Donegal Artist John Beattie is to give a talk at the National Archives.
Inishowen native Beattie, will lead the first of the Spring Talks at the National Archives on February 17th.
Called ‘Re-Performing State Memory’, the Artist-in-Residence will discuss how he has been engaging with the National Archives to date, developing new work for exhibition in 2023.
He will also discuss elements of his artistic practice and how he re-stages and interprets historical themes through the cinematic lens. A short film, ‘PERFORMING NGI.988’ will be screened as part of the talk.
The event will take place at 6pm online at www.nationalarchives.ie and tickets can be booked in advance from the website.
The National Archives commissioned John in 2021 to engage with its collections, to reflect in imaginative ways on the contemporary resonance of particular episodes from the 1921-1923 period.
John is working on the creation of a new body of work, which re-stages and brings to life historical and cultural narratives and events from the period.
Throughout the year, he will present work-in-progress in an exhibition and through his online studio, along with a number of public talks describing his experience of working with the National Archives, his research process and approach to creating new work as part of the Artist-in-Residence programme.
Beattie is a visual artist and currently based in Dublin.
He has exhibited widely nationally and internationally, and is currently working towards his solo exhibition Reconstructing Mondrian at the Hugh Lane Gallery in 2023, Dublin. Recently, Beattie exhibited new work for the Living Canvas project – a new cultural initiative and outdoor LED screen installed at Wilton Park, Dublin, commissioned by IPUT Real Estate, in collaboration with the RHA, DCC Arts Office, and Algorithm.
Additionally, Beattie has been awarded numerous Artist in Residence programs such as at The Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris; the apexart Fellowship, New York; The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Dublin; the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin; Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin; and is currently Artist in Residence at the National Archives of Ireland as part of the Decade of Centenaries Programme.