Jumping Backwards into a Wave

Over the past 40 years, EVA International has grown from Limerick’s artist-led, grassroots exhibition to Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art. The publications that accompany each edition are a rich repository chartering the trajectory of artistic practice and critical thinking in the international art world. Jumping Backwards into a Wave is the title of an artwork by Siobhán Cuffe exhibited in the first manifestation of EVA International: the 77 Exhibition.

Ormston House, in partnership with EVA International, is launching a pilot weekly event reflecting on the evolution of Ireland’s Biennial in Limerick. Working from archival records, the group will gather for lunch every Saturday over a six-week period to review and discuss the EVA publications – from design treatments to the curatorial essay, and prize-giving to colloquia, but most importantly the artworks and artists who have contributed to the history and legacy of the exhibition.

The group will meet at Ormston House on Saturday afternoons from 1-2pm. The first meeting will be an introduction and overview from the first to most recent publications produced in 1977 and 2016. On occasion, invited guests – EVA artists, curators, writers, technicians, administrators, managers, and board members – will join us for lunch. For further information or to join the group, please email us at

Admission is free and all are welcome.


Jumping Backwards into a Wave stems from conversations with Inti Guerrero, appointed curator of EVA International 2018. The creative workshops are facilitated by Álvaro Talavera de Molina. Image: Alice Maher, Cassandra's Necklace (2) (2016), HD film still, courtesy of the artist and EVA International. Photograph by Vivienne Dick.
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