• Gavin Murphy and Mark Cullen pictured with Brian Maguire and Chairperson Caroline Cowley

20/07/16—20/07/16

Pallas Projects/Studios Celebrate 20 Years of projects & events

Pallas Projects/Studios celebrates 20 Years with the announcement of several major projects

Pallas celebrates 20 years in 2016 and to mark this milestone we have organised a number of projects to take place over the year and into 2017. The first of these was the exhibition The Future is Self-Organised at Limerick City Gallery of Art, curated by Pallas Projects. Featuring many of the artist-run spaces who have collaborated with Pallas over the years, the exhibition included artworks, documentation, ephemera, artist-run presentations and collaborative installations, and was a ‘Critic’s Pick’ on Artforum.com

This is to be followed by a major new publication Artist-Run Europe – Practice/Projects/Spaces, the result of a 4-year research project on artist-run practice which is to be published this summer by Dutch publisher Onomatopee. The book is part how-to manual, part history, and part critical study, it features case studies on spaces and projects across Europe, new texts by AA Bronson, Valerie Connor, Katherine Waugh, Gavin Wade, and many others, and an extensive index of close to 600 spaces. The book was co-funded by an Arts Council project award, CONNECT: the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications, and Limerick City Gallery of Art, with the final part of the funding achieved through a successful crowdfunding campaign hosted by the Business to Arts ‘Fund it’ platform. A number of launches and events will be announced over the course of the year.

On the 20th of August PP/S host the Artist-Run DIY Social a day-long event celebrating artist-run and ‘DIY’ culture, featuring talks and discussion, food and music, to coincide with the exhibition of New York artists Liz Nielsen & Max Warsh (both involved in New York's & Chicago's artist-run spaces), presented at PP/S from 17–27 August, in association with Sirius Arts Centre.

On the 15th of September we are holding a 20th Anniversary Fundraising Gala Auction of Irish Contemporary Art, a follow up to our successful collaboration with Whyte’s auction house and again taking place in the Irish Georgian Society’s City Assembly house on South William Street. The fundraising auction will ensure PP/S can continue our activities in our 20th year and into 2017, and help widen interest in the work of living artists among Irish art-buying public.

We end the year and go into 2017 with a special 20th anniversary edition of our annual ‘Periodical Review’ with guest sectors IMMA director Sarah Glennie, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios co-founder Jenny Haughton, Pallas Studios co-founder and artist Brian Duggan, and art critic and lecturer Declan Long, looking at work from the last 20 years of visual art across Ireland.

PP/S are also delighted to welcome Irish artist Brian Maguire as honorary board member to mark our 20 year anniversary. Brian was asked to take up this new role in recognition of his art practice and its relation to social and political justice, his background in the early days of setting up Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, and his role in influencing subsequent generations of artists as lecturer and head of fine art at the National College of Art & Design.

We would like to thanks all our friends, supporters, artists, collaborators and visitors since 1996, and look forward to welcoming you to PP/S in our 20th Anniversary Year.