As the 38th edition of EVA International, Ireland Biennial of Contemporary Art, draws to a close on 8th July, we hosted a lunch in acknowledgement of the contribution of the local business community to its continued growth and success.
Matt Packer, the new Director of EVA International, took guests on a virtual tour of the exhibition. This year’s exhibition, curated by Inti Guerrero, connects the national imagination of early twentieth century Ireland with the politics of the present day. Its starting point was the painting Night Candles are Burnt Out (1927), by Irish artist Sean Keating, which depicts a host of characters, set against the backdrop of the construction site of the dam, whose lives are set to change by the dawning of a new era of technological progress. The painting presents an allegory of the Irish psyche at the time of the construction of Ardnacrusha. Ardnacrusha, constructed in the early twentieth century, accelerated the national economy and radically shifted the society of the new Irish state.
“The success of EVA International is made possible through a variety of supporters. It’s crucial that we have Limerick’s business community in the mix. In endorsing EVA’s values of connecting locally, nationally, and internationally, we can work together with the business community to significantly increase the cultural profile of the city in a way that benefits us all.”
Con Quigley, Director of EVA International and Partner in BDO Ireland, spoke about the community input into the exhibition which has grown from humble beginnings where aspiring artists displayed their work and were often housed and fed by local families. Con commented,
“Today we draw from a pool of the best contemporary artists in the world and every artist is paid. EVA International is a uniquely Limerick event and has its finger on the pulse of Limerick people and society.”
Lisa Killeen, Director of EVA and HOMS Solicitors Senior Associate in Banking and Finance, was delighted to host the lunch saying,
“As a very successful 38th EVA International Edition draws to a close on 8th July it was an opportune time to celebrate what has a been a very successful event and something all of us at EVA are very proud of. I was delighted to host a lunch at Holmes O’Malley Sexton Solicitors for friends and sponsors of EVA who took time away from busy desks and warm weather to join us for the occasion. Matt Packer gave us a whistle-stop tour of some of the highlights of EVA 2018 and touched on plans for EVA 2020 which are already well underway. I would encourage anyone who has not yet had the chance to visit some or all of the current EVA exhibit sites – which include the Limerick City Gallery, 6 Pery Square and the Cleeves Condensed Milk site – before the event finishes up.”