EBCF commissioned writer Mia Gallagher to curate a special show from the Arts Council Collection in Visual Arts to exhibit at glór during the Festival and to write a short story inspired by the artwork. Metamorphosis: Characters in Collision, is the title of the show she has created including works by Alice Maher, Dorothy Cross, and Brian Maguire. Click here for a slideshow of the work in this exhibition.
The Arts Council Collection began in 1962 and is now one of the most important in Ireland. Because the Arts Council aims to support artists as well as engage the public, all of the pieces are collected while the artists are still alive and working. Most of the work can also be seen online, at http://artscouncil.emuseum.com/.
Mia Gallagher was born in Dublin, where she lives and works. Her debut novel, HellFire, was widely acclaimed and received the Irish Tatler Women of the Year Literature Award in 2007, while her award-winning short fiction has been widely published and anthologised, and collected in her collection Shift. Mia works as a professional actor, performing in theatre, radio and occasionally film. Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland is her second novel.