Peter FitzGerald

Visual opens (Friday 25 September 2009)

It's an extraordinary achievement, and it's breathtaking - Visual in Carlow, the venue for contemporary art (and a little theatre) that opened last night. The central gallery is huge, but there is also a series of other galleries of different sizes and purposes. Terry Pawson Architects have done a remarkable job; they seem to have an extraordinarily good understanding of what visual-arts spaces should be like.
Currently, the main gallery holds a selection of large-scale abstract works - Maud Cotter, Sean Shanahan, Richard Gorman, Cecil King, Patrick Scott, Sean Scully, Eilís O'Connell, Charles Tyrrell, Michael Warren. There's a superb work by Daphne Wright in the Studio Gallery (also a very large space), a funky installation by Polly Apfelbaum, other installations by Tadhg McSweeney and Ciarán Walsh. Last night saw a performance by Amanda Coogan, who is also curating a series of performances in the Digital Gallery, and there's also a bit of Joseph Albers thrown in there too.
 A view into the main space at Visual yesterday evening, with Medb Ruane about to speak; photo Peter FitzGerald
A view into the main space at Visual yesterday evening, with Medb Ruane about to speak; photo Peter FitzGerald

It all has to be seen.