Relocating Discovery

15th – 22nd November


We Are Delighted to Announce the two selected artists for the 3 week residency at Basement Project Space. The Artists were selected through an open call for submissions process.

The two artists are:

Alan James Burns Monique Besten

 Alan James Burns is a video installation artist living and working in Cavan and Dublin. Burns graduated with a 1st class honours BA in Fine Art from DIT in 2008 and his recent activities include: Generation – Project Brand New and Bealtaine Festival, Project Art Centre, May 2009. Residency at Cyland Media Arts Lab, National Centre for Contemporary Art, St. Petersburg, Russia. 2009.
Alan James Burns, Doings-Three Channel Video Projection Still
Alan James Burns, Doings-Three Channel Video Projection Still
Monique Besten
Monique Besten’s work traverses installation, video and performance. Besten holds a B.A. in Fine Art, M.A. in History and currently lives and works in Amsterdam. Recent activity includes: Art project & Group exhibition New Riddles & Constellations I, II, III & IV, Amsterdam & Kolderveen (NL), 2004 – ongoing. Solo exhibition Now Here, At Home Gallery, Šamorín (SK) 2007.
Jó világ van ("Life is good")- 40.000 post-it notes with handwritten text (2005)
Monique Besten – Jó világ van (“Life is good”)- 40.000 post-it notes with handwritten text (2005)
We are very excited to be hosting and facilitating these two artists to develop a new body of work in response to the Art Trail 2009 theme ‘Rediscovering Locality’

The Residency begins on the 23rd October until the 12th of November and they will be exhibiting their work at the Basement Project Space as part of the Art Trail 2009 festival which is running from the 13th of November until the 22nd of November. And the official opening of this exhibition will be held on Sunday the 15th November @ 5pm – 7pm

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Thanks to all who attended the opening it was a great night, very exciting and encouraging!

you still have a chance to see the exhibition which is running from 11am – 3pm daily until the 22nd of November

The Exhibition was opened by Alison Hough

her speech was as follows:

I would like to welcome everyone to the inaugural show of the Basement Project Space, and thank you for coming. I feel lucky to be here to witness this event, as I see it as not just an art exhibition but a symbol of change.

For a long time now, Ireland has exported its talented, educated young people, and we have all been, in a cultural sense, the poorer for it. When I look around here today I see not just the artistic work, but also the fulfillment of a vision. I have witnessed the seeds of an idea take root in a neglected and abandoned space in Cork, and have seen this vision become a reality, through the hard work and passion of six people, Lorraine and Rachael McDonnell, Stephanie Hough, Claire Murphy, Paul Maguire, and Colm Madden. The work undertaken here is an example of how artistic development benefits the community. An abandoned space has been reinvented, opportunities created and connections made. The title of show, “Relocating Discovery”, is particularly appropriate in that it expresses what has happened here. Instead of leaving the country to find a place with more opportunities, these artists have created their own. In this way they have relocated the journey of discovery of their own art practice, rediscovering the potential of gathering together and creating not just work but optimism in the face of difficult times.

I would like to congratulate Monique Besten, from Amsterdam, and Alan James Burns for being selected for the Artists Residency here, and for the great work they have produced for this show. It is another great achievement of the Basement Project Space, to bring together such talented artists.

I would like to wish all involved the best of success with this venture, and I will now hand over to Monique Besten to say a few words about her experience here in Cork.