Image: Hazel Egan
Folding Landscapes features work by the recipients of the 2015 Emerging Irish Artist Residency Award through the Burren College of Art. The exhibition runs from February 5 - February 27, 2016 in the Gallery at Burren College of Art.
Irish artist, Miriam O’Connor currently lives and works in Cork. In her practice, she is interested in the subtleties of looking and seeing, the tenuous nature of photographic representation and the special ambiguity of still images. She holds a BA in photography from Dublin Institute of Technology, and a Research Masters from the Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dun Laoghaire. Her work has been featured in a wide range of photography publications and she has exhibited in solo and group shows in Ireland and internationally. She has published two Photo books, Attention Seekers (2012) and The Legacy Project (2013).
Rory Prout graduated in 2015 with an MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory and Criticism from U.C.C., having previously graduated with a BA in Painting from LSAD in 2008. Alongside his painting practice, he has worked in a number of artist led initiatives in Limerick, most notably as co-director of Faber Studios, which pioneered the use of slack spaces in Limerick City. Prout has previously undertaken residencies in Ireland, Italy, Belgium and Ethiopia, and is currently working from Cappamore Arts Studios following a 2015 bursary from Limerick Arts Office.
Hazel Egan is a visual artist from Tullamore, Co. Offaly, currently based in Dublin. Her practice is multi-disciplinary, primarily incorporating pencil drawing, printmaking and installation. Through her practice she is interested in capturing the gaps in time and space, what lies beyond a limit and the vulnerability of the human condition. Her work often alludes to the sublime nature and mystery of the unknown and in doing so provokes metaphysical questions.
Egan graduated from the Limerick School of Art and Design in 2014 with a BA in Printmaking and Contemporary Practice. She was awarded the Selectors Choice Award by Nevan Lahart at the 2014 Drawing Awards, LSAD and the Foundation 15 and AIB People’s Choice Award in 2015. She has exhibited nationally and internationally.
Patricia Farrelly (b.1991, Co. Longford) is a recent graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, having received a first class (Hons) BA Fine Art in Painting. Recent selected exhibitions include a solo show at Sleeper Gallery, Edinburgh and group exhibitions; ‘drawing, a group show’, GUS Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa; ‘You are New to The Mountain’, SIM gallery, Reykjavík; The London Artist Book Fair, Whitechapel Gallery, London and ‘Arorus Avarice’, Hidden Door Art Festival, Edinburgh. Subsequent to participating in the Emerging Irish Artist Residency Award ‘15 with Burren College of Art and Gallery 126 Farrelly has been based in Reykjavík on a three month artist residency with The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists (SIM).
The Emerging Irish Artist Residency Award is an annual award offered by the Burren College of Art in conjunction with artist-led gallery G126. Each year four emerging Irish artists are selected from an open submission and given the opportunity for a focused period of producing work during a one month residency at BCA. This group of artists then work collaboratively with G126 to produce a large scale show that takes place in both galleries at a later date. EIARA started in 2014 during the Burren College of Art’s 20 year celebrations, and was conceived as a way of discovering and supporting emerging talent in Ireland’s contemporary art scene.