The County Wexford-based artist Richard Carr is celebrating some good news as his upcoming solo exhibition has been chosen to feature as part of Culture Ireland's National GB18 Programme, promoting Irish Arts in Britain.
Building on Ireland's special history and relationship with its nearest neighbour, Culture Ireland and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht are supporting a special focus on Irish artistic activity in Britain in 2018.
The GB18 programme will present a vibrant, contemporary and high quality programme of over 60 projects, including a range of events across artistic disciplines in high-profile venues, institutions and festivals in Britain.
Richard (30) has been working with Dr. Michael Petry Director and Roberto Ekholm, curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, London towards his first international solo exhibition which is due to open at MOCA in July.
The exhibition will feature as part of the GB18 Visual Arts strand alongside high profile Irish practitioners such as Sean Lynch and Jesse Jones.
Richard has recently spent time working in Iceland, recording various aspects of its sonic landscape.
His exhibition takes the story of Melkorka as a starting point. According to the famous Laxdaela Saga, Melkorka was an ancient, Irish Princess who took a personal vow of silence as she was taken as a slave to Iceland. Relying on the practice of listening, she carves out a place for herself in this new world, all without uttering a word.
This Saga of the Laxdalers gives an insight into the early connections between the islands of Ireland and Iceland. The Icelandic Sagas and Irish Folklore share one of the oldest histories of storytelling in the world.
Entitled Dumb Listenings his exhibition will utilise the sounds gathered from Iceland to create a new sonic installation made specifically for the Museum of Contemporary Art, London.
Since returning home to Wexford, Richars has been provided with a studio space by OpenGorey to aid the development and completion of his work while ArtLinks have awarded him their 2018 Professional Development Award for Professional Artists.
Richard has exhibited widely and his work has been featured on Lyric FM and been reviewed in many prestigious art publications. He has won and been shortlisted for many awards and bursaries at home and abroad.
He obtained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from the Wexford Campus of IT Carlow and a Masters Degree in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design.