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Irish Artist Grace Weir’s Exhibition


If you are into physics, science and artistic films or maybe just stuck for an idea this winter, don’t miss out on IMMA’s newest exhibition. From the 7th November 2015 until the 6th March 2016 the Irish Museum of Modern Art at the Royal Hospital, in conjunction with New Art, will be hosting Grace Weir’s latest and largest exhibition, 3 Different Nights, Recurring.

Weir born in 1962 is an Irish artist and film-maker who studied at the National College of Art and Design during the 80’s and at Trinity College in the 90’s. She acted on behalf of Ireland in 2001 for the 49th International Venice Biennale and was the Artist-in-Residence in the School of Physics at Trinity College during 2012-2013.

She won the Trinity Creative Challenge Award this year for her new film, A Reflection on Light and is currently working on her solo show at the IMMA. Weir’s work involved far-reaching research with scientists, philosophers and practitioners from diverse disciplines through conversations and experiments. Using cinematography as a medium, she has explored science and the practice of science, but with an artist’s perspective.

The exhibition involves a total of 30 works and was inspired by a note William Parson made in the 1840’s on a drawing of a Whirlpool Galaxy. The Anglo-Irish astronomer and telescope builder, made three drawings on three consecutive nights, when he had discovered a whirlpool of spiral galaxies.

Works to be exhibited at 3 Different Nights, Recurring includes three new films, namely A Reflection on Light, Black Square and Dark Room. And then there will be two new series of paper works on display – The History of Light (Betelgeuse) and Future Perfect. Weir’s work from the last twenty years will also go on exhibition, making up the rest of the 30 works.

Matheson, a law firm, is supporting the exhibition through their partnership with New Art and will be indorsing approximately ten exhibitions a year for the next three years as part of this new initiative.

Tim Scanlon, a partner of Matheson said, “We are pleased to be partnering with IMMA on this strand of programming which recognises and nurtures new and emerging talent. We are particularly proud to support the premier of such a substantial body of new work by an Irish artist of this calibre.”

On Saturday the 7th November at 1 -2 pm there will be an Artist Discussion in the Lecture Room with Grace Weir and Sam Thorne to review key works featured in the exhibition. Booking is essential and tickets are free.

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