Wexford Arts Centre and Wexford Co Co Announce Emerging Visual Artist Award Winner 2016-17

Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford County Council and the Arts Council are delighted to announce artist Katie Watchorn as the recipient of the tenth annual Emerging Visual Artist Award.  As a joint initiative between the three organisations, the award’s aim is to recognise and support the development of promising and committed visual artists in Ireland. The winner receives €5,000 to supplement and assist in the production of new work for a solo exhibition at Wexford Arts Centre. As the recipient of the award, Watchorn will create a new body of work throughout the period of January- December 2017, to be exhibited in January 2018.

Katie Watchorn works with a diverse range of agrarian materials to create tactile pieces illuminating the nuances and materiality of Irish rural farming. Drawing on her own experiences and upbringing in the farm environ, Watchorn is interested in the presence of livestock in a contrastingly harsh setting.  She frequently extracts and re-appropriates the utilitarian materials found on her father’s farm, adjusting their contents and conventional uses to create hybrid and often now obsolete forms.

For further information on the artist or the Emerging Visual Art Award please contact Catherine Bowe, Visual Arts Manager, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford on +353 (0)53 9123764 or email catherine@wexfordartscentre.ie.

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