• Caoimhe Kilfeather, The rigid thing, the moving act, 2014
  • Aideen Barry, Enshrined, 2016
  • Amanda Dunsmore, John Hume 2005 & David Trimble 2017


Periodical Review X

20 works x 20 selectors
online and gallery exhibitions

Selected by Patrick T. Murphy, Oonagh Young, Chris Fite-Wassilak, Niamh Brown, Caroline Cowley, Ailbhe Murphy, Marysia Wieckiewicz-Carroll, Maeve Connolly, Paul McGrane & Mark O’Gorman, Dobz O’Brien, Mary Cremin, Jacquie Moore, Simon Fennessy Corcoran, Christina Kennedy, Michael Dempsey, Linda Shevlin, Siobhán Geoghegan, Miranda Driscoll, Paper Visual Art, Peter Richards.

Aideen Barry, David Beattie, Sarah Browne & Jesse Jones, Ursula Burke, Brian Duggan, Amanda Dunsmore, Clodagh Emoe, Angela Fulcher, The Healers, Elaine Hoey, Caoimhe Kilfeather, Barbara Knezevic, Eleanor McCaughey, Ronan McCrea, William McKeown, Niamh O’Malley, Fiona Reilly, Richard Proffitt, Radio Joinery, John Rainey.

Launching Wednesday 9th December, 12 noon
Online exhibition with a selection of works in the gallery*

*Gallery open subject to current Government guidelines

Gallery hours Wednesday – Saturday 12–6 pm

“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 is not a group exhibition per se, but a discursive action, the gallery proposed as a journal, a magazine-like layout of images that speak, the field talking to itself. This is the exhibition as resource and discourse, in which agents within the field of art making are invited to engage with and subjectively re-situate what were for them significant moments, practices, works, activity, objects: nodes within the network.

Periodical Review X – the tenth in the series – will take place largely online (with a selection of work installed in the gallery). For this milestone 10th iteration of our long-running curatorial project Pallas Projects asked 20 selectors from around the country to each choose a work from the last decade that holds a particular resonance with them, alongside a short written reflection on the work and its context. Together these provide a multi-subjective survey of a 10-year period that covers a financial crash, a property bust to boom cycle, epoch-defining social transformation in Ireland in areas of same-sex marriage and abortion rights (and ongoing social ills of the homelessness crisis and Direct Provision), set against a seismic attitudinal shift in our relationship to social media and our personal information, the planetary Climate Crisis, the rise of populism around the globe, and now, a global pandemic that has fundamentally altered almost every aspect of our daily lives.

In addition for this special, and much changed, iteration Periodical Review, we have commissioned a number of essays on the project. The first of these, by James Merrigan and Chris Hayes respectively, will be available alongside the online exhibition, itself a collaboration with our ingenious design partners Other Office. Additionally we hope to bring a number of live, broadcast events during the run of the exhibition, more details of which are to follow.

In the meantime. Stay safe. Support the arts. Enjoy the exhibition.


Each year, Pallas Projects invite a number of peers – artists, writers, educators, curators – to cooperatively review and nominate a number of art practices, selected via an editorial process. In looking at self-organised exhibitions, off-site projects, commercial gallery and museum shows, performances and publications, Periodical Review proposes itself as a unique and novel survey of current and contemporaneous practices from around the country. Such a review-type exhibition within Irish art practice acts to revisit; to be a reminder, a critical appraisal and consolidation of ideas and knowledge; to facilitate and encourage collaboration, crossover and debate.

The annual Periodical Review exhibition has since its inception become an important feature of the Irish visual art calendar. Over the previous 9 years it has featured the work of 180 artists, presenting, discussing and championing the work of graduates and early and mid-career artists, alongside some the country's most established and well known contemporary artists. The exhibition has proven to be a touchstone on what is happening in current Irish visual art, drawing plaudits from critics, professional peers and public alike, presenting both a space for discursive critical reflection and an accessible survey of contemporary art for a wide audience.

Education programme

A dedicated schools programme takes place during the run of the exhibition, covering both primary and secondary level. This year online options will be provided. If your school would like to take part, or for more info, please contact: info@pallasprojects.org


Pallas Projects/Studios is funded by The Arts Council.