Visual Artists Café with Kiera O’Toole and Miguel Martin (Tuesday 16 June)

We are delighted to announce that for our weekly Visual Artists Café next Tuesday the 16th of June, 3pm we will be joined by visual artists Kiera O’Toole and Miguel Martin.

Kiera O’Toole

Dublin born, Kiera O’Toole is an independent artist with a studio in The Model in Sligo since 2016 and is a current PhD Doctoral Researcher at Loughborough University UK. O’Toole is concerned with how humans experience the everyday world and in particular the natural world. Her drawing practice deeply considers the atmospheric, material, temporal and corporeal aspects of human experience as a way to pay attention to the here and now. O’Toole’s practice is released both inside and outside the gallery space: site-responsive drawing, contemporary drawing, public art, digital media, installation and sculpture.

Her practice includes projects, exhibitions and residences including ARTWORKS 2020, VISUAL Carlow, Carlow Arts Festival, Highlanes Gallery 2020, Beyond Drawing curated by Arno Kramer, Ballina Arts Centre, West Cork Arts Centre 2020, Project Anywhere; global bind peer-reviewed exhibition, conference and book in 2020 and is lead by the University of Melbourne and Parsons School of Art, NY. ‘OToole also publishes including contribution to book on drawing research “’Drawing Conversations 2: Body, Space Place 2’ published by Cambridge Scholars in 2020. Kiera is the co-founder of Drawing deCentered which is professional artist-led collective that explores contemporary drawing practice.


Miguel Martin

Miguel Martin, who lives and works in Hastings, England, completed his BA in Fine Art at the University of Ulster in 2008. He has exhibited his work both locally and internationally in group exhibitions at galleries such as Pallas Projects, Dublin (2018); Visual, Carlow (2017); and Trinity Buoy Wharf, London (2019/2020). His recent exhibition ‘Fire In The Middle’ at the Naughton Gallery at Queen’s, was a site-specific installation that incorporated moving image, photographic, and sculptural works that cross-reference autobiographical elements with science fiction and uncanny cartographies.

We hope you can join us from your home or studio. It’s not just a chance for you to find out what’s happening in the art world, it’s also a fantastic opportunity to connect with artists and chat over a cup of tea.

Anyone who has attended one of our Visual Artist Cafés around the country over the last year or so will know that the events are informal and all centred around creating a space to share information. Our online Café will be no different – we will update you on news from VAI and the sector, invite artists to share their work with you and have guest speakers presenting on opportunities that are available to you.

Free for VAI Members / €5 non members

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