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Upcoming Residencies

Artists Residency Programme 2019

The Great Uillinn Circus Project - and Ana Ospina and Alice 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 are delighted to announce that Helen Comerford is this year's Bealtaine Artist in Residence at Uillinn.
During her three week studio residency at Uillinn in Skibbereen, County Cork, visual artist Helen Comerford will conduct an investigation of place through photography, drawing and encaustic painting. She will also host two open studio events which will include a demonstration of encaustic painting processes as part of the national Bealtaine programme ofHospitable Actions at 12 noon on Saturday 4 May, 2019.
Helen has been included in many important solo and group exhibitions from 1977. She has exhibited extensively across Ireland including: Garter Lane Arts Centre,  Waterford; Sculpture atKells; RHA, Dublin; Anya von Gosseln Gallery, Wexford; Taylor Galleries, Dublin; EVA, Limerick;  Butler Gallery, Kilkenny; Sligo Art Gallery; Model Arts Centre, Sligo; Crawford Art Gallery,Cork;  Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin; The Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Dublin; Project Arts Centre, Dublin. She was selected by Lucy Lippard to be included  in “Divisions, Crossroads,Turns of Mind” a touring show of the USA in 1985. Her work can be found in many collections including IMMA, National Art Collection OPW, Galway City Gallery, Hugh Lane MunicipalGallery, The Arts Council and Trinity College Dublin.
Bealtaine is Ireland’s national festival which uniquely celebrates the arts and creativity as we age. The festival is run by Age & Opportunity, the national organisation that promotes active and engaged living as we get older.  

Re-discovering - Drawing
Tomasz Madajzcak (Poland)      
2 May to 5 August, 2019 

This art residency is dedicated to answering the questions 'what is drawing?', 'where does it originate from?', 'how did it evolve?' and 'what has it become in the contemporary world?' All these questions will be addressed and explored over three months through experimental arts practice. Drawing - manifested as intuitive, pictographic, veristic, abstract and conceptual - will be the main focus of the creative explorations of the residency. It will be open to public and anyone is very welcome to join in an art dialogue, questioning our understanding, while looking for the boundaries of the concept of drawing.
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.

Image Caption: Collaborative drawing installation,  Klodzko, Poland, 2000/2001 by Tomasz Madajcazak with Witold Liszkowski and Jerzy Olek


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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