29/11/2013 – Minister Jimmy Deenihan, T.D., congratulates Richard Mosse on his success at world’s most prestigious Art Biennale

Friday, 29th November—The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan TD has congratulated Irish artist, Richard Mosse who represented Ireland at the Venice Art Biennale 2013, which closed this week. The exhibition ‘The Enclave’, which was supported by Culture Ireland, has been a major success attracting more than 78,000 visitors.

Commenting on the success of Ireland’s exhibition, Minister Deenihan said: “It is wonderful to see a young Irish artist making such a strong international impact. Over the course of the Summer this exhibition became a ‘must see’ in Venice receiving significant international press coverage and visitor reaction.  Richard  has now secured a nomination for the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2014 – one of the most prestigious prizes in the world of photography.”The Venice Biennale remains one of the most important global platforms to present visual arts in the world, attracting curators, gallerists and critics from around the world. Minister Deenihan said, “It is a testament to the strength of Ireland’s artistic sector that one of our artists can make such a strong impact in this competitive global platform.”

Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with the Arts Council, the Irish Government agency for funding and developing the arts.

Irish visitors will have the opportunity to see the Venice presentation in the RHA in Dublin from January and as part of Limerick City of Culture from March 2014 The Irish tour of Ireland at Venice 2013 is supported by the Arts Council as part of its commitment to promote the visual arts to Irish audiences.

The presentation will also tour worldwide.  It will be shown in venues from New York to Montreal, to Berlin and Sweden and the invitations are still coming in. Commissioner, Anna O’ Sullivan explains: “The international interest demonstrates how Richard’s work transcends language.  He has created a work of immense power that has truly connected with people and given a voice to this intangible war in the Congo, where every man and woman’s job is survival. The fact that ‘The Enclave’ will be seen by such a diverse audience is a substantial achievement and very gratifying”.


Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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