39th EVA International - New Dates & Phased Approach Announced

  • EVA 2020-2021

EVA International is pleased to announce a phased approach for its 39th edition, as well as new opening date and a full list of participating artists. Originally scheduled as a concentrated 10 week programme, the 39th EVA International will now be delivered in three phases that will take place across various venues in Limerick city between 2020 and 2021.

This approach has been developed as a practical response to the consequences of Covid-19, ensuring that EVA International upholds its commitments to artists and audiences in a way that is sensitive to ongoing public health concerns.

Phase 1 of the 39th EVA International will open on 18th September and continue until 15th November 2020. The Phase 1 programme will include venue-based, online and offsite, presentations by artists including Bora Baboci, Yane Calovski, Eirene Efstathiou, Laura Fitzgerald, Michele Horrigan, Melanie Jackson and Esther Leslie, Áine McBride, Emily McFarland, Eimear Walshe, Driant Zeneli, and Women Artists Action Group. Venues include Limerick City Gallery of Art, The Hunt Museum and the Sailor’s Home.  All venues will be subject to protocols to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the visiting public, adhering to current government guidelines for cultural venues.

Full details of the Phase 1 programme will be released in August 2020, with details of Phase 2 and Phase 3 released in early 2021.

EVA Director Matt Packer says “This is the first time in EVA’s 43 year history that the exhibition extends across two years. As an organisation that works through local and international partnership, we have been uniquely challenged by Covid-19 and its consequences on aspects of international mobility, artist production, and EVA’s organisational capacities. In the context of ongoing uncertainties, we’re delighted to have found an approach of manageably delivering the 39th edition that can also benefit artists and audiences in new ways. Through the course of the three-phase programme, I believe that EVA can play an important part in the renewal of public life in the months ahead while offering encounters with the best of contemporary art from Irish and international artists,”

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