Jump to content

Portrait of a lady

Visual Art: Theresa Nanigian’s trying to behave at The LAB Gallery, Dublin

6 Apr - 4 Jun 2017 (Past)

The LAB Gallery

trying to behave, a solo show by artist Theresa Nanigian opening in the The LAB Gallery on 6th April, is part of the just a bit extraordinary tour.

The tour is comprised of three chapters in which the artist has chosen an equal number of idiosyncratic groups, loosely aligned to a particular stage in psychosocial development, to serve as her muse in exploring the expression of identity across the lifespan.

trying to behave employs a particular pastime as the lens through which to consider older age – the bi-monthly tea dances at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Having attended this event on numerous occasions, observing, filming, and surveying numerous patrons, the artist uncovered several dichotomies about this disparate group of individuals who share an ardent passion: Composure and vulnerability; vivaciousness and feebleness; spirit and neediness; beauty and decline.

The exhibition will consist of photographs taken at the Royal Opera House, as well as, a short video projection of dancers from the Macushla Dance Club at DanceHouse, Dublin. Responses to the Twenty Statements self-concept survey will also be on display – a common link across all the exhibitions in the tour.

Discovery Pens will be available to visitors from Monday, 24th April, giving access to additional audio information. This is facilitated in partnership with Arts & Disability Ireland, with funding from the Arts Council.​​

trying to behave is partially funded by the Arts Council as part of the Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme award, and the overall  just a bit extraordinary tour is curated by Aoife Ruane, Director of the Highlanes Gallery.

Read: Aidan Dunne’s review of trying to behave in The Irish Times, 11th April, 2017

The LAB Gallery, Foley Street, Dublin 1

Open Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm

The LAB Gallery is fully wheelchair accessible.

A wheelchair-accessible lift provides access to rehearsal spaces on the second and fourth levels, The LAB Gallery mezzanine on the first floor and the Arts Offices, located on the third and fourth levels.

Wheelchair accessible toilets with assistance alarm are on all floors.

Artist Bio

Theresa Nanigian works in installation, moving image, text, drawing and photography. She has exhibited throughout Ireland in venues such as the Void (Derry), the Royal Hibernian Academy (Dublin), the Butler Gallery (Kilkenny) and the Crawford Art Gallery (Cork), as well as, internationally. Nanigian’s practice also includes public art projects, with her most recent commission titled Travelogue winning the Allianz Business to Arts Award for Best Commissioning Practice. She holds an MA in New Media (NCAD) and BA in Fine Art (DIT). The artist was born in the U.S. and has lived in Dublin for over 18 years. Nanigian’s work can be viewed on her website at: www.theresananigian.com

Theresa Nanigian, trying to behave, 2017

From mistaken identities to mysterious mittens – artist Theresa Nanigian collects incredible, touching tales... (and) sets out to capture untold stories from the world.


Theresa Nanigian, trying to behave, 2017


Arts Council
The LAB Gallery
Theresa Nanigian
Touring and Dissemination Scheme
Trying to Behave