Chagrin Falls


Engage Art Studios are very pleased to present the second exhibition at our new gallery. Chagrin Falls, a solo exhibition of new work by Blaise Drummond, will open on Saturday 6th of July at 6pm and will run until August 10th. The Gallery will be open 11am-4pm Thursday-Saturday or by appointment.

 The work for this exhibition which is comprised primarily of landscape paintings  has been created in recent months. Working on plywood with oil paint and beeswax Blaise pulls from a range of sources for inspiration, images of driving through mountains, a 1960's prototype scandanavian summer house, the farm at Black Mountain College - built by the students and staff of that experiment in idealism, a birch copse in Helsinki, John Muir at Yosemite.  

We are also delighted to announce that as part of this exhibition Blaise has created a special limited edition print in collaboration with Engage studio member Eimearjean McCormack. The price will start at €150 with the price increasing increments of €5 as the edition number increases. So 1/15 will be €150, 2/15 will be €155 and so on. It will pay to get in early!!   This is a rare opportunity to get you hands on original work by two acclaimed artists. The proceeds from the sale of the edition will go towards Engage Art Studio’s new facility in Salthill, Galway  which contains studios, a workspace, and a gallery. Engage is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland Workspace Scheme and Galway City Council, Arts Grants.
Blaise Drummond was born to Irish parents in Liverpool in 1967 and studied Philosophy and Classical Art at the University of Edinburgh before attending the National College of Art and Design in Dublin for a BA in Fine Art Painting and the History of Art. In 1998 he graduated with an MA in Fine Art Painting from the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. His work, mostly realised in the form of painting, drawing and sculpture/installation, is centred around ideas of the natural world, landscape and its representation, architecture and design. In 2006 he also began an on-going collaboration on a body of printed work with the American-born, Paris based publisher and master printer, Michael Woolworth.  In 2016 he began working with the Italian design company Magis, for whom he has produced thus far a series of screenprints.He has had numerous exhibitions in galleries around the world and a number of museum shows dedicated to his work, including the Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Germany in 2009 and Musée de l'Abbaye Sainte-Croix, France in 2006. Recent projects include a collaboration with Louis Vuitton on the artist book, The Arctic and the public art commission, A New Path to the Waterfall, for the Children’s Hospital at the Royal London, UK. His most recent show, A History of Hope at Galerie Loevenbruck in Paris opened in November 2018. His work is held in numerous museum, public and private collections around the world and he is a 2019 winner of the Fondation Colas Prize for Painting in France.

Where You Are Lost, We Are Sídhe


Engage Art Studios are delighted to announce the official launch of our new facility in Churchfields, Salthill. Saturday 25th May from 1pm. This day long celebration will include Open Studios and tours of the facility (1pm-4.30pm) where the public will get rare access to the Artist Studios, to see the how artist work and gain an insight in to the creative process. There will be free art demos for all ages in our workspace.

This will also see the opening of our new Gallery at 5pm. Our inaugural exhibition Where you are lost, we are Sídhe- will feature work by artists Monique Blom, Zara Lyness, Ilaria Pellizzaro Anushiya Sundaralingam and Ruby Wallis. This exhibition is exploring ideas between those of land art practice, traditionally-feminine creative crafts, and contemporary art practice. Each of the artwork presented is rooted to an action that began outdoors. The artists look at natural landscapes and social structures and explore their place within them as women, as artists, as occupants of space. Their actions are different from those of men artists who work with landscape: They do not conquer, they do not reshape, displace, or replace. They place a body or a texture, they harvest to create.

By creatively acting outdoors, indoors, and filling the space with their work, these artists are constituting a reality in which land art means placing and creating rather than displacing and reshaping. The idea of “constituting a reality” references Judith Butler’s ‘Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory’ where Butler states that acting within public reality, unlike theatrical acting, potentially constitutes a changed reality. The work is rooted outdoors; it comments on the social structures that await us when we walk outside; it represents a creative relationship with land.

The day will conclude with a performance by artist Zara Lyness at 5.30.
Engage Art Studios gratefully Acknowledges the support of the Arts Council of Ireland and Galway City Council .

In Real Time

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Engage Art Studio  are please to present  In Real Time, an exhibition of work by Erin Hagan, Michael Hanna and Dave Loder, curated by Nuala Ní Fhlathúin at 126 Artist Run Gallery, Hidden Valley, Galway.

This exhibition dwells deeply in time; work that draws on playful binaries and real time judgements, and a slow echoing consideration of language, materiality and meaning in the present moment.  Some of these works originated as art projects in public spaces, in far off locations, and are re-presented as documents and traces. Others are constructed in the 126 gallery space and embody an intuitive sculptural response to here and now.

In Real Time is part of a collaborative exchange project between Engage Art Studios, Galway and Platform Arts, Belfast in which Engage member Nuala Ní Fhlathúin curates Erin Hagan, Michael Hanna and Dave Loder who are all members of Platform Arts. It a continues the long standing partnership between Engage and 126 Artist-Run Gallery. The second leg of this project will be an exhibition of Engage members in Belfast in October 2017.

New Studios Opening on St Francis St


Engage Art Studios is delighted to announce that we are expanding our operations.Due to the overwhelming demand for studio space, Engage has decided to open additional space in a second location on Francis Street in Galway City Centre. This will open for new members to work and produce art from May. 
Engage Art Studios has occupied the top floor of the Old Pro-Cathedral building Since 2004. We are dedicated to providing work space for professional contemporary visual artists. Engage supports professional artists by providing them with clean, safe, secure studio space in which to create new works of art. Engage also offers exhibition opportunities, chances to meet with curators and professional development for our members. 
Applications for new members are now being accepted. Interested artists should send a letter of intent, an artist CV and up to 10 examples of their work to by May 5th at 5pm. 
Engage Art Studios gratefully acknowledges the support of The Arts Council of Ireland and Galway City Council.

Shills, an Exhibition by Pádraig Spillane



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Engage Art Studios is delighted to present “Shills” a solo exhibition by Pádraig Spillane in 126 Artist-run Gallery. Opening Friday the 8th of January 2016, 7pm. This exhibition is part of an ongoing collaborative project between Engage Studios Galway and Sample Studios, Cork.

Pádraig Spillane utilises diverse representational processes and object arrangements to explore ideas regarding desires and intimacies. His works connect image generation and appropriation with 3D stagings. Shills at 126 Gallery features new works which, by incorporating object and image manipulations, produce anthropomorphic resonances and extend an ongoing investigation of mirror effect arrangements.
Spillane has exhibited widely both in Ireland and internationally this includes: This is not my voice speaking, CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork, (2015); Magic Touch, CCA Derry – Londonderry, Northern Ireland, (2014); Mammouth, Treignac Projet, France, (2014); Fortnightly Features Presents, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland,
Shills features an accompanying text by Sarah Hayden, Lecturer in 20th and 21stc American Literature & Culture at the University of Southampton. The exhibition runs until Sunday 24th January. 126 is open Monday- Saturday 12pm-6pm