Art Exhibition @ 104 Main Street


Engaging Art in “This is not a FAS Building” on Mallow’s Main Street

As part of the inaugural Mallow Arts Festival, “This is not a FAS Building” in 104 Main street, Mallow will give local, professional artists an opportunity to exhibit their work in their own area. Revamping a currently unused building on Mallow’s Main Street, the exhibition will highlight the variety and range of work that is being created by North Cork professional artists.

Featuring different types, styles and formats, the work aims to challenge and engage the visitor while offering new opportunities and exposure to local artists. The exhibiting artists are at varying stages of their careers, ranging from those who are well-established in their field to newly qualified artists starting out. Those taking part in the exhibition include Mark Kent, Maria Kent, Sarah Buckley, Christine McAuliffe, Joseph Heffernan, Gemma Seery  and the Blackwater Artists Collective which includes Claire O’Keeffe, Bertie Buckley, Mary O’Connor and Bill Buckley.

The exhibition opens on Thursday 26th July at 1pm, and will run daily from 11am to 5pm until Sunday 30th. As part of the festival programme, there will be a walk through the exhibition on Friday afternoon when the artists will be present to discuss their work and engage in conversations around the rewards and challenges of working in North Cork. On Sunday afternoon, a few of the artists will give presentations on past work and projects they are currently exploring.

Promising to be a stimulating and engaging exhibition, “This is not a FAS Building” is hoped to be the start of many more exhibitions, artists talks and events from a group of professional North Cork artists. It is also timely in view of the new Arts Centre currently under development in Mallow.

For more information, contact Mark Kent 083 3848040 or Sarah Buckley on 086 8671871

If it is your first time going to see an art exhibition or if you have lost track of how many you have been to we would be delighted to see you over the course of the festival.

Artists Statement – Joseph Heffernan

The characters in the paintings are ones that I choose to bring in to the studio for narrative reasons and are protagonists in a conflict between abstraction and figuration in a deceptively simple visual world.

There is a theatrical dimension to this world, which is purposefully staged and ambiguous, encouraging an investigation of the actions of the characters contained within. They appear to be obsessed with a strange compulsion towards repetition that is playful, melancholic and above all contradictory.

On some level these activities are a reflection of the day to day activities of being in the studio and the Quixotic nature of the working process.


Sarah Buckley, Visual Artist 

Sarah Buckley is a local Mallow artist who is currently completing her BA in Visual Art on Sherkin island (DIT). Having just finished her third year, she is exploring and experimenting with many different media and techniques. Her love is combining craft with installations and interventions. A theme running through her work to date is visual impairment –  to increase awareness of what it is like to have partial or imperfect vision.

Bill Buckley, Inchamay Wood Craft

Bill’s Facebook page has more examples of his work and can be found here.

Claire O’Keeffe, Collage

Claire O’Keeffe is an artist based in Newmarket, Co. Cork who graduated from CIT Crawford College of Art & Design in 2015. Claire works predominately in the medium of collage. Collage is O’Keeffe’s way of disengaging from the increasingly digital world that surrounds her.  The exercise of cutting requires time-intensive hand movements that remind her that not everything is as instantaneous as a click of a mouse.  The printed image has huge significance to her work as before the internet information was usually discovered from printed sources. The imagery O’Keeffe appropriates pre-dates the digital age and has been culled from discarded reference books and encyclopedias.

More information here:

Mark Kent, Visual Artist

Here are some images of Mark’s work from a few years ago: wall painting at the stedelijk museum schiedam holland and a work from germany 2008

Maria Kent

‘My practice has long circulated around the presentation of found objects and images, items collected and appropriated or reproduced in another format. The seemingly unique in the mass-produced everyday object is very interesting to me, in a phenomenological sense. I’m interested in reproducing the faux, the faux seeks to be universal and not unique, but actually becomes unique and peculiar within it’s own making and reproduction.’