- Marie Brett
- Charlotte Donovan
- Paul Gregg
- Cathy Henderson
- Helene Hugel
- Danny McCarthy
- Seamus McGuinness
- Paul Maye
- Jennie Moran
- Denis Roche
- Mark Roper
- Dominic Thorpe
- John Tunney
- Ger Wolfe
Marie Brett’s practice spans video, sculpture and installation as well as participatory public art and in-context projects. Her work has been presented in exhibitions and events nationally and internationally and her sculpture is held in numerous public collections throughout Ireland and the UK. She holds an MA and first class BA from Goldsmith’s College, London University.
Charlotte Donovan is a visual artist with twenty years experience of devising, developing, facilitating and managing art projects in healthcare and community contexts in Scotland and Ireland. She was Triskel Arts Centre’s artist-in-residence in St. Finbarr’s Hospital for three years. Her practice also includes international residencies, public art commissions, curation, training, mentoring, evaluation and consultancy. (www.scarletibis.org)
Based in Dublin since 1995, Paul Gregg has exhibited in Europe and the United States. In recent years, the primary focus of his practice has been the creation of large-scale commissioned projects. His work includes One Revolution Per Day, at the AO Foundation, Davos Switzerland; Magnesium, Carlow County Council, Carlow, Ireland, 2002; Parachute Mystery, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, Ireland, 1998; Belfast Buildings, Fracture Clinic, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, N. Ireland, 1998. Gregg earned a Bachelors of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Masters of Fine Arts from the Rinehart School of Sculpture, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore Maryland U.S.A.
Cathy Henderson lives and works in North Wicklow. She graduated with an MA from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 1993. Her work is included in an increasing number of private and public collections in Ireland, the UK, the US and Canada and she has worked to commission for many private and corporate clients including the ESB, Guinness, Bank of Ireland and the BBC.
Helene Hugel is a puppeteer, performer, and arts and health practitioner, with a qualification in hospital play specialism. She began her professional career as a puppeteer in 1997 as co-founder and partner of the award winning Púca Puppets. She now specialises in the dynamic field of art and health and regards the healthcare setting as a platform to develop new work for children. Helene is supported by Social Entrepreneurs Ireland in her development of a new arts and health company for children called Helium. She currently works alongside Helium’s growing, talented team of artists-in-residence across health centres and hospitals in Ireland. Helium’s service is participatory and collaborative, connecting children, their families, friends, and healthcare staff on creative common ground to achieve goals, which might otherwise be far more difficult.
Danny McCarthy studied at the National College of Art and Design. He has pioneered both performance art and sound art in Ireland and he continues to be a leading exponent exhibiting and performing both in Ireland and abroad. His work is in the collections of the Arts Council, Crawford Municipal Gallery, Limerick City Gallery and numerous other public and private collections in Ireland and abroad. His work has appeared on numerous CDs and has been broadcast widely on both radio and television. He is a founding director of Triskel Arts Centre and the National Sculpture Factory and is a director of Art Trail and the Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh. He is the recipient of numerous awards and bursaries from both the Arts Council and the Department of Foreign Affairs and has represented Ireland abroad at various exhibitions most recently in Canada and Japan.
Seamus McGuinness is a lecturer in Textile Design in the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) , where he received a first-class honours degree in 1986. He is the recipient of numerous national and international awards in the field of textiles and has exhibited extensively at home and abroad. McGuinness has worked in many private and public collections. He is currently the Dennis Kelleher Ad Astra scholar in Suicide Studies at UCD / St Vincent’s Hospital Dublin.
Having graduated in Fine Art (paint & printmaking), Paul Maye’s work has evolved into a more conceptually driven practice with the choice of medium determined by the concepts or issues being explored. His work, while diverse in range and media, is primarily an ongoing exploration into the nature of perception, appearance versus substance. He is specifically interested in the visual tension that is created when the work highlights a conflict that often exists between visual and intellectual knowledge, between what we see and what we know.
Jennie Moran is a Dublin-based cultural producer who uses her practice to create opportunities for hospitality. She has gathered knowledge through a degree in sculpture at the National College of Art and Design; international residencies at Fondazione Ratti, Italy and Galleria Blanda, Buenos Aires and recently at NES in Iceland. She was selected artist-in-residence at Airfield Trust, Dundrum, funded by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, in 2008, resulting in a solo exhibition entitled A Space That Gives You The Possibility To Think Something Else. Her projects have been facilitated by Dublin City Council Art Bursary (2006), an Arts Council Project Award (2007) and Arts Council Artist-in-the-Community scheme (2009). In 2008, Jennie was a student on the Arts Council-funded Professional Development Course for Artists Working in Healthcare Settings, which was jointly managed and produced by Create, the Institute of Art and Design, Dún Laoghaire, and the Adelaide and Meath Hospital Dublin, incorporating the National Children’s Hospital. She has worked with Kildare Local Authority, Leitrim Sculpture Centre, and curators/cultural consultants Marjetica Potrc, Sally Timmons and Sarah Searson. She is currently part of collaborative projects: Hope Inherent and Poetic Geographies.
Denis Roche is curating artist of the Open Window Project and Director of Vivartes. As an artist living and working in Ireland he has created many visual and sound art installations, most recently A Clinically Useful Artwork?, which he submitted for his M.A in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and Currency, which placed an opera singer in a duet with a Las Vegas slot-machine. As a composer he has written music for film and contemporary dance most notably for Catalyst, which was performed with the National Ballet of China and Rex Levitates Dance Company at the Meet in Beijing Festival in China in 2004. He has written music for the film Sleepwalking starring Charlize Theron and Dennis Hopper, which premiered at the Sundance Festival, Utah, 2008. Denis was a tutor on the 2008 Arts Council-funded Professional Development Course for Artists Working in Healthcare Settings, which was jointly managed and produced by Create, the Institute of Art and Design, Dún Laoghaire and the Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Dublin, incorporating the National Children’s Hospital.
Mark Roper’s collections include: The Hen Ark (Peterloo/Salmon 1990), which won the 1992 Aldeburgh Prize for best first collection; Catching The Light (Peterloo/Lagan 1997); a chapbook, The Home Fire (Abbey Press 1998) and Whereabouts (Peterloo/Abbey Press 2005). He was Editor of Poetry Ireland for 1999. Even So: New & Selected Poems was published by the Dedalus Press in Autumn 2008.
Dominic Thorpe graduated with an MA from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2006 having previously received a first-class honours degree in Sculpture from the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. His work is grounded in simple actions, often the act of listening. His interest lies in pushing through collective experience in contemporary Irish society to find and acknowledge the personal. This has brought him to engage with various people with a variety of experiences including families and friends of people who have taken their own lives, immigrants (to Ireland) and farmers in County Wicklow. He works in various media: performance, audio/visual, photography and drawing, and has shown work nationally and internationally. (www.dominicthorpe.net)
John Tunney comes from a family of traditional singers stretching back to a time before the Great Famine. He has performed on BBC and RTÉ radio and television and has appeared on a half dozen recordings, most notably on Where the Linnet Sings: Three Generations of the Tunneys. He is a lecturer in Heritage Studies at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. He is currently working on his first solo album, The Green Fields of Canada, and on a biography of his father, Paddy Tunney, a key personality in the 1950s folk revival.
Ger Wolfe was born in Cork city and now lives near Macroom. Well known as a singer-songwriter and musician, he runs his own record label Raggedy Records and has released four CDs of original music over the last ten years, while also touring extensively both solo and with his band, The New Skylarks. As well as writing, Ger teaches traditional music in local national schools. In spring 2009 he became writer-in-residence in Gaeltacht Múscraí, collaborating with the older members of the community to produce a whole new body of work mainly in Irish. No Bird Sang, Ger’s fifth album, is due out this autumn and was recorded and produced by well known composer and musician Peadar Ó Riada in Cúil Aodha.