Selected by Siobhán Mooney, Julia Moustacchi (Basic Space), Mark Cullen, Gavin Murphy (Pallas Projects)
Kevin Atherton, Cecilia Bullo, Myrid Carten, Ruth Clinton & Niamh Moriarty, Tom dePaor, The Ecliptic Newsletter, Eireann and I, Patrick Graham, Aoibheann Greenan, Kerry Guinan & Anthony O’Connor, Camilla Hanney, Léann Herlihy, Gillian Lawler, Michelle Malone, Thais Muniz, Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh, Venus Patel, Claire Prouvost, Christopher Steenson, TU Platform
6–8pm, Friday 9th December 2022
10th December 2022 – 28th January 2023
Christmas week open: Monday–Thursday
Closed from Friday 23th December – reopens Friday 6th January
“The frontiers of a book are never clear-cut: beyond the title, the first lines, and the last full stop, beyond its internal configuration and its autonomous form, it is caught up in a system of references to other books, other texts, other sentences: it is a node within a network.”
– Michel Foucault
Chapter 1, ‘The Unities of Discourse’
The Archaeology of Knowledge, 1969
Periodical Review (2011–ongoing) is a long-running curatorial project which sets out to consider, revisit and review current movements within contemporary art practices from around Ireland. Intended as a space for critical appraisal and consolidation of ideas and knowledge, the aim through each subsequent edition is to facilitate and encourage new readings, collaboration, crossover and debate. Not a group exhibition per se, Periodical Review is a discursive action, with the gallery presented as a journal, a magazine-like layout of artworks in dialogue, the field talking to itself.
With each iteration PP/S invites two peers – curators, artists, writers, educators – to consider the artworks, exhibitions and projects they encounter over the course of a year and then nominate what was for them, significant practices, works, activity, moments, selected via an editorial process. Within this exhibition framework – a constantly shifting series of subjective viewpoints and positions (geographical, personal, political, institutional) – curatorial unity cannot be prescribed, threads or movements can only occur.
In looking at self-organised exhibitions, off-site, artist-led and independent projects, commercial galleries, museum shows, performances and publications, Periodical Review looks to present the complex and heterogeneous span of visual art in Ireland, creating dialogue and critical reflection amongst peers and between practices, to help develop and engage Irish contemporary art as a whole. In doing this, it can also act as an accessible survey of contemporary art, expanding access to and experience of new art practices from around Ireland to a wider audience.
In addition to curator’s texts which provide context for their selections, the exhibition is accompanied by an essay by writer Sarah Kelleher, commissioned in collaboration with Paper Visual Art Journal. This new PPS/PVA Visual Art Writing Commission is intended to further discourse on the contemporary moment in visual art in Ireland, while also building into a record of art practice, projects, and concepts over time.
Essay published in collaboration with Paper Visual Art Journal, as part of the PPS/PVA Visual Art Writing Commission
Friday 9th December, 6pm
Performance: Léann Herlihy, a cartography of the middle of nowhere
Artist Léann Herlihy will perform a live reading from their publication
Saturday 28th January
The Ecliptic Newsletter, pop-up event
See announcements/website for further details
A dedicated schools visit programme takes place during the run of the exhibition, covering both primary and secondary level. If your school would like to take part, or for more info, please contact: email@example.com
Basic Space is an independent voluntary art organisation founded in 2010, which has programmed residencies, exhibitions, and educational events, primarily working with emerging and early-career practitioners. The majority of projects are hosted or in collaboration with external institutions, where Basic Space acts as a critical force, challenging attitudes and policy and promoting a representative and inclusive framework. Basic Space curates a series called BASIC TALKS which is held in the Hugh Lane gallery once a month, and are currently working on a series of live events to be held across the city of Dublin. Siobhán Mooney and Julia Moustacchi are the current co-directors.
Siobhán Mooney is an independent curator with a particular interest in emerging practices and site specific work outside the gallery space. Recent roles include artist liaison and curator for ‘Earth Rising’ an Eco Festival in IMMA, curator of ‘Home Place’, a photographic exhibition by Gerry Blake in DLR Lexicon and curator of a number of site specific light installations by Helen MacMahon for Listowel Festival of Light. Siobhán graduated with an MA in curating (MAVIS) from IADT in 2014 and was the 2019 winner of the Black Church Print Studio Emerging Curator Award.
Julia Moustacchi is a French curator and arts manager, based in Dublin. She is currently Programme and Operations Manager for Fire Station Artists’ Studios, as well as conducting projects with the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin City Arts Office and The LAB Gallery. Recent projects include the curation of the Eco Art Festival Earth Rising, IMMA, 2022, Cruinniú na nÓg in The LAB, 2022. Julia previously worked as Public Engagement Curator for the Dublin City Council initiative Sculpture Dublin (2020-2022). She is a graduate of the MA in Arts Management and Cultural Policy in University College Dublin (2018).
Pallas Projects/Studios (founded 1996) is a not-for-profit artist-run organisation dedicated to the facilitation of artistic production and discourse, via the provision of affordable artists studios in Dublin's city centre, and a programme of curated projects. Pallas Projects collaborates with artists, curators and writers to engage and develop Irish contemporary art, through solo and group projects with a focus on emerging and mid-career artists; and exchanges and collaborations with artists’ groups, art organisations and institutions around Ireland and abroad. PP/S addresses the necessity of providing space for artistic production and exhibition, and foregrounds the role of contemporary art as a constant agent of discourse and social transformation, expressed through a variety of spaces, exchanges, off-site projects, exhibitions, talks, education, resource programmes, and publications. PP/S also engages in research, advocacy to support and promote the value of cultural resources in the community, studio provision, and artist-run practices, such as the major research and publishing project Artist-Run Europe.
Pallas Projects/Studios is funded by The Arts Council.