Words: Ciarán Howley
Images: Hang Tough Contemporary, Hines Real Estate Ltd.
Taking place on the former site of the Central Bank of Ireland, the temporary exhibition will feature works from over 115 Irish artists represented by Hang Tough Contemporary.
One of Dublin’s most recognisable locations is set to become the temporary home to an immense new exhibition. ‘Páipéar’ is the brainchild of one of Dublin’s youngest gallerists, the Exchequer Street-based Hang Tough Contemporary. The exhibition is set to feature brand new work from one-hundred and fifteen Irish artists across artistic disciplines.
Founded in 2011 by director Michael “Rubio” Hennigan, Hang Tough began life as an art printing and framing studio focused on bespoke, archival frames. 2021 saw its expansion as a gallery and the establishment of ‘Hang Tough Contemporary’, a dedicated exhibition space based at 4 Exchequer Street.
After announcing a host of summer events, the occupation of Central Plaza sees Hang Tough in their most ambitious undertaking yet. It expects to benefit from the greater footfall of the city centre and create wider exposure for the works on display.
Launching on the 15 July until the 31 of August, visitors can expect works by Ireland’s up-and-coming talent. Featuring sixty-one works by female artists and fifty-four by male, expect a variety of paintings, drawing, pastels, collages, mixed media; with one caveat. Despite an open-ended brief, each work is printed on a single sheet of paper.
“Our hope is that this element of freedom will encourage exploration and in-depth investigation of specific themes within the artists’ own space and culminate in a truly breathtaking collection on an unprecedented scale.”
Aesthetes can even attend the launch event on July 15th, with several of the exhibition’s featured artists also in attendance.
To find out more, check out their website.