Emma Wolf-Haugh, Sibyl Montague and Katie Watchorn Awarded IMMA 1000 Residencies 2019

Building on the achievements of the inaugural IMMA 1000 residencies, IMMA are delighted to announce three new artists selected through this successful initiative established to support artistic development in a meaningful or transformative way with the provision of time and space on IMMA’s Residency Programme.

In December 2018 IMMA’s invited panel, Zoe Gray (Senior Curator, Wiels, Belgium), Niamh O’Malley (Residency Alumni) and Sean Kissane (IMMA Curator), met to decide of the next three IMMA 1000 awardees.

The 2019 IMMA 1000 Residency Awardees are: Emma Wolf-Haugh, Sibyl Montague and Katie Watchorn.

Emma Wolf-Haugh, a visual artist and educator based in Berlin, will return to Dublin in July for a live/work residency at IMMA. Working across disciplines Emma Wolf-Haugh weaves together installation, performance, publishing and collaborative workshop techniques. Wolf-Haugh is interested in re-orienting attention in relation to cultural narratives and develops her work from a working class-queer-feminist questioning of ‘what is missing?’ A continued engagement with club culture and dyke aesthetics informs the collective making of temporary, autonomous spaces.

Based in Dublin Sibyl Montague will commence a live/work residency at IMMA in May 2019. Her practice foregrounds the primacy of material and its ability to perform. Working with a range of sources; vegetable and digital matter and engaging strategies of appropriation, or the (dis)assemblage and hacking of commodity goods, her work focuses on locating generative, dissident terms from which to approach material and democratise form.

Katie Watchorn is a young artist from Carlow who has been based on a working 98 acre dairy farm in rural Co. Carlow since graduating from the National College of Art and Design in 2014. Watchorn is scheduled to join the residency in April 2019 in a live/work capacity. Drawing on her upbringing Watchorn’s practice primarily deals with illuminating the nuances and materiality of Irish rural farming, highlighting the process of contemporary and ancestral Irish life and tradition which is often understated and overlooked.


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