Galway Arts Center announces December program

Three solo exhibitions will launch at the Galway Arts Center next week – Lúthchleasa by Mícheál Ó Catháin, Currency exchange by Kevin Gaynor, and Black milk by Japanese artist Miho Ohtsubo.

Lúthchleasa is an exhibition of new generative works of art by Mícheál Ó Catháin, showcasing his process of engagement with the first Irish harp tradition.

For more than a decade, Mícheál discovered the shapes and sounds offered to human touch by the metal and wood of the harp, as well as the lúthchleasa patterns encoded in the notes written by a young Edward Bunting at the Belfast Harp Meeting in 1792.

The exhibition runs through December 22 at the Galway Arts Center, Gallery 1, culminating with a solo concert on harp, voice and electronics by Mícheál on Saturday December 18 at the Nuns Island Theater at the Galway Arts Center. Tickets are available through eventbrite.

Kevin Gaynor’s Currency Exchange opens at Galway Arts Center, Gallery 2. Kevin is the recipient of the Galway Arts Center and the Engage Art Studios Emerging Artist Award 2020.

Much of his work explores the international state and the mechanisms that support and underpin it. Focusing on the European Union as a centralized power and Ireland’s role within it, her practice reflects on the classification of groups through the prism of geography.

The Galway Arts Center is hosting exciting international artist Miho Ohtsubo from December 8 to 15, Gallery 3.

Ohtsubo has had many exhibitions of his work in Japan and abroad, but this will be the first exhibition in Europe. Ohtsubo’s work was inspired by the poetry of Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill.

Engaging with Ní Dhomhnaill’s “Immram” sequence and his poem “Dubh” through Mitsuko Ohno’s Japanese translations, Ohtsubo responded to the themes of the texts in a very personal and powerful way.

The exhibition will feature Ohtsubo’s installation “Black Milk” as well as other works that demonstrate his compassionate understanding of Ní Dhomhnaill’s poetic world and reflect the underlying themes of migration and displacement.

Ohtsubo’s exhibition at the Galway Arts Center is organized by the Republic of Conscience: Human Rights and Modern Irish Poetry and the NUI Galway Research Project.

Each artist in the Galway Arts Center December program has developed a unique engagement with the research, translation and complex visualization of music, exchange and language systems through sound work, immersive installation, video and the performance.

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