Passengers will view exceptional Irish visual artworks first hand before they travel.
The Arts Council is delighted to announce that it is loaning pieces from its Collection of modern and contemporary Irish art to Shannon Airport, one of Ireland’s busiest airports and the gateway to the West.
Beginning in March, passengers travelling through Shannon airport will be able to view works of visual art from the Arts Council Collection up close before they travel. The works have been selected by the Arts Council with the assistance of staff at Shannon to showcase art made in the West of Ireland as well as the international outward looking nature of contemporary Irish visual arts
In the busy environment of an international airport the works on display will provide an opportunity for travellers to relax and take time to experience the exceptional quality of Irish Visual art up close before catching their flight.
The artists’ with work on display are Anita Groener, Charles Harper, Clare Langan, Dolores Lyne, Anne Madden, Eoin McHugh, Seán McSweeney and Richard Mosse.
The initiative from the Arts Council, the state agency responsible for developing the arts, is part of an ongoing programme of exhibitions, loans and projects to support artists and public engagement with the arts, as set out in its 10-year strategy (Making Great Art Work: Leading the Development of the Arts).
Kevin Rafter, Chair of the Arts Council said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for the Arts Council to make work from its Collection accessible to the almost 2 million members of the public who travel through Shannon airport. This loan will both showcase the excellence of Irish visual arts to International passengers and introduce the artists to new audiences from all around the world.’’
Commenting on the exhibition, Andrew Murphy Managing Director, Shannon Airport, a Shannon Group company, said; ‘We are delighted to partner with the Arts Council to host works from their collection of Irish art at Shannon Airport. Here at Shannon we are all about making our airport a welcoming community space and this is a unique opportunity to engage the public and promote Irish art.’
Since 1962, the Arts Council has been buying art from working artists. The Collection that evolved tells the story of modern and contemporary Irish visual art in a unique and fascinating way. Today the Collection continues to grow and its more than 1,100 paintings, sculptures and other works are on display in public spaces all over Ireland for people to experience and enjoy first hand.
You can find out more at: artscouncil.emuseum.com
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