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EVA Platform Commissions programme announces new Artist Commissions for the 40th EVA International



EVA Platform Commissions programme – Amna Walayat, Expulsion 1, 2021. Traditional miniature watercolour on wasli paper, 35×55 cm. Image courtesy of the artist. 

EVA Platform Commissions programme announces new Artist Commissions for the 40th EVA International

EVA is pleased to announce the selected artists for the EVA Platform Commissions programme of the 40th EVA International—Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art: Sarah DurcanPhillip McCrillySharon PhelanFrank SweeneyCliodhna Timoney, and Amna Walayat.

The selected artists of the EVA Platform Commissions programme will work with EVA International to develop projects that will then be presented as part of the biennial programme in 2023; their works variously addressing the biennial’s theme of citizenship. Platform Commissions proposals were selected by artist Emily Jacir, and writer, curator and art historian Pádraic E. Moore, chaired by EVA International Director Matt Packer.

Pádraic E. Moore described the process of selection as follows: “The quality of all shortlisted submissions is a testament to the incredibly high standard of visual art being produced in Ireland today. The final selection demonstrates some of the ways that the theme of citizenship can be interpreted and reflects manifold but complementary artistic approaches. I look forward with anticipation to seeing how these projects evolve over the coming year.


Artist Biographies

Sarah Durcan is an artist and writer concerned with the intersection between subjective memory and historical events, her moving image works form speculative narratives often based on female experiences. Recent projects include curating Intermedial Encounters a screening and discussion (BIMI, London, 2021); The Memory Image a screening and pamphlet (with aemi, IFI, Dublin, 2019); and recent book Memory and Intermediality in Artists’ Moving Image (2021) which addresses the preoccupation of memory in contemporary artists’ moving image installations.

Phillip McCrilly is an artist, producer and chef. A member of the FRUIT SHOP artist collective, he is interested in the transgressive and interdisciplinary possibilities of food, hospitality and education. Considering cruising and foraging as likeminded deviant practices, his current research is centred around queer collective acts of land and property reclamation. Recent projects include Irish Modernisms (CCA Derry~Londonderry, 2021); and Jaunt (commissioned by Catalyst Arts and Goethe Institut London, 2021).

Sharon Phelan is an artist, writer and musician specialising in digital media and sound. Her practice researches the resonance and poetics of place, often through site-responsive and collaborative projects. Recent projects include Alternating Current (curated by Dublin Digital Radio, 2021); Abolition A-Z (produced by Alejandro Van Zandt-Escobar & Ivan Robirosa, 2021); A Resonant Landscape (curated by Mark Garry, Limerick City Gallery of Art, 2021); and Woman in the Machine (co-created with VISUAL and Carlow Arts Festival, 2021).

Frank Sweeney is an artist with a research based practice, using found materials to approach questions of collective memory, experience and identity through film and sound. Recent projects include People Enjoy my Company screened at (Transmediale Berlin, 2021); The Narrow Gate Of The Here-And-Now (IMMA, 2021-22); (Cork International Film Festival, 2021); and (BFI Southbank, 2022); and Made Ground screened at Agitation Co-op (Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, 2020-2021).

Cliodhna Timoney is an artist who creates theatrical and highly orchestrated environments that investigate various subjects such as place, memory, folklore, rural and vernacular culture, performativity, borders and the nonhuman. Recent exhibitions include TURAS (Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, 2021); Grass Roots (Muine Bheag Arts, Carlow, 2021); The Slade School of Fine Art Degree Showcase (Online, 2020); and The Last Great Album of the Decade (The Lab, Dublin, 2019).

Amna Walayat is an artist specialising in traditional Neo-Indo-Persian miniature painting. Interested in the promotion of South Asian Art and Culture in Ireland and Europe, currently she is working on a community-based project Invisible Museum of South Asia in Ireland as Creative Producer in Residence with Cork County Council. Recent exhibitions include The Narrow Gate of Here and Now (IMMA, 2021-2022); 191 (RHA, 2021); and Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival (Mill Theatre, 2021).

Shortlisted Platform Commissions artists included Basil Al-Rawi, Renee Helena BrowneLisa FreemanRajinder Singh, Saoirse Wall, and Ben Weir. 

About EVA International:

EVA International is Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art. EVA leads in the commissioning and curating of contemporary art by Irish and international artists, culminating in a programme of artistic encounters, exhibitions, and education projects, that takes place every two years across venues in Limerick city and beyond. EVA’s vision is ‘To lead in creating experiences and encounters of world-class contemporary art that activate Limerick as a place of creative endeavour and cultural destination’. EVA was founded by artists in 1977 and it remains one of the longest running visual arts organisations in Ireland, with a history of working with some of the world’s most influential curators, including: Merve Elveren (2020/2021), Inti Guerrero (2018), Koyo Kouoh (2016), Bassam El Baroni (2014), Annie Fletcher (2012), Hou Hanru (2008), Katerina Gregos (2006), Dan Cameron (2005), Zdenka Badovinac (2004), Salah M. Hassan (2001), Rosa Martínez (2000), Jan Hoet (1994), Gloria Moure (1993), and Saskia Bos (1990). 


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