Our current artists in residence in WAC
Annexe 2018 : Olive Hanlon
We would like to welcome our newest visual artist in residence, Olive Hanlon who will be beginning her residency in our Wexford Arts Centre Annexe Studio starting September 2018.
Olive uses investigatory methods within her art practice and through the medium of Installation & mixed media she plays with exploration and engagement within the theme of memory. Olive is from Camolin Co.Wexford and is a graduate of NCAD. She also holds an MFA and IT Technology, Sligo B.A. Fine Art.
Olive’s work has featured in exhibitions in NCAD, Firkin Crane Cork and the Cultural Centre Mannorhamilton.
I am originally from the south east of England. I have been living in Wexford for 11 years. I just completed a BA hon, in art at The Wexford School of Art & Design, IT Carlow. My Artwork is influenced by the urban environment, how spaces are used and how they affect human emotions, and the changing discourse, taking a critical view of political, cultural and social issues, the work also connects to pure human emotions.
In my artwork l look at the environment and social issues and show the subjects from my point of view, my work has a gritty atmosphere. I am fascinated by urban decay, and abandonment and the way nature reclaim, what we abandon.
While l use a variety of different materials in my work and different processes. l tend to use found objects and materials, such as cardboard. My work ranges from Performance, Sculpture, Installation, Photography, Film, Painting and Sound. I experiment with sound, how it can change the atmosphere of an image or space.
Eamon founded Aisling Theatre in 2015 with the intention of presenting his own written works, which use an allegorical approach to address aspects of political and popular culture. His aim is to contribute to the professional culture of theatrical production in Wexford through the consistent presentation of high quality plays.
June 2015 Within the Veil & Montauk Point (one-act plays) Wexford Arts Centre October 2015 Ghost Radio (one-act play) Fusion Cafeé Theatre
February 2016 Dumpton (two-act play) Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin
October 2016 Dumpton (revised) Fusion Cafeé Theatre
November 2017 The Breakwater (one-act play) Jerome Hynes Theatre
April 2018 Master Storyteller -– Feélim O’ Flaithulach (one-act play) Wexford Arts Centre August 2018 The Child is the Father of the Man (two-act play) Jerome Hynes Theatre
I am influenced in my art practice by Dada from the early 20th century, assemblage
and Combine art from the mid 20th century. Marcel Duchamp, Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns are artists whose work I payed particular attention to.
My practice is a multi-disciplinary one, from sculptural to film making. In the past four years, I have produced a run of mixed material works with cardboard, wood, metal and other found materials using skills from the painting world and sculptural world.
Photography is very much a part of my work process. My work combines detail and
craft with loose abstraction that sit together in one way or another on or in each
piece of work. The work tries to show how the two can work together. I take a simple concept into the work at the beginning from something that has inspired me and allow it to organically grow within the work process. Once under way, making the work is its own motivation, in the in-between, a determination to continue the journey is the motivating force.
I believe mistake making and not being afraid to fail in making work helps with the
My portfolio website is at – ik9p.portfoliobox.net
Past Annexe Artists:
Ceri Ryan & Ciaran Bowen September, 2017- June, 2018
Ceri is a Wexford based artist recently graduated from NCAD and is talented in sculpture and painting. She achieved a 1:1 Bachelor of Honours degree in Fine Art Painting. Her work is included in OPW collections as well as private collections.
The Wexford Art Centre Studio Residency allows me to research and develop my practice. Being in my hometown of Wexford, it has given me a high level of inspiration which allows for active experimentation. The large studio space has been a benefit to my work during its current evolving state and accommodates the intricate process my pieces entail. Using plaster as a material and a tool
to instil and solidify a real, distorted or perceived experience, the studio space and its facilities make the process of making and experimenting a pleasant occurrence. Being my first time in an artistic environment since graduating from Fine Art Painting in the National College of Art and Design in 2016, it has been a great opportunity to be involved in the local creative community and to further my artistic career.
- Ceri Ryan
Ciaran Bowen is currently based in Co. Wexford. He achieved his BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Wexford School of Art and Design in 2015. He was awarded in the same year the Carlow Institute of Technology Purchase Award, which one of his degree pieces hang in their permanent collection in Carlow IT (Wexford Campus). That same year he was featured on the Irish Arts Review in their New Generation of Artists.
Bowen has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, (2013) “La Amenaza Constante”, Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, Ireland. (2015) “WET 3rd Annual Exhibition”, Hive Emerging, Waterford, Ireland. Since graduation Bowen has exhibited at the Bones & Pearls Studio, London “Touch Me Baby” which was Curated by Anna Choutova.