RESTLESS: 7th Annual 126 Members Show

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Curated by Paul McAree

14th of July- 29th of July

Opening Reception Tuesday 15th of July at 7.30PM

Image from Ruby Wallis, Exiles
Image from Ruby Wallis, Exiles

126 are delighted to present the 7th Annual Members Exhibition “Restless” as part of this years Galway International Arts Festival. The exhibition will feature work by Amanda Rice (IRL), Aneta Nowicka (PL), Breda Lynch (IRL), Emer Ní Chíobháin (IRL), Gianna Tasha Tomasso (IRL), Kerry Guinan (IRL), Inguna Gremzde (LV), Jane Queally (IRL), Michael Holly (IRL), Noelle Gallagher (IRL), Nora Duggan (IRL), Robin Jones (IRL) and Ruby Wallis (IRL).

Restless does not have a distinct theme, yet belies a certain feeling from the collected work. An unease, a questioning, a poking, a teasing of possibilities. In sending out an open call for submissions, no theme was suggested, only general background interests of the curator. McAree was interested to see what would emerge and suggest itself as a show. What presented itself was a distinct sense of questioning through a very diverse series of artworks – who we are, what are things made of, the meaning of things, of objects, of reality, of the personal, the social. The blur between reality and fiction, of burden shouldered, and sacrifices taken, of memory, of history, of contracts, of artifice.This diverse series of artworks seems to suggest a sense of where we are now, eternally never emerging from a recession, and in its various ways, teasing at the global through its collective presentation.

126 is Galway’s and the west of Ireland’s first artist-led exhibition space. 126 was established in 2006 by local artists as response to the urgent need for more non-commercial gallery spaces in Galway. Among the aims of 126 are to maintain a central permanent exhibition space and resource centre for all visual artists. Provide a unique platform within Galway for the presentation of art works that are risk-taking, experimental, in-progress, and otherwise not normally represented by commercial galleries or established institutions and to encourage a growth in the visual arts in Galway and in critical discourse in Ireland.
In addition to an opening reception on the 15th of July, there will be an exhibition publication launch and website launch of the new 126 website on the 24th of July at 6.30PM.

126 would like to thank The Galway International Arts Festival for their generous support.