The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2

17 - 31 January 2020


Opening: 16 January 2020, 6pm - 8pm


Pastures is curated by Leah Corbett, recipient of the Black Church Emerging Curator Award 2019.

Pastures brings together the work of five artists - Hayley Gault, Catriona Leahy, Dorothy Smith, Ronan Smyth and Katie Watchorn. Through sculpture, painting, printmaking and text, this exhibition explores aspects of rural life in Ireland and highlights questions around rural identity. By drawing attention to the important legacy and material culture of agriculture and craft, the exhibition examines ways in which the traditions of the past have evolved to reflect contemporary society. Set in the context of Dublin's urban landscape, this contrast invites consideration on how rural communities can retain their distinct identities in the face of potentially homogenising global processes.


Hayley Gault

Hayley Gault is a freelance curator/ rural practioner/ farmer who lives and works between Belfast and Magheramorne. Her aim is to form a sustainable practice which expands concepts of artist, curator, researcher, producer, farmer, writer, and one which centres around environment, its ideologies, its futures, its realities and its practicalities, tracing contemporary modes of production of art, culture and food. Previous projects include, curating UK-based artists for issue two of Bristol's Rung Magazine, co-curation of material conditions with artist Alex Brunt and Engage Studios Galway, and international group show domestic affairs, both within Platform Arts Belfast.


Catriona Leahy

Catriona Leahy is an artist based at Black Church Print Studio, and Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin. She is an MA graduate of the Royal College of Art London (2013). Recent awards include the Arts Council of Ireland Visual Artists' Bursary 2018, Culture Ireland Grant 2018, Arts Council of England Bursary 2015/16. Selected exhibitions include Unfolding Landscape, De Cacaofabriek, The Netherlands (2018); Encountering the Land (Artworks Open) Visual, Carlow (2018), Architecture Invisible, Swiss Church, London (2017), Coup de Ville, 3rd International Triennial, Belgium (2016). She has been selected for numerous international residencies including WARP Contemporary Art Platform (2013), FLACC Workplace for Visual Artists (2014) and FransMasereel Centrum (2009, 2014), all in Belgium. From 2015-16 she was one of 12 artists selected as an artist in residence at the Florence Trust in London. She is currently working towards a show How the Land Lies in Sirius Arts Centre, Cork, which opens this month and which was supported by the Arts Council of Ireland Visual Arts Bursary. Within her practice, Leahy is drawn to the remains of cultural phenomena that have been displaced, or have lost their significance in our "progress-driven", globalised society.


Dorothy Smith

Dorothy Smith is a graduate of NCAD (Degree Fine Art Painting), UCD (Post Grad Diploma Arts Administration) and IADT (MA in Visual Arts Practices). She is a Black Church Print Studio member artist. She has exhibited widely including the Lab, the Royal Hibernian Academy, the Hallward Gallery and the Original Print Gallery, Dublin, The Bourne Vincent Gallery, University College Limerick, the Lavit Gallery, Cork, the Gerard Dillon Gallery, Belfast and GrafiskaSallskapet, Stockholm. She has participated in and exhibited in the Boyle Arts Festival, Eigse, the International Print Festival, Dublin and the Inislacken Residency CillRialaig Residencies. Her work deals with place in an anthropological sense of carrying the marks of history and identity, focusing on a specific built environments.


Ronan Smyth

Ronan Smyth is an artist and PhD candidate based in Belfast. In employing haptic methods of production, his practice aims to develop queer narratives that address issues of shame in relation to class and domesticity. Through the intentional manipulation and mimicry of craft based materials, he questions the emotional authority of objects by focusing on those which have come to represent parodic ideas of culture and taste.


Katie Watchorn

Katie Watchorn lives and works in Dublin, Ireland. She graduated from the National College of Art and Design in 2014. ‏Watchorn makes sculptural work which mirrors the activities undertaken on her families' farm in rural Ireland. She spent much of 2019 on residency on the grounds of IMMA as part of their 1000 programme. These surroundings provided an interesting counterpoint to her previous studio in a disused agricultural shed in the centre of a farmyard. Solo shows include BalehomeBalehome at VISUAL, Carlow supported by the Arts Council Next Generation Award and A Calf Remembered at Wexford Arts Centre, both 2018. She is currently working towards a solo show as part of Glasgow International 2020 in Studio Pavilion at House for an Art Lover. Katie is currently resident in Fire Station Artists Studios until 2022.


Leah Corbett (Curator)

Leah Corbett is a curator and facilitator from Co. Tipperary. She graduated in 2016 with a degree in Fine Art from Crawford College of Art and Design and since then has worked with arts organisations including CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery and Tactic Cork. She is currently based in Belfast where she works as a Co-Director of artist-led organisation Catalyst Arts. In 2019, she was the recipient of the Kilkenny County Council Arts Office Emerging Curator in Residence Award, as a result of which she programmed a series of exhibitions in the Arts Office Gallery.



Black Church Emerging Curator Award


Black Church Emerging Curator Award is designed to provide a platform for emerging curatorial research. Black Church Print Studio's exhibition programme has involved significant Irish artists and curators who have approached shows with a keen sense of experimentation. Although the studio activities tend to prioritise print processes, the exhibitions often include alternative forms. This contemporary and inclusive approach to production is what characterises the Black Church Print Studio.


Exhibition runs until Friday 31 January 2020
Gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday 12.00pm - 6.00pm


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