next BRAY ARTS show 4th April

B R A Y     A R T S    S H O W
on MONDAY 4, April 2016
@ Martello Hotel, B r a y4april2016_brayArts_poster

on stage:

will introduce her recent designs for Wicklow Wolf craft beer. Drawings are her specialty expressing a unique quirky view of life which she portrays in her work.

JAMES DEVLIN – Writer, Film-Maker and Visual Artist
will present paintings and illustrations in a self-taught primitivism and abstract art style using a minimalist colour palette, drawing on years working in Television production.

MICHAEL GORDON – Writer, Singer, Song Writer
will entertain with a selection of classic comic songs and parodies delivered in the legendary, hilariously funny, deadpan delivery that he has made popular among the singers circle fraternity.

EL GREY – Musician, Singer
in powerful, expressive, delicate, haunting, strong, vocal improvisations with soaring notes, beautiful on-sets and releases creating a dreamy sound world never to be forgotten.

RACKER DONNELLY – Irish Folkpoet & Entertainer
will leave the audience crying with laughter at His comic racks and songs about Sheep, Smoking, Oysters, Joyce, and anything else in Ireland, Britain, America & Australia.


Doors open 8:00 pm

everyone is welcome

admission: €5 & €4 conc.

Information: Julie-Rose McCormick, 087 248 6751

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Submissions for 2017

Signal Arts Centre Submission Call for 2017

Signal is now accepting submissions for exhibitions in 2017

CLOSING DATE:  5-p.m Friday 25th March 2016


When submitting your application, please include the following:
  • A Submission proposal including title, covering what you would hope to exhibit if you were successful.
  • A Minimum of six images in digital format clearly marked with your name and title of picture. ( all images should be suitable for print reproduction (300dpi) jpeg format, not exceeding 5mb in size)
  • Artist CV (art related only)
  • Artist Statement ( for PR purposes)

Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope if you require your photos etc.     to be     returned to you.
Please feel free to call into the gallery at any time to assess size, dimensions etc.          We usually hold openings every two weeks on a Thursday or Friday evening that   you would be more than welcome to attend, no invitation necessary.
There is an exhibition fee of €250 to be paid by the artist if selected.


Address:    Exhibitions Organiser
Signal Arts Centre
1A Albert Avenue
Co. Wicklow

Tel: 01-2762039


photos from the last show

“Traffic” by Mark Lawlor


Images of work in progress:









Mark Lawlor

Monday 6th – Sunday 19th June 2016

Signal Arts Centre is delighted to be exhibiting an installation
by artist Mark Lawlor

‘I make a pair of shoes from cardboard and cover each shoe with maps,’ says Mark Lawlor. ‘I feel that at the moment it becomes difficult to speak, it becomes easier to just do.’
Lawlor has made hundreds of pairs of shoes. ‘At the moment I’m deciding on how to show them. Some days I think I’ll just leave them in boxes. Other days – stack them on top of each other to form pillars. I just don’t know.’

‘Refugees have been about from the Ice age.  The Old Testament starts with refugees,’ he says. ‘I remember being in London a long time ago as a student and being asked to look after a man from Sri Lanka. We were going to the theatre.  Half way through the show, it was all dark and the leading actor giving her powerful speech, when I felt a sudden movement. The next chair flipped noisily and all of a sudden this man, standing up, takes a picture with a flash! That was theatre! I laughed as I sat him down, in the middle of all the upset… What he had been through in his past life was shocking in the extreme.’

‘Thinking of shoes I remember one night in Italy talking to an old man from Tunisia. He had stood down on the backs of his shoes so that he could remove them with ease. Eventually he showed me a badly worn photograph of his family back in Africa. It was as if he had been waiting for this moment. His voice changed as he spoke to me of them for he knew that I had a family in another country, and he knew that we had this in common. ’

’So you see, shoes.  They are important things. They are there when you want to walk, have to walk. And maps. They show me my way to open the borders in myself, to do something in this crisis. They are using tear gas in an area where there are kids, I see today from the news. How can you, I let this happen? ‘

‘I haven’t decided yet how to show these shoes.’

Lawlor’s recent exhibitions include: 
Signal Arts Centre, Bray “WINGED” 1st – 14th February 2016
Print on exhibition in Grogans, Dublin, and Mar– Sept 2015.
S.A.S. Members 15th Annual Exhibition 16th -29th March 2015. Cavan Library, exhibition of photographs from Sept 2014, on-going. Installation in Trans-Art Cavan for HEALY TIMES 2014. Part of six artists OUT OF SORTS exhibition in Tartu, Estonia 2014. “After Endgame” Thirty Mono-prints, The Moth Cavan 11th August- 19thSeptember 2013.

Opening Reception: Friday 10th June 7-9 pm
All welcome!
Gallery Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday: 10am -1pm/2pm – 5pm
Saturday/Sunday:  10am – 5pm

“Memoirs of a Wasteland Balladeer”

“Memoirs of a Wasteland Balladeer”
An Exhibition of works by John Cooney

Monday 4th –Sunday 10th April 2016

Images from the Exhibition:



Signal Arts Centre is delighted to be exhibiting works by the very talented Artist John Cooney

Cooney is a published poet and artist who has been writing poetry since he was a young man in his twenties. Over forty years later, and he is still writing.

John’s poems speak eloquently for themselves. Lovingly and skilfully handcrafted, the words can move you deeply in ways you can’t quite fathom, which is a rare thing.  His poems have depth and weight to them, which have the ability to reveal new truths and illuminations at every reading. They challenge the reader to ponder and to allow them to be taken on a journey to unforeseen destinations.  Threaded through his work is a timelessness, which defies definition

Cooney’s exhibition “Memoirs of Wasteland Balladeer” is a depiction of his personal process as a poet and artist. It tells of his journey, his painting, and poems are shown against the backdrop of the people, places, personal experiences and historical events that have inspired his work over the years. Cooney speaks often about how the artistic process has helped him in overcoming the challenges of living with adversity or as he puts it himself having to sometimes face into the “dark side of the soul”.

His love and appreciation of art, nature and humanity in all it guises, are resonant through the rich imagery of his poetry and artwork.

Memoirs of a Wasteland Balladeer will take it audience on a journey through a landscape often depictive of austerity, political unrest and at times even sadness but throughout John’s artwork and poems offer a reprieve and a sanctuary.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see into the world of a true master of both Literature and Art.


Opening Reception: Friday 8th April, 7-9 pm
All welcome!
Gallery Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday: 10am -1pm/2pm – 5pm
Saturday/Sunday:  10am – 5pm