Alice Maher: Highlanes Gallery/ Limerick City Gallery

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Elliptical Affinities: Irish Women Artists and The Politics of The Body, 1984 to the Present

Venue: Highlanes Gallery
Sponsor:Louth County Council / Arts Council
Admission: FREE

Aideen Barry, Sarah Browne, Amanda Coogan, Dorothy Cross, Pauline Cummins, Rachel Fallon, Patricia Hurl, Jesse Jones, Breda Lynch, Alice Maher, Alanna O’Kelly, Kathy Prendergast, Louise Walsh  Since the mid 1980s an important tendency in art by Irish women has been to situate itself clearly in relation to the significant changes in the politics of the body in Ireland that began to take place during that decade, culminating in the recent upsurge of both activism and artwork in relation to the Campaign to Repeal the Eighth Amendment. The revitalisation of feminism during the 1980s in response to the repressive attitudes of church and state also resulted in the emergence of a new generation of Irish women artists whose work was explicitly focused around the politics of the Irish female body.
An exhibition that explicitly focuses on tracking this ongoing conjunction of art and feminism in Ireland is long overdue, and in this sense Elliptical Affinities builds on and acknowledges precedents such as But Still Like Dust I’ll Rise curated by Vivienne Dick at Galway Arts Centre (2018) and the enmeshing of women’s history, temporality, embodiment and affect in Jesse Jones’ Tremble Tremble. For more info on the exhibition click here.

The exhibition is produced by Aoife Ruane and Stephen Hodgins. The Exhibition is funded by Arts Council Ireland and Manchester Metropolitian University

16 November 2019 – 25 January 2020, Highlanes Gallery 6 February – 22 March 2020, Limerick City Gallery of Art  Highlanes Gallery, Laurence Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland T. + 353 (0)41 9803311 W. E.