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Box Office Open Tuesday, Wednesday,Thursday & Saturday 10am - 5pm

Friday 2pm - 10pm

Tickets available online for all events or call the Box Office 064 6648701


Theatre Games Ireland returns September 5th
Crossing Borders- Grace Foley & Elle-Marie Dwyer
Friday August 24th at 8pm.
Film Night Returns- September 6th
Thursdays at 8pm - check out the programme

Some of our upcoming programme highlights...

Visual Arts

Visual Arts


July - Sheena Jolley: The Music of Nature

Exhibition and Concert - Friday July 1st at 8pm

A wonderfully unique visual and aural representation of the beauty that exists in our natural surroundings by photographer Sheena Jolley in collaboration with renowned harpist and singer Marina Cassidy. Sheena and Marina have worked together to produce a wonderful visual and aural representation of the beauty that exists in our natural surroundings. It is a unique and moving presentation.Marina, who is undoubtedly one of Ireland’s finest exponents of solo performance with voice and harp brings a new dimension to Sheenas images. Their work is complimentary and, to quote Marina, 'My music gives wings to Sheena's photographs and Sheena's images give vision to my music.'

 Open Submission

The Carnegie Arts Centre welcomes submissions and proposals for our gallery space on an ongoing basis. Proposals from both emerging and established artists are welcomed. The Carnegie is looking to offer a challenging programme of contemporary visual arts to the community and invites proposals from individuals or groups of artists working in any media.

Interested artists should send applications either by email or post marked ‘Submissions’ containing a short CV and a statement about the proposed exhibition along with good quality images or video and, if possible, a website address. (Please send an SAE if you require return of your material).


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Past Exhibitions


August - Peter Zoeller: Portraits


Peter lived in Dublin in the 1980’s and did a lot of walking around the city. On Peter’s travels he noticed a strength and an inner dignity on people’s faces that he had not seen anywhere else and so started his ‘on the spot’ street photography with the people of Dublin. Peter worked with a 35mm camera up until the 1990’s when he changed over to the larger format of 6x6. This change in format brought about a change in the way he photographed people. The gritty intimacy of the 35mm was replaced by a more subtle form of storytelling.This exhibition is a retrospective of some of Peter’s portrait work over the years and provides the viewer with a fascinating insight into the lives of his diverse subjects.

Peter Zoeller was born in the Westerwald Region of Germany, but is now based in Tahilla, Co. Kerry. He has lived in Ireland for the last 31 years. His work has been published by Insight Ireland postcards and in 1987 he won the Sunday Independent Irish Life Arts award for photography.

September - The Templenoe Art Group: Joyful Art

                                        'Dancing Ladies' by Joyce Hughes


The Templenoe Art Group began in 2009 at the Templenoe Community Centre as a continuation of the FETAC art classes held at the Adult Education Centre, Kenmare. These classes were under the tuition of Joy Mitchell who continues to guide and inspire all of the students who are participating in the exhibition. Joy's encouragement and skills have inspired the group to hold this exhibition of their artworks.

The exhibition will showcase the wide range of media used and the diversity of talent within the Templenoe Art Group.

Exhibition Launches on Saturday the 3rd of September at 1pm - All Welcome.

October - Vida Pain


A collection of cropped urban and abandoned mechanical objects that are sourced from an exploration of local towns and villages form the basis of Vida's paintings.  Dramatic angles of facades, irrelevant to their environment, often exaggerated in scale and colour.  The finished pieces, although similar in theme  present an array of structure and formal composition. The subject matter often becomes incidental during the creative process that finally renders the finished image unrecognizable as to its geography.  However, once installed the effect of journey is created, fleeting glimpses of the ordinary remain in our subconcious.  The unexpected views and aspects that evolve allow the subjects to emerge and reveal hidden depths. 

Exhibition Dates and  Launch TBC

June 2011

Lucy McKenna - The Darker Wood


Lucy McKenna undertook a residency on Toronto Island in Canada during 2010. The work she created there was in response to the island itself, its history, architectural  elements and landscape. Many of the trees that inhabited the island were quite old and had survived through a time of extreme trauma in the 1960's when, due to a political decision, the island had been intentionally burned and wiped of almost all manmade and natural life. The injury and past lives of the trees affected her work heavily, as did exploring the darker side of the human psyche and the cross referencing of fairy tales. This body of work encapsulates the sense of foreboding, loss and desire contained in fairytales, emotions that are still as frequent and relevant in the modern world.

This is a multi media exhibition encorporating drawing, photography, installation & video.

Exhibition runs until the 28th of June. Admission is free and  All are Welcome

May 2011

Sue Morris - The World of Wonder

'The World of Wonder’ is a multi-media installation incorporating drawing, collage, printmaking, sculpture and video.

The exhibition explores the territories of the real and the imagined, the explained and yet unexplainable. Central to the work is an encyclopedia long since held by the artist. By referencing its text and images, manipulating scale, colour and content, whilst deploying its pseudo-scientific style, the work enters the vistas of childhood from an adult standpoint.

April 2011


The Photosenses photography group exhibited their new work at the Carnegie Arts Centre from Saturday April the 2nd. Photosenses evolved as a group of students studying photography at The Kenmare Adult Education Centre since 2007 under tutor Christine Birrer. Their new work is an eclectic mix of images ranging from local scenery, digital art, portraiture to photo montage

March 2011

Wishful Thinking - International Artists 16mm Film Screenings


(Images courtesy of 1. Ursula Mayer and Lux, London, 2. Roman Ondak gb agency, Paris, Janda Gallery Vienna & johnen Gallery, Berlin 3. Ben rivers & Lux, London)

March 3rd 7.30pm

Wishful Thinking is a curated programme of artists’ film, bringing together a selection of 16mm films by  contemporary international artists: Luke Fowler,Jaki Irvine, Ursula Mayer, Rosalind Nashashibi, Roman Ondak, João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva, Deborah Stratman, and Moira Tierney


Borrowing its title from the common phrase to describe an optimistic and ever-hopeful outlook, Wishful Thinking presents artist’s films that look beyond thesurfaces and circumstances of the world as we find it. Whether by casting into the future, back to the past, or by re‐approaching things that are all-toofamiliar, the selected artists employ the particular characteristics of 16mm film to reshape our experiences of time through moving image

Wishful Thinking is produced by the Lewis Glucksman Gallery and funded by the Arts Council Ireland Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme.



& Exhibition of Work by Local Artists


February 2011

Damian Magee - Emanations

For the last ten years Damian has embarked on a project that utilises the physical geography of archetypal islands to explore our symbiotic relationship with the landscape while subverting traditional representations of landscape painting.

Both aesthetic and conceptual, these works focus on a particular topographical profile of each island as defined against sea level, identifiable by the singular horizontal plane that unites the formations, while the monochromatic dislocation enables an investigation of formal representational/subjective space.  Colour, scale and form function metaphorically in this work while holes, cuts and fractures feature as manifestations of vulnerability, fragility and metamorphosis.

These works suspend transient states and attempt to reconcile past histories with uncertain futures via geological phenomenology, linking the personal, social and cultural with the landscape.



January  2011

Julia Clarke - Last Light

Julia’s work is concerned with the ever changing landscape of South West Kerry and its relationship with the seasons and elements. At the edge of the Atlantic the weather can be extreme and unpredictable, heavy fog can lift in a minute to reveal a golden bog, a field can change from brown to purple to blue and back again in a single evening. Julia, not wanting to be distracted by detail, looks for abstract shapes within the landscape and strives to capture an essence of place rather than a copy of it. 

Julia Clarke is a local emerging artist based in Ballinskelligs, Co.Kerry. Julia studied Art and Design at the University of Ulster where she specialised in painting.

December 2010 

Siobhan Waldron - Works

Landscape is the starting point for Siobhan Waldrons instinctive and physical engagement with the medium of paint. By placing herself in the landscape, mostly in Connemara and the West of Ireland, she experiences immediately the tangible qualities of weather and land, a contemporary resonance of the approaches of the Romantic painters. However the elements that emerge in her compositions - such as words, marks and linedrawn objects - can often jar with the seemingly representational landscape imagery, suggesting an underlying concern with memory and experience. A concern that is at times personal, and other times universal. 
Siobhan studied fine art at the Crawford College of Art, Cork graduating with a BA in painting in 2000. After living and travelling in the United states, she came back to Ireland in 2004, and in the following year completed a higher diploma in art education at the NCAD. She now lives and teaches Art in Dublin, and frequently visits the west of Ireland to paint.

October / November 2010

Gary Somers - The Absorption of Light


The Carnegie Arts Gallery, Kenmare is pleased to present ‘The Absorption of Light’ by Gary Somers - an exhibition of large scale photographic portraits mounted on light boxes made at Dzogchen Beara, the Buddhist Retreat Centre on the Beara peninsula.

‘The Absorption of Light’ is a project that is inspired by meditation and the effects of meditation. It is a spiritual reflection of the photographic portrait, something that has always interested mankind; to see the self. The challenge of the portrait is to capture the essence of an individual, the core. It has sometimes eluded the photographer. In meditation it has been said that one's true being is exposed and that their true nature is evident. It seems that the meditative state then is connected to photography's portraiture aims. We can all see our self in the photographic portrait.

In the Dzogchen teachings it is said that your meditation and your gaze should be like the vast expanse of a great ocean: all pervading, open, and limitless. Just as your view and posture are inseparable, so your meditation inspires your gaze, and they now merge as one. - Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, Sogyal Rinpoche


Visual Arts 2012 -  'Our People, Our Places' by Tara McCarthy - March Exhibition

tara march

Tara spent her early childhood in Vancouver, Canada, and New Hampshire USA ,but has lived in Kilgarvan most of her life.She attended Kenmare secondary school where she enjoyed the benefits of Joe Thoma's relaxed art classes. Tara comes from a family of artists, and now, as a mother of five it was inevitable for her to want to make painting a part of her children's lives also. With this in mind Tara set up "The Canvas Club" for children in 2010. This little club has provided an outlet for the local children's creativity and imagination, encouraging a love for visual art and self expression. Inspired both by her children and the beautiful Kerry landscape, Tara's paintings are all acrylic on canvas, with impasto painting becoming a favourite as the layering of paste and paint achieves a lively tactile effect on the canvas. 

Tara has exhibited in joint exhibitions throughout kerry, including the Carnegie Arts Centre's many events, but this is her first solo exhibition.

This exhibition will run until March 24th. Admission free.

April 2012 -  Student Exhibition - Pobalscoil Inbhearsceine

tara woods 3

tara woods 3

more information to follow


August Exhibition 2012

Land Light & Ice - Photos By Norman McCloskey



Norman McCloskey was born in the city of Limerick in 1971.  Twenty years later, a move to the rugged countryside of Kerry in the south of Ireland triggered his passion for photography and in particular capturing the stunning landscape surrounding him. In 1994 he studied photography at the College of Art & Design, IADT Dublin and subsequently worked as a freelancer and assistant in commercial photography.   For the last 14 years he has combined his own photographic work whilst managing a busy Dublin based editorial photography agency and in 2004 made a permanent move back to Kerry in the south, commuting and working from an office there.  His work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions and various commercial galleries and sold privately , with the main subject being the highlands and coastal landscape of the Kerry and West Cork region.  He has travelled to Iceland and the Antarctic to photograph the extremes of those landscapes and is currently working on a 2 year book project on the Killarney National Park, to be published in 2013.

Artist’s Statement:

My passion for landscape photography is deeply rooted in my love of nature and the stunning surroundings of the south west of Ireland.  It is something that is undiminished in 20 years and is growing stronger as I get to devote more time to my photography here.  I strive for my images to convey the drama and beauty of the landscape I feel so connected to.  A successful image for me is one which draws the viewer in to the scene whilst highlighting the natural elements that have drawn me to make the image ,  such as grasses, rock, sand and water in the foreground.  It's important for me to try and find a different view on often well photographed scenes, and have the viewer reconnect with a place they may already be familiar with. 

This collection of images is drawn from my work in Kerry and West Cork during the last 18 years and includes images from a memorable trip to Antarctica in 2008.

Admission Free. All Welcome








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Expo Images


'Emanations' by Damian Magee 1st - 24th of February 2011



'Last Light' by Julia Clarke 8th - 29th of January 2011


'Works' by Siobhan Waldron 1st - 22nd of December 2010

'The Absorption of Light' by Gary Somers 21st of October - 10th November 2010


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