An Táin Arts Centre’s summer residency programme is open to recent graduates and artists at the start of their career looking to establish a collaborative practice. The aim of the residency is to assist artists to research and develop new work and give them the time and space to develop their practice in a community setting. During the residency, artists are provided with studio space, administrative support, a living stipend and materials budget, and the opportunity to exhibit in the main gallery for the month of September.
Summer 2017 Residency
Roseann Berrill grew up and is currently living in Dundalk, Co. Louth, having recently graduated from the National College of Art and Design (2016) with an honours degree in textile design. Roseann has a strong interest in many areas of textiles, including interiors, fashion or applied arts. Her work techniques include embroidery, illustration, fabric manipulation, mixed media and print.
Roseann’s work tends to be somewhat improvised, working and experimenting, having one thing leading into another with free association. A wash of colour and ink, a pen line, strategically placed embroidery. The tactile quality of her work is as important as the visual qualities. Themes of her work include preservation, memory, behaviours, social acceptance, living in a media dominate world, and many more.
Roseann aims to work with the community in her residency, to create a collection of art, installation pieces, interactive art, land art or a combination of all or some of these, and to encourage creative and educational experiences in a collaborative setting.
“Be soft in your practice. Think of the method as a fine silvery stream, not a raging waterfall. Follow the stream, have faith in it’s course. It will go it’s own way, meandering here, trickling there. It will find the grooves, the cracks, the crevices.” – Sheng-yen, Chinese Buddhist Monk
Roseann will be the next residence artist in the Basement Gallery studio during July, August and September 2017. #antainartists
Summer 2016 Residency
Úna Curley, mixed media artist, grew up in Kerry but is now based in Carrickmacross. She studied at NCAD and graduated with a first class (hons) degree in Textile Art and Artefact. This was the culmination of a long journey of exploring art as a language of expression. Having previously attained a BA (Hons) Mgt from the IMI and an MSc Communication from Queens University, Úna was still curious about the intent or meaning beyond words; in particular, the complexities of stories, concepts, words, thoughts and feelings and the expression thereof.
The initial exploration took her to Drogheda Institute of Further Education to explore the field of artistic expression through various materials, such as paint/wood/textiles, and immediately she was hooked. Her affinity with textiles and fabric manipulation led to a level 6 qualification in Fashion Design and a chance to study at NCAD under the excellent tutelage of Dr Helen McAllister and Nigel Cheney.
Through textiles and found objects Úna explores our heritage, craft skills and materials for inspiration, and her mixed media pieces are quirky, thought provoking and question our relationship with ourselves and the environment as well as raise awareness of issues such as injustice, the worryingly fast pace of living, rate of consumption and subsequent waste.
During her residency with An Táin Arts Centre Úna explored the rich heritage of County Louth for inspiration and idea development. Through collaboration and community involvement she created new works and presented Mi Camino a Través del Arte in the main gallery space during August and September.
Úna was in residence in the Basement Gallery studio during July, August and September 2016. Follow her progress on Twitter @una_curley #antainartists
Visual Artist in Residence Blogposts
August 4th 2016 | A Suitcase Full of Curiosities and the Mark of a Maker’s Hand
August 10th 2016 | The Shadow Side of Labels
August 17th 2016 | Textile Metaphors
August 30th 2016 | Louth Heritage and Mi Camino a Través del Arte Exhibition
September 16th 2016 | An Artist/Maker/Designer and a fire-lighting stick…
September 29th 2016 | I will not be boxed
October 3rd 2016 | Artist Residency – to do or not to do!