Announcing 2023 Practice Awards

1 March, 2023

FSAS is delighted to announce the awardees of our Practice Awards 2023, Chinedum Muotto and Marie Phelan for Digital Media, and for Sculpture, Fiona Harrington and Roisín McGuigan.

The awards last for 8 to 12 weeks and will take place between April and July 2023.

Digital Media:

Chinedum Muotto

Title: Chinedum Muotto archiving moments of madness, play and a cactus. Photo credit: Emmet Banahan

Chinedum Muotto is a multi-disciplinary artist, cultural producer, researcher, and educator currently based out Frankfurt, Germany. The multidisciplinary nature of his works allow for the weaving of stories that are elaborate yet simple, detailed yet accessible and his tireless use of ‘found objects’ or the colloquial both in the physical & conceptual allows for the permeation of ideas that mutate across boundaries and space. Play features heavily within his creative process, for when we have the ability to play we can dream of better days. Most recent Artist residencies have included CREATE 2019, H-factor 2020, Irish Museum of Modern Art 2021, Dublin City Council Culture Company 2022, PACT Zollverein 2022 Local fabrics. Future residencies include The Centre Culturel Irlandais 2023 Paris and The Instituto Sacatar Salvador, Brazil.

Marie Phelan

Image: Temporary Site Exploration at Dowth Hall, Co. Meath, 2021. Photo credit: Marie-Louise Halpenny.

Marie Phelan is a multidisciplinary artist whose work is informed by place that hold memories through ritual and belief. Her research in cultural histories, archaeologies, and mythologies is extended through temporary site explorations and studio-based actions. Using audio, video, drawing and installation she constructs an often-imagined world to explore the positioning of heritage and identity within contemporary values. Most recently she carried out a short residency at PS2, Belfast 2022; exhibited at 126 Gallery & Studios, Galway 2023; and The Lab Gallery, Dublin 2020. Recent Awards include an Arts Council Agility Award 2021/2022 and a Carlow Arts Act Grant 2021/2022.


Fiona Harrington

Title: And forever shall be, broken ceramic place, handmade lace, household filler, 21 cm.

Fiona Harrington is a visual artist who works through handmade lace and found objects. She explores themes relating to domesticity, the passing of time, cultural expectation, memory and loss. Through a process of deconstructing, reconstructing and re-imagining domestic objects and artefacts, she attempts to create dialogue around things that have been left unsaid, hidden, silenced or ignored. She is particularly interested in the role of women and the undervalued and unrecognised workload that they have undertaken both inside and outside of the home.

Recent exhibitions include The Olivier Cornet Gallery, RHA Annual Open, Cairde Visual Arts Festival, Visual Centre for Contemporary Art and the National Gallery of Ireland. She has been the recipient of the Thomas Damann Bursary, RDS Graduate Prize, National Craft Award, Traditional Lacemakers Award, Percent for Art Commission and the Branchardiere Bursary.

Roisín McGuigan

Image: Floor Map (detail), hessian, plaster, timber, plywood, acrylic, linseed oil, c. 140 x 140 x 30 cm, 2022. Photo: Kate Bowe-O’Brien. MFA Show, NCAD Annex.

Originally from Northern Ireland Roisín McGuigan lives and works in Dublin. Her practice is an auto-ethnographic reflection on place and the reverberations of growing up near the Northern Irish border, explored through research, memory and anecdote, and realised through painting, sculpture and text.

A graduate of NCAD, Burren College of Art and Turps Art School, London, her work has been exhibited at home and abroad and will feature in Rua Red’s 2023 Spring Open: Displacement and Belonging – Home. Roisín is the recipient of the inaugural Expanded Print Residency at Graphic Studio Dublin 2022-23, and received The Arts Council Agility Award 2022, Dublin City Council Arts Bursary 2020, as well as bursaries from Kerry County Council and Creative Ireland.

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