The success and longevity of 126 Artist-run Gallery in Galway is of course an occasion to celebrate for all and speaks well of all of its supporters/contributors over the years, and also the city, and county. The new publication Artist-run Democracy: Sustaining a Model marks 15+ years of this Celtic Model of artist-led management and its importance on an international scale.
Published by Onomatopee in Eindhoven, NL, and edited by artist and former 126 director Jim Ricks, the opportunity was taken at the gallery’s 15th anniversary to preserve the enormous amount of activity it has undertaken and to commemorate the project, everyone who directed and has shown there.
It is an archival publication that focuses on the volunteer directors, the educational value of the project, its challenges, and its relevance internationally as a progressive artist-run model. Additionally, a diverse selection of 10 former board members from over the years have made written contributions.
The day’s events will be opened by former Arts Officer of Galway, James C. Harrold, followed by a round table discussion led by Megs Morley with former directors: Austin Ivers, Jim Ricks, Anne Marie McKee, Lucy Elvis, Meadhbh McNutt, and the current board. It will take place on April 8, starting at 11am at 126 Artist-run Gallery as part of the Cúirt International Festival.