Cutting edge technology supporting cutting edge technology

22 September 2020

Irish aerosol drug delivery firm Aerogen is delighted to announce its support for Galway International Arts Festival’s Galway 2020 project, John Gerrard’s Mirror Pavilion, the Galway City iteration of which was unveiled at Claddagh Quay earlier this month.

Mirror Pavilion is an imposing, seven metre cubed structure, with three sides and the roof clad in a highly reflective mirror and the fourth wall a high resolution LED screen, which plays host to two new artworks, Corn Work and Leaf Work.

The works push the boundaries of digital art, with Gerrard using cutting edge technology usually employed by the commercial gaming industry to create virtual worlds that simulate extremely detailed and authentic landscapes.

Mirror Pavilion is a response to the escalating climate crisis and will be powered by sustainable energy sources at both its Claddagh Quay, Galway City (3 - 26 September) and Derrigimlagh Bog, Connemara iterations (11 – 31 October).

Aerogen is the global leader in acute care aerosol drug delivery. Its award winning products are employed in over 75 countries throughout the world, helping to provide life-critical interventions from the emergency department through to the NICU. The company is committed to sustainability, starting its journey towards carbon neutrality in 2019 by planting over 500 native Irish trees in Terryland Forest Park and funding the construction of a community nursery that will provide thousands of saplings for local schools and community organisations.

Commenting on the company’s sponsorship of the project, Aerogen CEO & MD John Power said:

We are delighted to continue our support for Galway International Arts Festival. Mirror Pavilion is a fantastic project to support, as it ties in with our company ethos of being more conscious of our impact on the global environment as well as our continued drive to deliver cutting edge technology.”

Welcoming Aerogen’s support for the project, which will move to Derrigimlagh Bog in Connemara in October, Galway International Arts Festival CEO John Crumlish said:

We are delighted that Aerogen are going to be involved with the project, as they are such a good fit in so many ways.

In addition to a shared desire to be carbon neutral, it is very exciting to have a multinational company coming out of the West of Ireland, which is delivering cutting edge technology globally, partnering one of the most exciting and ambitious cutting edge cultural projects ever to come into the West of Ireland.”

More about Aerogen

Aerogen is the world’s leading medical device company specialising in the design, manufacture & commercialisation of aerosol drug delivery systems. Aerogen’s patented vibrating mesh technology turns liquid medication into a fine particle mist, gently and effectively delivering drugs to the lungs of critically ill patients. Their innovative products significantly improve aerosol drug delivery resulting in better patient outcomes throughout the hospital.

The company, synonymous with scientific excellence, and with a wealth of international awards, has a strong international presence, with offices in Ireland, the UK, Germany, United States, Middle East, Asia and India. Employing almost 300 people and partnering their technology with the leading mechanical ventilation companies, Aerogen’s products have benefitted over 10 million patients worldwide.

More about Mirror Pavilion

Mirror Pavilion, by world renowned Irish artist John Gerrard, was commissioned by Galway International Arts Festival for Galway’s European Capital of Culture 2020. It is a work of two parts, Corn Work and Leaf Work, presented in two locations in the west of Ireland. It opened in Galway City on 3 September and will be the largest outdoor visual art project in Ireland this year.

The work, which has been two years in the making, is a response to the escalating climate crisis and pushes the boundaries of digital art using cutting edge technology.

Powered by sustainable energy sources, Mirror Pavilion is an imposing 7M x 7M x 7M structure, with 3 sides and the roof clad in a highly reflective mirror and the fourth wall a high resolution LED wall.

About Galway International Arts Festival

The multidisciplinary Galway International Arts Festival takes place each July in Galway, Ireland and covers a range of art forms. In 2019, over 200 events took place in 30 venues over the course of 14 days with an attendance in excess of 260,000. The Guardian named the festival as one of the Top 5 Summer Festivals in Europe.

Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the July 2020 Festival did not take place, however a special programme of events called ‘Autumn Edition’ is taking place over the next two months, including the world premiere of Mirror Pavilion, a stunning Visual Arts exhibition, featuring one of Ireland’s foremost artistic talents, Hughie O’Donoghue, a major live and online talks platform, featuring Colm Tóibín, Samantha Power, Fintan O’Toole and Marion McKeone amongst others, live music performances and much more. See for full details.

Galway International Arts Festival also has a rich tradition of producing captivating and engaging work, which premieres at the Festival and goes on to tour internationally and nationally. In recent years, GIAF has toured productions to New York (Incantata; Arlington, Ballyturk); Washington (Rooms; riverrun); London (Rooms); and Dublin (Grief is the Thing with Feathers, Ballyturk, riverrun). In the past, it has also toured to Edinburgh, Chicago, Adelaide, Sydney, Hong Kong and Prague.

Galway International Arts Festival would also like to acknowledge the support of its principal funding agencies the Arts Council and Fáilte Ireland, Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, Education Partner NUI Galway, Festival Energy partner Flogas and Drinks Partner Heineken®.