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Burren College of Art Winter Newsletter

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Burren College of Art Winter Newsletter


“Incantations of Earth and Sky”, the collaborative installation by Summer residents Marguerite Elliot and Dymphna de Wild, stands as a beacon of light on the BCA campus, battered by the elements but inviting all to pin their hopes and dreams for the future – an apt metaphor for the past year and current state of global uncertainty. Through it all, our students and community have been amazingly resilient and productive, as evidenced in the stories below. The ability to work safely together in person and in the studios has generated a quality of creative energy only possible through human interaction. The heightened sense of camaraderie and collaboration among students, residents, faculty and staff has been the highlight of this year, making us all justifiably proud and grateful for the strong sense of community that is the bedrock of BCA.

We wish all our friends, alumni and extended BCA family the joy of belonging this festive season and a productive and collaborative 2022.

Warm Regards,

Mary Hawkes-Greene, President

Photo of "Incantations of Earth and Sky" by Julia Long.

David Whyte Poet-in-Residence Winner


BCA is delighted to announce the winner of this year's inaugural David Whyte Poet in Residence Award, David Nash.  Whyte generously donated the award to support an Irish poet by giving them the time, space and inspiration to develop their work in a 4 week residency at Burren College of Art.  Please click on the image above to hear Nash reading one of his poems.

Faculty News

Dean of Academics, Conor McGrady, had a solo exhibition - Enter the Control Zone -  in Split, Croatia in Summer of 2021 featuring a recent series of works on paper that were created after his research trip to Split and the island of Vis in 2018. More information can be found on the Galum : Umjetnina gallery website HERE.
Lecturer in Art & Ecology, Dr. Eileen Hutton has undertaken a yearlong residency at Butler Gallery as part of the participatory The Soil Project commission. In November, she participated in an online discussion with celebrated author Merlin Sheldrake, author of Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, and Shape Our Futures. More on Eileen's residency project can be found HERE on the Butler Gallery website.

Head of Sculpture,Dr. Áine Phillips, performed at the Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon, and was also a contributing artist in an event celebrating Árus Éanna,the Inis Óirr Arts Centreon The Aran Islands, showing in the quadrangle of NUI Galway as part of Ireland's 2021 Culture Night in September.  Additionally, her film project featuring a collaborative performace with BCA students, Coming Full Circle has been accepted into several international film festivals:

Toronto 4th Multinational Film Festival, Ontario Canada, 23 - 28 September 2021 27th Annual FIlm Festival, Wilmington North Carolina, 10 - 14 November 2021

Roma Shorts Film Festival, Rome Italy, December 2021

Coming Full Circle was funded by Galway 2020, Clare Arts Office, and Creative Ireland.

Lecturer in Photography, Dr. Ruby Wallis, is currently artist-in-residence at Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris for one month, and for the 2021 Culture Night was in conversation with Michaële Cutaya and Czech artist, Soňa Šmédková, about Ruby and Michaele's collaborative exhibition, The Littoral Flâneuses, at Engage Art Studios in Galway.  Video of their conversation can be found HERE 

Wallis and Cutaya were also commissioned artists for the film, A Visit, A Ceremony, A Gift, by Elisabeth von Samsonow - shown at the 2021 Tulca Exhibition.

Other notable faculty news includes:

Lecturer in Drawing and Painting, Dr. Miriam de Búrca exhibited work in the Tulca Festival of Visual Arts in Galway, curated by Eoin Dara, in November 2021.

Irish Studies Lecturer, Gordon D'Arcy had an exhibition of new watercolours at the Diseart Visitor Centre in Dingle in November.

Additionally, our president Mary Hawkes- Greene is a contributor to the Art of Place: People and Landscape of County Clare , a recent publication of essays by and about creative individuals in Clare, edited by Peader King and Anne Jones.

Student News

MFA in Art & Ecology student, Catherine McDonald, was selected among hundreds of young Irish artists to participate in the 2021 RDS Visual Arts Award exhibition, curated by Vera Clute.  The RDS Visual Art Awards is the most important platform for visual art graduates in Ireland. It provides a curated exhibition opportunity and a significant prize fund of over €30,000, as well as vital exposure for emerging visual artists as they move into early professional practice. The exhibition runs until December 19 at the Royal Hibernian Academy Gallery in Dublin.
PhD in Studio Art student, Kat Cope, exhibited her recent work at ARTWORKS in Trenton, NJ in Autumn, 2021 as part of the Sutured Resilience group exhibition.  A virtual tour of the exhibition is available on the ARTWORKS website above.
MFA in Art & Ecology student, Brandon Lomax, in collaboration with the California Botanic Garden, installed site-specific sculptural works on site in the Garden in Los Angeles in November 2021. The exhibition received reviews in Artillery Magazine and LA Weekly magazines.

BCA Gallery

We are delighted to welcome visitors to the BCA Gallery in 2022.  Our current exhibition, Déan Cúram / take care features work by final year Masters students at Burren College of Art: Francine Marquis, Tiffani Love, and Elizabeth Bleynat.The paintings and sculptural works explore ideas of place, environmental care, and memory.

The exhibition will be open to the public (following covid regulations) from January 4-21, 2022 (Mon-Fri, 9:30am-5:00pm).


We are now accepting bookings for our Summer Workshop series, taking place in May and August of 2022. Please visit our website HERE to register for your place now or, if you'd like to give a gift voucher to an artist in your life this Holiday Season, you can order one HERE.

ReSource at BCA is delighted to partner with Meg Wheatley as the Irish host for Warriors of the Human Spirit – a leadership programme beginning in February 2022.

ReSource will also host the annual Executive Leadership Retreat in May 2022.

Bookings available through the links above.

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