The Venice Biennale is a vital platform for Irish artists, curators and commissioners to gain international profile and to generate opportunities for them to present their work outside of Ireland. Irish artists Norah McGuinness and Nano Reid, were the first of many Irish artists to exhibit at the Venice Biennale in 1950.

Sean Lynch, Adventure: Capital, 2014–15. Projected colour image. Courtesy of Ireland at Venice; Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin; Ronchini Gallery, London.

Since 2005, national representation at the Venice Biennale has been an initiative of Culture Ireland, in partnership with the Arts Council.  Both partners consider the Venice Biennale to be an important opportunity for artists’ development and for Irish curators to work in an international context.

Culture Ireland of the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht is responsible for the promotion of Irish arts and artists worldwide. Culture Ireland creates and supports opportunities for Irish artists and companies to present their work at strategic international showcases, festivals, venues and arts markets and support artists right across the creative spectrum including visual art, theatre, literature, music, dance, opera and film.

The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon was established in 1951 and for 60 years has been the statutory agency for funding, developing and promoting the arts in Ireland. It works in partnership with artists, arts organisations, public policy makers and others to build a central place for the arts in Irish life.

Previous artists who have represented Ireland at Venice include Richard Mosse, 2013; Corban Walker, 2011; Sarah Browne and Gareth Kennedy, 2009; Gerard Byrne, 2007; Stephen Brandes, Mark Garry, Ronan McCrea, Sarah Pierce, Isabel Nolan and Walker and Walker, 2005; and Katie Holten, 2003.

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