Minister of State Brian Hayes and Minister of State Lucinda Creighton today revealed details of an exhibit of Irish contemporary art that will tour a number of prestigious European places to celebrate our EU Presidency and our 40 years as a member of the European Union.
The 40/40/40 exhibit comprises works from the Workplace of Public Functions (OPW) handled State Art Collection by 40 artists under the age of 40, who are Irish or are based in Ireland. The exhibition consists of photography, drawing, sculpture and painting to represent the diversity of current visual art practices which have actually been drawn from over 15,000 pieces managed by OPW that are usually located in the public buildings throughout Ireland.
Evaluating the collection, Minister of State for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton TD, said:
“Our Presidency is a chance to assist provide leadership on important policy concerns in Europe, but is likewise an opportunity for us to display Ireland on a European and world phase. This exhibit reveals another side of Ireland from the one that may have controlled European headings for the last couple of years– an Ireland that is young, diverse, imaginative and confident.”
Minister of State with Unique Responsibilty for the Office of Public Functions Brian Hayes stated:
“This exhibit will bring the work of skilled young artists in Ireland to the attention of audiences in some of the cultural centres of Europe. It is a statement of the strength of our artistic neighborhood along with our strong dedication and connectedness to Europe. “
Minister Creighton – This exhibit reveals another side of Ireland from the one that might have dominated European headings for the last few years– an Ireland that is young, diverse, innovative and positive.
The exhibit will be inaugurated in the Conde Duque Cultural Centre in Madrid on 20 March and is also scheduled to take a trip to Warsaw and Rome throughout the Irish Presidency. The exhibit is being arranged by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Office of Public Works. The Ministers revealed their strong gratitude of the excellent cooperation that their staff and the Embassies in each country had actually come across from all the places hosting the exhibition. The exhibit will be the event in each area for the wider promo of Ireland.Read the complete catalogue of the exhibition, including all of the artworks.ENDS Source