VISUAL opens its doors to the public on Thursday 3rd December with a new season of artworks, a collaboration with FORM Carlow and a captivating Christmas light display.
This December VISUAL brings you art exhibitions, online activities for all ages, podcasts and a Christmas shop in collaboration with Carlow’s Form Design group. Inspired by the season’s exhibitions, the beautiful light box building has been decorated with winter wonderland scenes.
In the Galleries
The Soil Became Scandinavian is a film/sculptural installation by Adrian Duncan and Feargal Ward. It traces the steps of Irish forester Dermot Mangan who was sent to rural Finland in 1946 to find trees in sufficient size and number to be used as Rural-Electricity-Scheme poles in Ireland. The Rural Electrification Scheme impacted the social, economic, and industrial development of the country, and transformed both urban and rural life beyond recognition. Alongside the film, discarded ESB poles rest as objects in the space, the smell is of creosote.
In addition to the exhibition, or if you cannot visit in person right now, listen to Finnish Journey, an essay by Adrian Duncan at www.visualcarlow.ie. The story is read by Irish actor Barry Ward and charts the artists’ journey to Finland to research and make the film. This audiobook project was kindly supported by Carlow Library Services.
The Best Laid Plans sees Tom Fitzgerald cast a satirical glance at 2020 and sketches it out in a series of drawings about Trumpism, Brexit and COVID-19. The Best Laid Plans illustrates how satire and political cartooning can capture the spirit and pressures of a time with quick precision. Drawn on ceramic tiles these sharp witted drawings present a perspective on the year that was.
VISUAL’s new Curator of Learning Clare Breen takes over the Lobby Gallery with this season’s learning programme When We Can Travel Again. Responding to The Soil Became Scandinavian, it explores ideas of staying at home while dreaming of travelling. Visitors to the gallery can have a full body experience visiting strange and wonderful landscapes from real life and the imagination in a green screen video studio. Children can also contribute drawings and stories thinking about where they would like to travel when lockdown is over.