'Between Worlds' Jennifer Cunningham - Babóro
Jennifer Cunningham | Ireland | Visual Art
The Galway Arts Centre and Babóro International Arts Festival for Children 2019 present "Between Worlds" a solo exhibition by Jennifer Cunningham.
Opening: Friday 11th October 2019 6pm by Paul Fahy, Artistic Director, Galway International Arts Festival
Artist's Talk for adults: Monday 14th October, 6pm - 7pm. No booking required
A playful exhibition of drawings, paintings and sculptures, complemented by a display of dioramas by children from Gaelscoil Iarfhlatha.
In Jennifer Cunningham's imaginative world, abandoned fairgrounds, defunct and derelict lots of land evoke the faded magic of childhood possibility. She is particularly interested in misplaced architecture and abandoned objects, confronting the viewer with the contrasting aesthetic of old and new. The landscapes–sometimes bare, desolate, and even forbidding–are less about representing real views as about reflecting her emotional response to the experience of the encounter. She is using the geography of the imagination’ as a starting point, looking at how a child’s imagination is a place of freedom and play, and a safe space to explore and understand the world around them.
She was particularly interested by Ian Maleneys book “Minor monuements" in particular the chapter ”Below” where he talks about building Dens and “the feeling of carving out a space of our own, away from the eyes and ears of our parents.”
“There’s a dual, interchangeable narrative running through her work: the dissolution of the physical fabric of the recreational landscape, and the psychological progression from the utopian magic of childhood imagination to a dawning awareness of change, loss, complication and limitations.” - Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times.
Ages: 6 YRS +
1st to 6th Class
Dates & Times
Sat 12 October - Sun 20 October
9.30am - 17.30pm weekdays / 12pm - 5pm weekends
Venue: Galway Arts Centre
Admission: Free. No booking required. Weekday exhibition tours available.
Jennifer Cunningham works with paint, printmaking, film, digital media and drawing. She exhibits both nationally and internationally, most recently with a solo show in the Festival Gallery as part of Galway International Arts Festival 2018. The show received over 30,000 visitors and a five star review in The Irish Times.
Jennifer has received several awards for her work including the Taylor Art Award and the Thomas Dammann Travel Award. She has undertaken residencies at the Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Dublin; the RHA School, Dublin; SIM, Iceland; Cill Rialaig, Co. Kerry; Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Co. Monaghan; and the Inishlacken Project, Connemara.
Jennifer runs her own Art School and teaches classes to children, adolescents and adults in drawing skills, oil and acrylic, printmaking and watercolour. She has taught courses in I.A.D.T, Dun Laoghaire since 2006 and has been a visiting guest lecturer at N.C.A.D and G.M.I.T.