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Christine O'Brien

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September 18 Invited Response - Culture Night - Artist talk at Greyfriars Gallery
August August - ONO - one night only pop-up exhibition at Hive Gallery, Waterford
June Art Workshop at Ambiosonic Festival, Forêt des Maures, Provence, France
June In aice le Peig, Sceitse, An Blascaod Mór, Co. Kerry - co-curator
May What Land and Country is this? Bealtaine, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford
May Waterford Estuary Area: Community-led Mapping and Audit of its Natural Resources, 2014. Co-author with Ray McGrath
April-May Sacred Grove, 20ten, Old Market House Arts Centre, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.
March Nemus: Sacred Grove - 20ten exhibition at The Red Stables Gallery, St Anne's Park, Clontarf. Dublin. more info here ->


Nov-Dec Christmas Show, Soma Contemporary Gallery, Waterford, Ireland
Oct NEMUS: Sacred Grove - Imagine Arts Festival - 20ten exhibition, officially opened by Ben Hennessey St Patrick's Gateway Centre, Waterford. more info ->

2014 Culture Night SCG Studio Artists Open Studios at 19 Lombard St. Waterford

September Two days of being a Viking ...
August Woven, art installation 'Castle Palooza' sestival, Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Ireland.
July Nine Nests, installation at Daytripper Festival, Bishop's Palace, Waterford, Ireland.
June to Sept Volunteer, New Street Gardens, Waterford, Ireland

Watercolour workshop with Jack O'Hare more info

May 31st Resident Nest installation, the Quay Waterford more info
May 23rd Invited speaker at VAI Get Together 2014, IMMA Irish Museum of Modern Art
May 10

Get together and networking event for visual artists based in the South East, at Soma Contemporary Gallery (SCG) on May 10th. more info here ->

April Setting up art workshop venue at SCG in advance of series of creative workshops
March to May Imbolc to Bealtaine - Artist in Residence at Soma Contemporary Galler (SCG)
March Awarded Waterford City Council Art Grant...
February Working on 'Nine Nests' installation at Soma Contemporary Gallery


October NOVA’ exhibition at Aoife’s Gallery, 33 The Mall, Waterford, as part of the Imagine Festival, the exhibition combines work by locally based painters, sculptors and photographers. The contributing artists are: Denise McAuliffe, Magdalena Karol, Milia Tsaoussis-Maddock, Kevin O’Keeffe, Róisín Kinsella, Darragh Lyons, Rosemary Dulson, Alistair Duckett, Pat McArdle, Conor Rush and Christine O’Brien Shanahan. Included a live electronic ambient music performance by miXile (Michael Shanahan) who was artist in residence at the Kolonia Artystów, Gdansk. www.mixile.com
September Collaboration with choreographer Libby Seward dance artist in residence at Garter Lane Arts Centre, on the ‘Generations Arts’ project during May and September
September Culture Night - ‘Volunteer’ performance artwork during Sonic Arts Waterford Festival, Garter Lane Arts Centre & Soma Contemporary Gallery
September Featured artist in VAN Visual Artists Ireland Newsletter
September ‘Art@Aoife’s’ inaugural exhibition at Aoife’s Gallery, 33 The Mall, Waterford in September. It featured works by Kevin Connolly, Roisin Kinsella, Darragh Lyons, Pat McArdle, Chris O’Brien Shanahan, Conor Rush and Milia Tsaoussis-Maddock, all of whom are members of locally based 20ten Arts Collective. Also exhibiting are Conor Campbell, Chris Phelan, Sadie Roest-Whittle and Enda Sheridan. Co-curated by Christine O’Brien Shanahan and Conor Rush.
August 9 - 18 Scattering-Gathering exhibition to travel to Kilkenny Arts Festival. The work will be shown in the 'Rose Corridor', Kilkenny Castle | www.kilkennyarts.ie
27th July, 2pm and 5pm The inaugural Visual Artists Ireland (VAI) Pop-Up ‘Common Room’ Café takes placeat Central Library, Lady Lane, Waterford. Co-hosted by Chris O'Brien Shanahan and 20ten the Arts Gathering is about, by and for Visual Artists. more info here ->
July 20th
11 to 12.30am
Facilitating "Capturing Sunshine" a practical workshop that explores the manner in which an artwork can capture a fleeting mood or concept. The free workshop is suited to beginners and improvers, materials will be provided.
July 12 Gable End Tour featured paintings from the Waterford Municipal Art Collection on permanent display on buildings in the City Centre Avenue Festival. more info ->
July 12-Aug 6th Summer Collection - 20ten exhibition at Index Gallery, Central Library, Waterford as part of Avenue Festival 11th & 28th of July 2013 www.avenuefestival.com
May 2013 Treeline 1:2 - art installation, Värmland, Sweden more info here
April 27 Waterford Slow Art Day April 27th 2013, featuring 'Amoire' with Kathleen Delaney, at Garter Lane Arts Centre www.slowartday.com | more info here
March 2013 Awarded Waterford City Council Art Grant...
March 9 Basketweaving workshop with Cathy Hayden, Tramore, Co. Waterford see photos
Feb 23, 2013 "Drawing: movement and line" Artist talk and workshop at Garter lane Arts Centre ...
a fun exploration of drawing the human figure. photos and info here
Feb 7 - 26 Mar Scattering-Gathering, Garter Lane Arts Centre, featuring work by 20ten and guests Willemien Koelink, Magdalena Karol, Kate-Bowe O'Brien and Andrea Caulfield. more info here
Jan 23 - 26 Mar 2013 Ten week series of Art Workshops at Tramore Coastguard Cultural Centre, Love Lane Tramore, Co. Waterford more info


Dec 7 to 22 2012 The Same but Different - Soma Contemporary Art Gallery, Waterford -
A joint exhibition facilitated the S.I.N arts initiative (Strength in Numbers), including Wexford artists from Studio Nine-Wexart , and also Transition Year students represented by local artist and facilitator Chris O’Brien Shanahan. read more
Dec 2012 finished 'Origin', oil on canvas, based on reedbed at bank of John's Pill, Waterford, part of Waterford Nature Park
Oct 19 - Nov 20 Scratch the Surface' group exhibition at Greyfriars Gallery. Invited artists, guided by printmaker Anne McDonnell Murphy from Kite Design Studios, make and print drypoint plates as part of 10th Imagine Arts Festival
Sept21 Culture Night: 'Take Another Look' guided tours of Waterford Municipal Art Collection, Theatre Royal, Waterford
Sept-Dec 2012 Waterford City Council Transition Year Programme : Art Workshops
June 30 & July Within + Without : group exhibition in Dungarvan
June 22nd Treeline: 10ft acrylic on canvas cutout Art Installation at Ambiosonic Festival, Forêt des Maures, Provence, France more info here
June 1 to 27 Samhraidh : group exhibition at Tramore Coastguard Cultural Centre with Kathleen Delaney, Milia Tsaoussis-Maddock and Niall Bracken. read more
May 2012 Love Forest - Sweden
May 2012 To mark EU Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations Garter Lane took ‘What kind of old do you want to be?’ as the theme for their Bealtaine open submission group exhibition. ‘Nine Nests’ was inspired by the nine nests in which shaman souls hatch in the ‘tree that stands between day and night’ – the transference of knowledge, wisdom and understanding across generations.

Earth Mother Bealtaine Blue
Sacred Ochre Oak Renew
Stand between night and day
Nine nests for souls to lay

April 28th Slow Art Day host 12am to 1pm, Theatre Royal & Café Royal, Waterford more info
April May 2012 'Have Fun Exploring' Art Workshops - Six week series of Beginners painting workshops at tramore Coastguard Arts Cente, from April 18th to May 23rd more info
March 2012 February 29th to 17th March: LEAP - Guest Co-Curator GROUP exhibition at Hive Artists Studios, Waterford with John Cullinan, Brian Sullivan, Brendan Butler, Jacquelyn O'Keefe, Jill Bouchier, Louise Flynn, Maria Lynch, Ross Orr, Blátha Dubh, IAMACOSMONAUT, Derek Kennedy, Alastair Duckett and Denis Power.


Dec 2011 Beautiful Future - GROUP exhibition at Hive Artists Studios, Waterford with Katie Kavanagh, Roisin McArdle, Lou O'Neill/BS, Mary-Clare Lyons, Sarah Manson, Jenny Spain, Sarah Quigley, Mary McGrath, Chris O'Brien Shanahan, Gillian Fitzpatrick, Andrew Brown, Joan Kwirk, Aishling Conroy, Jaeyeol Han, John Cullinan, Stephen Nolan, Noilin O'Kelly, Michelle Kiely, Ann Marie Brett-Jennings, Tamsin Bending, Mary Galvin, Dominic Corrigan, Ann Brennan, Ann-Marie Webb, Kary Mullally, Shelly McDonnell and John Costello.
Nov 2011 Within and Without - 13 to 29 Nov: Tramore Coastguard Arts Centre, Waterford: artwork by: Pat Carri, Kevin Connolly, Róisín Kinsella, Darragh Lyons, Pat McArdle, Chris O’Brien Shanahan, Conor Rush and Milia Tsaoussis-Maddock. more info ->
Sept 2011

Culture Night - 7.30pm Greyfriars' Gallery, Waterford - READING THE LANDSCAPE: an exploration of the creative process through works from the Municipal Collection.
Art Stroll on Michael Street: work selected for House of Vintage. more info ->

Sept 9- Oct 13 Reading the Landscape - Curated exhibition at Greyfriars - selected landscape painting from the Waterford Municipal Art Collection.
Sept - Dec 2011 Waterford City Council Transition Year Programme
Art Workshops - Reading the Landscape - with school students
July 29th to 27th August Four 'Weave' montages selected for Inaugural Group Exhibition at HIVE Artists Studios - artists include Keith Currams, Andrew Kenny, Ray Tsang more info ->
July 2011 Painting week at Brownstownhead
June 2011 Art workshops at Ambiosonic Festival, Forest des Maures, Provence, France
April 2011 Hosted Slow Art Day event at Greyfriars Art Gallery, Waterford - in conjunction with Waterford City Council Arts Office More about Slow Art on AnamAit
April 2011 Enjoyed participating in "Creative DiverCity" organised by Angels in Disguise (AID) Arts Project and supported by Luminous Live Events at SOMA
April 2011 Awarded Waterford City Council Transition Year Art Programme grant to facilitate local heritage based art workshops more info ->
March 2011 On behalf of Waterford Visual Artists, presented Kathleen Delaney with commorative hazel tree in acknowledgement of two years most excellent Visual Arts Programme at Garter Lane Arts Centre
January 2011 'Fenor Bog', oil painting, accepted into Waterford Municipal Art Collection - exhibited at Greyfiars Municipal Art Gallery February to March 2011
Dec 2010 to Jan 2011 Boundary Lines at Solstice solo exhibition at Waterford Museum of Treasures at the Granary. Opened by Mr Ray McGrath, Chair Irish Wildlife Trust Waterford, on 21st December more info ->


December to January 2011 Boundary Lines at Solstice solo exhibition at Waterford Museum of Treasures at the Granary. Opened by Mr Ray McGrath, Chair Irish Wildlife Trust Waterford, on 21st December more info ->
September Weave Art Installation at Gateways Festival, Co. Wicklow more info ->
September ‘Window Dressing Art in a …temporary art space’ site specific installation of mixed media sculptures, catalogue and performance art documentation more info->
August Attended opening of Kathleen Delaney's exhibition, Thomastown, Kilkenny Art Festival.
July Photographing beautiful scenery in Carna, Co. Galway.
May 'Volunteered' with Green Papaya Art Projects at the Tate Modern’s 10th anniversary, No Soul For Sale – A Festival of Independents in the Turbine Hall. - Founded in 2000 by Norberto Roldan and Donna Miranda Green Papaya provides a platform for intellectual exchange, critical dialogue and creative-practical collaboration among the artistic community in the Philippines. www.greenpapayaartprojects.org
April Collaboration: 20 slides from Australia Zoo, 2006, chosen to accompany the Rain Forest Aviary sound pieceby miXile - ignite 4,' at the Science Gallery (Trinity College, Dublin, during Trinity Week) IgniteDublin.
March Launch of Ambient Electronic Noosa Sunrise by miXile: commissioned artwork and Video Art Installation at Soma Contemporary ArtBox Waterford.
March 2010 Opened "Rockscapes & Surfaces" - recent work by Bernard Queally and Millia Tsaoussis Maddock at Garter Lane Arts Centre.
January 2010 Volunteered at re-opening SOMA Gallery with “POP [won't eat itself]” - Live Art Installation 'Phoenix' survived the move but not the renovations!


December Graduated with First Class Honours : MA Arts & Heritage Management | MA (Hons) :-)
October Enjoyed Chris Watson & Simon Fisher Turner at The National Gallery London.
July Group exhibition Punchinello @ SprÓg at Garter Lane Arts Centre, more info - >
June 'Phoenix' living scultpure : installation at SOMA Contemporary Art Box.
January Curated exhibition of Selected Works from Waterford Central Library Art Collection at Index Gallery, Lady Lane more - >


November dreamcatcher - solo exhibition at Index Gallery, 15th to 29th; Waterford City Council Central Library, Lady Lane Waterford more info here ->
June Unfamiliar Territory - Solo exhibition 'Journeys' plus new work at Foleys on the Mall, Lismore, Co. Waterford more info here -> Part of the Immrama Festival
April Recent work exhibited at opening of Book-a-Room new offices by Minister Martin Cullen, in collaboration with Waterford Chamber, photo here ->
February Launch of Ambient Electronic Nullarbor CD by miXile: artwork and photography
January Gozo : Photographic Journal of journey


October Exhibition of recent works : Bodega, Waterford, IMAGINE Arts Festival. Collection inspired by two journeys taken in 2006.
May Extended Blue (2), June, Solstice (3) "Dialogue" more info on anamait
January "Dialogue" collaboration with miXile: Can you see where I am coming from (Part 1)


October LIVE Art, open art studio, work shown at Greyfriars Gallery | Review of Festival
September Expressionism and the Art of Website Design, Workshop with members of Network Waterford, at Tower Hotel Waterford ... info here ->
Summer Expedition across Australia : WA: Perth, Bibbulmun, Kalamunda, Mundaring Dam, Kalgoorlie, Western Desert, Norseman, Nullarbor , Australian Bight. NSW: Blue Mts, Great Dividing Range, Sydney, Great Escarpment. Queensland: Noosa, Australia Zoo.
March Seven days painting in Tavernelle, North Tuscany, Italy; a tiny village set among hills covered with chestnut forests and the last stop before crossing the Apennines.

earlier work

June 2005 In the Garden series
November 2004 "Rosetta Stone" project
September 2003 Started "Boundary Wall" series en route to Network Ireland meeting in Galway!

Basket weaving workshop with cathy hayden
Scattering Gathering Artist Talk Feb 2013
Moving On, pen on watercolour paper, cobs 2013
cobs - curator the same But Different
the Same but Different
, installation, 2012

Treeline cobs 2012
Borderline, Foret des Maures

Nine Nests

slow art day logo
Evening Light - oil on canvas nov 2011
Within + without 20ten
weave 2:6 cobs
2011 Slow Art Day button
Fomhair - Mother
Window Dressing Art 09 2010
Green Papaya - No Soul for Sale - Tate Modern
ignite 4
fenor bog - book installation index gallery
Punchinello Garter Lane 2009
fenor bog weave
Noosa Sunrise 1.2

basketweaving with Cathy Hayden | artist talk at Garter Lane Arts Centre | Waiting, pen on hot-pressed watercolour paper, 2013 | the same but different, installation of student work | treeline installation, Provence, France | nine nests, oil on canvas | weave 2:6 | slow art day | fomhair : mother | window dressing art in a ...temporary art space | green papaya at the tate | ignite 4 | art book in library | punchinello at Garter lane 2009 | Fenor Bog : Weave, oil on canvas 2008 | Can you see where I am coming from?
© Christine O'Brien 2006- 2018 | all images, paintings, photographs © Christine O'Brien