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To mark the preview of the exciting solo exhibition at IMMA, Revenants by Irish artist Kevin Mooney and curated by arts writer and a Government of Ireland Scholar Sarah Kelleher; join both guests for a conversation that explores selected works and themes that comprise the exhibition.

Moderated by Sarah Kelleher, this talk introduces the methods and thinking that shape Mooney’s hybrid painting and sculptural practice. Through a diverse set of imagery and use of materials, Mooney’s paintings visualise under-explored areas of Irish history and imagines ‘lost’ art of an Irish diaspora. Drawing on historical connections between Ireland and the Caribbean that are a rich source of inspiration for the artist, this conversation explores Mooney’s ongoing fascination with Irish mythology, history, cultural migration and disparate transatlantic cultures that underscores the exhibition at IMMA.

Following this talk guests are invited to a special preview of the exhibition in the Courtyard Galleries and to join us for a reception in the adjoining project spaces.


About Speakers

Kevin Mooney is an Irish artist based in Sample-Studios, Cork. His recent solo exhibition, The Erlish Tide, was held in the Excel Gallery, Tipperary in 2021 and was supported by The Arts Council of Ireland Commissions Award. Previous exhibitions include Mutators, MART Gallery, Dublin and Sample-studios, Cork, (solo), 2022, Pines Eye, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, 2020, EVA International, Limerick, 2018, The Law Is a White Dog, Tulca Festival, Galway, 2020, Fragments of San Borondon, Triskel Arts Centre, 2019, (Solo), Everything Is In Everything, Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, 2019, Apparition, Sternview Gallery, 2018, (Solo), Seeing Things, Artbox Projects, Dublin, 2017,(Solo), Twilight Head Cult, Ormston House, Limerick, 2016, (Solo), What Is and What Might Be, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, 2015, Making Familiar, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, 2012, and Wave, Pallas Projects, 2014(Solo).

Kevin graduated with an MFA from NCAD in 2012. Since then, he has received several Visual Arts Bursaries from The Arts Council. His work is held in various private and public collections in Ireland and abroad, including Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, The OPW, The Arts Council of Ireland and Galway City Council.

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. 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. She has also published journal articles on Japanese post war photography and dada sculpture and performance. Sarah nurtures an independent curatorial practice and 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). As co-founder of Pluck Projects, an independent curatorial venture, along with Dr. Rachel Warriner, Sarah is organising a series of symposia on Irish Art for the RHA in Dublin.


About Revenants

KEVIN MOONEY REVENANTS 01 Dec 2022–05 Mar 2023

Revenants presents a series of recent paintings by Cork-based artist Kevin Mooney and assembles a significant body of recent work by Cork-based artist Kevin Mooney. Bringing together paintings made between 2016 and 2022, Mooney’s practice visualises under-explored areas of Irish history. Revenants is curated by arts writer and a Government of Ireland Scholar, Sarah Kelleher. This exhibition is accompanied by a major new publication designed by Pony Ltd, with texts by Sarah Kelleher and Seán Kissane, Curator, Exhibitions, IMMA. For more details see here


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