The Artist-Led Archive, an artist-led initiative which began in 2006 by artist/curator Megs Morley, is home to materials relating to over 120 artist-led organisations groups and collectives working in Ireland (North and South) from the 1970s to the present day. The Artist-Led Archive – Sustainable Activism and the Embrace of Flux will become a publication published by Durty Books Publishing House in 2022, supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Visual Arts Project Award 2021. The archive is now open for submissions through www.theartistledarchive.com and Cork-based artists groups and initiatives are invited to submit their materials to the archive during the exhibition.
Artist and co-producer of Durty Books, Kate O’ Shea explains “This exhibition in The Lord Mayor’s Pavilion this October allows space for Cork artist-led initiatives, past and present, to bring their archival material for submission to the archive”. Currently housed within the Special Collections of the National Visual Arts Library Dublin (NIVAL), the Artist-Led Archive has been exhibited in the Irish Museum of Modern Art (2015), the Limerick City Gallery (2016), the Lab Dublin (2009), Catalyst Arts (2008) and Galway Arts Centre (2007), as well as featuring in many publications, talks and discussions internationally about artist-led culture. Sample-Studios Artistic Director Aoibhie McCarthy commented “As we celebrate our 10th anniversary milestone this year, this exhibition reflects on the wider impact of artist-led initiatives and organisations like Sample-Studios and the forthcoming publication will create a significant contribution to the understanding of the development of artist-led practice in Ireland, providing a timely chronicle to the artist-led field nationally and internationally.”
Open Daily: Wed – Sat, 11am- 4pm in The Lord Mayor’s Pavilion, Fitzgerald’s Park