COE ’16 New Century Retro – A Selection of COE Prizewinners

Curated by Helen O’Donoghue, IMMA


Featuring work by
Aideen Barry, Jenny Brady, Cecilia Danell, Lisa Fingleton, Michael Fortune, Maggie Madden,Selma Makela, Paul McKinley, Fionna Murray, Vukasin Nedeljkovic,
Lorraine Neeson, David O’Kane, Ruby Wallis
The exhibition will be officially opened by
Dr. Eimear O’Connor
on Saturday 17th September at 7.45pm 
in the Town Hall Gallery, Chapel Lane, Claremorris
Preview 6.45pm – 7.45pm
Followed by the official opening of ‘Deirdre’
an exhibition of work by the late Deirdre Mellett
in Claremorris Gallery, Mount Street, Claremorris at 8.30pm
  ‘Deirdre’ continues until 1st October  Mon – Sat 2 pm – 5pm 



COE ’16  continues until 1st October          

 COE Office – Town Hall, Chapel Lane, Claremorris

Opening Hours  Sun 18th Sep 12pm – 3pm:  Mon 19th Sep – Sat 24th Sep 12pm – 5pm:

                                     Sun 25th Sep  2pm – 5pm:  Mon 26th Sep – Sat 1st Oct 12pm – 5pm  

Public tours each Saturday at 2pm starting at the Town Hall Gallery    

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This will be the thirty-ninth Claremorris Open Exhibition and the third retrospective in the history of COE. Amazingly since the turn of the century we have had almost fifty prize-winners.  Unfortunately, we were unable to invite all those wonderful artists to exhibit in COE ’16, so we asked our good friend Helen O’Donoghue,  to select the artists from that list for the exhibition.



Helen O’Donoghue

COE ’16 Curator Helen O’Donoghue is Senior Curator, Head of Engagement and Learning Programmes at IMMA.  Irish Museum of Modern Art, Ireland. Appointed to her current role in 1991, she has developed the programme from the inception of the Museum. Currently working with four curatorial staff, the programme includes initiatives for both formal and informal learning. Opportunities to gain access to and engage with art and artists are created through the Artists’ Residency Programme, the Artists’ Panel and with artists in the Collection on the National Programme and those exhibiting in temporary exhibitions at the Museum. The department regularly curates exhibitions and produces publications evolving from these programmes.



Dr. Eimear O’Connor

Dr. Eimear O’Connor is an art historian, curator, lecturer, art advisor and archivist.  She specialises in Irish art. She has curated two major exhibitions of the work of 20th century artist, Seán Keating, and has written several books on him, of which the most recent is Seán Keating: Art, Politics and Building the Irish Nation.

O’Connor is a Research Associate with TRIARC-Irish Art Research Centre at Trinity College, Dublin.








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