22 Feb 2018, 6pm
Backwater Artists Group are delighted to officially launch Studio 12, a new members exhibition/project space on the first floor of the Wandesford Quay premises in Cork City Centre. An upcoming programme of events for the venue will also be announced on the occasion of the official launch. In addition a new darkroom facility will be opened, a new logo for the organisation will be revealed and a number of other new initiatives presented. A series of public events will be held at Studio 12 for the two weeks following the launch event including artist talks, lunchtime socials and a panel discussion with the founding members.
The new Studio 12 exhibition/project space will give artist members of Backwater Artists Group the opportunity to present new work to peers, curators, collectors and to the general public. The space will also function as a project space, a communal meeting point and a venue for hosting talks, events and workshops. The exhibition programme for Studio 12 is already confirmed up to September 2018 and a new call for submissions from members will be put out immediately after the launch.
An archival exhibition ‘Excerpts: Clippings from the Backwater vaults’, curated by Backwater Artists Group Studio Coordinator / Research Assistant Brian Mac Domhnaill, will form the backdrop for this important event for the studio. The origins and evolution of the Backwater Artists Group studios, from its inception in 1990 to the present day, will be narrated through a selection of print, photographic, video and written word archival material. The archive documents artistic output, changes of premises, the contemporary cultural and economic landscape, and shifts in technology and fashion. Although never intended to form an official and formal archive the material fortuitously retained by Backwater to date forms the beginnings of what will be a longer-term project involving the acquisition and digitising of photographs, slides, videos, publications, posters and flyers from the private collections of current and past members.
Backwater Artists Group acknowledges the support of our funders The Arts Council of Ireland and Cork City Council.