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ARTWORKS 2019: Dearly Beloved

04 June - 01 September 2019

Presented by The Carlow Arts Festival and VISUAL Carlow
Featuring selected works from the Irish Museum of Modern Art Collection

For ARTWORKS 2019 artists were invited to respond to the lyric:

Dearly beloved
We are gathered here today
To get through this thing called LIFE.
Let’s go crazy, Prince. Purple Rain 1984


Selected Artists: Marian Balfe, Colin Crotty, Mark Cullen, Gabhann Dunne, Mary A. Fitzgerald, Jane Fogarty, Helen Hughes, Jo Kimmins, Breda Lynch, Jonathan Mayhew, Paul Mosse, Oisín O’Brien, Tom O’Dea, Laurence O’ Toole, Jane Queally, Joanne Reid, Amanda Rice, Emma Roche, Joan Sugrue, Chanelle Walsh, Linda Conroy, Fiona Reilly, Sinead Ní Mhaonaigh.
Includes work for the IMMA Collection by artists: Pierre Huyghe, Mairead McLean, Mark O’Kelly, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Daphne Wright.

This year’s open call invited artists to submit work that comments on the trials of our post truth world and the potential of collective energy. Time, labour, love, loss, coping mechanisms, and space for imagining for the future, these are some of the themes that are explored in ARTWORKS 2019.
Along with artists selected from open submission, Dearly Beloved also includes a number of important works from the IMMA collection including Pierre Huyghe’s Block Party (2002, film) and Mairead McClean’s No More (2013, film).

This exciting summer exhibition gathers a diverse selection of ideas, work and talent from artists working nationally and internationally. Presenting work in film, sound, performance, painting, sculpture, new media and photography, ARTWORKS celebrates contemporary visual art and its potential to stir ideas and reflect on LIFE. ARTWORKS 2019 was selected by Carlow Arts Festival Director Jo Mangan, VISUAL Curator Emma Lucy O' Brien and artist Dennis McNulty.

In recent years ARTWORKS has established two art prizes, The HOTRON Award for an outstanding piece of work and the Éigse Prize for work by a recent graduate. Both prizes are sponsored by Hotron Ltd.

ARTWORKS 2019 is generously sponsored by Hotron