Coalesce- A Retrospective
A First Fortnight Group Exhibition
9th January - 28th February 2021
Opening Saturday 9th January at 7pm
Merriam Webster's Dictionary Definition of coalesce
1: to grow together
2a: to unite into a whole :
b: to unite for a common end :
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the First Fortnight Festival, First Fortnight and The Presentation Arts Centre will be hosting a unique retrospective exhibition, Coalesce, featuring the work of internationally renowned artists; Shane Keeling, Solus, ADW, Morgan, Emma Sheridan, Glenn Gibson, Nicola Anthony, Maser, Padraig Nolan, Agnieszka Bloch and Sinead McDonald. The eleven Invited artists have previously contributed to the First Fortnight Festival on separate occasions and are now gathered together under one roof.
First Fortnight is a charity that challenges mental health prejudice through arts and cultural action aiming to make the beginning of each year synonymous with mental health awareness, challenging prejudice and ending stigma and creating a consistent space in the national cultural calendar where citizens can be inspired through arts and cultural events to talk about mental health issues in a non-scripted manner.
For more information visit First Fortnight.
Please note that this exhibition opening night will take place under current government health and safety recommendations. Information on our COVID health and safety measures can be found here. Please read these guidelines before visiting the Centre. Should the Centre be closed under government guidelines at this time, efforts will be made to move the exhibition online.
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.
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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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
TENI (Trans Equality Network Ireland)
018733575 | email@example.com
"An interesting local gallery bringing an eclectic range of emerging and established artists to their annual open exhibition."