Two Donegal artists, Julie Griffiths and Celina Muldoon are just two of exceptional promise that have been given Next Generation awards by the Arts Council, the government agency for funding and developing the arts.
The Next Generation programme recognises and promotes a selection of artists from different disciplines and gives them the time they need to develop their practice.
Awarded with €15,000 each, the innovative young artists work across music, literature, circus, theatre and architecture, and are based in all four provinces of Ireland. In Spring 2018, the 24 chosen artists will take part in a collective week-long residential programme at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Co Monaghan.
Arts Council Director Orlaith McBride said, “Each year we have the difficult job of choosing from the dozens of excellent applications we receive, and in 2017 our task was harder than ever. We chose to support 24 artists of great potential from a diverse range of practices and disciplines, and I look forward to seeing their work for many years to come. I wish each of our recipients every success.”
Julie Griffiths lives and works in Donegal. She is currently Artist in Residence at Oxford Island, Lough Neagh and Artist in the Community with Leitrim Arts Office. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Social Practice and the Creative Environment from Limerick School of Art and Design in 2015, receiving the Art and Design Bursary Award.
Julie works both individually and collaboratively. Her work is informed by the rural environment while also drawing heavily on her design and textile backgrounds. At the core of her practice are questions around natural symbiosis, mutualism, and sustainability.
Her 2015 project, Till/Until, involved negotiating access to 3 acres of land, which was cooperatively planted with flax and woven by the community, while still growing. Her long-term collaboration, Fold and Rise, with artist Maeve Collins, is a travelling conversational workshop which has been hosted by McGill University, Montreal, and University College London amongst many others.
Celina Muldoon is based in North West Ireland. She graduated with a first-class honours degree from I.T. Sligo in 2014 and completed an MFA in Sculpture from N.C.A.D. in 2016.
In 2017 her film, ‘We are in cahoots … you and I,’ was screened as part of Interference: Performance Art in Ireland in Cyberarts Gallery Boston. Current research projects include introducing her Live Art practice to communities in the North West as part of the Artist in the community scheme and investigating themes of Surveillance and Identity within fringe territories of Ireland and Turkey.
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