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Wendy Judge

JAN 30-FEB 12


Works of the World United
More… Great Works

Opening Thursday January 29th, 7pm-9pm

Exhibition Hours:
Wed-Sun, 2pm-7pm

More Great Works takes a surveillance view of no go hazardous areas, where the sometimes-intense secrecy surrounding such places leads to the breeding of rumors and conspiracy theories as to what their function really is.

Wendy Judge works mainly though sculpture and drawing. Her art practice is concerned with the anomalous within the landscape, both in structures on the land and also within the land itself.

These landscapes are recreated through models. It is not only the representations and the approximations that interest her but the dynamic between the actual and the imagination, the relationship between the objects, and what that may trigger.

This work is driven by connecting threads, associations and coincidences found through cultural references such as literature, historical painting, popular culture and film. This process of cross-pollination helps propel odd dialogues and private conversations though to a querying of the mechanisms of culture, power and politics.

This current project is a continuation of Great Works, work shown in the Goethe Institute in 2008. The work is accompanied by a publication with texts by Sarah Pierce and Antonio Beecroft.


January Break

Thisisnotashop is closed for most of January in order to gear up for a fantastic 2009 program. We will open our first exhibition of the year at the end of the month so watch this space for details…. Happy New Year!

On Sunday January 18th we will be open from 2-5 pm for anyone who has yet to collect their work from the Christmas Art Fair. Please email us with any questions- thanks!

2nd Annual Christmas (Art) Fair

Thursday Dec 18th and Friday Dec 19th


2nd Annual Thisisnotashop Christmas (Art) Fair

Open 3pm-9pm

Artists can hang work from 7pm-9pm Wed 17th or 10am-3pm Thu 18th 

Come down and celebrate the season- show off your creativity and pick up a few stocking stuffers- it’s all about the holiday cheer thisisnotashop style! 

Artists: bring down your work during the designated times and claim your spot on the wall- first come first serve. We don’t curate, we don’t take a commission- it’s totally up to you!

Everyone Else: Come down to the most unique Christmas Fair in Dublin that includes a massive variety of different work by different artists- from paintings, to jewelry, to toys, to much much more….

We provide a suitably lively holiday atmosphere with fairy lights, mulled wine, music, and Christmas films galore…

Plus in our back room we’ll be holding a hands on “make your own plush toy” workshop led by Louise Bagnall- so get crafty and make your own Christmas decorations and toys!

Perdember 2nd Weekend


DEC 12-14


Friday Dec 12th 

8 pm

Creative Spaces

Organized by Aisling Ryan.

As part of an ongoing series that moves throughout Dublin, Creative Spaces presents spaces for creative experimentation for artists of all genres. The working concept of “no stage, no set list, no (traditional) audience” allows performers freedom from the constraints of scheduled performances. This event is not programmed and is open to musicians and performing artists. Email Aisling for more information –


Saturday Dec 13th and Sunday Dec 14th 

Live Performance Sat Dec 13 at 7pm sharp

Sound Installation Open Sat and Sun, 2-7pm

Claire-Louise Bennett

The Surrounding

“Even on a hot day, even from a distance, you could see, as the handle of a wooden spoon lowered into a fresh tin, how cool it was. How cool the paint was, going across the walls.” 

The Surrounding is a story of place, it’s the story of the boundary that confines, conceals and protects place, it’s about being here and those walls there, it’s about psychical reach and the skin’s despair. It’s about brilliant white and French doors, it’s about the sudden appearance of ducks and emulsion paint drying on a cardigan sleeve, it’s about creosoting the fence and drawing the wind. It’s a constellation of consciousness, a network of sensory output, it’s about coming into a room and coming into being, it’s about you, it’s about you, it’s all about you, it’s everywhere and it’s moving in.     

The Surrounding is living text, vivified and transmitted by Claire-Louise Bennett. From the comfort of an armchair. In a room somewhere.

Come Back To Ireland



Perdember 1st Weekend

Thursday December 4th 

Doors open at 7pm- performance begins 7.30 pm sharp

Michelle Browne

Site-Specific Performance for thisisnotashop

Dublin artist Michelle Browne’s practice is fundamentally performance based. Her more recent work focuses on issues intrinsic to performance itself: the body, duration and the relationship between the viewer and the performer. She is interested in how social structures and the design of our environment impact on the way we live.  


Saturday December 6th 

6pm – 10pm    /   9pm sharp for main event

Come Back to Ireland

An Evening of Silent Film With Live Irish Traditional Music

Presented by Davis Watson of Junto Rímur Films Featuring a live traditional music trio with Banba Fitzgerald on the Uilleann pipes At sundown the show will begin with a short silent film on loop from the 1930’s titled “Come Back to Ireland”.  Promptly at 9pm, a live trio of young Irish musicians will accompany a final projection of the film with an original arrangement of traditional tunes. A brief session will follow the performance.  To end the night, Davis Watson will screen a short presentation from his documentary work-in-progress on Uilleann pipers.  Banba Fitzgerald, one of the stars of the film, will close the event with a solo tune or two.


Sunday December 7th 

5 – 7pm

Sunday Supper

The Urban Fires

Beating those December blues with winter coddle & a live music session with artists Neil Conlan (guitar/vocals), Aidan O’Donovan (percussion), Rory Conlan (saxophone), Neil McAvinia (electric guitar).  In an attempt to warm up a winters evening, the culinary talents of Paula Dempsey have been summoned to stir a little of Old Dublin’s flavors into a mix showcasing tracks from Neil Conlan’s debut album, Know This(, with hints of laid back Blues, Folk & Reggae from the band. Neil’s philosophy is that “through music we can elevate consciousness, reconnect to the Gaian mind, draw more energy to humanity’s heart chakra, and take our place in the grand march to our destiny in the stars.” Space is limited, so come early to secure some hearty fare & tasty tunes.

Folka Polka

NOV 16-30


Helene Hortlund & Veronica Forsgren

Folka Polka

Preview Saturday Nov 15, 4:30-8 pm
Exhibition will be opened by the Swedish Ambassador Mr Claes Ljungdahl

Artist talk and open discussion
Sunday Nov 16, 2-4 pm

refreshments provided- please arrive early as space is limited

Opening Hours Wed-Sun 2-7 pm
Mon-Tue by appointment contact 086 8855645

Curated by Veronica Forsgren

This group exhibition sponsored by Swedish Women’s Education Association (SWEA) brings together the work of Swedish artists Helene Hortlund (Stockholm) and Veronica Forsgren (Dublin). The exhibition draws on the heritage of Swedish Folk Art in an exploration of the innate human need to decorate and beautify our close surroundings. Pushing the traditionally private work of adornment into the public sphere both artists use the creative process to mark out and become part of a territory. The imprinting of the intimate in the public space is a way to construct a place for oneself in existence.

Helene Hortlund graduated from the Royal University College of Fine Arts in Stockholm in 2001 with a Master of Arts Degree in Fine Art. Since then she has exhibited extensively throughout Sweden and received several scholarships as well as public and private commissions. Veronica Forsgren graduated from NCAD in 2007, where she obtained a joint Bachelors of Arts Degree in Fine Art and Art History. She was awarded SWEA’s culture grant in 2008 and recently had two solo exhibitions in St Margarets, Roundstone and the Bookcube Gallery, Dublin.

Folka Polka is an exhibition documenting public and performance art through the medium of photography and installation at thisisnotashop