EV+A 2000 – friends + neighbours
The 24th edition of EV+A in 2000 was curated by critic and curator Rosa Martínez. Commenting on her experiences of Limerick, Martínez wrote, “without having undergone a great industrial revolution, Limerick is living out an economic rebirth thanks to the global economic trend that has led to electronics firms being set up there. It has leapt from an essentially farming economy to a service-based one” [Taken from Rosa Martínez’s introduction to the 2000 catalogue]. The title of the exhibition was Friends and Neighbours, which Martínez explained in a curatorial statement, “explores the multiple possibilities of conviviality between artists of different generations, various countries and diverse aesthetic positions” [taken from the 2000 catalogue].
In 2000 there was both Invited EV+A and Open EV+A, with 20 artists selected from an open submission and 19 artists invited to exhibit by the Curator. The 14th Young EV+A workshops included contemporary artists with connections to EV+A and a group secondary school students, selected with the help of the art teachers, from various schools in Limerick. The Young EV+A exhibition took place at Belltable Arts Centre concurrently with EV+A 2000.