Opening of two significant exhibitions in Britain
Irish artists have increased global presence this year through I Am Ireland, Culture Ireland's Centenary Programme
As part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, Culture Ireland offered increased support for Irish visual artists to present their work internationally. The programme involves a special focus in Britain this Autumn with the opening of two significant exhibitions.
Included is Eva Rothschild's Alternative to Power at the New Art Gallery Walsall which will run from 24 September 2016 to 15 January 2017. This will be Rothschild's first solo exhibition in the Midlands. Rothschild, who has attracted international attention for her sculptural works, which interrogate concepts of form and utilise a rich variety of materials, will make a significant body of new work reflecting current and diverse studio interests. These new commissions will be punctuated by works representing signature aspects of the artist’s oeuvre - four-legged metal stands, floor-based sculptures, totem-like stacked structures, weaving - thereby bringing a survey element to the exhibition. The new body of work will include a specially commissioned piece using leather, a material at the centre of Walsall's manufacturing industry.
Daphne Wright's Emotional Archaeology will run at Arnolfini, Bristol from 30 September 2016 to the end of year. For over 25 years, Daphne Wright has pursued with relentless curiosity the ways in which materials can express our unspoken human preoccupations. Working with clay, casting, sound, film and drawing, she explores intimate and domestic issues such as parenting, ageing, care and our complex relationship with animals. This major solo exhibition, curated by Jo Lanyon, will present a number of key works spanning Wright’s career, considering the artist as an emotional archaeologist.
Image ©The New Art Gallery Walsall/Eva Rothchild
Image © Daphne Wright/Arnolfini