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The 5th Annual Open Call Exhibition
Celebrating Creativity... No Matter What!
September 4th - October 30th
Established in 2015, this annual exhibition has grown exponentially with an abundance of talent and creativity. In 2020 we have yet again been astounded by submissions of such a wide variety of sizes and mediums and themes, all despite the horrors of a global pandemic.
Our Open Call Exhibition is open to all artists - professional and amateur - hobbyists, and creative individuals, offering an open platform for artists to showcase their work and share insights as to what it means to be an artist. There is no theme or limit on size or subject at the Open Call, giving artists free reign to express true creativity.
Now in its 5th year, the Annual Open Call Exhibition sees over 80 submissions adorning our walls with creativity again.
The Open Call offers a space for artists to see their work in a gallery setting and share their work, enabling them to celebrate creativity with the community in ways unique to them, offering networking and business opportunities through bringing artists and viewers together.
There has been an array of talent seen over the years at the Annual Open Call and this year’s Open Call hopes to bring creativity to the forefront again in 2020 proving that Art truly is for all and that creativity knows no bounds.
The Presentation Arts Centre would like to thank our exhibition sponsors - The Riverside Park Hotel, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford County Council and Enniscorthy Municipal District.
Artwork by Nicola Anthony
Featuring Fáilte Uí Dhonnchú by Louis de Paor
July 2nd - October 30th
The Presentation Arts Centre in conjunction with Wexford Literary Festival 2020 is proud to present an installation of sculptural work by Nicola Anthony, a visual artist based in Dublin, and an elected member of the Royal Society of Sculptors. She has been invited all over the world to work with NGOs, art institutions, and architects to create art which expresses the human experience of isolation, displacement, disconnection or disenfranchisement.
On her journeys to Enniscorthy in previous collaborations with The Presentation Arts Centre, Nicola observed murmurations of
starlings performing their mesmerising dance of togetherness over the River Slaney. This phenomenon is called emergent behaviour: Their apparently choreographed coordination is caused by thousands of individual movements and actions - such as simple instincts to stay close, or respond to air currents. Emergence also occurs in water molecules, resulting in their behaviour together as a liquid - flowing, eddying, tidal.
There are parallels with how humans behave in a crowd or as part of a society. This observation inspired this particular installation. Each starling is made of words, kindly loaned by Louis De Paor, from his poem Fáilte Uí Dhonnchú which portrays crowds of people walking past a homeless Romanian woman. She is surrounded yet still incredibly alone. The original Irish of De Paor’s poem becomes sculpture - the poem itself displaced, migrating, reassembled.
Murmurations can be viewed immediately upon entry into The Presentation Arts Centre and is free for all to enjoy.
"Lisa gave me the opportunity to have my first ever solo exhibition and I'm forever grateful for the incredible support she gave every step of the way. This is a gallery that truly cares about giving a platform to emerging artists."