Ron Pokrasso leading a Mixed Media Printmaking Workshop at Ballinglen

We are delighted to announce a Mixed Media Printmaking Workshop at The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Co Mayo, Ireland with the renowned Printmaker Ron Pokrasso

June 2-10, 2015

Treat yourself to a fabulous week long printmaking journey in the majestic beauty of coastal northwest Ireland and to the unique opportunity of working at the prestigious
Ballinglen Arts Foundation.

Limited to 10 participants.


Fundraising Auction in aid of The Ballinglen Arts Foundation.

Want to contribute to a vibrant art organization and own a beautiful original artwork?

The Artist in Rural Ireland Fund is running a fundraising auction with their trusted partner Givesmart. The huge generosity and support of the 9 artists, Jane Goldman, Nana Gregory, Dan Gualdoni, Tom Hammick, Diana Horowitz, Paul Kenny, Arno Kramer, Trevor Sutton & Rez Williams touches us all. Please go on the site to preview the work.
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Respond with YES to receive outbid notifications. You will receive one more welcome message & then you are able to preview the auction items. Bidding begins as soon as the auction opens on November 14.


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Drawing Master Class with the prestigious Dutch artist Arno Kramer at The Ballinglen Arts Foundation

4th – 12th April, 2015. Arno has just been announced as artist of the year for 2015 and is a leading figure in Drawing. Full details can be found on or contact for full details.

Landscape Painting Workshop with Andrew Wykes at The Ballinglen Arts Foundation Full details contact for further details.

First come, first serve basis with some places already taken.

Ballinglen is delighted to announce Donald Teskey Exhibition

“Atlantic – Paintings”, by Irish artist Donald Teskey RHA, 9th August – 10th October 2014, The Ballinglen Gallery, The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Main Street, Ballycastle, Co Mayo, Ireland. Open 10 – 12, 2 – 4 pm Monday – Friday and strictly by appointment at weekends with a reception on 9th August 8:30pm, everyone welcome.

Donald Teskey has arguably become one of the best known landscape painters of his generation. His paintings of the Irish landscape are dramatic works that capture the power of nature and the sheer rugged beauty of the Irish landscape. In particular, he captures the West Coast of Ireland to perfection. He has devoted much focus to observing and painting the relentless and elemental nature of coastline and sea.
Donald Teskey was born in Co. Limerick and graduated from Limerick College of Art and Design in 1978. He came to prominence as an artist through his skill as a draughtsman during the 1980s with several significant solo exhibitions as well as being the recipient of awards in EVA and the Claremorris Open Exhibition. Since 1992 he has crafted out a substantial body of work as a painter of the landscape and more recently the ruggedness of the western seaboard. Sometimes, working on a very large scale, his images reflect his response to the formal elements of composition; shape, form and fall of light. The results are powerful images of instantly recognisable parts of the Irish landscape with large abstract passages and surfaces which articulate the relentless energetic and elemental force of nature.
In 2003 he was elected a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin. He is also a member of Áosdana (The Arts Council established Aosdána in 1981 to honour artists whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Ireland, and to encourage and assist members in devoting their energies fully to their art).
His work has been exhibited in the UK, USA, South Africa, Canada, Germany and Finland. In 2005, Limerick City Gallery of Art hosted “Tidal Narratives”, an exhibition of large scale paintings and drawings coinciding with the publication of a book on the artist by Gandon Editions. He is represented in major collections including the Arts Council, Irish Museum of Modern Art, AIB, Limerick City Gallery of Art, KPMG, Butler Gallery, The Ulster Bank, OPW and The Archive of The Ballinglen Arts Foundation. Donald lives and works in Dublin.
He is represented by the Oliver Sears Gallery in Dublin, Ireland & the Dolan/Maxwell Gallery, Philadelphia
The work of the Foundation (Irish Charity 11019) is supported by The Arts Council, The Ireland Funds, Mayo County Council & private contributors.

For further information please contact Úna Forde, The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Main Street, Ballycastle, Co Mayo
Phone / Fax 096 43184, email Teskey, "Kilcummin," acrylic on paper, 39 x 41 cm Donald Teskey, The Coastal Road 2 Donald Teskey, Ballinglen Gallery, Houses Vl Donald Teskey, Bog l Donald Teskey, Sea Vl Donald Teskey, Sea ll

Drawing Master Class with Arno Kramer at The Ballinglen Arts Foundation

4th – 12th April, 2015 

Access 24/7 to studios
Archive of Paintings by International Artists
Backup of the Ballinglen Staff
Pickup/dropoff at Ballina Train or Bus Station

With the growing attention over the last years for drawing in art colleges, as in national and international exhibition as well, it is a good moment to pay more attention to this discipline in a specific Masterclass Drawing.

Professional working artist, with a certain focus on drawing in their oeuvre, will be asked to apply for a 7 day course (five days tuition with 2 days broken into half days to work independently) by Dutch artist and curator Arno Kramer. Arno is a well-known international working artist and curator and has worked at Ballinglen Arts Foundation himself already several times. He has exhibited in Ireland since 1995 very often in the Green on Red Gallery Dublin but also widely in the Limerick City Gallery of Art, The Model and Niland Gallery, Ballina Arts Centre, Galway Arts Centre, The Mermaid Arts Centre, Crawford Gallery and in Cavanacor Gallery. But also in Northern Ireland in Ormeau Bath Gallery, Millennium Court Art Centre, Fenderensky Gallery. He is curator of several drawing exhibitions like Into Drawing Dutch Contemporary Drawing, All About Drawing 50 years of Dutch Drawings, and Into Irish Drawing presented in the Limerick City Gallery of Art. He is currently the curator of the first centre for drawing in Holland called Drawing Centre Diepenheim

Arno Kramer has given lots of lectures and guest lessons on Irish art colleges. In relation to Drawing Day he has given a lecture in the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin

The basic idea for offering a Masterclass Drawing is to focus on already existing works from the participants, which means that every artist should take at least 15 recent drawings to Ballycastle, so that these works can form the beginning of a critic and debate. Arno Kramer will give critic on the works and if possible do suggestions how to continue making drawings from a hopefully new and interesting perspective. It does not matter what the specific content of the drawings is. Every subject or object as starting point for work is welcome. The main focus will be if the drawing has an autonomous quality and be a original piece of art and not a sketch for a painting or sculpture.

The autonomous and developing drawing is nearly a new phenomena. You can think about it not only in content, but also in several techniques, collages and even in the size of the works.

From this perspective it could also be interesting to talk about representation and presentation of drawings, as well as about research and reflection in general.

Why is a drawing, however it is very often the starting point for a piece of art a painting or a sculpture, not excepted as important as the other disciplines? Why is drawing taken less serious as an autonomous art form than painting and sculpture? Why is it nearly not possible to be taken serious as art students when you like to do your final exams only with drawing?

In the 5 days Masterclass it will of course be possible to work on new drawings. If necessary Arno Kramer will suggests ideas as assignment.

 Arno Kramer in studio at Ballinglen Arno Kramer's drawing created at Ballinglen Arno Kramer's work, created at BallinglenIMG_2535
Workshop at Ballinglen

May 2014

 Images of Arno Kramer and The Ballinglen Arts Foundation

Other workshop opportunities available in October/November 2015.
Contact Una Forde, email for full details.

Master Classes at Ballinglen 2014

Master Class at The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ireland
June 21 – July 5, 2014 (9am – 5pm with studio access 24/7) — Painting opportunity in Ireland.

Just 1 place remains on the class.

An opportunity for a select group of nine artists to spend two weeks in rural Ireland painting, drawing, and printmaking with renowned artists Randall Exon & Jeffery Reed. Both Randall & Jeffrey will provide individualized instruction and criticism. Plein aire excursions and varied studio methods/workshops will provide the format for an intensive learning experience. Accommodation, meals, use of The Ballinglen Facilities, backup of staff, use of a shared studio, art library, Archive Collection of over 500 works by International artists who have come on residency to Ballinglen. Visit website

Professor Randall Exon is the Sara Lawrence Lightfoot Professor of Studio Art at Swarthmore College, Philadelphia, USA. He shows at Hirschl & Adler Modern on 5th Avenue, New York

Professor Jeffrey Reed is an Associate Professor of Art at the Community College of Philadelphia. He shows at Gross McCleaf Gallery on Sixteenth Street, Philadelphia

Other workshop opportunities available in October/November 2014. Contact Una Forde, email for full details.

Images from Master Classes 2013 at Ballinglen

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Pandemonium Diary on view at Ballinglen

Currently on exhibition at Ballinglen are a series of prints from Bob Morouney’s Pandemonium Diary.  Bob is a Canadian artist working on copper plates with intaglio processes, including engraving, etching, aquatint, and drypoint. Pandemonium Diary is a record of the everyday seen fresh and new possibilities glimpsed.  Each print records a story in the intimate style of book illustration.  They reward close inspection and repeated viewings.  The stories are in turn humorous, warm, or provoking and are ultimately full of hope for the future. The exhibition continues through 25 May, 2014

Bob Morouney Pandemonium Diary

etching by Bob Morouney