PPS/PVA Visual Art Writing Commission 2021 recipient Laurence Counihan

Pallas Projects and Paper Visual Art Journal are delighted to announce a new annual writing commission for early-career writers. The inaugural awardee for 2021 is Laurence Counihan. This award is the first in what will be 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 will receive a professional fee and editorial input and support from Pallas Projects and Paper Visual Art.. The the texts will form part of the printed exhibition publication, and will also be published online on the Paper Visual Art website.

About Laurence Counihan:

Laurence Counihan is an Irish-Filipino writer and critic based in Co. Kerry. Currently a teaching assistant and PhD student in the History of Art Department at University College Cork, his research is located at the intersection of art history, media archaeology, and continental aesthetics. His essays have been published in Circa Art Magazine, Paper Visual Art, Enclave Review, Visual Artist' News Sheet, Mirror Lamp Press, Hz Journal, and Yearbook of Moving Image Studies.

The PPS/PVA Visual Art Writing Commission is supported through Arts Grant Funding by The Arts Council