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 curated a number of exhibitions and events including new work by Alice Maher, Vox Materia at the Source Arts Centre, Thurles and the Crawford Art Gallery Cork (2018); a night of films for LUMINOUS VOID: Twenty Years of Experimental Film Society at the Project Arts Centre (2020); and a programme of talks for the RHA entitled ‘Women, Artists and The Institution’ (2020). We are also curators-in-residence at the Cork Midsummer Festival 2019-2022. 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 curator, writer and art historian based in London and is British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Her research focuses on the important contribution of activist collectives to the American feminist art movement during the 1970s. She has published on feminist art and poetry in The Irish University Review, Courtauld Books Online, Muße, and The Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry. Her book Pain and Politics in Postwar Feminist Art: Activism in the Work of Nancy Spero is forthcoming from I.B. Tauris.