We would like to say a huge thank you to every artist that applied to our open call. There was an overwhelming response and we were inundated with a huge diversity of proposals for the artist residencies. The selection panel, Maolisa Boyle (Curator) Declan Sheehan (Curator), Siobhan Mooney (Visual artists Ireland) and Martha McCulloch (Artlink board member) took the time to look at each application, whilst it was a delight to see such a variety of contemporary artists works, it made it extremely difficult to decide on who to select. Finally the decisions have been made and we are pleased to announce that the winning selected artists are:
Becca Albee (International)
Litten Nystrom (Norway/Iceland)
Tamsin Snow (Ireland)
Niamh McCann (Ireland)
We are now down to the final selection, results will be posted here on Monday 27th March.
Location: Artlink, Fort Dunree, Donegal, Ireland
Duration: 2 - 4 Weeks, March to September 2017
Artist Fee: €6500/5000
Artlink [IRL] are seeking four Visual Artists to take part in paid artist residencies in Fort Dunree, Donegal, Ireland, in 2017. Applications are open to professional visual artists working in any discipline.
Artlink was formed in 1992 and is the longest established professional art organisation in Inishowen, Co. Donegal. Artlink office, studio and workshop spaces are based at the historical and picturesque location of Fort Dunree Military Museum, Donegal.
Artlink is an artist-led organisation, run by a team of professional artists working from onsite studios in Dunree. Artlink’s Mission is to link artists to the community and the community to art by devising and delivering innovative art projects resulting in exhibitions, public art and community projects. Artlink seeks to captivate the imagination of the public through participatory, educational and outreach programmes. It invests in National and International emerging and professional artists by creating opportunities for artists to develop their creativity and art practice. The results of which are shared with the local and wider communities by delighting, challenging and stimulating the audiences of Inishowen, County Donegal and beyond.
The four artist residencies are open to professional Visual Artists working in any discipline including but not limited to: sculpture, photography, painting, installation, and video.
Residencies are expected to take place from March to September 2017 for between two to four weeks at the discretion of the artist. During the residency artists are expected to develop new work or new ideas based on the unique site, and engage with local artists and Artlink members. This engagement could be through presenting artist talks, workshops, demonstrations or other events.
Artists will be paid a residency fee of €6500/5000 for undertaking the residency. The residency fee covers all flights, accommodation, transport, materials, living expenses and artist's fee. The selected artists are responsible for arranging their own accommodation and travel arrangements and managing their budget as appropriate.
There are four residency positions available. The residencies and the associated fees are allocated as follows:
The [NOR/ISL] residency is available to any professional artist living and working in either the region of Vesteralen, Norway or in East Iceland, and is supported by the Donegal County Council as part of the ongoing EDGES International Cultural Partnership, which includes Donegal County Council, Vesteralen Cultural Council (Norway) and Austurbrú/East Iceland Cultural Council. The [INTL] residency is available to any artist living and working outside the island of Ireland, and the [IRL] Residencies are open to any artists living and working on the island of Ireland including NI.
How to Apply
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This project is supported by the Arts Council Ireland Visual Arts Project Award 2017 and Donegal County Council.
Leonie Tang, a Dublin-based artist, has created a camera obscura opposite the entrance hut at Fort Dunree.
The term Camera Obscura comes from the latin meaning ‘darkened chamber’, and is the earliest known imaging devise and the precursor of the modern day photographic camera. This site-specific installation makes use of the small shutter windows and darkened interior to create a panorama of images within the space, which change with the light and the time of day. It is charming and wonderful, evocative and educative.
“This installation will educate even the stranger to the photographic practice on everything from the history of photographic process, to the science behind optics, to the artistic endeavours of the photographic medium - and all within a spectacular interactive domain.” Leonie Tang
The installation is open until mid-September, Monday to Friday from 12h00 to 16h30 and Saturday/Sunday from 13h to 16h30.
During the Resistance and Rebellion project, artist Christine Mackey surveyed the area at Fort Dunree and discovered over 60 plants growing on site. This spring/summer she is implementing Phase II of the project.
"The Potting Shed 2013-2014, which began in the summer of 2013, whereby I undertook a residency at Artlink Fort Dunree.
Phase 1: ‘Fortifying Beds’ explored the botanical diversification of plants found in this man-made environment that encompassed a new kind of rooted occupation. This led to the re-development of an existing building, which utilized materials found on-site.
Phase 2: The Potting Shed is based on the idea of a ‘living herbarium’ - a stimulating environment within which over the coming years, artists and activists will be invited to develop further projects onsite premised on the creative governance of the shed and its relationship to the environment and the ecology of local resources and communities. Archival material generated during the research phase on permanent loan to Artlink can be used as a pedagogical resource for visiting artist and local communities of interest."
Images from The Garden Party 19th July 2014
curated by Declan Sheehan
This project sees a themed group of artist’s residencies based at our dedicated artist studio on the site of Fort Dunree, an ex-military base on a headland in Inishowen - with artists making new work connected to the matrix of themes of resistance and rebellion prompted by this unique site. The project works with artists who between them represent the highest standards and a exceptionally broad range of approaches within contemporary practice.
The Artlink Residency Studio is in Dunree Fort: the site where Wolfe Tone was brought ashore in 1798 after capture, a military fort that has been developed here ever since. Fort Dunree, Dun Fhraoigh in Irish means, “Fort of the Heather” and indicates that this site has been an important military site down through history. The military context is set into stark contrast by the stunning natural beauty and abundant wildlife of the site. The site draws increasing numbers of visitors both national and international and these Artlink artist residencies explore how such a unique context can develop contemporary artists’ practices.
Alongside tapping into the history and thematics of Fort Dunree as potential, this programme of Artlink artist residencies is dedicated to using this unique context to continue to engage with our local communities by further developing our innovative programme of artist residencies within this rural setting.
This project began with a residency by Sara Graevu in 2012 and continues with the current exhibition.
Conor McFeely: Weathermen
Conor McFeely is an artist living and working in Derry. His works have an emphasis on the manipulation of space and the idiosyncratic use of materials and media. He works with a wide range of processes including video, audio sculpture and photography. The contexts for these works have been varied and include references to literature, cinema, art history and social and political contexts amongst others.
The Weathermen project by Conor McFeely sees the artist develop a site-specific environment of found objects and new media installations, designed to conduct complex investigations into individual perception, themes and acts of subversion, and reaction to sudden dramatic change. The development of the Weathermen project on this site engages directly with Fort Dunree’s exposed headland position, its military history, and its richness in significant transformations.
The Weathermen project draws upon a number of sources including an interest in key countercultural figures from history. A central reference for this work is “the weathermen” a clandestine revolutionary organisation in the U.S.A. in the 60’s and 70’s for the violent overthrow of the US government and the establishment of a dictatorship of the proletariat. They famously aided the jailbreak and escape of Timothy Leary. Leary will be present in the work in the form of voice recordings and local weather conditions will manifest themselves through the use of passages from cult fiction works including the opening paragraphs from The Dark Cloud by Fred Hoyle and Musils’ Man without Qualities. These are used as points of entry into alternative narratives.
Formally this work is a series of sculptures incorporating short sequences of video and sound. These video and sound works are integrated with what is essentially a kind of set around which modified, constructed and found objects are organised. Materials found onsite have been integrated where possible with “ready-made” objects, constructions, video and audio works with the intention of reflecting a sense of site and location. The audio elements are a montage of composed and onsite ambient recordings, as well as voice recordings and computer generated sounds including the Leary interviews. The works are conceived with the intention of generating an activated spectatorship. Initial exploratory ideas here have been developed in the spirit of a merged or multidisciplinary practice.
A the blend of what might seem incongruous references to weather and “prevailing conditions” are layered to create unexpected resonances with the location or site where they are encountered.
Download Catalogue Artist BiographyConor McFeely has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. His exhibitions include
“Disclaimer”, Orchard Gallery Derry 1997, (solo)
“Ink Mathematics”, The Mappin Gallery, Sheffield (solo)
“Headfirst”, OBG Gallery Belfast 2003, (solo)
The British Art Show 5, Hayward Gallery London, touring Edinburgh, Southampton, Cardiff and Birmingham 2000-200
“Small Steps, The Elipse Gallery,Washington DC, 2001
“Something Else”, Contemporary Art from Ireland, touring Turku, Helsinki, Ouulu, Joensuu Finland, 2003
“Hidden Dips” MCAC Portadown 2005 (solo)
“Dogs Have No Religion” Czech Museum of Fine Art Prague, 2006.
He is a recipient of The Curated Visual Arts Award 2007 (curated by Mike Nelson) resulting in two major solo shows of new work called “The Case of the Midwife Toad (the unrepeatable experiment)” in The Douglas Hyde Gallery Dublin 2007 and at Void, Derry 2008, and “The Testing Rooms/Smashing Forms” a site specific audio and video installation at The Maze Prison 2008 In May 2010 he had a major one person exhibition at The Ormeau Baths gallery Belfast. In 2012 he completed an Artists International Residency at NKD Dale Norway and has three solo shows in 2012/13 showing cycles of the Weathermen projects at the 126 Gallery Galway, Franklin College Lugano Switzerland and The Golden Thread Gallery Belfast. He also is a member of the Void Gallery curatorial board.
Much of this work can be seen at www.mentalimage.org.uk
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