06 December 2007: Arts Council hosts reception to celebrate the official launch of the Curated Visual Arts Award.

The Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíonn and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland today hosted a reception to celebrate the launch of the Curated Visual Arts Award. 

The Curated Visual Arts Award is an initiative of the North/South Committee of the Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaion and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in partnership with the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin and Void, Derry.  The collaboration between the two Councils on this award is designed to encourage cross cultural relations, by exhibiting work on both sides of the border.

Speaking at the event today, Olive Braiden Chair of the Arts Council: said "Our joint work together springs from the truth that art is not constrained by any political boundaries, but is truly universal in nature, and that as neighbours on this small island we have much to gain by co-operating on projects that we see as being of joint strategic interest".

Also speaking at the event, Philip Hammond Director of Arts Support, Arts Council of Northern Ireland said: "I must congratulate the four recipients of this award. The calibre and the great selection of work submitted reinforces the immense talent that we have on the island of Ireland. These exhibitions offer a terrific oportinity for the public to see exciting and innovative arts practice from across Ireland."

This exhibition, under the guidance of esteemed Turner prize nominated artist Mike Nelson, is designed to enable the selected artists to produce pivotal work that will advance their own practice.  The recipients of this year’s award, as announced in June are, Brendan Earley, Bea McMahon, Conor McFeeley and Factotum. 

The first exhibition opens tonight in the Douglas Hyde Gallery with Northern Irish artist, Conor McFeely.  Factotum, also from Northern Ireland, will show a film in March in Dublin and Derry.  Venues for this will be announced in due course.

The second exhibition runs from January 15 to February 15 in Void, Derry with Bea McMahon and Brendan Earley.  McMahon and Earley will then exhibit in the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin from March 13 to April 10 2008. 

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