Exhibition

Macalla: Creggan Library St Patricks College DCU Drumcondra

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Macalla Echo Exhibition of Glass sound objects 5th April – 28th April Open Monday – Friday

Sounding an echo is a magical moment, which is followed by marvel, curiosity and joy! Creating an echo requires particular science and a touch of alchemy, two essential ingredients also needed for glassmaking. MACALLA sound suspended in time, repeats. Volume, movement and distance, an Echo describes dimension through space.

As a collection of displayed objects these works communicate through pose – a visual echo of sound and light, created through articulating form. Some resemble ethnic musical instruments suggesting a method of playing or tone; some suggest dialogue through their relationship to each other.

As performance pieces, the composition becomes one of human interaction with Glass. Innate qualities of the material: resonance, timbre and fragility, contribute to the sound and tension of each performance. A composition of sound, source and musician, changes with the performance and the performer. The glass object becomes a tool for communicating ideas in different contexts, Macalla – an echo of patterns and traditions in our music. Sometimes the resulting sounds are unfamiliar – new. To create new sound is rare, exhilarating, challenging and continues to be on going artistic investigation.

Róisín de Buitléar

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Home – An Exhibition of Glass at the Hunt Museum, Limerick 7th January until the 28th January

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Hunt Museum in partnership with Limerick city Traveller Health Advocacy Programme, funded by the Limerick City and County Council.

Thirteen Traveller women from Limerick city participated in a project based at the Hunt Museum with support from the Limerick city Traveller Health Advocacy Programme. The project was funded by the Limerick City and Council. Using museum artefacts as a source for ideas the women worked with artist, Róisín de Buitléar through the medium of glass to produce pieces worthy of their own exhibition. Exploring the subject of ‘home’, the exhibition reflects themes such as faith, community, housing and family. It also reflects some the challenges that living on a halting site in Limerick city can bring.

According to one of the participants:

‘…[I]ts been great to meet Roisin, she really believed that we could produce something beautiful and we have. It’s great to have something exhibited in the museum. It’s an amazing place.’

The Hunt Museum was delighted to be involved in such a worthwhile project. Feedback from the participants as well as from artist Róisín de Buitléar was wholly positive. The quality of the work produced in such a short amount of time and with no previous experience of art making or working with glass is impressive

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Gravuur on Tour /Glass engraving exhibitions

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Gravuur on tour continues its European tour now in the Netherlands – 27th August until September 12th at Aventurijn Glass gallery, http://www.aventurijnglasgalerie.nl  ..31 artists from all over Europe.

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Portfolio @Solomon Fine Art

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Glass Portfolio at Balfe Street, Dublin 2, Ireland Group exhibition of Portfolio artists working in Glass to celebrate Irish Design 2015

I am showing my collaborative work with Goldsmith Tuula Harrington of Designworks.com

Torc neck piece in Glass silver with Mint Quartz & 18ct Gold detail.

 

Exhibition continues until Saturday May 16th
For details call Solomon Fine Art on tel: +353 (0)86 814 2380
email: info@solomonfineart.ie Opening Hours: Tues – Fri: 10am – 5.30pm and Sat: 11am – 4pm or by appointment

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Solo Exhibition – Ornamentation – Explorations in glass sound and form, at Solstice Arts Centre Navan Co Meath

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Ornamentation – Explorations in glass sound and form, at Solstice Arts Centre until April 17th http://www.solsticeartscentre.com/gallery/current-exhibitions.168.html
A solo show by Róisín de Buitléar
‘Ornamentation, the melody of a story.

The story of lace is an intricate one, which carries with it, ideas of tradition, ritual and identity through ornamentation. Using the international language of lace to connect social history and material culture, Róisín de Buitléar draws on the alchemic qualities of glass to express ideas of fragility, vulnerability and structure.

Traditional Irish music invokes a deep connection to our culture. Ortha, meaning incantation, is a vocal expression of a prayer or spell. This collection of glass objects, which have a particular sound or timbre when struck, blown or plucked are the starting point for a narrative of this tradition. The sound recorded and audible in the gallery is a unique result of her collaboration with Liam Ó Maonlaí, a story of their collective engagement and evocation of a shared cultural heritage.

Ornamentation in Irish music creates aural textures, emotional focal points of collective memory and oral traditions; lace in a similar way carries these memories and traditions. Using the seductive qualities of glass Róisín de Buitléar creates a melody of material form and ornament.

 

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Solomon Fine Art

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Solomon Gallery Christmas show

 

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Resonance: Exhibition and Performance of Glass and Sound by Róisín de Buitléar at Kilkenny Arts Festival 2014

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

A new exhibition by Róisín de Buitléar, of percussive, wind and stringed sound objects, will have their inaugural performance on the 8th August at ‘The Set Theatre’ Kilkenny at the launch of the Kilkenny Arts Festival. In an ongoing investigation of the cultural resonance of sound, these objects will be played by Liam O Maonlaoí, accompanied by Peter O Toole of the Hot House Flowers.

The objects will then will go on exhibition at the National Craft Gallery Kilkenny from the 9th August to 15th October 2014 in an exhibition called Resonance. 

 

Ortha –a series of sound objects by Róisín de Buitléar create an Irish incantation, a harmony of sound, object, and Irish soul – Percussive, wind and stringed objects, made of Glass.

 

Artists Statement

As a collection of displayed objects these works communicate through pose – a visual echo of sound and light, created through articulating form. Some resemble ethnic musical instruments suggesting a method of playing or tone; some suggest dialogue through their relationship to each other.

As performance pieces, the composition becomes one of human interaction with Glass. Innate qualities of the material: resonance, timbre and fragility, contribute to the sound and tension of each performance. A composition of sound, source and musician, changes with the performance and the performer. The glass object becomes a tool for communicating ideas in different contexts. Sometimes the resulting sounds are unfamiliar – new. To create new sound is rare, exhilarating, challenging and an on going artistic investigation.

As in any dialogue there are a number of key participants. In the making of these objects, I was the composer and conductor. I worked with the highly skilled orchestra of glass blowers in the Museum of Glass, Tacoma, Washington to make these blown objects, Along with Gaffer Gabe Feenan, assisted by Courtney Branam, Greg Owen, Niko Dimitrijevic and Sarah Gilbert, we made these graceful forms, which I then shipped home to Ireland to complete.

Working with composer and musician Liam O Maonlaí on the performance element, is a collaboration of a different kind. Wishing to create a cultural resonance of sound, through and from the material, we are both drawing from our individual professional knowledge base, and shared passion for Irish music and culture. By incorporating material, rhythmic and interpretative methods with musical influences, we are creating a dialogue between, body movement, object and glass sound. Working on auditory, visual and sensory levels, each performance is an intuitive response to place and audience.

Bringing these objects into live performance changes the context of the pieces. They could easily break, they can become scratched, and in the heat of physical performance, the material is often stretched to its limit. They will forever tell the story of their journey, and those who played them.  Each performance is a fresh narrative. The original music recording being played in the gallery is a collaborative creative response to interweaving tradition with new influences – the sound of glass and our story in the making.

Róisín de Buitléar

 

 

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Interlace Exhibition – Ireland 28th March – 7th May

Friday, March 28th, 2014
28 MARCH 2014 – 7 MAY 2014

Interlace focuses on contemporary interpretations of lace. The concept of the show developed by the National Craft Gallery is to explore how traditional material culture creates a resonant source for contemporary practice. This is one of a series of exhibitions to take traditional or vernacular practice as a starting point.
The exhibition includes work by Saidhbhín Gibson and Caroline Schofield, whose practice straddles fine and applied art, Róisín de Buitléar’s etched glass vessels based on vernacular lace patterns, fashion designer Natalie Coleman, textile artist’s Anita Elliot, Helen McAllister and Cathryn Hogg and Patty Murphy ceramics.

Education & Outreach

Interlace: Curator Tour with Angela O KellyFri 28th March, 6pm

Curator of Interlace, Angela O Kelly, will introduce the origins of the exhibition and discuss a range of works on display. This will be followed by a launch of the exhibition at 7pm by Gemma Tipton, Journalist, Writer & Editor.

Family Day: Knitting Vessels with Carrie LynamSat 12th April, 10.30 am + 12 noon

Join us for a crafty family day where we will be knitting vessels inspired by the work of Cathryn Hogg, one of the artists featured in our current show Interlace. Cathryn knits structures using alternative materials such as wire and plastics, she calls herself a ‘’looper’’! Get loopy with us this family day and create your own knitted vessel from alternative materials. Workshops suitable for 5 +. All the family are welcome to stay and take part. Booking essential as places are limited.

To book: events@nationalcraftgallery.ie / Phone 056 7796151

Late Date: Artist talks with Natalie Coleman & Saidhbhín GibsonFri 25th April, 6.30pm

Fashion designer Natalie Coleman and artist maker Saidhbhín Gibson will speak about their work and in particular the pieces they contributed to the current exhibition Interlace. Designer Natalie and artist Saidhbhín represent very different approaches to using contemporary lace. Join us from 6.30pm in the gallery for a glass of wine and an informal chat about craft and contemporary lace.

Masterclass: Contemporary Lace – Traditional Techniques & InnovationFri 25th April, 10.30 am €20 / €10

As part of the Interlace education programme National Craft Gallery are delighted to offer a masterclass in contemporary lace and design, aimed at textile artists and lace makers. This Contemporary Lace Masterclass is an exploration of innovation and tradition in lace within the broader context of textiles. The morning session will focus on design thinking, innovation and combined materials with textile and fashion designer Natalie B Coleman. The practical afternoon workshop will focus on traditional lacemaking techniques with a focus on needlepoint, led by Nora Finnegan of the Kenmare Lace and Design Centre. This masterclass is suitable for makers who work with textiles and wish to expand their skill base and explore design thinking from another perspective. Places limited, booking essential.

10.30am – 1.00pm - Design, Innovation & Combining Materials with Natalie Coleman

Natalie Coleman
 is a fashion designer originally from County Monaghan. She studied fashion at Limerick School of Art & Design and on the MA course at Central St. Martins, London. With a background in strong narratives and quirky romance Natalie creates beautiful, feminine, contemporary, flirtatious looks with special attention to finish, fabric and detail. Coleman’s work features in our current exhibition INTERLACE.

2.00pm – 5.00pm – Needle Point Techniques with Nora Finnegan

Nora Finnegan is a lace-maker based in Kenmare, Co. Kerry and the owner and manager of Kenmare Lace and Design Centre. Nora is the co author of recently published The Lace Story, Kenmare and other Irish Laces. Nora will lead an afternoon session of traditional lace making techniques.

Booking required: events@nationalcraftgallery.ie / Phone 056 7796151

Adult Drawing Sessions: Line, Form & Mark-makingFriday 4th April, 18th April 11am – 12.30pm

Are you a notepad doodler? As part of the Interlace education programme National Craft Gallery are delighted to offer guided drawing sessions in the gallery, open to everyone of all ages and experience. Drawing sessions focus on drawing from life examining techniques of line, describing form and mark making. Materials provided but you are welcome to bring your own favorite drawing tools also. Booking essential, as places are limited.

For more information: events@nationalcraftgallery.ie / Phone 056 7796151

For more information: events@nationalcraftgallery.ie / 056 7796151

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‘Material World’ Loftooo Art space, M50 Shanghai, China opens March 15th

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

 

‘MATERIAL WORLD’

‘Material World’ is part of the Irish Wave series of exhibitions curated by Fion Gunn. Irish, Taiwanese, French and Chinese artists explore physical, sensory & emotional responses to their lives and ideas. Situated in the art district of Moganshan, Loftoo Art Space is a private contemporary gallery for all media.

Working in a wide variety of media: painting, drawing, textile, glass, ceramic, sound/video a cultural visual conversation between intimate artworks and visitors occurs.

In keeping with the philosophy of IRISH WAVE the aim is to provide a diverse and inspiring experience for the Chinese public which will encourage an open-minded approach to different media and awareness of international trends.

Liquid String

Blown glass diamond point engraved, with solid formed glass hook.

w26 x h110 x d80

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CAUTION! Fragile. Irish Glass -Tradition in Transition at Museum of Glass Tacoma Washington USA November 9th 2013 – September 30th 2014

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

In collaboration with Róisin de Buitléar, Fred Curtis, Eamonn Hartley, and Greg Sullivan, three masters of glass cutting and engraving from Waterford Ireland create an exhibition; CAUTION! Fragile, Irish glass – Tradition in Transition 

Collectively considered, the work comments on the history and social experience of working in the Waterford Crystal factory and living in Ireland. The imagery is a narrative of human experience and historical change at a specific time and place. Language, music and land as symbolic repositories of culture are also embraced in this work. ‘CAUTION! Fragile’ not only refers to the delicate nature of glass but is also an appeal to cherish and respect the long tradition of glass engraving and cutting in Ireland

'St Patricks Bell'  Dim 34 x18 x12cm  Róisín de Buitléar, Fred Curtis. Blown glass, carved glass inclusion

'St Patricks Bell' Dim 34 x18 x12cm Róisín de Buitléar, Fred Curtis. Blown glass, carved glass inclusion

Steed, 87 x 13 x10 cm Glass sword - Sand cast, cut.  Róisín de Buitléar, Fred Curtis.
Steed, 87 x 13 x10 cm Glass sword – Sand cast, cut. Róisín de Buitléar, Fred Curtis.

 

 

Call from the Valley - sound piece Dim 43 x106 x 20 cm Blown glass, cut Róisín de Buitléar, Fred Curtis

Call from the Valley - sound piece Dim 43 x106 x 20 cm'St Patricks Bell' Dim 34 x18 x12cm Róisín de Buitléar, Fred Curtis. Blown glass, carved glass inclusion

The closure of the Waterford glass factory in 2009 was devastating for the city and a challenge for the continued survival of Irish glass. Hundreds of glassmakers were laid off, heralding the end of an era of large-scale industrial glass making in Ireland.

Determined not to let the closure dictate the fate of Irish artist Róisín de Buitléar approached three former employees, Glass Masters, Fred Curtis, Greg Sullivan and Eamonn Hartley, about collaborating on a project to create a new body of work based on expressions of their own experiences. Iconic objects from the collection of The National Museum in Dublin, and the Irish landscape provided the inspiration to make a series of pieces that were personal narratives, working under their own names in their own studios. By working together, the four artists hope to create a new path forward for Irish glass.

Included in the exhibition of 35 pieces of blown, cut, and engraved works are a series of glass instruments with which musician Liam Ó Maonlaoí, has created an Irish incantation — a harmony of voice, object and soul. These recordings of original compositions are grounded in the traditional Irish music and Sean Nós style of singing, an ancient and highly ornamented style with links and similarities to other world music. Also included are oral history recording from glass workers, recounting what life was like manufacturing crystal in Waterford and its impact on their personal lives.

Initiated and organised by Róisin de Buitléar. There is a 64 page full-colour catalogue available to accompany this exhibition. Photography by Philip Lauterbach, Design by Red White Green(e)

 

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