Matt Packer has been named the director of EVA International, Ireland’s biennial of contemporary art. Packer has been the director of the Center for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry since 2014, before which he served as the curator of exhibitions and projects at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork, from 2008 to 2013. He cocurated Norway’s Lofoten International Art Festival and will organize the upcoming Tulca Festival of Visual Arts in Galway.
Hugh Murray, EVA International’s chair, said, “The board of EVA International feels very happy and fortunate to have Matt Packer as our new director. His predecessor, Woodrow Kernohan, set a very high standard and we are confident that we have found, in Matt, the right person to lead the development of Ireland’s biennial of contemporary art to even greater recognition as a cultural event of international significance.”
“I am delighted to be announced as director of EVA International, an organization that I have seen transform since I first arrived in Ireland almost ten years ago,” said Packer. “Now approaching its fortieth anniversary, it’s remarkable how EVA has continued to set the horizon for changing ideas of artistic and curatorial practice, while also being respondent to broader cultural and political changes that have impacted Ireland and its relations to the wider world. Given its enormous legacy, I am very proud to be entrusted with the job of developing EVA over the coming years, strengthening its voice and deepening its impact at local, national, and international levels.”