Xmas Pop-Up Exhibition 2009

Art Hive members organised a pop-up Christmas Exhibition in former clothes shop Chess Clothing, a now vacant unit in Market Place, Clonmel. In its short duration it received good local press attention and over 100 people visited the show over 4 days with a database of interested viewers gathered. 
Flyer for event, depicting the venue Chess Clothing, Market Place.

The disused shop space was let rent free to us by the property owners. It was arranged by Pat Quirke from P. F. Quirke & Company Ltd a firm of auctioneers and estate agents based in Clonmel. The source photo of the venue used in the flyer is taken from PF.Quirke and Co's website, pfq.ie. Pat Quirke has kindly posted about the exhibition along with some choice photos on his property matters blog.
Bill J Doyle Bearing (Welded Steel) in foreground, Wilderness (Brazed steel) in background.

Violeta Pserackaite poses with her
-->mixed media installation Walk with Time.
Ian Mannion Automata
-->de fé, -->(digital print on board) in background, left, Kristina Olechiene Life (acrylic) in foreground, right.
from left to right: representatives of Cuan Saor, Breda Bell and Geraldine Mullane with artists Ian Mannion, Brigid Teehan, Dennis Ryan, Violeta Pserackaite, Bill J Doyle, Kristina Olechiene
This was our first group exhibition. In the spirit of the season that was in it Art Hive donated a percentage of  the proceeds to Cuan Saor a local Women´s Refuge and Support Centre .

Foundation and Aims

   Even though there's a lot of artist groups with similar titles we chose to name our group Art Hive. Most of us are based in Clonmel the name of which is derived from the anglicisation of the Irish name Cluain Meala meaning "honey meadow" or "honey vale". It may be seen as a tenuous connection but it feels appropriate to us.
Indeed one of our members, Dennis Ryan has grown up in a  beekeeping household.

The main aims of Art Hive are as follows:

To create innovating and exciting spaces (pop-up shows in unused retail units, festivals, parks etc) in which artists can collaborate and develop their professional art practice while also engaging with established galleries that support contemporary art.

To offer a working studio space for contemporary artists in Tipperary and support art making.

To foster creativity and well being for the general public through organised activities ie workshops, talks and open studio days, etc.

To explore possibilities for new or additional studio arrangements that enhance the aims of Art Hive and benefit its members including partnerships and collaborations with other organisations.