• Sarah Kelleher portrait


PPS/PVA Visual Art Writing Commission 2022 recipient Sarah Kelleher

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



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Frank Wasser—On Tenterhooks (A postscript)

Time: 2 pm Saturday 19th November

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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

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


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  • Interregnum IV, Rocío Romero Grau. Image from the Interregnum video, abstract shape in black and white.
  • Interregnum IV, Rocío Romero Grau


Rocío Romero Grau — Interregnum. The Performance

Time: 6–7pm Thursday 27th October

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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.



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Super Surprise Screening with Super Gairdín

Thursday 20th October 2022, 6pm

Join us for a super surprise double bill screening with Super Gairdín



Michelle Doyle is an artist and musician based in Ireland, working through sound, performance, set design and moving image. Her work is concerned with subculture, politics, technology, freedom and communities. She uses automatic writing as part of her practice; including collected data, manifestos and other written ephemera in order to create confrontational spoken performances. Doyle performs with sound group, The Healers and solo as Rising Damp.

Doyle is a resident artist in Fire Station Studios in Dublin and is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

michelledoyle.xyz | @risingdamp_

Cóilín O’Connell (b.1990) is a visual artist from Dublin. His interdisciplinary practice has seen him adopt the methods of archivists, hoarders, archaeologists, pamphleteers and bootleggers to explore knowledge production and narrative building. He uses image making, field work, research and writing as the basis for making works in video, installation, print and publication.

coilinoconnell.xyz | @c_o_connell

brassneck.press | @brassneckpress


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Open Call: Artist-Initiated Projects 2023

Pallas Projects/Studios announce the open call for applications for our 2023 Artist-Initiated Projects. We are inviting proposals for funded 3-week exhibitions from artists working across all contemporary visual art forms. Submission guidelines are now available from our website, and the deadline for submissions is 5pm Tuesday 13th December 2022. Visual artists are invited to apply, especially emerging artists, recent graduates, and early/mid-career artists with solo or collaborative projects. The application procedure is free and simple to complete, projects will be self-directed, with an artists fee/production budget and other valuable supports from PP/S. Exhibitions will run from March-November 2023, and we welcome projects/bodies of work that are completed/near completion, or work in progress with clearly-expressed outcomes. Please note the ability to turn around in a short time may be required. The Artist-Initiated Projects programme at PP/S is kindly funded by The Arts Council.

Submission guidelines are now available here, and the deadline for submissions is Tuesday 13th December 2022 at 5pm.


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