The Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny is delighted to be working with multi-disciplinary artist Joe Fahy as part of the RCC Virtual Artist-in-Residence 2020 scheme.
Joe is the inventor of The Minecraft Gallery; a virtual exhibition space launched in April 2020. As part of his residency the RCC and the The Minecraft Gallery will co-produce two exhibitions over the month of May and Joe will continue to develop his initial concept with the idea of facilitating 3D sculpture and sound art in the future. The Gallery will not only offer visitors a chance to experience contemporary artworks in a virtual space but to also partake in a unique shared experience while conversing with other patrons at the gallery bar or eatery.
OPEN SUBMISSION GROUP SHOW
The first exhibition is OPEN SUBMISSION and the RCC calls for artists to submit a 2D image and short statement to be considered by our curatorial team. Please keep in mind that images will be heavily compressed due to the lo-fi nature of Minecraft (roughly 200 x 200 pixels, max aspect ratio of 1:1.25) so we ask you to prioritise form over detail.
“The Minecraft Gallery was conceived at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic as a means to still experience art in isolation. Based on previous work on the idea of the exhibition space and now applied to the new context of being a potential valid platform for artists to submit work and patrons to view it. The exhibition space exists in a virtual world accessible by anyone at anytime. The work was really to spark the question in the minds of viewers of “what is a gallery?”, “What is an exhibition?”. Does the value of an object change based on what context it’s placed in?” Joe Fahy
Example of photographic work presented under Minecraft lo-fi compression.
Image by Cathal Doran, title – Ciara’s feet.
Artist Eileen Sealy pictured with her work ‘Are Sea Monkeys Fish?’
The Regional Cultural Centre (RCC) is kindly supported Donegal County Council and Arts Council Ireland