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

Last Day of the Festival Tent

Day 3 : Sunday 25rd September : Mount Pleasant Square Ranelagh

A Day Ticket gets you a Play, Spoken Word, Alt Pop and


No ticket needed for early events

11:00am Pilates with Sheena Kennedy Bring your own mat.
1:00pm Emilie Conway: Jazz singer, composer & lyricist blends her own compositions, spoken word / poetry, with improvised or composed music and her interpretation of familiar and less familiar jazz standards. A perennial Ranelagh Arts favourite!
2:00pm Millennial League by Kathy Ann Murray This two hander follows two Millennials, two very different characters who formed a great friendship in their childhood. It’s a fun, energetic and hugely funny piece that focuses on mental health a changing Irish identity. With Q&A

Full Festival Tent Info on website

Day Ticket needed for later events

3:00pm Connemarvellous by Bláthnaid Daly ;- Aife Ryan has been sentenced to three weeks in the Gaeltacht by her parents. A lonely soldier she enters the battlefield reluctantly but things go from bad to worse when she sees and unfriendly face from home.

4:00pm Free Wine Tasting & DJ

6:00pm Christine Foley is a writer and poet living in Ranelagh. She has a degree in English from TCD and a Masters in Creative Writing from Oxford University. Her debut novel 'Bodies' was acquired at auction and will be published in Summer 2023. Christine's work has appeared in Skirting Around, Sonder Literary Magazine, Neurological and The Waxed Lemon.
6:30pm Trophy Wife an alt-pop project "Inspired by the likes of Joni Mitchell and Miles Davis, the Dubliner also known as Ruby Smyth boldly incorporates literary and artistic influences into her remarkable output. Penned whilst living in Barcelona, her debut manages to be all squelchy and electro one moment, and primetime Joni Mitchell the next" Hot press
8:00pm Comedy Gold Live: Emily O'Callaghan is an event organiser and the founder, curator and promoter of Comedy Gold, a stand-up comedy club featuring a rotating cast of the best of current comedians;- Meg Reilly, Ali Fox, Nghia Mai, Bulba and Diane O'Connor. Comedy Gold has received exclusively 5 star reviews on TripAdvisor and has travelled to different festivals around Ireland and in Edinburgh.