Curated by Sean Hanrahan & Roman Sustov

12 October ­- 02 November 2018. Tuesday – Friday 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

Preview 11 October 6pm

Studio 12, Backwater Artists Group, Wandesford Quay, Cork

Saturday 13 October 1pm: Talk by Belarusian artist/lecturer Roman Sustov on traditional and contemporary practices (draughtsmanship/drawing in particular) within the Graphics Department of The Belarusian State Academy of the Arts, Belarus.

Further information below…

SteamWhale Roman Sustov Stone Lithography 2013 43cmx59cm

Image: SteamWhale, Roman Sustov, Stone lithography on paper, 43 x 59 cm, 2013.

Aрка, pronounced Arka translates from Russian into English as ‘Arch’ and is the title of an international exhibition/project which was conceived and co-organized by Irish artist Séan Hanrahan with Belarusian artist and lecturer Roman Sustov. The exhibition/project is also organised in collaboration with “EKAPRAEKT”- international non-government organization working on strengthening cross-cultural and scientific connections between Eastern Europe and the EU.

Aрка/Arch as a title, has a ambiguous meaning. Aрка/Arch can be seen to reference the building of cultural bridges through creative exchange, in this case between Belarus and Ireland. Aрка/Arch also references Arch, as in an architectural feature that provides structural integrity; some work in the exhibition will reference this. The work presented in Aрка will represent the academic tradition of graphic work from Belarus and the eastern region of Europe.

In addition to the exhibited works Roman Sustov will create an image/symbol, which will be designed into a flag and flown at Elizabeth Fort in Cork City during the duration of the Aрка exhibition/project. This flag will be both a promotional tool for the exhibition/project and also a symbol of Backwater Artists Group’s ongoing connection to and relationship with the fort, following on from the elsewhere exhibition held there in 2017.

Participating Artists: Roman Sustov, Juriy Jakovenko, Lev Alimov, Valery Slauk, Vladimir Vishnevskiy, Fedor Shurmeliov, Andrey Yarashevich, Vladislav Kvartalniy, Sofia Piskun, Marina Zvirblia, Gleb Sidorenko, Yuriy Bobyrev, Angelina Bloshicina, Ekaterina Prokopyeya, Anastasia Ribakova, Anastasia Pozniak, Ekaterina Chistykova and Polina Zius

Séan Hanrahan graduated with a degree in Fine Art Printmaking from the Limerick School of Art and Design Ireland in 2005. Projects/exhibitions include: the 2018 188th RHA open submission exhibition, Dublin; Hermione 18 invited Artist curated by Aisling Prior Alexandra College, Dublin; Over the Sun (Kazimir Malevich his Legacy and influence on Western Artists) Selected and organized by Séan Hanrahan, Participating artists Séan Hanrahan IRE, Dominic Fee IRE, Josh Dannin U.S.A. V.C.C.A (Centre for Contemporary and Modern Art) Vitebsk, Belarus June/July 2015; Night Frightens the Day/Калі ноч палохае дзень VCCA (Centre for Contemporary and Modern Art) Minsk, Belarus June/July 2015.

Roman Sustov has been a member of the Belarusian Union of Artists since graduating from the The Belarusian Academy of Arts in 2001. He mainly works in print graphics and book illustrations. He has worked with many publishing houses in both Belarus and Russia where more than twenty books are published with his illustrations. He exhibits both nationally and internationally and his work can be found in private collections in the USA, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine, Japan, Russia and in the Contemporary Fine Art Museum Minsk, Belarus.

For further information about the exhibition and the exhibiting artists please visit the dedicated project website by clicking on the link below:


Studio 12, Backwater Artists Group, Wandesford Quay, Cork

T: (021) 4961002. E: projects@backwaterartists.ie