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‘And So The Story Starts‘ by Marianne van der Horst

On display from Monday 21st – Sunday 27th August

Official Opening took place on Saturday 8th July 7pm

by Norma Moriarty – Leas Cathaoirleach, South West Municipal District

“Born in the Netherlands. Developed in Kerry where I discovered my Passion for Art. The difficulty arises in expressing the beauty as seen with the naked eye in Art Form. Inspired by colour, texture and words. Trying to capture the ever changing memories from the depth of my mind will hopefully explore onto the canvas as each piece unfolds in an Abstract way. The subdued tranquillity of my surroundings contrast with the reality of this unsettled world. In turn it inspires my Art.

My main inspiration came from the time spent with my sister towards the end of her life were she inspired me to continue in my further education in Art. None of this would be possible without the help and understanding from Pieter and my daughters. Special gratitude goes to the teachers in Tech Amergin.” Free admission. All welcome








ART EXHIBITION of paintings by Joyce Tansey and Harrie Somers

Opening Saturday 3rd June 7pm (on display until July 6th)

Harrie Somers is a painter and photographer living in Castlecove Co. Kerry. He studied Art & Design  at Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and at the Academy for Photography Amsterdam. In 2015 Harrie published a Photobook entitled “People at Work” featuring portraits of people from Castlecove, Caherdaniel and Sneem at their place of work.

Joyce Tansey Artist Statement Throughout my artistic career, my paintings have mostly been abstract. This year I revisited figuration, having been inspired to draw from an antique patchwork quilt that I acquired in the mid 90’s. This now worn old material was originally designed as a bedspread but for the last two years it was covering a south east facing window in my bedroom. Living with it like this, with the morning sun shining through, its beauty was highlighted and a depth and complexity was revealed. The two sides of the piece, with differing characters, merged and presented a composite, stripes on one side mixing with birds on the other, flora on one side mixing with flora on the other etc. At the beginning of this year it became a source material for my paintings.

In the paintings, I attempt to interpret the imagery and textile design used in the piece, now hanging on my studio window. Through the process I observe it changing with the weather and discover new ways of looking all the time.


imgPhotographic Exhibition

1916 Easter Rising – Images from the Period, places, People and documents’

Saturday 12th March – Friday 22nd April 2016

The exhibition of over 50 images consists of photos of South Kerry participants in the 1916 Rising and the subsequent Independence/Civil War, Images from Prison camps , War of Independence, the Treaty and Civil War, along with Documents from the Volunteers , Cumann Na mBán and the IRA. Also in the Cable room is a very comprehensive listing of all the men in the Kerry 3 Brigade, the lists are broken down into Battalions and Company’s with the mens full names and addresses , along with all the command structures , Commanding officers and company ranks, these are broken down along townslands from Kells Bay to Sneem and all areas in between.

This exhibition will run until the end of April and is accessible during opening hours. Please contact the centre on 066 9478956 for further details.




Glórtha ón gCillín/Guthan on Chladh Bheag/Voices from the Cillín Exhibition 

6th – 8th May 2015

Official opening on Wednesday 6th May, 7pm, poetry reading 7.30pm

The tragic fate of countless thousands of infants who were buried secretly, at night, in unconsecrated ground, and the heart break that followed from this custom, is what gave rise to this project. The general understanding of the cillíní or ceallúraigh or cillínigh (as they were known in different parts of the country) was that babies, who were unbaptised because they died at birth or shortly after, were buried in these places. During research on the project it became clear that children up to seven or eight years of age were buried there as well, the explanation given for this being that it was a result of the dire poverty of the parents. Adults were also buried there, for example, people who died by suicide, murder victims, those whose religion was unknown and bodies brought in by the sea.

Sheena Graham-George’s first encounter with a cillín on Achill Island inspired her to research and create artwork on the subject. One thing led to another when she met Bríd Ní Mhórain, who was raised within a stone’s throw of a cillín and had published a poem on the subject. Sheena made contact with the film maker and sound designer, Angelica Kroeger, who lives in Ullapool, on the Northwest coast of Scotland. Bríd’s friendship with Máire Breathnach, one of the leading traditional musicians and composers in the country, led to Máire composing music for the soundtrack of the film and Bríd invited  Meg Bateman, poet, translator and lecturer in Sabhal Mór Ostaig, on the Isle of Skye, to participate in the project. That’s how the artistic threads were interwoven. Since they began the work, both Angelica and Meg have discovered cillíní in Scotland – another connection between our two countries which deserves further investigation in the future. Although the cillíní are to be found all over Ireland, for the purposes of this project, we have concentrated, for the most part, on those  situated in the Southwest, on the three peninsulas of West Kerry, Iveragh and Beara.



South West Kerry Family Resource Centre Charity Art Sale

Raising funds for their counselling service. Call in to make a bid for this very worthy cause.

On display until Friday 1st May.








astro photography tom o donoghue







Image courtesy of Tom O’Donoghue

Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve presents

‘STUNNING by day – SENSATIONAL by night’ Photographic Exhibition & Lecture

Friday 31st October, 8pm

Tech Amergin Arts Centre- Official opening by Tom O’Donoghue




















Student Exhibition featuring work from 2013/2014 classes
On display until the end of October

A collection of student work ranging from digital photography, collage technique, ceramics & painting.



 Photo Exhibition by local photographer Trish O’Sullivan

‘When I Grow Up…’  Black & White Photographic Solo Exhibition

Thursday 21st August (1st day of the Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival) 7.30pm.

Proceeds of sales will be divided between The Early Learning Centre (our local playschool) and Tech Amergin.



Art/Craft Exhibition featuring the work of 6 local artists

Painting Dana Winder, Metal Work Martin Davies, Mosaic  Marjanneke Van Den Hove,
Ceramics Mossy Murphy, Sculpture & Pyrography Even Lambe, Woodturning Joe Lidstone

Saturday 31st May 2014, official opening at 7.30pm by David Hare (Producer & Director)

Exhibition will be on display until the end of June. Free admission. All welcome



The Gathering 2013 – An Exhibition of work by Kerry artists

Saturday 7th December, 7pm

Official opening by artist Laurence Hobgood

Tighe O’Donoghue/Ross | Terence O’Donnell | Róisín Ní Chionnfhaolaidh | Regine Bartsch | Pauline Bewick | Pam Muller | Olivia Carra | Mark Eldred | Lynne O’Donnell | Joe Thoma | Jo-Anne Yelen | Jean Usher | Helena Korpela | Helen Richmond | Helen O’Sullivan | Gemma Billington | Dolores Lyne | Diana Muller | Dermot McCarthy | Claudio Viscardi | Christine Bowen | Charlotte Verbeek | Bernadette Kennedy | Anke Petersen | Aia Leu |



‘Iveragh through the Eyes of an Artist’ by Bernie Kennedy

Continuing until Monday 12th August.

Official opening on Saturday 20th July 7pm by Frank Lewis (radio presenter & gallery owner)

Exhibition of artwork portraying a strong emotional affinity with the Irish landscape. The variety of the Iveragh landscape is seen in her work – sea, lake, river and also mountain, forest and rolling bog. Her relationship with her subjects grew out of many childhood summers spent in the small village of Portmagee, nestling between the Kerry mountains and Valentia Island. Bernie’s development as an artist was a slow evolutionary process which strengthened the emotional ties between the subject and artist, paving the way for a dramatic shift away from the representation of actuality and a move towards the subjective.

Free admission.




 Children’s Art Competition in association with Charlie Chaplin Comedy Festival

Official opening my Mick O’Dwyer Thursday 20th June 7pm. All welcome.

On display until Monday 15th July 2013.



The South Kerry Camera Club

Photographic Exhibition celebrating ‘The Sea’

Official opening by Des Lavelle on Friday 26th April, 8 pm.
On display until 17th June 2013.




Children’s Art Exhibition / Friday 15th March 2013, at 3.30pm

Opening opening by local artist Bernie Kennedy

The exhibition will consist of artwork from the children in the local creche. All welcome.



Art & Craft Exhibition of Staff work now on display in the centre.

The exhibition will be officially opened by local artist Brid O Mahony on Saturday December 1st at 1pm during the Arts & Craft Christmas Fair.



Bob Ó Cathail’s Exhibition Circus

will be showing at Tech Amergin Arts
Centre throughout the Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film  festival – August 23rd to 26th.
The exhibition will be opened by Mrs. Herta Fossett at 4.00pm, on Thursday,
23rd August in Tech Amergin.

Fáilte roimh cách.

Jesters, Jugglers, Clowns and Magicians


Dancing clowns, cycling clowns, juggling clowns – the exuberance bursting
from the paintings in this exhibition of new work by Bob Ó Cathail is a
wonderful artistic echo of the exuberance of Charlie Chaplin’s silent films.
The deceptively simple style, like Chaplin’s, is made possible by a highly
sophisticated use of pattern and palette. The sadness hinted at in the
Jester’s face, the shadow of the black cat running beneath the magic-rabbit-
pulling Magician – they’re all part of Ó Cathail’s fantastically
life-affirming Circus.
This is an exhibition for all ages.

Further info on the Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival can be found on their website!


Féile na Gréine:  2012  Solstice Arts Festival

(June 21st – June 23rd 2012)

 Official Opening of Féile na Gréine and Festival Exhibition

Through Pauline’s Eyes –  Thursday, 21st June, 7.00 pm  

Let the sun into your world at a wonderful exhibition of visual art by Pauline Bewick, one of Ireland’s most renowned artists.

Opening by Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage agus Gaeltacht.




From Feb 4th 2012 –Picturing The Hills: taispeántas griangrafadóireachta
An exhibition mounted by the South Kerry Camera Club.









Friday 23rd September 2011 at 7.00pm

Photographic Exhibition –  ‘The Captured Note’

Official opening by photographer John Minihan










Wednesday 24th August at 7.30pm
‘Smile’ Exhibition by Paddy de Buis









An exhibition of art works in various media inspired by the beauty of the Waterville
area so loved by the Chaplin family and many others
Wine reception with music by Susan Kennedy, Patricia O’Sullivan & Siobhan O’Neill
Free admission


Wednesday 17th August 2011 at 7.30pm

Photographic Exhibition  ’House on Fire’

A photography project by American photographer Bob Ellis

The photography project ‘house on fire’ is about the things that have some value  in our life and that we would like to save from a fire. The collection of portraits shows how different people







value their own property and how hard it is to make such a decisive decision to save only one piece. This also provokes questions about the materialistic world we are living in and the really important things in life
that are not present in any form or shape. The project continues and Bob Ellis would like to take photos of people in Kerry if somebody is interested. The artist will open the exhibition and talk about the project on the night.

Free admission.

For further information please visit


Sunday 19th June 2011 at 7.30 pm
Churches in South West Kerry” ( Exhibition Opening)









Official opening by Frank Lewis

The South Kerry Camera Club is showing the second exhibition in
Tech Amergin. South Kerry has a very rich religious history and to the present day churchbuildings, ruins of churches and ecclesiastical  sites are part of our landscape. The members of the camera club exhibiting a first selection of a continious work.

Free admission.


Friday 24th September
Culture Night Kerry 2010









South Kerry Camera Club Exhibition .
Talk on ‘The Archaeological Monuments and Identity of Iveragh’
Talk & Slide Show on Astronomy .

On Culture Night, key artistic and cultural organisations in participating towns and cities,
extend their opening hours until late in the evening to provide the public with increased
access to the various collections, workshops and other events hosted by the organisations.
2010 in Kerry promises’ to be an exciting night – it is the first time Culture Night is
being offered on a more countywide basis, the intention is to have a wider spread of
activities again in 2011.

Culture Night is an initiative co-ordinated by Temple Bar Cultural Trust and supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture & Sport in partnership with Kerry Local Authorities. To celebrate Culture Night 2010,
John Sheehan (UCC) will officially open an exhibition of work, on an archaeological theme,
by members of The South Kerry Camera club at 7.30pm in Tech Amergin Arts Centre. The exhibition
will be followed by a talk at 8.00pm on ‘The Archaeological Monuments and Identity of Iveragh’ by John Sheehan.

Finally at 10.00pm the South Kerry Astronomy group will host a talk and slide show on astronomy followed by, weather permitting, an outside telescopic viewing. All culture night events are free.
Everybody welcomeFor further details, visit


Wednesday, 21st October 2009 at 7.30pm
‘Active Retired Dromid’

A mixed media exhibition of paintings by artists:

  • Jane Coffey
  • Dan Curran
  • Terry Briggs
  • Donal O’Shea

Music provided by ‘The Gunas’

Saturday, 17th October 2009 at 12.00noon
Highlighting poverty in rural Kerry (Exhibition)

by South West Kerry Women’s Association
U.N. Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Exhibition will be launched by Deirdre Walsh of Radio Kerry.

Everyone welcome.
Refreshments served.


Thursday, 2nd July 2009 at 7.00pm
Photographic & Video Exhibition
Celebrating Two Kerry Sports Heroes

Legendary Kerry cyclist and local mountaineerJohn Dowd






Official opening by ex footballer and radio broadcaster Weeshie Fogarty Legendary Kerry cyclist Mick Murphy is being honoured in Tech Amergin, Waterville, by an exhibition of photographic and video work by Cork artist Chris Hurley. In the 1950s and ‘60s the Rás Tailteann attracted bigger crowds than any other sporting event in Ireland. To compete was a great achievement, to finish it a greater one, to win it a monumental one. Occasionally a win became the stuff of legend.

The exhibition takes us back to that time with a film which retells the story by the hero himself, while intimately portraying him through a series of stunning photographs. The exhibition will run until July 14th.

Equally monumental in its scale and achievement was the success of local mountaineer John Dowd, who in 2008 became the first ever Kerryman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Echoing the teak-tough nature of Murphys cycling style, John Dowds feat of endurance and both physical and mental courage marks him out as one of Kerry’s great unsung sporting heroes. Following the exhibition opening John will give an illustrated talk on his experience, with a slide show of photographs he took himself on his grueling climb.


13th December 2008
Woven Art Auction at Tech Amergin






Money raised at auction was €11,210. Now taking orders on signed limited editions.
A unique event, where the works of 13 Kerry artists have been interpreted and translated
into tapestry by Setsoto Design Weaving Company in Lesotho. The auction is by way of
launching the company into the European marketplace and introducing their work to the
artists of Ireland. Setsoto Design pride themselves on being able to interpret and translate
images from both painted images and photography and would welcome any challenges that might be sent to them.

Pippa Kearon, Volunteer with Twinning the Kingdoms is acting in a voluntary capacity as an agent in Europe for the company and can be contacted on 087 9931403 or 066 9479173 and any orders can be directed
through her or directly with the company in Lesotho.
Saeed Abubakari, director, Setsoto Design can be contacted on 0026658086312 / 0027763633102 /

The tapestries to be auctioned can be viewed in Tech Amergin from Thursday 11th December 2008.
Proceeds from the auction will go directly to the weavers at Setsoto Design and
Twinning the Kingdom’s Friends of Lesotho Waterville projects in Lesotho.
Following the auction the tapestries will be put on Twinning the Kingdom’s website where repeat tapestries can be ordered up to a total limited edition of 25 of each piece. The price for the limited edition pieces will be set following the auction and will not be lower than the selling price at auction.


Friday, 18th July 2008 at 8.00pm
“Shores of Waterville” by Yvonne North Moorhouse









Official opening by Michael Healy-Rae (The exhibition will run from the 14th July to the 5th August)
Yvonne North Moorhouse’s art practice crosses the boundaries between new and traditional art forms
using; digital photography and image manipulation, collage and mixed media. Ideas are explored through various digital and paper media, creating work which is atmospheric and contemplative,
evoking a place or moment in time.  Seashore, lakeside, and riverbank in the Waterville area are represented in a horizontal format; rather like a narrow window through which one can view distant and
remembered landscapes.  The theme of the work is the manifold nuances of water:
light and shade, depths and shallows, ripples and reflections.

21st June to the 10thJuly 2008
‘Letsatsi la Boroa’ (Taispeántas Ealaíne / Art Exhibition)

‘Southern Sun – Grian an Deiscirt’
Paintings & Drawings by Meshu Mokitimi
(The exhibition will run from the 21st June to the 10thJuly)










From 21st April until 9th May 2008
‘In Search of Music…Cuba’ (Photographic Exhibition)









A display of photographs and a film/slide show with live recordings
made in April 2007, Cuba, by Karaollien Verheyen.
This exhibition forms part of ‘South West Kerry Samba Day’ on the 3rd of May.

Programme includes a Samba workshop at 11am in Tech Amergin (limited spaces available) followed by

open-air performances,

5pm – 7pm, in front of Cahirciveen Community Resource Centre.
Tickets for Samba workshop €15.


Tuesday 5th December  2007

The Kingdom of Lesotho’s Ambassador to Ireland
H.E. Mannete Ramaili opening an Exhibition of Photographs from Lesotho by Eileen O’Leary
in Tech Amergin, Waterville.










October 24th 2006
Official Opening Art Exhibition in Tech Amergin

Tús Maith Arts Festival/Féile Ealáine
Tech Amergin 27th – 29th October 2006


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