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The Palimpsest/ Rianú Project

at Artisterium VI in Tbilisi, Georgia in October, 2013
























The Palimpsest/ Rianú Project was curated by Claire Halpin and myself on behalf of Cló and the Living Archive in the Donegal Gaeltacht.


This was a collaborative art project which brought together eight Irish artists to develop work to represent Ireland at Artisterium VI, an international contemporary art festival in Tbilisi, Georgia in October 2013. The eight participating Irish artists were: Brian Fay, Mary A. Fitzgerald, Claire Halpin, Colin Martin, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Aoife McGarrigle, Kate Murphy and Nuala Ní Fhlathúin.


We invited each artist to develop an initial image which was emailed to the next artist in the group. The second artist responded to it by working over it and then emailing it on to the third artist who also responded to it and passed it on. The process continued until each of the eight artists had worked on each of the eight images. The theme for Artisterium VI was about exploring how we deal with ‘the Other’ - other ethnic groups, other nations, other people – so a collaborative project seemed particularly relevant and was the inspiration for the curatorial concept. Each artist also developed individual artworks responding to the curatorial theme.


This project was initiated by Cló and The Living Archive who invited Claire Halpin and myself to curate it. Cló and The Living Archive is an artist-led initiative developed by Ian Joyce and Oona Hyland in the Donegal Gaeltacht.  It provides a platform for creative exchange between artists worldwide and artists working in Ireland.


Watch a short video by Claire Halpin showing  the works in progress as well as the final artworks at:




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