Supported by the Arts Council and Wicklow County Council


Spring Preview with Marielle MacLeman took place on Saturday 27 April 2024 at Kunstverein Aughrim.

The preview event offers a close-up introduction to the exhibition To Impermanent Collections and Scattered Acquisitions by Marielle MacLeman. Devised to share insight into the research and processes that stimulate and underpin MacLeman’s practice, the event began at 1pm at Kunstverein Aughrim with a brief tour of the exhibition, followed by a conversation with the artist and invited curator Lea Vene, researcher at the Center for Research of Fashion and Clothing (CIMO) Zagreb. Also present were the workforce behind Home Industries, a small team of needleworkers assisting the artist with the production of new work destined for presentation later this year.

1pm: introduction to the exhibition by curator Kate Strain
1:30pm: talk with Marielle MacLeman and Lea Vene
2pm: lunch by Caitriona Foley of Cow House Studios

Kunstverein Aughrim is located off Main Street in the village of Aughrim. There is limited on-street parking around the town. Kunstverein Aughrim is unfortunately not currently wheelchair accessible, due to a series of stone and concrete steps at the threshold. The Foresters’ Hall is wheelchair accessible and has bathroom facilities. If you have questions or specific access requirements please contact us via email and we will do our best to facilitate your full participation.

Getting to Aughrim
We are chartering a coach from Galway to Aughrim for this event. If you would like to book a seat on the coach please email us to make arragements. Aughrim is around 70 km from Dublin City Centre. If you are coming via public transport for this event we recommend taking the Route 2 Expressway bus from Dublin to Wexford. Take the 11:25am bus from Dublin (Busáras stop) to Arklow (Lidl stop) where a member of our team will meet you on arrival at 12:42pm (subject to prior arrangement by email). The same bus can be taken back to Dublin at 4:16pm or 6:12pm, and a lift from Aughrim to Arklow will again be provided (subject to prior arrangement).

Marielle MacLeman’s artistic practice is rooted in the application of care. Drawn to transitory aspects of site, her work calls attention to the implications of the human drive to create, collect, and understand. Recent presentations of her work include commissions for Dublin Art Book Fair 2022 at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Meta Dublin, TULCA Festival of Visual Arts UnSelfing Programme for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, and the To Care co-commission for Workhouse Union and VISUAL. Solo exhibitions include The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, The LAB Gallery, Dublin, and Galway Arts Centre, with recent group shows at 126 Gallery, Roscommon Arts Centre, and Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny. In 2023 she was selected for the Briefing on Soft Arts Residency at CIMO, Zagreb, and a Landscape, Ecology & Environment Research Residency at Leitrim Sculpture Centre, from which she is developing new work for solo exhibitions.

Lea Vene is an art historian, cultural anthropologist and fashion theorist. She completed a post master’s degree in Critical Images and R-Lab at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden. She worked as a curator at ETNOFILm festival and Miroslav Kraljević Gallery. She is currently part of the curatorial team of the Organ Vida photography festival and Gallery Močvara. She works as a researcher at the Center for Research of Fashion and Clothing – CIMO and teaches at the Faculty of Textile Technology in Zagreb. She is the co-curator of Briefing On Soft Arts. The BOSA project approaches the materiality and semantics of textiles within the space of textile-textual discourse and traditional handicraft techniques that expand to new meanings of softness in artistic expression. This research transcends “soft” textile architecture and sculpture and verbalises the relationship between text(iles) and body, text (iles) and politics, text(iles) and performance.

To Impermanent Collections and Scattered Acquisitions is on view throughout Spring 2024, closing on 20 May 2024. The exhibition may be visited during our opening hours 10am-5pm, Thursday-Sunday by appointment. Please get in touch via email to schedule your visit.

Kunstverein Aughrim’s ongoing collaboration with Marielle MacLeman is made possible with the support of The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.