My website was dormant for a number of reasons – mainly I was locked out of it due to an updating error. A lot has happened since my last post in 2015. Since then I was awarded the Temple Bar Gallery and Studios HIAP Helsinki International Arts Programme residency exchange (2016) – – being invited to The Finnish Embassy in Dublin by the Ambassador is now always a Christmas treat.
I researched, developed and created Leisure with Dignity (2017) on residency at The Fire Station Artists Studios Dublin with a Project Award from The Arts Council. The film work was critically commended, furthermore Aidan Dunne critic of The Irish Times mentioned my solo exhibition at The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin that Summer; as one of the exhibitions to see in Ireland in 2017. I worked with former collaborators Sheena Barrett, Glen Collins, Eoin Bradshaw and new collaborators Marie Anne McQuay, Clare Anne O Keefe, Niamh McCann, Katie Freeney and Catherine Conlon. Leisure with Dignity subsequently screened this year (2019) at The Fifth Narrative Inquiry Conference, Trinity College Dublin and Tart with the Cart – Sex and Vulnerability in Ireland The Women’s Museum, Aarhus, Denmark curated by Pamela Grombacher and supported by Culture Ireland.
I was able to show a small section of my personal archive of my former beach party life at a group exhibition The Last Great Album of the Decade curated by Pádraic Moore at The LAB. During the summer, I was commissioned to work with Muslim women and young girls on a dance film. Its first screening was at International Rohingya Remembrance Day at VISUAL Carlow, Ireland. A question I posed to them was ‘How does dance make you feel?’ – as a Muslim women and young women it was critical to hear their voices as well as documenting their movements within the process.
I also developed workshops for young people, utilising analog photography and delivered them at the RHA Dublin and Dublin Central Library. Whilst freelancing for Dublin City Culture Company (2018) I was commissioned to create photographic works for the newly renovated Kevin Street Library – they are still there.
I will be posting articles about the work and my residency experiences over the next while. Reviewing the past ten years – Rialto Twirlers (2010) will shortly be a decade old. It is amazing that I have been able to continue my artistic practice whilst developing my experience and skill set as a valuable and innovative educator for the educational bodies that I currently work for. I am grateful for being able to do what I do.