Limerick, Ireland
Hometree, Sarah Mackey (Thomond Primary School), Ailbhe Drohan (EVA International), Deirdre O’Mahony (Artist), and Thomond Primary School Gardening Club, 2023. Photo: Cormac Hughes.

40th EVA International Guest Programme Partnership with Thomond Primary School

We’re delighted to announce a new project partnership with Thomond Primary School (Ballynanty, Limerick) as part of the 40th EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art, opening in the Autumn of 2023.

The partnership between EVA and Thomond Primary School will involve the work of Irish artist Deirdre O’Mahony and Berlin-based Slavs and Tatars in the development of new contemporary artwork in collaboration with the school and its pupils. Artist Deirdre O’Mahony will be working with the Thomond Primary School Gardening Club to create a permanent micro-forest and biodiversity haven titled Snaky River Forest. Whilst the artist collective Slavs and Tatars will present a number of artworks on the school grounds that explore ideas of race and colonialism in the traditions of children’s educational literature.

The artworks presented at Thomond Primary School will form part of the Guest Programme of 40th EVA International, curated by Sebastian Cichocki. The biennial programme overall features 50+ Irish and international artists whose works will be presented across venues and sites in Limerick city, taking place from 31st August through to 29th October, 2023.

EVA’s Director, Matt Packer says, “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Thomond Primary School for the 2023 edition of EVA International. Connecting the works and ideas of contemporary artists with children at primary level is an exciting opportunity to build curiosity and creativity in the ways we think about our environment – one of the key themes of this year’s edition of EVA. I would like to thank the pupils and staff at Thomond Primary School for their openness and generosity in working with us as part of the upcoming programme.”

Curator, Sebastian Cichocki says “The upcoming edition of EVA engages a number of artists who make art in ‘1:1 scale’ – setting up their own museums, gardens, and social movements, grafting their works in schools, hospitals and restaurants. They offer the possibility to enjoy real effects of art, those for humans and for non-humans, and reminds us about the role played by artistic imagination in our common work for the sake of a better future.”

Thomond Primary School Teacher, Sarah Mackey says ‘Thomond Primary School are thrilled to be collaborating with EVA International this year. Bringing the Arts to children is a vital part of their academic, personal and social development and will enrich their lives immeasurably. We are also delighted to link the Arts and the environment through creating a micro forest in our school grounds with artist Deirdre O’Mahony for generations of our students to enjoy and engage with and to contribute to the reforestation of Ireland with native trees.’