Photographer: Jennifer Cunningham

Jennifer Cunningham | Ireland | Visual Art

Between Worlds

A playful exhibition of drawings, paintings and sculptures by artist Jennifer Cunningham, complemented by a display of dioramas by children from Gaelscoil Iarfhlatha.

Using the geography of the imagination as a starting point, Jennifer explores how a child’s imagination is a place of freedom and play, of resilience and strength; a safe space from which to explore and make sense of the world. In Jennifer’s imaginative world, abandoned fairgrounds and derelict spaces evoke the faded magic of childhood possibility. She is particularly interested in misplaced architecture and abandoned objects, confronting the viewer with the contrasting aesthetic of old and new. The landscapes, sometimes bare, desolate and even forbidding, do not represent real views but reflect the artist’s emotional response to the experience of the encounter.

This playful exhibition of drawings, paintings and sculptures is complemented by a display of dioramas by children from Gaelscoil Iarfhlatha, created as part of Jennifer’s research.

‘There’s a dual, interchangeable narrative running through her work: the dissolution of the physical fabric of the recreational landscape, and the psychological progression from the utopian magic of childhood imagination to a dawning awareness of change, loss, complication and limitations.’ Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times


Jennifer Cunningham

Jennifer Cunningham works with paint, printmaking, film, digital media and drawing. She exhibits both nationally and internationally, most recently with a solo show in the Festival Gallery as part of Galway International Arts Festival 2018. The show received over 30,000 visitors and a five star review in The Irish Times.

Jennifer has received several awards for her work including the Taylor Art Award and the Thomas Dammann Travel Award. She has undertaken residencies at the Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Dublin; the RHA School, Dublin; SIM, Iceland; Cill Rialaig, Co. Kerry; Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Co. Monaghan; and the Inishlacken Project, Connemara.

Jennifer runs her own Art School and teaches classes to children, adolescents and adults in drawing skills, oil and acrylic, printmaking and watercolour. She has taught courses in I.A.D.T, Dun Laoghaire since 2006 and has been a visiting guest lecturer at N.C.A.D and G.M.I.T.


Galway Arts Centre

Accessibility: A wheelchair ramp provides entry to the ground floor, however there is no elevator access to the second or third floor.

Parking: There is no parking at the venue. There is Pay and Display (street parking) on Dominick Street and the surrounding area and a large car park on Mill Street next to the Garda station. Mill Street car park is €2 per hour and chargeable hours are 08:30-18:30 Monday to Saturday and 13:00-18:00 Sunday.

Public Bus: Route 414 stops along Dominick Street, which is a 1 minute walk to the Galway Arts Centre.

Walking: The Galway Arts Centre is located on Dominick Street and is a 9 minute walk from the Town Hall Theatre and a 7 minute walk from the Spanish Arch.