At Regional Cultural Centre and Glebe House & Gallery
Curated by Rachel Botha
Video by Charlie Joe
Swallowing Geography was a dual-venue exhibition and public programme at the Regional Cultural Centre and Glebe House & Gallery in Donegal, which included a broad selection of artworks from the Arts Council Collection.
The intent of this exhibition was to observe the dynamics between belonging and exclusion in response to the Donegal context. It presents the lived and imagined experiences of inhabiting space, while exploring our engagement with geographical, domestic
and digital worlds.
The title Swallowing Geography is borrowed from Deborah Levy’s novella which questions the idea of home – “Is home a good place? Or just somewhere to return to?”– and expands on our perception of belonging. The exhibition attempts to share the
complex narratives about securing a place in the world where belonging is measured alongside exclusion, and broadly shares experiences of migration, displacement and marginalisation.
The exhibition included a broad selection of artworks from the Arts Council Collection by Bassam Al-Sabah, John
Beattie, Carmel Benson, Pauline Bewick, Deirdre Carr, Francis Carty, Carey Clarke, Felicity Clear, Dorothy Cross, James Dixon, Genieve Figgis, Hannah Fitz, Margaret Fitzgibbon, Martin Gale, Anita Groener, Patrick Hall, Patrick Hennessy, Patrick Jolley,
Eithne Jordan, Allyson Keehan, Louis le Brocquy, Ruth E Lyons, Marielle MacLeman, Eleanor McCaughey, Sibyl Montague, Ciarán Murphy, Isobel Nolan, Mairead O’hEocha, Nano Reid, Constance Short, Maria Simonds-Gooding, Rajinder Singh and Andrew Vickery;
Caroline McCarthy from the Irish Museum Modern Art Collection; and new commissioned work by Donegal artists Cara Donaghey, Laura McCafferty, Eoghan McIntyre and Jill Quigley. The commissioned exhibition text is written by Emily Cooper and Dean Fee,
editors of The Pig’s Back journal.
Curator Audio Tour available here.
Swallowing Geography exhibition information Regional Cultural Centre and Glebe House & Gallery here.
Swallowing Geography is produced and presented by the Regional Cultural Centre and Glebe House & Gallery, curated by the Early Career Curator in residence Rachel Botha.
Kindly supported by the Arts Council Ireland, OPW – Office of Public Works, Donegal County Council, Creative Ireland and Donegal Film Office.