Source Arts Centre presents and in-conversation event entitled Body as a site of Protest
with Joy Gerrard and Aideen Barry
In this conversation the artists will discuss the role of the body in their practice as a site or vessel of protest. Gerrard & Barry are two of the most engaged artists working in this context in Ireland. Their works are currently on independent tours of Ireland and Internationally. The in-conversation event is an opportunity for audiences to hear both artists discuss their works, collective concerns and means of dissemination of their practices in the context of socio-political arts practice.
About the Artists:
Joy Gerrard lives and works in Belfast. She graduated with a BA from NCAD, Dublin and an MA and MPhil from the Royal College of Art, London. Gerrard is known for work that investigates different systems of relations between crowds, architecture and the built environment. Using Japanese ink on paper and canvas Gerrard makes detailed ink works which re-create recent political protests from around the world. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Precarious Freedom’ at Highlanes Gallery (2021) and touring to GIAF and the Butler Gallery, ‘Put it to the People’ at the Golden Thread Gallery (2020), Belfast, ‘supermarket‘ in Stockholm with Ormston House (2019), ‘shot crowd ’at the
Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2017) and Protest Crowd, Peer UK, London (2015). Selected group exhibitions include: Protest and Remembrance, Cristea Roberts Gallery, London, 2019 and In a Dream You Saw A Way To Survive and You Were Full of Joy; Hayward Gallery Touring show (2016) She has installed multiple public installations since 2004 including major works in the London School of Economics, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, for Tideway (London) and Facebook (London and Dublin) Gerrard completed an artist residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris in 2020.
Aideen Barry (ARHA), originally from Cork, now based in Tipperary is a visual artist with a national & international profile who’s means of expression are interchangeable, incorporating: film, performance, drawing, sculpture, installation & experimental lens based media. Her work is predominately preoccupied with ideas of otherness and the othered, Barry often collaborates with other artists and communities to weave together often complex works that are routed in socio-political discord. Selected solos include; Centre for the Less Good Idea (SA),Katzen at the American University Museum, in Washington DC, Mothers Tankstation, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Royal Hibernian Academy, Crawford Municipal Gallery,Butler Gallery, Louise T. Blouin Gallery London, Moderne Mussett (Sweden), Loop Biennale, The Wexner Centre (USA), The Banff Centre (Canada), The Headlands Centre for the Arts, Liste Art Fair, BAC Geneva & Catharine Clark Gallery US, & Matucana 100 in Santiago de Chile.Her works are in several national and international museum collections such as Art OMI (USA), Trinity College Dublin, UCC & The National Collection at Crawford Gallery. Barry has won prestigious academic and artistic fellowships including The Anderson Lectureship at Penn State University, The Myron Marty Fellowship are Drake University,
The 2021 Golden Fleece Award, Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust Award and in 2022 she will undertake the prestigious Yaddo Residency in Saratoga Springs in New York. 2022 sees the premier of her first feature film commissioned by Kaunas 2022 and getting its world premier at the Architecture & Design Film Festival at Winnipeg Cinematheque.
Barry is a member of Aosdána.