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A LIFE OF THEIR OWN brings together nine young artists, most of them exhibiting in Ireland for the first time. Renowned art critic and historian, Richard Cork has curated a show that will transform the gallery at Lismore Castle with installations, screenings and sculpture that offer a challenge to what art in general, and sculpture in particular, might be. Although these artists belong to the same generation, they are not impelled by the urge to band together and announce the birth of a unified new group. They ambush us with alternative proposals and continually catch the viewer off balance.

Lismore Castle Arts will host a series of public talks and events offering visitors a unique opportunity to meet and interact with artists, curators and specialists. The first of these, a keynote address by curator Richard Cork, will take place on Saturday April 26th.

SCHEDULE OF TALKS: April 26h: Richard Cork: KEYNOTE ADDRESS: A LIFE OF THEIR OWN, LISMORE CASTLE ARTS 2008 June 8th: Dr Peter Harbison (Professor of Archaeology, Royal Hibernian Academy) MEDIAEVAL SCULPTURE July 6t : Raymond Ryan (Curator, Heinz Architectural Center, Carnegie Museum) ART & SPACES NOW August 10th: Richard Cork, Kate Atkin, Roger Hiorns PANEL DISCUSSION

Lismore Castle Arts was founded in 2005 and is committed to presenting ambitious and challenging work by world renowned artists. The gallery is housed in the once-derelict west wing of Lismore Castle and currently hosts one major exhibition each year Previous exhibitions have included a solo show from Richard Long and a unique collaboration with the Rubell Family from Miami. Artists who have exhibited include Darren Almond, Matthew Barney, Hernan Bas, Richard Billingham, Gerard Byrne, Dorothy Cross, , Michael Craig-Martin, Anri Sala, Gregor Schneider and Artur Zmijewski. A permanent collection of contemporary sculpture is also on display in the Castle gardens, including works by Eilís O’Connell, Antony Gormley, David Nash, and most recently Franz West.

An Exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture
Kurator: Richard Cork

mit Kate Atkin, Matt Calderwood, Roger Hiorns, Rosalind Nashashibi & Lucy Skaer, Eva Rothschild, Conrad Shawcross, Daniel Silver, Kate Terry