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Fools' Bells Fall was a residency, exhibition and accompanying publication at Hotel Maria Kapel, The Netherlands in 2016. This project reflected on the character of the fool in relation to the position of the artist in contemporary society. Fools' Bells Fall was the third of three projects by six artists engaged in reciprocal research, writing, and art practice.


Residency period: May - July

Exhibition period: 4th - 30th of July


Curated by Irene de Craen, Renèe Helèna Browne, Eimear Walshe, Avril Corroon, Kerry Guinan, Tara McKeon and Saoirse Wall


"By using the tactics of the fool such as humour, deception, and cunning, the artists use their practice to deal with and subvert the hegemony of patriarchal-capitalist society and the positions allocated to them by that same hegemony as female, queer, precarious or otherwise marginal."


Please find the Fools' Bells Fall press release in full here


Fools' Bells Fall, the publication, accompanies the exhibition: 'This publication does not function as either the documentation or an explanation of the exhibition, but rather as another platform from which the artists reflect on the subjects at hand through writing, found images and previous works. As such it contextualises the works on show as well as the artists’ individual practices.' Available to purchase here


Supported by:

The Arts Council / An Comhairle Ealaíon

The Mondriaan Fund

The municipality of Hoorn

Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Noord-Holland

Fingal Arts Office

The Embassy of Ireland, The Netherlands