Burren College of Art (BCA) has announced the artists selected for the first annual Emerging Irish Artist Residency Award. This initiative is being carried out in collaboration between BCA & G126 in Galway. It involves a joint residency for the four selected artists at BCA in February 2015, with a group show to be concurrently in G126 and BCA Gallery from Sep 11th to Sep 26th. Four artists were selected by a panel representing both institutions, following an open call which took place in September of this year
The four selected artists are Amanda Rice, Joanna Hopkins, Noelle Gallagher, & Yvette Monahan.
Amanda Rice holds a BA Hons in Fine Art from Crawford College of Art & Design and works predominantly with moving image, photography and installation. Joanna Hopkins is a graduate from the MA in Space programme in LIT. She experiments with film and lens based media as an interactive platform to question how society views itself and others. Noelle Gallagher has a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art from CCAM in GMIT, and her artistic practice involves combining new media with traditional painting practices. Yvette Monaghan is a visual artist working with the medium of Photography and has a MFA in Photography from the University of Ulster.
BCA and G126 hope that this free residency will give the artists a deserved opportunity to work in the context of a small and highly active academic community to produce a new body of work for exhibition later in the year.