June 15, 2015
We are delighted to announce today the evolution of IMOCA from the Irish, to the Independent Museum of Contemporary Arts. Although we have frequently created exhibition opportunities outside of Dublin, this change heralds the imminent opening of our first project space outside of Ireland- NIVEL Arts in Valencia, Spain.
Being an independent organization has its inherent ups and downs. Although we might not have the government funding of a large, established institution, we do have the flexibility to adapt and act according changing needs, interests and practices. We suffered a few disappointing turns of events over the past two years- among other things, the loss of Moxie Studios, and the negotiations for what would have been an incredible permanent location in Dublin, which fell through in the final hour.
So we decided instead to take this as an opportunity to pursue another idea we had been floating around for a while- opening similar art centres in other countries. As we work closely with the art colleges and universities, this will allow us to be on the ground, hands-on with emerging artists in various locations, and create a synergetic increase in the opportunities we are able to offer- international exposure is vital to emerging artists, and we will continue to develop our capacity to provide this, side by side with our longstanding history of providing studios, equipment and consultation to local artists.
Along with this announcement we are officially launching our international residencies- selected artists and curators will be able to pursue projects in Spain, in Ireland… and in the future, who knows where else.
I want to thank everyone who has been involved in the past up to this point, who helped IMOCA survive every challenge that was thrown our way, and acknowledge the critical work that our current small but committed team have been doing over the past year.
We look forward to seeing you in the galleries.
Kaylee Koss, Director