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OCA Alumna – Mary-Joyce Davis

OCA BA (Hons) Textile graduate Mary-Joyce Davis would like to invite you to join her for the Live online preview of Drawn From Borders today – Thursday 21 May at 12.30pm on Facebook.

The exhibition is the culmination of a nine-month project, reflecting on the centenary of the partition of Ireland and the border.  Over 20 artists from across the island of Ireland came together, to participate in a creative programme of presentations, discussions, visits and workshops, to inform their creative response.

The exhibition had been scheduled to be shown in galleries on both sides of the border in April and May of this year.  However, when the Coronavirus crisis struck and ‘lockdown’ was announced all the artists’ work had to be shelved, with no knowing when the exhibitions would be rescheduled.

But, though the Saldanha Gallery at Fort Dunree (which had been due to exhibit “Drawn From Borders” in April), has had to be closed, Donegal based Arts organisation Artlink have managed to ‘open’ a virtual replica, The VSG, in its place.

The creation of this digital 3D space means that the artworks can now be installed in a virtual environment, accessible online to a global audience.

The work on view is the artists’ response to the theme of ‘borders’, expressed in film, painting, print, sculpture, installation, photography, performance and text.

A preview of the exhibition in the form of a Facebook Live virtual tour, has been selected to be part of the #Ireland Performs programme, and will take place on Thursday 21st May at 12.30pm.  

Ireland Performs is presented by FACEBOOK Ireland and Culture Ireland, Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht and delivered in partnership with First Music Contact and Poetry Ireland and in association with RTÉ.  The programme is intended to support Irish artists (in English or Irish) and ensure that the arts continue to be enjoyed online during the Coronavirus crisis.

The exhibiting artists are Anna Marie Savage, Anne Loveday, Bernadette Bradley, Brenda McPherson, Caroline Kuyper, Clare Toland, Jacqui Devenney Reed, Janet Hoy, Katrina Tracuama, Marian O’Donnell, Mark Cullen, Martha McCulloch, Mary Joyce Davis, Moira McIver, Noel Connor, Orla McKeever, Paul Cairns, Paul Murray, Sally Patton, Sue Morris and Tina O’Connell.

Anyone will be able to ‘visit’ the ‘Drawn From Borders’ exhibition at any time after the launch on the 21st May, by logging on to www.artlinkonline.ie and using a computer mouse to navigate the virtual gallery.

Funded and supported by the European Union’s Peace IV Programme, ‘Drawn From Borders’ was delivered by Artlink Fort Dunree in association with The Nerve Centre and Tower Museum, Derry~Londonderry.  

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