About the Collection:
The Arts Council began collecting works of art in 1962. The aim from the beginning was to purchase work from living artists at a critical stage in their career. The collection has continued to grow through regular acquisitions and there are now approx. 1,100 works in the collection.
The mission statement for the collection is ‘The Arts Council’s collection supports artists’ and public engagement with the arts. It does this by purchasing excellent contemporary work to be enjoyed and valued through display and programmes delivered directly and with partners. Through the collection, the Arts Council also acts as a custodian and carer of great art on behalf of the people of Ireland.’
Operating as a ‘museum without walls’ it is primarily a lending collection. Works can be seen in schools, hospitals, public sector buildings, as well as galleries, museums and other arts organisations in Ireland.
The collection contains works by many important modern and contemporary Irish artists, including all the artists who have represented Ireland at Venice with solo exhibitions, members of Aosdána (past and present), and artists who been nominated for or received international awards such as Prix Pictet and the Turner Prize.
The Arts Council Collection is part of the national collection and plays a role in development and support of contemporary art alongside organisations such as The Office of Public Works, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and Crawford Art Gallery as well local authority collections across Ireland.
Garter Lane Arts Centre in conversation with Geraldine O’Neill
Geraldine O’Neill lives and works in her native Dublin. She studied at the National College of Art and Design between 1989 and 1993 and in 2008 she completed her MFA.
O’Neill has lectured in the Fine Art Department of the Dublin Institute of Technology, the Visual Art Department of St Patrick’s College of Education and she was an external tutor for an MFA at the Massachusetts Institute of Art in 2011. In 2013 she was elected as an associate of the RHA.
Her first solo show was held in 1998 at the Jo Rain Gallery, Dublin. She has exhibited extensively in Ireland and abroad including the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the National Portrait Gallery London as well as in Frankfurt and at the Florence Biennale. Her most recent solo exhibition was in 2012 at the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery entitled Reciprocal Space where her work dealt with references to visual culture, kitsch, fine art, the marginal and quantum mechanics all pressed into service in relation to her own world and in the wider social and cultural sphere.
Among O’Neill’s many awards are the Henry Higgins Travel Scholarship, an Arts Council Bursary, and the Gerry Tornsey Prize for Portraiture.
O’Neill’s work is represented in many collections both private and public including the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the European Central Bank, the Office of Public Works and the Glucksman UCC collection. She is represented in Ireland by Kevin Kavanagh Gallery.
Geraldine O’Neill Children’s Art Project with Garter Lane Arts Centre
Rachel Fallon in Covnersation Q & A with Garter Lane Arts Centre.
Rachel Fallon in conversation with Garter Lane Arts Centre. Discussing our current exhibition BLUE a selection of works from the Arts Council Collection.
BLUE : Curator of the exhibition,Sandra Kelly in conversation with Emma, ambassador of The Shona Project – LINK