FROM 11th June | Available Online

Illuminate is a beautiful virtual space that exhibits the best of digital art, showcasing the very essence of artistic expression by some of Ireland’s newly emerging and established artists.

The artwork seen in this virtual exhibition has been specially chosen through an open submissions process by the brilliant illustrator and multi-disciplinary artist, Barry Quinn. This virtual exhibition allows us to fully embrace the digital element of the artwork while still showcasing it in a way that emulates the real-life experience of visiting an art gallery.

This exhibition also has a shop function in which viewers can support and purchase artwork of some of the artists featured.

Showcasing the work of Irish and Northern Irish artists, ‘Illuminate’ is a Virtual Exhibition that puts digital art in the spotlight. Illuminate is featured as part of LASTA 2021, a multidisciplinary online arts festival curated by young people for young people. In association with the Arts Council, the Brightening Air initiative and the NASC Network Ireland, Illuminate is brought to you by Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, Co. Laois, An Grianán Theatre Letterkenny, Co. Donegal and Siamsa Tíre Tralee, Co. Kerry.

In April 2021 we sent out an open call for digital artists and the final works that you see here were selected with the help of our guest selector Barry Quinn, an illustrator and multidisciplinary artist from Monaghan. We made the decision to curate Illuminate via an open submissions process in order to reach as many artists as possible and give both emerging and established artists a chance to showcase their artwork. We felt that digital art can often be overlooked in a world saturated with digital imagery and it is seldom given the platform it deserves. Our aim was to fully embrace the digital element of the work while still showcasing it in a way that emulated the real life experience of visiting an art gallery.

We are extremely thankful to all of the artists who submitted and to our funders who have allowed us to bring ‘Illuminate’ to virtual life. We hope it brightens up your day and inspires you to see digital art in a new light.

Lasta, a festival curated by young people for young people across the eight Nasc venues, 10 to 21 June 2021

This event is part of Lasta, an exciting arts programme curated by young people in eight Nasc Network venues across Ireland. Lasta is based on an original project conceived and delivered by Backstage Theatre, Longford in 2020.

Part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council. To see the full Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh programme, visit www.brighteningair.com

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