THE GALWAY Arts Centre will continue to bring Galwegians challenging artworks and exhibitions throughout 2009 and its spring programme will focus on solo exhibitions by Irish and other northern European artists.
The Galway Arts Centre’s biannual print making show, Impressions, and the Norman Ackroyd exhibition in the Galway City Museum both run until January 17 and from there, GAC will continue to show an interesting mix of Irish and international artists.
On January 23, solo shows by Irish artists Michele Horrigan and Sinead Ní Mahaonaigh will open. Michele will also launch her latest publication at the opening.
In March a large solo exhibition by Aideen Barry will open. Aideen will be premiering a new piece of work, Vacuuming In A Vacuum, which is shot in zero gravity in the NASA Kennedy space station in Florida.
After that show GAC will present Lee Welch, who is currently working on new work which will be installed alongside some of his work from 2007. Welch will also address the architecture of the gallery and make temporary interventions in the space.
In June German artist Morton Hebsgaard and Danish artist Oliver Heinzenberger will be shown alongside Galway based American artist Jim Ricks. The artists will work in direct response to both the space and each othe’s practice.
The Galway Arts Festival exhibition will be announced alongside the rest of their programme in June.
In September GAC will present a solo exhibition from Limerick printmaker and multi media artist Breda Lynch. A solo exhibition by emerging artist Dee McDonnell will run concurrently. Dee is the recipient of the Galway city and county council’s Emerging Artist Award. Previous recipients have included Maeve Curtis and Jonathan Sammon.
In October GAC will work with Baboró International Children’s Festival and ask emerging artists to respond to the idea of children as their primary audience and the idea of visual narrative and storytelling.
November sees the Tulca festival of visual art and in December GAC will once again present two solo exhibitions by Dutch artist Arno Kramer and Galway based photographer Anita Murphy.
Arno will spend the month preceding his exhibition as artist in residence in Árus Eanna, the arts centre on Inis Oirr, Aran Islands. This idea of the residency is also reflected in GAC’s new policy of artist in residence in Galway Arts Centre.
In August four residencies will be awarded to artists based in Galway. A studio will also be available for an emerging artist from January 2010.