Minister Humphreys congratulates Irish architects on appointment as curators of 16th International Architecture Biennale Exhibition in Venice

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, today congratulated Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects on their appointment as curators of the 16th International Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018.  The Venice Biennale has, for over a century, been one of the most prestigious cultural organisations in the world and the Architecture Biennale in Venice is regarded as one of the most important platforms to showcase talent worldwide

Making the announcement, Minister Humphreys said:

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara have a truly significant reputation and their selection as curators for the 2018 Venice Biennale reflects how highly they are regarded globally. It is a huge honour for Ireland that the 2018 Venice Biennale will be curated by such highly regarded Irish architects, who previously won the Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2012 for their presentation of their design of the UTEC University campus in Lima, Peru.

About Ireland at Venice

Ireland is represented at the Venice Biennale each year through the initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council. The biennial international art and architecture exhibitions offer a unique opportunity for Ireland to showcase Irish talent to the world and enable Irish artists and architects, curators and commissioners, achieve international exposure and generate opportunities to present their work outside of Ireland.

The 15th International Architectural Exhibition ran from 28 May to 27 November 2016, and was directed by Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, based on the theme ‘Reporting from the Front’ which asked how contemporary architecture can improve real people’s lives. Commissioned and curated by Niall McLaughlin and Yeoryia Manolopoulou, Ireland’s entry for the 2016 exhibition ‘Losing Myself’ was inspired by the Orchard Day and Respite Centre in Blackrock, Dublin, which was commissioned by the Alzheimer Society of Ireland to provide flexible short-term care for people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The exhibition, which is one of the most significant events on the international arts calendar, typically attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors, curators and international programmers and presenters of contemporary arts.

Previous Irish architectural entries at the Venice Architecture Biennale include Infra Eireann, Gary A. Boyd and John McLaughlin (2014); Shifting Ground, Heneghan Peng, Elizabeth Francis and John McLaughlin, (2012); of de Blacam and Meagher, Tom de Paor, Peter Maybury, Alice Casey and Cian Deegan (2010); and The Lives of Spaces, Nathalie Weadick and Hugh Campbell (2008). Further information on past exhibitions is available at www.cultureireland.ie/venice/events

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