Saturday, 28 February 2015

Unfolding the Archive

In 2015 in collaboration with the F.E. McWilliam
Gallery, Northern Ireland and the National Irish Visual Arts Library, (NIVAL) based
at the National College for Art and Design in Dublin,
Floating World will be launching a major touring show.
Curated by Dr Riann Coulter of the F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Donna Romano of
NIVAL, the exhibition will develop themes investigated in NIVAL’s 2012 exhibition
DOCUMENT! and will feature a selection of works from the NIVAL collection and
new works by artists from Floating World. Each artist is being asked to respond to
some aspect of the NIVAL collection, to the concept of the archive or to the
particular Irish focus of the material in the collection. The artists can respond to
starting points in the collection in ways that are direct and closely linked to artefacts
and narratives, or in a manner which is more tangental.

Alongside the artist books based work that forms the core element of Floating World as a
collective, artists are also being encouraged to develop work that reflects their wider
practice in painting, sculpture and video.
An illustrated catalogue is planned to accompany the exhibition.