Art Enriches Life?

Art Enriches Life?
The Narrow Space sought expressions of interest from artists for its ‘Art Enriches Life?’ summer exhibition, in conjunction with The Clonmel Junction Arts Festival (CJAF). The theme of CJAF 2023 is ‘The Place of Art in Public Life and Civil Society’. This conjures up a myriad of questions and perhaps not so many answers!
Our inspiration for this exhibition comes from a play called ‘Art’ by Yasmina Reza
A short summary:
‘Yasmina Reza’s contemporary farce, Art, centres around one man’s acquisition of a two-hundred-thousand-franc white painting by an obscure artist named Antrios. When the well-off dermatologist Serge purchases the 4ft x 5ft canvas—painted entirely white—for such an exorbitant price, his two closest friends, Marc and Yvan, find themselves wrestling with the aesthetic, intellectual, and existential questions that the essentially blank canvas raises.
Reza casts a satirical eye on the world of art and culture, using her characters’ circular, spiral-like dialogue to explore the fine line between meaning and meaninglessness. The play ultimately suggests that while there’s much to poke fun at in the world of art, and while some works may seem devoid of meaning, the beauty of art is that it takes on significance via the experiences, associations, emotions, and interpretations of those who view and discuss it.’
So, we ask you to imagine with us: Does Art Enrich Life? This is the question we invited artists living or working in Ireland to explore. We hope you enjoy the response!


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