An Open Day, which will enable members of the public to see and meet artists in their studios, is being held at the Irish Museum of Modern Art on Sunday 15 June. The seven artists currently participating in the Museum’s Artists’ Work Programme will open their studios to visitors from 2.00 to 5.00pm. Visitors will be able to see the variety of work being produced by the artists currently participating in the programme, ranging from Dimitri Tsykalov’s life-size, hand-crafted wooden Porsche filled with growing tomato plants to elegant paintings of garages and flyovers by Gavin O’Curry. The Open Day is being organised to coincide with the exhibition of artwork in the Process Room and landing area at IMMA by four of the artists presently working in the studios, – Frances Goodman, Gavin O’Curry, Jonathan Owen and Dimitri Tsykalov.
The Artists’ Work Programme is a studio / residency programme, which has been in operation at the Museum since 1994. Designed to provide opportunities for artists to develop their work practice, it provides eight studios, with accommodation spaces for three residents, located in the former coach houses beside the main Museum building.
The Artists’ Work Programme reinforces the defining principle of the Museum, which is that of access, by inviting visitors to the Museum to meet with artists in their studios and discuss their work with them. Artists are selected to participate in the Artists’ Work Programme on the basis of a proposal submitted, describing their objectives for a period of work. Since its inception, the Programme has hosted over 150 artists, both Irish and international, and has made many connections with artists’ associations and similar residency programmes all over the world. A current participant on the Programme is Micaela de Vivero, a sculptor from Ecuador, who is here through the UNESCO / Aschberg Bursary for Artists.
The studios will be open from 2.00 to 5.00pm on Sunday 15 June. The work from the studios will be shown in the Process Room and landing area until the last week in June.
On Thursday 19 June at 11.30am the four artists showing artwork in the Process Room and landing area will give a gallery talk on their work.
Details of the artists working in the studios are attached.
For further information and colour and black and white images please contact Patrice Molloy at Tel : +353 1 612 9900, Fax : +353 1 612 9999, Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
9 June 2003
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