Winter Open 2018

7 December 2018 - 10 January 2019

Group Show

Daithi Magner, Desmond Kenny, Beatrice O'Connell, Grainne H. Dowling, Elaine Grainger, Mary Furlong, Kevin Judge, David Begley, Austin Hearne, Natasha Pike, Bridget Flinn, Paul Gaffney, Sorca O'Farrell, Helen Bermingham, Helen Mac Mahon, Myra Jago, Siobhan Hehir, Helen G Blake, Ciaran Bowen, Daire O'Shea, Kirsti Kotilainen, Sean O'Rourke, Siobhan O’Callaghan, Aurelie, Cecilia Moore, David Smith, Jenny Mc Connell, Luke Van Gelderen, Harry Walsh Foreman, Tommy Feehan, Mann de Lacy, Aine Phillips, Jennifer Trouton, Noel Hensey, Pablo Jean and Aoife Herrity.

7 December – 10 January

Opening reception – 7 December at 6pm


Rua Red is delighted to announce the opening of this year’s Winter Open Art exhibition. Winter Open provides a platform for artists from all over the country to showcase their work. This year has seen an unprecedented amount of applicants that have been shortlisted by a selection panel to 36 selected exhibiting artists. Winter Open is a multidisciplinary show with artists from a wide range of disciplines and artistic practices working in Sculpture, Painting, Photography and Digital/Multimedia.

The selection panel, consisting of Helen Hughes (Rua Red studio artist), Orla McGovern and Hugh McCarthy (Rua Red), will also select a winner of this year’s Winter Open Prize, who will receive his or her own solo show at Rua Red in 2019.

Last year the selected artist was Robert Elis who will be launching his solo exhibition Proverbs. Proverbs is a long term multimedia project involving a combination of audio alongside still and moving images that seeks to engage with the contemporary landscape of Uganda while exploring its layers of memory. While the proverbs themselves exist as a result of concentrated wisdoms based on ethnic experience, the images here do not attempt to portray the age-old wisdoms. Rather, they seek to create a platform which might allow them to be re-imagined. Wandering through this unfamiliar landscape, the images linger on the people and its landforms, meditating on their relationship to their own environment. Fluid in approach, there are no fixed stories to tell, or no conclusive outcomes to communicate, rather an overarching narrative which seeks to consider how place is experienced, not only for its aesthetic values, but equally for the layers of memory and history that it holds.