An Exhibition Of Works From Kildare County Council's Municipal Art Collection
In 2023, I curated an exhibition of works from the Kildare Municipal Art Collection. The exhibition took place in the McKenna Gallery, Newbridge and was officially opened on Friday 21 April, Cathaoirleach of the County of Kildare, Cllr. Fintan Brett and Kildare County Council Arts Officer Lucina Russell.
To coincide with this exhibition a panel discussion took place in The Riverbank Arts Centre on Thursday 11th May with panelists Lucina Russell, Cristin Leach, Sean Cotter, Sarah Browne and Emma Stroud. Visual Artist Vera McEvoy led a Finding Form Workshop in the Riverbank Arts Centre in response to the exhibition.
A municipal collection is a body of work that is in the process of becoming, and therefore is not easily defined. The works chosen from the collection echo this feeling of flux, of taking form, the momentary becoming monumental through time and context and medium. Included among the selection are artworks by Niamh O’Malley, Isabel Nolan, Gillian Lawler, Shane Hynan, Emma Stroude, John Minihan, Seán Cotter, Rebecca Peart, John Behan, James Nolan, Derek A. Fitzsimons and Dominic Turner.