The Winter Open 2017, an annual exhibition of work from throughout the whole island of Ireland, chosen from an open submission call by Rua Red, has it’s opening reception tonight (6pm) in Gallery 1.
This years exhibition boasts a range of artworks including sculptures, paintings, drawings and some stunning photography and prints from the following artists:
David Turner; Lorraine Cleary; Patricia McCormack; Aurélie; Phill Foley; Paul Hallahan; Bennie Reilly; Emma McKeagney; Laura Wade; Daíthí Magner; Victoria J. Dean; Shea Dalton; Ray Murphy; Marvin Baldemor; Brian Hanlon; Eva Walsh; Mark Kelly; Beatrice O’Connell; Clare Lyons; Jane Cassidy; John Cullen; Martin Redmond; Gerry Davis; Dermot Hallahan; Danny Kelly; Sean O Rouke; Karl O Reilly; Celiene Sheridan; Yvanna Greene; Fiona Finlay; Niamh Porter; Fiona Reilly; Kieran Gallagher; Gergely Eortzan Nagy; Cara Donaghey; Róisín O Sullivan; Rory Tangney; Michael Power; Robert Ellis; Mario Sughi; Roger Hudson; Robert Dunne; Ian Cumberland; Belinda Deutinger and Olivia Hassett
Run Red supports artists at all stages of their career.
Run Red is forming an Acquisition Committee in September 2018 whose role will be to select and purchase works from the Winter Open and Café Wall exhibitions to form a collection for the organisation show within the building on a rotational basis.
The public also have the chance to vote for their favourite artwork, the artist of which will win the People’s Choice Award, a cash prize of €1000, sponsored by the Square Shopping Centre.
Alongside this years selection will be an exhibition by the 2016 Winter Open winner Oscar Dempsey.
Dempsey has created a body of new, large scale works for his first solo show as an emerging artist.
Using the anatomy of Hyenas as a visual focal point, he takes influence from their “Dominance Hierarchy” through the intrasexual conflicts in a Matriarchal system.
The works resemble limbless figures and torsos from the Roman and Renaissance period.
The sculptures attempt to impersonate male nudes as they stand in antagonising positions, while being deemed weak by their dangling limbs.
In this show Dempsey explores materials such as latex, styrofoam, wood and metal while utilising a time consuming, hand-carving method to create these large sculptural works.
Winter Open 2017 15 December – 20 January
Gallery 1 Rua Red