A Bounce Borrowed brings together five artists, each bringing fresh and distinct approaches to their art making. They are collectively motivated by an interest in the play and interplay of materials. The works are also an expression of the artists familiarity and confidence in how materials and ideas might coalesce. The title of the exhibition is a reference to joy and attempts to evoke the special kind of energy that can happen
The Dock, Carrick on Shannon, 04 February - 25 March
A Bounce Borrowed brings together five artists, each bringing fresh and distinct approaches to their art making. They are collectively motivated by an interest in the play and interplay of materials. The works are also an expression of the artists familiarity and confidence in how materials and ideas might coalesce. The title of the exhibition is a reference to joy and attempts to evoke the special kind of energy that can happen within a group exhibition. It also references a shared interest in play and delight that can be found in the conversations that might emerge in bringing together works from such diverse approaches to making art and the pleasure and consequent energy that can be encountered.
So “the bounce” can be a dialogue between works, or between the five artists or can be found within the viewers experience in the galleries. The exhibition celebrates the human nature of creativity. And creativity as a form of receiving and giving. The exhibition also nods to the knowledge and skill of the artist and how they have developed in this play an understanding and command of materials. Tools real and imaginary, varnish, balloons, constructions, drawing, paper, shadows and digital life all make an appearance in the exhibition. This exhibition is the second in a series which bring together artists who are at varying stages of their artistic development and careers. They are Felicity Clear, Richard Forrest, Helen Hughes, John O’ Kane & Jane Rainey.
GALLERY 1, GALLERY 2, GALLERY 3, OFF-SITE
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5 - 20 November, Galway
TULCA 2016, entitled ‘The Headless City’, asks two questions: What’s gone wrong with our cities? And what are we going to do about it? Festival curator Daniel Jewesbury says, “There’s so much that’s uncertain about the future of our cities, and the artists in The Headless City have approached the theme with great openness – they want to help us form questions and work out how we feel about our own future, not give us any easy answers”.
The Headless City is not a single concept: it will show different ways of considering the potential of the city. The city is dying. Even as more and more of us live in cities, and are dependent on them for our livelihoods, they ceasing to function. Big cities, the playgrounds of property speculators and wealth managers, are too expensive for all but the very rich. Elsewhere, the productive urban economy has long since disappeared, and the city has become an anonymous brand, competing with other almost identical brands for the same round of sporting and cultural spectacles, striving to assert a distinctiveness that is the same as everyone else’s. The city is its own post – urban museum, a museum to the memory of the city.
Sol Archer | Miranda Blennerhassett | Rick Buckley | Jane Butler | Rachael Campbell-Palmer | Conlon O’Reilly Ross | Liam Crichton | Sinead Curran | Adrian Duncan | Ian Hamilton Finlay with Leslie Edge | Sorsha Galvin | Helena Hamilton | Michelle Hannah | Anna Homburg | Helen Horgan | Helen Hughes | Patrick Jolley | Loitering Theatre | Julie Merriman | James Moran | Doireann Ní Grioghair | Aisling O’Beirn | Mark Orange | Martina O’Brien | Dave Madigan & Méadhbh O’Connor | Úna Quigley | Jane Rainey | Fred Robeson | Martin Sharry | Mhairi Sutherland | Two Ruins (Jim Colquhoun / Steve Hollingsworth) | Diane Vincent | Lee Welch | Tony White | Art / not art (Dobz O’Brien /Dr. Fergal Gaynor)
Other events: Screening of Aaaaaaaah!, feature film directed by Steve Oram, UK 2015, 79 minutes, starring Steve Oram, Toyah Willcox, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Noel Fielding | Public Lecture by Angus Cameron.
More info: Tulcafestival.com
The RDS has been supporting emerging Irish artists since 1860 with the RDS Visual Art Awards being the most recent manifestation. Taking place annually it supports graduating visual artists make the transition to a professional career. There is a €20,000 prize fund, as well as a professional curated exhibition that brings together the best work from art colleges all over Ireland that year.