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 used 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.
Peer Residency 2016
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 2015
Gum is a collective of 13 Dublin based visual artists that graduated from the Print Department in NCAD in 2015. Individually, the group have diverse practices including sculpture, assemblage, video, performance, animation and painting, one central activity that underpins the groups activity is drawing. The RHA School invited Gum Collective on a three month residency in the RHA School original drawing space. Gum installed a drawing hot desk where they worked collectively sharing ideas, discussion and methodologies.
Gum Collective: Aaron Burns, Aaron Smyth, Alex de Roeck, Aimee Gallagher, Ciara O’Brien, Ciaran Gallen, Clare Marie Ryan, Eoin O’Reilly, Luke O’Meara, Melissa Ellis, Sadbh O’Brien, Sofia Mikhaylova and Stephen Lau.