For ARTWORKS 2020 artists were invited to take inspiration from John Tyndall, the Carlow Scientist who discovered why the sky is blue. Tyndall is understood to be one of the founders of climate science. 2020 marks the bicentennial of his birth in Leighlinbridge, Carlow.

ArtistsChloe Brenan, Amber Broughton, Nuala Clarke, Helena Gorey, Paul Hallahan, Ramon Kassam, Vera Klute, Ruth Le Gear and Kaitlin Bryson, Christine Mackey, Jonathan Mayhew, Stefana McClure, Siobhan McDonald, Sorca O’Farrell, Kiera O’Toole, Magnhild Opdøl,  Helen Robbins, Ciara Roche, Emma Roche, Bernadette Tuite, Shipsides and Beggs Projects and Lee Welch.

This year’s open call invited artists to submit work that responds to the theme of climate and our natural environment. Gathering a diverse selection of ideas from artists working nationally and internationally, The Sky is Blue presents work in film, painting, sculpture, new media and photography. ARTWORKS 2020 celebrates contemporary visual art and its potential to engage a critical and heightening awareness of environmental change.

ARTWORKS 2020 was selected by Carlow Arts Festival Director Jo Mangan, VISUAL Artistic Director and CEO Emma Lucy O’ Brien and New York based artist and activist Katie Holten.

There will be two awards for outstanding work: The Artworks Award, presented for the most outstanding work in any medium and The Éigse Prize presented for work by a recent graduate selected for the most outstanding work in any medium.

Everything in the exhibition is for sale.

ARTWORKS is part of a wider programme of exhibitions and events at VISUAL where artists consider climate change and our natural environment.  For more information on these events