Looted salt mine 1945 Manet in the Winter Garden
pencil on paper
21 x 29.7cm
© Brian Fay

Recipient of The Derwent Art Prize 2014.




May - June 2015


Works by Helen Booth, Stephanie Tucknell and David Begley will feature in Drawing 2015 a group exhibition at Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen, Wales. Exhibition runs from 2 May – 20 June 2015:

"In recent years artists have re-visited drawing, and have redefined and pushed the boundaries in fresh and dynamic directions. Drawing is no longer limited to study, sketch or pencil on paper. For this selected exhibition I’ve chosen to show the work of artists who use drawing as a primary method. For many of them, drawing is the end result, and not merely a staging post. The selected artists in this exhibition are: Anna Barratt, David Begley, Kelly Best, Helen Booth, Julia Griffiths Jones, Anne-Mie Melis, Robert Partland and Stephanie Tucknell.

There is something immediate and efficient about drawing, and most of us will at some stage ‘resort’ to drawing as a way to communicate. We will do so to enhance words by either visualising, mapping or capturing what it is we want to say. We’ll do this because drawing seems to be effective, a drawing may replace words as a way to describe the way something works (the understanding drawing), a way to describe direction, space, route or mark (the looking drawing), or as a form of narrative or subjective expression (the feeling drawing). Understanding, looking and feeling are three helpful ways to approach the selected work in Oriel Myrddin’s exhibition Drawing 2015."

Meg Anthony – Gallery Manager, Oriel Myrddin Gallery See


April 2015

Since 1991, the artist Tjibbe Hooghiemstra [born 1957] has lived and worked in the Netherlands and Ireland. In 2011 Hooghiemstra participated in the exhibition All About Drawing, a retrospective of the past 50 years of Dutch drawing art, at the Stedelijk Museum in Schiedam. His most recent solo exhibition Sandy Island toured at Oriel Q - Queens Hall Gallery, Narberth, Wales, [2014] Galerie @ Koninklijke Villa, Oostende, Belgium, [2014] Galerie Hoogenbosch, Gorredijk, the Netherlands [2014] and Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland [2015].
See drawings by Tjibbe Hooghiemstra here

Michael Geddis' solo exhibition Crouching in Newton's Shadow at Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Co Wicklow
runs from 28 April - 10 May 2015. Opening reception Friday 1 May from 7 - 9 pm.

Brian Fay, Arno Kramer and Tjibbe Hooghiemstra are featured in DRAWINGS I National Collection of Contemporary Drawing at Limerick City Gallery of Art from 03 April - 15 May 2015.

This exhibition contains 72 drawings by 55 artists, such as Marles Appel, Robert Baker, Brian Bourke, Marion Borgelt, Stephen Brandes, Anna Caples, Ian Charlesworth, Felicity Clear, Melisa Coote, Analog Devices, Blaise Drummond, Rita Duffy, Brendan Earley, Chung Eun-Mo, Brian Fay, Tom Fitzgerald, Richard Gorman, Anita Groener, Ronan Halpin, Seamus Heaney, Gavin Hogg, Tjibbe Hooghiemstra, Ronie Hughes, Alan Keane, Arno Kramer, Valerie Joyce, Ciaran Lennon, David Lilburn, Elizabeth Magill, Niamh McCann, Niamh McCann, Eline McGeorge, Eoin McHugh, Tracy McKenna, Sean McSweeney, Julie Merriman, Nick Miller, Mary Moloney, Paul Mosse, Janet Mullarney, Colette Nolan, Maureen O’Connor, Augustine O’Donoghue, Niamh O’Malley, Garreth Phelan, Robert Ryan, Sean Shanahan, Jim Sheehy, John Shinnors, Donald Teskey, Sue Townsin, Samuel Walsh, Michael Warren.


ARNO KRAMER will be tutoring a Drawing Master Class at The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ireland from the 4th - 12th April 2015. A maximum of 10 artists will be accepted for this 9 day workshop. All facilities of the Foundation will be available to the participants including 24/7 access to a shared studio for independent work. A fully stocked art reference library & Archive of over 500 works of art will also be available for viewing. Besides working in the studios there will also be two excursions and a lecture given by Arno Kramer on Contemporary Drawing.

Price €1,150 which includes tuition, shared accommodation and collection/delivery in Ballina. First come, first served basis.Your application, with a selection of about 15 images will be judged on basis of quality before the 1st of December. It is necessary that your work focuses on drawing. Enquiries email:, telephone: +353 96 43184


March 2015

Born in 1960 in Belfast, Michael Geddis graduated from the University of Ulster’s Belfast School of Art with a BA [Hons] in Fine Art in 2013. The methodical inquisitiveness that characterised his previous career as a veterinary surgeon for over 25 years is evident in his current artistic practice. Immediately after graduating, he was selected as a resident artist for Bangor’s Project24 and spent nearly a year in a seaside open studio. He concurrently benefitted from a membership award from Belfast Print Workshop and this enabled him to transfer his drawing skills to printmaking. Since then, he has been working on an Arts Council funded project to make very finely detailed drawings using micro-surgeons magnifying loupes. See drawings by Michael Geddis here.

David Begley's solo exhibition of charcoal animations 'Breathe' at The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co Mayo, Ireland. The exhibition features the films 'Breathe' [3min 50, 2014], 'Seed [5min, 2014 - 2015]' and 'Be' [4min, 2015] and 'Time and how it passes' [2min 40, 2013] Exhibition runs from March 06 - April 11. The exhibition includes a selection of drawings made for the films 'Be' and 'Seed'. See drawings by David Begley here.

David's animations 'Be' [4min, 2015] and 'Breathe' [3min 50, 2014] have been selected for DAS2015, Belfast. DAS2015 is an open submission exhibition curated by the Digital Arts Studios. DAS has selected works by Katrina Stamatopoulos and Alexandra Spence, David Begley, Bernadette Comac and Blanca Rego. The work will be screened at the Beanbag Cinema in Donegall Street, Belfast from the 3rd to the 7th of March. Opening hours will be 1 - 4pm. There will be a reception on Thursday 5th March from 6-9pm. All are welcome. See

Brian Fay will be giving a talk on Drawing and Time at the RHA, Dublin. March 11 at 5.30pm
See drawings by Brian Fay here

February 2015

Anthony Lyttle was born in Kenya, and lived in Ethiopia before moving to Ireland as a teenager. He studied Painting at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and completed a Masters at the Byam Shaw, Central St Martins, London.
He is currently living in County Carlow and is a lecturer at IT Carlow, Wexford Campus School of Art and Design.
See Anthony Lyttle's drawings here

Anthony Lyttle's solo exhibition Thicket runs at Cross Gallery, Dublin from 05 - 28 February 2015.

Siobhán McDonald features in Welcome Disturbances a group exhibition presenting the work of UCD Science Artists In Residence. Featured artists: Mark Cullen, Emma Finucane, Cindy Cummings, Fred Cummins, Sofie Loscher, Siobhán McDonald, Meadhbh O'Connor and David Stalling. Curated by Sheena Barrett & Emer O Boyle.
Exhibition runs from January 30 - April 11 2015 at The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1.

Drawings by Anouk Mercier are featured in the group exhibition THE TRAGEDY OF LANDSCAPE with Antlers Gallery at Griffin Gallery, The Studio Building, 21, Evesham Street, London, W11 4AJ. The exhibition features Ambrosine Allen, Reece Jones, Juliette Losq, Anouk Mercier, Geoff Diego Litherland and Wieland Payer.
Exhibition runs from 12 February - 13 March 2015. See



January 2015

Anouk Mercier exhibits with Greg Eason in CLASSIC / LUXURY / EXOTIC / ROMANCE
at The Contemporary London, Space W10, London 591 - 593 4R, exhibition runs from 16 January - 1 February 2015.

The Drawing Suite website received over 32,000 visits in 2014.



December 2014

SCHITTEREND ISOLEMENT a group exhibition of drawing featuring ten artists will include Gerda Teljeur's 200 Diary Drawings [Like Life Itself]. Exhibition opens December 13 runs until March 01 2015. See drawings by Gerda Teljeur.

Brian Fay is featured in PULL BITE RALLY a group exhibition at NCAD Gallery, Dublin.
Exhibition runs 19 November to December 16.

David Begley's charcoal animation 'Breathe' will be screened by the Artists' Resource Room after their next meeting on Saturday December 13th, at Theatre 2, Glór, Ennis, Co Clare at 3.45pm. This will be a free screening. All are welcome to attend. To see a short preview from 'Breathe' please see

Joanna Kidney is featured in Hexagon, a group exhibition at Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Wicklow. Opening with an Artists conversation 27th Nov 6-8pm. This exhibition is the culmination of a collaborative project and residency in Cork Printmakers Studio, Cork City, with six participating artists - three professional Wicklow based artists; Aoife Flynn, Laura Kelly and Joanna Kidney, and three members of Cork Printmakers; Conall Cary, Dominic Fee and Fiona Kelly. Hexagon is a Wicklow County Arts Office project presented by Cork Printmakers in association with Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre. Exhibition runs from November 27 - January 24 2015.
For further information see

November 2014

Born 1984 in Paris, France, Anouk Mercier studied classical drawing at the Beaux Arts in Paris before returning to the UK to complete a BA [hons] in Art and Visual Culture at the University of the West of England [UWE] in 2008. She continues to work from Bristol from her studio at Jamaica Street Studios, regularly exhibiting both in the UK and France. Alongside her practice Anouk is an active promoter of drawing in Bristol and further afield, having co-founded Bristol Drawing Club in 2009 and now acting as a tutor for Bristol Drawing School, as well as Associate Lecturer for UWE as [2013 - 2014]. See Anouk Mercier's drawings here.

Arno Kramer has been awarded Artist of the Year 2015 in the Older Artist category. Kramer wins his award alongside Marlene Dumas who has been awarded Artist of the Year 2015 in the general category.

Steven Maybury is featured in NEUTRAL, TULCA 2014
The exhibition features works by over 30 Irish and International artists. Participating artists: Mark Wallinger, Bedwyr Williams, YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES, Kay Arne Kirkebø, The Domestic Godless, Mark Garry, Jeanette Doyle, Oisin Byrne, Brendan Earley, Katharine Lamb, Steven Maybury, Fergus Martin, Marielle MacLeman, Jennie Guy, Elaine Leader, Keef Winter, Stephen Gunning, Conor McGarrigle, Anita Groener, Cecilia Danell, The Project Twins, Katie Watchorn, Lucy Andrews, Aileen Conroy, Pádraic E. Moore, Laura Angell, Sofie Loscher, Juliette de la Mer, BRANCH & ITSA Collective, Mobile Art School. Curated by Aisling Prior.

NEUTRAL, TULCA 2014 runs from 8th November to 23rd November, Galway 2014
For further information about the opening please see:

Further to the screening of David Begley's charcoal animation 'Breathe' [3min 50seconds. black and white] at The Spiegeltent Festival Wexford in october, 'Breathe' will be presented at The Picturehouse Film Society at Wexford Arts Centre on November 25th. 'Breathe' is one of a series of animated films made by the artist to be exhibited during his solo exhibition at Linenhall Arts Centre, Mayo in March 2015.

Michael Wann exhibits recent drawings at Green Acres Gallery, Wexford. Group exhibition runs until December 24.

Gerda Teljeur's drawings are included in Art and Architecture of Ireland, Volume 111 and V published by the Royal Irish Academy. To be launched Sunday 16 November in the Mansion House, Dublin by An Taiseoch Enda Kenny.

October 2014

Of the survival of images (and objects) a solo exhibition of drawings by Brian Fay runs from 10th of October - 1st November at Nag Gallery, Dublin. Please see

Brian Fay has been awarded First Prize in the Derwent Art Prize competition for his pencil drawing entitled ‘Looted salt mine 1945 Manet in the Winter Garden’. The Derwent Art Prize is an open competition for international artists, which aims to reward excellence through showcasing the very best works created in pencil. The panel of selectors were Kate Macfarlane (Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Drawing Room); Professor Anita Taylor (artist, Co-Founder and Director of Jerwood Drawing Prize and Dean of Bath School of Art and Design) and Josh Spero
(Editor of Spears Magazine and Art Critic for Tatler UK). See the link

Siobhán McDonald exhibits new works with The Taylor Galleries, Dublin at VUE Contemporary Art Fair, at The RHA Dublin. October 30 - November 02. Steven Maybury is also featured at VUE, with Eight Gallery, Dublin.

September 2014

Drawings by Arno Kramer are featured on The Drawing Suite.

In a Landscape, a three person exhibition at Solstice Art Centre Navan, featuring the work of Paul Gaffney, Emma Donaldson and Michael Wann runs from 4th September until 11th October 2014.

Steven Maybury's work Groove Chronicle is featured in Little Kingdoms in this years Catalyst Arts members festival.
Festival runs from September 4th - 26 at Catalyst Arts, Belfast.

August 2014

Exhibition runs from August 8 - 28 at Block T, Dublin.

July 2014

Tim Lane's solo exhibition and Book Launch Anima Mundi runs from 5 – 27 July 2014 at Antlers Bristol.
Please see

Drawings by Hanneke van Ryswyk and David Begley are published in Drawing Paper #7, Liverpool.

June 2014

Drawings by Steven Maybury are featured on The Drawing Suite.

Steven Maybury presents three solo exhibitions in Dublin in June / July:
Jigsaws, Combs and Rulers - Eight Gallery. 19 June - 05 July
Groove Chronicles - Market Studios. 25 June - 05 July
Radical Lines - Pallas Projects. 02 - 06 July

Tekeningen, an exhibition of drawings at Gallerie De Kapberg , Egmond aan Den Hoef, The Netherlands
features works by Gerda Teljeur, Hanneke Barendregt, Pieter Bijwaard, Johan Breuker, Dirck Nab, UrsulaNeubauer, Jaap Ploos van Amstel and Cora Vogtschmid. Exhibition runs from 23 May to 29 June.

Drawings by David Begley and Joanna Kidney selected for Eigse Open Submission Exhibition 2014, Visual Carlow.
June 06 - August 31.

May 2014

Drawings by Nathan K. Menglesis are featured on The Drawing Suite.

Helen Booth's solo exhibition 'Synapse' at Oriel Mwldan in Cardigan, Wales runs until 17th May.
Please see
Also exhibiting in 'Three / Tair' at Gallery/Ten, Cardiff alongside Sue Williams and Molly Rooke.
'Three / Tair' runs until 7th May.

Drawings by David Begley and Joanna Kidney selected for 184th Annual Exhibition at RHA, Dublin.

April 2014

Drawings by Tim Lane are featured on The Drawing Suite.

Drawings by Gerda Teljeur will be exhibited in The pring Art Show, at Greenacres, Wexford. 05 April - May 10.

February 2014

Emma McNally's work is featured in Abstract Drawing, an exhibition curated by Richard Deacon for London's Drawing Room. February - April 2014.

Featured Artists: Tomma Abts, Roger Ackling, Anni Albers, Tauba Auerbach,
David Austen David Batchelor, Victor Ciato, Garth Evans, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfaraian, John Golding,
Lothar Gotz, Frederick Hammersley, Victoria Haven, Susan Hefuna, Eva Hesse, Dom Sylvester Houedard,
John Latham, Judith Laudand, Bob Law, Sol Lewitt, Emma McNally, Jackson Pollock, Mira Schendel,
Darrell Viner, Alison Widing, Richard Wright

Joanna Kidney discusses her work at The RHA, Dublin on Wednesday 26th of February at 5.30pm.

Siobhan McDonald shortlisted for The Golden Fleece Award 2014.

January 2014

The Drawing Suite website received over 23,000 visits in 2013.

November 2013

Drawings by John Moore are featured on The Drawing Suite.

Works by Siobhan McDonald [Taylor Galleries] and Michael Wann [Cross Gallery] are featured at VUE Contemporary Art Fair at The RHA, Dublin. October 31 - November 03.

October 2013

Cross Gallery, Dublin presents 'shelter belt' a solo exhibition of drawings by Michael Wann October 03 - November 02.

Drawings by David Begley are exhibited in the Chapel at The Presentation Centre, Co Wexford October 11 - 28.

September 2013

'Dig, undig, redig' a solo exhibition by Joanna Kidney at The RHA Atrium gallery, Dublin,
04 September - 20 December.

A short film by José Miguel Jimenez discusses the themes of Siobhan McDonald's work in drawing, painting, photography and installation can now be seen on youtube. Please click here to view.

July 2013

Drawings by Pak Keung Wan are featured on The Drawing Suite.

June 2013

Drawings by Kate Smith [UK] are featured at The Drawing Suite.

Drawings by Oriane Di Pasquale [FRA] are featured at The Drawing Suite.

Drawings by Gerda Teljeur [NL], Hanneke van Ryswyk [Wales] and David Begley [IRL] will be exhibited in Painting and Drawing, a group exhibition at Newtownbarry House Gallery, Co Wexford, Ireland.
June 29 - September 01. Curated by Anya von Gosseln.

Drawings by Siobhán McDonald [IRL] are featured at The Drawing Suite.

Two drawings by Michael Wann [IRL] are exhibited in The 183rd Annual Exhibition at The RHA, Dublin, Ireland
May 28 - August 17.





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