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Tuesday 18 June 2019

Art accolade in honour of Denis Collins

Maria Pepper

Wexford Literary Festival in conjunction with Enniscorthy Arts Trail and the Presentation Arts Centre are seeking applications from visual artists to participate in a joint exhibition of work entitled; Response, Text Redefined.

Respond was established as a pilot project in 2018 in conjunction with Enniscorthy Arts Trail and saw four artists, Larry Dunne, Oonagh Latchford, Kate Tyrrell and Nadia Corridan responding to literature from established Irish writers including Shane Dunphy, Carmel Harrington, Sheila Forzey and Caroline Busher with work exhibited in conjunction with the Wexford Literary Festival.

This year, artists are invited to submit a response to any form of text by any author in the world, that has influenced them or their practice in any way, that has left a lasting impression or had an effect on their work.

Response, Text Redefined will be on display during the Literary Festival with the exhibition running from Friday, July 5 until Saturday August 10.

The exhibition will officially open on July 5 at 6pm on the same evening as the announcement of the Festival's Billy Roche International Short Play Award in the Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy.

Spaces are limited to 50 submitting artists who must collect a canvas and complete a submission form. Canvases and forms are currently available at the Presentation Centre and must be returned before 4 p.m. on June 21.

The size of submitted art pieces is limited to 6 inches x 9 inches and the work must be presented on canvases supplied by the Centre.

There is a €10 hanging fee per artist which must be paid when canvases are collected.

All the participating artists will be considered for a new Denis Collins Visual Arts Award in recognition of the late gallery owner Denis Collins of Wexford, who sadly passed away suddenly a few weeks ago.

Denis, a former Artistic Director of Wexford Arts Centre who later operated art galleries in Wexford town and Rosslare Strand, contributed greatly to the arts community in County Wexford over many years and generously supported the development of the Wexford Literary Festival. The new award will commemmorate his contribution.

The Wexford Literary Festival was first founded in 2012 as the Focal Festival after the Irish for 'word' and was re-branded as the Wexford Literary Festival two years later.

The Festival started a literary awards programme sponsored by the Communty Development Department of Wexford County Council including the Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award, the Anthony Cronin International Poetry Award and more recently the Billy Roche International Short Play Award as well as the Eileen Gray Window Display Award and now the Denis Collins Visual Art Award.

The festival aims to attract national and international writers and readers and lovers of literature to gather and enjoy an eclectic programme of readings, workshops and awards events as well as a unique fringe programme including exhibitions, music and drama performances set around the picturesque historic town of Enniscorthy.

For more information on the Response project and the festival, email lisa@wexfordartscentre.ie or telephone the Presentation Arts Centre on 053 92 33000.

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