MAKing Art: The DRAWing Exhibition
Heartscapes: Drawings by Sharon Kelly
Ground Floor Gallery
Works from the The National Collection of Contemporary Drawing (NCCD), Limerick City Gallery of Art
First Floor Gallery
MAKing Art is the first of a series of exhibitions (2018-2022) aimed at children, young people and the child in us all, which explores a particular visual art discipline, its materials, processes and varied manifestations. Drawing is the focus of the first exhibition in this series. It reveals aspects of drawing as primary means of human expression. It consists of two complementary elements: works by Sharon Kelly, a distinguished Belfast-based artist, who uses drawing as the main form of her practice; and a selection of images from the National Collection of Contemporary Drawing (NCCD), presented in collaboration with Limerick City Gallery of Art. In addition, Draíocht will commission a new drawing from Sharon Kelly informed by her engagement with the people of Dublin 15 through her artist’s residency and open studio. A specially designed programme of engagement will include family workshops, a school-based drawing residency and bespoke tours and talks. All of these elements are designed to offer a rich experience of various aspects of drawing.
Sharon Kelly is a visual artist whose practice centres on drawing and includes moving image, print and sound. The work explores themes relating to the human condition – contemplations on life, loss, healing, memory. Sharon’s work is held in public and private collections in Ireland, Britain, USA and The Netherlands. Alongside her studio-based practice, she has undertaken many residencies, site-specific projects in hospitals, collaborative projects with poets, dancers and choreographers and exploratory multimedia project in the field of education most notably with Kid’s Own Initiative, Virtually There. Sharon is a graduate of University of Ulster holding a BA and an MFA in Fine Art. She was co-founder of Paragon Studios/PS2 where she was co-director from 1993-2016 and where she continues to have her studio. Sharon is a full member of Royal Ulster Academy of Art.
The National Collection of Contemporary Drawing (NCCD) was officially founded by the Limerick Contemporary Art group, comprised of artists and business people of Limerick in 1987 with the aim of giving the city a distinctive collection of contemporary artwork. The NCCD collection is part of the permanent collection of Limerick City Gallery of Art and comprises of over 200 artworks, which embrace all forms of contemporary drawing practice reflecting in its constantly changing nature as it adapts to new technologies and artistic ideas.
The Artists included in this exhibition at Draíocht include: Dorothy Cross, Liadin Cooke, Brian Bourke, Piet Moog, Alan Keane, Brian Maguire, John Aiken, Felim Egan, Niamh O’Malley, Elizabeth McGill, Nigel Rolfe, Arno Kramer, Tjibbe Hooghemstra, Susan Dunne, Aileen McKeogh, Nick Miller, Siobhan Piercy, Chris Boland and Kyd & Kyde Konenyykb.
Curated by Sharon Murphy
Assisted by Emma Brennan
Image: ‘Portrait of Self with White’, Sharon Kelly, (2008), Watercolour, gouache, pencil and graphite powder on paper, 35 x 25cm
Works from the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s National Collection
Ground Floor Gallery
Carrier of Memories
Ella Bertilsson and Ulla Juske
A Draíocht INCUBATE Commission
First Floor Gallery
HOME consists of two distinct yet related exhibitions focusing on the theme of home.
Works selected from the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s National Collection is a collaboration between Draíocht and the children from Room 13 Inquiry. The Irish Museum of Modern Art Programme is designed to promote the widest possible involvement with the Museum’s Collection and programmes, through supporting access opportunities to the visual arts in a variety of situations and locations in Ireland. Room 13 Inquiry is an initiative of Fingal County Council’s Arts Office under the direction of Julie Clarke and led by resident artists Orla Kelly and Anne Cradden. Room 13 studios based in Scoil Bhríde National School Blanchardstown and Tyrrelstown Educate Together National School are the first such school-based studios to open in the Republic of Ireland.
Carrier of Memories by Ella Bertilsson and Ulla Juske, curated by Sharon Murphy, is a new commission by Draíocht arising from its INCUBATE programme, which supports young and early career artists to expand and develop their practice and make new work resonant with Draíocht’s context.
Works from the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s National Collection provide a unique and exciting opportunity to reflect on meanings of home for children in contemporary Dublin 15, which has a very young, diverse and multi-ethnic population. It has, in fact, the fastest growing young people’s population under 30 in Ireland, with 26% of the population under 15 years of age. Nearly 25% of the population are described as the ‘new’ Irish which is double the national average. Through sharing experiences of home and exchanging skills and knowledge of contemporary art, collections and curating, this collaboration will result in an exhibition that expands perceived notions of home at personal, social and cultural levels and give voice to a new generation of Irish children.
Carrier of Memories: Home can be looked upon as a structure confined between fixed points. It can be somewhere private between family members, a comfort zone, a secure place and a ‘carrier of memories’. Home can also be an experience of belonging, a concept beyond a fixed location. It can be a shelter one only sleeps in for the night, a place in transit across a variety of sites. This multi-media installation is the product of research and practice undertaken by the artist-duo Ella Bertilsson (b. Umeå, Sweden) and Ulla Juske (b. Pärnu, Estonia) during their recent residencies in Draíocht and Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale (Norway). The artists are based in Dublin since early 2000s. They started to collaborate during their postgraduate studies on the MFA; Art in the Digital World Programme at NCAD, Dublin (2015).
HOME, selected Works from the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s National Collection and Carrier of Memories is shown in the context of Draíocht’s major theatre initiative in October 2018, HOME THEATRE (IRELAND), funded by the Arts Council’s Open Call.
Image 1: Brian Maguire, Favela Vila Prudente, 1998. Cibachrome on aluminium, 112 x 75 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art. Heritage gift.
Image 2: Photo by Ella Bertilsson and Ulla Juske, 2017.
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