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Galway 2020 presents Aerial/Sparks by Louise Manifold, in collaboration with the Marine Institute. 

Created by artist Louise Manifold, Aerial/Sparks is an exciting interdisciplinary art project that will explore radio connectivity and its relationship to ocean space. Working collaboratively with the Marine Institute, Irelands national agency responsible for marine research, technology development and innovation.The project aims to commission artists of exceptional nature to create compelling stand alone art works for radio broadcast in Ireland and Europe.

AerialSparks invites audiences to experience the unknown of our ocean through radio listening : taking reference from Russian Futurist poet Velimir Khlebnikov on the utopian potential of radio to artist Bas Jan Ader’s final and infamous attempt to cross the Atlantic, to rethink human relationship to the ocean as one that is constantly rethought and never fully understood.



Louise Manifold

Louise Manifold is a visual artist who works film, sculpture, collage and text, her multi disciplinary practice includes the creation of dynamic collaborative projects that frequently manifest as unique once off experiences.

Born in Co. Galway, Louise studied at Central St Martins Collage London and GMIT Galway. She has exhibited extensively throughout Ireland, and internationally in exhibitions at ISCP, New York. Proximal Distances Chicago, Supermarket Art Fair, Stockholm, Red House Arts Centre Syracuse New York, Candid arts centre, London. 411 Galleries Shanghai, China. She has been awarded residencies with Galway City Council (2007) Tyrone Guthrie ( 2008) SIM Iceland ( 2008) ISCP New York ( 2010/11) The Botin Foundation, Santander, Spain.( 2013) The Royal Hibernian Academy Dublin, Ireland( 2014/15). Louise has been the recipient of awards from The Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland, and local authorities.In 2009 she was one of the four artists short-listed for Allied Irish Bank Art prize. Recent events and projects include Cuirt 2017,Wild-Screen and Trauma at the Science Gallery, Dublin.

AerialSparks! Is funded Galway 2020, The Arts Council of Ireland & The Marine Institute Galway.