Artist Profile: Cora Cummins

What’s your background?

I studied Fine Art at DIT and then a Masters in Fine Art at NCAD.

What work experience have you had?

I worked as an art teacher for adult VEC night classes, ran workshops with the National Gallery Outreach programme, worked in continuing education at NCAD, lectured part time for 6 years at IADT and DIT.

What did you do when you finished your degree?

I joined the Black Church Print Studio, I worked on various Community Employment Schemes including Art Squad, Temple Bar Galleries and The Black Church Print Studio. I worked on various art workshops with adult community groups.

Did you feel prepared for the real world?

When I left college in 1995 I had no expectations, in fact we were set up to believe that chances of survival in the art world were slim and that if you could survive it for ten years then perhaps you could make it. I worked on survival on a year to year basis with a notion that I would do a graphic design course or a teacher training year if things did not work out. So I suppose I did have training in being flexible and taking opportunities when they came my way.

What are you doing now?

I am working as an assistant lecturer in Visual Arts Practice at IADT. I have a studio at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios and am working on a forthcoming exhibition at Galway Arts Centre.!

What advice would you give to students who are in their final year of art college?

Join a group studio, this can help to bridge the gap between college and life after graduation. Don’t expect things to work out immediately, persevere, and be selective with choice of exhibitions you show in. I think that a gap of a few years between graduating and pursuing post graduate qualifications is a good idea.

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