Visual opens
A stunning new art space has opened in Carlow – Visual. The huge main exhibition area is surrounded by further galleries, such that the venue can cater for larger- or smaller-scale works. Visual is run by Carissa Farrell, formerly of Draíocht in Blanchardstown. In this issue we carry an assessment by Gemma Tipton of both the new building itself and its first shows; see page 50.
Four closes
Four Gallery in Dublin has closed. Over the past years of its existence Four has had 35 shows involving a total of 91 artists. Lee Welch, its former director, plans to “facilitate events with a shift towards projects, extending from my own practice.”
Edward Delaney passes
Edward Delaney, one of Ireland’s bestknown sculptors, passed away in September. Delaney was born in Mayo in 1930. He studied at the National College of Art and Design, but also in Munich, Bonn and Rome. His works are among the most prominently situated in Dublin – including the Thomas Davis memorial on College Green and the Wolfe Tone/ Famine memorial on a corner of St Stephen’s Green. Both date from 1967.
Barry Flanagan passes
Very prominent British sculptor Barry Flanagan passed away at the end of August. His trademark hare sculptures are very widely known – many of these massive sculptures adorned O’Connell Street in Dublin in 2006, and one sits at the main visitor entrance to the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
Arts petition
More than 10,000 people have signed the petition of the National Campaign for the Arts. The campaign has these objectives:
• Maintenance of current levels of funding to the Arts Council;
• Retention of Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide;
• Retention of the Irish Film Board, development agency of the Irish film industry;
• Retention of the artists’ income tax exemption scheme;
• Commitment to retain the arts portfolio at cabinet as part of a senior ministerial portfolio.
The fate of the arts in the Republic of Ireland depend very much on the government’s budget, due 9 December.
• Niall de Buitléar has won the fourth annual Wexford Arts Centre Emerging Visual Artist Award. The award carries with it a Û5,000 payment and a solo exhibition at Wexford Arts Centre. De Buitléar has also won the Irish Artists’ Residential Studio Award 2009 – 2010 at the Red Stables in St Anne’s Park, Dublin.
• At the Claremorris Open Exhibition 2009 in September, joint First Prize winners were Laurence Kavanagh (London) for his installation Volta and David O’Kane (Donegal) for his video Palabras. Lisa Fingleton (Kerry) picked up the Emerging Artist Award for her video installation Outside I’m singing.
• Cristina Bunello – whose work featured on the cover of the last issue of Circa – has won this year’s Peter O’Kane Solo Exhibition at Cavanacor Gallery Award.
Ulster Museum reopens
The Ulster Museum in Belfast reopened in October after a protracted closure for refurbishment. It now boasts a suite of nine adjoining art galleries, some of which are hosting a major retrospective of the work of Sean Scully (which runs until February 2010). The museum houses a great deal of material, including fascinating collections of artefacts dating back thousands of years.
Apologies to reviewer Rosa Lleó in the last issue of Circa; there was a series of very odd typos and repetitions in her text, which we should have spotted.