9 December to 20 January
Curated by Catherine Marshall
The great Australian artist, Sidney Nolan, said of the Irish diaspora that it spread from ‘edge to edge’ all over the world. Nolan had good reason to know, since his own ancestors had fled the Mullaghmore area of Co. Clare in the mid-nineteenth century.
Uniquely in Ireland, Clare is a county with well-defined boundaries, sandwiched between the Shannon and the Atlantic. The exhibition From Edge to Edge 1916 – 2016: 100 years of art from County Clare, will bring together work by artists who have had an important connection with the county and who have engaged with issues of ‘edginess’, its struggles, innovations and identity. The work, selected from national and regional collections, directly from artists’ studios or specially commissioned for this show will look back at some of the history of this remarkable county since Sean Keating painted the Shannon Development Scheme, and Camille Souter learned to fly, defying those very edges, just as the flood waters in Samuel Walsh’s very contemporary work also defies them. Other artists in the show will include Nolan himself and such contemporaries as Aideen Barry, Tom Molloy and Deirdre O’Mahony as well as older artists such as Brian Bourke or deceased artists such as Barrie Cooke and Jean Regan.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a small catalogue with an essay by Samuel Walsh.