17 Jan 2019 - 17 Jan 2019
Venue: Droichead Arts Centre
Sponsor: Louth County Council / Arts Council
Admission: EUR10.00

Join artists, academics and curators to discuss, themes, ideas, action and artwork in a half day symposium Elliptical Affinities: Irish Women Artists and the Politics of the Body 1984 to the Present on Friday January 17th as the exhibition comes to a close on Saturday 25th January.

Speakers include the exhibition's co-curator, art historian, Dr Fionna Barber; art historian, Professor Gill Perry; Visual Artist, Art Historian, Educator, Researcher, Dr Kate Antosik-Parsons, artist Cecily Brennan and exhibiting artists Alice Maher, Patricia Hurl, Louise Walsh, Rachel Fallon, Sarah Browne, and others.

The symposium runs from 12.30 to 16.20 with a tea/coffee & biscuits break included, and is charged at €10 general admission or €5 for artists/unwaged.

Please note that while the exhibition is located at Highlanes Gallery, the Symposium will take place closeby at sister institution, Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell Street.

Suggestion: view the exhibition before the symposium from 10.30am, and afterwards, until 5pm at Highlanes Gallery

Tickets to the Symposium are charged at €10 General Admission and €5 for Artists/ Unwaged - book here...https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/elliptical-affinities-symposium-tickets-84586670007

About the exhibition...

Since the mid 1980s an important tendency in art by Irish women has been to situate itself clearly in relation to the significant changes in the politics of the body in Ireland that began to take place during that decade, culminating in the recent upsurge of both activism and artwork in relation to the Campaign to Repeal the Eighth Amendment. The revitalisation of feminism during the 1980s in response to the repressive attitudes of church and state also resulted in the emergence of a new generation of Irish women artists whose work was explicitly focused around the politics of the Irish female body.
An exhibition that explicitly focuses on tracking this ongoing conjunction of art and feminism in Ireland is long overdue, and in this sense Elliptical Affinities builds on and acknowledges precedents such as But Still Like Dust I’ll Rise curated by Vivienne Dick at Galway Arts Centre (2018) and the enmeshing of women’s history, temporality, embodiment and affect in Jesse Jones’ Tremble Tremble.

Rather than a straightforward linear chronology Elliptical Affinities proposes something closer to the ‘elliptical traverse’ of Catherine de Zegher’s influential feminist exhibition Inside the Visible, exploring new genealogies of Irish women’s art indexed to the political.

Central to this is the notion of femmage to investigate temporal relationships of affinity and influence across generations of women artists.

The exhibition includes work by Aideen Barry, Sarah Browne, Amanda Coogan, Dorothy Cross, Pauline Cummins, Rachel Fallon, Patricia Hurl, Jesse Jones, Breda Lynch, Alice Maher, Alanna O’Kelly, Kathy Prendergast and Louise Walsh

Elliptical Affinities is curated by Dr Fionna Barber and Aoife Ruane.
A full colour publication accompanies the exhibition with contributions from Gill Perry, Sarah Kelleher, Fionna Barber, and Ailbhe Smyth, and designed by Neil Gordon, 256Media

The exhibition is produced by Aoife Ruane and Stephen Hodgins.

The Exhibition is funded by Arts Council Ireland and Manchester Metropolitian University.

16 November 2019 – 25 January 2020, Highlanes Gallery
6 February – 22 March 2020, Limerick City Gallery of Art

Highlanes Gallery, Laurence Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland
T. + 353 (0)41 9803311 W. www.highlanes.ie E. info@highlanes.ie

Elliptical Affinities Symposium, Friday January 17th from 12:30pm to 4:20pm at Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell Street, Drogheda.
Book here...https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/elliptical-affinities-symposium-tickets-84586670007

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