Visual Artists Ireland, in partnership with Dublin City Council’s The LAB Gallery, are pleased to announce Lily Cahill as the winner of the 2019 Critical Writing Award. Cahill’s winning text – a review of Michelle Doyle’s exhibition ‘Obedient City’ at A4 Sounds – will be published in the May/June 2019 issue of The Visual Artists’ News Sheet. She will receive a €500 fee and will also be invited to contribute to subsequent issues of VAN. In addition, Cahill will contribute to The LAB Gallery’s 2019 programme, with a €300 writing commission.
Lily Cahill is a writer based in Dublin and co-editor of Critical Bastards Magazine. She is a graduate of IADT and NCAD and is currently studying radio production. The panel of judges this year comprised, Sheena Barrett (Assistant Arts Officer, Dublin City Council and Curator, The LAB) Joanne Laws (VAN Features Editor), Chris Steenson (VAN Production Editor) and Chris Clarke (Critic and Senior Curator at The Glucksman). The previous DCC/VAI Art Writing Award winners are: James Merrigan ‘The New Collectivism’ (2011); Joanne Laws ‘Commemoration – A Forward-Looking Act’ (2013); Rebecca O’Dwyer ‘Attentive Festivalisation’ (2015); Sue Rainsford ‘Serpents and Clay’ (2017).