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Upcoming Residencies

Artists Residency Programme 2019

Mary Sullivan
10 Jan to 27 April (TBC), 2019

Mary Sullivan is interested in Maintenance Art and its critique of domestic regimes in the home. Inspired by the work of Mierle Laderman Ukeles and the Maintenance Art Manifesto, she has discovered that the emphasis on gendered labour has a particular resonance with the military sites surrounding her on Bere Island, where she lives. Drawing on the subtle connections between chores in the home and military life, she has developed minimal performances that intervene the political environment. For her residency at Uillinn, Mary will continue with these artistic explorations of the island. She will continue to investigate the performance of gender, identity and in/equality through different contexts and media to address the physiological and psychological tensions between the bodies we inherit and the headspaces we inhabit. Mary Sullivan has recently graduated from the BA (hons) Visual Art Degree Programme, Sherkin Island. Her installation for her Degree Show, At Home, At War, has been shortlisted for the RDS Visual Arts Award 2018. Further information about Mary's residency here

Elemental Schools' Project
Siobhán McGibbon (Ireland)
7 January to 2 March, 2019

For her residency at Uillinn, Siobhán McGibbon is working with a group of 1st to 3rd class children and their teacher Nessa Cotter, from Scoil Naisiúnta an Droma Mhóir, Bantry to create artwork in response to the Elemental exhibition. The children take part in discussions on the artworks, learn about the artists involved and generate their own ideas and artwork. Using collage, drawing, sculpture, animation and more, they are creating artworks that will then become part of the exhibition for its final weeks in the gallery.
A launch of their work, for the children, their parents and the school will take place on Saturday 16 February at 12 noon. Everybody is welcome to come along and celebrate.
Elemental is an exhibition of contemporary sculpture, especially for children, with work by artists Caoimhe Kilfeather and Karl Burke and a creative response space designed and created by Anne Bradley, and curated by Cleo Fagan of Superprojects. Aimed especially at children up to 12 years, Elemental is an exhibition that invites children and people of all ages to encounter contemporary art through touch and movement, as well as sight. Leading artists Caoimhe Kilfeather and Karl Burke have transformed the galleries at Uillinn with their interactive, tactile sculptures and installations that explore scale, texture, space and light.

Lynda Cronin
16 February to 9 March, 2019

Lynda Cronin's large drawings are influenced by the landscape and everything in between, found objects combine with amorphous forms to create an inner mindscape of things. The effect is vibrant, large gestural strokes where mark making and colour thrives. For her residency at Uillinn, Lynda will continue her exploration of drawing as an expressive medium, using large sheets of paper as surface. The intent is to walk and be engaged with the landscape and surrounds and through this submersion, begin to develop works that reflect this place.

For her Pencil Prose Interventions in Cuba, selected excerpts from poetry by inspirational Cuban women poets were written on to the side of HB pencils and arbitrarily distributed throughout the city; in parks, artist studios, on buildings and on cars. Some were picked up as soon as they were placed and others may have been there for quite some time before being discovered. Lynda plans to engage in a similar undertaking while in Skibbereen using her daughter's ‘Shorts from the Fort’ a reflection on family, as part of the Pencil Prose project this time.

The Great Uillinn Circus Project - and Ana Ospina and Libby Halliday
In partnership with Spearline
Monday 4 to Saturday 30 March

From January to March 2019, artists Ana Ospina and Alice Halliday supported by project assistant Abigail O’Shea, are working with employees at Spearline, Skibbereen to create spectacular costumes and props in response to the theme: 'Circus', for participation in Skibbereen St Patrick's Day Parade on Sunday March 17th at 3pm. Using pre-used, waste and recycled materials where ever possible, the participants will reuse and repurpose materials and objects to realise their goal. Participants will also learn about the history of circus and imagine about what its future might look like, developing characters of their own to perform in the parade.
Ana Ospina is a public artist and community engagement specialist with over 10 years’ experience. Her background is in Fine Art and Scenography (theatre design) and she is particularly interested in the intersection between these disciplines. Over the years she has worked on a wide range of creative projects from community engagement to creating permanent outdoor artworks. The common thread that connects all of her work is the idea of telling stories through physical space and a desire to engage the public through active participation. She is inspired by people and places and the narratives that grow up between them so her work is always site-specific, immersive and interactive.
Alice Halliday is an ethical fashion designer, specialising in unique made-to-measure Bohemian bridal couture and event wear. She has a passion for sustainability and uses mostly vintage and up-cycled materials in her creations.
Abigail O’Shea, Project Assistant is a student at Cork County College of Commerce, Art, Craft and Design Level 5.

Creative Schools
Transition Years, Skibbereen Community School
With Creative Schools Liaison, Naomi Cahill; teacher Olivia Hoskins; and guest artists Siobhán McGibbon, Jessie Jones and Alice Halliday
14 March to 30 April, 2019

Twenty students from Transition Year, Skibbereen Community School are taking up residency at Uillinn to make and curate a cross curricular art project as part of the national Creative Schools Programme.
Creative Schools is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme to enable the creative potential of every child. Creative Schools is led by the Arts Council in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Creative Schools, formerly Arts Rich Schools/Arís, draws on the commitments set out in the Arts in Education Charter. The focus of this pilot initiative is to understand, develop and celebrate arts and creativity in schools. It will establish a range of collaborative opportunities for schools and will develop and strengthen the relationships between schools and the broader cultural and community infrastructure within which they operate. The long term aim is for every school to be supported to fully embrace the arts and creativity, ensuring a positive experience and strong outcomes for children and young people.
The young art students have elected to work with three successful Irish women artists. Visual artist and Ireland's Representative at the 57th Venice Biennale, Jessie Jones and fashion designer, Alice Halliday will visit to share inspiration in relation to their current work practices. Visual artist Siobhán McGibbon will lead the group in an eight week project exploring cross-curricular creative ideas. Their project work and ideas will be shared with the wider school community and in an end of project celebration.

Bealtaine Residency
6 April to 4 May, 2019

Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre in partnership with Age and Opportunity/BEALTAINE and Cork County Council invite submissions for a studio residency from an artist aged 50 and over to take place 6 April to 4 May, 2019. The residency supports artists seeking an opportunity to research and develop their practices and to engage in dialogue with Uillinn, other organisations in Cork, the local community and general public. This is a non-accommodation residency. The artist will receive a stipend of €500 towards their residency and will share their work with the public via an event at Uillinn on Saturday 4 May at 12 noon. Deadline for submission is for this residency is 21 February, 5pm and criteria is available how-to-become-a-resident . The successful applicant will feature as part of the national Bealtaine event programme.
Organised in association with Age & Opportunity as part of the nationwide Bealtaine Festival: celebrating the arts and creativity as we age.

Let's Draw
Tomasz Madajzcak (Poland)
2 May to 3 August, 2019 

In a three month residency, Tomasz Madajcak will explore a commonly asked question, ‘What is drawing?’. The question is not intended to be answered, rather, it is a provocation for inclusive collaboration. In a series of art interactions, Tomasz will invite visitors to engage in this investigation into perception, ‘My studio will be open for any pre-arranged form of interaction through any media leading to a drawing art articulation.’
Tomasz Madajczak was born in 1979 in Gorzów Wielkopolski in Poland. He studied photography at the Fine Arts Academy in Poznań from 1998 to 2003. He finalized his studies with an MA in the Intermedia Department in the workshop run by Prof Andrzej Syska. Tomasz emigrated to Ireland shortly afterward, where he has been residing and creating ever since. He has exhibited in Poland, Germany, Netherlands, France and Ireland.

Charlotte Donovan (Ireland), Marielle MacLeman (Ireland), Sarah Ruttle (Ireland), and Kirsty Stansfield (Scotland)
7 May to 29 June, 2019

In Spring 2018, following Arts + Health's annual get together Check Up, Check In, a reflective practice and reading group was initiated at Uillinn. The group comprises West Cork-based Sarah Ruttle and Charlotte Donovan, Galway-based Marielle MacLeman, and Glasgow-based Kirsty Stansfield - all visual artists with over 15 years experience of working in Arts and Health. This group provides a supportive space for individuals to reflect on their broad experience and explore pertinent questions relating to maintaining an artistic practice in health settings. The residency will form an important incubator period for the group – a focused period for critical reflection with peers, using dialogue, making and writing to explore participative and collaborative methodologies in Arts and Health, and a catalyst to generate the momentum needed for continuous exchange.
For the residency at Uillinn, the group with explore ideas related to autonomy; creativity and end of life; place-making and place-based knowledge in the hospital context; the interplay between participative and collaborative approaches in the hospital context; authorship and visibility of the visual artist in Arts and Health and in the wider contemporary art world.

Sarah Long         
2 May to 29 June, 2019

In April of this year, recent graduate Sarah Long travels to San Francisco, a city built on the promise of the gold rush and a place that has been the home to idealistic counter-cultures ever since. For her residency at Uillinn, Sarah will begin a new body of work that responds to this experience. Taking advantage of West Cork's rich history and topography, Sarah intends to take field trips to study the Drombeg Stone Circle in contrast to the 'Druid Circles' in San Francisco, the re-purposed stones of millionaire William Randolph Hearst's failed manor and other key sites and monuments.

Seán Gallagher (USA)
26 July to 17 August, 2019

Micheál O'Connell (UK)
1 July to 31 August, 2019



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