Limerick, Ireland

Better Words: A Field Guide to Contemporary Art and Culture

We are very happy to announce the release of Better Words, a new book for general readers that offers an introduction to contemporary art and culture through the eyes of 8–12 year olds. It features new artistic terms, words and word-forms, that describe many aspects of contemporary art practice and its response to social and political issues in today’s world. All of the new terms featured in the book were created through workshops with 150+ children across schools in Limerick.

The book marks EVA’s year-long collaboration with schools, leading artists, curators, and arts writers, on an initiative that has sought to creatively overturn language as a common barrier to broader public engagement with the critical ambitions and complexities of contemporary art. The participating schools were Corpus Christi Primary School (Limerick City), Knockainey National School (Hospital), Limerick School Project (Limerick City), Our Lady Queen of Peace (Limerick City) and St. Senan’s National School (Foynes).

Published by EVA International and designed and illustrated by Piquant, Better Words also features a foreword by acclaimed author Kevin Barry and notes by curator Maeve Mulrennan who led on the workshop process. Copies of the book will be distributed through the schools library network in Ireland and made available to purchase via selected retailers and EVA International’s online shop.

Better Words has been supported by the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund. For general information about the project, please click here. For distribution information and sales enquiries, please contact (Eimear Redmond, Better Words Programme Coordinator).