Sarah Stevens. The Vanishing Present @ The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Wicklow

LAUNCHING Saturday 14 Sept 2013 @ 4pm
The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow
Free admission. All welcome. Wine reception.

T: 0402 38529 | E: info@tinahely-courthouse.ie | 

The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow
has the pleasure of inviting you and your guest to the opening of 

The Vanishing Present is an art project that documents abandoned spaces and their possessions. Artist Sarah Stevens uses photography, sculpture and drawing to record homes, schools, hotels, train stations, factories and other empty spaces.
These beautiful, decaying museums lie forgotten in every community in Ireland. Some are a consequence of the financial collapse, but many more have been around for longer.
Abandoned spaces contain personal objects. Clocks, photo albums, toothbrushes, religious statues, postcards and cutlery. These objects tell a story of a person, a way of life and the time in which they were used. They are much-cared for things that remain without purpose long after the owner has left. These abandoned and bereaved objects signify the transitory nature of life.
Stepping into a derelict building feels like stepping into another time. The past is preserved in the here and now, for a short time at least. Abandoned spaces are under constant threat from vandalism, theft and re-development. As a result these capsules of preserved time are slowly vanishing. It is important that the vanishing present is recorded and valued because it will eventually be lost and irretrievable. An absence that you didn’t realise was there.
The title for the exhibition The Vanishing Present is taken from an article of the same name written by Jane Humphries for Circa Magazine.
For more information about this ongoing project look at www.vanishingpresent.com
Also look at www.derelictireland.blogspot.com

Exhibition Launches Saturday 14 Sept 2013 @ 4pm
The Courthouse Arts Centre acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council and Wicklow County Council in making this exhibition possible.
Exhibition runs from Sept 14 – Oct 17th.
Gallery Opening Hours Thurs –Sat 10am – 5pm.

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