Press Release  June 30, 2021

La Biennale di Venezia 2022: Niamh O’Malley & Ireland’s Pavillion

Courtesy the artist. BoweO’Brien Photography.

Niamh O’Malley, Gather. Foiled colored glass, steel. 435 x 430 x 400 mm.

The Ireland at Venice 2022 Curatorial Team, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, will present Niamh O’Malley’s Gather at the Irish Pavilion, La Biennale di Venezia 2022.

Gather begins in Niamh O’Malley’s workspace in Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (TBG+S), Dublin, where stone, steel, wood, and glass are shaped, composed, and assembled. To do so, to make solid and visible is a particular compulsion of O’Malley’s, a silent but physical response to a precarious time. She is interested in negotiating between the surfaces of the world, how objects and spaces can speak, and how an exhibition can somehow anchor, contain and describe distance. There is comfort in touch, in knowing the edges of things and, during a period of time when we are so much in our heads, O’Malley reminds us that we are also, acutely and collectively, in the world.

Courtesy Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. Photograph: Dragana Jurišić.

Niamh O’Malley in her Studio at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, 2020.

Ireland at Venice 2022 will continue as a National Tour curated as a multi-venue exhibition and public engagement programme during 2023. Niamh O’Malley’s Gather will be presented at The Model, Sligo; Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin; and Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast. The National Tour will be accompanied by an online and in-person public engagement programme presented by Mayo Arts Service and Mayo County Council.

Niamh O’Malley was born in Co. Mayo, and lives in Dublin, Ireland. She has made numerous major exhibitions in recent years including The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin; Bluecoat, Liverpool; RHA, Dublin; Lismore Castle Arts; Grazer Kunstverein. O’Malley will hold a solo exhibition at John Hansard Gallery, Southampton in November 2021.

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin, supports the development of artists and creation of art. The TBG+S Curatorial Team comprises Clíodhna Shaffrey, Director, and Michael Hill, Programme Curator.

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Niamh O’Malley’s Gather at the Irish Pavilion, La Biennale di Venezia 2022
Start Date:
April 23, 2022
End Date:
November 27, 2022
Venue:
Arsenale della Biennale di Venezia

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