Young person standing in a field with white t-shirts with red circles in the middle standing on poles around them.
Friday 18 September 2020 to Friday 31 December 2021

EVA International is Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art. EVA leads in the commissioning and curating of contemporary art by Irish and international artists, culminating in a programme of artistic encounters, exhibitions, and education projects, that takes place every two years across venues in Limerick city and beyond. EVA’s vision is ‘To lead in creating experiences and encounters of world-class contemporary art that activate Limerick as a place of creative endeavour and cultural destination’.

This time, for this first time in its 43-year history, the exhibition will extend across two years, taking place in various venues throughout Limerick city in 2020-21. Phase 2 opening on 02 July 2021 and continuing until 22 August 2021 and features 14 presentations from Irish and international artists.

British Council is delighted to support phase two of the programme, which features several UK artists in elements of the programme. For phase two these include the following: 

Guest Programme: Little did they know 

Curated by Merve Elveren, Little did they know, will extend across two venues in Limerick city (Park Point and Sailor’s Home) and via a dedicated online platform.  The programme continues to function as what Elveren describes as an “exercising ground” for interpreting current social and political conditions in various geographical contexts. The exhibition centres around two research projects; Asia Art Archives’ Betsy Damon Archive: Keepers of the Waters (Chengdu and Lhasa) and Kosovo Oral History Initiative’s Reconciliation of Blood Feuds Campaign 1990-1991. Works by artists including UK artists Melanie Jackson and Esther Leslie surround these archival-research presentations, allowing for broader dialogues between notions of home and uprooting, remembrance and forgetting, care and action.

Other Initiatives

A limited edition print portfolio of posters by Ciara Phillips will also be available to purchase, following the It’s not for you we did it online programme developed in collaboration with Sara Greavu and other contributors. For further information and advance purchase enquiries, please email

For phase one British Council were delighted to support the following UK elements of the programme:

The Inextinguishable

Melanie Jackson and Esther Leslie’s illustrated pamphlet, The Inextinguishable, is the latest in their ongoing collaborative exploration of milk. Their work studies milk as a substance that is both primal and subject to the latest biotechnological developments, intersecting political, colonial, and gender histories. Copies of The Inextinguishable are free to take away. 

It’s Not for You We Did It

A series of online research dossiers dedicated to the social and cultural context of Derry from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s. It maps various networks of relationships that were formed by individuals and groups that shared common concerns of self-representation and resistance. The project forms part of the Derry Film and Video Workshop research project led by curator Sara Greavu in collaboration with Ciara Phillips

Women Artists Action Group (WAAG), Slide Exhibition, 1987

WAAG was founded in April 1987 as a reaction to the exclusion of women artists from key local and international exhibitions. That same year WAAG organised a photo slide exhibition at the Project Art Centre, Dublin, of works by 91 women artists working in Ireland—a strategy of exhibition-making much ahead of its time. The material presented here is drawn from the collection of Pauline Cummins, held at the National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL), Dublin.

Curraghinalt, 2019 

Curraghinalt, by Emily McFarland, is the first work in a three part video series that makes visible and bears witness to the changing ecology of a particular landscape in the Sperrin Mountains of West Tyrone, in the North of Ireland. This film can also be viewed on aemi for the rest of this month.