COE ’12 Curator

COE ‘12 (the 35th Claremorris Open Exhibition) will be selected by Mike Collier who is a lecturer, writer, curator and artist. He studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths College before being appointed Gallery Manager at the ICA in London. In 1985 he moved to Newcastle to run the Arts Development Strategy at the Laing Art Gallery, where he initiated the Tyne International Exhibition of Contemporary Art. For the last 15 years he has worked in education and is currently Programme Leader for Foundation Studies in Art and Design at the University of Sunderland. This is Mike Collier’s third visit to Claremorris.


COE…still time

Working on the talking point of the opening day of COE 2011

With just under a week until this year’s exhibition draws to a close, there is still time left to view the excellent works that form COE 2011.

With large numbers attending the exhibition during the past two weeks and with more expected in the coming days, COE 2011 has been tremendous success and has once again achieved its aim of bringing high quality contemporary art to thei west of Ireland. At Claremorris Open Exhibition we like to put the emphasis on the word ‘open’. This exhibition is a truly open-submission event; open to any artist from any background and working in any medium. However, what truly reflects the openness of the exhibition is the diverse range of people who visit the exhibition and engage with the works on an annual basis. COE is not an exclusive event. Regardless of your knowledge of or interest in contemporary art, the exhibition is an unintimidating and welcoming show of the melting pot that is contemporary art. Often challenging, sometimes quirky, usually strange and always exciting, Claremorris Open Exhibition caters for all tastes and will certainly provide the visitor with food for thought.

Over the past two weeks this year’s artist in residence, Tommy Casby has been busy at work with the many school and college groups who have been visiting the exhibition. Tommy has been giving tours of the exhibition and workshops that facilitate deep and enjoyable engagement with the works on show. The tours and workshops will continue until the end of the week and there is still a limited number of slots available should any groups be interested. For anyone intending to visit, this week’s opening hours are Tue – Sat 12pm – 5pm

COE ’11 Opening Hours

Tuesday – Saturday      12pm – 5pm  /  Sunday     2pm – 5pm  / Monday      closed

COE ’11 Venues

This year’s exhibition is located in three galleries in the centre of town –

COE Office Gallery, Chapel Lane

Cormac Browne, Michelle Conway, Fergus Daly, Harald Den Breejen, Laura Fitzgerald, Sarah Flynn, Judy Foley, Brendan Fox, Betty Gannon, Barbara Knezevic, Jonathan Mayhew, Will O’Kane, David O’Kane,  Jane Queally, Una Quigley 

COE Gallery, Chapel Lane

Loretto Cooney, Brian Hegarty, Christopher Leach, Antonio Julio Lopez Castro, Selma Makela, Bridget O’Gorman, Marie Padden, Gavin Murphy, Doireann Ni Ghrioghair,  Aindreas Scholz

COE Gallery, Town Hall

Fiona Burke, Alan James Burns, Aideen Doran, Brid Egan, Helen Hughes, Sam Knowles,  Elaine Leader, Sean Molloy,  Lucy Sheridan

COE ’11 Award Recipients

COE ’11 was launched on Saturday, 3rd September by Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell.   A very large crowd was in attendance and entertainment was provided by the Tuam-based Earwig Arts Company.  The selector of COE ’11 Mr. Chris Hammond of MOT International awarded the  €8,000 prize fund as follows:  

Fergus Daly from Galway was awarded €5,000 for his video ‘Book of Voluntary Death’.   

Helen Hughes from Dublin was awarded €2,000 for her mixed media sculptures ‘Solartex’ and ‘Excellent Kit’. 

Harald den Breejen from Holland was awarded €1,000 for his installation on Henri Wolff.

COE ’11 – Sep 3rd – 24th

We would like to invite you to attend the official launch of the 2011 Claremorris Open Exhibition. The exhibition will be launched by Senator Marie Louise O’ Donnell at a reception in the COE Gallery, Chapel Lane, Claremorris. Curator of COE ’11, Chris Hammond (MOT International & Goldsmith’s, University of London) will also be in attendance to announce the winners of this year’s exhibition.

From its humble beginnings in a school gym, the Claremorris Open Exhibition has evolved into one of the premier events on the Irish visual arts calendar. Founded in 1978, COE has served as a showcase for the very best in contemporary art, both Irish and international. As both a competition and event the exhibition has proven to be fluid in nature, adapting to the constantly evolving nature of contemporary art and the changing contexts in which it takes place. From a traditional, gallery-based exhibition of painting and sculpture to a site-based, multimedia showcase of all that is exciting, challenging, weird and wonderful, COE has consistently remained a vital force in Irish art.
Both as a consequence of and a compliment to the consistently high standard of work showcased in the exhibition, COE has become renowned, both far and wide, for the calibre of curators seeking the pleasure of serving as both adjudicator and curator of the event. Indeed, the list of past curators serves as a roll call of some of the most highly regarded curators from both Ireland and the U.K. We believe that maintaining such a high standard in the selection of our curators has played an important role in ensuring the continuing high standard and success of the exhibition.
 This year’s exhibition carries a prize fund of €8,000 euro and over three hundred artists from both home and abroad submitted proposals for consideration by our Curator. This year’s Curator is Chris Hammond, founder and Director of MOT International and Lecturer at Goldsmith’s, University of London. Thirty four artists have been fortunate enough to be selected to participate in the exhibition and their works will be on show in a variety of locations throughout the town.
The exhibition will be open for viewing until Sep 24th. Tue – Sat: 12 – 5 pm  Sun: 2 – 5pm Mon: Closed

Our 2011 Press Ad

 View our 2011 press ad, designed by Eoin Heffernan of Trigger Communications: COE Ad