Galway Arts Centre will open ‘Now and Everything in Between’ this Friday 1st august at 6pm in Gallery 1. The exhibition focuses on the figure and has new works by David Booth, Nicki Cheevers, Fiona Finnegan, Paraic Leahy, Paul MacCormaic and Eleanor McCaughey. The exhibition is curated by Nexus Arts, a curatorial collective4 based in Co. Louth. Nexus were awarded the Curator-in-residenc award by the Arts Council last year and this year received a touring and dissemination award to bring this exhibition to Galway.The exhibition was previously shown in Droichead Arts Centre.
In recent times, the curatorial team of Nexus Arts has facilitated ‘The Sleep Concert’ by a renowned sonic adventurer, a large scale mural by a media shy Italian, a retrospective exhibition by an anarchist punk and a bespoke upside down bouncy castle by a young up and coming artist. Yet this exhibition, based on the human figure and seemingly a simple idea, has been the most challenging for them as a team. Where does one start with the human figure? Its representation in the history of art is a complex one. Memory, life, death, time, fact and fiction; it is all there and it is all part of the human condition. Painting, performance, sculpture and drawing. Where does one start, where does one end? After numerous late nights and many a cul de sac, Nexus came to a single point:
How much of you is defined by other people?
Now & Everything in Between showcases work by six artists who ask this question, and provide possible answers, idea in varying ways: the vulnerability in David Booth’s work; the seemingly simple photographs of Nicki Cheevers; the brooding quality of Fiona Finnegan’s paintings; the humorous but astute paintings of Paul MacCormaic; the morphed portraits of Paraic Leahy and the fragile doll portraits of Eleanor Mc Caughey.
NeXus Arts is very excited by these artists as we believe their work opens up the opportunity to delve into and explore the nooks and crannies of the human condition from a different angle.
This exhibition runs alongside ‘The Amulet’ by Marie Brett in Gallery 2 until August 29th. Nicki Cheevers will give a talk on the exhibition on Saturday 2nd August at 1pm.
The Amulet Exhibition Tour: Exploring the Hidden World of Infant Loss with Artist Marie Brett
Galway launch and discussion event 1 August 2014
The Amulet Exhibition Tour opens at Galway Arts Centre on 1 August 2014. Particular to infant loss, this poetic artwork links photographs of family amulets together with bereaved parents’ whispered stories describing their amulet’s meaning. The exhibition stems from The Amulet project (2009-2013), a collaboration between artist Marie Brett, bereaved parents, and three hospital sites: Cork University Maternity Hospital, University Maternity Hospital Limerick, and Waterford Regional Hospital. Intimate and universally relatable, you’ll feel and think differently about loss after seeing this show.
Date: Friday 1 August 2014
Venue: Árus Na Gael, 45Dominick Street Lower, Galway
The artist Marie Brett will join bereaved parents with curators Maeve Mulrennan and Margaret Flannery; Dr. Jenny Butler of UCC Folklore & Ethnology Department; Jane Whiriskey, Assistant Director of Midwifery at Galway University Hospitals; Anne McKeown, Bereavement Liaison Officer at Galway University Hospitals; and Dr. Sarah-Anne Buckley of NUIG History Department in a discussion chaired by Ann O’Connor from The Arts Council
To enable viewing of the artwork prior to the panel discussion, the exhibition will be open on Friday 1 August from 2pm - 4pm at Galway Arts Centre.
This event is free and all are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
Date: Friday 1 August 2014
Venue: Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street Lower, Galway
Guest Speakers: Sarah Searson, GMIT Centre for Creative Arts,and MairieCregan, Féileacáin
The exhibition runs Friday 1 – Friday 29 August, 2014 at Galway Arts Centre
Open Mon - Fri 10am - 5.30pm and Sat 10am – 2pm
The Amulet exhibition tour is funded through The Arts Council Touring and Dissemination of Work Award 2014
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