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 art.ranelagharts@gmail.com.

The Gallery at Ranelagh Arts will be also available for hire in the downtime between programmed events in 2023. Artists or collectives can email art.ranelagharts@gmail.com 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

Artist in Residence

Updated: Apr 13


Monika Crowley

As part of a new initiative to fulfil our mission of supporting arts and culture in the community, Ranelagh Arts are delighted to announce that we will be allocating a studio space to an emerging artist.


Artists' spaces are expensive. By allocating a space in our premises we are giving a much-needed boost to arts and culture in the community.

We are delighted to pilot the scheme with long-time Ranelagh Arts supporter and member, artist Monika Crowley. Crowley’s art practice explores the trauma of change and identity crisis, utilizing mundane objects in a symbolic, transformative manner. She uses the visual language of the everyday to exploit and tap into the emotions that conjure memory and recognition. While printmaking has been one of the principal mediums used in her practice to date she has spent the last couple of years painting and is hoping her next show will showcase that.

“The use of a bigger studio to paint will enable me to take the next crucial stepping-stone in my career, and give me the much-needed space and time to take that step. Thank you Ranelagh Arts for this amazing opportunity.” Monika Crowley


Monika will be doing her artists' studio residency at No 6 Ranelagh from January through March 2022 and will be welcoming people in to talk about her work in the new year, so keep an eye out for her.


After losing our Ranelagh Arts Community Centre some years ago, No 6 Ranelagh has been our base for the yearly festival and ongoing outreach activities, but because of its restricted size, it is unsuitable for gatherings. We are delighted to have found a meaningful use for the space during downtime in the Ranelagh Arts calendar and hope to award the space several times throughout the year to local and emerging artists. The next residency to be awarded will be in the Autumn months post Festival. If you are interested in applying for the Award please email us with an expression of interest including why you should get the space, a short biography, your artist CV, at least 3 examples of work to art.ranelagharts@gmail.com.


We also encourage other businesses and residents to get involved with this initiative by examining their spaces and considering joining with Ranelagh Arts in giving artists the opportunity to use these spaces on a temporary basis. Please email us for more details art.ranelagharts@gmail.com