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Siobhan Hapaska at the Venice Biennale 2001

May Day

9 June to 30 September 2001, Irish Pavilion, Scuola San Pasquale, Venice

May Day was commissioned from Siobhan Hapaska by Patrick Murphy, Director of the Royal Hibernian Academy Gallagher Gallery, for Ireland's participation in the 49th Venice Biennale. Ireland chose to be represented by two artists in that year, the other being Grace Weir.

May Day is a short film and in Venice was screened in a site-specific installation.

May Day was subsequently shown at the RHA Gallagher Gallery in October and at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York in 2002.

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The Felix Trust for Art supported the realisation of May Day and it's showing in Venice.


The Irish participation in the Venice Biennale is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs, assisted by the Cultural Relations Committee, The Arts Council and the Commissioner of Public Works. In 2001 the main corporate sponsor was IONA Technologies with additional support, either financial or in kind, from DHL, Nissan, Eircell, Allen Key Fittings, Model Arts and Niland Gallery, RHA, Kerlin Gallery, Principle Management, Language Design and an anonymous donor.


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Siobhan Hapaska is represented by Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York and Kerlin Gallery, Dublin



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