Going Virtual – Kerry Visual Artists’ Showcase 2020

At the launch of the Kerry Visual Artists’ Exhibition 2020 are: Caroline Lynch, Arts Office, Kerry County Council with artists: Christopher Shaw and Kate Plum and Cllr. Patrick Connor-Scarteen, Cathaoirleach Kerry County Council.

Many things have changed in these times, but the Kerry Visual Artists’ Showcase will be on display for the sixth year running, at Government Buildings, New Road, Killarney from September 18th. to October 30th.

Ten Kerry artists have been selected for the showcase this year by Head of CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, Catherine Fehily.

Addressing Lack of Exhibition Opportunities

Kerry County Council’s Arts Strategy 2016 – 2021 consultations identified the lack of exhibition opportunities in the county as a major concern for visual artists.

To address this, the Kerry Visual Artists’ Showcase has run successfully for five years and provides a key event in the visual arts calendar for artists practicing in the County.

Chosen List of Exhibitors

Ann McNamee is a photographer whose intimate images record ordinary moments while investigating the social function of documentary photography.

Christopher Shaw’s paintings combine manipulated magazine fragments, paint and pencil work.

Dana Winder is a self-taught painter working largely in oil on canvas, inspired by the natural world.

Eileen Kennedy’s series of prints is inspired by time spent walking along the canal that runs into Tralee Bay.

Elouise Flannery’s vibrant semi-abstract acrylic paintings are inspired by love for nature, often with mythical and folklore roots.

Eveleen Murphy’s work is the result of an intuitive process that relies on chance to produce small-scale abstractions.

Fiachra Crowley’s ceramics are visually striking pieces that create beauty through simplicity.

Jacqueline O’Driscoll’s paintings are expressions of close observation, memory, and consideration of the marks made on the land by many generations.

Kate Plum works with watercolours and acrylics to draw our eye to the beauty of the animals and wildlife.

Kayleigh Ryall utilizes the mediums of painting, photography, sound and video projections.

Moments of Beauty and Inspiration

In times of uncertainty artists provide us with moments of beauty and inspiration,” said County Arts Officer, Kate Kennelly,

People can see the work of some of the best who are creating art in the county today,” said Ms. Kennelly.

Online Virtual Launch

Unlike previous years, there will be no in-person launch of the exhibition as part of Culture Night, to comply with government guidelines on Covid-19.

There will, instead, be an online virtual launch on Culture Night, September 18th.

Keep an eye on Kerry County Arts’ social media and on the national Culture Night website (below)

where further details will be posted.

Further Information On…..

The Kerry Visual Artists’ Showcase is supported by Kerry County Council; The Arts Council and The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

For further information contact The Arts Office, Kerry County Council on 066 71 83541 or arts@kerrycoco.ie

You can follow Culture Night 2020 on www.culturenight.ie