Final phase of FERMEN-TOUR // Limerick with EVA International

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Inês Neto dos Santos returns to Limerick for the final phase of her residency with EVA International, as part of the Magic Carpets Creative Europe programme.

During a residency which has taken place over November and December 2021, Inês has been working with curator Niamh Brown (EVA International Creative Producer), developing workshops with local communities from the Limerick School of Art and Design and café Canteen, to explore fermentation as a metaphor for collaborative practices, community living and autonomy.

FERMEN-TOUR // Limerick pursues these ideas through a new fermentation station, fabricated and hosted at the Limerick School of Art and Design.

The mobile station has been designed to move from place to place, and to be activated through workshops, knowledge exchanges and communal meals. During this final phase of the residency Inês will be designing a menu in collaboration with the team at Canteen to accompany the fermentation products for a communal meal amongst all participants.

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Curator, and Creative Producer of EVA International, Niamh Brown says: “It’s been a pleasure to explore Limerick’s food culture through Inês’ project FERMEN-TOUR // Limerick, and so insightful to think about how fermentation correlates to sustainability, well-being and collaboration, through food production and consumption.

“I’m delighted that despite all the ongoing challenges over the pandemic that we’ve been able to deliver this project, and to have worked directly with participants in Limerick.”

This presentation marks the final project of EVA’s participation in the 4 year-long “Magic Carpets” platform, supported by Creative Europe, which has created opportunities for emerging artists to embark on artistic residencies with communities across Europe.

Director of EVA International, Matt Packer says: “EVA’s involvement in the The Magic Carpets platform over the past 4 years has connected us with 14 other cultural organisations across Europe, each that work to engage contemporary art within their local community contexts.

“Together with organisational partners, we have been able to initiate international artist residencies for Irish artists Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín and Mary Conroy, while also hosting international artists here in Limerick; such as Vera Mota, Bora Baboci, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, and Inês Neto dos Santos.”