Solstice Arts Centre presents Isabel Nolan in conversation with Francis Halsall at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.

Solstice Arts Centre is delighted to present the launch of a new book A DELICATE BOND WHICH IS ALSO A GAP by Isabel Nolan. Artist Isabel Nolan will be in conversation with Francis Halsall, writer, lecturer and co-Director of Art in the Contemporary World Masters Programme, NCAD, Dublin. Designed with Oonagh Young, this beautiful publication features work exhibited in Nolan’s comprehensive 2021 exhibition A delicate bond which is also a gap at Solstice, and a body of work which followed on from the making of the show. The exhibition alluded to a vast span of time bringing together drawings, sculpture, two woven images of the 40,000-year-old sculpture Löwenmensch, Miracle Wave 2698 CE and concluding with the ambitious, specially commissioned tapestry summoning images of the disintegrating sun When the sky above will not be named. The publication features texts by the artist; Irish fiction and arts writer Sue Rainsford; Berlin-based writer and critic Martin Herbert, and an introduction by Solstice director Belinda Quirke.

“The bonds that make us less lonely, that enable us to inhabit this world, seem to defy time and space. They connect us across all kinds of intervals - sonic, spatial, somatic and temporal. These delicate bonds that are also gaps are sub-atomic, social and aesthetic, both fundamental and a matter of convention. It is not miraculous but it can feel as near as dammit. We are the brief emanations of fields that are quantum, electromagnetic, gravitational, chemical, mental, and cultural. We work perpetually to understand each other, the universe, and ourselves. We do this over and over again, alone but together”.
- Isabel Nolan

This event is kindly supported by Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.

Isabel Nolan represented Ireland at the 2005 Venice Biennale in a group exhibition. Her work has featured in EVA International, Limerick 2018; LIAF biennial, Norway, 2015; Artspace, Sydney, 2015; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2013; Beijing Art Museum, 2008, and Glasgow International, 2006. Nolan is on the board of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, where she is a six-year studio member. She is represented by Kerlin Gallery, Dublin.

Solstice is a regional arts centre in the north east of Ireland, connecting artists and their work to local, national and international audiences. Inviting artists and communities to connect with us in our own special way. Programming a diverse range of music, theatre, visual arts, cinema and dance from local and international artists and companies.

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is an artists’ studio complex and contemporary art gallery in Dublin City Centre. Supporting the development of artists and the creation of art through high-quality studio provision and an ambitious exhibition programme. Creating an inclusive environment of learning and creativity and nurture close and sustained engagement of audiences with the work of Irish and international artists. Founded in 1983 - by artists, for artists.

Event location information: This event will take place in Studio 6, on the first floor of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. Please enter via the street-facing gallery where you can take the stairs or lift to the first floor. If you have any further questions please contact

Image Description: 'When the sky above will not be named' is a landscape format, wool tapestry. The central motif is a bright red, orange and yellow solar form in the upper third of the image. Comprising a series of concentric rings, interrupted by patches of other colours, the solar form fractures as it extends outwards. Gradually this 'exploding' sun dissolves into an array of grey and black organic forms. Vivid lines of blue, red and black loop energetically around the sun motif. The background is an undulating sea of greys, browns and blacks interspersed with flashes of yellows, reds, blues, greens and pinks.