30 Years, Artists, Places

30 Years, Artists, Places

March 17, 2015
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30 Years, Artists, Places celebrates 30 years of local authority provision for the arts

One of the most significant exhibitions of Irish artists in recent years, 30 Years, Artists, Places was launched in glór Ennis on December 7th ahead of an extensive nationwide tour.

The exhibition marks 30 years since Local Authorities embarked on providing for the arts locally, featuring 30 artists and 30 places.

Invite ImageRenowned artists such as Tony O’Malley, Alice Maher, Robert Ballagh, John Kindness, Norah McGuiness, Sean McSweeney, Sean Lynch and John Shinnors alongside emerging artists Cora Cummins, Cleary Connolly, Lisa Fingleton, Jenny Brady, Vanessa Lopez and David Stephenson and many others feature in the exhibition, which is being funded by the Arts Council.

In tandem with the exhibition opening, the Association of Local Authority Arts Officers organised a seminar looking at the current challenges facing local arts development and examining the rationale behind the exhibition.

Key contributors included Dr. Ciarán Benson former Chairperson of the Arts Council, Pat Cooke Director of the MA in Cultural Policy at Arts Management at UCD and Martin Drury Strategic Development Director with the Arts Council. Muireann Ni Chonaill, Laois Arts Officer and exhibition curator spoke about the exhibition along with Lynn McGrane from the National Gallery of Ireland, who devised the accompanying education programme.

The collection speaks of places, people and home which reflects upon local authority arts development as just that, of a place and of a people, of rural and urban Ireland, of home in a changing island where we are bold with new ideas but rooted in our past.

The exhibition is a must see, not just for the extraordinary line up of Irish artists but for the stories of how each work came to be purchased, commissioned or acquired by local authorities. Therein lies the real narrative; the quiet, genuine and imaginative support for Irish artists demonstrated by our local government for the past 30 years.

The exhibition also features an education programme aimed at both primary and secondary children and some venues will also host workshops for people living with dementia and their families.

Exhibition tour dates are as follows:


Date County Venue
7th Dec – 22nd Jan 2016 Clare Glór, Ennis
29th Jan – 26th Feb 2016 Mayo Civic Building, Ballina
3rd March-22nd April Waterford Greyfriars
28th April-27th May Cork City Library Headquarters
9th June-13th July Tipperary The Source, Thurles
28 Jul – 4th Sept Limerick Limerick City Art Gallery
8th Sept- 14th October Cavan Johnston Central Library and Town Hall
26 November – 26th December Louth Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda
Jan 2017 Westmeath The Luan Gallery , Athlone
February 2017 Dublin Fingal Draiocht, Blanchardstown
April 2017 Donegal Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny
To be confirmed Laois Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise

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