VAN March / April 2014


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Cover image: Jackie Nickerson, Oscar, 2012, digital c-print, 86 5/8 x 70 7/8 inches (edition of 2 + AP) 59 x 47 1⁄4 inches (edition of 3 + AP), image courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

CONTENTS

5. Roundup. Recent exhibitions and projects of note.

5. Column. Mark Fisher. Making Demands.

6. Column. Jason Oakley. I wouldn’t start from here … 

7. Column. Chris Clarke. Everyone’s a Critic.

8. News. The latest developments in the visual arts sector.

8. VAI News. Visual Artists Ireland’s research, projects and campaigns.

9. Regional Focus. Visual arts resources and activity in Armagh: Market Place Arts Centre; Micheal Hanna; Millennium Court; Craigavon Borough Council Arts Office; Emma Donaldson.

11. VAI Event. Shape Shifters. Hazel Dixon profiles the VAI / Create ‘Recent Graduate Evening’, (30 January 2014) that offered peer advice for students and recent graduates.

12. VAI / DASResidency. Creative Space: The Final Frontier. Conan McIvor, 2013 winner of the Visual Artists Ireland / Digital Arts Studios Residency Award, discusses his experience.

13. Residency. Residency Within a Residency. Bea Mcmahon describes her residency at the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam.

14. Project Profile. Epicentres of Activity. Joanne Laws reports on Locis, a collaboration between Leitrim County Council and counterpart institutions in Poland and Sweden.

15. Valerie Earley Residency. What Lies Beneath. Jill Christine Miller, the first recipient of the Valerie Earley Residency Award, outlines insights gained during her time at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre.

16. Organisation Profile. Scarcity to Abundance. Lily Power talks to Lynn Harris of AND Publishing about new forms of publishing for artists’ books. (Archived)

17. Profile – Curation. Three Tenses of the Contemporary, Jonathan Carroll previews ‘Agitationism’, the 36th edition of EVA International (12 April – 6 July Limerick), with the Curator Bassam El Baroni. (Archived)

18. How is it Made? Land & Self. Margaret Tuffy discusses recent and ongoing works.

19. Critique. Jaki Irvine, London; Jackie Nickerson, NYC; Feriel Bendjame, Goethe, Dublin; Paul Quast, Luan, Athlone; Kevin Mooney, Talbot, Dublin; Gráinne Bird, Higher Bridges, Enniskillen.

23. Art in Public – Profile. To Tell the Truth. Georgia Corcoran talks to Jim Ricks about ‘The Truth Booth’, a collaborative public art project that recently toured to Afganistan.

24. Project Profile. Curation & Process. Marianne O’Kane Boal profiles a series of innovative public exhibitions and curatorial reviews of work by final year students from IADT Dun Laoghaire.

25. Career Development. The Accidental Gallerist. Sabina Mac Mahon talks to gallery director John Taylor about his 50 year career. (Archived)

26. How is it Made? Something in the Air. John Beattie his Artlink commission ‘A Line Of Inquiry’.

27. Exhibition Profile. This Just Happened. Feargal O’Malley discusses curating ‘Presently’, an exhibition of emerging artists from Northern Ireland at MCAC , Portadown (7 February – 29 March).

28. How is it Made? Keep Pushing the Brush. Brian Breathnach (2B) recalls his time working as a studio assistant for Michael Farrell in Paris during the 1980s.

29. VAI Northern Ireland Manager. Critical and Creative. Feargal O’Malley discusses Flax Art Studios in Belfast, which this year celebrate 25 years of operation with a series of exhibitions, talks and events.

29. VAI West of Ireland Representive. Here & There. Aideen Barry, reports on challenges facing Galway’s artist-led venues and a visit to NN Contemporary in Northampton, UK.

30. Tribute. Humour, Vision & Intelligence. Tributes to John Coll, Mayo’s trailblazing Arts Officer and Director of Community and Enterprise..

31. VAI Advocacy. To Work with Purpose! Introducing VAI’s ‘Best Practice Guidelines For Internships’.

32. How is it Made? Visual Conversation. David Brancaleone interviews the painter Eamon Colman. (Archived)

33. Opportunities. All the latest grants, awards, exhibition calls and commissions.

34. VAI Professional Development. Current and upcoming workshops, peer reviews and seminars.

35. Artoons. Pablo Helguera. Artoons. The foibles and ironies of the art world.