Current Exhibitions

Art Level 6, 2021-2022
End of Year Exhibition
Mayo College of Further Education and Training,
Westport Campus

Custom House Studios + Gallery are pleased to host Art Level 6, 2021-2022, End of Year Exhibition,
Mayo College of Further Education and Training, Westport Campus.

Exhibition runs from Friday, 10th June until Sunday, 3rd July 2022.

Opening Reception: Friday, 10th June, 6pm – 8pm

Exhibition features works by:
Brendan Coyne / Siobhán Cronin / Maria Davey / Saoirse Hegarty / Lena Lennon / Janet McCracken / Siva McDonald / Brenda McEllin / Killian McGing Robinson / Áine Mulcahy / Cole Rima / Dylan Ryder / Lidija / Eabha Walsh / Paulina Welec

‘Fox’ reduction linocut, 15 x 20cm by Eabha Walsh

DRINK UP THE MOON – Jane Cassidy

Custom House Studios + Gallery are pleased to host Drink Up The Moon
a solo exhibition by Jane Cassidy.
Exhibition runs from Friday, 10th June until Sunday, 3rd July 2022.


Drink Up The Moon celebrates how life can be better lived when we are in tune with the world around us.

The pandemic was a challenging time to be creative and by observing the natural cycles around me, I found my artistic practice was nurtured. Immersion in nature is well documented as being hugely beneficial to our mental health and well-being and I am creatively motivated by how this can be translated into multi-sensory artwork.

The development of this body of work began when I started to film my winter swims in Salthill, Galway. This creative habit changed the way I experienced my swims and kept me cycling to the beach, even during a blizzard. The luscious slow-motion video captures glistening light, the sensation of waves crashing, and the aggression of hailstones on open water. “You never regret the swim,” is a mantra my friend Gav gave me years ago and this project is indebted to those wise words.

In tandem with my swims, I studied the moon and filmed its changing phases. The more I paid attention to our magnetic satellite, the more I heard birdsong when I would usually sleep, and the more in tune I was with my own rhythms. I filmed it rising behind mountains and shining across beaches, and its face was just as beautiful from my doorstep in the bright city as it was in remote places.

In this exhibition, meditative audiovisual installations, from multi-channel video to synesthetic light and sound sculptures, try to capture the magic and mysticism of sunlight on choppy seas, rambling on the seashore, and deeply listening to our environment.


Exhibition Events:

Friday, 10th June: Opening Reception, 6pm – 8pm, Custom House Studios + Gallery

Sunday, 12th June: Seaweed identification/foraging workshop, 10am, Old Head Beach

To help explore themes in the exhibition and the beautiful bounties to be found on our shores,
Marie Louise Heffernan, an ecologist living in north Connemara, will lead a seaweed identification/foraging workshop on Sunday, 12th June at low tide, 10 AM at Old Head Beach,
we will meet at the pier. If you have any questions please email
janecass@gmail.com.

Sunday, 3rd July: Artist walk-through on the final day of the exhibition, 2pm at Custom House + Gallery

Jane Cassidy is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator from Galway. Trained in music and visual art, Jane earned a Masters in Music and Media Technologies from TCD in 2008 and an MFA in Digital Art from Tulane University in New Orleans in 2014. Jane’s main interests lie in immersive audiovisual environments, multi-sensory work and synesthesia. She has had solo shows at the Mobile Museum of Art, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, the University of New Orleans, and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Exhibitions include the European Media Art Festival, Germany, the New Orleans Film Festival, Punto Y Raya Festival, Spain, Currents New Media Festival, New Mexico, Galway International Arts Festival, live visuals for Animal Collective and Nanu Nanu, as well as group shows internationally. www.janecassidy.net

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