Seeing comes before words’. John Berger
I like to invite you to take part in a discussion organised during the closing reception of the exhibition CIRCUS EUROPE: an international collaboration of poetry & images, in the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon on 1st February at 7 pm.
Artist Machteld van Buren from the
created the series of works titled ‘Circus Europe’ in 2012. Netherlands
The eight large collages illustrate how the struggle for survival is being waged various European countries.
On the evening Machteld van Buren will start with a short talk about her work and will invite you afterwards to take part in a walk around the exhibition and to discuss the various works with invited politicians and the public.
The theme of the discussion will be: 'Questioning Europe’s Future'
Invitees for this evening are: Michael McNamara, Timmy Dooley, Pat Breen, Johnny Flynn, Tony Mulcahy and Martin Conway.
The idea behind Circus Europe is to strike a different note in the political debate through art and to give an alternative with a playful and visionary element, which might be actually quite useful. Rather than leaving it to politicians to define the
of today and tomorrow, it would be good to have artists depict it as well.
ALL WELCOMETrudi van der Elsen
Curator/Co-ordinator Courthouse Gallery
‘Art is not searching for solutions, but likes to bring about a stimulating field for new and open ideas’