Woman in the machine – Visual, Carlow. From June 4th
Woman in the Machine, co-created by VISUAL and Carlow Arts Festival, will unfold through film, exhibitions, sound works, light installations, digital native events, a 360 virtual exhibition space, performances, talks and community engagement projects created in response to Carlow’s landmark former Braun site, and inspired by the film about female pioneers in sound Sisters With Transistors by Lisa Rovner and women working at the intersections of art, science and digital media.
Woman in the Machine is part of Carlow Arts Festival 2021, VISUAL’s Summer Programme and presented as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council.
Featuring works from the Arts Council Collection by Lucy Andrews / Rhona Byrne / Maria Farrington / Niamh McCann / Maria McKinney / Helen McMahon / Margaret O'Brien / Fiona Reilly / Lorraine Tuck
Sculptors at Work - F.E.McWilliam Gallery & Studio, Banbridge. Open May
When Anne-Katrin Purkiss photographed F.E. McWilliam in London in 1989, neither could have envisaged that, more than 30 years later, the image would hang in a museum dedicated to the sculptor in his birthplace, Banbridge, County Down. In the years since that serendipitous meeting, Anne-Katrin Purkiss has photographed dozens of sculptors, often in their studios. Sculptors at Work includes a selection of 40 of these portraits. Some, like Elisabeth Frink, are engaged in the physical act of making. Others, including Irish artist Eva Rothschild, appear to wait patiently for the process to be over so that they can get back to work. The artists included represent the diversity of contemporary sculpture, which is no longer limited by materials, permanence, gender or ethnicity. A selection of work by artists including Elizabeth Frink, Kenneth Armitage, Tim Shaw, Eva Rothschild, Geoffrey Clarke and Rana Begum, loaned by public and private collections, will be exhibited alongside the portraits reminding us that the origins of these images are in the act of making.
Featuring the artwork Trophy by Eva Rothschild from the Arts Council Collection.
Agitation Co-op – Temple Bar Gallery & Studio 11 May – 10 July 2021
Agitation Co-op is an exhibition at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios that investigates the subject of landscape from a range of vantage points; not only social and political ideologies but also, mapping and topography. The exhibition includes artworks by Michele Horrigan, Catriona Leahy, Laurie Robins, and Libita Sibungu. It is accompanied by an online screening programme highlighting films by Forensic Architecture, Melanie Smith, and Eva Richardson McCrea, Frank Sweeney and the Dublin Dockworkers Preservation Society.
Featuring artwork Made Ground from the Arts Council Collection by Eva Richardson McCrea, Frank Sweeney and the Dublin Dockworkers Preservation Society.
These exhibitions represent one of the Arts Council’s key priorities of supporting public engagement with the arts set out in its 10 year strategy Making Great Art Work: Leading the Development of the Arts.
Over the coming years, the Arts Council Collection is committed to further expanding its programme of exhibitions, loans and partnerships aimed at facilitating the public across the country to experience and engage with the works first hand.
New Arts Council Collection acquisitions – 2021
The Arts Council continues to celebrate and support the excellence of contemporary Visual art practice through its acquisitions and we will shortly be announcing confirmation of the latest works to be added to the Collection via our website and social media.