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23 March 2017

We are delighted to announce nearly thirty New Art Acquisitions for the University in 2016-17, with a special focus on the first ever Provost's Fund for Contemporary Art.

Links to all the information highlighted in this email may be found at the end of the announcement. 

To celebrate these new works, there will be a talk by a number of the represented artists next Wednesday 29th March6.30-8pm, at The Trinity Long Room Hub, as part of the Constellation series, putting Creative Arts Practice research in context. 

Initiated, and enthusiastically supported, by Provost Patrick Prendergast, by virtue of the new scheme, and the committee of academic and administrative staff plus external visual arts experts, established in 2016, we now introduce five new artists to Trinity's Art Collections, purchased with 2015 and 2016 funding:

Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, Amanda Coogan, Ramon Kassam, Gavin O'Curry, and Niamh O'Malley, join Margaret Corcoran's 'Return to Cythera', the first purchase of the fund, in November 2014, in a temporary group exhibition at The Arts Building.

This exhibition, 'APERTURES - creating NEW, collecting NOW', runs until mid-May 2017, after which all the artworks will be placed on semi-permanent display throughout the main and satellite campuses. 

The exhibition comprises four panels with a total of ten new artists to the collections including those purchased from the Provost's new Fund for Contemporary Art, pictures acquired with College Gallery Art Hire Scheme fees, and recent donations connected to the Douglas Hyde Gallery. By following the links below, or scanning the QR tags on the exhibition information panels, you will find complete lists of all donations and purchases thus far for the academic year 2016-17.

In selecting all of these pieces of contemporary art for the University, and many others which could not be included within the limits of the exhibition but are listed online, we hope to ‘open up’ or enable new kinds of opportunities – or apertures - for contemplation, stimulation and inspiration across the campus. Art has the power to foster new ways to connect creatively with our own thoughts and with artists whose work and ideas are new to us or to the collections. 

And, finally, we would like to bring your attention to our collections collaboration with Armagh County Museum for their exhibition 'George Russell (AE) @ 150', open until the 22nd of April 2017, to mark the anniversary of the birth of Russell, born in Armagh. You will find below a link to the programme of events and the insightful and intriguing talk by Dr Deirdre Kelly who launched the show. 

We hope you enjoy the new displays and the wealth of new webpages, connected artist biographies and acquisition images on our website ww.tcd.ie/artcollections

Special thanks to Meabh Noonan, Art Collections Intern 2016-17 and recent graduate of our Department of the History of Art and Architecture, for helping me to prepare web content and exhibitions. 

Please find below all the relevant links to the above announcements:

New Art Acquisitions for 2016-17

Provost’s Fund for Contemporary Art 

Artists' Talk on New Acquisitions, as part of Constellation Series

'APERTURES - creating NEW, collecting NOW'  (Arts Building Exhibition)

'George Russell (AE) @ 150', Armagh County Museum

Best wishes,

Catherine Giltrap, Curator of the University Art Collections

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