An Update from LIVESTOCK:
Dear Performance Art Community and Allies
We send our deepest condolences to all of you who have lost friends and family throughout this pandemic, and our mutual support in getting through this challenging time together safely and sanely.
It is with some sadness that we announce the rescheduling of Livestock’s current programme of events at MART. We hope to move our events into the Autumn. We had hoped the current situation would improve and we would be able to hold events in May but the government decision regarding restrictions on gatherings makes this impossible at the moment.
We are also looking at alternative ways to bring performance art to you in the months ahead.
Big thank you to MART, as always, for accommodating us!
Updates to follow.
Katherine and Francis (Livestock)
This was followed by ‘Buttered Up’ by Áine Phillips, which was forced to close after less than a week due to the COVID-19 lockdown. This had a knock on effect of causing us to reschedule our programme of exhibitions for the year.
We are delighted to say we are reopening our Gallery with the return of ‘Buttered Up’ by Áine Phillips on Wednesday, 8 July.
This exhibition will kick off a newly amended programme of exhibitions running in MART between July and September, in line with Government recommendations for public spaces.
The latest iteration of our annual Studio Members Group exhibition will follow Buttered Up at the end of July, and after that a new solo exhibition from Andrew Carson opens in August.
MART’s 2020 programme is made possible with the generous support of the Arts Council Ireland and Dublin City Council.
Keep an eye on our website and newsletter for further updates throughout the year.
Solo Exhibition by Áine Phillips, with performance collaborations by Helena Walsh, Rachel Fallon and Ella Bertilsson
Curated by Matthew Nevin
Ropening on 8 July 2020
Runs until 25 July 2020
Gallery opens Wednesday – Saturday | 1-6 PM
Buttered Up is a solo exhibition from Áine Phillips at MART Gallery, Dublin. This exhibition explores wider themes behind the artist’s award-winning short film of the same name. This film has been shown in festivals, galleries and screenings all over Ireland, Europe and America.
Buttered Up tells the story of a performance artist who embarks on an improbable journey to explore a visceral underworld of domesticity. She uses a practical method of escapology, quantities of butter and a complete suspension of disbelief to undergo an unusual metamorphosis. The protagonist evades entrapment … or is the domestic frame itself a means of escape?
Themes of displacement and transformation are explored with humour in the short film, which will be screened in MART’s Gallery 2.
Meanwhile in Gallery 1, Phillips will expand on these themes with simultaneous live performances on the opening night by Áine Phillips, Rachel Fallon, Helena Walsh and Ella Bertilsson.
For the duration of the show, residues from the performances will exist as sculptural installations alongside a suite of watercolours derived from live performances by the artist over the last ten years. These images explore the female body and its relationship to the domestic frame, with allusions to violence, containment and emancipation.
About the Artist
Áine Phillips is one of Ireland’s leading performance artists. She has presented multi-media performance works internationally since the late ‘80s and creates work for diverse contexts; public art commissions and communities, the street, club events, theatres and gallery/museum exhibitions. Her work has been shown across five continents, in places such as Tokyo, Ljubljana, New York, Uganda, Brisbane, giving talks on her work at Tate Britain and IMMA. She curates performance art events in Ireland and the UK. Áine Phillips is the Head of Sculpture at Burren College of Art and lectures at the O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance NUI Galway. She is the editor of Performance Art in Ireland: A History, published by the Live Art Development Agency and Intellect Books UK in 2015. Áine’s film Buttered Up won third Jury Prize at the Hamburg KLAPPE AUF Film Festival 2019.
This exhibition is kindly supported by Arts Council Ireland, Dublin City Council and Fingal County Council.