Artists Residency Programme 2019/2020
16 October to 14 December, 2019
My time spent in Uillin will allow me to focus on ideas for future work . These are ideas that have been developing for many years in sketchbooks and in my mind, but due to other work demands, and hence lack of time I have not been able to develop them further. As a sculptor I currently work predominately in stone, but I work out many of my ideas in clay. I plan during my time to Uillin to work more on clay figures both to develop my concepts and forms for my stone work but also to work more on small ceramic figure to be fired as final pieces. Many ideas I work on relate to various aspects of human interaction and behaviour and I wish to further explore how I can develop ideas based around this with a series of multiple clay figures . Our state of humanity is an area I am constantly studying. My interest in the human form goes beyond the physical form and inside to our complex emotional and spiritual needs, an area which I believe in some cases has now been left as a void with the move away from religion as well as a urban disconnect with nature. I have also experimented a small bit with many other materials over the years and hope also to have more time also to bring this into my work during the residency.
William Bock Land Walks and Talks
23 October to 9 November, 2019
Cross Species Kinship
Michele O’Connor Connolly and Janice McEwen
28 October 2019 to 3 February 2020
Meeting two years ago on a public art project in Cork, Michele and Janice quickly came to realise that although they have very different backgrounds and experiences, they share many interests. Michele is a West Cork local artist interested in marks made by humans in the landscape and works through oral culture, folk tradition and critical research and has a deep interest in the politics of society and the navigation of civilization through time. She explores the tension between urban and rural living/existence and the navigation of civilization finding pathways through time with a historical and archaeological reference. Janice has spent many years in the Northern Territory of Australia where her work focussed on the dingo and the different ways it is regarded by Aboriginal and settler culture. She also supported a number of Indigenous artists and communities through community cultural development programs. She became convinced that the way in which Aboriginal people care for country and everything that lives within it has important lessons for us all as we face the challenges of global warming and the extinction of species.
In their conversations these two artists discovered a really interesting crossover and significant similarities between indigenous cultures from Australia and Irish ancient beliefs and from these conversations their Cross Species Kinship project was born.