AAEX (Art as Exchange) was founded in September 2016 following an open call inviting artists in North Louth and the surrounding areas to set up a platform for exchange and communication between artists and to facilitate engaged public art.
For November 2019 AAEX have teamed up with local curator Anne Mager from the corridor, to develop an ambitious and exciting exhibition of installation art, exploring alternative exhibition spaces in Dundalk with the help of Dundalk BIDS and Creative Spark.
AAEX brings together artists of various career states, skill sets, interests or other backgrounds to collaborate and socialise as well as develop creative exchange in the region, both between artists and with a local audience.
A currently empty shop at 41-42 Clanbrassil Street could be obtained as a central exhibition space, hosting a variety of art installations including photo and video projections, murals and a variety of sculptural and hanging objects. This is accompanied by satellite installations at the Demesne, the Long Walk Shopping Centre, the route from the Train Station through Park Street and the County Museum.
Exhibiting artists: Anna Marie Savage, Bernhard Gaul, Caoimhe O’Dwyer, Caroline Duffy, Ciara Agnew, Geraldine Martin, Grainne Murphy, Heather Cassidy, James McLoughlin, Jebun Nahar, Jenny Slater, John Moloney, Michael Stafford, Niamh Gillespie, Niamh O’Connor, Omin, Petra Berntsson, Samantha Brown, Susan Farrelly, Úna Curley.
The exhibition will be open daily from 15th – 29th November, 12 – 5 pm (except Sunday 17th November). AAEX artists will be present throughout and happy to guide visitors through the exhibits.
We would like to thank Dundalk BIDS, Creative Spark, the Dundalk Credit Union, the Local Enterprise Office and Ronan Halpin for their generous support as well as the various locations for letting us put up artworks.
Events at 41-42 Clanbrassil Street
Opening Reception – 15th November 7 pm
WHERE IS THE ART IN DUNDALK? – 23rd November 5 pm
Panel discussion hosted by the corridor.
What are the working conditions for artists and creatives in County Louth and why are there not more opportunities and experimental spaces for visual artists in Dundalk to present their work? Which ways of collaborations and partnerships can lead to a vital and versatile arts scene? Together with artists and business owners from Dundalk, we want to discuss the infrastructure, needs and challenges for artists in the region.
Tom Muckian, Roe River Books Dundalk
Paraic Mc Quaid, visual artist and lecturer
Úna Curley, visual artist and AAEX member
Moderation: Anne Mager & Marcel Krueger, thecorridor.ie
Brochure Presentation // Meet the Artists – 23rd November 6 pm