This lasted until dawn…
A group exhibition of paintings from the Collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art at Wexford County Council.
21 May – 31 July 2015
You are invited to an exhibition reception and talk on Thursday 2 July at 1pm with speaker Johanne Mullan, National Programmer – Irish Museum of Modern Art.
The Arts Department of Wexford County Council in partnership with Wexford Arts Centre and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) are very pleased to host an exhibition of celebrated contemporary Irish paintings this summer. This lasted until dawn… features the work of many notable Irish painters including Basil Blackshaw, Oliver Comerford, Barrie Cooke, Diana Copperwhite, William Crozier, Elizabeth Magill, Michael Mulcahy and Hughie O’Donoghue. The exhibition will be situated in the County Buildings, and along with a series of talks and workshops in Wexford’s public libraries, are definitely events to mark in your cultural calendar.
The title of the exhibition, This lasted until dawn…, is taken from 13th century Icelandic mythology relating to the Battle of Clontarf. This legend which influenced the work of artist Hughie O’Donoghue, also connects to an important aspect of this selection of contemporary work; a sense of heightened human experience. It highlights the intense emotional charge and energy that subtly links this collection of paintings.
This lasted until dawn… explores the language of painting and the nature of perceptual experience. It links to our individual experiences of the world, including memory, personal awareness and how we process information. Each painting questions our perception of place, space and human physicality. This is reinforced by the large scale of the work, which complements the County Buildings, and has the potential to question the relationship between man, nature and the elemental world. Visceral physicality is a connecting force between the works, offering an alternate experience of this world through the personal style of each artist. Whether this is the burning intensity of Hughie O’Donoghue’s work or the secluded pathos of Elizabeth Magill; this exhibition creates a sensory activating, thought provoking display of prominent Irish work.
As custodians of the National Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, IMMA’s Collection firmly represents current visual art practices and concerns, national and international; frequently updated with important and relevant new work. Through the purchase, commission, donation and loan of notable work, it is a crucial resource to contemporary visual art in Ireland. The summer exhibition in the County Buildings is made possible through the generous support and loan of work from this essential Collection. IMMA’s National Programme, now in its fifteenth year, is designed to promote the widest possible involvement with the Museum’s Collection and programmes, through creating access opportunities to the visual arts in a variety of situations and locations in Ireland.
Wexford County Council Opening Hours: Monday – Friday, 9.00a.m. – 5.00p.m.
Admission to the exhibition and workshops are free of charge.
To coincide with this incredible exhibition, a series of workshops in Wexford’s public libraries will take place through the summer months. These interactive workshops will encourage the public to visit the show in the county building, while also promoting a better understanding of and interaction with the work displayed. These talks and workshops will further highlight the practises and processes of professional artists working in Ireland today. Through these workshops, form, colour, texture and themes associated with the exhibition will be explored connecting the public with contemporary Irish art.
In response to the IMMA collection, the workshops will encourage participants to think about how they see their immediate space/area. Through the varied use of materials, the workshops will allow those taking part to highlight what they like and perhaps dislike about their area through the use of texture, colour and form. This could be visually abstract, but like many of the paintings featured in the show, it could connect to the environment in a sensory and emotive way.
New Ross Library: Tuesday 21st July at 7pm
Dr. Alice Planel will present a talk on modern Irish paintings touching upon many of the artists included in the exhibition. Dr. Panel holds a PhD in Franco-Algerian Contemporary Art and is currently Deputy Editor of the Fine Art Journal Middle East.
Wexford Town Library: Wednesday 10th June, 11am-12pm and Wednesday 8th July at 2pm
Bunclody Library: Thursday 11th June, 9.45am-10.45am and Wednesday 8th July at 11am
New Ross Library: Thursday 11th June, 12pm-1pm
Gorey Library: Wednesday 10th June at 2pm and Wednesday 7th July at 11am-12pm
Enniscorthy Library: Wednesday 7th July at 2pm-3pm
For further details or to book a place on the workshops please contact the following library branches:
Bunclody Library 053 9375466; Enniscorthy Library 053 9236055; Gorey Library 053 9421481; New Ross Library 052 421877; Wexford Library 053 9196760
For further information on the exhibition please contact Philip Knight, Assistant Staff Officer, The Arts Department, Wexford County Council, Carricklawn, Wexford on 053 9196369 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.