Supported by the Arts Council and Wicklow County Council


Winter Preview with Áine Mac Giolla Bhríde takes place on Thursday 21 December 2023 from 3:30pm - 6:30pm at Kunstverein Aughrim.

This preview event is an intimate solstice gathering, with drinks and readings brought together by Áine Mac Giolla Bhríde in collaboration with Katie Watchorn.

The event draws on the thinking behind two recent exhibitions by Mac Giolla Bhríde: objects as buoys in the life acted at the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny in April 2023, and son of at Void Art Centre, Derry, on view until January 2024.

Winter Preview with Áine Mac Giolla Bhríde is an event devised to offer insight into the artist’s working methodologies, by inviting audiences into the engine room of their artistic process, via a collective encounter with their research material. Featuring readings and extracts of selected texts by writers, thinkers and artists such as Cameron Lynch, Nathan O’Donnell, Despina Stratigakos and Francis Whorrall-Campbell among many others, this event dips into the writing and thinking that informs, inspires and articulates Mac Giolla Bhríde’s spatial sculptural practice outside of the gallery.

The event takes place from 3:30pm to 6:30pm.

Collective reading (aloud) will be encouraged but will not be obligatory.

Drinks will be served. Refreshments are kindly supported by mother’s tankstation.

Capacity is restricted due to limited space.

Tickets for this free event may be booked via eventbrite
The event is currently fully booked, but nobody will be turned away on the day.

Kunstverein Aughrim is unfortunately not currently wheelchair accessible, due to a series of stone and concrete steps at the threshold. The neighbouring Stonecutter’s Cafe is wheelchair accessible and has bathroom facilities. If you have questions or specific access requirements please contact us via email and we will do our best to facilitate your full participation. 


Áine Mac Giolla Bhríde graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, in 2016 and, since then, their work has been included in several projects: Habitat HQ, a site responsive installation solo project organised by the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, in which the artist created an immersive sculptural environment within the brutalist concourse of Trinity College’s Arts Building. Other recent exhibitions include: UNCANNY, a two-person exhibition with Nicolas Bourthoumieux at 10N, Brussels, …and the days run away like wild horses over the hills…, Scoil Lorcáin, Dublin (2019), Periodical Review 2017, Pallas Projects, Dublin (2017), NEU-GEN 2017: Towards Both the Parts, NCAD Gallery, Dublin (2017). Mac Giolla Bhríde’s first solo exhibition, work suite, took place at mother’s tankstation, Dublin in February 2018. Their second solo exhibition with the gallery, ~ setopened at mother’s tankstation, London in May 2019. Mac Giolla Bhríde is the recipient of the Arts Council of Ireland’s Next Generation Award 2017, Visual Arts Bursary Award (2019, 2020), and has been selected for residencies at FLACC, Genk in Belgium (2019) and Fire Station Artists’ Studios in Dublin (2018 – 2020). Mac Giolla Bhríde was also one of the artists selected for the Platform Commissions programme for the 39th EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art held in Limerick, Ireland. Augmenting the 19th century architecture of Limerick’s Sailor’s Home, they presented and/or land in September 2020 as part of Phase 1 of the Biennial. Mac Giolla Bhríde held their third solo exhibition with mother’s tankstation | Dublin in Autumn 2021.

Katie Watchorn graduated from the National College of Art and Design in 2014. Projects she has undertaken since then include solo exhibitions Get Away From It All, Leitrim Sculpture Centre, 2022,  Zero Grazing, Studio Pavilion as part of Glasgow International 2021, and BalehomeBalehome, VISUAL Carlow in 2018.  Group exhibitions include Move-Set-Move at The Complex, Dublin (2023), Don’t Look A Gift Horse in the Mouth, Woonhuis, Amsterdam (2023), UPHOLD: New Collections, 35DP, Belfast (2022) A Growing Enquiry, Royal Hibernian Academy (2021)  From Here to There, The Douglas Hyde Gallery (2021), GUEST, curated by Marysia Wiekiewicz-Carroll, Newbridge House, Dublin (2021), Grass Roots, Muine Bheag Arts, Carlow (2021), Periodical Review #9, Pallas Projects (2019) . She is  the recipient of a number of Arts Council Bursaries, including the Next Generation Award 2017, supporting emerging artists of promise at a pivotal stage in their career. Katie is a 2023 - 2024 participant at De Ateliers, Amsterdam. She was a resident at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 2019 as part of their 1000 programming and an artist-in-residence at Fire Station Artists Studios, Dublin 2019 - 2022.

Attendees are invited to let us know about any potential accessibility issues or dietary restrictions (relating to the serving of drinks) by emailing

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Kunstverein Aughrim’s ongoing collaboration with Áine Mac Giolla Bhríde is supported by the Arts Council.