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"0044 Contemporary Irish Artists in Britain"
0000-00-00 until 0000-00-00
Crawford Municipal Art Gallery
Cork, , IE Ireland

The title 0044 the telephone dial code between Ireland and Britain hints at the theme of the exhibition, which focuses on the work of twenty contemporary Irish artists who are living and working in Britain, and deals with issues of identity and mobility with artists moving between the two countries. The artists work in diverse media, including large-scale painting, photography, sculpture, video, performance and installation work.

The artists are: Kathy Prendergast, Daphne Wright, Paul Seawright, Andre Stitt, Cecily Brennan, John Carson, Anne Carlisle, Maud Cotter, Liadin Cooke, John Gibbons, Frances Hegarty, Siobhan Hapaska, Andrew Kearney, Mo White, Nicholas May, Tina O'Connell, Eilis O'Connell, Elizabeth Magill, Mark Francis, and Anne Tallentire and John Seth.

Over the centuries many Irish artists have pursued and developed their careers in Britain. This migration pattern continues today. In specially commissioned interviews with the artists (which will be published in a substantial catalogue), diverse aspects of society and life in Ireland are frequently touched upon. Although living in Britain these artists are very aware of social changes and political developments in Ireland. In terms of the qualities that unite the artists in this exhibition, it might be argued that as a result of growing up in Ireland, they have developed a visual language to express social and political forces that often involves metaphor, paradox and a questioning of accepted opinions.

Over 80 works will be exhibited, and to highlight this unprecedented opportunity to promote and view contemporary Irish art in the United States, both U.S. venues have decided to allocate considerable exhibition space in their main galleries for the installation of 0044.

This period June September 1999 will also see The Drawing Centers exhibitions of eight contemporary Irish artist: A Measured Quietude, while Berkeley University Art Museum will be showingWhen Time Began to Rant and Rage. Finally, The Grey Gallery, N.Y.U., will exhibit 20th century Irish figurative painting.

Curator: Peter Murray Crawford Municipal Art Gallery. Associate Curator: Claire Schneider Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Supported by: The Arts Council, Ireland, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, The British Council Cultural Relations Committee of Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland.

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