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Le Cheile Art Expo


Le Cheile means ‘together’ in Irish. Our exhibition brings together local artists from a range of media (visual, music, performance) into one space for one afternoon to exhibit and perform their work alongside our Arts & Culture gap year students.

Covid-19 restrictions meant that this year’s Le Cheile was different. To connect with the world we broadcast the student’s exhibition online on IGTV through our Instagram and Facebook pages.

Our upcoming spring ’22 Le Cheile expo is on Sunday 15th of May at 5.30pm GMT/12.30pm EST which we will broadcast live on our Instagram (@irishgapyear). Be sure to check out our previous expos in the links below or on our You Tube Channel. 

Fall 2021’s Art Expo

Spring 2021’s Art Expo

Fall 2020’s Art Expo 

Local Artists that have taken part in Le Cheile


Kevin Lowery

Kevin Lowery is a seascape devoted painter living and working in the North-West of Ireland. Living by the sea all his life has inspired Kevin to paint the rolling surf, merciless oceanic turmoil, and the ever changing skies found along the coastline. Having studied painting at Dublin’s National College Of Art And Design in the early 2000s, Kevin has exhibited extensively with numerous works in both Irish and
international collections.


Paula Cooke

‘My Heart Belongs to the Sea’. Paula fuses her love of the coast, art and conservation to create unique highly textured art & sculpture featuring the Wild Atlantic Way.
Paula’s love of the ocean and surfing is evident through her work. Her passion for conservation is reinforced with her innovative use of recycled beach waste.


Paul Gallagher

Paul Gallagher is a Bundoran based amateur photographer. His photos, documenting surfing, nature and the landscape of Ireland’s west coast have been shortlisted for the Cleancoasts photography awards and featured in the Irish Times.
The photo “A twisted tree, in a Leitrim valley” won the Coillte photography competition in 2018 and he was runner up in the Leitrim photography competition 2018 with those photos featured in a book published by Leitrim County Council this year. More of his work is available to view on instagram at @polg33 or PÓG photography on Facebook.


Lani Gregory

Lani is a self taught artist, originally from a small village in Co. Clare. Her love for drawing and painting started early on. Her childhood and upbringing has greatly shaped the themes in her paintings,cosy cottage life & countryside adventures.


Gavin Mc Grea

Gavin Mc Crea’s work uses energetic gestural marks, paint drips, repeat patterns, screen print and hard-edge graphic elements, painted on transparent substrates as an alternative to the more traditional canvas. Materials all reference the construction of surfboards and the translucency of the sea itself. The transparency of the surfaces combined with stretchers made visible, exposed, occasionally concealed, produces work that situates itself somewhere between painting and sculpture. Through his work he places the viewer within his world, attempting to give an insight into his fascination with painting, making and, ultimately, the sea.


Nora Gallagher

Nora is an artist based in Ballyshannon, coming via Tyrone.
The ever changing moods that the dramatic Wild Atlantic Way offer up provide endless inspiration for Nora’s light and colour filled works.


Conor Conlon

Conor Conlon is a professional multi award winning filmmaker and photographer based in the Northwest of Ireland. Conor’s photography is mainly landscape, especially capturing images along the Atlantic coastline. After moving to the coast a number of years ago, Conor finds his inspiration spending time along the Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo coast