Four new exhibitions showcasing visual of art from the Arts Council Collection are taking place this month, giving people across the country the opportunity to see work by some of the country’s best artists.
The exhibitions are free and open to the public in Boyle, Co Roscommon; Dublin; Galway; and Cootehill , Co Cavan. Each has been carefully curated using pieces from the Arts Council’s collection of almost 1,100 works of modern and contemporary Irish art.
• Collective View, King House, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. 17 May - 19 June
• Shaping Ireland: Landscapes in Irish Art, National Gallery of Ireland 13 April – 7 July
• The Precariat - Ursula Burke, Galway Arts Centre, Galway 31st May – 6th July
• Cootehill Arts Festival, Cavan. 26 June - 7 July
Arts Council Director Orlaith McBride said the public engagement was one of the priorities in the agency’s 10-year strategy, Making Great Art Work: “These exhibitions are important to us, because they mean that more and more people can engage with great art. Over the coming years, the Arts Council Collection will continue to grow, and we will further expand our programme of exhibitions, loans and partnerships.”
The collection began in 1962 and is now one of the most important in Ireland. Because the Arts Council aimed to support artists as well as engage the public, all of the pieces were collected while the artists were still alive and working. Most of the work can also be seen online, at http://artscouncil.emuseum.com/.
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