The 5th Annual Open Call Exhibition
Virtual Opening September 4th
Runs Until October 30th
Finally! With the easing of lockdown restrictions and safety measures taken by staff at The Presentation Centre, The 5th Annual Open Call Exhibition will be going ahead in September.
As we had to close down right in the middle of our artwork submission week, we are extending the deadline until July 31st. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to take part in this nationally acclaimed open call exhibition, and we will arrange a date and time for artwork drop-off in order to maintain safe social distancing protocols.
This year our opening will be a little bit different. As we can no longer safely fit 200 people into The Presentation Centre, we're taking the opening celebrations online! More info on this to come very soon.
Dec 9th - Dec 18th 2020
Opening Night details coming soon
Coming from a country background, Sheena Furlong has a fascination with colours and textures in nature, which she tries to connect in her work. Sheena is interested in textures and perspectives in painting, and is constantly experimenting using different mediums to create an atmosphere. She works on large stretched canvases and board, often handmade, which adds to the aesthetic development and context of the paintings.
The development of Sheena's paintings come from research of an idea, memory of a place. Sheena's father was a stone mason working on national monuments in England and Wales, on castles and churches surrounded by mountains and fields, and this is where she got the love for the textures and colours of history and nature. Sheena's work is further enhanced by her interest in calligraphy and traditional Celtic knot work designs, which she blends into her work.
"I paint towards a general audience and for my own enjoyment, constantly changing ideas and techniques. Every day is a new discovery." - Sheena Furlong
Anne Martin Walsh
Dates Coming Soon!
Anne Martin Walsh’s practice revolves around painting, photography and printmaking, sometimes installed in combination with sculptural elements. Central to this work are themes of sexual and cultural identity that relate to our natural environment and reference a range of topics taken from history and mythology. Environmental issues are never far from her concerns. Her research involves an examination of geomagnetic ley-lines, ancient sites, Sheela-na-gig and rituals such as divination. She likes to engage in quiet conversation with nature, gleaning knowledge from an intimate connection with the elements and then using this experience to produce art which invokes a sense of spirituality and/or an awareness of ongoing environmental issues.
Anne Martin Walsh is interested in colour, the layering of paint and different forms of mark- making, working intuitively on canvas, board or paper. The art becomes visceral, primal and gestural in its making, with embedded references to a landscape inscribed through the chosen medium. Her printmaking process is kept as organic as possible, using collagraph, woodcut and dry-point, the subject matter remains earth related. She considers her photography to be an integral part of her process while also serving as documentation for her more ephemeral artwork.
Dates Coming Soon!
An exhibition of paintings by artist Eva O’Donovan. For this collection of portraits, Eva continues her distinctive oil on vintage fabric style, this time working with live models. She remains focused on the essence of femininity but for this collection celebrates and explores a broader conception of the term. In an attempt to redress the lack of visibility of those identifying as Transfeminine in the visual arts and portraiture in particular, the artist collaborated with Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) to find subjects for the Chrysalis series. The artist and sitters aim to promote Positive Visibility and the rights of trans people (and their families) by presenting a collection of powerful portraits featuring members of the Transfeminine and broader TENI community.
O’Donovan has worked closely with the participants featured in the paintings and their input has been key to the success of the project. Working from styled photographs and fabrics, they made key choices during the process and had final approval on the resulting canvasses. Much time was spent developing relationships before any work commenced. ‘This project has taken almost a year to put together and it has been a year of great growth and fun’ says O’Donovan.
The transgender community (through TENI) is a broad church and a highly inclusive one, catholic in the truest sense; representing trans men, trans women, cross dressers, people who identify as non-binary, gender queer or anywhere within the trans community spectrum.
For further information contact:
0872591944 | email@example.com
TENI (Trans Equality Network Ireland)
018733575 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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