Place & Movement draws from the Clare County Council Art collection, and is curated by the Young Curators Project, a group of second level students from Ennsitymon’s Scoil Mhuire and VEC schools
The exhibition runs from 19th January – 24th February 2018. Opening times are Tuesday – Saturday, 12-4pm.
Drawing from works held in the Clare County Council Art Collection, owned by the people of Co Clare, the Young Curators Project came about following informal discussions between The Courthouse Gallery & Studios’ curator Anne Mullee and Ennistymon art teachers Maeve Collins, Bairbre Geraghty and Mary Fahy.
“We wanted to explore a way of offering second level students an opportunity to experience the curatorial process from conception to execution, from making work to deciding what will be shown in an exhibition, designing the catalogue and installing an exhibition of the resulting selection of works”, explains The Courthouse Gallery curator Anne Mullee.
With grant funding from the Arts Council’s Young Ensembles Scheme, the project organisers were able to devise a programme of activity that offered an overview of this process, culminating in an exhibition drawing from the artworks held in Clare County Council’s art collection.
Clare Arts Officer Siobhán Mulcahy worked with the project facilitators to arrange access to the collection, providing the Young Curators with a rare opportunity to select works for the show. This collection was instigated in 1983 following the purchase of eight prints through the Arts Council’s Joint Purchase Scheme. Since then it has grown through purchases, donations and commissions, primarily featuring artists from Co Clare.
Students from two of the area’s three second level schools, Scoil Mhuire and Ennistymon Vocational School, have participated in the project. They are also exhibiting a selection of prints and conceptual work they have made in response to the Art Collection, which will be on show in the Gallery’s Red Couch space.
The 17 works they have chosen includes prints of Louis le Brocquy’s stunning illustrations for Thomas Kinsella’s 1967 version of the Táin Bó Cúailnge, which retells the folk tales of Cúchulainn and the King of Ulster, as well as work by Deirdre O’Mahony, Jean Regan, John Hanrahan and Eithne Jordan. An early portrait by Royal Hibernian Academy president Mick O’Dea also made the cut – his depiction of Tommy Killoughrey was painted in his family’s pub in Ennis in 1983.
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