Limerick, Ireland

39th EVA International: Phase 3

The 39th EVA International, Phase 3 programme is open from 24 September and continues through to 14 November 2021. The exhibition programme features over 19 presentations by Irish and international artists and collaborating curators, across four venues in Limerick and online.  Taking its reference from the “Golden Vein,” a 19th-century descriptor for the agricultural bounty of the Limerick region, the 39th EVA International programme seeks to address ideas of land and its contested values in the context of Ireland today.

Guest Programme: Little did they know
Curated by Merve Elveren the final phase of the 39th EVA International’s Guest Programme, Little did they know, features two research presentations and eleven artist projects, that extend across venues Park Point, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Sailor’s Home and via a dedicated online platform.

At Limerick City Gallery of Art, We realised the power of it, is an installation of archive material from the Derry Film and Video Workshop – a women-led film production company, formed in Derry in the early 80s. A research presentation led by Sara Greavu in collaboration with artist Ciara Phillips, it includes previously unseen footage, photographs and documents that trace a history of the workshop, exploring concerns with gender, class, the Irish ‘national question’ and the legacies of imperialism.

At Park Point Sexuality of a Nation: Lionel Soukaz and Liberation Politics presents films by queer activist filmmaker Lionel Soukaz, produced in the context of the sexual liberation movement in 1970s France. In addition to the film presentation, a series of online forums led by Paul Clinton explore the work’s relevance for intersectional and anti-capitalist queer debates in the present day.  Contact Eimear Redmond, Public Engagement Manager at for further details.

Across venues in the Little did they know programme, artists Benji Boyadgian, Oisín Byrne with Adam Gibbons, Jasmina Cibic, Barış Doğrusöz, Minna Henriksson, Melanie Jackson & Esther Leslie, Zeyno Pekünlü, Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings, Krista Belle Stewart, Rayna Teneva & Mustafa Emin Büyükcoşkun, and Driant Zeneli present artworks that address issues such as visibility, representation, and reclamation in the context of contested landscapes across the world.

Partnership Projects
Adjacent to the Little did they know programme is a series of EVA International Partnership Projects, developed in collaboration with national and international organisations.

The Phase 3 programme includes presentations in partnership with artists Orla Barry (in collaboration with Mu.ZEE); Em’kal Eyongakpa (commissioned through EVA International and IMMA’s Encounters partnership, supported by Mondriaan Fund); Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan (commissioned by EVA International, supported by the Magic Carpets programme, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union); and Inês Neto dos Santos (supported in collaboration with the Magic Carpets Creative Europe Programme, curated by Niamh Brown, Creative Producer, EVA International).

At Park Point, Orla Barry‘s installation Spin Spin Scheherazade (2019), developed in collaboration with Mu.ZEE, reflects upon the culture of disconnection from the natural environment, drawing on the artist’s own rural background and current occupation running a successful pedigree Lleyn flock alongside her art practice. One of two projects developed in collaboration with the Magic Carpets Creative Europe network is Inês Neto dos SantosFermen Tour – Limerick, unfolding as a series of performative workshops and an edible installation taking place across various venues in Limerick during October and November (see for updates). The second Magic Carpets collaboration is Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan‘s video installation Blue Ground (2021) – draws together a number of references and geographies that share a common mineral: the diamond.

At spacecraft, Em’kal Eyongakpa’s Mámbáy bebhɛp 43r /mɛnyu nɛfaŋ/ bakay nɛkɔ, presents an immersive sculptural and polyrhythmic audio installation that draws on the artist’s interests in the relationship between oral culture and the natural environment. Booking is essential, to make a reservation please click here. Developed in collaboration with IMMA as part of the Encounters commissioning series, this work is the first iteration of a two-part presentation; the second part will take place at IMMA during Spring-Summer 2022. Partnership Projects open at Park Point 24 September – 14 November, and spacecraft 8 October – 14 November.

Platform Commissions
Newly commissioned works by Áine McBride and Emily McFarland are presented across the exhibition programme, developed as part of EVA Internationals’s Platform Commissions initiative.

Black Bog (2021) and Shallow and deep (2021) are the final two-part video installation in Emily McFarland’s “Dtan-a-goo-saran-dthu (The Wind’s Changed)” series that explores the changing ecology of a particular landscape in the Sperrin Mountains of West Tyrone. Áine McBride presents and/or land (2020), an installation of sculptural works and framed photographs presented throughout the Sailor’s Home – a 19th century building that was originally designed as a resting place for international sailors.

Other Initiatives
In addition to the exhibition programme other initiatives include; It’s not for you we did it – a limited edition print folio of posters by Ciara Phillips (edition of 100 priced at €125 + postage and packing) click here for details.

The first episode of Pleasurable Ecologies – Formations of Care podcast is out now. The podcast is a series of conversations with artists and activists across Ireland, Finland and the UK, presented by artist, writer and pleasure activist Ama Josephine Budge as part of her Frame Curatorial Research Fellowship with Frame Contemporary Art Finland and EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art. #1

There are also free publications across various venues including; exhibition resource Better Words: A Field Guide to Contemporary Art and Culture, that offers an introduction to contemporary art and culture through the eyes of 8–12 year olds; and Park Life, a publication that explores the ecologies of Limerick’s People’s Park through themes of soil, play and shelter, developed by Limerick School of Art & Design Fine Art students during Phase 1 of the 39th EVA International.

Venues and Visitor Information
The 39th EVA International Phase 3 venues are Park Point, Sailor’s Home, Limerick City Gallery of Art and spacecraft. All indoor venues are subject to capacity restrictions and public health protocols. Please see here for visitor information and COVID 19 guidelines and recommendations. For international visitors intending to travel to Ireland, please refer to the latest government advice here. While opening hours and the safety measures listed here are correct at the time of distribution, we do advise visitors to check or our social media pages in case this information has been since updated due to COVID-19.

The visitor guide for the Phase 3 programme of the 39th EVA International is available for download here.

For press information, images or interview requests please contact: Eimear Redmond, EVA International Public Engagement Manager at