Studio based practice – Gallery

My studio based practice was a visual investigation of place, landscape, memory and the fragile reminiscence of them. I created art works using a collection and combination of traditional and experimental processes in hand paper making, Intaglio print making, deep creative mapping, installation and painting. This studio based art making – interlinked with participatory, collaborative works – gradually transformed into a social arts practice over the years. The “studio” became a space for research, thinking, experimenting. The “work” is co-created and interdisciplinary, addressing social, environmental and ecological issues and power structures. Processes are collective, collaborative and shared. Relationships are more horizontal and equal. The aim and hope of these projects are to instigate and achieve positive societal change.

As the often quoted phrase from Jeremy Deller artist sums it up:  “I went from being an artist who makes things to being an artist who makes things happen.”

 

Art works 2015 – 2018

Selected Past Exhibitions:

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018: Cladach – Thomastown (vacant premises) AKA (Alternative Kilkenny Arts)

2014: “Origins” – Visitor Centre, The Estate Yard, Castlecomer Discovery Park, Co. Kilkenny
2013: “Recollections” – Exhibition in transformed vacant space, Thomastown Arts Festival, during Kilkenny Arts Festival; opened by Sylvia Thompson (The Irish Times)
2012: “Reminiscence” – Exhibition at CENTRE FOR CREATIVE PRACTICES, Dublin 2
“Reminiscence” – Exhibition and outdoor installation in vacant space, Thomastown, during KAF, part of THREE SOLOS Exhibitions; opened by Bairbre-Ann Harkin (Butler Gallery)
2011: “Layers” – Recent works in Paper Art and Intaglio mono-print, Exhibition in vacant space. Thomastown, Kilkenny Arts Festival
“A Journey – Layers & Readings” – Experimental Paper Art and Intaglio Print
CORK VISION CENTRE, Cork City, Officially opened by Mr Ferenc Jári, Ambassador for Hungary
2010: “Horizons”, The Watergarden Gallery, Thomastown, Kilkenny Arts Festival
2009: “Land – Scripts”, KILKENNY ARTS OFFICE GALLERY – Exhibition and residency
2006: Kilkenny Arts Festival: Bassetts at Woodstock Restaurant, Inistioge and at KOZO Gallery, Thomastown Selected for theVERGE Programme` (Visual Arts KAF

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED)

2014 – 2016: Group exhibitions, Butler House, Kilkenny Arts Festival Fringe (AKA)
2011-2012: Selected for Winter Exhibition at The CENTRE FOR CREATIVE PRACTICES, Dublin
Selected for Winter Exhibition at Framewell Gallery, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
2010: Sustainable Futures Exhibition – Limerick City Gallery of Art
2009: International Paper Art exhibition “New Paper – Old Land” at the 20th IAPMA Congress, Tasmania.
27 March – 20 May 2009, Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Tasmania, Australia.
2009: Group exhibition by artists in residence at the 14th International Arts Residency at Cered
Ars Longa International Artists Retreat, History Museum, Salgótarján, Hungary
2008: Work selected for Green Star Open, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow
2006 – 2008: KOZO Studio and Gallery, Exhibitions in collaboration with other artists
2005: “Encore 05” Exhibition, The Old Market House Art Centre, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

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