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Phantom Limb | 2019 | Screen Prints, Archive quality ink on archive quality paper. | 1-3: 59.5 x 84 cm; 4: 42 x 59.5 cm
For Culture night 2022 the Arts Council will maintain its proud tradition of showcasing a selection of works recently added to its extensive Visual Art Collection.
This year we are delighted to once again welcome audiences to share these works in person at the Arts Council’s buildings in Dublin as part of Culture night.
Works by many of Irelands most distinguished and celebrated artists will be shown on the night including recently acquired pieces by: Helen Blake, Vivienne Dick, Eleanor Duffin, Paul Hallahan, Andreas Kindler Von Knobloch, Vera Klute, Colm Mac Athlaoich,
Leanne McDonagh, Rajinder Singh, Kathy Tynan, Suzanne Walsh and Marcel Vidal.
The works on show from the Collection showcase the Arts Councils ongoing commitment to purchasing excellent and ambitious works of art which reflect the amazing standard of contemporary Irish visual arts practice and which both engage with and represent
In addition to the artworks on display in Merrion Square on the night the Arts Council Collection can also be seen throughout the country as part of ongoing exhibitions and long term display in public buildings such as hospitals, universities and schools.
For those who won’t be able to visit in person on the night we are sharing some insight on each of the artist and artworks which will be on display:
‘The screen prints are of the artists’ hand taking inspiration from British Artist Elizabeth Hepworth’s belief that the left hand is the thinking/feeling hand, whilst the right is the mechanical hand. The works also encompass abstractions of gaps or holes
within Hepworth’s sculptures. Described by Hepworth as “concavities”, Eleanor’s interest here is with the action of subtraction of material in order to leave a gap, perhaps as a space for leaving room for things that cannot be spoken or a space for
the viewer to insert themselves in the narrative.’
Since 1962, the Arts Council has been buying art from working artists. The Collection that evolved tells the story of modern and contemporary Irish visual art in a unique and fascinating way. Today the Collection continues to grow and its almost 1,300
paintings, sculptures and other works are on display in public spaces all over Ireland for people to experience and enjoy first hand.
Explore the Collection and more on our website here.