'Open Shutters' at Galway Arts Centre
Friday, 26th February - Sunday, 30th May
‘Open Shutters’ is a window installation featuring work by Galway based artists located within 5km of the building on Dominick Street. Galway Arts Centre will open the window shutters every day from 10am to 8pm to bring a little magic to the West End for passers-by, in what are hopefully the final weeks of the latest lockdown. Artwork has been selected in conjunction with fellow visual art organisations - Interface, Engage Art Studios and 126 Artist-Run Gallery & Studios – and will change every two weeks until Galway Arts Centre is able to open it's doors to the public again.
Artwork by Red Bird Youth Collective, made at the beginning of 2020 with artist Marielle MacLeman, featured in the window for the first two weeks, followed by the first solo artist to exhibit work as part of this window series, award-winning visual artist Maeve Curtis. Currently exhibiting is Peter Bradley, with Enda Burke following on
Galway Arts Centre is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and Galway City Council.
Red Bird Youth Collective and Marielle MacLeman, Exhibit from Islannaltenage (Friday, 26th February - Sunday, 14th March)
Red Bird Youth Collective is a visual art group for young people (aged 15 - 24) living in Galway city and county. They deliver large-scale youth-led projects in collaboration with professional artists.
The culmination of a process-based project, Islannaltenage explores the material trace of Nuns Island's industrial heritage amidst the plans for its regeneration. Through experimental processes and found materials, the group have articulated notions of placemaking and belonging, and how built and natural environments coexist within this urban space.
Maeve Curtis, Unamed (Monday, 15th March - Sunday, 28th March)
An award-winning visual artist, Maeve Curtis' work has been selected for numerous juried shows including the prestigious Columbia Threadneedle Prize, London, and the Pallas Periodical Review, Dublin.
The selected artwork is part of an ongoing meditation on the unseen and the unheard. It takes its cue from the practice of nineteenth century studio photography where a mother or guardian, covered entirely in a cloth, held a child still for a portrait.
Looking out from the window of a locked Galway Arts Centre, itself a nineteenth century building and once home to the Gregory family, Unnamed poses the question – who is carrying the burden of this pandemic and who, in these times, are unseen and unheard.
Peter Bradley (Monday, 29th March - Sunday, 11th April)
Since graduating from Limerick School of Art and Design in 2014 with a first class honours BA in Painting, Bradley has exhibited work in group shows with The Royal Hibernian Academy, The Royal Ulster Academy, The Hermione Annual Exhibition, and was shortlisted for the Hennessy Portrait prize in 2016 and Zurich Portrait Prize in 2018. He has been awarded the Tyrone Guthrie Residency Award by the Galway City Council in 2017, and the R.C. lewis Crosby Award for Painting in 2013. Bradley lives and works in Galway City.
Identity, gender, sex, and sexuality are prevalent themes in the work of painter Peter Bradley. Having had an obsession with Identity and gender from a young age, Bradley’s investigation is driven by the artifice of social constructionism and is inspired by those individuals who do not feel constrained by outdated ideas of what is acceptable or expected of them. His paintings are an analysis of identity presentation between and beyond the gender binary and a celebration of self-expression.
Enda Burke (Monday, 12th April - Sunday, 25th April)
Biography and artist statement upcoming...