IADT and Pallas Projects are delighted to announce recent IADT graduate Anna Stuart as the winner of this year’s IADT/Pallas Projects Mentorship Award. This Mentorship Award recognises skills in exhibition administration, communications, organisation, project management and teamwork. It is awarded each year to the IADT BA (Hons) Art student who has made the most significant contribution to the coordination and organisation of student exhibitions.
Anna will be the recipient of a stipend and three mentoring sessions with Pallas Projects, to be completed during the six months following her Graduation.
Anna Stuart is a visual artist currently based in Dublin, having graduated with First Class Honours from the BA Art programme at IADT, Dun Laoghaire. Encompassing a variety of media, her practice explores a philosophy where parameters rather than outcomes are set for works. Often being described as scenarios, her works evolve together with their environment and offer a visual investigation into time, phenomena and the potential chain of actions and unknown reactions that occur when living systems come into contact. This methodology has taken many forms, including the exploration of the alchemic qualities of minerals such as salt, as well as the fabrication of a non-digital, experiential helmet. Inspired by the everyday coexistence between the human and non-human environment, Anna’s practice is driven by her fascination with time and a desire to explore new areas of art making as a way of observing and engaging with the world. Through a combination of chance and circumstance, environments reform – existing on the periphery of this world and another.
Anna has exhibited work both in Ireland and abroad, exhibiting in solo show Entropy (2021) at Tasku Gallery, Helsinki as well as taking part in group shows ; OnShow (IADT, 2022), Propositions (IADT, 2022), Peripheries in Parallax (Aalto University, 2021) and Tuntemattomat, (University of the Arts, Helsinki, 2020). Currently Anna is a studio member at Ormond Art Studios.
Audio description soundbite.speechify
As part of Periodcial Review 12 we are supporting the TU Platform Emergency Fund
Please donate via PayPal here
TU Platform is an artist-run space in the now devastated Mariupol, located only 15 km from the front line of occupied Donetsk when the full scale invasion began. Set up in 2015 by Diana Berg, Kostyantyn Batozsky and like-minded people to develop modern culture in an otherwise conservative centre of heavy industry on the Sea of Azov, Platform "TU!" was a place of freedom and art that became a haven for LGBTQA+ people, those with disabilities, and causes from environmental responsibility to women's rights. Having had to flee the besieged city TU’s focus has shifted, creating a fund/program to provide financial assistance to residents of Mariupol with priority given to families of teenagers who are members of the OS art cluster, people who have been physically affected by the blockade, people with disabilities, and families with children.
Image: Shelter, 2022, Diana Berg, Mariupol
Audio description soundbite.speechify
Pallas Projects and Paper Visual Art are delighted to announce Sarah Kelleher as the 2022 recipient of their annual writing commission for early-career writers. This award is the second of an ongoing series, aiming to encourage, develop, and support new and ambitious critical writing in the context of contemporary visual art in Ireland, and to afford the recipient the opportunity to reflect on and publish work on their specific area of interest.
The commission is part of Pallas Projects' ongoing curatorial project Periodical Review (2011–ongoing) and together with the selected works is intended to further discourse on the contemporary moment in visual art in Ireland, while also building a record of art practice, projects, and concepts over time. These are commitments shared by Paper Visual Art Journal and this new critical initiative represents a welcome opportunity to collaborate across organisations. Awardees receive a professional fee and editorial input and support from Pallas Projects and Paper Visual Art, and their text is published in the printed exhibition publication, and online on the PVA website.
About Sarah Kelleher
Sarah Kelleher is an independent arts writer, curator, and Government of Ireland scholar currently finishing her PhD on contemporary Irish sculpture with the History of Art Department in UCC. Her research focuses Irish art since the 1990s with an emphasis on sculptural practice, queer theory and phenomenology. She has published widely, including exhibition texts for the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Limerick City Gallery, as well as for the Ulterior Gallery in New York and Domo Baal Gallery in London. Her reviews have appeared in Paper Visual, Enclave Review, Circa, the Visual Artists Newssheet, the Irish Arts Review and the Sunday Times. She has also published journal articles on Japanese post war photography and dada sculpture and performance. Sarah nurtures an independent curatorial practice and is the curator of Kevin Mooney: Revenants, IMMA 2022. As co-founder of Pluck Projects, an independent curatorial venture, along with Dr. Rachel Warriner, Sarah has co-curated the exhibitions Rachel Fallon's The Mother City project (2022); Padraig Spillane's define silver lining (2022); Jessica Akerman's Cork Caryatids (2021) and Alice Maher: Vox Materia (2018). Pluck Projects are currently organising a series of symposia on Irish Art for the RHA in Dublin which consider the relation between Irish artists and the institution as the Academy reaches its 200th anniversary.
The PPS/PVA Visual Art Writing Commission is supported through Arts Grant Funding by The Arts Council
Audio description: soundbite.speechify
Time: 2 pm Saturday 19th November
On Tenterhooks (A postscript). A performance by Frank Wasser as part of the Artist-Initiated Projects at Pallas Projects Studios.
Meshed fragments of conflated memories, histories and fictions rest in this place temporarily. Wasser renders the place of his childhood home (The Tenters), the place where he learned to speak for the first time as a subject for analysis. The works invite questions within the context of a wider precarity, the conditions of the making of the work, the current housing crisis and an imagined fantasy of the future of the site examined. The work evolved from the artist returning to Dublin to research several sites local to the gallery, including his childhood home now owned by an unrelated private homeowner.
Frank Wasser is an artist, curator, writer and educator based in London, Dublin and Oxford. His work often takes the form of performance, images, writing and sculptures which question and complicate the parameters of contemporary art practice. He has exhibited, written and lectured nationally and internationally. Recent projects and exhibitions include: ‘Speech Sounds’ at VISUAL Carlow, Ireland, ‘Urgencies’ at CCA Derry/Londonderry, ‘THE CRIT’ University of Oxford, ‘Title, yet to be announced’ at Catalyst Arts (FIX 21), Belfast, ‘Return to Disintegration: Periodical Review 11’ at Pallas Project Space, Dublin, ‘Survey’ at Jerwood, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, The Buecoat and G39 Cardiff, United Kingdom.
Recent writing and criticism have been included in and commissioned by Flash Art, Burlington Contemporary, AEMI, Art Monthly, Art Review and the Visual Artists Newsheet. Wasser will release a short book with MA Bibliothèque in early 2023.
Wasser is currently completing a DPhil in Fine Art at the University of Oxford. He is an associate lecturer in Critical Studies and Fine Art Practice at London Metropolitan University. Wasser also regularly runs workshops and lectures at Tate Modern and Tate Britain. Wasser is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland. He is the founder of ‘The Virtual Lectures’ which is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland Project Award (2022)
More information: pallasprojects.org/project/frank-wasseron-tenterhooks
Audio Description: soundbite.speechify
Time: 6–7pm Thursday 27th October
Interregnum: Artist performance, followed by an open conversation with the audience.
Climate change, digital technological revolution, pandemics, decolonization, gender fluidity, infodemics, (nuclear) wars or the challenge to the patriarchal system, are some of the contemporary challenges that have become part of our daily vocabulary. Uncertainty lingers, the anthropocene in question, while high consumerism confidently strives blind to its reality. From personal to collective bodies, there is the emergency of new strategies for survival and social integration. But, are we ready to engage in a process of transformation? What are the options? How do we do it? How change is experienced?
Rocío Romero Grau is a Catalan artist currently established in Galway (Ireland). She studied Contemporary Art in ATU (Galway). She develops interactive and immersive installations influenced by philosophical and sociological research. As a musician and visual artist, she has produced and collaborated in different projects, always interested in the cohesion of disciplines and artistic backgrounds: interactive installations, musical composition, theatre or visuals. As a pianist, singer and composer, Rocío has released different albums exploring different styles like punk, progressive rock, and traditional music, jazz or experimental. In the performance world she has experience in clown, cabaret, street theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed.