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Bridge Street Studios unveil ‘Shed’: A captivating visual art exhibition at Armagh’s Market Place Theatre

'Each artist brings a unique perspective to the theme, creating a diverse and thought-provoking exhibition'

Bridge Street Studios, a renowned hub of artistry in Dundalk, Co Louth, is thrilled to present their latest visual art exhibition, ‘Shed,’ hosted at the prestigious Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre Armagh.

The exhibition will run from May 17 to July 6, 2024, with opening hours from 9.30am to 4.30pm. The Opening Launch is set to take place at 3pm on Saturday May 18, and the artists are delighted to welcome Paul McEneaney from Cahoots Theatre, to officially launch the show. All welcome!

Nestled in a historic 250-year-old grain store, Bridge Street Studios stands as a testament to the thriving creativity within Dundalk. As one of the oldest and largest independent artistic collectives in Ireland, the Studios have been an integral part of the town’s creative fabric since their formation in 1996.

The ‘Shed’ exhibition features the works of nine dynamic professional artists and craftspeople who are all based in Bridge Street Studios, including Orlaith Cullinane, Rachel Tinniswood, Mary Cowan, Cathy McKeown, Suzanne Carroll, Caoilfionn Murphy O’Hanlon, Orla Barry, Sarah McKenna, and Fiona Quigley.

Their collective expertise spans a wide array of mediums, including paintings, sculpture, prints, ceramics, textiles, and mixed media.

Bridge Street Studio artist, Suzanne Carroll

The artists have masterfully explored the theme of “Shed” with rich imagery, allusion, and symbolism, crafting responses and connections on personal, local, and universal levels. Each artist
brings a unique perspective to the theme, creating a diverse and thought-provoking exhibition.

Highlighted Works from ‘Shed’:

  • Orla Barry presents a series of hinged triptychs, offering homages to nature that shed light on its wonder and beauty.
  • Orlaith Cullinane, through sculpture and drawing, explores the shedding of light into the shadow side of the psyche.
  • Rachel Tinniswood manipulates fabric and silk, creating pieces with a skin-like quality that centre around layers and renewal.
  • Sarah McKenna’s sculptures delve into the layers of stories that shape our identity, exploring the desire to shed certain layers while acknowledging their integral role.
  • Fiona Quigley, inspired by the concept of shedding inhibitions, captures the beauty of nature in mixed media pieces, including acrylic, oil, machine embroidery, and handmade papers.
  • Suzanne Carroll’s studio practice is influenced by her surroundings on the Cooley Mountains. For Shed the work depicts the now extinct Giant Irish Red Deer. Many examples of its antlers, which it sheds annually, have been found preserved in our peat bogs and ancient lakes. As we marvel at the spread of this magnificent creature’s crowning glory Suzanne encourages the viewer to consider the National Parks and Wildlife’s Red list of threatened native species and asks how many more of our native species are we prepared to shed from the delicately balanced ecosystem on our island.
  • Mary Cowan explores an old, abandoned shed near where she lives, creating a series of ceramic sculptures inspired by the treasures found inside.
  • Cathy McKeown’s large vivid paintings explore the duality of spaces as inside and outside.

Visual artist, Orlaith Cullinane from Bridge Street Studios has commented: “I am thrilled to be part of ‘Shed,’ an exhibition that goes beyond individual perspectives, uniting the diverse talents of Bridge Street Studios.

“Through our collective exploration of the theme, we shed light on the beauty, renewal, and layers of stories that define our artistic journey. We can’t wait to invite visitors to the Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre, providing them with the opportunity to explore this collection of artwork that truly reflects the diverse and vibrant creativity of our members.”


  • Saturday May 18: Orlaith Cullinane ‘Drawing the Dance’ Workshop. 10am – 12pm (SOLD OUT)
  • Saturday May 25: ‘Meet the Maker’ Talks at the Craft Fair in the Market Place 12pm – 1pm and 2pm – 3pm
  • Saturday June 1: Suzanne Carroll ‘A Morning of Experimental Drawing’ Workshop 10am – 12pm

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