Michele Horrigan (Askeaton Contemporary Arts, Limerick)
My work as a curator is heavily involved in the context of Askeaton Contemporary Arts, an organisation I founded in 2006. Based in a small town in County Limerick, Ireland, a residency and exhibition programme has commissioned over one hundred individual projects by Irish and international artists. With no ‘white-cube’ gallery spaces, artists work in public spaces throughout the region from civic buildings to disused shopfronts, local factories to remote fields. This form of engagement focuses on the existing dynamics of the locale, intending to bring forward the diverse layers of daily life and aiming to create a rich framework for subjective encounters. Many artworks made in Askeaton have subsequently been presented throughout the world in exhibitions, art biennials and film festivals. In addition, I have organised and presented events throughout Ireland and in New York, Vancouver, San Sebastian and elsewhere. I co-edit ACA PUBLIC, a publication press that continues to research and investigate themes relating to the ideologies of public space and artistic agency.
Curator’s Areas of Interest:
In terms of curatorial research, I am interested in artistic practices that are focussed in context-led and site-specific practice. I aim to work with artists previously unknown or rarely exposed to the Irish art scene, often with practices that challenge the presumptions of western colonial discourse. I strive to support emerging artist positions in Ireland, to form resilient connections and networks for their work to develop. I actively engage with creative and public advancement of themes around participatory ecology, experience and mediation of art’s role in the environment.