Dublin Contemporary 2011 launched (Thursday 1 July 2010)

Almost 15 months before it goes live, Dublin Contemporary 2011 was launched this morning by Mary Hanafin TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, in Dublin's Merrion Hotel.
It's big: "the largest contemporary art event of its kind and scale ever held in Ireland." As Hanafin emphasised, whereas music and literature from Ireland are known around the world, the same cannot be said of the visual arts. In September 2011, locations such as IMMA, the Hugh Lane and the RHA out as far as the James Joyce Tower will provide venues - "DC2011 aims to bring together key cultural institutions across the city with private galleries and art installations in the public realm to create the critical mass of a truly city-wide exhibition."
The curatorial panel for DC2011 consists of Gerard Byrne, Oliver Dowling, Okwui Enwezor, Enrique Juncosa, Chrisine Macel and Rachel Thomas, who is the event's artistic director. DC2011 will take place from 6 September to 31 October 2011.
And today's ministerial launch is to be followed by a general launch this evening: 6:30 - 8:30 pm, at the British and Irish Steampacket Company Ltd, Gilson Motor Company (opposite BJ Marine), Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Dublin 2.