Donegal in Pictures
The artworks in this exhibition were selected from the Donegal County Council art collection and all are lens based. Public collections like this can be hit and miss by nature but the Donegal County Council collection has a large body of work at its core that is wonderful.
The quality of the collection and the consistency with which it was assembled is particularly impressive. Much of the collection was commissioned and there is an in-depth investigation of the life and times of Donegal.
I see the artists’ personality in these works but I also see things that I hold to be true about my environment. I can see the people and places I know and that I knew from my youth. I recognize these people and their stories. It is a particular tribute to these artists that their vision echoes with my own memories.
It a great pity that it is considered unethical for a curator to collect the subject they curate. One of my mind games when curating an exhibition like this one is that I ask myself if I would use my own money to buy these artwork for myself. I would indeed have all of these and I can imagine exactly where I would hang them around my home.
Most of the Donegal County Council art collection was purchased using the Percent for Art Scheme. Several of the bodies of work in this exhibition were commissioned, many for the Imaging Donegal project. To me this represents the very best practice.