You know of course that Dublin is the driest part of the country. Yes, in the sunny south-east of Ireland, they think that they have the nicest weather but no, it’s better still in Dublin.
How do I know this? Well, ask any all-year cyclist – they’ll tell you that they rarely need their raingear in Dublin. Something to do with the Dublin mountains, they say. Those clouds dump their watery load in the hills and then they just ‘sail on by’.
But that’s unless there’s an extreme weather event (and unfortunately these are getting more and more frequent nowadays)… I was thinking about this as we were preparing for VUE at the RHA this year.
VUE is Ireland’s annual Contemporary Art Fair. Most of the top galleries take part. It’s great, you don’t have to traipse all over town to see them, they’re all there under the one roof. It’s not only the Dublin galleries, of course – there are eighteen of Ireland’s top contemporary art galleries there, all vying for your attention and promoting their own particular strands of contemporary art.
But the Olivier Cornet Gallery’s show will be different. The title is: 2°C and it’s all about Climate Change. It is supported by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA Ireland) and it is opening tonight, the 2nd of November. I hope we’ll see you there. If not tonight, maybe sometime over the weekend?
The paintings above are both in the show, by two very interesting artists with the Olivier Cornet Gallery – John Fitzsimons and Kelly Ratchford. And there are several more good works – sculpture, ceramics and paintings that raise questions and start conversations… They’re not just pretty pictures, you know – the climate is changing.
And now, down below, at the bottom of this page, you can fill in your thoughts and comments. I’d love to hear from you. Have you given much thought to Climate Change? Do you think you can do anything about it? Do you think artists could do more about it? Do you think that they should? Your comments are always welcome.
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