Pluck Projects is a curatorial collaboration founded in 2014 by art historians Sarah Kelleher and Rachel Warriner that champions innovative work and seeks to reassess the histories of contemporary Irish art. To date, Pluck have produced exhibitions including Alice Maher's Vox Materia at the Source Arts Centre in Thurles and the Crawford Gallery of Art in 2018, Gaol Break by Angela Fulcher in Cork's City Hall in 2017, New Work from Glasgow at the Windle Building, UCC as part of the Cork International Film Festival’s Visual Arts Programme in 2015, and curated a strand of The Land of Zero at the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork 2015. For each project, Pluck seeks to promote the work of outstanding artists through creative curation and critical engagement.
As visual arts curators in residence for Cork Midsummer Festival, Sarah and Rachel presented BURN/OUT in 2019. For Cork Midsummer Festival 2021 Pluck Projects have commissioned a new work by Bristol-based artist Jessica Akerman, as well as presenting a new series of installations by Cork-based artists following an open call in 2020.
Image: Jessica Akerman, Centre of Gravity, 2020, Jo Hounsome Photography
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