The Arts Council has today announced that a major series of exhibitions will take place from December this year celebrating the inspiring work of Irish artists and 60 years of support for the sector by the Arts Council.
Into the Light: The Arts Council - 60 Years of Supporting the Arts will be a partnership between the Arts Council and a range of regional venues which will have creative freedom to choose their own works from the collection, giving each exhibition a unique theme and feel.
Over the coming weeks various works which are currently out on loan will be recalled and parts of the Arts Council Collection will spend time in each of the following locations:
. Crawford Art Gallery, Cork
. Limerick City Gallery, Limerick
. The Model, Sligo
. Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
Speaking today, Ms Pat Moylan, Chairman of the Arts Council said: "We are very excited about this initiative which is the first-of its-kind in the history of the Arts Council and will involve a significant recall of works currently out on loan to public institutions. This collection is one manifestation of the support given to artists by the Arts Council over the past 60 years and each partner gallery will be displaying a different set of magnificent works. The Council believes it is a fitting way to mark its 60 years."
"Arts and culture are essential to rebuilding our national self-confidence and restoring our reputation abroad. By bringing the work of great Irish artists to the Irish people, we can help Ireland realise its creative potential and foster artistic inclusion in communities across the country. Our intention is to bring the work of Ireland's visual artists ‘into the light’ as President Higgins has urged. These exhibitions showcase many of the cultural and artistic riches that our country has produced over the lifespan of the Arts Council."
Further details of dates and times for each of the exhibitions will be released in the coming weeks in the run up to the exhibitions.