Sarah Iremonger

Bealtaine Artist in Residence
Sarah Iremonger
1 May to 31 May 2021

Arts for All featured artist for 1 May 2020 was Sarah Iremonger. Check out her work here.

The horizon helps position us, helps us know where we are and who we are, whither traveller, immigrant, local or refugee. Being situated helps us understand our reality.

Build Your Own Horizon is a site specific, public participation project, as part of the Bealtaine Artist in Residence program at Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre, in association with Cork County Council with Sarah Iremonger during May 2021.

This project involves a drawing workshop where participants will draw the horizons through the windows from each of the floors at Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre. Uillinn is situated in the center of Skibbereen town, a contemporary building rising up four floors, providing panoramic views of the town on several levels. This project explores the idea of the horizon as constantly shifting and ephemeral, depending on the perspective / situation of the viewer.

These drawings will then be reproduced as cutout horizons for the public to cut out, install in the main gallery and then take home.

Sarah Iremonger uses a multidisciplinary approach to making work, with found, created and adapted images, disciplines include painting, drawing, digital media and neon. Her early work was embedded in the romantic and modernist traditions. Later and recent work, including this project, investigate the separation between humans and nature / their surroundings, and explores romanticisms attempt to address this.

On going painting work explores an immersive agenda in landscape painting. Iremonger places the agency of subject matter and personal artistic signature in the background, so that visual landscape signifiers are hidden in a forest of camouflage. For further information please see:

Sarah Iremonger, born in Dublin 1965 and based in Kinsale, Co. Cork, has used a multidisciplinary approach in her practice since the late 1990s. Worked as an independent curator for the Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, County Cork 1999-2015. Iremonger studied at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin 1983-85, the Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork 1985 - 87 and the Winchester School of Art Southampton University, UK and Spain 1997-98. Iremonger has exhibited nationally and internationally since the early 1990s.

Recent projects include Horizons a collaborative project with poet Derek Mahon, which was funded through a Cork County Council Arts Grants Scheme Award 2015 and exhibited at Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin 2018 & 19; Top Half of the Hero was exhibited as part of ‘Heroes and Villains’ 2018-19 at the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork; Iremonger illustrated Atlantis 2019 a poetry pamphlet by Derek Mahon and The Rain Bridge 2017 a children's book both published by The Gallery Press.

Iremonger was Artist in Resident at the Sydney Olympic Park and Broken Hill Art Exchange, Australia 2011 and was the Von Hess Resident at the Borowsky Centre, UARTS, University of The Arts, Philadelphia, USA 2010 where she was also visiting artist and exhibited I thought I dreamed of you at Gallery 817, this work was also exhibited at the West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen 2009-10 and travelled to the Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne, Australia 2010.

Awards include Cork County Council Arts Grant Scheme Awards in 2008 and 2015; Culture Ireland Awards for exhibitions abroad in 2003, 2010 and 2011; Arts Council Bursary Award 2005; Artist in Residence Fellowship at the Kunstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf, Germany 2003; and an Arts Council New Project Award 2002.


Image: Build Your Own Horizon – Kinsale project, prototype for Build Your Own Horizon – Uillinn project. Ink on Card, scissors, 30 x 42 cm & variable, 2019


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

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