News: FSAS Practice Award 2024 Recipients Announced

11 March, 2024

FSAS is delighted to announce the 2024 Practice Awardees are: Olivia Normile (Digital Media), Emily McGardle and Casey Walshe (Sculpture).

Digital Media:

Olivia Normile is a visual artist working in Dublin. Working across drawing, film and installation, her work focuses on gestural communication and non-human perspectives. She takes an empathetic approach to consider animal biographies through hand-made processes and online spaces. Recent exhibitions and awards include: Dog-Eared Paradise, screen service (2023), Matters of Table, Periphery Space, Gorey School of Art (2023), Deliverables, Pallas Projects/Studios Artist Initiated Projects (2022), Arts Council Agility Award (2022, 2021).

Image: Labbie, 35mm film photograph, included in online installation Dog-Eared Paradise, screen service, 2023.


Casey Walshe (they/ them) b.1988, is a trans masc visual artist based in Dublin. At present, the motif of the flower is the starting point for their work, which is based in painting and sculpture. The artworks are love letters to, memories of, and portraits of lovers and friends. Casey’s recent paintings point back to earlier works about the brain and the heart and point forward to abstraction and self authorship. The paintings are love stories branching from the tradition of minimalist figurative abstraction.

In the process of making, pressing questions have emerged about queer desire, memory, fantasy and reality. Casey is now assembling their most autobiographical work, dealing with themes of discomfort, lust, growth, expansion and retraction – much like the cyclical stages of a flower.

Casey Walshe studied at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, graduating in 2010. They have recently received The Next Generation Award from The Arts Council of Ireland 2022. Previous solo exhibitions include TENDER at The RHA Gallery Dublin, 2023, Come on baby at Limerick City Gallery of Art 2023 and Beatland at Pallas Projects Dublin 2017. Previous group exhibitions include The Pleasure Ground at Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin 2022, and ARTWORKS at Visual Carlow 2019. Their work has been acquired for Irish state collections including The OPW, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Trinity College Dublin, The Arts Council of Ireland, The Royal College of Surgeons and The Central Bank.

Emily Mc Gardle is a printmaker from Co. Monaghan. She graduated from Dublin Institute of Technology in 2016 with a First-Class Honours degree in Fine Art and was the inaugural recipient of the Mont Kavanagh Trust Fine Art Award. She received an MA in Print from the Royal College of Art, London in 2020 and was awarded the Augustus Martin Print Prize. She has received Established Artist and Emerging Talent awards from Monaghan County Council’s Artist Support Scheme in 2021, 2022, and 2023. Emily is a member of Black Church Print Studio, Dublin. She was shortlisted for the 2022 Zurich Portrait Prize, the 2023 Trinity Buoy Wharf Working Drawing Award, and the 2024 Derwent Art Prize.

FILE NOTE VIII, the publication that accompanies the 2024 FSAS Practice Award will be edited this year by Iarlaith Ní Fheorais.

Iarlaith Ní Fheorais is an independent curator and writer and the author of the free online resource Access Toolkit for Artworkers. She was the curator of 21st edition of TULCA Festival of Visual Art and curated Speech Sounds as Curator-in-Residence of VISUAL Carlow. As a writer she has written for publications including Frieze, Burlington Contemporary, Viscose Journal and Girls Like Us. She regularly contributes towards public programmes and lectures including at Somerset House, KW Institute, Konstfack University, and Arts and Disability Ireland.

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