Horizon | Ag Bun na Spéire

A solo exhibition by visual artist Catherine McDonald

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Ag Bun na Spéire

Catherine McDonald

Curated by Shannon Carroll


Kilkenny Arts Office is excited to announce this year’s first exhibition with the Emerging Curator Development Programme, by curator Shannon Carroll.

Horizon | Ag Bun na Spéire is an immersive multimedia installation by visual artist Catherine McDonald which presents an imaginary landscape. 

Blending fact with fiction, the exhibition speculates upon human ideologies of life on alternate planets. The site combines natural and synthetic materials, evoking a world which appears both old and new; familiar and unfamiliar. 

A film projection follows the flowing waters of the River Nore. Islands of orange sand stretch across the floor. Small sculptures, made from clay collected along the eroding cliffs of the Irish coast, create a collection of strange shapes and figures. Live plants grow and evolve within the space, with an interconnected series of tanks and vessels incubating and generating new growth. Soft yellow light saturates the room, shifting the space from the Earthly to the otherworldly…

Please join us for an exhibition preview on Thursday the 8th of June from 6-8pm at Unit 27, Goods Shed Sq, MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre.

Kindly supported by MacDonagh Junction and the Arts Council.


Catherine McDonald recently completed an MFA in Art and Ecology at the Burren College of Art. She has upcoming exhibitions in Kilkenny, Cork and Clare in 2023. Her ongoing installation series Past, Present, Future was exhibited at the LAB Gallery and IMMA in 2022. Catherine received her BFA from TU Dublin. Her graduate work was chosen for exhibition at the 2021 RDS Visual Art Awards at the RHA and received the Image Now Purchase award. 

Shannon Carroll is the latest curator awarded the Emerging Curator Development Programme. She recently graduated with a distinction from IADT’s MA in Art & Research Collaboration. She also holds an MA from UCD in Art History, Collections & Curation and a BA from Trinity College Dublin in the History of Art and Architecture and Philosophy. Recent exhibitions and projects by Shannon include Molecular Revolutions at the LAB Gallery; Barnavave – tread softly at Barnavave the deserted village, Carlingford and Tréimhse, Earth Rising at IMMA 2022. She was also awarded the 2021 ARC-LAB Curatorial Scholarship.


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