Éigse 30 Year Retrospective


Éigse 30 Year Retrospective at VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, Ireland

Éigse's 2010 visual arts programme brings together many of Ireland’s leading painters and sculptors under one roof alongside their British counterparts in an exhibition which reviews the strength and depth of the festival over a thirty year period.

“VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art and the Bernard Shaw Theatre originated from the energy and ambition of Éigse and we see it as integral to the core mission and ongoing development of the centre both nationally and internationally. This year Éigse is celebrating its 30 year anniversary and to mark this important occasion, Paddy Mc Govern has curated a tour de force retrospective exhibition which brings a dynamic line up of Irish and International artists back to Carlow.”

Carissa Farrell, Director, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art & The George Bernard Shaw Theatre

Curated by Paddy McGovern, “the studio gallery brings together three fine abstract artists at the top of their game: Alex Calinescu, Denis Farrell and Marie Hanlon….All three give an impression of reflective, considered, and a philosophical impulse underpinning their work”.

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art & The George Bernard Shaw Theatre is a new state of the art multi-disciplinary facility featuring an area of 3,130m², designed by Terry Pawson Architects.

The centre comprises four principal gallery spaces (Main Gallery, Studio Gallery, Link Gallery and Digital Gallery), and a 294-seater performing arts theatre.

In response to the dual use of the building – both as an exhibition space and as a theatre – Pawson used translucent glass for the exterior cladding, the glass giving an introspective feel to the building in the daytime when it would generally function as a gallery, whilst for theatre openings the low-level lighting behind the glass will illuminate the structure to create a glowing evening presence.

Éigse 30 Year Retrospective at VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow is open until 29 August 2010

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