Leanne McDonagh | Kathleen
| 2017 | Pigment on Copper House Photo Rag | 55.8 x 76 cm
For Culture night 2022 the Arts Council will
maintain its proud tradition of showcasing a selection of works recently added
to its extensive Visual Art Collection.
This year we are delighted to once again
welcome audiences to share these works in person at the Arts Council’s
buildings in Dublin as part of Culture night.
Works by many of Irelands most distinguished
and celebrated artists will be shown on the night including recently acquired
pieces by: Helen Blake, Vivienne Dick, Eleanor Duffin, Paul Hallahan, Andreas Kindler
Von Knobloch, Vera Klute, Colm Mac Athlaoich, Leanne McDonagh, Rajinder Singh,
Kathy Tynan, Suzanne Walsh and Marcel Vidal.
The works on show from the Collection
showcase the Arts Councils ongoing commitment to purchasing excellent and
ambitious works of art which reflect the amazing standard of contemporary Irish
visual arts practice and which both engage with and represent Ireland today.
In addition to the artworks on display in
Merrion Square on the night the Arts Council Collection can also be seen
throughout the country as part of ongoing exhibitions and long term display in
public buildings such as hospitals, universities and schools.
For those who won’t be able to visit in
person on the night we are sharing some insight on each of the artist and
artworks which will be on display:
‘Kathleen’ is part of a
larger body of work, ‘Accommodate vs Assimilate’, made by artist Leanne
McDonagh in response to the Carrickmines tragedy of October 2015, when a fire
broke out at a halting site in South County Dublin, claiming the lives of ten
people, including a young pregnant mother.
“Traveller accommodation had long been something
that was swept under the carpet by those who have the power and ability to make
changes for the better. However, it was the aftermath that followed
Carrickmines that was the turning point for me, and I created this body of work
to try and create awareness around the wider issues of accommodation within the
community.” – Leanne McDonagh
Leanne McDonagh is a Traveller woman born in
1990 and the fifth child of ten children. At school, she excelled at art and was
strongly encouraged by her teachers to fulfil her potential. McDonagh began
practicing art at Crawford College of Art & Design in 2007 and five years
later she graduated with an Honours Degree in Fine Art, as well as a Higher
Diploma in Art & Design Education. As a visual artist, she feels she has a
unique opportunity to represent and record her community from within’
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 almost 1,300 paintings, sculptures and
other works are on display in public spaces all over Ireland for people to
experience and enjoy first hand.
Explore the Collection and more on
our website here.