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By: The Sculptors' Society Of Ireland  05/12/2011
Keywords: art, artists, exhibitions

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Submitted on December 1, 2011 – 4:44 pm

Alan James Burns – Recipient of The Red Stables Irish Artists’ Residential Studio Award 2011-2012

Dublin City Council Arts Office is delighted to welcome, Alan James Burns to the Red Stables. Alan is the recipient of the Irish Artists’ Residential Studio Award, 2011-2012, in The Red Stables, St Anne’s Park, Dublin 3.

The Irish Artists’ Residential Studio Award is intended to support an emerging visual artist at a crucial stage of their professional practice and includes studio and living accommodation at nominal rent and inclusion in exhibition programme at The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1. Alan James Burns will use the coming year to research, develop and produce a new body of work that investigates differences in physical and behavioural traits. He will conduct experiments and make observations on the ability to act, think and feel autonomously.

Alan James Burns is a video, installation, performance artist based in Dublin. He received a BA in Fine Art, from Dublin Institute of Technology, 2008. Solo exhibitions include ‘Till the Cows Come Home’, Cavan County Museum, 2011 and ‘To Walk in a State of Finality than in one of Impermance’, Exchange Gallery, 2010. Forthcoming exhibitions include Claremorris Open, Claremorris, Co Mayo and ‘Gracelands’, Co. Leitrim, 2011.

Submitted on December 1, 2011 – 4:09 pm

Statement by Olive Braiden, Chair of the Board of Governors of the National Gallery: “I am delighted to announce that Sean Rainbird, the Director of Staatsgalerie of Stuttgart, Germany, will be our new Director of the National Gallery of Ireland, succeeding Raymond Keaveney who is retiring. Mr Rainbird has an impressive track record. Since 2006, he has been Director of the Staatsgalerie which is well known for its celebrated extension by James Stirling. The Gallery has 220 staff and 8,500 square metres of space, as well as 12,000 friends, the second highest in Germany. The National Gallery of Ireland has 120 staff and 16,000 square metres of space. The German gallery’s collection spans the period 1280 to the present. It has excellent holdings of medieval Swabian, Italian baroque, Dutch golden age, classic modern and contemporary art. It also holds several renowned archives.

Prior to being a Director in Germany, Mr Rainbird was Curator/Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Tate Gallery, London from 1987 until 2006. He is a Trustee of the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust, a member of the Kuratorium of the Bucerius Kunst Forum, is a former acquisition advisor to the Verbund collection, Vienna and to Southampton City Art Gallery and a former advisory board member of the Nuremburg Art Academy and Committee Member of the Contemporary Art Society.

Jimmy Deenihan TD, the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht welcomes the appointment of Mr Sean Rainbird, and looks forward to working with him as he builds on the significant achievements of his predecessor, Mr Raymond Keaveney, whom he wishes well in his upcoming retirement after 23 years of exemplary service. Mr Rainbird will start as Director of the National Gallery of Ireland in the first half of 2012.

The National Gallery of Ireland is pleased to have attracted Sean from Germany to Ireland to be our new Director. He has an outstanding track record and has much experience as a curator, as a director, in exhibition programmes, in digitising collections, in overseeing building projects, in fundraising and organisational change, all important skills in these times. I look forward to working with him.”

Statement by Sean Rainbird:
“I am honoured to be appointed as the next Director of the National Gallery of Ireland by the Board of Governors and Guardians. During this period of rebuilding and transition there will be many challenges ahead in these uncertain times. I look forward to working in this great institution, building upon the expertise and experience of the Gallery’s excellent staff and many supporters.”

Submitted on November 30, 2011 – 1:07 pm

Wednesday 30th November, 2011: An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD accompanied by Jimmy Deenihan TD Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, today launched the online Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 exhibition on the website of the National Archives, Bishop Street, Dublin 8

The Anglo-Irish Treaty, signed in the aftermath of the truce which ended the War of Independence (1919–1921) was regarded by signatory Michael Collins as a stepping stone to freedom. The Treaty was acquired by the National Archives of Ireland from the Department of the Taoiseach in 2002 and has never before been made available for public consultation, either in its original form or online.

The Treaty document that forms the centerpiece of this exhibition is completely unique in that it is the original Irish document. Additional documents will be released on-line, on a daily basis culminating in the Treaty signing of Tuesday 6th December, 1921 mirroring events which took place 90 years ago.

The exhibition also includes footage from British Pathé newsclip of the delegations outside of Buckingham Palace.

Submitted on November 29, 2011 – 4:51 pm

Location: RHA Gallery, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2
Launch: Wednesday 7 December 5 – 7pm, All Welcome

Irish Design Shop is moving into the RHA! Following the unprecedented success of the RHA Pop UP Shop during 2011, the Irish Design Shop will be taking up residency in the RHA, launching Wednesday 7 December, 5 – 7pm.

Irish Design Shop launched as an on-line craft and design store in November 2008. Shortly after, in February 2009, they opened their first permanent shop on Bow Lane East, Dublin 2. Specialising in solely Irish designed and made products, they have grown from strength to strength and are now opening their second shop, here in the RHA gallery. The shop intends to act as a gift shop for the RHA, selling gallery publications, as well as a special selection of exciting Irish designed and made products.

Open 7 days a week, you will find wooden lamps with Aran inserts by Cillian Johnston, lampshades and textiles by Sinead Mitchell, laser cut decorations and cards by Snowed, a range of Irish inspired notebooks by Ursula Celano, stationary by Keep Sketch and limited edition books and prints by The Project Twins subject being the A-Z of difficult words. Discover new work by designers you may already know; Jenny Walsh, Product/furniture designer has just developed a range of clocks called ‘time flies’ in laser cut wood.
Andrew Ludicks hand built and decorated ceramics compliment Derek Wilsons porcelain ware. Quercus, a Cork based company who make bird feeders in native oak will sit alongside chopping boards by Little Hill. See Jennifer Slattery’s embroidered Irish linen and work by Placed, a Belfast company who make tea towels, prints and stationary and you will also find 3D printed jewellery by Theresa Burger.

Irish Design Shop will offer a 10% discount to Friends of the RHA, throughout the year.

Submitted on November 29, 2011 – 3:26 pm

eva International (formerly ev+a) has announced that the 2012 biennial will be curated by Annie Fletcher, Curator of Exhibitions at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, and tutor at De Appel, Amsterdam.

Annie said of her appointment: “Everywhere we look and everything we read right now seems to tell us we are at a new juncture. We are at an unprecedented moment of change – whether teetering on the precipice of financial ruin, or witnessing extraordinary new articulations of protest. This year eva International will attempt to tap into this feeling of imminence by understanding how artists define and explain the status quo in relation to global events. What are we on the verge of? How do artists envisage what is to come and what is to be done?”

Founded in 1977, eva International is an artist-centred biennial of visual art that works with acclaimed guest curators to present innovative exhibitions across the city of Limerick, Ireland. Artists’ projects are selected through an international open call for proposals and exhibitions take place in both gallery and non-gallery spaces.

Woodrow Kernohan, Director of eva International said, “eva International is delighted that Annie Fletcher will be the Curator for the 35th edition of Ireland’s biennial of visual art in 2012. We are looking forward to working with her to create an exciting programme of exhibitions and associated events that will animate the city and forge links across Limerick and beyond.”

eva International, Biennial of Visual Art,  will take place in Limerick city from from 19 May–12 August 2012

eva International is supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, Limerick City Council, Limerick City Gallery of Art and in partnership with Visual Artists Ireland.

Submitted on November 29, 2011 – 11:44 am

Submitted on November 28, 2011 – 5:10 pm

Visual Artists Ireland’s next clinic will take place in Jury’s Inn, Great Victoria St, Belfast on Friday, December 16th 2011 at 1pm.

We understand the time pressures that you face in your working day. At the same time we all need to keep up-to-date with the hot topics that affect us. That’s why we would like to invite you to join us for lunch, and find out about new services and opportunities that include:

  • The announcement of new partnerships that expand our support services;
  • A new international studio exchange programme;
  • New equipment hire services;
  • A new residency award programme;
  • as well as a new website that is dedicated to the needs of visual artists in Northern Ireland.

This lunchtime event will include a light lunch and will allow time for you to meet fellow artists as well as staff of VAI who will be there to answer your questions.

We ask that you RSVP so that we can make sure that we have enough food.

We are already planning our January clinic, which will include presentations on new insurance provision and also our 2012 professional development programme.

Submitted on November 10, 2011 – 5:03 pm

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, TD, has announced that, following its success as the main venue for Dublin Contemporary 2011, the exhibition space at Earlsfort Terrace will be made available to the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) in 2012 during the closure of the main building at Kilmainham.

“I am delighted at the warm public response to DC11”, the Minister said. “In addition to producing a lively debate on the nature and scope of contemporary art, it highlighted the degree to which the work of Irish artists can more than hold its own in an international context, while at the same time creating many valuable links with artists and curators worldwide.”

The Minister went on to say that the project had also led to the rediscovery of the hidden treasure that is the former UCD buildings in Earlsfort Terrace. “I am determined that these buildings should remain available for use by the arts community and I am sure that they will provide an ideal alternative space for IMMA during the closure of its main building at the Royal Hospital. Judging by the outstanding exhibitions which IMMA has brought us over the past few years, I’m confident that we can look forward to an exciting programme in Earlsfort Terrace in 2012 and that this city centre location will draw many new visitors to the museum to experience its always innovative and stimulating work.”

The closure of the main building at IMMA, from 1 November 2011 to 31 December 2012, is due to essential and extensive refurbishment works. However, during this time exhibitions will continue in the New Galleries, beginning on 16 November with a major mid-career survey of the work of the leading Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander, entitled A Day Like Any Other. In addition, the Artists’ Residency Programme will continue on site during the closure, the café and bookshop will remain open to visitors and three sculpture trails will be available in the grounds. IMMA’s successful National Programme will continue as normal in venues around Ireland, North and South.

Submitted on November 9, 2011 – 10:23 am

Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts in social and community contexts has announced the appointment of a new Director / Chief Executive, Patrick Fox.

For the last four years, Patrick Fox has been the Programme Manager at FACT (Foundation for Art & Creative Technology) in Liverpool with key responsibility for Collaboration and Engagement. Patrick has been running their successful Community Programme and as part of FACT’ s core work he directed the community, health, innovation, social media, youth and education programmes. Amongst his many programme responsibilities, he was also instrumental in developing social media and digital citizenship strategies. During his time at FACT, he also commissioned leading UK and international artists and represented the organisation internationally. Patrick has been key to developing an Arts & Health strategy for FACT, with a dynamic off-site programme, and key cross sectoral partnerships within the health, social housing and regeneration sectors.

Born in Dublin, Patrick graduated from Dublin City University with a BSC in Multimedia and holds a Masters in Cultural Leadership from Liverpool John Moores University.

Patrick is also a member of the board of Axis, the UK online resource for contemporary arts.

Submitted on November 8, 2011 – 11:56 am

The public art programme is funded by Armagh City and District Council, The Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Department for Social Development.

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