ON THE ALTAR OF THE ARTS 2024

“The Visual Artist and the Ballerina”

“On the Altar of the Arts” is an annual exhibition which explores a given theme and asks the Artists to deep dive into the subject and address it on a personal and emotional level, and to create work which becomes an intimate testimonial of their experience.

This years theme delves into the parallel between the lives of the Visual Artist and the Ballerina, two professions characterized by a seductive public presence under the spotlight.

On the surface, their worlds exude glamour, with captivating performances and adoring audiences.

However, beneath this artistic veneer lies a realm of unyielding sacrifice and relentless hardship. These dedicated individuals trade personal time and often financial stability, channeling their resources into materials and pushing the boundaries of their artistic abilities. Their lives demand unwavering commitment and perseverance, navigating a labyrinth of challenges that often require them to sacrifice comfort, personal relationships, and sometimes even their physical well-being.

On the Altar of the Arts” paints a poignant portrait of the creative community. The Artists Rest Workshop gratefully collaborated with the Metropolitan School of Dance, to get an insight into their world and observe their methods and impressive commitment to their work.

Each Artist, working in their respective media, responded to the concept, producing a visual representation of their investigation of the theme. This intimate approach invites viewers to embark on their creative journey, bridging the worlds of Visual Arts and Dance.

Showcasing works in a variety of media, this show will captivate the audience, giving a no holds barred look at the depth of pain and sacrifice captioned in this creative process.

With participation from local and national print, broadcast and online media, VAI Ireland, and the Scéal Arts Collective.

The exhibition will coincide with the Balbriggan Summerfest June Bank Holiday Weekend (31st May to the 2nd June) and the exhibition will be held in the former Dealz premises in Millfield Shopping Centre Balbriggan.

It will move thereafter to the Warehouse Arts Centre on Vauxhall Street, Balbriggan.