The Arts Council and Culture Ireland have announced the appointment of the curators who will represent Ireland at the Architecture Biennale in Venice. The curators will work closely with the Irish Architecture Foundation, Commissioners for the 2010 Architecture Biennale, which will open in August 2010.
The curating team, selected following an open competitive process, is a collaboration between Tom dePaor, Peter Maybury, Alice Casey and Cian Deegan, who will deliver an exhibition about renowned Irish practice, deBlacam and Meagher.
This exhibition will seek to develop an understanding of the cultural landscape of Ireland through the work of deBlacam & Meagher Architects. Over 33 years this Irish architectural practice has built houses and places of work, commerce, education and worship.
In turn, the influence of deBlacam & Meagher’s practice has permeated the many facets of Irish life with a distinct cultural presence. Through a number of individual contributions by Irish and international critical voices, the contemporary relevance of this body of work will be explored and revealed. www.deblacamandmeagher.com.
Eugene Downes, CEO Culture Ireland said "The Venice Architecture Biennale is a unique platform to present Irish architectural excellence to a global audience. With the huge challenges facing the economy and the architectural profession in 2010, this is a key opportunity to promote the world-class work that Irish architects are producing at home and around the world."
Claire Doyle Head of Visual Arts and Architecture at the Arts Council said "The Arts Council’s support for architects representing Ireland at the Venice Biennale is a critical part of our wider commitment to architects working within the artistic sphere. We are particularly delighted to support such a strong curatorial team, which will examine the work of one of Ireland’s most valued architecture practices. '