About the Exhibitions Database

The NIVAL Exhibitions Database has been compiled to improve public access to the Library's extensive collection of files documenting art and design exhibitions in Ireland.  The files contain catalogues, press material and ephemera on more than 10,000 solo and group exhibitions from the period 1900 to the present.

The Exhibitions Database is a reference resource providing basic details on Irish exhibitions including title, date, venue, and artists represented.  A visit to the library is recommended to researchers seeking a comprehensive view of the actual files.

  • Title: Air Looms.
  • Reference Code:IE/NIVAL EXB/16530
  • Variant Names: 2020 The Dock; exh: online "Air Looms."
  • Date: 2020
  • Group Type: Solo

Scope and Content:

In spring of 2020, Louise Manifold and the singer Elizabeth Hilliard travelled to Musée d'art et d'histoire de Neuchâtel, Switzerland, the museum which houses The Jaquet-Droz automata, three beautifully handmade mechanical animated dolls, and there, made a short film in response to these extraordinary creations. This project, developed with Hilliard, will be presented as a video installation The Escape Wheel, an opera work based on the performance, mechanism, design and action of the dolls. Louise works conceptually with film, photography, sculpture and text.