Townhall Cavan

Exhibitions

Located on our ground floor the exhibition space accommodates local and national artists with regular exhibitions in all art forms.

Townhall Cavan

Exhibitions

Located on our ground floor the exhibition space accommodates local and national artists with regular exhibitions in all art forms.

Townhall Cavan presents

The Uncertainty of History: Traces

An exhibition by Bernadette Burns

Townhall Gallery, Cavan

Thursday October 5th to Saturday 18th November 2023
Tuesday to Friday: 10am-4pm, Saturday: 11am-4pm

Bernadette Burns’ multimedia art exhibition The Uncertainty of History: Traces is the third exhibition in a series that focuses on memory and change, on how there are many strands and versions of a story rather than a single factual truth.

The work in this exhibition grew from a diary entry by her grandmother Tessie Burns referring to the shooting of Eileen Quinn, her younger sister by the Black and Tans in November 1920. This body of work explores family memory as a valid addition to the canon of history.

The work to be shown in the Townhall Gallery, Cavan, while building on the original story, will respond to this space, and will contain new work.

Bernadette Burns lives and works on Sherkin Island.
Her work focuses on memory and change, on how there are many strands and versions of a story, rather than a clear and factual truth. Her work refers to places that have personal meaning or memories. The healing, spiritual and transforming qualities of water hold a special significance; her work often refers to lakes, pools, waterfalls, reservoirs, bays, beaches, shorelines and sea.
 Her art practice is mainly painting, though she also works with drawing, photography, sculpture, video and bookmaking.

Bernadette Burns was a lecturer in Fine Art at the Dublin Institute of Technology for many years. She was one of the instigators of BA Visual Art, an innovative honours degree programme delivered by DIT on Sherkin Island. She has exhibited her work in Ireland, Spain and Greece.

Recent exhibitions include:

October & November 2023: The Uncertainty of History: Traces, solo show Town Hall, Cavan
November 2021: The Uncertainty of History II, solo show at KAVA, Kinvara, Co Galway
January & February 2020: The Uncertainty of History: remembering Eileen Quinn, solo show Galway Arts Centre
July 2019: Falling into the Sky, exhibition at O’Drisceoil Galley, Skibbereen with Wendy Dison, Nicola Kelly, Tess Leak and Gana Roberts
May 2019: Falling into the Sky, exhibition at Damer House Gallery, Roscrea with Wendy Dison, Nicola Kelly, Tess Leak and Gana Roberts
July 2018: Anseo, group exhibition at O ‘Drisceoil Building, Skibbereen
May 2018: An island, a boat, a ladder, some cloud…, solo show at Blue House Gallery, Schull
August 2017: West Cork Creates, group show at O’Driscoil Building, Skibbereen and Cork airport
September 2016: Bád, group show, invited artist Damer House Gallery, Roscrea

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