Announcing the recipients of the Sculpture and Digital Media Bursary Awards 2020


Fire Station Artists' Studios is delighted to announce the recipients of the Sculpture and Digital Media Bursary Awards 2020. 

Congratulations to Katherine Sankey and Elaine O'Dea on receiving the Sculpture Bursary Award 2020. Congratulations to Helena Gouveia Monteiro and Eimear Walshe on receiving the Digital Media Bursary Award 2020. 

The Sculpture and Digital Media Bursary Award offers a fully subsidised opportunity in our Sculpture Workshop and Digital Media Resource Centre for artists, emerging or established, to develop their practice for a 3 month period with curatorial support and a stipend. 

Katherine Sankey is based in Dublin, did her B.A. at Sydney College of the Arts, Australia and D.E.A. under Hélène CIXOUS at Paris 8 University. Sankey’s upcoming exhibitions are Rua Red Winter Open 2019Platform_20 at Draíocht; a lecture in the ‘Plinth Politics’ series at RHA. Recent group shows are: Tulca 2019 (Galway), 189th RHA Annual (Dublin), CAST, Luan Gallery (Athlone), Sculpture in Context (Dublin). Sankey will be working on Chthonic Parts during the award. She uses the parallel concepts of plumbing and tree parts as water conduits to engage with ideas about mutation, evolution and human supply.

Elaine O’Dea is an emerging artist who predominantly works in Sculpture — with a strong interest in form, construction and material. She creates work with man-made materials used in the building of homes and their interiors such as plaster, wood, steel and plastic. Often with a feminist viewpoint, she builds minimalist (with a small m) structures and forms — the energy required being an integral part of the work.Her work has been exhibited at Sculpture in Context  2018 and 2019 and is to be shown at the upcoming group exhibition Comfort Zone: Vulnerability In An Age Of Oversharing 2020.

Eimear Walshe is an artist, writer and research fellow at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. Their work extends research in queer theory and feminist epistemology into sculpture, performance, publication and education work. They will present new work based on the history of the Land Wars in Ireland at EVA International 2020, as part of the Platform Commissions program. Recent presentations include: Jolene at the Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, Catalyst Arts Belfast, and Perdu Amsterdam; Exaltation of Saint Joseph/The Holy Trinity at CCA Derry~Londonderry, and GRETTA at King House Boyle.

Helena Gouveia Monteiro is a visual artist and experimental filmmaker from Portugal. She received her MFA from the Villa Arson in Nice in 2015 and lives and works between Dublin and Marseilles. Concerned with the history of technical images and influenced by experimental cinema and media archaeology, she creates films, books, and photographic installations that engage different levels of visual and cultural recognition to question our perception of language and audio-visual experiences. Her work was shown internationally in both cinema and gallery settings and she is the co-founder of Stereo Editions, an independent publishing collective of artist’s books.

(Image: "From Eye to Hand and Back Again" by Helena Gouveia Monteiro, still from stereoscopic video installation.)

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