Upcoming projects or exhibitions taking place in Studio 12  in 2020:

Drawing Clinics | Cassandra & Megan Eustace. 15th February, 15th May, 5th June, 16th July (afternoon only), 17th July. Opening hours: 11am-1pm, 3pm-5pm: 30 min appointments. 4 ‘clients’ per half day, 8 ‘clients’ per full day: 36 ‘clients’ seen in total during 2020 clinics. Booking essential: 021 4961002 / admin@backwaterartists.ie. The Drawing Clinic aims to create a space in which drawing matters can be experienced, discussed, and looked at in consultation with the Eustace twins. Three minds are better than one especially when two of them are Eustaces.

Inherited Possibility | Joseph Fogarty. Curated by Jenna Whelan (GOMA Waterford). Studio 12, Backwater Artists Group. 21 February – 20 March 2020. Opens Thursday 20 Feb 6pm. Waterford-based artist Joseph Fogarty’s sculptural artwork is based on the suggestion by Heidegger that the possibilities that we project have to be drawn from the past as a heritage. This exhibition is informed by a residency carried out at Backwater in October 2019 and is part of an exchange with GOMA as part of Backwater Artists Group 30th Anniversary programme. Backwater member Oisín Burke completed a similar residency at GOMA in 2019  ahead of a solo show in their exhibition space in 2020.

Divide Road | Fiona Kelly. 3 April – 1 May 2020. Opens 2 April 6pm. Divide Road constructs a diorama, showing the esker’s ruination from industrial extractivist activity and as an allegory of Ireland’s historical and contemporary geological, social and border conditions. This exhibition utilises the Studio 12 exhibition/project space as a testing ground, creating an immersive installation of experimental new work.

Art Short 1: A collaboration between Aoife Desmond (invited artist) and Helen O’Shea (Backwater member). 4-8 May.

Art Short 2: Redd | Paul Carroll, in association with Cork Harbour Festival. 18-22 May. A photographic series byBackwater Darkroom member Paul Carroll which explores how people and communities in Ireland interact with a selection of the 70000km of waterways contained within the 3192 inland water bodies on the island. It captures peoples oft-times adverse interaction within the water environs resulting in a dream like transient series of images of everyday items.

Ceyda Oskay. Curated by Miguel Amado (Cork Printmakers). Studio 12, Backwater Artists Group. 12 June – 10 July 2020. Opens 11 June 6pm. Cork Printmakers and artist Ceyda Oskay are producing a work that addresses the exclusion of racialised subjects from mainstream identities in Ireland. This work is co-created with asylum seekers based in Cork, particularly women living in direct provision centres across the city and the county who are supported by Cork Migrant Centre, an organisation that is part of Nano Nagle Place.

Beasts | Katrīna Tračuma. 24 July – 21 August 2020. Opens 23 July 6pm. The prevailing theme in the work of the artist is humankind’s estrangement from nature, as viewed through the lens of our relationships with other species. An innate tendency of humans to anthropomorphise fellow animals and the psychology behind that tendency also informs the work.

Art Short 3: An exhibition and associated events by Benchspace Cork in association with Cork Craft Month. 24-28 August.

Fuzzy Logic. Curated by Simon Fennessy Corcoran (126 Artist-Run Gallery Galway). Studio 12, Backwater Artists Group. 4 September – 2 October 2020. Opens 3 September 6pm.  The exhibition is a kaleidoscope of approaches to the entropy of uncertainty and fuzzy logic. Featuring 126 artists Lorraine Cleary, David Dunne and Backwater members Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, Ben Reilly. A second, larger iteration of the exhibition will be held subsequently at G126, Galway.

Backwater Artists Network Group Exhibition. 23 October – 20 November. Opens 22 October 6pm. The inaugural annual exhibition from members of the newly launched Backwater Artists Network.

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