Year founded: 1977
Organiser: EVA International - Ireland's Biennial


Founded in 1977, EVA International is Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art.

EVA International is Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art.

EVA leads in the commissioning and curating of contemporary art by Irish and international artists, culminating in a bi-annual programme of artistic encounters, exhibitions, and education projects, that take place across venues in Limerick city and beyond. EVA’s vision is ‘To lead in creating experiences and encounters of world-class contemporary art that activate Limerick as a place of creative endeavour and cultural destination’.

EVA was founded by artists in 1977 and it remains one the longest running visual arts organisations in Ireland, with a history of working with some of the world’s most influential curators, including: Inti Guerrero (2018), Koyo Kouoh (2016), Bassam El Baroni (2014), Annie Fletcher (2012), Elizabeth Hatz (2010), Angelika Nollert and Yilmaz Dziewior (2009), Hou Hanru (2008), Klaus Ottmann (2007), Katerina Gregos (2006), Dan Cameron (2005), Zdenka Badovinac (2004), Virginia Pérez Ratton (2003), Apinan Poshyananda (2002), Salah M. Hassan (2001), Rosa Martínez (2000), Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn (1999), Paul M. O’Reilly (1998), Guy Tortosa (1996), María de Corral (1995), Jan Hoet (1994), Gloria Moure (1993), Lars Nittve (1992), Germano Celant (1991), Saskia Bos (1990), Florent Bex and Alexander Roshin (1988), Ida Panicelli (1987), Nabuo Nakamura (1986), Rudi Fuchs (1985), Peter Fuller (1984), Liesbeth Brandt Corstius (1982), Pierre Restany (1981), Brian O’Doherty (1980), Sandy Nairne (1979), Adrian Hall, Charles Harper, Theo Mcnab, Cóilín Murray (1978), Barrie Cooke, John Kelly, Brian King (1977).

In 2017, EVA celebrated its 40 year anniversary. What began as an artist-led initiative to show works by contemporary artists, ‘to provide the public with an opportunity to visit and experience an exhibition not normally available in the [Limerick] region’, has since become ‘Ireland’s Biennial’ and a major fixture on the cultural calendar, in Ireland and internationally.