The Palimpsest/ Rianú Project













 6th SEPTEMBER – 30th NOVEMBER 2014


The exhibition was officially launched by Mr. Simon Harris T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works on 6th September 2014.

The Palimpsest/ Rianú Project is a collaborative art project which brought together eight Irish artists to develop work to represent Ireland at Artisterium VI in Tbilisi, Georgia in October 2013. Continuing with this collaboration, the project was then presented in An Gailearaí in Gweedore, Co. Donegal in June 2014 and the final exhibition will be shown in the Pearse Museum in Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin in September 2014. The eight participating artists were: Colin Martin RHA, Brian Fay, Mary A.Fitzgerald, Claire Halpin, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Aoife McGarrigle, Kate Murphy and Nuala Ní Fhlathúin.

Each artist was invited to develop an initial image which was then emailed on to the next artist in the group. The second artist responded to it by working over it or manipulating it in some way and then emailed it on to the third artist who also responded to it and passed it on. The process continued until each of the eight artists had worked on each of the eight images. It proved to be a very creative and rewarding experience for the artists involved, each gaining a lot from encountering the varied working methods and creative processes of the other artists. The title “Palimpsest / Rianú” refers to the original palimpsests – ancient manuscript pages which were erased so that they could be reused and overwritten – and Rianú, the Irish word for tracing. There is a trace of each of the eight artist’s hand left in all of the final works.

The eight digital prints in this exhibition are the final stage of a collaborative process which was developed between artists from the Gaeltacht and from outside the Gaeltacht on the theme of how we deal with the other in our lives – other people, other ethnic groups, other nations. The Pearse Museum was chosen as an apt location to exhibit this project because of Patrick Pearse’s special interest in bi-lingual education. Each artist has also created an individual artwork responding directly to the themes and context of the museum.

This project was initiated by Cló and the Living Archive and curated by Claire Halpin and Eoin Mac Lochlainn. This exhibition also includes work by Ian Joyce, artistic director of Cló and the Living Archive – an artist-led initiative developed by Ian Joyce and Oona Hyland in the Donegal Gaeltacht. We are also grateful for the support of An Gailearaí in Gweedore and Ealaín na Gaeltachta, and are particularly pleased to receive the support of the Pearse Museum in presenting this project because of its bi-lingual connection to the project.

Watch a short video by Claire Halpin showing the works in progress as well as the final artworks at:

A limited edition set of prints of the project were purchased for the OPW Collection.

Further Information –


Claire Halpin          

Eoin Mac Lochlainn

Full Press Release Here:   Palimpsest_Rianú_Press Release.2014

Palimpsest/ Rianú Project at An Gailearaí:

Palimpsest/ Rianú Project at Artisterium VI, Tbilisi, Georgia, 2013:




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