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Selected Works from the IMMA Collection and Symposium on Contemporary Arts Practice in An Daingean, Co Kerry

An exhibition from the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s own Collection opens to the public at Clós na BhFíodóirí, An Daingean, Co Kerry, on Saturday 6 May 2006 as part of the Féile na Bealtaine Festival. The exhibition entitled, Casadh an Chéid , is being shown to coincide with the H2O Symposium: A Symposium on Centre, Periphery and Drawing Boundaries: Contemporary Arts Practice on Saturday 13 May 2006 at Díseart, Green Street, An Daingean. The symposium aims to explore the experience of art-making in a peripheral location vis-à-vis the cultural centre and to forge lasting links between three artists groups, in Norway, Poland and in Courthouse Studios, An Daingean. This reflects the theme for this year’s festival The New Europe – A Diversity.  Casadh an Chéid , is the latest event in the longstanding relationship between Féile na Bealtaine, IMMA and the Courthouse Studios, An Daingean. An opening reception will be attended by John O’Donoghue, TD, Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, at 7.30pm on Friday 12 May.

The symposium was proposed by Courthouse Studios as a way of developing links with other artists in a national and international context and exchanging experiences of art-making. A key element of the network that has been established through this project has been its outreach to the peripheries of the new Europe forging links between Ireland, Norway and Poland through the North Norwegian Artists Union, Norway, Twozywo group, Warsaw, Poland and Courthouse Studios, An Daingean. Artists and curators from the three countries will gather for a series of seminars, talks and events based around an exploration of the relationship between the periphery and the centre. Artists Frantiska Gilman, from the Czech Republic, and Tim Gilman, from the U.S.A., who are participating in the IMMA Artists’ Residency Programme will give a presentation on their work practice. Catherine Marshall: Senior Curator, Head of Collections, IMMA will chair a panel discussion to conclude. The symposium is made possible with the kind support of Údaras na Gaeltachta.

Casadh an Chéid examines the relationship between the artist and contemporary culture. It focuses on work by Irish artists including Clare Langan, David Godbold and Kathy Prendergast. Issues of culture, language and place are explored, forcing us to engage with our understanding of shifting boundaries. Casadh an Chéid is supported by Ealaíon na Gaeltachta and Kerry Education Service.

The National Programme is designed to create access opportunities to the visual arts in a variety of situations and locations in Ireland.  Using the Collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art and exhibitions generated by the Museum, the National Programme facilitates the creation of exhibitions and other projects for display in a range of locations around the country.  The National Programme establishes the Museum as inclusive, accessible and national, de-centralising the Collection, and making it available to communities in their own localities, on their own terms, in venues with which the audience is comfortable and familiar.

Casadh an Chéid continues until 14 May 2006.

For further information and images please contact Patrice Molloy at Tel: +353 1 612 9900, Fax: +353 1 612 9999, Email:

27 April 2006


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