39th EVA International Phase 3

24th September - 14th November
  • EVA 2021 Programme 3
  • EVA 2020-2021

Phase 3 of the 39th EVA International will take place from Friday 24th September to Sunday 14th November 2021, featuring 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.

Highlights of the Phase 2 Programme include:

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, which will extend across venues Park Point, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Sailor’s Home and via a dedicated online platform.

Launch Dates

  • Park Point & Limerick City Gallery of Art 24 September - 14 November
  • Sailor’s Home 1 October - 14 November
  • spacecraft 8 October - 14 November

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); and 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 Santos’ Fermen 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 eva.ie 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 at spacecraft, 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 will 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 will be 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 will present and/or land (2020), a sculptural work at the entrance to the Sailor’s Home – a 19th century building that was originally designed as a resting place for international sailors, and accompanying this will include a series of photographs presented in bespoke frames, distributed across various locations in Limerick city. 

Platform Commissions will open at Park Point 24 September - 14 November, and Sailor’s Home 1 October - 14 November.

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. Pleasurable Ecologies – Formations of Care, a podcast series led by Ama Josephine Budge, the fellowship recipient of a partnership with Frame Finland, that supports new forms of research that renew curatorial and institutional working habits. The podcasts will explore intersecting issues of care, ecology, and pleasure, and will be released over October and November from eva.ie.

There will also be 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.

For further information email info@eva.ie or visit www.eva.ie.

Venues and Visitor Information

Park Point
Dublin Rd, Castletroy, Limerick V94 F4A7
Opening Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 11am - 4pm
Wheelchair accessible


Unit 6 Mungret Court, Mungret Street, Limerick V94 HH34
Opening Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 11am - 4pm
Wheelchair accessible
Booking essential. To make a reservation please click here.

Limerick City Gallery of Art

Pery Square, Limerick V94 E67F
Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10am - 5pm, Sunday 12pm - 5pm
Closed on Bank & Public Holidays
Wheelchair accessible

Sailor’s Home

O’Curry Street, V94 TV76
Opening Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 11am - 4pm
Wheelchair accessible

Please see www.eva.ie for further information. For international visitors intending to travel to Ireland, please refer to the latest government advice here.

Limerick City

Online and various locations in Limerick.

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