‘EVA’ returns to Limerick under new director and curator

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

LIMERICK’s exhibition of visual art will return after an absence of two years, styled as ‘eva International’.

LIMERICK’s exhibition of visual art will return after an absence of two years, styled as ‘eva International’.

Known in its previous guise as EV+a, the pre-eminent exhibition of visual art in Ireland for more than 30 years, the committee was forced into a restructuring by the Arts Council last year and will now run on a biennial basis.

Belfast-born artist Woodrow Kernohan has been appointed as director of eva on a three year contract, while Annie Fletcher, currently curator of exhibitions at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven and tutor at De Appel, Amsterdam, has been appointed as curator for the 2012 eva exhibition.

“We delighted that Annie Fletcher will be the curator for the 35th edition of Ireland’s biennial of visual art in 2012,” said Mr Kernohan. “We are looking forward to working with her to create an exciting programme of exhibitions and associated events that will animate the city and forge links across Limerick and beyond.”

Limerick city arts officer Sheila Deegan, a board member of eva International, said the return of the exhibition was “very exciting and a huge vote of confidence in eva by getting support from the Arts Council and developing it in the future”.

Ms Fletcher, who is from Ireland, visited Limerick recently to scout locations for next year’s exhibition, which will run from May to August in Limerick City Gallery of Art and various other city centre locations.

Mr Kernohan is also expected to work with the teeming artistic community in the city to establish partnerships for eva International.

Submissions for the exhibition are open, deadline is January 31, 2012. See www.eva.ie.