The Arts Council has added 30 new artworks to its collection, bringing the total number of pieces in the collection to 1,230.
The artworks — a collection spanning video, sculpture, installation, painting, photography, and drawing — come from people living in communities across Ireland and abroad.
Artists with their work added include David Beattie, Myrid Carten, Brian Fay, Laura Fitzgerald, Ann Maria Healy, Austin Ivers, John Lalor, Leanne McDonagh, Kevin Mooney, Paul Nugent, Mandy O’Neill, Vera Ryklova, Rajinder Singh, Katie Watchorn, and Emma Wolf-Haugh.
The collection includes only works from the last six years, said to “reflect the immense quality of visual arts practice today,” in the Arts Council’s statement.
The pieces will go on exhibition over the rest of summer and coming autumn. The Loneliness of Being German, from Thomas Brezing and Vera Klute, will begin showcasing the Council’s collection. This starts on 8 July and finishes on 12 September 2021 at Limerick City Gallery of Art.
According to the Arts Council’s statement, “this two-person exhibition of new work by Thomas Brezing and Vera Klute will interrogate the issue of ‘identity’ and ask what creates a sense of belonging and how influential is the past?”
In Dublin, the Irish Museum of Modern Art will be showcasing more pieces in the vast collection. The Narrow Gate of Here-and-now IMMA: 30 Years of the Global Contemporary will be held from July 2021 to July 2022.
According to the Arts Council’s description, “the exhibition traces urgent themes across the 30-year period [since IMMA was founded] as they impact the personal, the political and the planetary, and prompts thinking about the effects of globalisation today in the Irish context.”
Both events stand to show the finest of contemporary art, as supported by the Arts Council. To find out more about the collection and exhibition, follow the link.