A new neon commission for the National Sculpture Factory

The National Sculpture Factory in association with Cork Midsummer Festival have commissioned a new public artwork by artist Eimear Walshe, entitled The Land for the People.

Title : The Land for the People

Artist : Eimear Walshe

Date : Launch at 11:00pm Mon 21st June

Venue : National Sculpture Factory

Launch : Live feed over Instagram at 10:50pm on the 21st June

National Sculpture Factory has commissioned Eimear Walshe to create a new neon public artwork The Land for the People, presented as part of Cork Midsummer Festival 2021.

The Land for the People comprises a temporary neon sculpture which will be placed on the front facade of the National Sculpture Factory building, which will light up nightly between the summer and winter solstices – 21st June to 21st December 2021. This new work draws on Eimear’s research in 19th and early 20th century land contestation in Ireland, and its significance in the contemporary era.

Running concurrently with the launch of this new neon commission will be an interactive publication based on 19th century political pamphlets created by Eimear as part of this Land for the People commission. The project is a continuation of a theme in Walshe’s work which prompts re-imagining land ownership and land use in Ireland. These publications can be purchased directly from the National Sculpture Factory after the launch on Monday 21st June. More information on these publications will be released shortly.

More information on this new commission and its relative pamphlet will follow over the next few weeks.

The launch will begin at 10:50pm at the front entrance of the National Sculpture Factory, at 11:00pm (sharp) the neon artwork will be switched on and will continue to illuminate the darkness of our evenings for the next six months until we turn the corner back into daylight at the winter solstice on December 21st.

We will live stream the launch on NSF instagram TV channel @nationalsculpturefactory from 10:55pm and following the lighting of the neon artwork we will have a short Instagram interview with Eimear Walshe, about the commissioning of both the new public artwork and the publication.

Eimear Walshe is an artist, writer, and educator from Longford. Their practice is based on research in fiscal and sexual economies and histories, working to reconcile the aesthetics, values and tastes of their queer and rural subjectivity in the production of sculpture, publishing, performances, and lectures. Walshe lives and works in county Longford. Recent projects and presentations include a Platform Commission for the 39th EVA International; The Department of Sexual Revolution Studies, Van Abbemuseum / Design Academy Eindhoven (2018); Miraculous Thirst: How to get off in days of deprivation, curated by Daniel Bermingham, Galway Arts Centre (2018); and Separatist Tendencies for The Deviant Programme, Van Abbemuseum (2017).

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