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19 April 2013 - Storm Thorgerson

British artist Storm Thorgerson who designed some of the most famous music album covers of all time has died aged 69. His artworks were used for album covers of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Muse, Genesis, Phish and many other major rock bands.

Thorgerson had a long association with Pink Floyd, designing the vast majority of their album covers, including Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and Animals. Pink Floyd guitarist and vocalist Dave Gilmour said the artworks Thorgerson created for the band had been "an inseparable part of our work". He died surrounded by family and friends after a long battle with cancer.

30 March 2013 - New TV Arts Show

A search to find a portrait artist has been launched, with a £10,000 commission prize to paint author Hilary Mantel as first prize. Comedian Frank Skinner and TV Broadcaster Joan Bakewell will present the Sky Arts series. Artists are invited to apply for a series of art shows which will be held in Dublin, Cardiff, Glasgow and London over the summer. Paintings from all the finalists in the competition will be displayed at the National Portrait Gallery. Featured artist Simon Davis is a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters(RP) and a past prize winner in the prestigious National Portrait Gallery BP prize.

07 March 2013 - Irish artist in latest show

Starting this weekend 9 March, at the Red Rag Gallery in Cotswolds, there a mixed show of Landscape paintings. Irish artist Cormac O'Leary is participating in the show.

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04 March 2013 - Madness

Sir Peter Blake, who designed the famous album cover for The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, is for the first time to appear on the front of a record in person. He appears on a special edition Madness album, 'The Ten Commandments', dressed as Moses in tribute to one of the discarded suggested titles the band considered for the album. Other album sleeve designs by Sir Peter Blake include: Band Aid's charity single, Paul Weller's Stanley Road and Oasis' Stop the Clocks.

15 February 2013 - William Scott Exhibition in St Ives

February 2013 marks the centenary of the birth of British artist William Scott who died in 1989. Across a career spanning six decades, Scott produced a body of art work that has established his reputation as one of the leading British painters of his generation. Exhibiting from the early 1950s, Scott is renowned for his powerful handling of paint in his exploration of still life, landscape and nude.

To mark the achievements of this acclaimed modern painter, Tate St Ives, in association with Hepworth Wakefield and Ulster Museum, Belfast, will be showcasing a retrospective exhibition.This will be the first major showing of Scott's work in the UK for over 20 years.

The exhibition will be on show in St Ives until 6 May 2013

20 August 2012 - New Exhibition at Signal Arts Centre

From Tuesday 28th August until Sunday 9th September 2012 The Signal Arts Centre is presenting a solo exhibition of art works by French artist Marion Chombart de Lauwe. A former anthropology student who later spent months sketching the treasures on display at the Natural History Museum in Toulouse, Chombart de Lauwe now turns this detail and observation into a new series of line drawings depicting urban landscapes in demolition, recently called 'A work of dissection, worthy of entomology plates,'Ě by L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui Magazine.

For this latest exhibition Marion explores a sense of spontaneity in drawing. Her biological depictions of urban landscapes are presented in stark contrast alongside other works that embrace the frivolousness of imagination. These vibrant works retain hints of scientific influence mixed with outsider art, where elements are taken from their original place and put elsewhere, creating a subjective landscape.

20 August 2012 - Art Resales

A new art resale service has been launched by Red Rag. The service offers an alternative to Buying and Selling art online or at auction. The scheme involves Red Rag Gallery acting as a broker on behalf of clients wishing to sell British art works, advising on market value and finding art buyers. Commission rates are similar to those of major auction houses and are inclusive of charges for promotion on the website or illustrations in catalogues. The majority of paintings sold are high value paintings by well known British artists - most of who have shown with Red Rag.

Featured resale painting above - Darren Baker 'Looking Down'

28 May 2012 - Annual RHA Exhibition

The Annual RHA Exhibition takes place from 29 May until 18 August. It is the longest running open submission exhibition in Ireland with over half the works selected through an open submission process.

The art show offers the opportunity view Irish art works by emerging artists hanging side by side with established artists and RHA Members. The RHA Gallery is in Ely Place, Dublin.

25 April 2012 - Irish artist Louis le Brocquy Dies

Irish artist Louis le Brocquy has died aged 95. One of Ireland's most renowned artists, Louis le Brocquy career spanned more than 70 years. The painter had beenill for the past year.

Irish president Michael D Higgins said Mr Le Brocquy's "pioneering approach to art, influenced by the European masters, was highly inspirational.Through painting, tapestry and print, Louis le Brocquy has provided us with individual works and collections that give the insight and response of an artist of genius to Irish history, culture and society."

A self-taught artist, Mr Le Brocquy is survived by his wife and two sons.

14 July 2011 - Irish artist William Crozier

William Crozier, the Scottish-born Irish artist has died age 81. He was educated at the Glasgow School of Art between 1949 and 1953. Crozier painted landscapes overcoming the boundaries between representational and abstract genres. His work often contained references to nature, although in later years he moved towards a more representational language.

He was elected to Aosdana in 1992 and was an honorary member of the Royal Hibernian Academy. In 2005 Crozier celebrated his 75th birthday with a major exhibition in Cork to celebrate the European Capital of Culture. He died peacefully aged 81 at home on 12 July 2011. His funeral service is to be held in Wickham on 19 July 2011.

13 May 2011 - Affordable Art Fair

The Affordable Art Fair Bristol opens today and continues until Sunday 15 May. Over 50 art galleries including Red Rag Gallery will be show casing contemporary art works. The exhibition opens from 11:00 daily.

10 September 2010 - Latest Red Rag show

'Mayo Mountains' by Hugh O'Rourke

The latest art show at Red Rag is a new exhibition which seeks to capture the vastness and ever-changing character of the sea. Featuring a wide-range of contemporary interpretations of beaches, crashing waters and shorelines in oils, acrylic and other mediums, the new exhibition at aims to reflect on our enduring fascination and enchantment with the sea.

Included in the show is Irish artist Hugh O'Rourke . The show runs 19 September until 30 September.

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14 May 2010 - New Art Studios

Pigeon House studios are having their opening night this Saturday 15 May from 7pm to 9pm at the Glen, Kinsale. The Lord Mayor, Thomas O'Brien will officially open the art studios, located at the Old Actons hardware. The working studios will house eight contemporary visual artists, makers and designers. All are welcome to attend the opening at: The Glen, Kinsale, Cork.

10 May 2010 - Arts and Old People

The NI Arts Council has announced that it is developing a new programme, in partnership with The Atlantic Philanthropies, to extend opportunities for older people to engage with the arts. The three-year programme of large and smaller-scale arts projects, which will be launched in June 2010

The scheme aims to provide older people with new opportunities to explore creatively the issues that they have identified as most important to them, particularly in the areas of health and social justice. Key themes of the artist-led programme will include, isolation and loneliness, social inclusion, poverty, dementia, and working to strengthen the voice of older people in society.

19 April 2010 - Reopening of Crescent Arts Centre

Today the official re-opening of the restored £7.2 million Crescent Arts Centre takes place. The 135 year old building has been designed to bring the Centre's arts facilities up to twenty-first century standard.

The Crescent received £1.45 million from the Arts Council towards the restoration of the four-storey listed building located on University Road, Belfast. Over the last 30 years, the Centre has provided the local community with access to the arts, offering classes and workshops in many art forms.

01 April 2010 - Arts Council to offer Art Works

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is to gift its historic art collection to museums and galleries in Northern Ireland. With almost 1,200 Irish art works in the collection, the gifting scheme will increase opportunities for local people to view examples of contemporary and modern art by artists from Northern Ireland.

Purchased between 1943 and 1999, the art collection includes drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, ceramics, installations and mixed media from a range of artists.

The Arts Council is now inviting applications from museums and galleries in Northern Ireland which have Museums Libraries and Archives (MLA) accredited status and who are seeking to develop, or start, a permanent collection of contemporary art which includes works by artists from Northern Ireland.

15 March 2010 - Irish Art Show

Irish artist Val Byrne

Coinciding with the Cheltenham Festival' a time of celebration and entertainment for Irish race enthusiasts ' is a celebration of contemporary Irish Art at the Red Rag Gallery in Stow on the Wold, from 15 March until 28 March.

The Red Rag Gallery art exhibition features the work of 8 contemporary Irish artists, whose contributions span a range of visual and emotional experience ' from the endearing elaboration of the day-to-day by Anji Allen , through the quirky townscapes of Val Byrne and the evocative Irish landscapes of Cormac O'Leary and Laurence O'Toole to the finely observed and thoughtful images of café and lounge life of Brian Smyth .

18 February 2010 - New Artist at Red Rag Gallery

Radek Rola - New Irish based artist at Red Rag

Radek Rola was born in Poland in 1979. He obtained Master Degree in Business Management but was inspired and encouraged by his grandfather, a well known artist in Poland, to pursue a professional career in fine art. Much of Radek's art work is portraiture executed in acrylics and employing a limited, dark palette.

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12 February 2010 - Irish Arts Aids Haiti Appeal

Kilkenny artist Niamh Curry has encouraged some 30 fellow Irish artists to donate art works for an exhibition in The Narrow Space Gallery in Clonmel in aid of GOAL. Sales from the artists' works, including internationally renowned Gottfried Helnwein and Bob Dixon, will be donated directly to the Haiti Earthquake Appeal.

The exhibition opens at 8pm on Friday19 February 2010.

27 January 2010 - Antrim artist showing in Georgian City of Bath

Artist ' Colin Carruthers

Red Rag have announced that Antrim born Colin Carruthers is the latest artist to join the list of gallery artists. Carruthers produces contemporary paintings of the highest quality, excelling in capturing the grandeur of the natural world.

Colin Carruthers paintings are often in the form of diptychs, triptychs and polyptychs. He successfully conveys the ever-changing aspects of nature in his landscape and seascape paintings. Carruthers paintings are being shown at the leading Bath Art Gallery - Red Rag.

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07 January 2010 - Iconic Images on Latest Stamps

British art ' George Underwoood

The Royal Mail's New Year stamp collection for 2010 features what it says are ten of the most iconic album covers of the last 40 years. Each depicts a famous album cover with a disc coming out of the sleeve and appearing 'outside' the stamp.

One of the stamps features David Bowie's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1972) album cover.Heddon Street in London's West End is the scene for the painting. Photographer Brian Ward helped to conceptualise Bowie's notion of the alien pop star and the sleeve was designed by Red Rag artist George Underwood with artwork by Terry Pastor.

26 September 2009 - New artist at Red Rag

New artist at Red Rag ' Hugh O'Rourke

Aodh Sean O'Ruairc D.A. (Hugh Sean O'Rourke), is a graduate of the famous Glasgow School of Art. As an art student Sean won the prestigious MacLaine-Watters Medal at the Royal Scottish Academy's Student Competition in 1977 and in 1978 won First Prize in the Watercolour section in the John and Mabel Craig Bequest Fund Competition at Glasgow School of Art. During the same year he was shown in Glasgow's Centre for Contemporay Arts "Artists Under Thirty" exhibition, having been selected from entrants all over the country.

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18 September 2009 - Red Rag Opening New Gallery

Red Rag Group have announced that they will be opening a new art gallery in the Bath later this year. Bath is a World Heritage Site and one of England's most beautiful places to visit. The new Red Rag Gallery will be located in Brock Street between the world famous Royal Crescent and The Circus.

05 September 2009 - Latest Red Rag Art Exhibition

New Art Exhibition: Street Life

This weekend the latest Red Rag Art Exhibition opens. The mixed art show 'Street Life' features paintings of scenes across the world including Italy, New York, London, Paris and Havana. Irish artist Brian Smyth is participating in the show with some wonderful paintings of Italian street scenes.

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29 August 2009 - Sean Scully Retrospective at Ulster Museum

The Ulster Museum in Belfast has announced that it is to re-open following a multi-million refurbishment with a major retrospective of art work by Sean Scully. The exhibition will run from late October 2009 to February 2010.

Situated in Belfast's Botanic Gardens, the Ulster Museum opened in 1929 as a centre for collections of fine and applied art, as well as history and natural sciences. The refurbished museum is set to re-open to the public on 22 October this year with a suite of nine adjoining art galleries, a 25-metre high atrium with glass and steel walkways and new restaurant and learning zone facilities.

25 August 2009 - Irish artist Brian Smyth at Red Rag Art Show

Street Life exhibition at Red Rag

The September art exhibition at Red Rag is titled 'Street Life' which is a mixed art show featuring new paintings from Irish artist Brian Smyth

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07 June 2009 - Irish artist Cormac O'Leary

Coming soon: new contemporary paintings from Irish artist Cormac O'Leary

17 April 2009 - Irish and Scottish art show opens

A two person art show is taking place at Oisin Gallery in Dublin. The art exhibition features Scottish artist Stephanie Rew and Still Life art works by Irish artist Niall Toolan.The art show opens today and runs until 25 April.

The art exhibition runs from 17-21 April. It features portraits and still life paintings influenced by tradition and Flemish Baroque style

10 March 2009 - Irish Artist: George Callaghan

Irish Art from: George Callaghan

Red Rag have announced that new contemporary paintings from George Callaghan will be featuring in the upcoming 'Quiet Reflection' Art Exhibition which starts 29 March.

All paintings are now available to purchase. For further details contact the gallery

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25 February 2009 - Latest Irish Art News


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15 February 2009 - New Paintings from Brian Smyth

Irish Art from: Brian Smyth

Irish artist Brian Smyth is participating in the latest art exhibition at Red Rag which starts 22 February. The art show focuses on Figures and runs until 8 March. All Brian Smyth contemporary paintings are now available to purchase from Red Rag Gallery.

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Latest Irish Art News

Irish artist Louis le Brocquy Dies
25 April 2012
Irish artist Louis le Brocquy has died aged 95. One of Ireland's most renowned artists, Louis ...

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Annual RHA Exhibition
28 May 2012
The Annual RHA Exhibition takes place from 29 May until 18 August. It is the longest ...

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Storm Thorgerson
19 April 2013
British artist Storm Thorgerson who designed some of the most famous music album covers ...

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