An exhibition by the Ground Up Artists Collective, from Oct 25 – Nov 21
Official opening by Siobhan Mulcahy, on Friday Oct 25th at 8 pm
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Ground Up Artists Collective (GUAC) and the Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery will play host to their annual members exhibition ‘Feasting on the Wind’, opening on the 25th October.
Throughout the years GUAC have been involved in a number of public interventions, by inserting contemporary art into the rural environment they instigate debate and discussion between contemporary artists and the rural constituency. Members have come and gone leaving their own imprint on GUAC and the communities they worked with yet the issues of isolation, public engagement, contemporary practitioners coming together to inspire and inform one another remain an integral part of GUAC.
This years’ exhibition consists of a core group of ten artists, Monica de Bath, Maeve Collins, Marie Connole, Kieran Donnellan, Trudi van der Elsen, Barry Charles Foley, Pauline Beatrice Goggin, Lewis Goodman, John Hanrahan, Marianne Slevin.
A dynamic range of work encompassing architectural interventions, Photography of mental asylums, Painting, Sculpture, Animations, Video and Installation all come together to explore issues of isolation, connectivity, natural history, coastal & land use.
The GUAC collective have been making use of one of the Courthouse Studios, since August and will continue with this until December. This has become a lab space for dialogue, reflection on process and collaborations. Much of the work that has resulted from research forms part of ongoing projects. It is hoped that this process will continue to evolve through the exhibition period and beyond.
As part of the 10 year anniversary Barry Charles Foley has also been tasked with curating an exhibition ‘Common Ground’ that will feature some of the past members and their works. In conjunction with Occupy Space in Limerick City this exhibition will bring GUAC and the rural into that urban setting and will run in conjunction with this year’s annual members show.
In a related event, Pauline Beatrice Goggin will host a free workshop, before the exhibition opening, in the GURU TEA HOUSE, Ennistymon, at 6.30 pm. This event, which will be filmed, will be part of her on-going project ‘Public Worry’, which seeks to create space for an intimate political public and their voices. All are welcome.