THEO SHIELDS   Theo Shields is a Welsh artist who lives and works between London and North Wales. At the centre of Shields' interdisciplinary practice are investigations into the changing states of organic matter and its relationship to time and place. His work encompasses sculpture, photography, moving image and installation, practicing as a sculptor in the expanded field. He trained in sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art followed by Queensland College of Art, Australia. In 2016 he became an associate artist at Open School East, an alternative study program specialising in collaboration, public programming and socially engaged practice.  Shields’ work responds to the visual and tactile textures of the landscape around him using indigenous materials to create site-responsive sculptural installations. Often in collaboration with others, he refracts a series of dialogues between materials, individuals and traditions through a nuanced lens of tone and texture. Through this, Shields demonstrates how artistic practices can be conscious of what they take from their environmental and cultural surroundings, as well as what they can return to those same sources.   www.theoshields.com    

THEO SHIELDS

Theo Shields is a Welsh artist who lives and works between London and North Wales. At the centre of Shields' interdisciplinary practice are investigations into the changing states of organic matter and its relationship to time and place. His work encompasses sculpture, photography, moving image and installation, practicing as a sculptor in the expanded field. He trained in sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art followed by Queensland College of Art, Australia. In 2016 he became an associate artist at Open School East, an alternative study program specialising in collaboration, public programming and socially engaged practice.

Shields’ work responds to the visual and tactile textures of the landscape around him using indigenous materials to create site-responsive sculptural installations. Often in collaboration with others, he refracts a series of dialogues between materials, individuals and traditions through a nuanced lens of tone and texture. Through this, Shields demonstrates how artistic practices can be conscious of what they take from their environmental and cultural surroundings, as well as what they can return to those same sources.

www.theoshields.com

 

  EMILY ROBYN ARCHER   Emily fosters an essential connection with the natural world through her life, work and art practice. She is interested in creating artistic responses to the huge environmental issues we face and providing a different lens to view our unique place in nature.   Having grown up between Kinsale, County Cork and a remote area of Northern Kenya Emily was struck by the environmental extremes caused by climate change in the developing world and was drawn to a career of creative engagement with our environmental impact. Her current body of work is an inquiry into various cycles in nature that she feels can provide sense of grounding and connectedness in our modern lives so often at odds with the natural world.  Emily works with a range materials and mediums including salvaged wood, metal, glass and plastics -building large scale interactive installations. She also works with living plants and self-watering hydroponic systems to create living installations in schools and public spaces. At this moment she is inclined to simple tools and drawing, and is enjoying the freedom of working with natural and found materials from the land around her.   Emily is a graduate of the National College of Art & Design in Dublin as well as the School for Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and is the founder of Cre8 Sustainability - a creative agency for environmental education. She currently lives in Dublin.   www.emilyrobynarcher.com

EMILY ROBYN ARCHER

Emily fosters an essential connection with the natural world through her life, work and art practice. She is interested in creating artistic responses to the huge environmental issues we face and providing a different lens to view our unique place in nature. 

Having grown up between Kinsale, County Cork and a remote area of Northern Kenya Emily was struck by the environmental extremes caused by climate change in the developing world and was drawn to a career of creative engagement with our environmental impact. Her current body of work is an inquiry into various cycles in nature that she feels can provide sense of grounding and connectedness in our modern lives so often at odds with the natural world.

Emily works with a range materials and mediums including salvaged wood, metal, glass and plastics -building large scale interactive installations. She also works with living plants and self-watering hydroponic systems to create living installations in schools and public spaces. At this moment she is inclined to simple tools and drawing, and is enjoying the freedom of working with natural and found materials from the land around her. 

Emily is a graduate of the National College of Art & Design in Dublin as well as the School for Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and is the founder of Cre8 Sustainability - a creative agency for environmental education. She currently lives in Dublin.

www.emilyrobynarcher.com

  HAZEL MC CAGUE   Hazel spent her childhood days tramping to school through the fields, chasing bulls, stealing apples from the orchards and foraging for edibles in the drumlins of Monaghan.  This has instilled in her a great sense of curiosity about the world and sparked a desire to travel and experience new things. Exposure to new cultures, landscapes, people, places and things has engendered a sense of openness and freedom that has contributed to a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach in her art practice.  Hazel began her career in woven textile design. Intrigued by the complexities of fabric construction, the creation of material that has longevity and functionality as well as tactility and beauty. She focused on designing collections specific to the aviation and soft furnishing industries. After years of working in this field she found herself drawing back towards a more hands- on creative approach and so began her exploration into working collaboratively on outdoor art installation. She has since worked for various festivals and events designing and building large-scale site-specific art installations. She loves to work in a variety of mediums from fabric to wood to rope with an emphasis on reusing and repurposing old materials.  Currently, she is getting back to her roots and reconnecting with the landscape. Her work now focuses on the relationship between textile design and sculptural installation. 

HAZEL MC CAGUE

Hazel spent her childhood days tramping to school through the fields, chasing bulls, stealing apples from the orchards and foraging for edibles in the drumlins of Monaghan.  This has instilled in her a great sense of curiosity about the world and sparked a desire to travel and experience new things. Exposure to new cultures, landscapes, people, places and things has engendered a sense of openness and freedom that has contributed to a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach in her art practice.

Hazel began her career in woven textile design. Intrigued by the complexities of fabric construction, the creation of material that has longevity and functionality as well as tactility and beauty. She focused on designing collections specific to the aviation and soft furnishing industries. After years of working in this field she found herself drawing back towards a more hands- on creative approach and so began her exploration into working collaboratively on outdoor art installation. She has since worked for various festivals and events designing and building large-scale site-specific art installations. She loves to work in a variety of mediums from fabric to wood to rope with an emphasis on reusing and repurposing old materials.

Currently, she is getting back to her roots and reconnecting with the landscape. Her work now focuses on the relationship between textile design and sculptural installation. 

  ROSIE O'REILLY   Rosie is visual artist and maker working in the field of instillation art. She holds a BA in Philosophy and sociology from Trinity College Dublin. She is currently completing an MA in Art & Research collaboration at IADT. Specific theoretical areas of research have been in moral philosophy, systems thinking, ecological and social framing. Recent work has included a group performance and publication at IMMA “Rosc: Fiction of the contemporary (2017).   In 2013 she was part of the ArtistsFollowing a 3-week residency at L’Aboral Contemporary Art Centre Gijon, Spain she exhibited ‘Seasons as Fluid Forms’ at the Centro de Cultura Antiguo Instituto. She has participated  in various solo and group shows most recently - NLA III at Museum of Contemporary Art Dublin 2013, 4/704 as part of The Fringe theatre festival Dublin 2013, Science Gallery Dublin (2013, 2014). Her work is also concerned with space specific and action based pieces, which have occurred outside the gallery space; Street art and temporary spaces.   She is concerned also with the DIY participatory work and has curated spaces at Dublin Contemporary (2011), Castle Palooza and Electric Picnic (2009 - 2011) all bringing art and design together on live performance pieces. She is founder and director of We Are Islanders – textile art project, Re-dress – better fashion initiative and on the board of Uplift.ie.

ROSIE O'REILLY

Rosie is visual artist and maker working in the field of instillation art. She holds a BA in Philosophy and sociology from Trinity College Dublin. She is currently completing an MA in Art & Research collaboration at IADT. Specific theoretical areas of research have been in moral philosophy, systems thinking, ecological and social framing. Recent work has included a group performance and publication at IMMA “Rosc: Fiction of the contemporary (2017). 

In 2013 she was part of the ArtistsFollowing a 3-week residency at L’Aboral Contemporary Art Centre Gijon, Spain she exhibited ‘Seasons as Fluid Forms’ at the Centro de Cultura Antiguo Instituto. She has participated

in various solo and group shows most recently - NLA III at Museum of Contemporary Art Dublin 2013, 4/704 as part of The Fringe theatre festival Dublin 2013, Science Gallery Dublin (2013, 2014). Her work is also concerned with space specific and action based pieces, which have occurred outside the gallery space; Street art and temporary spaces. 

She is concerned also with the DIY participatory work and has curated spaces at Dublin Contemporary (2011), Castle Palooza and Electric Picnic (2009 - 2011) all bringing art and design together on live performance pieces. She is founder and director of We Are Islanders – textile art project, Re-dress – better fashion initiative and on the board of Uplift.ie.

  FELIX POWER   Felix likes that moment when, in the pitch-black, someone strikes a match and for a second we're blinded by the light from a tiny flame. This same instinct draws him to the darkest corner of a sunlit room and leads him to make art that looks for the contrast between darkness and light. His works are laden with sincerity, compassion and didactic sermonising expertly disguised under blankets of flippant humour and childish vulgarity.  He is also driven by a passion for making stuff and since the very first time he made a thing, he hasn't stopped. His favourite materials to use are wood and old objects that are too interesting to throw away but too broken, useless or obscure to do anything else with. Things that he's made include living sculptures made from moss and plants, decorative seating areas at Irish and UK Festivals, a small house, post-apocalyptic weather-vanes and a slightly wobbly table.  After studying performance art and film in Wales, Felix returned to the land he grew up on in Co. Kerry to live on a patch of willow, moss and brambles. Managing this land and experimenting with sustainable building led into creating installations for festivals and events such as Electric Picnic, Latitude and Body&Soul. Alongside this, Felix began using photography to create images from shadows cast on paper, using miniature figures and intricate flora to create haunting microcosms that muse on human foibles and our connection to nature. He has also workshopped for community groups in Ireland and spent nearly two years on the Thailand/Myanmar border working with and managing creative social enterprises.  His recent and current projects include an ever expanding collection of outdoor festival decorations, scrap-metal kinetic installations and an exhibition of pinhole photography at Organico Cafe in Bantry, Co Cork from August until October 2017.

FELIX POWER

Felix likes that moment when, in the pitch-black, someone strikes a match and for a second we're blinded by the light from a tiny flame. This same instinct draws him to the darkest corner of a sunlit room and leads him to make art that looks for the contrast between darkness and light. His works are laden with sincerity, compassion and didactic sermonising expertly disguised under blankets of flippant humour and childish vulgarity.

He is also driven by a passion for making stuff and since the very first time he made a thing, he hasn't stopped. His favourite materials to use are wood and old objects that are too interesting to throw away but too broken, useless or obscure to do anything else with. Things that he's made include living sculptures made from moss and plants, decorative seating areas at Irish and UK Festivals, a small house, post-apocalyptic weather-vanes and a slightly wobbly table.

After studying performance art and film in Wales, Felix returned to the land he grew up on in Co. Kerry to live on a patch of willow, moss and brambles. Managing this land and experimenting with sustainable building led into creating installations for festivals and events such as Electric Picnic, Latitude and Body&Soul. Alongside this, Felix began using photography to create images from shadows cast on paper, using miniature figures and intricate flora to create haunting microcosms that muse on human foibles and our connection to nature. He has also workshopped for community groups in Ireland and spent nearly two years on the Thailand/Myanmar border working with and managing creative social enterprises.

His recent and current projects include an ever expanding collection of outdoor festival decorations, scrap-metal kinetic installations and an exhibition of pinhole photography at Organico Cafe in Bantry, Co Cork from August until October 2017.

  KARI CAHILL   Kari has worked in a range of creative fields both as an artist and designer - a combination that has resulted in a diverse practice. She grew up surrounded by the landscapes of Athens, Greece and West Cork. She lived in Dublin for 9 years, and after spending time in India has found herself back in West Cork.   An important part of her process is spending time on a specific site considering the impact of the elements and how her work will form around these conditions. Although her sculptural work sees juxtapositions of form + function, her two dimensional work sees a greater emphasis on texture and movement. Her paintings focus on the energy of the landscapes around her. Bright streaks of light, heavy areas of dark and delicate changes in texture can be seen throughout her work.   She is one half of the curatorial body Lay of the Land, which aims to drive artists and the experience of art outwards, into the wilderness, forging deeper connection with Ireland’s natural landscape.   She believes that by drawing the viewer out of the gallery space, and into alternative spaces, she can create and facilitate the production of art works that engage with the audiences inhabiting those spaces.  While she was studying Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, she set up Basic Space - a not-for-profit artist-led contemporary art space, and was Director of the space from 2011-2014. Basic Space existed in a 10,000 sq Foot Warehouse in the heart of Dublin 8, before moving to Marrowbone Lane. She set up residency programs and curated exhibitions and projects within this context; facilitating the work work of both Irish and International artists practicing a range of disciplines.  Following this, and after spending time living in The West of Ireland she created Scarfskin, a project that aimed to reconnect to traditional Irish trades. Focussing on the Sheepskin trade Scarfskin used design processes, collaboration and commerce in an attempt to revive this forgotten industry.   www.karicahill.com

KARI CAHILL

Kari has worked in a range of creative fields both as an artist and designer - a combination that has resulted in a diverse practice. She grew up surrounded by the landscapes of Athens, Greece and West Cork. She lived in Dublin for 9 years, and after spending time in India has found herself back in West Cork. 

An important part of her process is spending time on a specific site considering the impact of the elements and how her work will form around these conditions. Although her sculptural work sees juxtapositions of form + function, her two dimensional work sees a greater emphasis on texture and movement. Her paintings focus on the energy of the landscapes around her. Bright streaks of light, heavy areas of dark and delicate changes in texture can be seen throughout her work. 

She is one half of the curatorial body Lay of the Land, which aims to drive artists and the experience of art outwards, into the wilderness, forging deeper connection with Ireland’s natural landscape. 

She believes that by drawing the viewer out of the gallery space, and into alternative spaces, she can create and facilitate the production of art works that engage with the audiences inhabiting those spaces.

While she was studying Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, she set up Basic Space - a not-for-profit artist-led contemporary art space, and was Director of the space from 2011-2014. Basic Space existed in a 10,000 sq Foot Warehouse in the heart of Dublin 8, before moving to Marrowbone Lane. She set up residency programs and curated exhibitions and projects within this context; facilitating the work work of both Irish and International artists practicing a range of disciplines.

Following this, and after spending time living in The West of Ireland she created Scarfskin, a project that aimed to reconnect to traditional Irish trades. Focussing on the Sheepskin trade Scarfskin used design processes, collaboration and commerce in an attempt to revive this forgotten industry.

www.karicahill.com

  SOPHIE GOUGH   Sophie Gough’s sculptural practice is influenced by an interest in disrupting the relationships we have with familiar materials which currently focuses specifically on the fusion of concrete and plastic .  The basis of her material research is rooted within the recent developments of concrete technology and contemporary writings on the new materialisms . She is curious about this contemporary sense of heightened awareness or self reflection of our interactions with the world . This conscious process is particularly clear to Gough in the case of architecture where we can see a shift in the relationship between architecture and natural forms, taking the land as inspiration.  Through her fusion of apparently disparate materials Sophie Gough creates sculptural objects and installations¨ considering that through this illusive antagonism found amidst the built and the natural landscape intimacy may be found.  Sophie Gough presently lives and works in Skibbereen, Co .Cork. She is currently an artist in residence at Uillinn West Cork Art Centre . Previous to this she completed a three month residency at the National Sculpture Factory Cork .   www.sophiegough.com    

SOPHIE GOUGH

Sophie Gough’s sculptural practice is influenced by an interest in disrupting the relationships we have with familiar materials which currently focuses specifically on the fusion of concrete and plastic .

The basis of her material research is rooted within the recent developments of concrete technology and contemporary writings on the new materialisms . She is curious about this contemporary sense of heightened awareness or self reflection of our interactions with the world . This conscious process is particularly clear to Gough in the case of architecture where we can see a shift in the relationship between architecture and natural forms, taking the land as inspiration.

Through her fusion of apparently disparate materials Sophie Gough creates sculptural objects and installations¨ considering that through this illusive antagonism found amidst the built and the natural landscape intimacy may be found.

Sophie Gough presently lives and works in Skibbereen, Co .Cork. She is currently an artist in residence at Uillinn West Cork Art Centre . Previous to this she completed a three month residency at the National Sculpture Factory Cork .

www.sophiegough.com

 

  ANNA WYLIE   Anna Wylie has always felt a strong connection and appreciation for the natural environment. Growing up Tasmania gave her a unique opportunity to experience World Heritage wilderness and to be a part of a community which celebrates and relishes that exceptional environment. It was through this community that Anna became politically mobilised, to protect the wilderness that is threatened by commercial and industrial interests.  A year spent living in Spain, aged six, and exposure to many different cultures through involvement in migrant communities in Australia gave Anna an interest in other cultures from a young age, and an itch to travel and explore, which has not yet been satisfied. She has spent the past decade intermittently guiding hikes through the Tasmanian wilderness, chipping away at a political science and environmental geography degree and travelling and working around the world.  Anna is part of the Earthship Biotecture international crew, building sustainable, off-grid structures out of natural and recycled materials for humanitarian aid and disaster relief. She now lives in London, Ontario, where she and a friend and fellow Earthship representative have registered a non-profit called Building Better, and are working on a number projects to promote and implement sustainable solutions.   www.wearebuildingbetter.com    

ANNA WYLIE

Anna Wylie has always felt a strong connection and appreciation for the natural environment. Growing up Tasmania gave her a unique opportunity to experience World Heritage wilderness and to be a part of a community which celebrates and relishes that exceptional environment. It was through this community that Anna became politically mobilised, to protect the wilderness that is threatened by commercial and industrial interests.

A year spent living in Spain, aged six, and exposure to many different cultures through involvement in migrant communities in Australia gave Anna an interest in other cultures from a young age, and an itch to travel and explore, which has not yet been satisfied. She has spent the past decade intermittently guiding hikes through the Tasmanian wilderness, chipping away at a political science and environmental geography degree and travelling and working around the world.

Anna is part of the Earthship Biotecture international crew, building sustainable, off-grid structures out of natural and recycled materials for humanitarian aid and disaster relief. She now lives in London, Ontario, where she and a friend and fellow Earthship representative have registered a non-profit called Building Better, and are working on a number projects to promote and implement sustainable solutions.

www.wearebuildingbetter.com