Limerick’s 39th EVA International to take inspiration from the Golden Vein in 2020

Jess Casey

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Jess Casey

Sheila Deegan (LCCC Arts and Culture Officer and EVA Secretary) Kerstan Mey (UL), Cllr Marian Hurley and Gordon Daly at the EVA 2020 Programme announcement

Sheila Deegan (LCCC Arts and Culture Officer and EVA Secretary) Kerstan Mey (UL), Cllr Marian Hurley and Gordon Daly at the EVA 2020 Programme announcement

THE “bountiful pastures” of the Mid-West and the historical perspective of seeing the land as a resource to be “tapped, exploited, and commercialised” is to form the starting point for the next EVA International programme.

The 39th EVA International programme, set to take place in 2020, is to reference the ‘Golden Vein’, the 19th century description for the pastures between Limerick and Tipperary, and is to act as “the starting point for thinking through ideas of land and its contested values within the context of Ireland today.” 

The 39th EVA International will also be the first to adopt a new framework for the programme, according to EVA director and chief executive Matt Packer. 

“Over the next three editions of EVA, the biennial will be delivered through a number of thematically-connected channels, including a curated guest programme, a new platform commissions initiative, as well as presentations and educational projects developed by EVA directly in collaboration with organizational partners.” 

“The new framework will allow us to continue to deliver exceptional contemporary art experiences in Limerick which are rooted to the city and wider region, while also developing our own organizational strengths in the longer term.” 

“The 39th EVA International is the first of three biennials that fall within the scope of EVA's Strategic Plan 2019 – 2024,” he added. 

Opening on 4 September 2020 and continuing until 15 November 2020, the 39th EVA International will include a guest programme curated by Merve Elveren, the recipient of ICI's 2018 Independent Vision Curatorial Award, a new platform commissions initiative, as well as a number of commissions and projects to be directly initiated by EVA and its partners. 

“I’m delighted to share the news that we’ll be working with Merve Elveren and Anne Tallentire on the 39th EVA International programme,” Mr Packer said. “They each come with an enormous energy of ideas and experiences that we look to building into our plans.”

EVA has also announced a new initiative for the commission and production of artists currently working in Ireland. ‘Platform Commissions’ invites eligible artists to submit short proposals for consideration for the 39th EVA International programme. Selected proposals will receive financial and production support through all stages of the project’s development.

Applications for proposals are open until December 10, at 10 am GMT. Application information and guidelines are now available online.