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In_flux Art Fair — Limerick

Just in.  This looks like great fun, though I’m not quite sure what some of the blurb means, written as it is in art-speak.  Apparently, the whole building will be taken over by artists and their work will be for sale as well as for show.  At least, I think that’s what it means, though I’m still not quite sure how a space could be led, by an artist or anyone else.

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Occupy Space are proud to present in_flux, a large-scale alternative art fair exhibition which brings together ten artist-led project spaces from Ireland and Europe. This temporary hub invites the public and art practitioners to engage in a weekend of performances, screenings, exhibitions, art viewing and dialogue.

This project considers the model of artist-led spaces, which provide alternative frameworks for art practices, and represent communities where ‘doing-it-yourself’ and experimentation are key activities.  Artist-led spaces are vital, energetic elements of the visual art fabric of many cities. This exhibition, consisting of pop-up galleries from each artist-led space, makes reference to a non-traditional art-fair format in which non-profit artist-led spaces present exhibitions rather than commercial galleries striving to sell work.

From May 26 – 29 in_flux temporarily takes over the Thomas Street Centre, an 11,000 square metre landmark building in Limerick city centre. The ten galleries will present their pop-up exhibitions over five extensive floors, while the top floor will host an e v+ a bookshop and in_flux Salon, a place for discussion, screenings and talks.

in_flux brings to Limerick an exciting sample of diverse contemporary art practices from some of the most interesting artist-led spaces in Ireland and Europe. This project initiates a collaboration between grass-roots art spaces of similar orientations, with the intention of creating new opportunities for artists locally, nationally and internationally, while promoting the strength of visual culture in Limerick.

A series of events will accompany the exhibition programme including VideoGram, 10 x10 Pecha Kucha, artist talks and visits to local studios.  in_flux is partnering with Limerick City Gallery of Art and e v+ a to present Double Act, a series of conversations, screenings and reflections on the collaborative process with guest appearances by a number of interesting artists, curators and other creative types. Double Act Programme will take place in the in_flux Salon from May 26 – 28. Full details to be announced on the LCGA website.

LCGA has also extended the run of How Capital Moves a new body of work by artist duo Kennedy Browne, curated by Annette Moloney, to coincide with in_flux. Originally commissioned for the ?ód? biennale Poland 2010 the work is partly a response to a computer factory relocating to ?ód? in Poland from Limerick, Ireland. Open at Istabraq Hall, Merchant’s Quay, Limerick 9.30 – 5.30 throughout in_flux.

Concurrent to in_flux, Occupy Space presents an exhibition which considers human obsession with the end of the world. Oops Apocalypse presents work by Beagles & Ramsay, Baldvin Ringsted, Sam Dargan and Alan Mongey, responding in different ways to our fixation with the apocalypse. Open1-5pm, Wednesday to Saturday.

Artist-led spaces participating in in_flux include:
1646, The Hague
Basement Project Space, Cork
Block T, Dublin
Catalyst, Belfast
126, Galway
Monster Truck, Dublin
Transmission, Glasgow
Transition, London
SOMA, Waterford
Wolfart, Rotterdam

in_flux launches on Thursday 26 May at 7pm in Occupy Space.

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