Nov 19

The Institute Cervantes, Dublin With Damer House Gallery 21st November 2019.
Screening BOLD WRITING, details posted later.

LOOP Festival Barcelona with Damer House Gallery 11th - 21st November, CAGE, Contemporary Art Gallery Cortines 23, baixos 2 615 32 76 15

Sept 19

Two of my videos will be screenws at the 'Open Mind' exhibition in conjuction with the National Creative Arts exhibition by people in custody, RUA RED Gallery Dublin 24. Incarceration Altars and Pre-Text
A panel discussion will follow the day after the opening. Details to follow.

Aug 19

Incarceration Altars’ screening in Los Angeles with CIACLA (  as part of the Irish Short Reel Series.  CIACLA –The Contemporary Irish Arts Center Los Angeles promotes culture and is focused on developing a creative platform to support collaborative initiatives in Los Angeles. The Film Screening Series will run from the 27th July to the 24th August at CIACLA, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica.

Aug 19

Video Screening with Damer House Gallery
in conjunction with the ‘Homeland Series’. This year’s theme is ‘On Changing Your Mind’, ‘a journey to the frontiers of the human mind’, curated by Angel Garcia, Natalia Foguet, (Safia Art Contemporani) Barcelona, artists Patricia Hurl and freelance filmmaker Barbara Henkes, and moderated by artist and filmmaker Therry Rudin.  My work titled ‘Bold Writing’ will be screened as part of this series in Damer House Gallery, Roscrea, mid August 2019, and on the 11th November to 21st November at the Loop Festival Barcelona 2019, and finally in the Institute Cervantes, Dublin 21stNovember 2019.

July / Aug 19

The Hamiliton Gallery exhibition - The Nineteen Hundred and Ninteeen exhibition is the 5th Invited Artist Exhibition the Hamiliton Gallery has run, which has been thematically inspired by a major poem from WB Yeats, and set in the overall context of Ireland's Decade of Commemoration.

Over 129 Artists have contributed to this exhibition and it is being hosted between the Hamiliton Gallery and The Hyde Bridge Gallery in the Yeats Building.

Under the aegis of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade this exhibition will be shown at the Irish Consulate in New York in Setember.

The exhibition will be officially opened by Ireland's Ambassador in the US, Daniel Mulhall on August 1st, at 1pm in the Yeats Building, Sligo during the 60th Yeats International Summer School and the Tread Softly Festival.
Invitation here, all welcome

Catallogues for the Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen Exhibition can be bought through the Hamiliton Gallery.

June 19

Screening of Incarceration Altars at the European Prison Education Association Conference on the 15th June in the Technological University, Aungier Street, Dublin, followed by a Q and A.

Jan 19

The Hamiliton Gallery exhibition - 'St. Brigid's Day 1989', a poem by Leland Bardwell, is a response to the poem by women artists with a contemporary perspective.

St. Brigid's Exhibition London - A Private Viewing will take place on Tuesday 22nd January 6.30pm – 8.30pm with the Irish Ambassador, Adrian O'Neill and guest speaker Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin at the 12 Star Gallery, Europe House, Westminster, London, open to the public from the 23rd January – 1st February. The exhibition will conclude on St. Brigid's Day, Friday 1st February in London, with a very special event to celebrate Leland Bardwell, poet and author RIP. A selection of her poetry will be read by actor, Olwen Fouere, with music by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann award winning fiddle player Caoimhe Kearins. The event will run from 3pm – 6pm. Many of Leland's friends, family and contemporaries will be travelling from Ireland.

The exhibition will return to Hamilton Gallery, Sligo, with the opening celebration taking place on Saturday 16th February at 12 noon.The exhibition will run until the 30th March. A catalogue is available of all of the works in the exhibition. Please contact the Hamilton Gallery, 4 Castle Street, Sligo -Tel: +353 71 91 43686,

Nov 18

Damer House Gallery Homeland 'Of Memory' exhibition at Cage | Contemporary Art Gallery Exhibitions | Cortines 23 BAjos 2, 08003 Barcelona in conjuction with the' LOOP' festival Barcelona 2018.

The Homeland programme presents "Of Memory", a kaleidoscope of films that document life and livelihoods in Irish towns and villages. The selection includes professional material, fiction and non-fiction, both sound and silent, and will attract everyone interested in the culture and history of the country. The Damer House Gallery is based in the Damer House and Roscrea Castle Heritage Centre, which rest in the heart of an old town with a history going back to the 6th century. In 2013, it launched a new artists-run, non-profit space for contemporary art, in Roscrea Co. Tipperary. Since 2014, Homeland takes place at Damer House Gallery every year with a different theme. It goes on for two weeks and is organised in collaboration with LOOP Barcelona and Safia Art Contemporani.

Exhibition - Homeland 'Of Memory'
Artists: DI Hu, Sandy Kennedy, Breda Lynch, Bernie Masterson, Laura Skehan, David Quin, Pascal Ungerer, WhittyGordon Projects Gallery Facebook page for photos.

Oct 18

Selected artist for the 137th Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition 19th October 2018 to the 6th january 2019, Ulster Museum. Botanic Gardens, Belfast BT9 5A.

Early Morning Tide - Bunatrahir Bay - Ballycastle - Co. Mayo- Oil on Canvas - 25.4 X 25.4 cm

Aug 18

Selected artist for Damer House Gallery Homeland 'Of Memory' exhibition, Incarceration Altars video #3, single channel, HD, duration 9 mins 57 secs.

Participating artists:

Irish Artists: DI Hu, Sandy Kennedy, Breda Lynch, Bernie Masterson, Laura Skehan, David Quin, Pascal Ungerer, WhittyGordon Projects

Barcelona Artist: Miquel Garcia

‘Homeland’ Video Event exclusively is dedicated to video art and film, a meeting point for professionals and video art lovers.

Homeland aims with to brings together all kinds of representatives involved in the sector, video art and film in a space with international repercussion. A reference point that favors debate among video art lovers and allows visitors to experience new works and to devise
Homeland has become a National benchmark event, an active platform for the diffusion, creation and management of video art for fans and professionals.

Oct 17

Selected artist for the Royal Ulster Academy 136th Annual Exhibition on from the
6th October 2017 – 7th January 2018 Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens,
Belfast, BT9 5AB.

Oct 17

‘Incarceration Altars’, a collaboration between artist Bernie Masterson and residents of Mountjoy Prison Campus, investigates the relationship between person, place and object through a series of images and prisoners’ narratives.

The art project aims to contextualise the different worlds of prison identity and private identity. Objects provide links to those identities and are also used to reflect on other themes such as ‘mourning and memory,’ ‘transition and passage,’ ‘meditation and new vision,’ and how they serve as a marker in a significant life situation such as incarceration. This project was awarded by the Grangegorman Development Agency under Pathway 2 Round 3 of the Per Cent Scheme, and was partnered by the Irish Prison Service and the City of Dublin ETB. The project was first launched by Professor Ciaran Benson the chair of the Public Art Working Group on the 11th October in the DIT College in Grangegorman. It is planned for the installation to tour to other venues in 2018. Updates regarding those venues and dates will be posted here on the News page. For further information contact: Jenny Haughton Grangegorman Public Art Coordinator Telephone 01 4024140


May 17

See my work at the 187th Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition 2017. Varnishing Day is on Sunday the 21st May at 2 - 5pm and the Opening is on Monday May 22nd from 6 - 8pm. Title ' Pink Clouds over the Ceide Fields', oil on Canvas.

May 17

Glitch Festival Dublin 2017

About Glitch Festival -

Glitch Festival is celebrating its 6th year and has grown into Ireland's foremost digital arts festival. We work to bring the best of digital arts practices to the fore. Glitch Festival brings leading media and technology artists, curators and artist groups together with audiences to draw out connections between art, culture and technology with the aim of fostering greater critical understanding and debate around artist's interaction, investigation and intersection with technologies.

Sedimentary Structures - Traces of the Live Event 2 May - 10 June

Curated by Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan of Mart. Assistant Curator Deirdre Morrissey


I will be doing a presentation and showing a sound and video work as a part of this festival, Digital Traces – A Glitch Seminar Wednesday, May 17th, 6.30pm.

Featuring: Hugh McCabe's "Ghosts In The Machines: Digital Archaeologies and Viral Art" , Bernie Masterson's "Bold Writing" – A Video & Presentation analysing the act of writing as leaving a resonating footprint, Theo Honohan's "Product & Sum: Putting processes together; composition in digital art" and a presentation from Pierre Jolivet on "Intermedia Art & Self-Generative Processes."

April 17

Cruinniú na Cásca, a Creative Ireland initiative presented by RTÉ is a free public event which will take place in towns and cities across Ireland, on Easter Monday with a special large-scale event in Dublin.

Four zones in Dublin city centre, from 11am – 6pm, will celebrate contemporary Irish culture and creativity through a rich variety of live music and dance, coding, art and music workshops, talks and tastings, readings and screenings, special events and more. As part of the all-of-Government Creative Ireland Programme, local authorities around the country will host their own free family friendly Cruinniú na Cásca initiatives in their own counties.

I took part in a conversation around Creativity in Confinement. On the panel were Garry Cunningham, an ex offender, musician, and author of "Joy of Joys', a book outlining his experience in Mountjoy Prison, Vukashin Nedeykovic, direct provision visual artist and researcher asylum archive creator, and myself visual artist and teacher in the prison service. The discussion was moderated by Laurence Mackin of the Irish Times in City Hall at 1.30 on Easter Monday. There was a great turn out for the discussion, and part of it was aired on 'Inside Culture' the following Monday night on RTE radio one at 10pm.

Cruinniú na Cásca, is supported by Dublin City Council, the Office of Public Works and Transport for Ireland.

June 16

National College of Art and Design MFA Exhibition 'Discover Hidden Gems', curated by Sarah Durcan, 18 June - 26th June, James Street, Dublin. Art in the Digital World was my choice of study for the two years, which resulted in being long listed for the RDS Visual Arts Award. Submissions from those long listed are forwarded for consideration towards the short list which will be announced in mid September.
Read Aidan Dunnes report of the graduate shows here and a little about my work here.

May 16

Curator's Choice Programme is a new initiative organised by the Hunt Museum Limerick. I am delighted to have been invited to show a piece of work in the Hunt Museum for the month of May and to give an artist's talk on my practice on Tuesday the 17th of May at 11am. All welcome.

April 16

See some of my work for sale at a Fundraiser auction for St Luke's Hospital. St. Luke's Hospital, Rathgar, Dublin, Ireland, is a hospital which has specialised in treating cancer patients from throughout Ireland for over half a century. If you can, please support this auction for such a worthy cause. Click here to see invite.

Nov 15

Don't Step On The Cracks Panel Dicussion Saturday 21st November, Solas Gallery with some of the participating artists, chaired by Amanda Jane Graham. All welcome.

Oct 15

'Don't Step On The Cracks', is an exhibition curated by Amanda Jane Graham consisting of eight artist Christopher Abrams, Harald de Bary, Niamh O Connor, Hazel Ramsey, Catherine Ryan, Carol Wood, Jessica Zekus and myself. Should be an interesting show. Opens Friday the 30th October and runs until the 20th November 2015 in the Solas Art Gallery in Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim. Click here for more information

Oct 15

See my work in the Anna Cheyne Visual Biennial in the Island Art Certre, Lisburn, Co. Antrim. Exhibition opened 14th October - 24th October 2015

Sep 15

Took up my Ballinglen Arts Foundation Residency, and enjoyed it immensely, I will complete the second part of the residency later on in 2016. I met Margo Dolan (one of the founders) while I was there. Thanks to Una and Chrissie.

Feb 15

See my 'Weather', catalogue review by Brian McAvera, Irish Arts Review on the Lexicon Fine Art Press site, here.

Nov 14

Tallaght Community Arts presents 'INVOCATION', a solo exhibitiion by Bernie Masterson comprising of six works, three video shorts, and three installations, on church and state institutional abuse. Opens Friday 14 November and runs until the 20 December in Gallery 2 RUA RED Tallaght. Marie Collin Irish Member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors opened the exhibition. One of the works is placed in the Square Shopping Centre Oratory Level 1 Unit 127 by kind permission of Fr. Pat Lucey. See the installation here.

Sept 14

Awarded Fellowship by the Ballinglen Arts Foundation.which I hope to take up in 2015.

Michael Hardings opening speech at my 'Weather'exhibition in Draiocht.
Weather, a exhibition of my new paintngs will open on Saturday 20th of September at 3pm in Draiocht. which is accompanied by a catalogue with an introducion essay by Carissa Farrell. The exhibition will be opened by Michael Harding the short story writer, novelist, and playwrite and runs from the 22nd Sepember to the 22nd of November 2014.
Draíocht's art Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm and admission is Free. Click here for directions to Draiocht Art Centre.

Feb 14

2014 is off to a busy start, working towards my solo show in Draiocht later on during the year, as well as working on other projects and collaborations....As these events draw nearer I will post details on my website and FB.

Sept 13

Culture Night Friday September 13
All are welcome to call to NAS Studio on Culture Night to view open studio's etc.

July 13

NAS Project Space July 14th - July 29th 2013. See here.

Jan 13

The BBC Public Catalogue Foundation is a registered charity set up to create a complete record of the United Kingdom's national collection of oil, tempera and acrylic paintings and make this accessible to the public. My work can be seen on this website.
See the BBC website to search for an artist.

Check out my work at NAS Project Art Space until the 14th December. NAS Project Art Space, 2/3 Marys Abbey, Dublin 7

Oct 12

The Royal Ulster Academy's 131st Annual Exhibition will take place at the Ulster Museum, Belfast from 19 October – 18 November. The exhibition will showcase work by RUA members, invited artists and artists selected through open submission whose work generally makes up almost two thirds of the total works on display. Work by Bernie Masterson will be on show at the Annual Exhibition

Sept 12

Culture Night Dublin Friday 21st September
Masterson's work can be seen in two exhibitions at NAS next month. "Wish You Were Here", is a fundraiser postcard exhibition at the NAS Project Space 2-3 Mary's Abbey, featuring postcard size works by studio artists. "Ensemble", is a large group exhibition of work by NAS artists to be held at no. 4 Mary's Abbey, see map. Both exhibitions will open on Friday September 21st to coinside with Dublin Culture Night. Our studios will also be open to the public on Culture Night. Visitors welcome!

Masterson has been awarded a residency at The Tryone Guthrie Centre from the 3rd September - 17th September 2012.

Waterford Healing Arts Trust invites you to the event:
WHAT a Harvest fund raiser, Friday, September 14, 2012, 6:30pm - 9:00pm at The former Manifesto Gallery, Port of Waterford Building, George's Street, Waterford (Above La Boheme)

May 12

182nd RHA Grand Opening Night Photo's

LINK CULTUREFEST-----------The Set Up and The Opening Night May 26th
New Art Studio will be participating in LINK CULTUREFEST, a weekend festival that aims to showcase and celebrate the culture, art and people that make up the diverse community that exists in Smithfield and its surrounding areas. Between the 25th and the 27th of May LINK CULTUREFEST will host a series of events for the public, participating artists and curators. The three day programme will feature Art Exhibitions, Live Concerts, Open Studios, Artist Talks, Live Street Art, Outdoor Screenings and Performances. LINK CULTUREFEST is c-ordinated by BLOCK T in partnership with studios including New Art Studio, The Joinery, d.ploy/ 033, The Complex, Market Studios, Supafast Building, Ormond Studios, Brunswick Mill Studios, Flatpack Studios, The Chancery Studios, The Visual Arts Centre, The Little Green St. Gallery and Loom Studios. LINK CULTUREFEST is kindly supported by Dublin City Council, The Arts Council, The French Embassy in Ireland and Smithfield Area Business Association. View our work in the Linked Exhibition at BLOCK B in Smithfiled Square (opening on May 25th) and The Keep Us Posted Exhibition which opens on May 26th. Visit us at our studios at NAS (2-3 Marys Abbey, Dublin 7) on Sunday May 27th from 12 - 6 pm.

April 12

Bernie Masterson's work has been selected for the RHA 182nd Annual Exhibition which runs from May 29th until August 18th 2012. Varnishing Day in on Sunday May 27th at 2pm to 5pm. The Exhibition Opening is on Monday, May 28th at 6pm.

March 12

Imeall (TG4 Arts Programme) did a short piece on Art in the Training Unit Prison on the 29th March in relation to the National Prisoner's Art Exhibition. View here.

Check out Project Space @ NAS on from the 28th March to the 13th April, 2/3 Mary's Abbey Dublin 7.

The National Prisoners Art Exhibition opens Thursday the 15th March at 7 pm in Kilmainham Gaol and runs until the 15th April. Then it travels to the Raggle Taggle Gallery on invitation from the Hunt Museum in Limerick on the 26th April to the 10th May. Admission is free. All are welcome.
Click here for an invitation

Nov 11

Irish Artists Lend Their Support to Marriage Equality
The work of some of Ireland's leading artists will come under the hammer at an art auction fundraising event for Marriage Equality. Entitled "Art for Marriage Equality", the auction takes place on Saturday November 26th at 14/15 St Stephen's Green (corner of Dawson Street and St Stephen's Green)

RUA RED Winter Open
My work has been selected for the RUA RED Winter Open Submission which opens on the 12th of November and runs until the 10th December at the RUA RED Gallery South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, D24. Click here for an invitation and here for a map View opening night photo's here.

Sept 11

Culture Night is on the 23rd September. NAS studio 2/3 Marys Abbey is open from 6pm - 10pm. This is an ideal opportunity to meet artists in their studio's and to observe their working practices. An exhibition of works by studio artists on the theme of "Miscellany", can be viewed on the night. Click on the location map for directions.
Download an invitation to the exhibition on Friday the 23rd Sept.

"Painting on Household Objects",  - The Higher Bridges Gallery Enniskillen from the 2nd – 16th September 2011. The most original show of the year, and the most difficult to categorise, it includes work by 52 Visual Artists from all over Ireland and approximately 100 unique pieces of original contemporary art . Download invitation.

The final list of the 52 Visual Artists participating in the ‘Painting on Household Objects’ show are:
Bernie Masterson, Martin McParland, Joseph Simons, Jane Fallis, Kiera McCluskey, Sandra Breathnach, Tara Fitzimmons, Teresa Maguire, Christian Kearns, Ian Wieczorek, Lorna Smyth, Caroline Dilworth, Helen McNulty, Susan Hughes, Jean Doyle, Veronica Curry, Alex Lindsay, Caroline Dilworth, Cezari Bielicki, Mark Chambers, Patricia Kelly, Andrew Healy, Ben Healey, Tara Moran Woods, Niall Walsh, Majella Clancy, Patricia Illand, Nuala Gregory, Mary Mooney, Brid Mac Conville, Brid Mac Conville, Raffaela Catone, Rosemary Wylie, Cilla Patton, Veronica Forsgren, Nicola Woods, Louise Hardman, Stacey Convey, Wendy Stephens, John Cullen, Kathy May, Steven Aylin, Gemma Killeen, David Leahy, Sarah Wieghell, Kirsty McGhie, Samantha Clarke, Bridget Dolan, Marielle MacLeman, Colin McGookin, Alan Milligan, Talie Mau, Genevieve Murphy & Elena Murphy.

June 11

"Level" a group exhibition curated by Bernadette Madden, opens in Dunamaise Art Centre on Friday the 17th at 8 pm and runs until the 30th July.
28 pieces have been selected, including work by Cora O'Brien, Brendan O'Flaherty, Bernie Masterson, Bennie Reilly, Conor Walton, Aoife Barrett, Stephen Lawlor, Joe Dunne, Bridget Flinn, Mary Burke, Eoin MacLochlainn, Lorraine Walsh, Myra Jago, PaulmacCormaic, Heidi Nguyen, Mairia O'Brien, Angela Fewer, Eileen Mills and Balazs Keresztury. The exhibition runs until July 30th 2011. Entry to the exhibition is free and all members of the public are invited to the gallery to take a look at the work. Dunamaise Art Centre also want to hear what you think-please fill out one of the comment slips and choose your favourite work. They will present an Audience Award to the piece that gets the highest votes! See some photographs of the opening evening in the Dunamaise Arts Centre.

May 11

Dr Maebh O'Regan Ph.D. will deliver a paper on Bernie Masterson's work 'Drawing on the Body' at the Centre for History of Medicine in Ireland Conference at the University of Ulster Belfast on May 26th 2011.
Click here to an listen to an edited version of the paper on youtube.

The exhibition Drawing on the Body will also be shown as a part of the conference.
Click here for the programme of lectures and Map.

You can see Bernie Masterson's work at the Royal Hibernian Academy's Annual Exhibition from the 23rd May until the 30th of July 2011.
See the Royal Hiberian Academy's Website

April 11

Returning (Press Release)

An exhibition of paintings by five prominent Cill Rialaig Artists: Elizabeth Cope, Bernie Masterson, John Philip Murray, Dorothy Smith and Niall Wright at the Cill Rialaig Arts Centre Siopa Chill Rialaig Dun Geagan, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry until May 11, 2011

For more than 18 years, the Cill Rialaig Project has provided the rare experience to visiting artists of living in a restored pre-famine era village where they work uninterrupted except by the stunning surrounding landscape.

This exhibition features five prominent artists who visited Cill Rialaig early in its history and returned again several years later. Each addresses issues of landscape in different ways.

Elizabeth Cope is a colourist, and paints domesticated gardens with vibrant energy.
Bernie Masterson
explores the constantly changing light, weather and textures of the wild Irish landscape. For many years, John Philip Murray has been interested in early Italian Renaissance painting, and melds interior and exterior spaces in his work. Dorothy Smith studies the evocative shadows and structures of agricultural buildings. Niall Wright taps into the experience of “soft,” misty weather and the borders between land, sky and water.

The Cill Rialaig Arts Centre is in Dun Geagan village near Ballinskelligs on the Skellig Ring road outside of Waterville and Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry. In the spring, it is on Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 5, except for the Easter and May Bank Holiday weekends when it will be open Thursday to Monday from 11 to 6.

For further information, contact 066 947 9277 or 077 947 9297.

March 11

To listen to Jacqui Corcoran interviewing Bernie Masterson on her exhibition "Drawing on the Body", for Arena ( RTE Radio One) Arts Programme aired on Tuesday the 22nd March, please click here.

Bernie Masterson's solo exhibition Drawing On The Body opens in WHAT (Waterford Healing Arts Trust) based in the Regional Hospital Waterford on the 16th March and runs until the 28th Apri 2011. The exhibition will open with an artist’s talk on Wednesday the 16th March at 10am in the WHAT Centre for Arts & Health. This may be of particular interest to home-based carers.
The Waterford Healing Arts Trust acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council in making this exhibition possible.
For more information please contact the Waterford Healing Arts Trust on 051-842664 or e-mail
Click here for details.

Dec 10

Invitation to exhibit work in the 20/20 Show at NAS Studio
20/20 is a group exhibition of work 20 cm x 20 cm. The show opens on Friday December 17th at 6pm. Exhibitiing artists include Mary Burke, Jackie Duignan, Ann Lynch, Bernie Masterson, Aidan Mc Dermott, Margaret O'Hagan, Ger O'Reilly, Karen Ryan, and Niall Wright. The exhibition continues until December 20th

Oct 10

Invitation to exhibit work in the FERMANAGH DISTRICT COUNCIL 1 FT SQ XMAS SHOW. The 3rd 1 FT SQ small works Christmas Exhibition of Visual Art will be held from: (Launch): Saturday 4th December at 8pm until the 21st Dec 2010 in the
Higher Bridges Gallery at The Clinton Centre Enniskillen.

Invitation to exhibit work in the Christmas Group Show in the Custom House Studios from 9th December to the 13th January. This exhibition will feature those artists who worked at the Custom House Studios and exhibited in the year ending 2010.

Sept 10

Culture Night is on Friday the 24th September. NAS are exhibiting works of studio artists and associated members on the night. All works will be 1 ft square, hence the title "The Square Show". The studio is open from 6pm to 10pm and all works are for sale on the night of the 24th. The address of the studio is 2/3 Mary's Abbey, Dublin 7. Click for Map. Telephone: 01 8730617. All visitors are welcome.

Support the Arts in Ireland - The National Day for Action for Arts and Culture is the 17th September. Lobby your local TD.

Children Fist - Art Auction The exhibition will take place in the RHA, Ely Place, on Thursday September 16th from 5pm to 7pm, Friday and Saturday 17th and 18th, from 11am to 5pm and the draw and auction will take place from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday September 19th. The draw and auction will be launched by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Gerry Breen. The tickets will cost €350, and if you or any of your friends are interested in purchasing a ticket, please contact or alternatively click here to view an invitation, Masterson has donated two paintings to be auctioned in aid of this cause.

Aug 10

Bernie Masterson will be taking up the offer of a residency in Cill Rialaig, Ballinskelligs, Co.Kerry from the 26th August - 1st September.

July 10

Living Landscape, a solo exhibitiion of paintings by Bernie Masterson will be opened by Dr. Maebh O Regan in the Customs House Gallery Westport, on the 22nd July. These works are the result of a residency awarded in 2008 by the Heinrich Boll Association and Mayo County Council and a subsequent residency awarded in 2009 by the Arts Council and The Custom House Studios. The exhibition continues until August 15th.

Maebh O'Regan graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in the History of Art and Classical Civilization. She continued her studies in the National College of Art and Design where she was awarded a Ph.D. for her thesis on the life and work of the 19th century Irish painter, Richard Thomas Moynan. Maebh has been lecturing in the NCAD since 2000. Her main focus of interest is Irish art practice.

Poetry reading by Geraldine Mills & Terry McDonagh presented by the Custom House Studios in association with Creel Restaurtant Westport, Tuesday the 20th July. What a enjoyable evening.

April 10

Drawing on the Body an exhibition of new works by Bernie Masterson will be opened on Saturday the 10th April at 3 pm in RUA RED by Carissa Farrell, Director of Visual Carlow.

Video link to Drawing on the Body

Press Release:
The artist Bernie Masterson is synonymous with landscape and exploration of the natural environment. Her latest collection of paintings still relates to mapping, but the subject in question addresses physical geography of a very different nature. The theme of the new work emerged serendipitously from her role as a carer for her mother, Jeannie Masterson.  It was a comment she made about her skin that prompted her artist-daughter to interpret these areas, generating a process that was to gain its own momentum. 
During the four years that the painter was engaged in the creation of this body of work, she successfully developed a two step approach. The initial collection of oil drawings deals primarily with the surface of the skin and its evolution over the years. The second part of the series melded the structural elements of medical record with the memories evoked by photographic media. The combined effect of the collection forms a narrative that gives visual expression to a vibrant life, becoming effectively a biography in paint.
The unique aspect of these works is that this series is the product of a collaborative effort between mother and daughter. (Dr Maebh O Regan Ph.D in Visual Culture)

The exhibition runs until 8th May

March 10

Bernie Masterson, and NAS Studio artists (Mary Burke, Eithne Carr, Aidan McDermott, Ger O'Reilly and Niall Wright) will be participating in THE ARTISTS REBUILDING HAITI AUCTION organised by Fergus Ahern in colaboration with deVeres Art Auctioneers. The auction will take place on 26th April at the D4 Berkeley Hotel in Ballsdridge, Dublin 4. The work can be previewed on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th April. Proceeds from the sale of artworks go to rebuilding Haiti.

Feb 10

The National Prisoners Art Exhibition representing works from 14 prisons and 2 post release centres is on tour from Kilmainham Gaol to the Hunt Museum in Limerick, and will open on the 24th February and run until the 21st March 2010.

Jan 10

Bernie Masterson has been awarded a solo show in RUA RED Tallaght, Dublin. The exhibition of new works titled "Drawing on the Body", opens April / May. See here for further details.

Dec 09

Invited artist in the "One Ft Square", Christmas Visual Arts Exhibition at the Higher Bridges Gallery in the Clinton Center Enniskillen, opening on the 4th December at 8pm. Exhibition continues to the 21st December 2009. Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm - Saturday 10am - 4pm

Invited to exhibit work in the Christmas Group Show at the Cavehill Gallery Belfast opening on Thursday 3rd December 2009 at 5 – 9 pm. Exhibition continues until Saturday 19th Decenber. Gallery Hours: – Tuesday –Saturday

Invited artist in the Christmas Group Show at the Custom House Gallery in Westport. The Christmas Show runs from Sunday 13th December 3pm – 24th January 2010

Nov 09

Exhibiting artist at “Hunt the Postcard at the Hunt”. This second fundraising event takes place at the Hunt Museum in Limerick on Saturday 28th November, 10am to 5pm and
Sunday 29th November 2pm to 5pm. For more information please contact the Hunt Museum. See the llst of Exhibiting Artists. Each work is valued at €50 In aid of the Hunt Museum exhibition fund. On Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th, the gallery at The Hunt Museum, will be filled with OVER 600 postcard-sized works of art, which have been generously donated by artists from all over Ireland and other countries.


The National Prisoners Art Exhibition representing works from 14 prisons and 2 post release centres will open on the 12th November in Kilmainham Gaol Dublin. The exhibition runs until the 31st January. All are welcome.

Oct 09

"Inspiring Word" is the theme for the Westport Arts Festival which runs from the 2nd Oct - 11th Oct 2009 in McGings. Masterson's work for this Festival was influenced by the W B Yeats poem "Memory". The painting is called "Towards the Reek", the reek is a local term for the mountain, Croagh Patrick. The work was made during her residency at the Custom House Studios.

Sept 09

See Masterson's work at the Ann Cheyne Visual Art Award 2009 Exhibition in the Lisburn Island Arts Centre N. Ireland from Thurs 24th Sept - Thurs 15th Oct opening hours are from 9.30am -10pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am - 5pm on Saturday.

Invited to participate in this years Xmas show at The Higher Bridges Gallery in The Clinton Centre Enniskillen Co. Fermanagh Northern Ireland.

NAS Studio will be open on Culture Night, Friday September 25th 2009. Check here or on our Studio Website for further details. All are welcome to come on the 25th and have a look at work in progress in the studios. A selection of studio artists work will also be on exhibition for that night only.

Masterson will be working in Westport Custom House Studios on the residency awarded to her back in Feburary. Photo page on Flickr

Aug 09

Selected to exhibit work at the Dunamaise OPEN Exhibition. The exhibition runs from August 28th to October 10th.. Dunamaise Arts Centre is pleased to presents its inaugural open submission exhibition, 'Dunamaise OPEN', which was launched with a reception this Friday, 28 August 2009, at 8pm. The show features 30 works selected and curated by visual artist Martin Gale, with artists including Jackie Askew, Mary Burke, Loretto Cooney, Gerard Cox, Camilla Fanning, Angela Fewer, Pat Fitzpatrick, Isabelle Gaborit, Tony Gunning, Allyson Keehan, Clodagh Kelly, Emmet Kierans, Berniei Masterson, Liz Matthews, Ruth McDonnell, Cecilia Moore, Maria O’Brien, Nuala O’Sullivan, Alice Peillon, Robert Peters, Frances Ryan, Celine Sheridan, Sarah Stevens, Lorraine Tuck, Dave West and Dianne Whyte. See

Bernie Masterson's work is showing at 126’s “How Do You Know” show, Blankspace Gallery, Oakland, California, USA. See

126 with Blankspace Gallery (Oakland, California) present:

The work of 16 emerging contemporary Irish artists.

Opens First Friday August 7th 7-10pm
Exhibition shows through August 30, 2009.

After an all Ireland call for work responding to the theme of 'How Do You Know?' the artist-run gallery 126 curated a diverse range of works and practices to be highlighted in the Bay Area.

Approaches range from the medical and methodical to those of chance and humour. The show features a range of media from painting and collage to video and installation. Artists showing are: Vera Klute, Paul Murnaghan, Padraig Robinson, Christopher Banahan, Jackie Nickerson, Emma Houlihan, Adelle Hickey, Bernie Masterson, Emmet Kierans, Fiona Chambers, John Jones, Theresa Nanigan, Paul Hickey, Helena O’Connor, Tanya O’Keefe and James Hayes.

Blankspace is proud to present a group exhibition curated by 126 in Galway Ireland. Blankspace has worked with 126 for over a year to produce exchange opportunities for local artists from both regions.  Bay Area artists will be exhibiting work in Galway, Ireland opening August 19th. Both galleries share similar missions and goals when it comes to producing exhibitions; 126 and Blankspace are both artist-run exhibition spaces that promote strong conceptual approaches and experimentation in art making.

Similarly to Oakland, over the last 5-7 years a diverse and internationally significant visual arts scene has emerged in Ireland.  It is in this development that 126 and Blankspace play significant roles in the development of visual arts in their respective cities.

126 was established in 2006 by local artists in their own living room as a response to the need for more non-commercial gallery spaces in Galway and is currently located in the city-centre.
126 is supported by the Arts Council, the Galway City Council and its membership.

Blankspace is an artist-run contemporary art gallery in Oakland, California with a focus on exhibiting emerging artists in a wide range of media.  Blankspace seeks to foster solid relationships with artists, collectors, curators, non-profit spaces and other contemporary art galleries to expand the Bay Area arts community.

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July 09

Selected as one of the artists in the second “Hunt the Postcard at the Hunt” fundraising event taking place on the 28th and 29th November 2009 at the Hunt Museum Limerick Ireland.

For more information please contact the Hunt Museum.

June 19, 2009


After a month of deliberation the Board of 126 in Galway has announced the line-up of artists who will exhibit with 126 at Blankspace gallery in Oakland, California from 6 August 2009. An open call for the exhibition 'How Do You Know?' was put out in February and 15 artists were selected from almost 150 applicants for the show.

The exhibiting artists chosen by the 126 Board are Vera Klute, Paul Murnaghan, Padraig Robinson, Christopher Banahan, Jackie Nickerson, Emma Houlihan, Adelle Hickey, Bernie Masterson, Emmet Kierans, Fiona Chambers, John Jones, Theresa Nanigan, Paul Hickey, Helena O'Connor, Tanya O'Keefe and James Luke Hayes.

The exhibition is designed to showcase emerging Irish artists to the San Francisco Bay area as part of the Oakland Art Murmur arts trail. For their half of this international curatorial exchange Blankspace will curate a show of emerging Californian artists at 126 in August/September 2009.

May 09

You can see Bernie Masterson's work at the Royal Hibernian Academy's Annual Exhibition from May until the end of July 2009

Feb 09

Awarded a Custom House Studio Residency in Co Westport for September 2009 and later on a solo exhibition at the Custom House Gallery in 2010