Developing Opportunities for Your Work with Geraldine O’Reilly & Sheena Barrett – Portlaoise

September 25, 2015 – September 25, 2015

Dunamaise Arts Centre

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VAILaois Dunamaise

A VAI professional development event in partnership with Dunamaise Arts Centre & Laois County Council Arts Office

This session will discuss proactive approaches to developing work opportunities as a visual artist.  It will address issues such as: collaboration; promoting your work; development of work relationships and creative affinities; residencies; working with galleries; public commissions and audiences. Priority given to artists from County Laois.

Artist Geraldine O’Reilly will talk about her print and drawing practice and work opportunities that she has successfully pursued through avenues such as residencies,  public commissions and approaches to other organisations.  Geraldine will discuss her active role as an artist on self-initiated projects for other artists  such as: Art Into Art, A Living Response to Past Masters working with the National Gallery of Ireland and artists to create contemporary artworks in response to the collections; an international print residency between Red Stables(Dublin City Council) and Graphic Studio, Dublin; mentoring of young artists in the midland region and work with a local school in Westmeath.

Sheena Barrett Curator at the LAB Gallery, Dublin City Council will: discuss how she works with and supports visual artists; provide insights into curatorial and programming priorities at the LAB and discuss what she looks for in studio visits and submissions and the LAB’s remit to supporting artists to develop professionally.

Sheena Barrett is curator of the LAB and an arts officer with Dublin City Council. She has over fifteen years experience as an arts manager and curator having previously held roles at Breaking Ground, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, the National Gallery of Ireland and the National Museum of Ireland. In line with the Dublin City Council Arts Plan, curatorial projects at the LAB have supported artists at critical points in the development of their practice including first solo shows by artists Bea Mc Mahon, Vera Klute and Lee Welch. The LAB initiates cross-disciplinary collaborations, develops extensive public programming and commissions art writing. Sheena is a graduate of Art History, Arts Management and Cultural Policy at University College Dublin.

Geraldine O’Reilly is a Visual Artist and Printmaker. She has an Honours Degree in Painting from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (1983).  She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to New York in 1989. She has many solo exhibitions and shown in many selected group exhibitions throughout Ireland, America, Australia, France, Belgium, Sweden and England. She is a former board member of Graphic Studio Dublin and was elected chairperson in 2008. In 2004 she was elected to Aosdana for her contribution to the arts in Ireland.  A series of photo etchings titled  ‘The Deserted Village’ was purchased by Quinnipiac University, Conneticut, USA for the launch of their new museum ‘The Great Hunger Museum/ An Gorta Mor’  – dedicated to the Irish Famine. She was selected for the exhibition Ciall/Sense in April 2011 at the Aislann Centre, Gweedore, Donegal, where she was awarded the judge’s prize. In October 2011 she was awarded % for art commission by Offaly County Council to produce artwork based on exploring the Grand Canal.  The commission was launched by the Minister for the Arts, Mr Jimmy Denihan at Offaly County Council Gallery, Tullamore in June 2012. She completed a commission for Dublin City Council Arts Office as part of their public art programme in January 2013. The commission was to create a series of drawings of ‘Weeds’ that were made into designs that are located on Utility boxes on Fade Street, Dublin as part of the Grafton Street Area refurbishment programme.  She was selected to make work for an exhibition celebrating 400 years of the Franciscans in Louvain, Belgium and Irelands presidency of the EU. The exhibition opened at the Irish College, Louvain, Belgium on the 9th May 2013. The exhibition is titled ‘Shaping Identities Together/Ag Cruthu le Cheile. It transferred to the National Print Museum in Dublin in August 2013.

In May 2014 she exhibited at the Lab, Foley Street, Dublin in a two person exhibition titled ‘Of Space and Place’. The exhibition was accompanied by an essay by Professor Luke Gibbons of National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Co Kildare.  She completed a residency at the Irish Cultural Centre, Paris, France in July 2013 and is presently working on a new exhibition of etchings based on her researches. In August 2014, O’Reilly was at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in County Mayo. She features in the volume on Art and Architecture – part of a 5 volume just published by the Royal Irish Academy November.?She was selector for the annual open submission exhibition at Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise 2014.   In July 2015 she will exhibit at the Burren Cchool of Art Gallery in a group xhibition titled ‘Postcript’. She will be artist in resident at Aras Eanna, Inis Oirr, aran Islands in May 2015.


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