For the last 30 years Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (TBG+S) has been a hub for artistic activity in Dublin City, with hundreds of artists using studio facilities, hundreds more exhibiting in the gallery and thousands upon thousands of visitors experiencing inspirational visual art though our diverse programme of exhibitions and events.
To mark our 30th anniversary, TBG+S are commissioning artist Garrett Phelan to make an iconic art work for Dublin. Launching on May 1st, ‘OUR UNION ONLY IN TRUTH’ will stand tall on the roof of TBG+S, looking over Temple Bar Square. This art work will act as a beacon for the TBG+S building and share an uplifting message as a new landmark for the city and its inhabitants.
Garrett Phelan has exhibited extensively in Ireland and internationally, most recently a major solo exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art and a commission for the 11th Lyon Biennale. His distinctive art practice directly engages with immersive and ambitious site-specific projects such as FM radio broadcasts, sculptural installations, photography and animation. The multiple meanings in the sentence ‘OUR UNION ONLY IN TRUTH’ reclaim language from religious ideologies and bureaucratic systems into a proposal for a new union – one which we can all be a part of. This gives us the space to contemplate and re-imagine new belief systems as we endeavor to emerge from economic and social instability.
The Fund it campaign for this project is not only intended as a way to fund the work, but as an integral part of the project itself. For the duration of its display on the roof of TBG+S, the funders will take collective ownership of the work for themselves, for their loved ones and for all the citizens of the city.
As an exciting development of the project, Garrett Phelan has produced a number of exclusive limited edition art works as rewards for funding the work. On offer are a specially designed limited edition hoodie, a designed limited edition shoulder patch and a limited edition Maquette of the ‘OUR UNION ONLY IN TRUTH’ sculpture. In supporting this fund-it campaign you will acquire original art works by this important artist and also play a critical role in realizing what is destined to become an iconic art work for Dublin.
All funders of this project will receive invitations to the launch of OUR UNION ONLY IN TRUTH in Temple Bar on 1st May 2013
To make this exciting project happen, and in exchange for great rewards, we need you to pledge your support now!
With thanks Claire, Rayne, Anne.