Limerick’s visual art exhibition eva looks to the future

Alan Owens


Alan Owens

LIMERICK’s exhibition of visual art, eva, will return this month after a two year lay-off.

LIMERICK’s exhibition of visual art, eva, will return this month after a two year lay-off.

Now styled as eva International, curator Annie Fletcher has selected over 100 artists from 2,000 applicants to participate in the exhibition, entitled After the Future.

While Limerick City Gallery of Art will be the central location for the exhibition, sections of it will be scattered across the city, including the Belltable, LSAD, the Milk Market and even the tenth floor of the city’s iconic Riverpoint building.

Luc Deleu’s Construction X - a massive exhibit of storage containers assembled into a giant x - that featured in the 1994 exhibition, will return to Arthur’s Quay Park where it was located 18 years ago.

Sheila Deegan, eva board member and city arts officer, said returning Belgian artist Deleu’s installation to the park was a “reference to the past, as well as how much eva has changed”.

The three month project consists of multiple exhibitions, events, and performance platforms which bring together a series of artists, organizers, and institutions.

After the Future features a central exhibition curated by Ms Fletcher.

“Everywhere we look and everything we read right now seems to tell us we are at a new juncture,” explained Ms Fletcher. “We are at an unprecedented moment of change.

“This year eva International will attempt to tap into this feeling of immanence by understanding how artists define and explain the status quo in relation to global events. How do artists envisage what is to come and what is to be done?”

This will be the 35th exhibition of what was considered the pre-eminent exhibition of visual art in Ireland for more than 30 years.

The eva committee were forced into a restructuring by the Arts Council - who fund it - two years ago, so that it will now run on a biennial basis. A new board has been appointed, with a full time director in Belfast-born artist Woodrow Kernohan.

eva international opens on Friday May 18.