NLA III:  The New Living Art Exhibition 2012

November 16 – December 09 2012


In 2010, IMOCA established a new opportunity for local artists in honor of a similar pursuit taken up by artists many years ago.

In 1943, a group of artists rebelling at the closed, conservative, ‘tennis club’ institutions for art, decided to stand together and do something about it. The Irish Exhibition of Living Art, which was arguably sparked the atmosphere that allowed many or most of the opportunities available to Irish-based artists today- The Arts Council, Culture Ireland and the Percent For Art scheme, among others.

The very nature of contemporary art has changed so much since the declaration of the name, ‘Living Art,’ that a current reading of it could easily confuse it as just performance-based work, although it originally was a reference to the simple fact that these artists were still living and producing work.

By its dissolution in the 1980’s, The Irish Exhibition of Living Art had already exhibited a significant force on Irish art, and had successfully managed what many institutions fail to do- make way for newer memes and ideas. In 2010 the first New Living Art exhibition was launched,  and included over 30 Irish artists. It was a celebration of, and a bridge between, the artists of the past who had the courage and drive to create their own opportunities when presented with no other alternative, and the artists who, today, are taking every opportunity that is now available.

Every year we will offer a carte blanche invitation to a new curator, so that the even the design, selection and presentation formats of the exhibit continue to be tested and evolve alongside the New Living Art on exhibition. The only irrevocable rule will be that the NLA, despite whatever solicitation, will always continue to have an open call for artists and work, indiscriminate of status, degree or station.

We are pleased to announce that the NLA III will be curated and selected by the team at TACTIC Cork.


Interested artists can do one of the following:

1. pick up a hardcopy application form from Moxie Studios [] or Steambox [] during open gallery hours;

2. download and either print or email the Application Form [word document]

3. Apply online


The TACTIC Curation team for NLA III:

Pamela Myers is a visual artist and curator. She studied at Limerick School of Art & Design, graduating in 2008. Her degree show was selected for review in CIRCA as part of the critic’s choice of new graduates. In 2009 she joined Backwater Artist Group. With B.A.G she exhibited in the Crawford Gallery in 2010. She was selected for the Westmeath Emerging Artist Award in 2009.

In 2011 she established TACTIC gallery at Sample-Studios. Prior to this she has worked at the Fenton Gallery, Cork and in collections management at The Glucksman Gallery, UCC where she is currently a contributor to the education programme. In 2012 Myers was elected to the Board of Directors of Sample-Studios.






Gerald Heffernan is curator and multidisciplinary artist. In 2006 he co-founded Patrick St. Gallery in Cork City where he curated and produced a variety of over 50 events. Heffernan graduated from Crawford College of Art in 2010.  As co-founder of the performance society in CCAD, Heffernan performed at Ó Bhéal in Cork and Live@8 in Galway. He also participated in the Art in Context performance and talks series in CCAD and Camden Palace in 2010.

In 2011, he  co-established Sample-Studios and in 2012 he joined the management and curation team at TACTIC.