Join artists Lucy Sheridan and Eleanor McCaughey for a trip to their two-person exhibition Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain at The Complex Gallery, followed by an exhibition-inspired artist workshop in assembling dioramas.
Meeting at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, we will take a short 10-minute walk to The Complex for a brief artist talk and introduction to the exhibition. Returning to Temple Bar Gallery + Studios for a workshop with the artists, you will be invited to create paper dioramas exploring themes and aesthetics from the exhibition. We encourage the use of phone and tablet cameras for experimentation with lighting and display.
Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain is a site-specific exhibition at The Complex Gallery which takes on the ruined emerald aesthetics of Oz (Return to Oz, 1985). Eleanor McCaughey and Lucy Sheridan create an installation that contemplates the dark sentiment running through Return to Oz through the fabrication of a fictional landscape that layers elements of sculpture, painting, video and sound. The exhibition deals with themes of displacement, escapism and mental health, with obvious links to theatricality and film. Both artists are interested in the idea of elevating the status of selected everyday objects through various modes of display, lending new meaning and a façade of importance through altered modes of representation.
Eleanor McCaugheystudied at TU, Dublin. Selected exhibitions include Bones in the attic, Hugh Lane Gallery, 2022; Woman in the machine, Visual Carlow, 2021; Super Market Art Fair, Stockholm, 2021; Vignettes, Richard Heller Gallery, LA USA, 2019. Eleanor McCaughey is a recipient of the Arts Council Ireland Bursary Award 2022, The Fingal County Council Bursary 2022, The FCC and RHA School Studio Award 2022, and a Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Project Studio in 2021.
Lucy Sheridan is a visual artist. Solo exhibitions include PARKed Life, Talbot Gallery, Dublin (2012). Group exhibitions include Crucible, Thameside gallery, London, 2022; Oddly Accurate Things, 126 Galway, two person show with Eleanor McCaughey (2019); Peripheries Open, Wexford, 2019 & 2017. Awards include the Agility Award, Arts Council Ireland, 2022; the DLR Emerging Artist Bursary 2022; Arts Act Grant, Kildare Co Council, 2022; Travel and Training award, Arts Council Ireland, 2010.