In 2010, I returned to college as a mature student, beginning my education with a preliminary arts course at Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa and following on to complete a BA in Fine Art at The CIT Crawford College of Art and Design.
Since graduating,I have won several awards including the 2016 Valerie Gleeson Development Bursary, The National Sculpture Factory Graduate Residency Award and the RDS Taylor Art Award in 2015.
Post-college, I have been kept on my toes. I work from my home studio as much as I can, I also work as an early years art practitioner for the BEAG project and am currently facilitating community-engaged workshops for Corcadorca to coincide with their upcoming productionon Spike Island.
My husband David, Hugh. our seven-year-old son, and our dog. Samhain.
My hubby, we are a good team.
Eating crisps and drinking blackcurrant cordial with a Guinness head in The Lion And Lamb, my parents were publicans in London in the 1980s.
My husband, he’s very supportive and caring, he loves a challenge and is willing to give anything a go.
My husband, LOL!... What can I say, love is a battlefield!
My friend Sinead, she is amazing with money! She would also make sure artists get paid in hard cash, not exposure credits.
Cycling in Croatia in 2008.
At the moment I’m obsessed with The Daily Show, American political satire has become a bedtime ritual.
2FM Breakfast Republic, it’s great to have a bit of craic in the morning.
Scrambled eggs with feta, spinach and buttery toast.
The Nature Principle, Richard Louv.
East Of Eden, John Steinbeck.
, Nick Cave.
Do you have a pet?
Yes, a dog.
Night owl definitely, I’m a bit of a daydreamer/night worker!
On a personal level, having my son Hugh in 2010. On a professional level, winning the RDS Taylor Art award in 2015.
I try to save when I’m earning money so I can survive when I’m not, this does not always go according to plan.
We are incredibly lucky to live next door to the Beaumont quarry. It’s an area of undomesticated nature in the city, an urban oasis where the wild things grow. We often go walking there and I gather potential art materials. There is an ongoing cause to protect and preserve the biodiversity of the landscape, which is habitat to a variety of rare plants and wildlife. I would like to see structures in place which prevent illegal dumping and mindless littering in the area and to see it protected into the future.
What makes you happy?
1. Family. 2. Art. 3. Ice-cream. Although sometimes the hierarchy shifts.
In general, I don’t like to think about death, it frightens me.
I am currently exhibiting work in, a group show at the Doswell Gallery in Rosscarbery. I am also preparing to travel to the Norwegian Arctic on an artist residency in August.
As previously mentioned, I am facilitating a series of weekend workshops alongside Lisa Zagone at the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh as part of Corcadorca’s community engagement initiative. Funded by a Cork County Council Creative Communities Award, the project involves workshop participants creating the elaborate headpieces that will be worn by the large community cast in Corcadorca’s forthcoming production Far Away on Spike Island as part of the Midsummer Festival in June.
There has been a great response to the workshops from the Cobh community. Some really interesting and creative people have signed up, including members of the Cobh Animation Team and parents who have participated with their teenage children. We are constructing the headpieces from a variety of unusual and non-traditional hat making materials to create extraordinary and unique pieces that will echo the spirit of the production.
Visual artist Rachel Doolin is currently facilitating a series of weekend workshops alongside Lisa Zagone as part of Corcadorca’s community engagement initiative in the run up to the new production.
Funded by a Cork County Council Creative Communities Award, the project involves workshop participants creating the elaborate headpieces that will be worn by the large community cast in the production.
Workshops are now at capacity, but Corcadorca are still on the look- out for the community cast, and no previous acting experience is necessary for these non-speaking roles.
If you are interested in getting involved, get in touch on 021 4215142 or firstname.lastname@example.org