Artist-Initiated Projects 2019 launched by Josepha Madigan, Minister Culture, Heritage & Gaeltacht

Date: Thursday 11th July 2019, 6–8pm

Venue: Pallas Projects/Studios
115–117 The Coombe, Dublin 8, Ireland

The launch will take place at the opening of the exhibition: Liliane Puthod—How Long After Best Before.

Pallas Projects/Studios are delighted to announce the official launch for our programme of Artist-Initiated Projects 2019 by Josepha Madigan, Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht. The series of 10 x 3-week exhibitions between March—November 2019 will present exhibitions of new work by a gifted lineup of emerging contemporary artists: Celina Muldoon, Aideen Farrell, Marie Farrington, Tadhg Ó Cuirrín, The Queeratorial curated by Aoife Banks, Liliane Puthod, 1iing Heaney, Kerry Guinan, Jonathan Mayhew and Doireann Ni Ghrioghair.

Artist-Initiated Projects aims to act as an incubator for early careers, and support artists' practices at crucial stages, providing a platform for artists to produce and exhibit challenging work across all art forms. The model of short-run exhibitions with a relatively short turnaround time of 3–6 months is an alternative to the normal institutional model, where the process of studio visit to exhibition can take several years. Shorter lead-in times allow the programme to be quick and responsive, reflect what artists are currently making, and encourage experimentation and risk-taking.

Artist-Initiated Projects at Pallas Projects/Studios is an open-submission, annual gallery programme of 10 x 3-week exhibitions taking place between March and November 2019. This unique programme of funded, artist-initiated projects selected via open call is highly accessible to artists, with a focus on early/mid-career, emerging artists and recent graduates. Projects are supplemented with artists' talks, texts, workshops or performances, and gallery visits by colleges and local schools.

"My experience [of the Artist-Initiated Projects] has been fantastic. It was the start of me as an artist really. Since I have exhibited in the Kevin Kavanagh gallery in a group show and was shortlisted for the Zurich Portrait Prize in the National Gallery. Also, I'm currently being filmed as part of an RTE documentary. None of which would have happened without Pallas Projects or certainly not in the timeline in which it has. I was really impressed by how simple and accessible the application was. Most open calls aren't really that 'open' but this one is and I think it's vital to young artists here."
– Salvatore of Lucan, AIP participant 2018.

Minister's statement

"The Arts Council funded Pallas Projects Artist-Initiated Projects is an important scheme, particularly for artists with fledgeling careers.

The arts provide challenges at all levels, demonstrating the variety of interpretation and imagination that exists. It demonstrates many different palettes, subject matter and styles of work. It compels us, the audience, to slow down, to stop and to take time to appreciate, to consider and to reflect.

This wonderful scheme, led by artists for artists, will provide us with a stunning display of diverse talent through the summer and autumn until November. I am certain that it will provide a springboard for the careers of these exhibiting artists, inspire others and demonstrate just why the arts are intrinsic to the very fabric of life in our capital city."

– Josepha Madigan
Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht


About us:

Pallas Projects/Studios is one of Ireland's longest running artist-run spaces, providing much needed studio and exhibition space over 22 years in Dublin's city centre. Artists are a key factor in cultivating rich and diverse culture that enhances social lived experience in the city and as such PP/S has long advocated for the importance of retaining artist-led spaces as an essential part of this cultural fabric. The organisation, which began on Foley Street in 1996, has traversed the city, utilising and injecting new life into disused spaces, and has since 2012 settled in the Coombe in Dublin 8, where it has become embedded in the community as a key visual art and cultural resource for the area. PP/S have established a local, nationwide and international reputation among artists and organisations, and a public profile through successful and critically engaged exhibitions, publishing, collaborations and partnerships, and education programmes for schools. Recent projects include the 4-year research project and publication 'Artist-Run Europe', published by Onomatopee, Eindhoven in 2016, and the annual 'Periodical Review' exhibition now in its ninth year.

Pallas Projects/Studios is funded by The Arts Council


Programme info:

Exhibitions will run Thurs–Sat for 3 weeks, with openings taking place on the first Thursday evening. Exhibition dates:
14/03/19—30/03/19 Celina Muldoon
04/04/19—20/04/19 Aideen Farrell

09/05/19—24/05/19 Marie Farrington
30/05/19—15/06/19 Tadhg Ó Cuirrín
20/06/19—06/07/19 The Queeratorial, curated by Aoife Banks
11/07/19—27/07/19 Liliane Puthod

22/08/19—07/09/19 1iing Heaney
12/09/19—28/09/19 Kerry Guinan

10/10/19—26/10/19 Jonathan Mayhew
31/10/19—16/11/19 Doireann Ni Ghrioghair

Event page here.