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BIOGRAPHIES

 

Aoife Dwyer graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, in 1998 with a BA Hons degree in Fine Art. She became a member of the Black Church Print Studio that same year and subsequently became a director of the Board in 2005. Most recent exhibitions include: Home, dlrLexicon (2015), pressed curated by the Graphic Studio Dublin, County Hall Dun Laoghaire (2013); dlr Open Submission Exhibition, County Hall Dun Laoghaire (2013) and Draw the Line', Monster Truck Gallery, Dublin (2011). In 2014 she was invited to show at the RHA 184th Annual Exhibition. Dwyer completed residencies at Cill Rialiag Arts Centre in 2010 and 2014. She is a recipient of DLRCC Professional Development Grant. Her work is included in public and private collections including the Office of Public Works, RTE, Guinness, DLRCoCo Collection, and Dublin Bus. She is a tutor in Fine Art at the City of Dublin Education and Training
Board.

 

Mary A. Fitzgerald works primarily through painting and printmaking, although most recently her practice expanded into video and installation works. She is a lecturer in first year Art & Design and the Print Department at NCAD. Fitzgerald is a recipient of a Visual Arts Bursary and Professional Development Grant from The Arts Council of Ireland. Other awards include: Independent Artists Studio Award and the Heinrich Boll Artists Residency. She has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, including: Ile De Sequin curated by Valarie Connor, The Library Project; Circulation curated by Paul McAree, FLOOD gallery, (2014); ARTISTERIUM 7 Tbilisi Annual International Contemporary Art, The Palimpsest/ Rianú Project , The Pearse Museum (2014), Production, curated by Kate Strain, Monster Truck Gallery (2012). Her work is included in many public and private collections including: OPW, UCD, Trinity College Dublin, Bank de Paris, Microsoft Ireland, Allied Irish Bank and Axa Insurance.

 

John Graham is a graduate of the NCAD (1993) and has made and exhibited prints and drawings for many years. He is a member of the Black Church Print Studio and a previous member of Graphic Studio Dublin. Numerous exhibitions include several solo shows at the Green on Red Gallery in Dublin and at Yanagisawa Gallery, in Saitama, Japan. After completing an MFA in Fine Art media (NCAD 2006) his work broadened to include video installations, artworks based around social exchange, and curatorial projects. His work is held in many private and public collections including IMMA, Arts Council of Ireland, National Gallery of Ireland, Chester Beatty Library, and New York Public Library. He was the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award in 2004. His articles and exhibition reviews have appeared in the Visual Artists' News Sheet, Shower of Kunst, The Enclave Review, and Paper Visual Art Journal. John is also a lecturer on the Fine Art Degree course at IT Sligo.

 

Robert Kelly is a member of Black Church Print Studio Dublin since 2010. He works in printmaking, painting, drawing, photography and video. His imagery is most often located in the elusive space between experience, memory and imagination. His work alludes to a liminal space, a space between, rather than depicting a representational space. Kelly is a graduate of Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design, the National College of Art and Design and Trinity College, Dublin. He has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions and his work is held in public collections by Louth County Council, County Monaghan VEC and in corporate and private collections in Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Germany and the USA. He has been awarded the Cill Rialaig Residency in Ballinskelligs in 2015.

 

Anja Mahler, originally from Germany, has been living and working in Ireland since 2003. After being awarded a BA Honors Degree in Fine Art in 2010, she has joined the team of IFI Irish Film Archive in preserving film heritage and became a member of Black Church Print Studios. She is collaborating with the Experimental Film Society and frequently participates in forums discussion and exchange for moving image, such as LUX Critical Forum and IFI Critical Take. Since graduation she has enjoyed working with a range of curators including Valerie Connor, Margaret O'Brien, Kate Strain, Cliodhna Shaffrey and Cliona Harmey, and collaborated with a number of artists on a variety of projects and exhibitions.

 

Fiona Mc Donald holds a BSc in Biological Chemistry from Coleraine University of Ulster, a BA & MA Fine Art from NCAD and completed an MSc in Multimedia systems at TCD 2006. She was awarded a Digital Media Residency at Fire Station Artist Studios in 2012 and a Project Studio at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios 2009-2010. Arts Council awards include New Work Award for a collaborative project with Nicholas Ward. Recent group exhibitions: Re/Turn ,Temple Bar Gallery + Studios; Ingenious, The Drawing Project Dunlaoighre, Engineers week 2013 and a solo exhibition at The Drawing Project Dunlaoighre 2012. She has also taken part in group exhibits at the Green on Red Gallery, Lab Gallery, Hugh Lane Gallery and the Digital Hub, Dublin. She has participated internationally in exhibitions at Danske Grafikeres Hus, Copenhagen, Print Paris, New York Society of Etchers, New York and at the Cologne Art Fair. Her Print works are held in both Private and Public collections.

 

Alison Pilkington lives and works in Dublin. She is currently completing a PhD in Fine Art Practice - Painting at National College Art and Design Dublin. In 2012 she was awarded a British Institution Award for painting at the Royal Academy Summer Show London. She was selected for the Marmite Painting Prize, London (2012) and shortlisted for the Kurt Beers 100 Painters of Tomorrow publication (2013). She was 3rd prizewinner at the Artslant International Jurors Award in December 2013. Recent exhibitions include: Autocatalyctic Future Games, No Format Gallery, London, @paintBritian, Group Show Ipswich Art School, Ipswich. The Priseman Collection of Contemporary British Painting, Colchester art gallery, Colchester, Contemporary British Painting, The Crypt Gallery, Marylebone Church, London.


Marysia Wieckiewicz-Carroll
is an independent curator and art writer living in Dublin. She has been involved in a number of exhibitions and projects in Ireland and abroad, most recently as a co-curator of Sleepwalkers. Production as Process at the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin and the curator of Otherwise - a group exhibition of Irish or Ireland-based artists (Kennedy Browne, Ella de Burca, Marta Fernandez Calvo, Jesse Jones, Seamus Nolan and Elaine Reynolds) at the Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk, Poland. As of April 2014 she has been appointed the new co-editor of PVA (Paper Visual Art Journal) - an online magazine of art criticism. Wieckiewicz-Carroll graduated with an MA in Art in the Contemporary World from NCAD, Dublin.