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The Gallery | 03/12/2022 - 16/12/2022

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Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain is a site-specific exhibition at The Complex Gallery which takes on the ruined emerald aesthetics of Oz (Return to Oz, 1985). Eleanor McCaughey and Lucy Sheridan will create an installation that contemplates the dark sentiment running through Return to Oz through the fabrication of a fictional landscape that layers elements of sculpture, painting, video and sound.

The exhibition deals with themes of displacement, escapism and mental health, with obvious links to theatricality and film. Both artists are interested in the idea of elevating the status of selected everyday objects through various modes of display, lending new meaning and a facade of importance through altered modes of representation.


Eleanor McCaughey studied at TU, Dublin. Selected exhibitions include Bones in the attic, Hugh Lane Gallery, 2022, Woman in the machine, Visual Carlow, 2021, Super Market Art Fair, Stockholm, 2021, What remains of this place?, online exhibition, 2020, Vignettes, Richard Heller Gallery, LA USA, 2019 andSytonic State, Tulca, Galway, 2018. Eleanor McCaughey is a recipient of the Arts Council Ireland Bursary Award 2022, The Fingal County Council Bursary 2022, The FCC and RHA School Studio Award 2022, The Temple Bar Project Award 2021, and the Next Generation Award 2018. Her work is represented in the OPW, Arts Council Ireland art collection and private collections in Ireland, Europe, United States and Canada.



Lucy Sheridan is a visual artist. Solo exhibitions include PARKed Life, Talbot Gallery, Dublin (2012). Group exhibitions include Crucible, Thameside Gallery, London, 2022; Oddly Accurate Things, 126 Galway, two-person show with Eleanor McCaughey (2019); Peripheries Open, Wexford, 2019 & 2017. Lucy recently participated in MASS Correspondence Course 2020/2022, Turps Banana Art School and graduated with a BA in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design in 2006. Awards include the Agility Award, Arts Council Ireland, 2022; the DLR Emerging Artist Bursary 2022; Arts Act Grant, Kildare Co Council, 2022; Travel and Training award, Arts Council Ireland, 2010. Lucy has had residencies in Cill Rialaig, Kerry 2022, 2021, 2017 & 2014; SIM, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2010 and The Guesthouse, Cork, 2011.

Image courtesy  of the artists.

Proudly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin City Council, Kildare County Council.

For further info and images: contact Mark O’Gorman, Gallery Manager. / 085 1433 858