Artist Eva Rothschild, presented the exhibition
‘The Shrinking Universe, Ireland’s participation at Venice Biennale 2019. Installation view, Eva Rothschild, The Shrinking Universe, Irish Pavilion, Biennale Arte 2019 @ Robert Glowacki.
The Venice Biennale has for 120 years been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. The Biennale was established in 1895, when the first International Art Exhibition was organised. In the 1930s new festivals were born: Music, Cinema,
and Theatre and the Biennale took on the multidisciplinary character that it has to this day. The Biennale has an annual attendance of over 500,000 visitors.
The Venice Biennale remains the most important international showcase for contemporary arts. The biennial International Art Exhibition offers a unique opportunity for Ireland to showcase Irish contemporary art on a global stage. The Biennale is a vital
platform for Irish artists, curators and commissioners to gain international profile and to generate opportunities. The Venice Biennale serves as a global showcase for artists and offers a prominent platform for Irish artists to engage with international
audiences, curators and gallerists.
Since 2005, national representation at the Venice Biennale has been a Government initiative led by Culture Ireland in partnership with The Arts Council. Both partners consider the Venice Biennale to be
an important opportunity for artists' development and for Irish curators to work in an international context.
Following their presentation at Venice, the Ireland at Venice exhibition subsequently returns to Ireland for a National Tour. The Arts Council is delighted to be in a position to continue to support the Irish presentation of the Ireland at Venice National
Tour, as part of the commitment to our ten-year strategy: 'Making Great Art Work' which aims to support artists to create ambitious, innovative work and to engage audiences across the
country. To view the artists and commissioners that have represented Ireland at Venice Biennale from 2005-2019, please visit the Ireland at Venice Archive.
An open call is issued biennially to invite expressions of interest for the appointment of the Curator and Commissioner of Ireland’s National representation at Venice. The selection of the team to represent Ireland is made following an open, competitive
process with international jury members, in partnership with Culture Ireland and The Arts Council.
Irish representation at 59th Venice Art Biennale in 2022
Photo: Centre: Niamh O’Malley, artist; Left: Clíodhna Shaffrey, TBG+S Director; Right: Michael Hill, TBG+S Programme Curator. Photograph: Dragana Jurišić. Courtesy Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.
We are pleased to announce that Artist, Niamh O’Malley with Temple Bar Gallery + Studios as the curator, will represent Ireland at the 59th
Venice Art Biennale in 2022.
The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin T.D., said:
“I wish Niamh O’Malley and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios every success in representing Ireland at Venice in 2022. It is a hugely important moment in an artist’s career as the Venice Biennale serves as a global showcase. Niamh O’Malley’s practice will gain further international recognition and working with TBG+S, as curators, will increase awareness of Ireland’s strong visual arts sector”.
Niamh O’Malley’s proposal for the Irish pavilion, entitled “To mark a space, to hold a spot”, reflects an emphasis on the importance of the studio and its role in the creation of work. This collaboration with TBG+S will present O’Malley’s sophisticated
and precisely executed work.
TGB+S Director, Cliodhna Shaffrey, said: “Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is greatly honoured to present artist Niamh O'Malley at the Irish Pavilion for the 59th Venice Biennale, 2022. Niamh O’Malley's proposal sets us on an artistic journey originating
in her TBG+S studio and going out into the world at Venice. Known for her exquisitely crafted sculptures and moving image installations, O’Malley brings attention to the act of looking; encouraging the viewer to slow and hold still in the moment.
Her work is founded in making and materiality and underpinned by a questioning of how we touch the world.”
Notes: Curator, Cliodhna Shaffrey is Director of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, will be working with Michael Hill, Programme Curator and the team at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios to deliver the exhibition.
Ireland at Venice is located in the Arsenale section of the Biennale Arte and open to the public for the duration of the Biennale, taking place in May – November 2022.
For more information please visit: International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale