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March 03, 2011

Artists Respond to Economy; The Swimming Naked Prophecy

‘Only when the tide goes out do you discover who has been swimming naked’.  Warren Buffett

International-Monetary-Field-Day, by Jennifer Cunningham On Saturday 12th  March a group exhibition of the work of 25 artists will open at Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare. In this economic low tide, The Swimming Naked Prophecy is the response of 25 Irish-based artists to legendary investor Warren Buffett’s renowned observation- ‘Only when the tide goes out do you discover who has been swimming naked’. 

Buffett’s metaphorical citation offers a humorous mental image of the serious repercussions of careless speculation, one befitting Ireland’s current economic situation with bank bailouts, disappearing billions and severe fiscal crisis.

The Swimming Naked Prophecy is a group drawing exhibition initiated by Mermaid Arts Centre and featuring new work specifically made for the exhibition by twenty five contemporary Irish-based artists. The exhibition offers a range of responses by the invited artists to Ireland’s current social, economic and political circumstances, the recent economic crash and the current mood in Ireland.

Invited Artists:

Aideen Barry / Stephen Brandes / Alan Butler / Mark Clare / Felicity Clear / Róisín Coyle / Culturstruction (Jo Anne Butler + Tara Kennedy) / Jennifer Cunningham / Clodagh Emoe / Fiona Hallinan / Seán Hillen / Jesse Jones / John Jones / Vera Klute / Sam Keogh / David Lilburn / Sean Lynch / Brian Maguire / Bea McMahon / Tom Molloy / Teresa Nanigian / Sorcha O’Brien / Dominic Thorpe / Saskia Vermeulen

Warren Edward Buffett is an American investor, industrialist and philanthropist. He is widely regarded as one of the most successful investors in the world. He was ranked as the world's third wealthiest person in 2010 according to Forbes Magazine.

Curators Nora Hickey and Eilis Lavelle of Mermaid Arts Centre, this work was first shown in Mermaid Arts Centre from December 2 2010 to February 12 2011 and continues to tour to a small number of venues.

Riverbank Arts Centre is delighted to host this touring exhibition which will run from Saturday March 12th  until Saturday April 16th. There will be an opening reception on Saturday 12th March at 3pm. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. The Swimming Naked Prophecy will be open daily Monday to Friday 10am to 5.30pm and Saturdays 10am to 1pm until April 16th.

See or call 045 448327 for further details

The Swimming Naked Prophecy; Group drawing exhibition with 25 Artists

Curated by:  Nora Hickey & Eilis Lavelle

Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

10am - 5.30pm Mon - Fri
10am - 1pm Sat
Free Admission

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