The RHA School has invited two groups of recent graduates from NCAD and IADT to share the RHA drawing studio as part of a peer residency. Before it’s development, the drawing studio was the original drawing space in the RHA where Academicians gathered to draw and meet on a weekly basis. This commitment to peer learning and artistic mutual support is a continued value of the Peer Residency. The residency provides a support to students transitioning from study to professional practice.
Peer Residency 2016
Conor O’Sullivan, Chloe Nagle, Eve Rogers and Cara Farnan graduated from NCAD in 2016. They occupied the studio for six months ending in January 2017. The group intended to use the residency to research and experiment, taking time to understand and develop their individual practices outside of a university context and to explore how those individual practices sit in relation to one another.
Conor O’Sullivan’s work places material forms and immaterial forces in proximity with one another; each aids the shape of the other, allowing dynamic relations to emerge. Works take the form of drawings, videos and arrangements of collected objects. Cara Farnan’s practice explores and creates environments where real space, imaged space and imagined space all collapse into one another, thereby making way for a moment of calm and an intimate conversation between artist, viewer and place. Eve Rogers’ work engages with the often-uncanny familiarity of the unknown, the sense of having seen or been before. Her use of objects, space, light and shadow results in installations that seek to address notions of dislocation, yearning, memory and the aftermath. Chloe Nagle is concerned with the idea of monument, the (anti) landscapes of the Anthropocene, the proximity of nature and myth, sci-fi tropes and personal neuroticism, the materiality of things and the ultimate remoteness of the object.
Peer Residency 2017
Mateusz Lubecki, Allan Kinsella and Peadar Joliffe-Byrne graduated from the BA in IADT, in 2016. Each artist has a strong commitment to painting and intends to use the residency to research and develop their practice in the context of their established peer network and the wider institutional context of the RHA.
Mateusz Lubecki explores the ephemeral nature of memory using his own personal memories of childhood in Poland as starting points for his painting practice to transform his subjects into familiar-yet-strange scenarios and environments. Allan Kinsellas paintings focus on the architecture and everyday icons of suburban environments and how we relate to these spaces, physically and emotionally. Peadar Jolliffe-Byrnes paintings capture the meetings of people. People set up as dyads or dichotomies of social interactions and standings while addressing underlying themes of ethical and political human constructs.