Culture Night Dublin 2022 takes place on Friday 23 Septemebr 2022, and this year we are happy to be returning to in-person programming.
FSAS invites you to explore our residential studios and workshop facilities that support the making of artworks exhibited in Dublin, nationally and across the globe. Staff will lead bespoke tours of the studios and facilities, and there will be a sneak peak of work being created in the sculpture workshop area.
FSAS will also host a series of talks by Fire Station Artists, current residents Deirdre O’Mahony and Cecilia Bullo, and previous Sculpture Practice Awardee (2020), Katherine Sankey. A performance will be played by resident Ella Bertilsson after each talk.
Deirdre O’Mahony is a visual artist based in Ireland concerned with the political ecology of rural places. Her practice involves collaborative and socially engaged public projects, film, making and installation. Projects include Sustainment Experiments (2020 – 2023), Field Exchange Creative Ireland Climate call project (2022), Butler Gallery Soil commission, POST_ Saolta Arts (2020); SPUD (2009 – 2019) and X-PO (2007 – ).
Exhibitions this year include Sustainment Experiments, the Butler Gallery (October), Meat and Potatoes, Crawford Gallery, Cork and Feeder RHA Gallery. Awards, include the Fire Station Studios Sculpture Award (2021), Arts Council of Ireland Bursary, Agility and Project awards, the O’Malley Award (2018), and Pollock-Krasner Fellowship (1995). Residencies include the Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Parity Studios Award Earth Science Institute, University College Dublin (2021/22) and VISUAL Carlow (2022).
Cecilia Bullo is a bicultural visual artist based in Dublin working primarily in sculpture and installation. She has studied sculpture at IADT; the Brera Fine Art Academy, Milan; the Ac
ademy of Fine Art, Athens and received her MFA, NCAD, Dublin in 2009. Her work has been exhibited widely in Ireland and internationally and she is recipient of numerous awards.
She is currently an artist in residence at Fire Station Artists’ Studios receiving the FSAS Residential Studio Award (2020/23) and her work is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and DLR COCO/Creative Ireland (2022). Recent projects include: I know why the caged bird sings, curated by Stef Van Bellingen, WARP, Sint-Niklaas, BE, (2022), Material Stories, curated by Helen Carey, Galerie Michaela Stock, Vienna, AUT, (2022). Forthcoming Solo shows at The Dock, (2022), and RHA, (2023).
Katherine Sankey (born in Paris, France) grew up between Sydney, Belfast and Paris and has been based in Dublin, Ireland since 1997.
Her recent solo exhibitions include PALLAS P/S AIP, at RUA RED. She will have 2 solo exhibitions in 2023, The LAB Gallery and The RHA Ashford Gallery. She will also have a 2 person show at The Dock with Corban Walker in February next year.
Sankey’s recent participation in group exhibitions include ‘Worlds of Their Own’ PLATFORM 21, 4 person show at Draíocht – where she was AIR Artist in Residen
ce; ‘Woman in the Machine’, Visual, Carlow; ‘Palimpsest’, 5 Lamps Festival and ‘Root’ online exhibition at Leitrim Organic Centre (2021), Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition at Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen, was invited artist in 190th RHA Annual Exhibition (2020), RUA RED
Winter Show (won the Solo Award), TULCA – ‘Tactical Magic’, 189th RHA Annual in (2019) and ‘CAST’, 4 person show at Luan Gallery, Athlone (2018).
Sankey was recipient of the Fire Station Artists’ Studios Sculpture Award in 2020 and gave a ‘Plinth Politics’ lecture at the Royal Hibernian Academy. In 2021 Sankey received the Arts C
ouncil of Ireland Bursary and Agility Awards and the DCC Visual Art Bursary. She has since had her sculpture purchased by the Arts Council of Ireland.
Katherine Sankey’s multi-disciplinary practice engages with the geo-feminist conversation about what we gouge and suck out of the planet. Using living plant tissue and human supply lines in her sculpture, she explores how we adapt and colonize as well as inhabit our living territories. Her artworks are about our entanglement with the earth and our drive to domestication.
Ella Bertilsson is currently a studio artist at Rua Red until 2023. She is a recipient of the Visual Arts Bursary Award 2021-2022 and the Project Award 2022 from the Art Council of Ireland. She has 1st class honours in Fine Art Print (BA) and MFA awarded from NCAD (2009, 2015).
Forthcoming solo exhibition at Ballina Art Centre (2023). Recent solo show: CUT THE CAKE WITH CLAWS, The Complex (2022). Recent group exhibitions: Periodical Review 11, Pallas Projects/Studios (2021-2022) and Double Estate, Pearse Museum, OPW State Art Collection (2020-2021).