined
abstract landscape... echo of memory...
visual reminder of nature's colour ...
places visited ... journeys made...

Ninie Nest, Installation, 2015, (c) COB
Nine Nest, willow installation, 2014
nest installation-the-quay_waterford_cobs
Resident Nest: 1/9, willow, 2014

Nine Nests detail cobs 2014
Nine Nests, detail, willow, 2014

Origin oil on canvas 2012 cobs
Origin, oil on canvas, 2012

remnant cobs
Remnant, oil on canvas, 2011

Evening Light - oil on canvas nov 2011
Evening Light, oil on canvas, 2011

winter solstice 2007
Winter Solstice, photographic print, 2007

© Christine O'Brien 2006- 2018 | all images, paintings, photographs © Christine O'Brien