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1916 Jackie Clarke Collection Artist in Residence announced!

Artist in Residence at Jackie Clarke Collection announced.

Mayo County Council Arts Office, Library Service and the Jackie Clarke Collection in Ballina are delighted to announce that Mayo visual artist Katie Moore has been selected to be Artist in Residence to commemorate 1916.

The aim of the residency is to provide the artist time to research and develop ideas in the creation of new art work, in response to the events of the 1916 Easter Rising, by working with the Jackie Clarke Collection. It also provides an opportunity to highlight the unique, nationally significant resource that the Jackie Clarke Collection represents, especially in the centenary year of the Rising.  

Katie is a talented emerging artist based in Foxford, County Mayo. She is a recent graduate of GMIT (Galway Campus) with first class honours and has been a finalist for the RDS Student Arts Awards. Katie’s work is exquisitely detailed: she uses textiles, stitching and installation in addition to drawing and video to create unforgettable visual experiences of the world.

Katie was selected via an open competition which attracted large numbers of established excellent artists.  The selection panel were greatly impressed by Katie’s approach to the residency and genuine connection with the theme and Jackie Clarke. Katie was greatly inspired by the artists’ site visit which took place in June this year, during which Sinead McCoole, of the Jackie Clarke Collection, provided a fascinating insight into the collection which has been described as ‘an overflowing treasure chest’.

Jackie Clarke (1927 – 2000) was a Ballina business man and a genius collector of Irish Historical material. In 2005, his widow, Mrs Anne Clarke(1940 – 2015), in accordance with her late husband’s wishes, gifted his collection to Mayo County Council, on condition that it remains permanently in Ballina. It is now available publicly, for the people of Ballina, Mayo and Ireland, at the former provincial bank building, Pearse Street, Ballina, opened in 2013.  www.clarkecollection.ie

In the coming years as we mark the centenary of the founding of the state, 2016–2023, this repository of Irish material will become a site of central importance as documents in this collection will shed new light on these past events.

Katie will spend time working in Ballina to develop an artwork which will be launched next year.  She has plans for an engaging installation,and says “I'm making a piece of art that is an acknowledgement to the great collector Jackie Clarke and an act of memory for the 1916 Rising”.

During the residency, which starts in October, Katie will involve many people and groups from the local community.  As well as Katie’s own artwork which will be installed and shown in Ballina Arts Centre, she will also facilitate the design and installation of a special artwork comprised of contributions by local people, which will be exhibited publicly at the Jackie Clarke Collection building.

Further details will be available as the residency develops and you can keep up on progress by following Katie’s blog www.paperbloom.net   For any further information please contact Gaynor Seville, Public Art Co-ordinator, Mayo County Council gseville@mayococo.ie



Posted: 06/10/2015

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