Behind the Curtain - VISUAL

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art &
The George Bernard Shaw Theatre

Behind the Curtain

Artworks 2024

6 June - 25 August 2024

11am - 5.30pm Tues - Sat, 2pm - 5pm Sun
Tuesday - Sunday

Admission: Free

VISUAL and Carlow Arts Festival are pleased to present Behind the Curtain as the theme for Artworks 2024, the annual open call exhibition hosted by VISUAL as part of Carlow Arts Festival.

This year's exhibition will consider hallmarks of theatre, film and performance traditions such as masking, costume, set-building, role-playing, becoming other and transformation. This thematic is drawn from the practice of visual artist Ulla von Brandenburg, who is presenting Under Water Ball, a solo exhibition in VISUAL alongside Behind the Curtain, and from the work of Cornelis Norbertus Gijsbrechts, a 17th century Flemish painter who specialised in trompe-l'oeil works. Gijsbrecht's work Reverse of a Framed Painting (c.1670) has been argued to be the earliest work of conceptual art.

Artists invited to participate and chosen from the open call are:

Andreas Kindler von Knobloch, Anja Buchheister, Cecilia Danell, Gillian Lawler, Jane Hughes, Julie Lovett, Kathy Tynan, Liam O'Callaghan, Lucy Sheridan, Mia Shattock, Miriam O' Connor, Nollaig Molloy, Olga Anacka, Rachel Fallon, Richard Malone, Siobhan McDonald, Sorcha McNamara and Tobi Balogun.

The selection panel consisted of; VISUAL’s Curator Benjamin Stafford and Learning Curator Clare Breen; Carlow Arts Festival’s Creative Producer Orlaith Tracey; visual artist Ulla von Brandenburg, and playwright, theatre-maker and cabaret artist Pea Dinneen.