From Edge to Edge 1916 - 2016: 100 years of art from County Clare
presented by Clare Arts Office and glór
Curated by Catherine Marshall
The great Australian artist, Sidney Nolan, said of the Irish diaspora
that it spread from ‘edge to edge’ all over the world. Nolan had good
reason to know, since his own ancestors had fled the Mullaghmore area of
Co. Clare in the mid-nineteenth century.
Uniquely in Ireland, Clare is a county with well-defined boundaries,
sandwiched between the Shannon and the Atlantic. This exhibition will
bring together work by artists who have had an important connection with
the county and who have engaged with issues of ‘edginess’, its
struggles, innovations and identity. The work, selected from national
and regional collections, directly from artists’ studios or specially
commissioned for this show will look back at some of the history of this
remarkable county since Sean Keating painted the Shannon Development
Scheme, and Camille Souter learned to fly, defying those very edges,
just as the flood waters in Samuel Walsh’s very contemporary work also
defies them. Other artists in the show will include Nolan himself and
such contemporaries as Aideen Barry, Tom Molloy and Deirdre O’Mahony as
well as older artists such as Brian Bourke or deceased artists such as
Barrie Cooke and Jean Regan.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a small catalogue with an essay by Samuel Walsh.