Irish Wave 2014 - Convergence

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‘Convergence 2014’ is a cross cultural collaboration between artists from Ireland: Dublin, Cork, Northern Ireland: Belfast and their peers in Beijing Shanghai and Hefei.

Held at 3C Creative Mall in the 798 arts district it is an exhibition which honours the heritage of our diverse cultures amid a climate of mutual respect and commitment to a shared future. The featured artists reveal a shared interest in narrative, a concern with contemporary discourse while recognising and referring to historical and traditional elements as well as an engagement with surface, materiality and texture. They also share an often lighthearted and humorous approach which will delight the public.

The show is one in a series of multi-media Irish/Chinese collaborative exhibitions in the IRISH WAVE 2014 series events which take place during the Irish Festival in Beijing and Shanghai. Sponsored by Culture Ireland and the Crawford College of Art & Design – CIT, the exhibitions will be formally opened by Irish Ambassador Paul Kavanagh, Austin Gormley, Irish Consul General and Minister Brendan Howlin. Minister Howlin will visit Convergence 2014 for a special tour of the exhibition on 19 March.

3C Creative Mall is supportive collaborative partner, espousing the aim of ‘bringing great art & design to the people’. The gallery with its shabby-chic industrialised feel is the perfect environment for the contemporary artworks featured in Convergence, evoking the artists’ own studios and working spaces.

The aim of Convergence 2014 is to create a dynamic visual conversation between the artworks themselves as well as with the viewers. The participating artists use materials ranging from glass, textile, ceramic, painting, drawing, collage and digital works encouraging an open-minded approach to different media and awareness of international trends.

Curators Fion Gunn, Niamh Cunningham, Sean Campbell and have curated the exhibitions with a practitioner’s eye and share wide ranging interests in different media and techniques of making art. The curatorial team is committed to creating dynamic visual conversations and imaginative juxtapositions of diverse artworks. Convergence 2014 is quirky, intimate and often surprising and will engage and fascinate the visiting public with artworks like LinYing Li’s ‘Longest Sock in the World (it really is! And the Guinness World Record people will be checking it out…) and Brendan Jamison’s ‘Blue Submarine’ a mini sub in vivid blue wax.

Curating an exhibition which is so visually diverse and complex is a way of highlighting each artist’s uniqueness, of showcasing their skills in a way which keeps the audience on its toes emotionally and intellectually and which challenges preconceptions. Gunn, Cunningham and Campbell have an underlying passion for engagement and democratisation of the arts, their curatorial approach is responsive, collective, and permeated with the authorial voices of all the artists demonstrating the IRISH WAVE motto - ‘unity through diversity’.

‘Convergence 2014’ is curated by Fion Gunn, Sean Campbell & Niamh Cunningham in association with 3C Creative Mall.