Saturday 25 April 2015

Residencies: Cill Rialaig and Tyrone Guthrie Centre Annamakerrig.

Over the winter, which seems such a long time ago now, I was fortunate enough to have two short residencies one in Cill Rialaig in Ballinskelligs and the other at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annamakerrig. Both were great in allowing me time to develop new work, but they were so different!

Cill Rialaig

Cill Rialaig, and the light there, even in the winter, sometimes takes your breath away.   It is many years since I lived by the sea, so a visit to Ballinskelligs always reminds me of huge skies and openness.  When I come back I find myself continuously looking at the sky in the city and seeing the space around me in a fresh way.  Cill Rialaig is a great place to refocus, and in winter with the long evenings and so little other distractions, it makes reading, drawing and just thinking all the more enjoyable.  

Snow on the hills as I drive away from Ballinskellig

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig. 

This was my first time going to the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and I was allocated a large studio space to work in. Over the period of the residency I experimented with lots of new work and ideas, all of which is now feeding back into my studio practice  at Contact Studios in Limerick.  

For me a great element of the residency is the opportunity to meet the other residents every evening around the dinner table.  This social aspect means conversations with writers, artists, composers, and art practitioners and a broad spectrum of artistic engagement and thought processes and all sort of different ideas and work practices being discussed, which proved really interesting.

The Entrance Hall of the Main House at Annaghmakerrig

The nameplate on my room somehow inspires confidence

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