20th October 2018 – 24th November 2018
Wednesday – Saturday: 12 – 6 pm
Smash the Narrative presents:
A competition for international and local artists to address one of the most important and controversial issues of our day:
What is the meaning of nationality?
Over 100 artists from around the world have entered the competition and the judges have selected a shortlist of 21 who will appear in the exhibition. A winner will be chosen from these 21 and will be awarded a prize of €2,500 cash. A second prize will be awarded of €1,000 cash. Finally, visitors to the gallery will be invited to vote for their favourite piece, the creator of which will receive €500 in art materials.
The exhibition includes works from countries such as Indonesia and Russia as well as works by more local artists. The exhibition displays a wide variety of mediums and techniques encompassing many different forms of painting and sculpture.
We hope that visitors to the gallery will not only enjoy the art, but feel provoked into discussing and questioning the related issues.
Why Smash the Narrative?
Narratives are the stories which we use to make sense of the world. But the same set of objective facts about a series of event will be interpreted as radically different stories by different groups of people. It is all too easy to become complacent and take the narratives we hear in the media or from the people around us at face value. The purpose of this project it to challenge popular narratives and encourage people to question the way they view the world.
This art prize is designed to encourage artists to examine evolving notions related to national identity in the current year and express them through their work in a manner that can have an impact on the the general public. Artists are encouraged to push the boundaries of discourse and create work that is leads to viewer to look at life in a way they had never considered before.