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State of Play – Review by Deirdre Kearney

EXHIBITION of Postgraduate Masters- Fine Art – Painting, Sculpture, Fine Print, Digital Media.
National College of Art and Design

5th – 11th December 2014
Emmet House, Thomas Street.
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Mel Brimfield at the LAB

Quantum Foam, the film work by artist Mel Brimfield commissioned by Kinsale Arts Festival 2014, will be showing at The LAB in Dublin next Thursday 11 December.

The LAB will host three films by the artist, tying together the national tour of the artist’s work, which kicked off at Kinsale Arts Festival in September with the support of Arts Council of Ireland’s touring work grant. We’ll be talking to students from the MA in Art Research Collaboration at Dun Loaghaire IADT about how the project came together. From 6pm, Mel will be in conversation about her work with critic Francis Halsall. The talk is free to attend, and you can read Francis’ essay on Quantum Foam here.

And tomorrow night, film installation Four Characters In Search of A Performance, originally commissioned by Jerwood Visual Arts, opens at Galway Arts Centre. Mel will be giving a talk about her work at 12pm this coming Saturday. The show runs until 17 January 2015.

For more info on Quantum Foam, visit

Pallas Projects Periodical Review #4

Image: Anita Delaney, Sssss, 2014. Digital C-Type Print

Preview: 6–8pm, Friday 5 December 2014

Featuring both a member of our current ACW class Marie Farrington and a recent guest lecturer Dragana Jurisic alongside Michael Beirne, Jenny Brady, Jane Butler, Rachael Corcoran, Anita Delaney, Joe Duggan, Hannah Fitz, Mark Garry, Allyson Keehan, Caoimhe Kilfeather, Ali Kirby, Sofie Loscher, Loitering Theatre, Shane Murphy, Liam O’Callaghan, Andreas Kindler Von Knobloch/Resort and Orla Whelan.

Selected by Mary Conlon, Paul Hallahan, Gavin Murphy and Mark Cullen

An artwork, like a book is not made up of individual words on a page (or images on a screen), each of which with a meaning, but is instead ‘caught up in a system of references to other books, other texts, other sentences’.

Pallas Projects/Studios presents the fourth in the series of Periodical Review – a unique, yearly survey of Irish contemporary art practices, that looks at commercial gallery shows, museum exhibitions, artist-led and independent projects and curatorial practices. Periodical Review is not a group exhibition per se, it is a discursive action, with the gallery as a magazine-like layout of images that speak (the field talking to itself). An exhibition as resource, in which we invite agents within the field to engage with what were for them significant moments, practices, works, activity, objects: nodes within the network.

Each year PP/S invite two peers – artists, writers, educators, curators – to review and subsequently nominate a number of art practices, selected via an editorial meeting. Such a review-type exhibition within Irish art practice acts to revisit, be a reminder, a critical appraisal and consolidation of ideas and knowledge within the field of contemporary Irish art; to facilitate and encourage collaboration, crossover and debate within the field of Irish contemporary art; and to act as an accessible survey of contemporary art, expanding parameters to art practices around the country.

Previous co-curators have been Matt Packer (Glucksman/Treignac/CCA), Michele Horrigan (Askeaton Contemporary Arts), Eamonn Maxwell (Director, Lismore Castle Arts), Padraic E. Moore (Independent curator), Ruth Carroll (RHA), Carl Giffney (Good Hatchery).

All the works featured in Periodical Review are available to purchase during the course of the exhibition, with commissions on sales going towards developing exhibitions & exchanges at PP/S. In a collaboration with Ormston House the exhibition will be reconfigured and presented in Limerick in 2015.

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