Along comes Thursday with some fairly daycent exhibitions for your enjoyment. Rather than swanning about a crowd of know-nothings ignoring the vacuous creations of soulless fools (it happens) you have the opportunity this week to visit a few shows that are a bit more purposeful. The first of which is a venture with such a politically driven manifesto that they even have Labour TD Ruari Quinn making a speech at the opening. Nobody’s Victim is an exhibition borne out of two young friends’ desire to create new systems and spaces to show and sell quality work by young Irish artists. Odd then that the show takes place in the former home of one of Dublin’s well known galleries. The old Kevin Kavanagh Gallery on Strand Street apparently had a short run as a Turkish Tea Room and this brief bit of history has lent the new gallery incarnation its name. The show features photography, painting, textiles, prints and ceramics from Fionán O’Connell, Ronan Bergin, Elisha Clarke, Fiona Daly, Chris Judge, Maggie Mc Keever, Marie Denham, Ross McNamara, Elizabeth Brennan, Neil Rudden, Kevin Brennan & Dan Moran. It was even mentioned in real live newspaper The Sunday Tribune last weekend. Opening times from Thursday to Sunday are here.
The same evening and just a short stroll (or illegal tram ride) up the Luas tracks, you’ll find this year’s NCAD MFA & MA Interim Show taking place in various spaces in Smithfield. Works (“in progress”) are currently being installed in vacant spaces both in the big, glass-fronted retail spaces of the main complex and in the more interesting and run-down building that houses the Chinese market downstairs. This unit is apparently one of the oldest in the Smithfield square area and has industrial bits & bobs and dusty nooks and crannies in abundance. The perfect setting for work by masters students from courses with titles like Art in the Digital World. Drop down on Thursday from 5:30 if you want to hear people speak words about the art, 6:30 if you just want to join in the back-slapping and 9pm if you just want to glare at their arty afterparty in The Cobblestone. The show, entitled ‘Checkpoint’ runs until 28th April and there are more details on the invite here.