The RHA School would like to welcome a number of artists to the studio programme. Susan MacWilliam and Seán Molloy have commenced six-month residencies and Martin Healy will begin a six-month residency in the latter half of 2017.

Seán Molloy

As a painter, Molloy’s key concern is to investigate the relevance of painting in a digitally mediated world. The work is construct- ed via a process of experimenting with a series of traditional baroque-inspired themes, spliced together with over-painted elements associated with digital-based imagery. The traditional elements have been appropriated from sources within the Dutch, Spanish, Flemish and Italian baroque painting canon, combined and juxtaposed to create a series of capriccio-type fantasy scenes and miniature tondo portraits. The digital elements overlaying the traditional subject matter have been inspired by a variety of sources (C.G.I., games, image manipulation software and glitch-art). Molloy refers to these concealing elements as ‘pentimenti’.

Seán Molloy is a Dublin-based fine art painter. He received a 1st class BA honours in painting, NCAD, 2011, followed by an award of MFA, NCAD, 2013. His degree show featured in the Irish Arts Review as one of the top Irish fine art graduates of 2011 and he was long-listed for the Saatchi New Sensation prize, the sole Irish nominee in 2013.

Molloy had a debut solo exhibition in the RHA Ashford Gallery,Dublin, December 2015. Residencies include: Artist-in-residence at Cloverhill Prison, Arts Council of Ireland Visual Artists in Prison Scheme in April 2016 and March 2017. His work is held with collections of the OPW, AXA Insurance Ireland, Fingal C.C. Municpal Art collection and De Blacam & Meagher Architects. He has exhibited in group shows including From LA to Dublin, Saatchi Gallery, Dublin Web Summit 2014, New Living Art V, IMOCA , 2014, Eigse, Carlow, 2014, RHA Annual Exhibitions, 2013 – 2016, Lacuna 1, Taylor Galleries, 2013, Rua Red Winter Open, 2013, 2011, Anonymous Drawings – Berlin & Eindhoven, 2013, Claremorris Open Exhibition, 2011, RDS Student Art Awards, 2011. Awards include K&M Evans Painting Prize, RHA, 2014, Fingal C.C. Artists Support Scheme Award 2016, Thomas Damman Jr Memorial Trust Award, 2015 & 2016, RHA School Studio Artist’s award 2017.


Image: Seán Molloy, Glitch Landscape II, Oil on canvas, 2017, Image courtesy of the artist.


Susan MacWilliam

Working with video, photography and installation Susan MacWilliam investigates obscure and overlooked histories, and cases of perceptual and paranormal phenomena. Her work explores subjects that are on the periphery of the mainstream and that fall beyond conventional fields of science and psychology. Using anecdote, reconstruction, forms of portraiture and detailed editing she has made work about mediumship, ecto-plasm, X-ray vision, telepathy, table tilting, clairvoyance, remote viewing and dermo optical perception.

MacWilliam has worked closely with prominent parapsychologists and psychical research institutions including poltergeist investigator Dr William G. Roll, the Dermo Optical Perception Laboratory of Madame Yvonne Duplessis, Paris, and the New York family of Irish medium Eileen Garrett. She has worked extensively with historical archives including those of the writer Kathleen Coyle, Derry, Parapsychology Foundation, New York, T.G. Hamilton Spirit Photograph Archive, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Parapsychology Laboratory Records, Duke University and Rhine Research Center, Durham, NC.

Born in Belfast in 1969, MacWilliams represented Northern Ireland at the 2009 Venice Biennale, she was awarded the Ormeau Baths Perspective Prize, 2003 and was shortlisted for the 1999 IMMA Glen Dimplex Artists Award. MacWilliam was artist in residence on the PS1 International Studio Programme, New York in 1999 to 2000 and has worked on residencies in Ireland, Trinidad, Slovenia, America and Canada. She has had solo exhibitions throughout Ireland, the UK and North America. MacWilliam is a lecturer in Fine Art at NCAD, Dublin. Her video works are held in the British Library Sound Archive. Susan MacWilliam’s mid career survey exhibition Modern Experiments runs at Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda until 8 April 2017 before touring to West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen and Butler Gallery, Kilkenny. Modern Experiments began its tour at F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge in 2016. Solo exhibitions include QUAD, Derby, 2014, NN Contemporary Art, Northampton 2013, Open Space, Victoria, BC, 2012, aceart inc, Winnipeg, 2010, Gimpel Fils, London, 2008, Jack The Pelican, New York, 2008, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, 2004, Cornerhouse, Manchester, 2001 and Project Arts, Dublin, 1997.

Group exhibitions include Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, 2015, The Agency, London, 2015, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg, 2014, NGBK, Berlin, 2013, Kunsthalle Krems, 2012, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, 2011, Kino Kino, Sandnes, 2011, Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver, 2010, Villa Merkel, Esslingen, 2010, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, 2007 and Chapter Arts, Cardiff, 2003.

Image: Susan MacWilliam, Modern Experiments, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, 2017, Image courtesy of Ros Kavanagh.