Visual Artist’s Cafe, ArtLinks Artists @ VISUAL Carlow

November 25, 2015 – November 25, 2015

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art

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VAIVISUALArtLinksA Visual Artists Ireland event in partnership with ArtLinks the four Local Authority Arts Offices in Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford County Council regions hosted by VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow.

As part of a seminar day on Models of Exhibition Programming by VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art.



(11.30 – 12.30) Panel Discussion on Exhibition Models: Open Submission


Mary Cremin, Curator of Tulca, Galway 2015
Rachael Gilbourne & Kate Strain: Curatorial Collective RGKSKRG
Blaise Smith ARHA: RHA Annual Exhibition
Moderated by Emma-Lucy O’ Brien

(12.30 – 13.30)  Lunch

(13.30 – 17.30) VAI & ArtLinks Artists Café

VAI and ArtLinks present a series of short presentations by 8 selected artists, 2 from each of the counties Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford who received funding in 2015 as part of the ArtLinks bursary scheme for specific projects. This is an opportunity for ArtLinks artists to present and share their work with peers and curators during the day. Presentations will be roughly 15mins each including Q&A. The Visual Artist’s Café is part of an ongoing initiative by VAI to foster artists networks, connections amongst artistic peers and other fine art professionals.


Alan Counihan – Kilkenny
Pauline O’Connell – Kilkenny
Rosalind Murray – Carlow
Liam O’Neill / Paradox Pictures – Carlow
Sarah Lincoln – Waterford
Blawnin Clancy – Waterford
David Begley / Wexford
Hanneke Van Ryswyk / Wexford

The artists will make short 20min presentations on their work followed by questions and answers.  Liam O’Niell will screen his recent short film Lost & Found.

Alan Counihan has been working as an artist since 1990.  Much of Counihan’s early work was created in the public realm in the USA, U.K. and Ireland. In works that engage with place, communities and the resonance of human habitation he creates site-specific responses to public spaces or landscapes. He also maintains a studio-based practice creating works for exhibitions and installations in gallery and non-gallery contexts in Ireland and abroad

In 2009 he initiated The Townlands Project, an exploration of an Irish rural landscape and its habitation through exhibitions, installations, oral histories and film. The project is celebrated in the book Townlands: a habitation (Two Streams Press, 2012). In 2012 he initiated The Personal Effects Project, an exploration of the history of Irish institutional care for the mentally ill based on belongings of dead or discharged patients from the Richmond Asylum/ St Brendan’s Hospital, Grangegorman, Dublin. Widely exhibited in 2014, this project has now expanded to include the legacy of five other asylums in the south-east of Ireland through the support of a 2015 Artlinks Bursary Award. He has received several other substantial grants and awards including, twice, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award.  A radio documentary, Ghosts of Grangegorman,  based on the Personal Effects Project was broadcast on RTE Radio in September 2015.

Pauline O’Connell was born in 1971 Kilkenny.  A socially engaged artist working predominantly in rural contexts, she studied Fine Art sculpture and mixed media at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology, graduating in 1992.  She was awarded a 1st class Honors Masters Degree in Art and Design entitled Social Practice and The Creative Environment at Limerick School of Art and Design in 2012.

She has undertaken numerous public art projects in Ireland and Europe; “Four Roads to Glenamaddy – The Cake Dance” Roscommon 1995,  “100 Years of Austrian Cinema” Vienna 1996, “The Orchard” Waterford 1999, “Link” Sculpture at Kells,  (The Kilkenny Arts Festival) 1999, “Regeneration” Sligo 2000, “The Plain of Silver Wood” Kilkenny 2003, “Drawing The Water” 2012 whereby she documented the social history and political significance of a public water spout dating from 1860 in Milltown, Co. Kerry. Working on ‘her own doorstep’ since 2012 ‘Heave-Ho’ documented the practice of Tug O’War as a rural pastime, 2015 – a current research project entitled ‘Beating The Bounds’ looks at the ritual of rural boundary marking, funded by The Arts Council of Ireland and managed by CREATE.

She has won numerous awards including a recent funded research residency at The Leitrim Sculpture Centre 2015, ‘The Waterwheel Symposium’ Tunisia in 2012 (invited). ‘Fis’ Liverpool – The Capital of Culture in 2008 (invited), The Crawford Gallery, Cork 2005 curated by Iwona Blazwick, Mick Wilson and Fran Hegarty, ‘AART’ in IMMA Dublin curated by Gary Phelan and Mark McLoughlin, “Delicate Tissue” in M.Y. Arts Prospects, New York curated by Jennifer Kotter.

Liam O’Neill is a US born filmmaker who has been living in Ireland for most of his adult life. He has worked extensively as a producer and his films have screened in competition at major international film festivals including Venice, Toronto and Berlin. The Irish Film Critics Circle selected “How Harry Became A Tree” produced by Liam and directed by Goran Paskalevic as one of the Ten Best Irish Films of the decade (2000 – 2010).

As a writer/director Liam has made three award winning short films. The most notable of those films “The Barber Shop” (featuring the beloved actor David Kelly) was screened all over the world, won several short film festival awards and sold to TV stations in Ireland, Germany, the UK and the United States. His most recent film “Lost & Found” was completed in October of 2015. The film was funded by the Limerick City of Culture 2014, Art Links and crowdfunded through Indiegogo.

He has also taught widely including at The National Film School at IADT, in the National College of Art And Design, The Irish Film Institute, and at the Dundalk Institute of Technology.  Liam’s company Paradox Pictures is developing several projects with Irish and international partners.

Lost & Found is a tale of love, loss and… pets.  Charlie and his recently widowed mom, Kathleen, struggle to move on with their lives. Charlie was born with a special affinity for animals. This helps him to devise a novel (and probably illegal) money making scheme. He’ll become the breadwinner and scare off his mother’s imaginary and real suitors.  But are things ever that simple?

Rosalind Murray

Whitehead warned us “as soon as you leave the beaten track of vague clarity, and trust to the exactness, you will meet with difficulties.” Rosalind Murray in her creative practice, like Don Quixote, wanders down many of these less beaten tracks, brandishing weapons such as plastic bags and mechanical ducks while narrating the worlds’ difficulties and delights on the way. Making the environment her studio, she extends invitations to join her re-drawing old paths in quirky and feeling ways. Her immersive multi-media investigations from the calm towpath of her beloved River Barrow in Carlow, to her drawing in rock videos, discovering ice fields in Cambridge, or image-making through performance, language, and sound, this conceptual artist will reshape your perceptions of time and surface to leave you with, a new vague clarity of the world. Warning, if you are a logical positivist it may leave you a little queasy.

An MFA Painting graduate of Rhode Island School of Design USA, alumni of Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture USA and the School of Art at Cooper Union Painting & Drawing Residency New York, Rosalind has received awards from the Arts Council of Ireland, Carlow County Council, and a Rhode Island Graduate Award of Excellence 2009. Exhibitions and performances include projects curated by Lynne Cooke and Phong Bui, the Cambridge Arts Council USA, Vox Populi Philadelphia, COCA Seattle, VISUAL Carlow, Itinerant Arts Festival NYC, the Pari Centre for New Learning Italy, & the UCLA Wight Biennial USA.

Sarah Lincoln is a visual artist based in Ardmore, Co. Waterford, where she works on projects which engage with landscape from a historical and social perspective.

Using video, photography and drawing Sarah employs techniques associated with collage; cutting, re-arranging and juxtaposing unlikely sources to suggest alternative histories – ranging from the local to deep-geologic time.  Sarah has worked collaboratively in developing a video project, Faint Echo (2014) and through a screen-based project called RAFT (2013- 2014), which responds to the various uses being made of Ardmore Bay.  Through wider visual arts projects like ‘dig where you stand’ (2012), ‘It’s not on any map'(2014) and ‘Plastik: Cork’ (2015) she has been invited to help develop screening and reading events which try to connect wider curatorial ideas within a local context, through careful selection of sites and text/ film materials.

Sarah’s work has been included in Claremorris Open, EVA and as part of numerous group exhibitions, most recently ‘The Pattern Exchange’ in Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin.  She graduated from NCAD in 2004 with a joint degree in Fine Art/ Art History, holds an MA in Visual Arts Practice from IADT and writes for Enclave Review and Critique.

Blawnin Clancy is a Visual Artist based in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Her practice has been primarily painting but has started to show photographic work- with her first exhibition in July 2015; called To Sleep. She has attended Crawford College of Art, Cork and graduated from the National College of Art & Design, Dublin with BDes (Hons). Blawnin is a member of BANK Studios, an artist-run studio in Dungarvan. She has featured on Nationwide RTE television programme and her work has been included on Imeall on TG4.

She has received ArtLinks Bursaries 2014, 2015 for professional development, been awarded Cill Rialaig Project Artists residencies at Ballinskelligs, Co Kerry 2013, 2015 and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre Regional Arts Bursary Award 2013 for Co Waterford.

She is currently working towards a 2016 solo exhibition in Armagh, Northern Ireland at the Market Place Gallery and Theatre. On the Horizon, brings the viewer into the ethereal realm of the misty bijou islands and outcroppings off the coast. Mixed media paintings evoke a dream-like or other worldly depiction of the sea; stormy and wild or mysterious and shrouded in the half light of dawn. I often splatter or pour the thinned paints to create tiny spots and splashes of pigment; it injects energy, movement and an instinctive naturalness into a painting. At times I allow the paint behave move how it naturally wants to, this gives me the freedom to let unplanned marks and  details to become part of the planned artwork.

David Begley is an artist based in County Wexford currently working in the mediums of drawing, charcoal animation, and sound. Throughout his animated films, nothing is permanent and all things transform. These are meditative works, which speak of birth, life, death and rebirth and its ever moving cycle.  David makes his charcoal from driftwood collected at beaches in Ireland and Wales. In the process of making his films, drawings are destroyed or become part of a new composition, so that all that remains at the end of each animation or ‘scene’ is a singular drawing. David has recorded the soundtracks for these films by combining sounds of sea, fire, wind with piano scores written at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre.

In 2015 David’s animations and drawings were presented at Cinema Club, New York, Animfest 2015, Greece, Drawing 2015, Oriel Myrddin, Wales, Homeland, Damer House Gallery, Eigse Open, VISUAL, Carlow, The 185th Annual Exhibition RHA, Dublin and DAS2015, Beanbag Cinema, Belfast. David’s solo exhibition ‘Breathe’ was held at The Linenhall Arts Centre and Wexford Arts Centre. David was awarded The Artists Film Award at In Motion, Stiwdio Maelor, Wales in 2015 and an Artlinks Visual Arts Bursary in 2014. Recent residency awards include The RHA, Tyrone Guthrie Centre and Cill Rialaig. His work can be found in the collections of AXA, The Contemporary Irish Art Society, The EPA, OPW, INTO and Wexford County Council. David is a featured artist at The Drawing Suite.

Hanneke van Ryswyk graduated from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea in 2006. She moved to Ireland in 2011 where she returned to her art practice. Hanneke is currently based in Kilrane, County Wexford. Van Ryswyk’s work is influenced by climate change and the aftermath of melting glaciers, she visits locations in Ireland to witness for herself the formations glaciers have made in the land.

Van Ryswyk has held five Irish solo exhibitions since moving to Ireland and in 2013, Hanneke was awarded a residency by Coracle Europe at Kultivera, Tranås, Sweden. She has also been awarded residencies at Cill Rialaig artist’s retreat, County Kerry and has attended residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, County Monaghan. In 2014 she was awarded a Visual Arts Bursary by Artlinks. Her work can be found in the Office of Public Works collection and she is a featured artist on The Drawing Suite. In 2014, Van Ryswyk’s drawing ‘Glacial Melt 1’ featured in the UK publication ‘Drawing Paper # 7’ and Hanneke’s solo exhibition ‘Residues of Time’ with the Olivier Cornet Gallery was reviewed by the Sunday Times arts critic John P. O’Sullivan.  Van Ryswyk is currently working on a body of work for her solo show with the Olivier Cornet Gallery in May 2016.



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