• Leah O'Reilly. Image courtesy of the artist.
  • Ally McGrath. Image courtesy of the artist.
  • Kate Lafferty. Image courtesy of the artist.
  • Aoife Mc Donnell. Image courtesy of the artist.
  • Karoline Osaland. Image courtesy of the artist.


Common Thread—NCAD 2nd Year Textile Art and Artefact students

Ally McGrath, Aoife Mc Donnell, Karoline Osaland, Kate Lafferty, Leah O’Reilly

Exhibition preview: 6-8pm Wednesday 1st May 2019
Exhibition continues: Thursday 2nd May & Friday 3rd May 12-6pm, Saturday 4th May 10-4pm

Common Thread is an accumulation and visual presentation of thoughts and ideas beginning to form through the various styles and processes that Textile Art and Artefact allows for. Unlike many other group exhibitions, the artists involved have not worked to a collective theme but are instead tied together by their use of textiles and textile art processes. This leaves much space in which ideas can form organically through each artist’s practice independent of each other but containing a common thread.

The span of themes and ideas present in this exhibition is widely varied. Work by Ally McGrath focuses on contrasts between patient repetition through mark making and the instant gratification and lack of concentration that extensive overuse of smartphones can induce. While work by Leah O'Reilly explores modern taxidermy with focus on the display of such "trophies" and a keen interest in the colour and pattern variants present in animals. The work of Karolina Osaland looks at the theme of modern technologies and artificial intelligence through the lens of traditional textile techniques. Kate Lafferty’s work explores ideas of cultural identity and evokes questions of how we value different cultures in an age of global migration. Aoife Mc Donnell’s work takes inspiration from natural forms and structures to give a new lease of life to used, emptied materials.

Common Thread presents a view of the current ideas and processes being explored and considered by these 2ND Year TAA students as they discover and begin to shape what will be an ever changing and growing practice. Such an experience also affording them the opportunity to not only show but discuss such work.

  • Aideen Farrell, Showroom (2019). Installation shot, Arts Centre, Castlebar.


Artist Talk—Aideen Farrell

Time: 5.00pm Thursday 18th April 2019

Venue: Pallas Projects/Studios

Admission free - All welcome - No booking required


Artist Aideen Farrell will give a talk on the materials, sources, and ideas contained within her current exhibition A Weight of Windows we are showing at Pallas until the 20th April 2019. The artist talk will be followed by Q & A, giving room for questions about the work throughout.

A Weight of Windows is an installation of fleeting urban forms; signs, banners, curtains, windows, and bollards. Objects and structures in this exhibition act as blocks in space, modular pieces of construction, and plans or models. This exhibition examines temporary and makeshift ways of claiming space. It attempts to fossilise these forms and examine the artist's own urge to build, arrange and demarcate spaces.

Aideen Farrell is a Dublin based installation artist. She is graduate of the National College of Art and Design with a degree in Fine Art Painting and Visual Culture. Upon graduating in 2017 she was awarded the Fire Station Graduate Sculpture Award and highly commended in the Visual arts category of the Undergraduate Awards. She recently completed a residency with Dublin City Arts Office at St Patrick’s Lodge. Exhibitions include Showroom, a solo show at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar, and Symbiosis, recent graduate show at the Catalyst Arts Centre in Belfast. 

  • Celina Muldoon,Abe Neihum for Live Collision, Live Installation Performance (2018).
  • Photography: Vera Ryklova ©2019
  • Celina Muldoon, SIRENS, 2019. Live performance, Thursday 14-03-19.
  • Photography: Vera Ryklova ©2019
  • Celina Muldoon, SIRENS, 2019. Live performance, Thursday 14-03-19.
  • Photography: Vera Ryklova ©2019
  • Celina Muldoon, SIRENS, 2019. Live performance, Thursday 14-03-19.


Live Performance: Celina Muldoon—SIRENS

Time: 7pm Thursday 14th March & 7.30pm Saturday 30th March

Duration: approx. 30 minutes

Venue: Pallas Projects/Studios

Free event - All welcome - No booking required

Artist Celina Muldoon executes two live performances to accompany her exhibition SIRENS. The first performance takes place at the opening reception and the second on the last day of the exhibition. 

Celina Muldoon is an artist based in North West Ireland. Graduating with a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art, I.T. Sligo in 2014, with work in their permanent collection. Muldoon completed  an MFA in Sculpture from N.C.A.D. in 2016. Her graduate work 'We are in cahoots...You and I' was selected  for Mobius (Boston) int. performance festival 2017 and Craw festival Berlin 2018. She has exhibited in TBG&S, The Complex, waveparticle and Celine gallery, Glasgow and Project Arts Centre Dublin. Residencies include  MART and the Tyrone  Guthrie Centre. She has been awarded the Next Generation Bursary award, The Artist in the community scheme award and a residency in Cowhouse studios in partnership with The Mothership Project in November 2018 and the prestigious Temple Bar Gallery and Studio Project Studio Award 2019. Current research projects include a collaborative performance and  film culminating in a major exhibition in 2020. The debut of this project took place as part of Periodical Review #8 in Pallas Projects/Studios Dublin. www.celinamuldoon.com

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