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Portable Histories, Wexford Arts Centre

Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford, Co Wexford

Portable Histories is an exhibition developed through the continued partnership between Art Alongside and IMMA’s National Programme. Art Alongside is an artist residency that aims to provide a dynamic experience of the visual arts to children and adults in Co Wexford. Pupils and parents from six primary schools worked with artists Helen Robbins and Mary Clare O’Brien on the project. After viewing a selection of works from the IMMA Collection the pupils were encouraged to draw on their experiences and respond creatively to them. In Portable Histories a selection of the children’s work is exhibited alongside works by Helen Robbins, Mary Claire O’Brien and works from the IMMA Collection, promoting a level of esteem between the professional artist and the amateur. The exhibition features work from the IMMA Collection by Edward Allington, Oliver Comerford, Colin Harrison, Caroline McCarthy and Nick Miller, and focuses on the themes of history and memory and our readings of them.

Colin Harrison, The Portable History of the World, 1974, Pencil on paper and oil on canvas in wooden box, 51.7 x 65.9 x 11.1 cm, Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992Caroline McCarthy, The Luncheon, 2002, Photograph of wet toilet paper sculpture (Sculpture: toilet paper of varying colour, water, black bin-bags, real stalks, fake flies, disposable tableware), 196 x 114 cm , Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donated by A.I.B., 2002


Art Alongside is funded and supported by Wexford County Council, the Arts Council in association with IMMA, Wexford Arts Centre and participating national schools. Art Alongside is an initiative of the Wexford Arts Office.

The exhibition is accompanied by workshops and tours funded by the Department of Education.

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