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On Sight 2020

'Production/graph' - detail, artificial insemination straws, wheat straw, glue, cable ties, silk thread, steel frame, 140 x 33 x 116cm, 2016, courtesy the artist.

Awarding of On Sight 2020 art commission.

The National Museum of Ireland and Mayo County Council are delighted to announce that Donegal artist Maria McKinney has been awarded the On Sight 2020 art commission at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

OnSight is an annual arts project that takes place at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life.  OnSight is funded by the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life and Mayo County Council’s Arts Service in partnership with the Arts Council with support from Mayo Artsquad. The purpose of the project is to have artist/s or artistic companies create work in a site-specific location and to encourage visitors to explore the themes of the Museum through these art works. 

McKinney’s innovative and thought-provoking proposal for On Sight 2020 is to create a sculptural work exploring the tradition of the Strawboys in Ireland and the agricultural process of artificial insemination (AI) in cattle breeding.

 - 'Longevity/Apoptosome, Black Water Lad (HE2067)', archival pigment print, 125 x 225cm, 2016, courtesy the artist.

The new artwork will be unveiled at the NMI - Country Life this autumn.

About the artist
Maria McKinney is an artist from Donegal. She is currently the recipient of a Per Cent for Art Commission from Wexford County Council and is a member of Temple Bar Studios, Dublin.
Her work is represented in the collections of The Arts Council of Ireland, The Museum of English Rural Life Reading, Europol, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Office of Public Works, and Bank of Ireland.
Recent exhibitions include a solo at the Museum of English Rural Life, Reading, UK, and group shows in the Gregg Museum, North Carolina, USA; Bozar, Brussels; Sunderland Museum, UK, and Pace University Gallery, New York, USA.

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