Curated by Stephen Roche.
As part of this year's residency program, funded by the arts council of Ireland, artist Niamh McCann created a flag for Artlink Fort Dunree inspired by the landscape, heraldic symbolism and the people of the area.
The flag was raised in a ceremony which will took place at the opening of the exhibition in which the Irish flag was taken down and the Artlink flag was hoisted.
About the curator:
Stephan Roche has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art (Painting) from Limerick School of Art and Design and a MA in The History of Art and Architecture from University of Limerick. Prior to this he has worked in the Education and Outreach department of The Hunt Museum in Limerick, as an Art Sales Associate in the US, and as a freelance Curator (most recent show:‘Plinth’ in Sailor’s Home, Limerick- Culture Night 2015). His Fine Art practice mainly involves painting, drawing, and installation-based work that deals with psychological theories focused on childhood. He is curator and board member of the 126 art gallery in Galway.
The theme chosen was titled ‘manifold’ , which by its very definition has
manifold applications in its meaning. As an adjective it is of many kinds;
numerous and varied. It is something having many different parts or features
as a noun. As a verb, to manifold is to make copies of, as with carbon paper.
The manifold can be machinery in the guise of a chamber, having several
outlets, through which liquid and gas is distributed or gathered; in
mathematics it is a topological space that is connected and locally Euclidian ;
philosophically -as with Kant- it is “the totality of the separate elements of
sensation which are then organised by the active mind and conceptualised as
a perception of an external object”.
This exhibition seeks to question how the practise of each artist is manifolded:
the creation of an artwork can be broken down into stages, both in the
physical act of ‘making’ and in the critical or subjective thinking of the artist
as they make. Alternatively, manifold layers of paint or clay shape a final
represented form. The artist is acutely aware that various stages and
sensations are synthesized in the production of a coherent artwork: numerous
different elements, forms, features merging as one in the finished piece. The
varied artistic practises of Artlink members, their manifold approaches and
interpretations, will eventually culminate in an exhibition that allows the
viewer multiple outlets for discovery. For this open call the artist is simply
asked to propose artwork that illustrates awareness of the various stages of
production, and how these elements become a completed artwork: to think
about ‘manifold’ –by whatever definition- and consider its significance in one’s