Memento, looking back, looking forward, a Winter group show

The Olivier Cornet Gallery is delighted to present

‘Memento, looking back, looking forward’, a Winter group show curated in collaboration with our new intern Jordan Farrelly.

Artists: Annika Berglund, Jaki Coffey, Aisling Conroy, Hugh Cummins, Mary A. Fitzgerald, John Fitzsimons, Jordi Forniés, Conrad Frankel, David Fox, Claire Halpin, Nickie Hayden, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Miriam McConnon, Sheila Naughton, Yanny Petters, Kelly Ratchford, Vicky Smith and Susanne Wawra.

Launch of the show: Friday 17 December, 6pm at the Olivier Cornet Gallery. Please book a time that suits you by calling/texting (0872887261) or emailing us (

Availability of the show: Tuesdays to Sundays at the gallery. Please book a time that suits you by calling/texting or emailing us.

The show will also be available in our 3D Virtual Space. 

This is the time of the year when many of us usually take stock and look back at the year gone by. With this in mind and considering our current shared experience of the pandemic, gallerist Olivier Cornet, aided by his new assistant Jordan Farrelly, has put together a show featuring work by his 11 represented artists, the 6 members of his AGA group and guest artist Jaki Coffey. ‘Memento’ showcases a selection of works from recent solo exhibitions at the gallery: from Yanny Petters’s nurturing ‘Field of vision’, Aisling Conroy’s introspective ‘Alter/Altar’, Miriam McConnon’s empathetic ‘Displaced Privilege’ and Eoin Mac Lochlainn’s explorative ‘Is glas iad na Cnoic’, through the playful and whimsical ‘Jam Havoc’ (and its sequel ‘Less Jam more Havoc’) by Kelly Ratchford and Jaki Coffey to the recent magical ‘Interlocked’ show by Annika Berglund.

As the timeline of recent events in our lives often gets jumbled and confused, the show also features a sample of works by exhibitions that took place in the 2019-2020 period, such as John Fitzsimons’s ‘Time and Space’ solo show and the gallery’s 2020 Bloomsday group exhibition ‘The Morphing Feminine’. With underlying themes as diverse as climate change and the environment, the plight of refugees and immigrants, but also the celebration of human resilience, the power of imagination and humour, here’s an eclectic group exhibition that will appeal to regular visitors to the gallery -who might have missed some of the recent exhibitions- and to newcomers who will get a good sample of the OCG artists’ current practices. This is also a show with a forward-looking approach with references to next year’s line-up of solo exhibitions by Vicky Smith, Conrad Frankel, Mary A. Fitzgerald, Claire Halpin and Sheila Naughton.

The exhibition will run at the Olivier Cornet Gallery until the 27th of February 2022.

Image: Mary A. Fitzgerald, Sing your declaration I, acrylic on board, 38x38cm