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Periodical Review 12—Maslow’s Hammer

Selected by Kate O'Shea, Linda Shevlin, Mark Cullen, Gavin Murphy

Orla Barry, John Beattie, Stephen Brandes, Evelyn Broderick, Rayleen Clancy, Adam Gibney, Grass Roots/Muine Bheag Arts, Fiona Hallinan, Elaine Hoey, Jaki Irvine & Locky Morris, Bassam Issa Al-Sabah, Richard Malone, Suzannah O'Reilly & Gemma Dardis, Caitlyn Rooke, Katherine Sankey, Jijo Sebastian (with Alessandra Azevedo, Hina Khan, Amir Abu Alrob, Mark Sebata and Tomasz Madajczak), Lidija Šola & Sadhbh Moriarty, Tamsin Snow, Luke van Gelderen, Katherine Waugh & Fergus Daly

Preview6–8pm, Friday 1st December 2023Register here

Gallery hours12–6pm, Thursday–Saturday2nd December 2023 – 27th January 2024

Closed from 17th December – reopens Thursday 4th January

“The frontiers of a book are never clear-cut: beyond the title, the first lines, and the last full stop, beyond its internal configuration and its autonomous form, it is caught up in a system of references to other books, other texts, other sentences: it is a node within a network.”

– Michel FoucaultChapter 1, ‘The Unities of Discourse’The Archaeology of Knowledge, 1969

Periodical Review (2011–ongoing) is a long-running curatorial project which sets out to consider, revisit and review current movements within contemporary art practices from around Ireland. Intended as a space for critical appraisal and consolidation of ideas and knowledge, the aim through each subsequent edition is to facilitate and encourage new readings, collaboration, crossover and debate. Not a group exhibition per se, Periodical Review is a discursive action, with the gallery presented as a journal, a magazine-like layout of artworks in dialogue, the field talking to itself.

With each iteration PP/S invites two peers – curators, artists, writers, educators – to consider the artworks, exhibitions and projects they encounter over the course of a year and then nominate what was for them, significant practices, works, activity, moments, selected via an editorial process. Within this exhibition framework – a constantly shifting series of subjective viewpoints and positions (geographical, personal, political, institutional) – curatorial unity cannot be prescribed, threads or movements can only occur.

In looking at self-organised exhibitions, off-site, artist-led and independent projects, commercial galleries, museum shows, performances and publications, Periodical Review looks to present the complex and heterogeneous span of visual art in Ireland, creating dialogue and critical reflection amongst peers and between practices, to help develop and engage Irish contemporary art as a whole. In doing this, it can also act as an accessible survey of contemporary art, expanding access to and experience of new art practices from around Ireland to a wider audience.

In addition to curator’s texts which provide context for their selections, the exhibition is accompanied by an essay by writer and curator Sara Damaris Muthi, commissioned in collaboration with Paper Visual Art Journal. The PPS/PVA Visual Art Writing Commission is intended to further discourse on the contemporary moment in visual art in Ireland, while also building into a record of art practice, projects, and concepts over time.

Essay published in collaboration with Paper Visual Art Journal, as part of the PPS/PVA Visual Art Writing Commission


Closing event:Saturday 27th JanuaryPerformance event with Lidija Šola & Sadhbh Moriarty

See announcements/website for further event details

School visits:A dedicated schools visit programme takes place during the run of the exhibition, covering both primary and secondary level. If your school would like to take part, or for more info, please contact: info@pallasprojects.org

Kate O’Shea is an artist working across printmaking, large-scale installation, performance, and publishing. In March 2023 HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH? Kate O’ Shea and The Just City Residency; Reflections on an embedded practice at the intersection of art and activism was published by Half Letter Press (Chicago), Common Ground, and Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts. In late 2021 Kate began a process of critical reflection and review of twelve years of her artistic practice with mentor Dr Ciaran Smyth, Vagabond Reviews. Gravity Express #1 is a publication device which they co-constructed with a view to sharing some insights from that mentoring process. Kate is co-founder with Victoria Brunetta of independent publishing house Durty Books. In 2015, Kate co-founded The People’s Kitchen, drawing threads from NomNom Café, the first social space she set up in 2009–2014 in the south-west of Ireland. Kate is a member of Broken Fields Collective and Red Wheelbarrow Productions, and she holds a Masters by Research in Printmaking as a space for solidarity and dialogue.

Linda Shevlin is an independent curator. She was curator of Meta’s Open Arts programme from 2019–2022, commissioning site-specific artworks in their offices across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, and programmed Meta Art Partnerships in 2023, working with partners including Times Square Arts, New York and Superblue, Miami. Linda curated Tulca Festival in 2018, working with national and international artists including Mark Leckey, Cyprien Gaillard, Jesse Jones and Bassam Issa Al-Sabah. In 2017 she was the invited curator for the Hennessy Art Fund, purchasing new works for the IMMA collection and also curated the visual art programme for Bealtaine Festival 2017/2018. She received the Arts Council of Ireland’s curator in residence award for three consecutive years from 2013–2016 working with Roscommon Arts Centre and Arts Office. In 2016 she curated Radical Actions at RMIT Galleries, Melbourne as part of Culture Ireland’s 2016 International Programme ‘I Am Ireland’.

Pallas Projects/Studios (founded 1996) is a not-for-profit artist-run organisation dedicated to the facilitation of artistic production and discourse, via the provision of affordable artists studios in Dublin's city centre, and a programme of curated projects. Pallas Projects collaborates with artists, curators and writers to engage and develop Irish contemporary art, through solo and group projects with a focus on emerging and mid-career artists; and exchanges and collaborations with artists’ groups, art organisations and institutions around Ireland and abroad. PP/S addresses the necessity of providing space for artistic production and exhibition, and foregrounds the role of contemporary art as a constant agent of discourse and social transformation, expressed through a variety of spaces, exchanges, off-site projects, exhibitions, talks, education, resource programmes, and publications. PP/S also engages in research, advocacy to support and promote the value of cultural resources in the community, studio provision, and artist-run practices, such as the major research and publishing project Artist-Run Europe.

Pallas Projects/Studios is funded by The Arts Council.