Oisín Gallery's 25th Anniversary Show

25th Anniversary Show October 15 - 25 2003

Established since the 15th of October 1978, Oisín Gallery curator, Antoinette L. Sinclair, has invited former & existing gallery artists to produce inspiring works to celebrate this landmark. The exhibition formally opens on Wednesday 15 October at 6pm and will be introduced by Senator David Norris, along with entertainment from the international dance troop, Celtic Rhythm. The artists involved include John & John Francis Skelton, Liam Belton, Arther K. Madderson, Katy Simpson, Alan Kenny & many more. Continues until 25.

 The Oisín Gallery first opened its doors in Clontarf in 1978. In the early 1980’s, the gallery moved to a 550 square foot space in suburban Fairview on the city’s north side, whilst continuing to run its successful custom-framing business in Baldoyle. In 1990, the gallery moved to its present location on Westland Row, in the heart of Dublin’s museum district, next door to the National Gallery and just minutes away from Trinity College. Over the years, Oisín Gallery has established strong links with dealers, collectors, auctioneers and artists. Alongside their more permanent exhibitors, such as John Skelton, Alan Kenny and Willie Cunningham, the gallery is also highly regarded for its collection of up-and-coming and established contemporary artists, including the Katy Simpson, Katherine Liddy and Bryan Smyth.  

The Oisín Gallery is very much a family operation, with Donal McNeela as the director of the gallery, while his brother, Rory McNeela, currently oversees Oisín’s custom framing business in Baldoyle. A third brother, Paraic, has developed an illustrious business for hand-made traditional Irish musical instruments. The gallery has always prided itself as a ‘people’s gallery’, inviting artists and visitors to call-in at any time, all year round. This is one of the key factors to the gallery’s success. Oisín has always maintained an awareness that to make a free and personal choice is a creative act, which helps to define an individual’s own identity. This is nowhere more so than with the choice of a work of art because it is so complex. At Oisín Gallery, the relaxed and friendly approach allows its clients to feel at ease and become much more aware of the work.           

Senator David Norris will launch Oisín Gallery’s 25th Anniversary show on Wednesday 15 October at 6 pm, along with entertainment by the international dance troop, Celtic Rhythm. The artists whom have been invited to celebrate this landmark occasion include John & John Francis Skelton, Liam Belton, Arther K. Madderson, Katy Simpson, Alan Kenny & many more.

 

Paintings in the exhibition