Bog Babes 2016




Bog Babes 2016 calendar is a project funded by The Good Hatchery and shot on the boglands of Co. Offaly.It is the bog lands like you have never seen them before, featuring 12 shots of amazing women hanging out on the industrial flats of the Bog of Allen in Co. Offaly as if it was a beach in August 2015. The calendar’s layout tracks the waxing and waning of the moon.

Bog Babes 2016 is on sale online and in selected Petrol Stations and shops around the midlands. The calendar includes an essay called ‘Dream Pool’ that considers notions of fuel economy, acceleration and desire in relation to our bodies and the land.

Photography by Barra Dinan










The Sea, The Sea, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray 30th July- 5th September


Pilot Light Dowth Henge


The Follies of Youth The Calder, Thursday 2 April – Sunday 31 May 2015


The Follies of Youth is a programme of historical research and contemporary art commissioning by visual arts organisation Pavilion. presented in partnership with The Hepworth Wakefield.

Three artists – Giles Bailey (based in London), Amelia Crouch (Bradford), Ruth Lyons (Cork)  – have produced work in response to three landscapes in West Yorkshire – Stapleton, Whitley Beaumont and Byram – listed in the account book of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown (1716–1783).

Supported by a collective of producers, nicknamed ‘the follies’, the artists have undertaken field trips to the ruinous and industrial landscapes. In an attempt to recover Brown’s lost designs, the artists have engaged the follies in rehearsing certain eighteenth century practices: of Arcadian poetic fantasy, walking etiquette and lime kilning.

The results of the exercises will be exhibited at The Calder, from 2 April – 31 May 2015, alongside The New Arcadian Journal, which is preparing an issue in time for the landscape architect’s tercentenary in 2016.

In Conversation / Drinks Reception
Thursday 16 April
Talk 5-6pm
Drinks reception 6-8.30pm

Patrick Eyres, editor of The New Arcadian Journal, will be in conversation with the artists. Following the talk, the exhibition will remain open until 8.30pm for an informal drinks reception. FREE

The exhibition is commissioned by Pavilion in partnership with The Hepworth Wakefield and supported by the Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, Safer Communities Fund, Lumen, The Elephant Trust, Elliott’s Estates, EU Culture Programme and JH McCloy

Cosmic Dust, group show, VISUAL, Carlow, 24 January – 17 May

cosmic dust

Group exhibition
Launch event 3pm Sat 24th January
24 January – 17 May
Main Gallery
Rudolf Steiner, Anita Groener, Martin Healy, Brian King, Chris Fite Wassilak, Ruth Lyons, Mark Cullen and Remco de Fouw. Featuring George Melies film Le Voyage dans la Lune (1902)
Curated by Emma-Lucy O’ Brien
You are cordially invited to attend the opening of Cosmic Dust and the launch of this seasons visual arts on Saturday the 24th of January at 3pm.
As part of this a roundtable discussion with artists from the season will take place at 3.15pm. This will be chaired by Maureen Kennelly, Director of Poetry Ireland
VISUAL presents Cosmic Dust, a group exhibition looking at the ways in which we orient ourselves in the universe that maintains us. Gathering the ideas of artists, scientists and philosophers, Cosmic Dust explores ways in which art science and the spiritual can combine to offer a deeper understanding of the metaphysical nature of existence. From our connection to the natural world to our place in the stars, the exhibition delves into humanity’s poetic attempts to build systems of thought, meaning and belonging in the face of a vast and unknowable universe.
Permaculture and the Ethics of Earth Care
Sat 7th March 10am, €35 including bus
Join us for a day trip to Cloughjordan Eco Village to explore sustainable and ethical ways  of working in harmony with nature. This event has been coordinated in conjunction with a recently formed Carlow Community Garden Project.
Meet at VISUAL 10pm
Curators Tour: Sun 8th March 2pm
Family Friendly !
VISUAL Talks- Cosmic Thoughts
Sat 21st of March 2.30pm, Free
An afternoon of discussion with artists, performers and friends from this season of visual arts.

Panorama, group show, Pallas Projects 12/03/15—15/03/15


Artists include Joanne Boyle, Diana Copperwhite, Mollie Douthit, Anne Hendrick, Gillian Lawler, Ruth E. Lyons, Niamh McCann, Aileen Murphy, Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Lesley-Ann O’Connell, Sanja Todorovic, Kathy Tynan and Chanelle Walshe.

Panorama is a group exhibition which brings together the paintings of thirteen women artists who are affiliated with Dublin. The exhibition offers an acknowledgment of the variety and wealth of painting being produced by these artists.

Panorama has been initiated in a spirit of celebration and support, featuring work by artists who are at varying stages of their careers. Each participant has a unique approach to painting as process and medium. Style and subject matter range from real and imagined landscapes to dreams and memory, the animal kingdom, anatomy, architectural space, everyday objects, still life and pure abstraction. While the scope of this exhibition is truly vast, there are also some remarkable consistencies. The intrigue of the exhibition lies within particularities and novelties, but also within subtle similarities between artists and artworks. Panorama aims to look beyond its own boundaries, to a greater territory of painting and to a potential for encounter and discourse, especially between women artists.

The selection for Panorama has been made by Kathy Tynan and Chanelle Walshe.

Opening reception: Wednesday, 11th of March, 6 – 8pm

Artist talk: Friday, 13th of March at 6pm

Accompanying literature by Ingrid Lyons.

Pallas Projects



Kinsale Arts Festival 2014

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Kevin Kavanagh Gallery


Upcoming Exhibition

Ruth Lyons’ The Pinking

Kevin Kavanagh Gallery

Exhibition reception Thursday August 7, 2014, 6pm
Exhibition continues until Saturday August 30, 2014

Pavilion- Follies of Youth Project


Pilot Light EXCHANGE

10th-16th August

Researchers from the Pavilion‘s Follies of Youth project with collaborate in the building of a lime kiln at The Good Hatchery.

Pilot Light Exchange is an exploration of the substance of landscape with a particular focus on Limestone, as a medium for understanding the historical perception of land in the 18th century and the origins of today’s global industrial age.

Limestone is one of the most common geological substances on earth roughly 50% of Britain and Ireland is underlain by limestone.The stone is formed from the remains of shells and bones of millions of tiny sea creatures condensed at high pressure over millennia.

Lime CaO is a binder that is responsible for holding our bones, teeth and the shells of creatures together. When Limestone is burnt at high temperatures carbon dioxide is burnt off and what remains is the lime or the sticky stuff. Lime has various uses from farm fertiliser, water treatment, sugar refining but most commonly; building in the form of concrete and mortar.

Pilot Light Exchange will see researchers from Leeds and the 18th century Bryam landscape, come to the Clonearl Demense in Co. Offaly. In collaboration with artists from The Good Hatchery the group will collectively build and operate a small scale limekiln for the production of lime.








// Arrow Arrow // The Good Hatchery

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To celebrate the completion of a year long renovation The Good Hatchery is proud to launch Arrow Arrow.

Arrow Arrow has seen the complete refurbishment of studio, residential and workshop spaces along with new insulation, heating and fixtures. In the coming weeks The Good Hatchery will advertise an open call to select a new board of member artists whose work will steer the directions of the artist led space. Curated projects, events and residencies will be run by the members and directors Carl Giffney and Ruth E Lyons.

The Good Hatchery’s main objective is to support the development of innovative, ambitious art practices that consider their own relation to place.

To mark its 7th birthday and to Launch Arrow Arrow, The Good Hatchery will have its first Open Day, with live music, action, installation, fire, food and spoken word.

Arrow Arrow launches at The Good Hatchery Studios on 28th and 29th June 2014.

RSVP is essential. Please email for details.




STATIC residency Liverpool

The Forgotten Works


Project Arts Centre                                                                       


Ruth E. Lyons (IE)

The Forgotten Works

20th August- December 2012

Launching Thursday 23rd August 6pm

A public commission on the facade of the Project Arts Centre’s building on Essex St. Temple Bar.

Curated by Tessa Giblin.

Ruth E. Lyons’ new installation, The Forgotten Works has been commissioned and produced by Project Arts Centre, and is generously supported by a Project Award from the Arts Council.





Three Lives Seminar RUA RED


Of All Places
Presented by RUA RED

Of All Places is a project curated by Hilary Murray and developed in conjunction with Brian Duggan’s Three Lives installation at RUA RED. Of All Places will take the format of a talk session and discussion panel taking place over one day at the theatre space in RUA RED. This project aims to further elucidate the notion of geographical space as opposed to the cued, interactive (or relational) aspect to place. Why is the artwork often situated within a space (the gallery space), rather than a place? Does this lack of relational intent in the display of art create an irrevocable break in the artwork-viewer dynamic or does it simply provide a neutral situation for the objective contemplation and display of art?

The session will loosely cover ideas involved in how artists negotiate the gallery space, the relational (or cognitive) aspect to place and how the propensity of the white cube effects the creation and display of art today.

Six invited speakers will present their ideas on the thematic in the morning and a discussion panel will take place in the afternoon/post lunch where we will open questions to the floor.

Fiona Woods (Artist, Curator and Writer)
Brian Duggan (Artist)
Kate Strain (Independent Curator)
Emma Lucy O’Brien (Shinnors Curatorial fellow, Carlow Visual)
Ronan McCrea (Artist)
Ruth E. Lyons (Artist, Curator and Director of The Good Hatchery studio)

Hilary Murray (RUA RED Curator in Residence)

For more information or to book contact RUA RED on 01 451 5860 or email

Dates: 19th April
Time: 10am – 4pm
Admission: FREE

More information at RUA RED

Good Hatchery @ NCAD

New Ecologies of Practice: A short season of projects by
Catalyst Arts [Belfast] / Occupy Space [Limerick] / The Good Hatchery [Offaly] / Basic Space [Dublin]

The National College of Art and Design Gallery is presenting a series of new projects which will represent the work of a number of artist led initiatives, working throughout Ireland, which embodies a new approach and a challenge to institutional visual arts programming. In this programme NCAD Gallery would also like to highlight the National Visual Arts Library (NIVAL) housed at NCAD Library.

In recent years, and pre-dating recession in some cases, Catalyst Arts [Belfast]; Occupy Space [Limerick]; The Good Hatchery [Offaly] and Basic Space [Dublin] have established strong, coherent and critically significant presences in the Irish visual arts context and, in their strategic ideologies, argue for a reconfiguration of inherited thinking about the nature and purpose of art and the nature and purpose of art institutional practice. This aligns with other transnational artist led initiatives and ideologies which respond to ‘situations’.

Opening view Monday 12th March 6-8pm.

A new installation, Good Hatchery, will be presented at NCAD Gallery. Exhibition continues until 21st March 2012.

* The Good Hatchery directors Carl Giffney and Ruth E.Lyons will host a seminar on Thursday 29th March at 5pm Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre, NCAD.

More information on the NCAD WEBSITE and THE GOOD HATCHERY

Studio Seminar

Studio Seminar: Ruth E Lyons

Studio 14
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
Wednesday 25th January, 2pm.
All Welcome

TBG+S Studio artist Ruth Lyons invites visitors into her studio to hear about recent developments in her practice, specifically the new artistic group that Ruth has co founded, TERRAFORM.

The word ‘Terraform’ refers to a hypothetical process of deliberately modifying the atmosphere, temperature, surface topography or ecology of an environment (EG, a planet) to be similar to those of Earth, in order to make it habitable by terrestrial organisms.

Ruth will chart the development of her practice and its relation to TERRAFORM, a working group of artists, engineers and architects. TERRAFORM are interested in structures, from buildings and environments to social structures and the structure of the Art world itself. Living in Dublin and the situation in Ireland now also informs and feeds into their collaborative process. TERRAFORM are also specifically interested in working with the building of TBG+S, and Ruth and curator Rayne Booth will lead an open discussion on the project and possibilities for collaborations and developments.

All welcome refreshments provided

Sky is the Limit

Sky is the Limit public art commission for Scoil Naomh Eoin, Navan Co. Meath. Work in progress. To be launch in February 2012.