From the National Sculpture Factory:
The National Sculpture Factory in association with Cork Midsummer Festival have commissioned a new public artwork by artist Eimear Walshe, entitled The Land for the People.
Title : The Land for the People
Artist : Eimear Walshe
Date : Launch at 11:00pm Mon 21st June
Venue : National Sculpture Factory
Launch : Tune in to NSF’s live feed on Instagram at 11:00pm on the 21st June
For the second year running the National Sculpture Factory has commissioned a new public artwork for the Cork Midsummer Festival in the form of a neon artwork which will hang from the front facade of the NSF building. This year we have have commissioned artist Eimear Walshe to create a new work which is, entitled The Land for the People.
This new artwork will be publicly launched on the evening of the Summer solstice, Monday 21st June, at 11pm. The illumination of this artwork will be live streamed from the venue on Instagram TV and we can continue to watch it light up the darkness of our evenings right through to the winter solstice on Tuesday 21st December
The Land for the People, the project draws on Walshe’s research in 19th and early 20th century land contestation in Ireland, and its significance in the contemporary era. The project comprises of a temporary neon sculpture which will be placed on the front facade of the National Sculpture Factory building and an interactive publication based on 19th century political pamphlets.
The project is part of a series in Walshe’s work which prompts re-imagining land ownership and land use in Ireland.
More information on this new commission and its relative pamphlet will follow over the next few weeks.
Eimear Walshe is an artist, writer, and educator from Longford. Their practice is based on research in fiscal and sexual economies and histories, working to reconcile the aesthetics, values and tastes of their queer and rural subjectivity in the production of sculpture, publishing, performances, and lectures. Walshe lives and works in county Longford. Recent projects and presentations include a Platform Commission for the 39th EVA International; The Department of Sexual Revolution Studies, Van Abbemuseum / Design Academy Eindhoven (2018); Miraculous Thirst: How to get off in days of deprivation, curated by Daniel Bermingham, Galway Arts Centre (2018); and Separatist Tendencies for The Deviant Programme, Van Abbemuseum (2017).