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Slattery’s Bar


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  • In 1992 Lars Nittve (b. 1953, Sweden), the international adjudicator of that year’s edition of EVA, found himself craving a pint of Guinness, which brought him to Slattery’s bar.
  • This encounter led to a ‘stroke of genius – to include a room like this, one of the most obvious meeting places in Limerick’ as a venue for EVA.
  • Following this, Slattery’s bar was a venue for 13 editions of EVA, up until 2006.
  • This extended partnership was thanks to ‘Queenie’ Margaret Slattery (b. 1922, Ireland; d. 2002), who owned Slattery’s bar and was a long-term supporter of EVA.
  • The site was one of 12 listed venues for the 20th edition of EVA in 1996, curated by Guy Tortosa (b. 1961, France).
  • For that edition, Thomas Hirschhorn (b. 1957, Switzerland) presented Artists’ Scarves (1996) which filled the wall space of the bar with colourful scarves, embellished with artists’ names.
  • This site was one of 12 listed venues for the 28th edition of EVA in 2004, curated by Zdenka Badovinac (b. 1958, Slovenia) and titled Imagine Limerick.
  • That year, Michael Kliën (b. 1973, Austria) presented Slattery’s Lamps – sediments of a mind (2004), which gathered information from inside Slattery’s and transmitted it through a street lamp outside the bar.

Artwork presented at this venue

Minerva Cuevas, The Story of the Celtic Tiger, 2006.