Monday, 15 August 2011

First Experience Curating

This was my first experience curating a group exhibition. Occupied was the title of the exhibition and it took place in a vacant building in Mountrath, Co. Laois during the Whitehorse Festival. The show contained the work of 10 Laois based artists, Conor Brennan, James Byrne, Jackie Carter, Marie Dollard, Pat Fitzpatrick, Pascal Kenna, Jock Nichol, Edel O'Keeffe, Liam Phelan and myself.

The opening was at 6:30pm, on the 21st of July, by Assistant Laois Arts Officer Bridie Keenan. The exhibition was a huge success, there were about 60-70 guests at the opening and we took in a further 58 over the 4 day duration. Locals were very happy with the show as it was a new addition to the festival and a few of us even got commissions out of it.

I got in contact with some members of the festival committee in April 2011 and from there worked with them in organizing the festival. Through working with them I was given permission to use a vacant building to hold an exhibition for the festival. So after receiving this good news I selected 9 other artists in the county, made some alterations to the building with mgf sheets and installed the show. I would like to say a massive thank you to all the artist who submitted their work to be on display in the exhibition and another massive thanks to my father  who helped me to put up all 20 sheets of mdf to act as the walls.

I would Like to say a big, big thanks to Bridie Keenan for helping me to get in contact with the Festival Committee and for opening the exhibition, the Festival Committee themselves for all of the help and support and a massive thanks to Eddie Kirwan who owns the building and offered it to us as a space rent free.

The Poster

My camera battery ran out as the people were arriving so I didn't get pictures of the place when it was packed. I hoping to get some of them off of a friend.

 Vacant bookshop to art gallery

 Jock Nichol

Jackie Carter

Pat Fitzpatrick

Edel O'Keeffe

Liam Phelan

 Pascal Kenna

 Marie Dollard

 James Byrne

 Conor Brennan

 Primary School's Whitehorse Festival Logo Competition

My Work

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