Artist Talks, Graduate Residency, Ormond Studios 2017

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Join us for the third in our 2017 series of talks with emerging Irish artists.

This event will feature shortlisted artists from our Graduate Award, Cará Donaghey and Aideen Farrell, alongside Graduate Artist Residency Recipient Hannah Bloom.

Please note this event is free but registration is required.

Hannah Bloom:

Hannah Bloom’s practice is interested in combining the digital with the material, and finding a way to unite these parallel worlds. Thinking sculpturally, physically and through making, the artist infuses the work with digital media to give it life. Every material responds to being handled in a completely different way; control is always limited by the characteristics of the medium. Bloom embraces this, by having a systematic approach to making work; she has always been drawn to a process which involves setting up a system and allowing the aesthetic outcome to be decided by the material itself, time and the conditions that she has provided. Bloom’s main interest lies in the blurred lines that exist between science and art. Her belief is that science is a means of generating feelings of wonder in relation to an artwork, and that art exposes the mystery and magic in science.

Cará Donaghey:

Cará Donaghey is a multi-disciplinary artist. Originally from Donegal, she has been based in Dublin since 2014. She is a graduate of NCAD with First Class Honours in Fine Print and Visual Culture. Cará is this year’s recipient of Black Church Print Studio’s Graduate Award and is undertaking her year-long membership of the studio at present.

Working with the term ‘the archive’ in a flexible and contemporary sense, Cará’s current work focuses on the operative aspects of archiving – collecting, preserving, and mediating images, drawings, and objects. Photography and printmaking are a grounding point of both ‘the archive’ and Cará’s practice. She is interested in the emotional resonance of place, drawing on her own and other’s experience in an attempt to articulate non-specific memory and history.

Aideen Farrell:

Aideen Farrell is a Dublin based installation artist whose practice explores the processes that shape urban space. Using a combination found materials, wood, metal, wire, thread, drawn lines and text, she investigates the influence of the abstracted symbols of mapping and place marketing over the physical spaces they represent. Her temporary installations draw on the appearance of scaffolding and makeshift construction to create navigable three-dimensional drawings that react to existing spaces. Her work interrogates the power to shape and divide our surroundings.

Aideen is a recent graduate of the National College of Art and Design with a BA in Fine Art Painting and Visual Culture. In 2017 she was awarded the Fire Station Graduate Sculpture Award and highly commended in the undergraduate awards visual arts category. She also recently exhibited in the Graduate Show, Symbiosis, at the Catalyst Arts Centre in Belfast.

Images courtesy of (L-R) Aideen Farrell, Hannah Bloom, Cará Donaghey

Helen MacMahon | Project Residency Award

Ormond Studios 2017, Project Residency Award

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Artist Helen MacMahon is currently undertaking a residency at Ormond Studios as part of our 2017 Project Residency Award.

This award entails a fully subsidised short-term studio space, technical support and PR to enable the development of a piece of work, leading to a specific exhibition or commission.

This residency offers time, space and equipment in order to bring a specific piece of work to fruition. It specifically targets artists who are several years out of their formal art training, who are engaged in their practice, but do not have the means/opportunities to hold a full-time studio.

Statement of Work:

I hope to explore and develop a number of interlinked projects during the six week period of the Ormond Studio Project Award. Firstly, I hope to develop work for an upcoming exhibition in which I am creating a piece that will use the spoken word in combination with its cymatic imagery (Cymatics – the visualisation of sound).

Secondly, I intend to research and create a number of drawings inspired by a quote from the sculptor Anthony Gormley. While discussing his drawing practice, Gormley mentioned his love of the word drawing because of its connection to the idea of ‘drawing’ out… of being a way of connecting inner and outer worlds. I began to see certain drawings in a new light, in particular diagrams, drawings created for functional rather than aesthetic reasons, often scribbled in the sided of texts, never intended for viewing outside of that particular field that had led to significant leaps in the evolution of human knowledge.

I also began to view them in a more ‘energetic’ sense, dynamic rather than fixed drawings. The internal energy of the idea manifested in the physical drawing as the energy of the idea grows, propagates and spreads. I am seeking a way to express this element of the drawings and I intend to experiment with mandala type drawings created by the continuous repetitive creation of the diagrams extending from a central point.

The sample research drawing provided is based on a diagram of human vision by Roger Bacon (1212-92), a medieval philosopher and friar who based his learning on the empirical study of nature.

Hazel Egan | Artist in Residence | Creative Spark, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Hazel Egan, Ormond Studios 2017, Residency



Studio Member Hazel Egan is the artist in residence at Creative Spark, Dundalk, Co. Louth for the months of September and October.

As part of this Residency Programme, supported by Create Louth, Hazel will facilitate two printmaking and booking workshops for children at the print studio in Creative Spark.

Hazel’s work will also feature in a Residency Exhibition at the An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk, Co. Louth from the 11th of October – 4th of November 2017 inclusive.

This group exhibition concludes the 2016-2017 Creative Spark Residency Programme supported by Create Louth.

Chloe Brenan | Telluric | Cotton Court Gallery Belfast

Chloe Brenan, Exhibition, Ormond Studios 2017

Studio member Chloe Brenan is participating in group exhibition ‘Telluric’ at Cotton Court Gallery, Belfast. The show features elements of work generated throughout her recent residency at Digital Art Studios.

Preview takes place this evening and show continues until October 14th 2017.

Professional Development Masterclass for Art Technicians |EVA International | CCA Derry – Londonderry

Dorota Borowa, Ormond Studios 2017


Congratulations to studio member Dorota Borowa who has been awarded a place on the Professional Development Masterclass for Art Technicians, organised by EVA International and CCA Derry~Londonderry. The first of two sessions takes place this weekend at Ormston House in Limerick City.
The project is supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the GaeltachtDepartment of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht