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(L-R) Lenita Taylor, Executive Secretary, Embassy of Finland; Else Berit Eikeland, Ambassador, Royal Norwegian Embassy; Sheila Pratschke, Chair, Arts Council of Ireland; Valerie Connor, Curator; Clíod

(L-R) Lenita Taylor, Executive Secretary, Embassy of Finland; Else Berit Eikeland, Ambassador, Royal Norwegian Embassy; Sheila Pratschke, Chair, Arts Council of Ireland; Valerie Connor, Curator; Clíod

Sheila Pratschke, Chair of Arts Council, launches TBG+S 2017 Artistic Programme (Download)

24 January 2017

Download the TBG+S 2017 Artistic Programme Brochure by clicking the link below:
TBG+S 2017 Artistic Programme

Last Friday evening, 20th January, Sheila Pratschke, Chair of the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, launched Temple Bar Gallery + Studios’ Artistic Programme, 2017. Full details of the programme are available in a new publication. Highlights include five major exhibitions for the year, along with opportunities such as studio membership for artists at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and a full programme of public events.

Speaking at the launch, Sheila Pratschke, suggested that when ‘we gather to applaud a successful venture in the arts, we are gathered to celebrate a miracle’. Acknowledging Temple Bar Gallery + Studios as an ‘unqualified success story, Pratschke stated, ‘it is a testament to what work, vision commitment and intelligent investment in public resources can achieve.’ Highlighting a number of initiatives from the 2017 Programme, Pratschke, remarked on the Recent Graduate Residency Award, describing it as an ‘award that confers distinction on its recipient, while encouraging him or her to make a final commitment to life as an artist’. She expressed enthusiasm for TBG+S new shared position of Learning and Public Engagement Curator, with the Royal Hibernian Academy, ‘bringing knowledge and new thinking to how TBG+S and RHA can work to offer meaningful experiences for all those engaging with contemporary visual art’. And, she praised the Central Bank of Ireland’s investment in a new phase of Creative Generations that engages inner city school children with studio artists and the gallery programme.

TBG+S Director, Clíodhna Shaffrey, introducing Sheila Pratschke, paid tribute to ‘her long-standing and significant career in the arts and as a great friend and champion of the artist’.  She thanked her for ‘her positive, optimistic speech, and her sensitivity to the special relationship that exists between artists and people.’
TBG+S’ exhibition programme continues to reflect on expanded forms of exhibition making and artistic practice that demonstrate ambition for experimentation with mediums and forms of artmaking. With a focus on solo exhibitions, two Irish and three international artists will be presenting solo exhibitions in 2017. The artists are Hilary Lloyd (UK), whose exhibition is presented in collaboration with PLASTIK Festival of Artists’ Moving Image, Camille Norment (USA) and guest curator Caroline Hancock will curate a new work by Nigerian artist, Otobong Nkanga. Dublin-based, Gavin Murphy (IRL) whose solo exhibition will present a new film work – the culmination of his research into the now defunct Eblana Theatre, located in the basement of architect Michael Scott’s Busáras, and Mark Swords (IRL) who will create a large-scale site-specific painting installation for the gallery.

Alongside these five exhibitions, TBG+S will feature the 7th edition of the annual Dublin Art Book Fair in November, and work again with a writer to offer an alternative form of writing on art. Gavin Corbett is the commissioned writer for 2017. The PLASTIK Festival of Artists’ Moving Image is taking place in March 2017, and TBG+S will work in partnership with artist Mark Orange, on his site-based work, made in collaboration with architect, Niall McCullough, in September 2017.
TBG+S’ exhibition and studio programmes are augmented by its commitment to engaging audiences and connecting them to the work of contemporary artists through an extensive programme of talks, tours, events, performances and screenings. In 2017, the learning and public engagement programmes are greatly strengthened by the Arts Council’s investment in a new pilot partnership with RHA Gallery, Dublin to appoint a shared Learning and Public Engagement Curator to work across both institutions. With the generous support of the Central Bank of Ireland, TBG+S will develop Creative Generations - an education programme that will see TBG+S artists in residence in two inner city schools, led by education curator, Jean Mann.