Announcing 2022 FSAS Practice Awardees

16 November, 2021

Image of an art installation titled It clatters, but does not ring out clearly

Sophie Behal, It clatters, but does not ring out clearly, plaster, paint (2019)

FSAS is delighted to announce the awardees for its 2022 Sculpture and Digital Media Practice Awards.


Sophie Béhal’s work presents itself as sets of sculptural narratives – objects and images exploring and evoking feelings that cannot necessarily be verbalised but that shape our interpretation of the world. Her work manifests itself as sculptural installation, often incorporating text, audio and photographic elements. Recent projects include: Postal Project, Carlow Arts Festival, 2021, Objects in the Mirror are Closer than they Appear, Platform Arts Centre, Belfast, 2019; In the Offing, Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, 2019; Things That Matter (solo show), curated by Leah Corbett, Kilkenny Arts Office Gallery, 2019. Recipient of Arts Council Bursary Award 2021, Agility Award 2021and Carlow Arts Festival seed funding 2020.

Evelyn Broderick is a visual artist, maker and ceoltóir. Her praxis MAKING|THINKING is an open dialogue that evolves through the interactions of the communities she engages with. Evelyn develops socially engaged structures to shackle and bind sculpture, printmaking and sound together in order to question the role making has in a both social and collective context. As a traditional Irish flute player, Evelyns sculptural work draws on the performative collective experience intrinsic to Irish traditional music. Evelyn was 2020/2021’s artist in residence at UCD’s Parity Studios at the College of Social Science and Law.

Digital Media

Alisha Doody is a visual artist with a socially engaged practice whose work combines solo and collaborative research methodologies. Through photography, moving image and installation her work explores the role of mentorship and history in relation to identity development specifically within the LGBTQI+ community. Recent awards include an Arts Council of Ireland Next Generation Artist Award 2021 and Artist in the Community Research and Development Award 2020 from CREATE. Recent Exhibitions include How to Live Here in Halfway to Falling by Kate O Shea – Lord Mayors Pavillion Cork, The Everywoman Project By The Stairlings Collective – National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks, Dublin.

Working across photography, print, installation and moving image, Catriona Leahy’s work focuses on sites wherein a particular dissonance manifests itself temporally and spatially. Her interest lies in the remains of cultural phenomena that have been displaced, or have lost their significance in our progress-driven, globalised society.
Recent awards include the Kildare Arts Act Grant 2021, Arts Council of Ireland Professional Development Award 2020, Arts Council of Ireland Visual Arts Bursary 2018. Recent exhibitions include Agitation Co-op, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios (2021), How the land lies, Sirius Arts Centre (2020), Unfolding Landscape, De Cacaofabriek, The Netherlands (2018).

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