Monika Crowley - Solo Show 

SINK A solo show by Monika Crowley

Opening at No 6. Ranelagh Arts, 5-8pm Thursday 17th November

Ranelagh Arts are delighted to host SINK, an exhibition by Monika Crowley showcasing our gallery space at No 6. SINK is a conceptually and visually rich body of work employing a variety of methodologies and materials across installation, silkscreen works on paper, monotype prints on tea-towels, oil paintings on canvas and board, and video. Crowley is a member of the Graphic Print Studio and in 2022 has exhibited in group shows there, at the Crawford Gallery, Cork, and curated several exhibitions for Ranelagh Arts at No 6 as creative director of their visual arts program. This is her first solo presentation in 2022.

Crowley describes her practice as ‘exploring the trauma of change and identity crisis, utilising mundane objects in a symbolic, transformative manner’. In one sense, the objects depicted in ‘Sink’ couldn’t be more quotidian or mundane. They are the functional objects we handle on a daily basis, often while our minds are elsewhere.  While ‘kitchen sink’ has attained the status of a genre within drama, we tend not to think of the objects themselves as art. Yet in Crowley’s work, these domestic objects – cups and glasses; pots and pans; cutlery and scouring pads – are placed center stage. There is a symbolism to the objects she depicts and, in representing the daily and cyclical (even Sisyphean) task of feeding, cleaning, and nurturing, she alludes to domesticity and all of its messy, joyful, fraught, intense, life-affirming, mundane, profound and necessary qualities.

In celebrating the domestic, further symbolism is at play: that of the dualism of the mother and the artist/maker. Ultimately, it’s a conflict that the artist makes look easy. In referring to it as a ‘labour of love’, it’s one which, on one level, she cherishes while also refusing to idealise. These moments are viewed through the representation of it’s aftermath – the detritus of a meal, the washing up. Under each painting, the date, memory, and moment are recorded as a diary entry, inscribed on the panels that may reveal themselves through the passage of time. Above the paintings hangs a series of monoprints on tea towel canvases. Each towel a record of a kitchen utensil that has been given the significance of a religious artifact, hung high on a washing line like prayer flags above the gallery space. There is a complexity, hidden within these so-called ‘mundane’ objects – which become less so, transformed in Crowley’s hands, these pieces are more than still-lifes, rather they are ‘life stills’.

Please join us for the opening at Ranelagh Arts on Thursday 17th November from 5-8pm, the exhibition runs until the 24th of November.

We would like to invite curators to submit applications to be part of our 2023 programme. We are committed to creating opportunities for emerging curators and are offering two slots in our busy 2023 calendar. Successful applicants will be facilitated in bringing their vision to reality for our community and membership. Email your expression of interest to

The Gallery at Ranelagh Arts will be also available for hire in the downtime between programmed events in 2023. Artists or collectives can email with proposals for exhibitions in 2023 and we will let you know in the new year prices and the slots available

Ranelagh Arts Festival 2022

Hands Off Dublin 2.0

Updated: May 11

The last time Dublin City was in crisis in in the late 60s - early 80s local hero, Deirdre Kelly almost single handedly led grassroots campaigns to save the heritage buildings and communities of our city. She left an inspirational legacy with many students and community activist who joined her in that struggle. Together they changed Dublin Corporation’s policies concerning our built and living heritage.

The crisis facing us now is no less existential. Young people can’t get a mortgage to buy a home even though repayment costs less than their rent. A whole generation is living at home or sharing with mates at an age their parents had bought their own house and started a family. Even a local authority tenancy is a distant dream. The best offer now is a rack-rented bedsit in 14-storey featureless block on an ex-institutional site.

Every Government since 2008 pursues a single policy to ‘Increase Housing Supply with Foreign Investment’. It has offered cheap sites, tax reliefs, development finance, guaranteed returns, increased density and height, reduced dwelling standards and fast-track planning that overrode democratically agreed Development Plans and the needs of local communities. Despite having failed to deliver under any metric you pick, economists reiterate the mantra that this policy is the single ‘scientifically proven’ solution to housing unaffordability and those who question it are self serving NIMBYs.

Can that be true? Are there really no economists with competing ideas and have local communities nothing to offer? Ranelagh Arts held a Colloquium in honour of Deirdre Kelly to discuss four potential policies, anyone of which could be a game changer.

We made a record of the proceedings in the form of four videos see below. Watch and make up your own mind.

Video1: DCC Cllr & Housing Cmm Dermot Lacey and Arch & TV Producer Duncan Stewart

Video2: Arch & Chair RA Emer O'Siochru and UCD Economist Eoin Flaherty

Video3: Tuath Drs Arch James Pike & Richard Pike and DPPA Arch Katia Papkovskaia

Video4: Q&A Panel Discussion