The Irish Tour of Ireland at Venice took place in three venues
throughout Ireland in Spring 2023. The exhibitions and events programme presented
an expanded view of Niamh O'Malley's Gather exhibition,
including existing works, new commissioned sculpture and moving image, and
special guest speakers. The Irish tour of Ireland at Venice is supported by the Arts Council as
part of its commitment to promote the visual arts to Irish audiences.
The Model, Sligo, February
3 - April 9, 2023
Gather, Sligo, unfolding in a
new form over 5 beautiful rooms in The Model, Sligo. Works from Ireland at
Venice are brought into an expanded dialogue with a larger selection of
O’Malley’s recent artworks. This substantial exhibition also revealed and
considered the influence of the west of Ireland on her work.
Temple Bar Gallery
+ Studios, Dublin, March 2 - April 30, 2023
Gather, Dublin, foregrounds
O’Malley’s studio practice, encapsulating both the conception and making of the
work in her studio in TBG+S and its ultimate realisation in the Irish Pavilion
and now in the gallery in Dublin. This exhibition, which included several new
works, was both lure and demand, for touch, encounter, and occupancy. It asks
what it means to engage in the material practice of making art at this time and
in this room.
Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, March 11, 2023
Gather, Mayo brought
together parallel creative voices, in language and film, who produced work
alongside Niamh O’Malley’s exhibition Gather which represented Ireland at the
59th La Biennale Arte di Venezia, 2022. Featuring readings by acclaimed writers
Eimear McBride and Brian Dillon who contributed texts to the book Gather as
well as in-conversations with Niamh O’Malley and the curatorial team of
Clíodhna Shaffrey and Michael Hill. Conversations were mediated by Kate Strain
of Kunstverein Aughrim. Accompanying film screenings included those by artist,
Jenny Brady whose film Gather follows O’Malley’s through the making of her
Venice exhibition and Ross Kavanagh’s film, which documents Gather at Venice.
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios supports the development of artists and
creation of art. The Ireland at Venice Curatorial Team comprises Clíodhna
Shaffrey, Director, and Michael Hill, Programme Curator.
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Artist Jesse Jones and Curator Tessa Giblin represented Ireland at the 57th Venice Art Biennale presenting the exhibition Tremble Tremble. As part of the National tour Tremble Tremble sequentially went on to be exhibited at the Project
Arts Centre, Dublin.
Artist Sean Lynch represented Ireland at the 56th International Art Exhibition with a work entitled Adventure: Capital. Adventure: Capital toured across Ireland during 2016, with presentations at Limerick City Gallery of Art; The Model, Sligo;
and Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
Artist Richard Mosse represented Ireland with The Enclave, a multi-media installation at the 55th International Art Exhibition. The commissioner and curator was Anna O’Sullivan, Director of the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland. Exhibition Partners included
Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin.
Artist Corban Walker represented Ireland at the 54th International Art Exhibition. The commissioner was Emily-Jane Kirwan and curator Eamonn Maxwell. Exhibition Partners included Crawford College of Art and Design, Lismore Castle Arts, the Pace Gallery
and the American Ireland Fund.
Artists Sarah Browne, Gareth Kennedy, Kennedy Browne represented Ireland at the 53rd International Art Exhibition. The commissioner/curator was Caoimhín Corrigan and exhibition partners included the Office of Public Works, Farmleigh Gallery, National
College of Art and Design, The Dock, Centre Culturel Irlandais and Leitrim County Council.
Selected works by Gerard Byrne represented Ireland at the 52nd International Art Exhibition. The commissioner was Mike Fitzpatrick with the exhibition partners including the Office of Public Works, Farmleigh Gallery, Murray O Laoire Architects, DHL Ireland,
Limerick City Council, IADT, Green on Red Gallery, Carr Associates, Embassy of Ireland [Rome], British Council [Ireland], Lisson Gallery [London] and Fingal County Council.
Artists - Stephen Brandes, Mark Garry, Ronan McCrea, Isabel Nolan, Sarah Pierce, Walker and Walker - represented Ireland at the 51st International Art Exhibition. The commissioner was Sarah Glennie and exhibition partners included the Lewis Glucksman
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