Anne Ffrench and Julia Pallone

Anne Ffrench and Julia Pallone
7 March to 8 April 2017
Studio open to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays

Studio 1

Anne Ffrench and Julia Pallone are artists living in the Kinsale area. Over the last year they have become an important peer support for each other in their individual practices and in sharing knowledge and ideas. While their work is a not a collaboration, it does echo similar aesthetic sensibilities in how materials are used and how space is considered.

Julia Pallone’s work repeatedly questions the notion of how a particular space is inhabited. For this month long residency at Uillinn Julia has two projects in mind: She will use the space to frame her long term ongoing work The Sentinels, which investigates animals seen on the entrance pillars of gates at houses, bungalows and cottages in West Cork, explored through drawing, photography, sculpture or installation and relating to questions of the symbolic nature of gateways and totems. Secondly, Julia will begin a new body of work referencing Mexican pinatas and paper wall hangings.

Anne Ffrench’s work is strongly grounded by material enquiry; her practice is varied but is often performative in nature or has a ‘live’ element. Anne is drawn to utilitarian crafts, she uses this new found knowledge as both method and medium for forming ideas and artworks. Materials are always on their way to becoming something else. For the purpose of this residency Anne will explore the world of the hand-made, beginning with weaving and spinning. Making, for Anne is a process of correspondence: and an inquiry into the histories of materials - the human life that has surrounded them and given them meaning.

The artists welcome the public to visit their studio to observe and find out about their creative process and will return later in the spring with a two stranded workshop for peer and community, to share their developments.

Anne Ffrench was born in Wexford in 1980, she now lives and works from Ballinspittle, Co. Cork. She graduated with a Joint First Class Honours degree in Fine Art Sculpture and History of Art from NCAD in 2004 and received a First Class Honours MA in Art Therapy in 2010. Anne was awarded an Arts Council New Project Award in 2010 and 2012 and a Cork County Council Bursary Award 2013/2016. She was a co-founding member of ‘The Pigeon House Studios’ Kinsale, which was set up in 2010 to help house and support visual artists. Amongst many exhibitions Anne has shown work at The Sculpture Factory, Cork; VISUAL Carlow; The National Review of Live Art, Glasgow; Tulca, Galway; and the Fringe Festival, Dublin.

Julia Pallone is a visual artist working with a variety of media, ranging from drawing, photography and installations, through which she explores a poetic vision of the world. She comes from the Loire Valley, west of France and moved to Kinsale, Co. Cork more than 10 years ago. Julia graduated in 2002 with a MastersDegree from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Nantes, and also holds a Masters Degree in Italian studies from the University of Nantes, as well as a BA in French as a foreign Language from La Sorbonne in Paris. She is now a registered teacher with the Teaching Council and teaches Art in Further Education. She has exhibited extensively in European countries and has been awarded several art residencies and bursaries from Cork County Council and the Arts Council.

WCAC acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council and Cork County Council in making these residencies possible.

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