Sue Rainsford Announced as Recipient of Critical Writing Award 2016/17

Visual Artists Ireland, in partnership with Dublin City Council’s The LAB Gallery and AICA Ireland, are pleased to announce Sue Rainsford as the winner of the 2016 Critical Writing Award. Rainsford is the fourth recipient of the award, following James Merrigan, Rebecca O’Dwyer and Joanne Laws. The panel of judges this year comprised J.J. Charlesworth (AICA UK, Associate Editor, Art Review), Sheena Barrett (Assistant Arts Officer, Dublin City Council and Curator, The LAB) and Noel Kelly (President, AICA Ireland, Director, Visual Artists Ireland).

Rainsford’s winning piece of writing – a review of Vanessa Donoso López’s exhibition ‘to swallow a ball’ – will be published in the May/June issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet. She will also receive a fee of €500 and join the Visual Artists’ News Sheet panel of art critics. In addition, Rainsford will be invited to contribute to The LAB Gallery’s 2017 programme, with a €300 writing commission.

Sue Rainsford is a writer and researcher based in Dublin. A graduate of Trinity College and IADT, she recently completed her MFA in Writing and Literature at Bennington College, Vermont. Her practice is concerned with hybrid texts and radical experience, as well as the intersection between visual and literary arts practices.

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