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January/February Issue – Out Now!


The January – February 2019 issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet is out now.

This issue features a range of conferences, exhibitions, residencies and events that took place towards the end of 2018, while also profiling several ongoing artistic projects and collaborations.

In columns for this issue, Miriam Logan outlines some philosophical perspectives on activating creativity and Róisín Kennedy reviews the recently published collection of Brian O’Doherty’s letters, edited by Brenda Moore-McCann. Maeve Mulrennan discusses the recent ‘Reframing the ‘90s’ conference in UCC and Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, while Diana Bamimeke reports on ‘Winter Seminar: The Lives of Artists’ at TBG+S and the RHA. In this issue’s regional column, Manuela Pacella discusses recent exhibition highlights in Northern Ireland.  

Career Development articles come from Pádraic E. Moore, who interviews Irish artist Doireann O’Malley about her recent solo exhibition at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, and Róisín Power Hackett, who reflects on her recent performance event at The LAB Gallery, which included mentorship with Amanda Coogan.  

Evgeniya Martirosyan reports on her recent residencies in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and Praksis, Oslo, while Christopher Steenson interviews Danny McCarthy and Mick O’Shea about their recent collaboration, which emerged out of their participation in the Rauschenberg Residency on Captiva Island, Florida. 

In the How is it Made? section, Veronica O’Neill reflects on Clea Van de Grin’s touring show, ‘Jump’, and Michele Horrigan describes the folklore underpinning her recent exhibition, ‘Where Does The Law Stand With Leprechauns?’ at The LAB Gallery, Dublin. Áine Phillips reviews TULCA Festival of Visual Arts 2018, curated by Linda Shevlin, and Aidan Kelly Murphy interviews Eoin O’Dowd about Dublin’s former Eight Gallery. Coverage of recent VAI Events includes Chris Steenson’s report on the various happenings at this year’s Belfast Open Studios, and Kevin Burns’s review of the final iteration of the New Spaces project.

The Regional Profile for this issue comes from County Mayo, with organisational insights from Orla Henihan (Linenhall Arts Centre), John McHugh (Custom House Gallery), Ronan Halpin (Achill Artists Group) and Edward King (Heinrich Böll Residency). In addition, artists Norah Brennan, Breda Burns and Saoirse Wall discuss the realities of maintaining an arts practice in the region. 

Reviewed in the Critique section are: ‘Infrastructures of Now’ at NCAD Gallery; Maud Cotter at Limerick City Gallery of Art; ‘Manmade’ at Millennium Court Arts Centre; Tomas Penc at Triskel Christchurch; and Chris Doris at The Model.

As ever, we have details of the upcoming VAI Professional Development Programme, exhibition and public art roundups, news from the sector and current opportunities.

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