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Art and Design / July 15, 2022

Páipéar exhibition celebrates the “humble material that is paper”

Image: Hang Tough Contemporary
Art and Design / July 15, 2022

Páipéar exhibition celebrates the “humble material that is paper”

Words: Ellen Kenny

More than 100 artists are showcasing their art on páipéar in the Central Plaza this summer.

Páipéar, a project dedicated to art on paper, launched in the Central Plaza on Dame Street today. The exhibition will run until August 28. 

The curators, Hang Tough Contemporary, invited Irish artists of all mediums, from oil painting to graffiti, to design an original piece on paper.

Image: Hang Tough Contemporary

Michael “Rubio” Hennigan from Hang Tough Contemporary said, “We are celebrating the humble material that is paper. We are seeing what the artists could do with it. And seeing the challenges it presented to them.”

The only request the curators gave artists was to design their original work on paper. Hang Tough said this open brief will encourage exploration of specific themes within the artists’ own practice on paper.

Previously, canvas and works on board were the more popular choice for creators. Now, Michael believes that “we are seeing more artists turn to paper.” Hang Tough Contemporary wants to explore how this surge in paper’s popularity will affect the art we see and create. 

Hang Tough have invited a range of established artists, as well as the most promising emerging and burgeoning talent that Ireland has to offer. 

Artists invited include Asbestos, Claire Prouvost, and Bebhinn Eilish.

This temporary exhibition is taking place in the Central Plaza, which was acquired by Hines in 2017. The development will eventually provide a mix of offices, retail and restaurants.

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