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I Sing the Body Electric

Wednesday 14th February, 2018

The Artists in Schools Programme, titled, I Sing the Body Electric, run by EVA International in collaboration with Limerick Arts Office, will take place in three schools in the Municipal District of Newcastle West.

EVA International is pleased to present I Sing the Body Electric, an Artists in Schools Programme led by Jennie Guy. The programme involves students from three West Limerick National Schools, working with artist Clare Breen, curators Maeve Mulrennan and Orlaith Treacy. Developed as a series of creative and investigative workshops, the programme responds to the 38th EVA International through themes of electricity, power, and selfhood. I Sing the Body Electric is a collaboration between the Limerick Arts Office and EVA International, as part of Limerick Culture and Creativity Plan 2017 – Creative Ireland Programme 2017 – 2022.

Working through the themes of electricity, power, and selfhood, I Sing the Body Electric introduces the main themes of the 38th EVA International that open to the public in Limerick city on 14 April and runs until 8 July 2018. I Sing the Body Electric will take place with one artist and two curators working in three different schools in Limerick.

Artist, Clare Breen will work with the third and fourth classes in Scoil Íde Naofa, Raheenagh National School, Raheenagh, Ballagh, Co. Limerick to consider exhibitions as an opportunity to come together socially to consider objects, images and ideas rather than static, finished artworks. In these workshops students will look closely at some of the artworks that will be important for EVA 2018, and will reflect on some of the curatorial strategies that help us more carefully consider our bodies in space. At the end of the workshops, the students will work together to produce their own exhibition in their classroom.

Curator, Maeve Mulrennan, Head of Visual Arts at Galway Arts Centre, will work with the sixth class students at Mahoonagh National School, Castlemahon, Co. Limerick. They will look at exhibition making under the theme of ‘coming of age’ using Seán Keating’s Night Candles Are Burnt Out - a starting point for the 2018 edition of EVA International. Pupils will discuss nation-building and national identity in relation to personal identity and selfhood at a time of transition, moving from primary to secondary education and becoming teenagers. With these themes of selfhood and identity in mind, the class will create artworks and curate an exhibition.

Curator, Orlaith Treacy will invite the pupils of Ahalin National School, Ahalin, Ballingarry, Co. Limerick to become curators through a series of presentations and discussions that explore contemporary art and curating. The students will devise their own exhibition drawing on the works generously on loan from the Limerick City Gallery of Art, National Collection of Contemporary Drawing.

I Sing the Body Electric is an Art School project directed by Jennie Guy for EVA International 2018 in collaboration with Limerick Arts Office. The project is run as part of Limerick Culture and Creativity Plan 2017 – Creative Ireland Programme 2017 - 2022. With thanks to Limerick City Gallery of Art.  

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