Exhibitions Past and Present

The arts have been part of the Amaranta Family Practice since its inception. Our doctor, Dr. Ciara McMahon is acutely aware of the importance of creativity to our quality of life and so the practice is co-located with deAppendix, a visual art gallery. deAppendix has a regular program of visual art installed in the practice reception and waiting room in addition to an on-going artists residency programme, where professional artists are awarded studio space on the premises for an eight week period.

Watch this space for further details about the gallery’s regular program of events, artists talks and interviews with the artists who’ve been on residency.

KATHY HERBERT at deAppendix

House Trees and other tales




THURSDAY 18TH JULY 2013 6.30 – 8pm AT deAPPENDIX


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Aerials, 30 x 38cm, pencil on paper, Kathy Herbert, 

This informal conversation between Kathy Herbert and researcher / activist Cathy Fitzgerald will delve into the influences and tensions of House Trees and Other Tales. The sometimes fractious relationship between built and natural environments will be explored, with particular reference to Kathy’s work. 

Kathy Herbert’s practice incorporates 2 to 3D work says of her drawing practice : Drawing is a straightforward means of capturing an idea and giving it substance. It can be immediate and responsive, it can be meditative, or logical and structured.

I work with the idea of “sharing space”, joining man-made and natural imagery to imply equal occupancy of the same space. This work draws on the idea of respect for other living beings – animal plant etc, and implies that we are not the only important beings on this planet. I draw from nature, giving every living thing equal value in the hope that it will be reflected in our way of living on Earth.

For more information or images please contact :  Ciara McMcMahon at deAppendix, 30 Ardagh Grove, Blackrock; 0035312785866 / email:contactdeappendix@gmail.com or Kathy Herbert on +353 87 9481740 or at kathy@kathyherbert.ie


KATHY HERBERT has been an Artist for over twenty years, exhibiting in Ireland, America, and Europe: She has taken part in Symposia, projects and initiatives, lectured and lead workshops. Kathy completed her MFA in the National College of Art and Design in 2011. She has recently shown in “Sculpture in Context”, Botanic Gardens 2012, the Drawing Project, IADT 2013 and presented her artist initiated project “Drawing Conversations” with Phizzfest 2012 and 2013, Dublin. From July Kathy will be Artist in Residence at Draiocht, Blanchardstown. Her forthcoming show, “Studies from Tree Journeys”, made using graphite drawings on paper and some watercolours, will shortly be on show at Excel Theatre and Gallery, Tipperary. Further details regarding Kathy’s work is available at www.kathyherbert.ie or by contacting Kathy directly on +353 87 9481740 or at kathy@kathyherbert.ie


CATHY FITZGERALD: Originally from New Zealand, Cathy has a diverse work background in both art and science. Although always passionate about art, Cathy spent the first eight years of her working career working in biological science working at a agricultural research institute in New Zealand. On moving to Ireland, Cathy spent the next six years completing a First Class Joint Honours degree in Fine Art Painting and Irish Art History at the National College of Art & Design (NCAD 1996-2000), Dublin, then an MA in Fine Art (NCAD Virtual Realities) 2000- 2002. Her MA further developed her interdisciplinary approach with a novel residency in the leukaemia laboratory at St James Hospital in Dublin, while also allowing her to develop considerable knowledge of interactive online media, and experimental film practice.

Since arriving in Ireland in 1995 Cathy has been very involved in Irish and European forest NGO’s, and Green politics (particularly Green Party Forest policy in recent years). From 2007-10 she acted at the first Director of ArtLinks.ie, an innovative five county on and off-line programme of professional arts development catering to over 1500 creative practitioners through the Local Authority Arts Offices of the South East of Ireland (the website for this programme was short-listed for an e-government award in 2009 and 2010). Highlights in her art practice include an Art Council Residency and exhibition in the Zoology Genetic laboratories in the Zoology Department at Trinity College (2004-5), curation of ecological artist Cornelia Hesse-Honneger’s work for Visualise Carlow (2005) and her solo exhibition, ‘the local project’ at the Dock, Co. Leitrim (2006), comprising of a 30 minute film documentary and exhibition that celebrated Crann’s pioneering local native woodland planting scheme. In 2008 she created the first art & ecology resource website in Ireland www.ecoartnotebook.com and has since contributed to many international art & ecology networks. She began doctoral studies on her art-ecology-forest-politics practice in October 2010. For further information see: www.ecoartfilm.com


CIARA MCMAHON practices both art and medicine. Subjectivity, intersubjectivity and the body are explored in the work, which researches osmosis between the disciplines of art and medicine. In 2012 McMahon founded and curates deAppendix an ongoing residency and contemporary art programme. deAppendix is symbiotic or hybrid with a Dublin suburban GP surgery, Amaranta Family Practice. A forth coming article by McMahon commissioned for 2ha magazine on the project will be published later this summer. McMahon is currently collaborating with The open rehearsals group on an Arts Council funded film commission. She was awarded the Adurey E. Klinck scholarship at the Banff Arts Centre in 2011 and in 2010 was funded by Create, the national agency for collaborative arts, to research the Leaky Self Project . McMahon exhibits both nationally and internationally, exhibitions include Temporal Sequencing, Banff Arts Centre Canada, Liminality, NCAD Gallery; Détruis Space, The Joinery. For further information see:www.ciaramcmahon.wordpress.com

20th Feb 2013

Marie Claire’s opening was great fun…. thanks to everyone who turned out.

MC opening 2 Feb 2013

MC opening 5 Feb 2013

29th Jan, 2013 :

Marie-Claire Cassidy is the second artist to have been awarded deAppendix visual arts residency. Marie–Claire will be working from a designated artists studio at deAppendix during Feburary and March 2013.

Rain Dance, oil and mixed media on canvas, 2012

Rain Dance, oil and mixed media on canvas, 2012

Rain Dance, oil and mixed media on canvas, 2012

Marie Claire Cassidy is a practising artist who has studied in Dublin and Belfast. In 1999 she graduated from the University of Ulster with a 2.1 degree in Fine Art Painting.

Her work has been exhibited in Ireland, New Zealand and the US.

While still at college Marie-Claire was the recipient of the Thomas Dammann Travelling Scholarship to Spain awarded by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, where she worked with local textile artists in Capellades just outside Barcelona. In 2001, she exhibited work at the Irish Arts Centre, New York.  Since then, she has worked on a number of artists’ projects including the Inislacken Island Residency in Connemara in memory of Belfast artist, Gerard Dillon in 2002, and more recently in 2012. In 2010 she received an Arts Council Create “Artist in the Community Award” for her Public Art project, “Mapping the Brain” to collaborate in an Art and Healthcare setting with “trainees” at the National Rehabilitation Hospital’s Rehabilitative Training Unit in Dún Laoghaire. Her work is part of many public and private collections, including Microsoft Ireland, Mason, Hayes Curran Solicitors, Dublin and Botanic Inns Ltd, Belfast.

Although, Marie-Claire graduated in Fine Art Painting, she spent time studying textile design at NCAD and studied Art, Design and Mixed Media in Ballyfermot College. Techniques she learnt on these courses play an important part in the research for her paintings. Tactile processes like photographs, montage, printmaking and paper making are amongst these methods. As too, is the layered approach and mark making example found in the drawings. Colour and Texture have always been an integral part of Marie-Claire’s work which combines oil painting techniques with mixed media.

Marie-Claire has said in relation to spending the next eight weeks at The Appendix: “This opportunity as artist in residence in a hybrid space which combines art and a GP surgery is exciting and new to me. I plan to develop further textural work through the media of print making and works on paper and to create large drawings which could be displayed in the surgery’s waiting room.

Marie-Claire’s recent body of work Land and Sea Series: Oil and mixed media on canvas  can be seen in deAppendix.

This work has been influenced by the light and texture of seascapes off the west of Ireland. The sense of wilderness of the landscape and the contrasts of the delicacy of light against the solid structure of the coastline are what attracted me to this theme. The work was explored further at a recent artist residency at Inislacken Island, Roundstone in June 2012.

 January 2013:

Marie Soffe’s work, made while on residency in deAppendix is now installed in the waiting room. Installed, this work is reminiscent of a stained glass window.  When the evening light catches it the whole panel lights up the room.

Marie says : “Amaranta Family Practice takes is name from a genus of perennial plants known as Amaranthus, which were revered by the ancient Greeks for their tenacity and ability to thrive in the most hostile conditions. Amongst other cultures, including the Aztecs, the Greeks prized these plants for their great healing and nutritional qualities.”

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Following extensive research into the rich history and properties of the Amaranthus plant, I have created a frieze-like panel to fit a window in the waiting room. Utilising symbols and text, applied with glass paints on clear acrylic sheeting, the panel tells the story of this wondrous plant, whilst also casting rich colours into the room during daylight hours.

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At night, a different treatment with mark-making on the reverse surface of the panel creates an intriguing effect which plays with both the interior light in the room and the streetlights outside. The piece is thus transformed from a series of images that engage the curiosity of the viewer into a surface that demands the physical interaction of the viewer in order to be fully appreciated.

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We have money left over for fish_2013_Maire Soffe_detail 4

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October 15th 2012: 

We are delighted to announce that for the months of November and December our inaugral Artist-In-Residence, Marie Soffe, will be based in a designated studio in deAppendix.

Following the residency Marie will exhibit the work influenced by her time at Amaranta Family Practice in the surgery itself. And, as a taster of what is to come, some of her previous work can now be seen in the practice reception and waiting room. The work on show is part of a larger body of work that Marie made following a scholarship in Poland and the image below is a detail from one of her drypoint prints:


Marie says about her residency:

“Making art in a doctor’s surgery would seem to be an incongruity. However, the basis of both medicine and art is enquiry – in order to bring out into the open whatever ails the patient or intrigues the artist.

The Amaranta Family Practice looks out over a large, wooded green, an expansive space with the southern sky as a constantly changing backdrop. This, in itself, is a healing and calming sight that most likely goes unnoticed in this long-settled residential area. To me, it is an enticing space and will provide the starting point for my artistic enquiry during this residency.”



Marie Soffe is a Dublin based artist who worked for many years in the corporate world before successfully completing an Art Design and Mixed Media course in Ballyfermot College in 2005. She then achieved a Joint Degree in Fine Art (Printmaking) and History of Art in NCAD in 2009, followed by a Masters Degree in Contemporary Art. During this time, Marie also studied in the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland, while on an Erasmus scholarship which concentrated on Traditional Printmaking, Studio Painting, Documentary Photography and Weave.

Marie’s practice is wide-ranging, fed by a deep curiosity and visual awareness of her surroundings, in particular while walking. She has exhibited in Japan, Poland and Ireland, and her work is held in corporate and private collections in Poland, Ireland, the UK, Canada and Australia, and in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Japan.

Amaranta Family Practice is proud to be supporting the arts.


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