Formed in 2014 by Sarah Kelleher and Rachel Warriner, Pluck works closely with artists to realise ambitious exhibitions of innovative and avant-garde work. To date, Pluck have produced the exhibitions including In Pursuit of Leisure, Stephanie Hough’s first solo show at the Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork; curated a strand of The Land of Zero at The Crawford Art Gallery, Cork; and produced New Work from Glasgow in the Windle Building, UCC as part of the Cork International Film Festival’s Visual Arts Programme. Upcoming projects include Architecture/Sculpture at the Boole Library, UCC and an exhibition of work by Angela Fulcher in City Hall, Cork. For each project Pluck seeks to promote the work of outstanding artists through creative curation and critical engagement.
Sarah Kelleher is an arts writer and a Government of Ireland Scholar completing her PhD on contemporary Irish sculpture in History of Art at UCC. Sarah is an experienced programmer and administrator, having worked as part of the programming team of the National Sculpture Factory and managed the Vangard Gallery, Cork. Sarah has published widely, writing scholarly texts on Gerda Frömmel for the catalogue to Gerda Frömel, A Retrospective for the Irish Museum of Modern Art, contributing to Photography and Doubt (Routledge, 2016) and writing reviews for Paper Visual Art Journal, Enclave Review, and The VAI Visual Artists News Sheet. Sarah also has an independent curatorial practice and has co-curated the exhibitions Affective Entities in collaboration with MAKE 2016, and This is not my voice speaking (2015) at the Wandesford Quay Gallery.
Rachel Warriner is a writer, curator and scholar based in London. She completed her PhD on the work of American artist Nancy Spero in 2016 with the support of the Irish Research Council and has published scholarly articles in The Irish University Review, Mixed Messages: American correspondences in visual and verbal practices, Artefact, and The British and Irish Journal of Innovative Poetics; her reviews have been published in Enclave Review, wearenoise, and thisistomorrow. In addition to working as part of Pluck Projects, Rachel is also curator of the SoundEye Festival, and curated The Avant Festival (2011-2014) and Word into Image (Tactic Gallery, 2014). She was also founding member of the Modernisms Research Centre, UCC (2011-2015) which hosted conferences, talks and symposia on modernism and its legacies.