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Upending – an exhibition of enquiries
11 Oct 2013 - 23 Dec 2013
New work by artists Kennedy Browne, Anthony Haughey, Anna Macleod, Augustine O Donoghue, Susan Thomson and Bryonie Reid commissioned by Fire Station Artists’ Studios, will be displayed in this exhibition, which results from the artists’ participation in a year long mobile think tank for socially engaged art practitioners, titled Troubling Ireland (2010-11).
Professional Development Workshops Winter 2013 / Spring 2014
21 Oct 2013 - 17 Feb 2014
As part of our commitment to providing services and resources to visual artists, the National Sculpture Factory programmes a series of professional development training workshops. This programme supports visual artists in their practice by providing training on a range of topics directly relevant to their work. The workshops aim to address the business and practical needs of artists working in a professional environment. They are also intended to introduce artists to new areas of work, providing artistic and financial opportunities and complementing ones studio practice (see attached PDF for further information and booking details).
Undercover: A Dialect
5 Oct 2013 - 5 Jan 2014
Undercover: A Dialect is an exhibition exploring the ways in which artists can be involved in covert and hidden activities in public, often acting out individual trajectories away from any public attention. It takes the position that artistic activity is not about fitting into a consensus of what art in public should be, and identifies with work that enjoys an undercurrent of improvisation and frugality, haphazard formality, and changeability.
I go to seek a Great Perhaps
11 Oct 2013 - 23 Dec 2013
This exhibition, curated by Shinnors Scholar Aoibheann McCarthy, is drawn from the Permanent Collection, using the methodology of involving the general public, in this case 7 Young Adults who have been involved with LCGA in other projects. Through 6 sessions, the selection was made, and the resulting exhibition reflects an examination of issues and aspects of Life pertinent to Young People, such as Environment, Politics, Relationships and ‘being’ in a rural context, as well as thinking about what the future holds for them in 21st century Ireland. The selection includes works by Mary Swanzy, Janet Mullarney, and Sean Keating alongside more contemporary works by artists such as Gavin Hogg, Donald Teskey and Siobhan Piercy.
Santiago Sierra: Veterans / Psychophonies
9 Nov 2013 - 21 Dec 2013
Santiago Sierra (b. 1966, Madrid) is known for exploring the relationships between labour, capital, empire and oppression through poetic and frequently controversial actions. His representations of the exploitative transactions of everyday life often involve contracting people to perform useless, degrading or repetitive tasks. The work issues a critique of the brutality of capitalism, using capitalism’s own logic and methods. It touches on a range of related themes including immigration, exclusion, separation, invisibility, war, exploitation, dignity, resistance and the art market. Offering little by way of apology or solution to the predicament of those involved, Sierra’s work presents ethical dilemmas for both spectator and art institution and often implicates the audience in the events they witness.
Landscape and Irish Identity
1 Jan 2013 - 31 Dec 2013
While the notion of a people’s identity being embedded in the landscape is very ancient, as revealed in the careful siting of Neolithic monuments such as Newgrange or the Bronze Age stone circle at Drombeg, the idea of the Irish landscape and its people being synonymous has never disappeared over the centuries. The origins of place-names forms the basis of the Dinnseanchas, or topographical poems, many of which date to the Early Christian Period and even earlier. In the seventeenth century there was a revival of interest in landscape, inspired by the Classical writers of Greece and Rome. At the beginning of the eighteenth century, the “Grand Tour” led wealthy British and Irish tourists through France and on to Florence and Rome. The education of these travellers was not considered complete unless they had studied Classical writers such as Horace, Virgil and Cicero. They brought back glowing accounts of the beauties of the Italian landscape, while the bay of Naples and Vesuvius were the subject of paintings acquired to embellish houses in Ireland.
Liz Ryan: Collective
28 Nov 2013 - 8 Jan 2014
Liz Ryan’s research into Limerick’s folk and vernacular art traditions is presented in her first solo exhibition. Working closely with local sculptors and painters such as Bobby Duhig, Stephen Cowhey and Dan O’Neill, Ryan’s exhibition points to a compelling and complex impulse of creativity in Limerick, one that until now has had little opportunity to be discussed and celebrated.