Current Exhibition

Shane Finan: faigh ar ais as an fharraige

An exhibition of painting and digital, interactive projection inspired by history, contemporary culture, place and technology
Supported by Culture Ireland as part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain


3 – 17 March 2018
Private View: Saturday 3 March, 2-5pm
Shane Finan gave an introduction to the exhibition, watch his talk here
Programming workshop for visual artists: Saturday 17 March 10am-12pm click here for details
Exhibition opening hours: 10am-2pm Wednesday-Saturday until 17 March

Technology is transient, made obsolete through newer developments, political intervention, lost ideas. Similarly, language changes over time as words are discarded, altered or invented. The use of technology affects language, and currently is having an effect on the terminology of landscape and nature.

faigh ar ais as an fharraige is a new project developed for Rye Creative Centre by Irish visual artist Shane Finan. The exhibition features an interactive digital artwork inspired by history, contemporary culture, place and technology. Using a transposed recreation of JMW Turner’s painting ‘Rye, Sussex’ (1794-7) with a digital touchscreen containing terminology from Sussex, faigh ar ais as an fharraige invites the audience to participate in altering, shifting or changing their visual landscape.

faigh ar ais as an fharraige is the third artwork in Finan’s series Antikythera, etc. that began in 2016. The series explores the relationship between technology and transience, telling stories about lost histories through contemporary media:

As part of this series Finan is also presenting a series of talks that conceptually explore transience, place, culture and technology. This talk will take place on Saturday, March 3rd at 3pm.

Supported by Culture Ireland as part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain



Forthcoming Exhibition:

Just feel it

Paintings by Jillian Eldridge & Veronique Maria

Preview: 24th March,  2-5pm
Everyone welcome

Exhibition continues: 10am-2pm, Wednesday – Saturday & by appointment until 14 April
Jillian Eldridge teaches a weekly painting class in the art room at Rye Creative Centre, please click here for more details.

Image left: Veronique Maria, Gratitude Mandala 12, mixed media on canvas, 100 x 100 cm, 2017
Image right: Jillian Eldridge, Illuminated, oil on canvas, 120 x 80 cm, 2018

‘Just feel it’ is and exhibition of two painters whose work contrasts yet has an underlying connection. Veronique Maria’s mandala paintings are contemplative & absorbing in their circular beauty, Jillian Eldridge’s new paintings jangle with a different energy & intense colour. Both of these painters invite you to ‘just feel’ the effect of their images & to absorb the different sensations they create.

Jillian’s paintings are a new departure after focussing on her series of grid paintings for several years. These new paintings fly free from the stricture of the straight line & delve with relish into the anarchy of wild shape & colour. They come from drawings made in the moment when there is time for quiet thought. They are a departure from knowing exactly what will happen, into knowing that anything can happen, at any time.

Veronique’s art practice explores many genres. Since 1970’s she’s worked with ceramics, wood, sculpture, film, live-art, performance for camera & monumental earth work. Her ‘Gratitude Mandalas’ which are painted mostly in acrylic paint whilst standing at an easel with a tiny brush, arose out of her need to create despite physical limitations due to spinal injuries. Painting in this way is a very new process for Veronique as she generally used to use her whole body and specifically her hands to draw and paint.  Veronique’s main areas of interest continue to be love, intimacy and relationship.