Make good, make better – forthcoming show by Saidhbhín Gibson at the Arthouse, Stradbally, Co Laois

Make good, make better is a forthcoming show by Saidhbhín Gibson at the Arthouse, Stradbally, Co Laois.  It will comprise of new work produced specifically for the exhibition.

The work marries aspects of man’s domesticity with elements of the natural world. This has been executed through delicate mark-making in the drawings and intricate thread based techniques (needlepoint lace) in the made objects. The work is a response to the natural world that exists around us, and our relationship with that which is not man-made.

Exhibits comprise of drawings on paper, photographic work and a number of art objects. Also on show are thread based works incorporating needlepoint lace with components from trees.

Rather than being an overt statement of a perceived improvement of nature by the artist, the title Make good, make better is purposefully ambiguous. The reflexive title refers both to the artist’s adornment of the natural artifact and also to our betterment through close association with nature.


To mark the occasion of Make good, make better at the Arthouse there will be an illustrated talk on Saturday 13th April with John Duffy, Gardener, Emo Court, Co. Laois. John has extensive knowledge of the trees at Emo Court and the unique characteristics of the various species.

An essay accompanying the exhibition has been written by Curator Carissa Farrell.



Saidhbhín Gibson has exhibited both nationally and internationally since graduating with a Degree in Fine Art (D.I.T. Mountjoy Square). During 2012 she was selected for a variety of exhibitions including “Common Thread International”, Oakville, Canada, “Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival”, “Winter Open”, Rua Red, and “Easter Small Works”, The Higher Bridges Gallery, Enniskillen.


Make good, make better opens Thursday 4th April and runs until 24th April at the Arthouse, Stradbally, Co. Laois.

Exhibition  reception and illustrated talk: Saturday 13th April, 2 p.m. at the Arthouse and Library, Stradbally. All are welcome.

Exhibition opening hours: Tuesday – Friday, 1 – 4.30 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Or by appointment by contacting: 057 8664033 email:

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