Burren College of Art values its connectedness to the international, national and regional art worlds and maintains this through a vibrant programme of visiting artist and scholar presentations each semester.
We welcome renowned artists, curators, gallerists, critics and scholars to participate in conferences, symposia and the weekly visiting artist programme, known as the ‘Wednesday Session’. After a group presentation of their work, artists are available to students for individual studio visits on a sign-up basis.
This programme is our way of connecting and making professional relationships with artists who have made serious contributions to their disciplines, and who inspire and energise our community. We invite both established and emerging practitioners, working across diverse creative practices, from Ireland and abroad.
Trevor Martin is an artist, educator, and arts administrator living and working in Chicago. His performance and sculptural works have been presented in museums, galleries, and alternative spaces in Chicago, New York, Cleveland, Tucson, and Florence, Italy as well as places in between. In addition, Trevor has curated numerous projects with a focus on both live performance and performance for video. He received his BFA (1992) from Transylvania University and MFA (1998) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).
Tom Molloy is a conceptual Irish artist. He was the Head of Painting at BCA for more than ten years and now is a regular visiting artist to the Burren College of Art.
Molloy’s work largely questions the credibility of the artist’s observational claim, in relation to contemporary exercises in warfare. With his poetic use of materials, especially his pencil drawings, Molloy presents his finished works as product for his audience to view, as a starting point, to reassess the human suffering synonymous with global conflicts.
Nationally and internationally exhibited and collected, he is represented by Rubicon Gallery, Ireland.
Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin is one of Ireland’s best known musicians. He is a pianist with a uniquely Irish piano style. He is Professor of Music at the University of Limerick where he founded the Irish World Music Center in 1994, which has now grown into the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. His educational influence has reached across classical music, from contemporary dance to traditional dance from Music Therapy through Music Education and Community Music-in most of these areas establishing the first programmes of their kind in Ireland, Europe, or in the world.
Ó Súilleabháin is a musician, composer, performer, writer, speaker, broadcaster and recording artist of national and international distinction.
Megs Morley is an artist and independent curator whose projects primarily deal with how specific social and political situations are represented in art, and with strategies of artistic resistance that include self-organisation, intervention and collectivism. She holds a BA in Fine Art from LSAD and a MA in Visual Art Practices (curatorial pathway) from MAVIS, IADT.
Malcy Duff (b.1978) is a cartoonist from Edinburgh, Scotland. He has produced over 60 comix, including ‘The Pineapple,’ ‘Jimmy Stewart,’ ‘The Heroic Mosh Of Mary’s Son,’ and ‘A 52 Second Silence For Topsy.’ His work has been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies, and has exhibited internationally. He also performs and records in the duo Usurper, which he co-founded with Ali Robertson in 2003.
Kira O’Reilly is a UK based artist. Her practice is both wilfully interdisciplinary and entirely undisciplined, and stems from a visual art background. In her work she employs performance, biotechnical practices and writing to consider speculative reconfigurations around the body.
Gediminas Gasparavičius specializes in late modern and contemporary art. He is assistant professor of art history at the Myers School of Art, University of Akron (Ohio, United States). His research focuses on collective and participatory art in Eastern Europe in late socialism and early postsocialism. His doctoral dissertation examined the work of the Slovenian multidisciplinary collective Neue Slowenische Kunst (or NSK), which in 1992 established NSK State in Time. NSK State is a conceptual entity that issues passports, opens “embassies,” and subversively mimics other functions of the state. In Fall 2014 he curated the exhibition IRWIN: NSK State in Time at Emily Davis Gallery at Myers School of Art, University of Akron.
Dragana Jurisic was born in Slavonski Brod, Croatia (then Yugoslavia). She is currently based in Dublin, Ireland. Dragana won a number of awards and exhibited widely both in Ireland and abroad. In 2008, Dragana completed Masters in Fine Art at the University of Wales, Newport, receiving a distinction for her work. In 2009, she was selected as an Axis MAstar, “An annual selection of the most promising artist from the UK’s leading MA courses” and shortlisted for the Emerging Visual Artist Award (Ireland). She also had her first solo exhibition Seeing Things in Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, Wales.
Dominic Thorpe is an Irish visual artist who works primarily through the body in performance, drawing, video and photography. His work often involves contextual and relational based processes. Through his practice he engages with subject matter that has significant social importance, often related to issues of trauma and injustice. He has shown and performed work widely internationally and in Ireland, including at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Bergen Museum of Art Norway, the Bangkok Cultural Centre Thailand and the Galway Arts Centre Ireland.
Brendan McCarthy studied Painting and Film at Chelsea school of Art under the celebrated British Pop Artist Patrick Caulfield.
Brendan is one of the UK’s most gifted graphic novelists. His ground-breaking comics of the early 80s (Strange Days, Skin, Rogan Gosh) as part of ‘The British Invasion’ paved the way for comics’ increasing popularity in Hollywood.
John Anthony Baldessari is an American conceptual artist He is member of the Burren College of Art’s Advisory Council. He is also a receipient of the BCA-Nui Galway Honorary Doctorate. Baldessari has been termed “one of the most influential artists to emerge since the mid 1960’s.” He has contributed to the definition of postmodern art. His ingenious application of certain art-making strategies includes appropriation, deconstruction, decontextualization, sequentiality and text/image juxtaposition, was prescient, as was his cogent and witty intergration of semiology, linguistic systems and mass media.
His work has been featured in more than 200 solo exhibitions in the US and Europe.
Amelia Stein, lives and works in Dublin, Ireland, where she was born in 1958, establishing herself over 30 years as a singularly exacting photographer whose work is characterized by meticulous attention to detail in tandem with the attributes of fine black and white photographic printing. As a performing arts photographer, Stein has worked in Theatre and Opera in Ireland 1979-2000. Her signature black and white photography featured widely in the Music Industry. Elected a member of the RHA in 2004, Aosdána in 2006.
Dr Alistair Payne is the Head of the School of Fine Art at The Glasgow School of Art. Previously he was an Undergraduate Programme Leader at the GSA, and the MA Fine Art Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art (Painting) at The University of Wolverhampton. He has also worked at Manchester Metropolitan University in the Painting Department (2002-2005) and as a Visiting Lecturer at different UK institutions. In 2006 he was awarded a PhD from Chelsea College of Art, he also has a Fine Art Degree from The University of Hertfordshire and an MFA from The University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
The Irish painter and sculptor Alice Maher was born in County Tipperary. After taking a BA in European Studies at the University of Limerick, she studied drawing and painting at the Crawford College of Art in Cork.
The son of a Scottish policeman, Alastair MacLennan was born in 1943 in the Perthshire village of Blair Atholl. As a consequence of his father being regularly relocated, the family moved often within the Perth and Kinross area. Holidays were spent with grand parents on the Isle of Skye where a great great uncle had once practised as an artist. Since 1975, he is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He was a founder member of Belfast’s Art and Research Exchange. He is member of the performance art collective Black Market International (BMI).
Aideen Barry (born 1979) is an Irish visual artist. Barry was born in Cork and is known for her performance, film, sculpture, drawing, and installation work. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in a number of Museums, Publicly funded centres of Contemporary Art, Private Galleries, and Art Fairs across the world.