New director for ev+a exhibition

A man with a pretty fantastic name has been appointed as the new director of Limerick exhibition of visual art, ev+a.

Belfast-born, Woodrow Kernohan, will take the helm “to oversee the next phase of its development”. The exhibition—which generally features contemporary artists from Ireland and abroad—will be on again next year for its 35th anniversary after a break in 2011. But it has to raise its game because it’ll face stiff competition if Dublin Contemporary sticks around for 2012 (likely); that exhibition is getting good reviews but a lot of people are commenting on the admission charges.

Kernohan has previously worked in the UK as Director of Brighton Photo Fringe; Director of Permanent Gallery, Brighton; and Exhibitions Coordinator at The Regency Town House, Hove.

“With its strong heritage ev+a has become established as Ireland’s leading open exhibition of contemporary art, combining both international respect and local relevance. ev+a creates platforms for artists to experiment and opportunities for audiences to engage with the best of international contemporary art. I am looking forward to supporting the appointed curator in creating innovative exhibitions and events that animate the city of Limerick,” he said.

Established in 1977, ev+a is an annual open submission international exhibition of contemporary art, focused on Limerick City, Ireland with a tradition of working with international curators of high calibre. ev+a has developed a reputation for its artist-centred approach that encourages experimentation and innovation in a uniquely personal, intimate and local context that transcends national and international boundaries. ev+a aims to present exhibitions of contemporary art of international significance through collaboration between artists, curator and place.

Based at the redeveloped Limerick City Gallery of Art, Woodrow Kernohan will work closely with stakeholders, partner organisations and local artist-led initiatives to support the curator of ev+a, which has yet to be appointed. Woodrow will take up his position on September 12.

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