Artist in Residence - July to December 2013
‘My practice is positioned in an Art and Ecology framework, addressing our attitudes and perceptions of how we live on Earth - how we affect our surroundings and how they affect us. I work with Sculpture and Drawing, allowing the ideas to dictate the form. I have worked with stone carving and cast iron, and have made ephemeral work. Most recently, my inquiry has been concerned with audience interaction with the work. As an art practitioner, I see part of my role as effecting attitudinal change through dialogue and experimentation; through engaging my audience in practical ways which enable me to communicate directly with them and to offer them something of value.’
Read an interview with Kathy and Des Kenny ... here ...
This latest body of work focuses on suburban space, in particular, the fragmented spaces of memory. The man-made and natural environment combines to give a feeling of domestic space and place. Some familiar details such as windows, doors, steps and pathways are retained, which help to create a sense of interior and exterior. Shadows and reflections reinforce the illusion of layered space. Images can be broken down into abstract planes and patterns and yet still remain recognizable. Familiar objects can trigger past perceptions and the viewer populates each work with his or her own previous experiences. The end result is a series of imagined and remembered spaces.
Mary studied Fine Art at NCAD (1977-82). She has had many solo exhibitions and has been awarded residencies at the Leighton Artists Colony at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada and a United States Information Agency fellowship to work at the Vermont Studio Center, USA. Awards include a bursary from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation (Montreal), a Golden Fleece award from the Lillias Mitchell Trust and bursaries from the Irish Arts Council (2007 and 2009). Her work is in public and corporate collections including The Arts Council, The AIB International Financial Services Centre, Ulster Bank, The Irish Inter-Continental Bank, Eircom, Dublin Airport Authority, Aer Motive Ireland, South Dublin County Council, Fingal County Council and the Office of Public Works.
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Preview night speech by Poet Patrick Deeley ... here ...
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Draiocht's Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm. Admission is Free.
A solo exhibition by Katie O'Neill - Amharc Fhine Gall IX - Curated by Noelle Collins
Katie O'Neill is a visual artist with a multidisciplinary practice that is concerned with themes of identity and psycho-geography. In June 2012 she self-published the artist's book 'Eternal Light' which conveys the complex experiences and whirring anxieties of an individual in their immediate environment. As a point of entry, the artist's book communicates an intimate narrative; traces of verdant landscape are countered by images of uninhabited spaces and urban monoliths, depicting a darkly poetic sense of isolation.
Quiet scenes, sublime and unsettling, changing in format and tone are placed alongside her personal writing and drawings. These works have been revisited and re-presented in an expanded exhibition format that includes earlier works from 'Performance' a series of 100 type Polaroids. 'Performance' is a visualization of feelings of frustration, loss, confusion and helplessness. Introducing private spaces and performative gestures,the images convey the importance of self-examination as a tool for growth and explores the use of the self-portrait as a means to do so.
O'Neill's work often combines natural light and environment to represent a state of transition, outsiderness and a desire to escape the mainstream. Honesty and vulnerability permeate the work, the ebb and flow of emotion is framed and temporarily controlled giving pause, an opportunity to consider how we as individuals are affected by our surroundings. (Noelle Collins, Curator)
Fingal Arts Office is delighted to showcase recent local art college graduates with its annual exhibition opportunity Amharc Fhine Gall. The show seeks to increase the profile of emerging Fingal artists by giving them the chance to show in a professional, contemporary art space. The opportunity also extends to the emerging curator who will work with the graduate(s) to create a suitable context to show this work to a wider local and contemporary art audience. If you are a recent art college graduate born in or living in Fingal please contact Fingal Arts Office for further information on this and further opportunities. E: email@example.com P: 01 890 6237 / www.fingalarts.ie
Draiocht's Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm. Admission is Free.
Kathy Herbert - Open Studio
Drop in to visit our Artist in Residence Kathy Herbert as she opens her doors to our Artists Studio.
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Fingal's Professional Development Seminar
Fingal Arts Office recognises the challenges facing young artists today and try to address some of these concerns with their annual professional development day What Next? An invited number of professionals and practicing artists will impart their advice and experiences about working in the art world today. What Next? is a free event and is open to all art college and art related students nationwide. Visit www.fingalarts.ie for updates.
If you are a recent art college graduate born in or living in Fingal please contact Caroline Cowley, Fingal Arts Office for further information on this and further opportunities, firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01 870 8449.
This is a Free Event but booking is essential, tel Draiocht: 01-885 2622.
Them that work the hardest ...
‘Them that work the hardest …’ is a line from a well regarded Scottish song about life in the jute mills. For this exhibition, in Draíocht’s Ground Floor Gallery, the artist listened again to half-remembered snatches of folk songs dealing with the experiences of people at work, while at the same time reflecting on personal, family and community history. Some of the resulting ideas and images were re-composed visually into works which are personal statements of empathy and appreciation. The centrepiece of the exhibition is a series of large painted hanging banners which can be displayed together to create mobile murals.
An accompanying exhibition in our First Floor Gallery shows a selection from works on paper on a range of subject matter produced over the last eight years.
Jim Cathcart is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art who has been living and working in Dublin since 1998. As a visual artist, Jim’s work has included printmaking, drawing, painting, murals, banners and poster design. In addition to exhibiting in galleries in Scotland and Ireland, his work has found its way into a variety of public, community and commercial spaces. As an arts activist, Jim has been involved in a long term quest for socially relevant approaches to art. This led to a number of roles in community based arts such as tutor and facilitator; artist in residence; project and event manager; arts co-ordinator; researcher and consultant.
Discover Art - with Jim Cathcart
Visual Arts – Youth Pilot Project
THURSDAYS 4.30PM - 5.30PM
4 WEEKS 06, 13, 20 & 27 March 2014
Draíocht Workshop Room // Course fee €15 for 4 workshops
Using his exhibitions ‘Them that work the hardest…’ as a starting point, Jim Cathcart will facilitate four visual arts sessions over the month of March for young people aged between 13-18 years.
The workshops aim to provide an opportunity to create art, work with a professional artist, learn different techniques and find different ways of expressing yourself. So, if you love to draw or are interested in creating artwork, drop in or find out more information by contacting sarah@draiocht.
Booking through Draíocht’s Box Office on 01-885 2622.