January – February 2022 issue of The Visual Artists’ News Sheet

In VAN’s first issue of the year, we profile a range of exciting projects, exhibitions, screenings and festivals taking place around the country, as 2021 came to a close.


On The Cover

Anthony Haughey, Anthem Art Intervention, Fort Dunree, on the Eve of the Anglo-Irish Treaty Signing, 5 December 2021; photograph by Anthony Haughey, courtesy the artist and Artlink.



Kites. Cornelius Browne considers aerial vantage points and objects of flight.

Patience. Andy Parsons discusses his residency at Sligo University Hospital.

Glimpses. Clíodhna Shaffrey chronicles ongoing preparations for the Venice Biennale.

Revising the Rainbow. Hannah Tiernan discusses the touring initiative ‘Rewind << Fastforward >>Record’.

Catalytic Intersections. Mary Catherine Nolan reports on a recent symposium organised by the Irish Artists’ Film Index.

The Black River of Herself. Gwen Burlington discusses Patrick Hough’s recent film.

The Sisyphean Task. Rod Stoneman discusses a recent exhibition in NUI Galway, presenting the work of practice-based PhD students from the Burren College of Art.


Regional Focus: Tipperary

To Be ‘Of a Place’. Helena Tobin, Artistic Director, South Tipperary Art Centre.

Source Arts Centre. Brendan Maher, Director.

Edgelands. John Kennedy, Visual Artist

Forest Bathing. Karen T Colbert, Visual Artist.

Vessels of Strength. Carissa Farrell, Writer and Curator.



Mutuality. Conal McStravick considers activist histories and communities of care at the 17th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival.

Ephemeral Permanence. Jennie Taylor interviews Eoin Dara, curator of TULCA Festival of Visual Arts 2021.

An Example of Something Inside Out. Frank Wasser reports on FIX 21 as both a performer and observer.



Alice Maher and Rachel Fallon, The Map, 2021, [Detail]; photograph by Ros Kavanagh, courtesy the artists and Rua Red.

‘Innate Flow’ at Market House, Craftwork, Cappoquin.

‘Dear www’ at glór, Ennis.

Helen Hughes, ‘and Yes, daydreamer SurRender, Roscommon Arts Centre.

Alice Maher and Rachel Fallon, ‘The Map’ at Rua Red.

Joseph Beuys and Asbestos at Hugh Lane Gallery.


Exhibition Profile

Practices of Emancipation. Miguel Amado reflects on Daniela Ortiz’s show at Sirius.

Water – More or Less. Susan Campbell reviews Marie Hanlon’s recent solo show.



Citizen Action. Seán Beattie interviews Anthony Haughey about his Artlink residency.


VAI Event

Sustainable Ambition. Joanne Laws reports on VAI Get Together 2021.


Project Profile 

Test Site. Róisín Foley discusses a recent project in Kyrls Quay, Cork City.

Breaking Cover. Cathy Fitzgerald reports on a recent performance event at IMMA.


Organisation Profile

Stack. Gabrielle Flynn speaks to Elizabeth Kinsella about her exhibition at Solas Art Gallery.

The Global Contemporary. Kate Antosik-Parsons interviews Annie Fletcher about IMMA’s 30th anniversary.

Thinking Publicly. Megs Morley speaks to Francis McKee about how institutions learn and think publicly with artists.




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