EVA International announce the launch of Better Words: A Field Guide to Contemporary Art and Culture

  • Better Words Eva 2019

EVA International is delighted to announce the launch of Better Words at 6.30pm on Wednesday 6 November at 6.30pm in Narrative 4, 58 O'Connell St, Limerick. It is a new book for general readers that offers an introduction to contemporary art and culture through the eyes of 8 - 12 year olds.

It features new artistic terms, words and word-forms, that describe many aspects of contemporary art today, all of which were invented by children through a workshop process that took place across 5 schools in County Limerick, in Spring 2019.

Organised into thematic sections such as ‘Society & Politics’, ‘Practice’, and ‘Technology’, Better Words offers an introduction to key themes in contemporary art practice today, while also reflecting the cultural curiosity, creative energy and humorous irreverence of the participating school children.

Published by EVA International and designed and illustrated by Piquant, the book features contributions from over 150 children at Corpus Christi Primary School (Limerick City), Knockainey National School (Hospital), Limerick School Project (Limerick City), Our Lady Queen of Peace (Limerick City), and St. Senan’s National School (Foynes). Better Words also features a foreword by acclaimed author Kevin Barry and notes on the workshop process by curator Maeve Mulrennan.

Copies of the book will be distributed in Ireland via the schools and public library network, as well as available to purchase via EVA International and associated retailers.

Director of EVA International, Matt Packer says: "I am very proud to launch the Better Words book, which culminates a collaborative process of workshops with schools, leading artists, and arts writers. The book gives voice to the imaginations of the participating school-children and demonstrates their open and inquisitive approach to contemporary art. By empowering children to develop their own artistic-terms, it creatively overturns one of the common barriers to broader public engagement with the critical ambitions and complexities that are intrinsic to contemporary art as a reflection of today’s world."

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan says: "I am delighted that Creative Ireland have supported this wonderful project through our National Creativity Fund. The Better Words book is the result of collaboration between EVA International, leading artists, and over 150 school children across Limerick. The ambition of the project is reflected in the way that Better Words creatively embraces the challenges of contemporary art by building young, curious, and creative minds into the process."

The Better Words programme has been supported by the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund as an initiative by EVA International to empower new forms of access and engagement with contemporary art through the use of creative language.

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