Niamh O’Malley announced as guest artist for Mayo Artists Show
Renowned Mayo artist Niamh O’Malley has been invited by the Linenhall Arts Center and Ballina Arts Center to submit an artwork to their biannual Mayo Artists Show this year.
Born in Mayo and based in Dublin, O’Malley returned to her hometown in 2013 as part of Mayo Arts Collaborative’s highly successful inaugural project.
The project included a unique exhibit showcasing recent examples of his work at five different locations in the Mayo region. By creating a cultural trail through some of Ireland’s most breathtaking landscapes, visitors were encouraged to experience Niamh’s work in exhibition spaces in Belmullet, Ballycastle, Ballina, Castlebar and Westport.
The project broke new ground because it was the first time that the five state-funded visual arts spaces in Mayo had collaborated to simultaneously show the work of a single artist.
Her work will return to Mayo with a piece presented at both the Ballina Arts Center and Linenhall for the famous Mayo Artists Show which will take place from December 3, in both galleries.
“I am delighted to be a part of the Mayo Artists Show. I have thought about how closely the words ‘of’ and ‘form’ are. We are formed by the places and the landscape from which we come – and the shapes of Mayo to the mountains. , lakes and coastlines position us in the world and demand that their influence be visible in our work and our lives, âsays O’Malley.
O’Malley has been incredibly busy in recent years with both national and international exhibitions. She will represent Ireland at the Venice Biennale due to open in April 2022. As a sculptor and video maker, her work explores the materiality of landscape as well as conceptual ideas about how we perceive the world around us.
The biennial Mayo Artists’ Fair showcases a cornucopia of work across all kinds of media and celebrates the depth and breadth of visual arts talent in Mayo.
The 2021 exhibition will be selected and curated by Eamon Maxwell who said: âIt is a real pleasure to select and organize the Mayo Artists Show 2021. Over the past years, I have come to know many artists and organizations across the county and were seriously impressed with the quality of both.
âI hope the selection of works reflects the breadth and quality of the practitioners. And I am particularly delighted that Niamh O’Malley has accepted my invitation to exhibit two works in the exhibition, as she prepares to represent Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 2022. “
The exhibit will launch at 6 p.m. at the Linenhall Arts Center and 8 p.m. at the Ballina Arts Center on Friday, December 3. A free bus will be available to transport the public to Ballina and Castlebar on the night of the launch. Everyone is welcome.