Webinar | Anushiya Sundaralingam & Richard Forrest – Studio Visits

This Visual Artists Café virtually visits the studios of Anushiya Sundaralingam & Richard Forrest giving us an insight into their individual practices.

Richard Forrest talks about returning to his home in County Cork during Covid 19 and building a purpose built studio on the grounds. He shows us the progress of construction and his ambitions for the space in future including creating an artist residency.

Anushiya Sundaralingam welcomes us into her studio in a portacabin in her garden that she works from and where she runs online workshops. She explains how she made space for her practice at home when her rental studio had to close during lockdown. She discusses how this new studio and access to materials influenced the work she is making.




Recorded on 11 May 2021.

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Anushiya Sundaralingam – Artist Bio:

I was born in Sri Lanka and currently live and work in Belfast. I completed a BA in Fine & Applied Arts at the University of Ulster, and now work as an artist and arts facilitator for various public, private, and health organisations. My work is represented in numerous private and public collections.

I graduated as a printmaker, however, my work has transitioned to mixed media and installation work that incorporates both two and three dimensional pieces. My work is influenced by the connected notion of a ‘self’ in transition and the challenges of identity as well as the nature of belonging, identity and place. I am interested in my relationship with the space in which I find myself; how my natural and cultural environment shapes my sense of self and place. When my surroundings change, through displacement, whether by choice or not, I respond and adapt. I work with a range of media to reflect the intricate and layered nature of belonging, identity, place and conflict. The most recent development within my work has engaged with and responded to the exploration of woman’s identity within my culture.

I have been a member of Belfast Print Workshop since 1996 and I am currently based at Queen Street Studios.


Richard Forrest – Artist Bio:

Richard Forrest born 1988, Co. Cork, is a practising artist and is currently based in Dublin. Forrest graduated in 2011 with a first class honours Bachelor of Arts from Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork. For his exhibition in the 2011 CCAD degree show – ‘C:/forward’, he was awarded numerous awards of note: – the Tyndell Purchase prize, the CIT Registrars Prize Research Bursary, the Ciaran Langford Memorial Bursary Award – which comprised of a six month residency at Backwater Studios Cork, the Joinery Graduate Selection Prize and the Cork Printmakers Bursary Award.

He has worked previously as a gallery facilitator with The Lewis Glucksman Gallery and was founding member of Sample Studios, Cork. Forrest has exhibited throughout Ireland and has had works and projects included in numerous group shows that include: The Black Mariah, Cork, Catalyst Arts Centre, Belfast, Tactic Gallery, Cork, Occupy Space, Limerick, SOMA Contemporary, Waterford, The Crawford Art Gallery, Cork. He recently had a well-received solo show in The Joinery, Dublin.

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