Art In The Windows

The past few months have been challenging for all of us in a myriad of ways. Now we are coming out of our cocoons and rejoining friends, family and our wider community. We come together with renewed positivity and Hope in our hearts. This theme runs through our walking gallery this year.
Our fiercely talented local artists have generously agreed to showcase their art. Many town venues have offered up their spaces to allow us all to enjoy the beauty and imagination in their pieces. The synergy of these alliances and the expression of these artists brings Hope to the fore.
We are privileged to share this with you during this weekend. There is joy, wonder and hope all around us!
With thanks, Suzanne Burns.
PS. Feel free to contact any of the artists if you would like to know more or support their work. Contact details to be found here and on our website.
Riki Matsuda (Prims Bookshop)
Riki Matsuda is a painter and illustrator who divides her time between Ireland and the U.S.  Her work highlights an acute awareness of the imperfection and limitations inherent in human communication.  It gives the viewer an opportunity to experience the distress and humor of misunderstanding, as well as how the artist embraces these shortcomings with a curious sense of familiarity.
The artist recently endured a grueling four-month residency in which she barricaded herself inside a house with only the bare essentials, leaving the studio only to replenish her food supply and battle rotundness.  The work from this recent period will be displayed for the first time out of doors during Kinsale Arts Weekend
Dee Pieters (Granny’s Bottom Drawer)
Dee works in oils, mainly with palette knife, to achieve texture, tone & depth.
A signature theme of her work is the play of light on water.
She paints land – and seascapes & is inspired by the ruggedness of West Cork where she grew up, though Dee is a memory painter.
Trained in the UK & Ireland, Dee has exhibited successfully since 2000.
She paints from her studio in West Cork.
Kit French (Gallery 23)
Born in Cork, Ireland in 1986, Kit Studied for three years under the American painter Charles H Cecil, in Florence Italy. Since returning to Ireland he has been dividing his time between landscape and portrait work,one to influence the other. He only works from life using distance and the changing light to compose. Photographic aids are not used as this would disrupt the dialogue with nature.
Kit is Available to take Commissions for Portraits, Landscapes and Interiors.

Helen Williams (O’ Connors Pharmacy)
Originally from Wicklow, Helen now lives and paints from her studio in Kinsale. The sea and weather has greatly influenced her work. For the past few years, she has mainly painted in oils and acrylics. She also works in pastels, charcoal and driftwood.
Her artwork is generally colourful, energetic and impressionistic. For more information, please contact Helen here:
Jane Bendon (Sheehy Brothers)

Her passion for ceramics began when she immigrated to South Africa where she was introduced to the Jo Penaz ceramic studio in Constantia, Cape Town.

Her inspiration for her pieces stems from nature with its array of never ending colours, shapes and tranquility. Her work consists of a combination of oil/acrylic on canvas. Her ceramics are of clays such as porcelain, stoneware and earthenware. All her pieces are hand built by coiling and rolling of clay. She combines a variety of different glazes along with the use of beads and coloured glass. To learn more about Jane and her art, please contact:

Dearbhail Connon (Sea Fern)

A native Dubliner, Dearbhail has been living in Kinsale since 2008. She has a BA (hons) in film production, she also studied Fine Art on Sherkin Island, as well as a first class MA in Art Therapy at Crawford College, Cork.
Her work is influenced by her lifelong interest in spirituality, folklore, nature and the current climate crisis. .
Dearbhail is available for private commissions and her work may be seen on Instagram @DearbhailConnon

Matt O’ Donovan (Bolands)
Matt O’Donovan is a self taught artist with a family history in Kinsale. Working with oil on canvas, Matt takes inspiration from the beautiful County Cork landscape.
Veronica Cremen (Tile Store)

Veronica is a local artist who studied Interior Architecture, Painting, Drawing and Art Textiles.  Her favourite painting media are oils and acrylics, preferably using the palette knife. For her textile pieces, she likes to use a combination of hand printing and embroidery embellishments.

When she works, she likes to draw inspiration from the present (e.g. current feelings and current events) – hence her work is never predictable. Paradoxically, she loves both the discipline and the freedom that making art gives her.

Lucy Hyland (Granny’s Bottom Drawer)

Lucy has been living in Kinsale since 2009 and started her creative journey here. She began taking night classes in Kindle Community College, followed by a FETAC Level 5 and 6 in Kinsale College of Further Education, and then went on to do a degree in Contemporary Applied Art in Crawford College of  Art and Design. She began selling her work online in 2020 and is currently completing a Masters in Art Therapy.

Hilary Hale (TBC)

Little did she know when she turned a lamp to put on her piano over twenty years ago that woodturning was going to dominate her life for years to come.  Unless she is out collecting a tree or meeting customers at a craft fair she can usually be found covered in shavings next to a spinning piece of wood in the studio of her house in Summercove just outside Kinsale. Usually working with storm felled, locally grown timber she produces a variety of hand crafted pieces from key rings and cord pulls, cutlery and bottle stoppers to dramatic statement pieces like her hollow vessels and massive bowls. Many of her pieces make lovely presents for weddings and special occasions.

Using  local timbers  including ash, oak, robinia, beech and yew she first turns bowls into rough shapes and leaves then to air dry for up to two years before returning the pieces to the lathe for refinement and finishing.

John Collins (Magic Vacations)
John Collins is a passionate photographer with varied interests in lens-based practice, including underwater, landscape, urban and contemporary. A keen observer of light and life, John learned the craft of photography in commercial, wedding and portraiture, before moving to a career in healthcare. This gave him the flexibility to concentrate on personal projects, including the book ‘Cool Waters Emerald Seas’ (2006), ‘Shortcut’ (2019) and numerous magazine features, commissions and Arts Festival projects.
Cian Walsh (Kokos)
Cian Walsh is a designer and photographer based in Kinsale. Having produced art installations for previous Kinsale Arts’, he is now using his kayak to explore the beauty of local and regional coastlines.
His work can be found on
Poppy Hunt (Cosy Cafe-TBC)
Born in Dublin, West Cork based artist Poppy Hunt has made a career from paintings and drawings of landscapes and animals, particularly of horses, to which she brings the horse rider’s sense both of anatomical accuracy, and also of empathy.
The immediate landscape of Kinsale is an obvious source of influence and inspiration, as are her regular trips to the races, as well as her travels around the world.
Poppy Hunt lives in Kinsale, Co Cork.
Lidija Ivanek SiLa (Kinsale Bookshop-TBC)

Photographer. Printmaker. Illustrator, Painter.Since 2007,she has dedicated her professional life to art. She stopped working as a Veterinarian and started being an artist.

She loves old techniques in painting and photography and thinks it is important to save the knowledge of the past. At the same time she loves the modern inventions ….to combine past and present … to express in art her love towards animals, nature and life, …to have fun, … to enjoy what she does.

Jacinta Darragh (O’ Connors Pharmacy)

Jacinta Darragh is a West Cork artist who studied art in the Kinsale College of Further Education and belongs to an artist collective in Kinsale – THE KINSALE ATLANTIC ARTISTS GROUP.  She paints mainly in oils and is influenced by the landscapes & flora of West Cork.

Nyall Farrell (Max’s & Boathouse Gallery)

Nyall Farrell is an artist who has recently moved to Kinsale to realise his long-held ambition to paint the meeting of the land and sea along Ireland’s south west coast
“I’m interested in looking in my paintings at those special places where the land meets the sea and the ways in which we are both drawn to and yet fear the sea and the power it has to erode all our efforts to create structures on that frontier“
Nyall spent 2019 studying under Martin Kinnear at the Norfolk School of Painting and has built up a repertoire of classical and modern styles and techniques which he is now putting to use. The philosophy at the Norfolk School is that you need to understand the rules and techniques so that you can then break them.
Nyall’s influences include Turner, Donald Teskey and Kurt Jackson


Mary Ffrench (Moloneys Chemist)

Mary is from a pretty little village close to the coast in Wexford and has lived in Innishannon for almost twenty years.
Her art studio is nestled among my flower beds in her garden where she can see the beautiful vistas of West Cork all around.
She is inspired by the beauty and ruggedness of nature. She has a fascination for trees of all varieties and sizes but particularly Birch trees. She often draws inspiration from social and emotional dilemmas that we face as individuals and as a society, or race.
She works in a variety of media, including acrylics, watercolours, inks but has a particular love of working in the textile arena.

Audrey Cantillon (CHAAC)

Originally from Co Clare, Audrey Cantillon has been living in Kinsale since 2007.She started posting her work on Instagram in February 2018 and in July that year participated in Kinsale Arts Weekend for the first time. This was a massive step for her as up until then, she hadn’t shown her work to many people. She then created her Kinsale design and had it printed on organic cotton t-shirts to sell in the Famers Market. Her greatest personal achievement and proudest moment was when her Kinsale design went up as a printed mural for arts weekend in 2019 and still hangs in the main car park in Kinsale measuring 12 ft x 21 ft. She has a similar style Cork mural in Cork city.

Simon Toussifar (Lemon Leaf & Spar)

Simon is an Irish landscape photographer based in Kinsale, County Cork.
He grew up in the scenic countryside of West Cork, where he always felt a strong connection with nature and the ancient landscape of Ireland.
Previously self employed within the I.T sector as a web master, he ran a successful web design firm but always held a flair and keen interest in photography.
He has a strong eye for composition, balance and light; making his photos unique and highly collectable. He specializes primarily in landscape and nature photography but also contributes to press photography from time to time.

Mary Corridan (Bookstor)

Mary is a local artist and part of Kinsale Atlantic Artists Group.  Living in the countryside and also close to the sea greatly inspires her work. Through her art she journeys through various landscapes and elements of nature using a range of materials including textile, collage, ink, paint and print. Her colour palette tends towards natural earthy tones to reflect the changing seasons and the diversity of our natural environment.

Claire O’Shea/CiCi (Cru)
A West Cork native, Claire grew up in Bantry, worked in Clonakilty for years and moved to Kinsale in 2017 to be with her partner, James. Claire had loved and studied art as a young teenager but only returned to it in recent years as the need for a creative outlet re-emerged. Mostly working with oils and occasionally acrylics, Claire’s artistic interests range from Irish seascapes and wildlife to colourful abstracts. At the end of 2019 she closed her successful 20+years massage therapy and personal training practice in Clonakilty to focus on art and self healing. Some of her work was included in a 2019 charity art exhibition in Skibbereen in aid of Lisheen’s House, a community mental health charity in West Cork. “Art as a means for healing,  expression and mental health is invaluable, my paintings are often vividly colourful and optimistic as is my nature, always hopeful.”
Claire paints under the name CiCi, follow her on Instagram: cici.coswellness and on her Facebook page: CiCi.Art
Chloe Austin (Fintan Lynch Hairdresser)

Chloe Austin (b.1995) is a visual artist currently situated in Northern Ireland, following the completion of her MFA degree at Belfast School of Art. Austin is a multidisciplinary artist, working with video, performance, installation and poetry within her current creative practice. The work aims to capture the struggle and fragmentation of language, performing the body and its relationship to new technologies. and her social medias are under @ chloeaustinart

Laura Brannigan
Moving to Kinsale in 2015 reignited a passion for painting. Having studied Microbiology at UCC the love of art and design never left. Laura went on to attend courses at The Dublin Institute of Design and Crawford College of Art and Design. A love of nature and animals has led to recent pet portrait work capturing our beloved and loyal companions in oils.
Exhibiting in location 6, Marnie & Lily.
Available for commisions.
Instagram: @laurapetportraits

Clare Greene (Giles Norman)
She set up a studio in Ringabella after graduating from the Crawford College of Art and Design Cork in 1996.
Her work then was wheel thrown , high reduction fired, one off pieces. It has gradually evolved into sculptural bird forms and figurative work .
My work has been sold through art/ceramic galleries and exhibitions. I now sell through my online shop:
She has gone full circle and is currently making lidded vessels “Urns” with a very textured surface using methods of making and glazing that she worked on in 1996 ! These will be shown in August in the Lavit Gallery.

Triona Ryan (Stone Mad)

Triona Ryan originally studied and worked in Film production. She lived in France for 16 years where she developed her love of clay modelling. Her sculptures are predominantly figurative, and she finds inspiration in nature and the human form. Her latest bronze piece will be exhibited at Ballymaloe Sculpture Exhibition 2020. She produced her first outdoor piece recently. Modelled in clay and cast in fiberglass, it is on permanent display at the Tracton Arts Centre. Currently a student at the Crawford College of Art and Design she is enjoying experimenting with mixed media and glass as well as upskilling in ceramics .

Helen Condon (Cronins)

Helen lives and works in Cork City.  She is interested in how colour can affect our moods, and it’s easy to see why she admits to being “addicted to colour”! Her cheerful, bold and detailed paintings lift the spirits, capturing the beauty of the Irish countryside. Helen’s work includes both city and landscapes, flowers and animals and she is happy to accept commissions. Helen was recently commissioned by Ravensburger (The International Jigsaw Company) to create a painting of Kinsale which has now been made into a 1000 piece Jigsaw.

Emma O’Donnell (near Kinsale Silver)

A native of Kinsale with a keen interest in ceramics from a very young age.  Emma studied art in school and since then it has always been her dream to make her own ceramics. After studying Zoology in UCC she has now found time to fulfil her passion and has named her unique work “Wacki” (Wild Atlantic Ceramics Kinsale Ireland). Her work is inspired by sea creatures found along the Wild Atlantic Way. Sometimes life can get a bit too serious so Emma hopes her friendly “Wacki” creatures will bring a smile to your face.

Norma Mulligan (Studio 1 Kinsale)

She has lived in Kinsale since 2007 and started painting in 2011, specialising in landscapes in acrylic.  She takes her inspiration from the beauty of West Cork and has exhibited at the Kinsale Arts Weekend since 2018.  She has collectors in different countries ranging across the USA and South Africa.

Jennifer McAuliffe (The Gallery Kinsale)

Her work is largely semi abstract landscapes. She has been drawn to places near water, ponds, the sea and rivers. She love painting outside, ‘plein air’, but she will finish the pieces in her studio so that she can build up the layers of paint over time or even scrape back paint. She allows the paint time to dry in between layers and she plays around with the colours, often an oil painting will take a year or more to complete.

She started her career as an artist with drawing. She did her degree in the Crawford College of Art in Cork and later completed a second degree in Design Communications. She loves drawing and starts each day with a small scribble. She feels drawing is the beginning. It took her longer to learn about colours and freeing up her style of working so that her paintings were ‘paintings’, and not ‘drawings with paint’. She think as artists they are always learning and developing, that’s what keeps them excited about what we do.

Karen Ashley (Supper Club)

Karen has a passion for nature, and enjoy experimenting with the pattern and light found all around us.

Many of her paintings and sketches are based on close up detail.

She likes to allow my work to evolve naturally by applying various pouring, drip and drying techniques in order to create pattern and contrast between light and dark.

Maree O’ Sullivan (Footloose)

Maree predominately paints on silk but also dabbles in mixed media. As a floral designer she love to paint colourful flowers. In 2011 and 2012, she was the Co-Ordinator for Kinsale Walking Gallery during Arts week.

Emily Thompson (Vivi Trading)

As a watercolor painter currently living in Cork, Emily is inspired by the textures of the unique Irish landscape and finds solace and peace in the creation of these landscapes. She is intrigued by the hopeful and peaceful feel of both the mountains and the sea and feels that her relationship to the natural world is central to her art practice.

The enclosed body of work is focused on the seascapes in Ireland. Through the exploration of layering watercolor paints, as well as incorporating mixed medias such as tissue paper, and oil pastel she attempts to capture the movement and beauty of the moment the sea and land meet. This relationship between the land and sea is a momentous occasion, where the mystery of the ocean and the safety of the land are fused together for a time.

Kevin Duke (Elasnik)

Kevin Duke, is a local artist who works primarily with Pastels, Acrylics and watercolour
He is interested in capturing various moods from inspiring figures in my life. He selected some images in my portfolio that may reflect ‘Hope’ in some way.
David Bickley (The Leather Studio of Kinsale)
David Ian Bickley is an English audio visual artist based in West Cork who produces immersive film and music on themes of landscape, folklore & mythology. The images on show at DANNY ALBU, 10 Market Quay, are limited edition Giclee art prints taken from a series of abstract video works that have recently been exhibited in Greece, the US and Italy.
There is also a small screen in situ showing some of the HD video that is a source for this work.
These and other prints can be purchased by enquiring though David’s web site —

Milie Philppa (Salvi’s)
Millie has always had a passion for painting, and likes to combine art with her love of horses (and donkeys!). Painting mostly with oil paint and sketching charcoal drawings, she works both from life and imagination, and at times from photographs on commission. She was born in Co. Clare, Ireland but grew up across Europe as her parents have a travelling horse drawn theatre and were always on the move.
She does not have one particular style, it all depends on the mood of the day. However the main theme has always been horses. The goal is to create alive looking beings rather than realistic ones

John Bastow (Fatface)

John Bastow, a Lino print artist from Solas Agus Scáth – Light and Shade.
His hand printed Linocuts include mainly monochrome prints of such images as local landmarks, flora and fauna and also a collection of old Irish coins. Linocut is a printmaking technique, in which a sheet of linoleum is used as the relief or negative surface. He carves a design into the linoleum surface, the raised uncarved areas represent a mirror image of the desired printed image. Once carved, the linoleum sheet is inked with a roller, and then pressed onto paper to create the final image.
He prints all pieces by hand onto handmade paper, each one being slightly different and unique.
Follow him on Instagram and Facebook at Solas_agus_scath