Beasts of England Beasts of Ireland
Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow
8 June – August 2013


Ben Long Horse Scaffolding Sculpture VISUAL website


Ben Long (UK)
Djordje Ozbolt (Serb/UK)
Polly Morgan (UK)
Frances Upritchard (NZ/UK)

Dan Hays (UK)
Yuriy Norshteyn (Rus)

Alex Rose (Ire)

Stephen McKenna (Ire)
Garrett Phelan (Ire)
Isabel Nolan (Ire)
Martin Healy (Ire)


Since Aesop, and indeed further back into history, human values have been projected onto animals as a vehicle for exploring our relationships with one-another and the world around us. Beasts of England Beasts of Ireland considers some of the ways animals have been deployed symbolically within contemporary art practice.

The exhibition borrows its title from Old Major's anthem in George Orwell's Animal Farm, a prime example of an allegorical tale, where human politics are conveyed through animal characters. UK artist Ben Long's nine-meter high sculpture of a rearing horse fashioned from builder's scaffolding will take centre stage in the Main Gallery.

Over the Summer months, a number of artist engagement workshops, talks, masterclasses and public interviews will take place.


The exhibition is curated by Co Cork based artist Stephen Brandes. Born in Wolverhampton, UK, he moved to Ireland in 1993. In 2005, he co-represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale and has since continued to show his work both nationally and internationally. Stephen has curated several exhibitions, most notably 'Superbia', Ballymun, Dublin, 2002; 'Traffic', by Jennifer & Kevin McCoy, Visualize Carlow, 2009 and 'When Flanders Failed', RHA Gallery, Dublin, 2011 with Matt Packer.


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