The R&R Programme was established in 2016 to create new research and residency opportunities for artists and to address our core question: How can we support artists better? This programme includes an Artist-in-Residence scheme for artists based in the Limerick region. In 2019, we are delighted to expand this local scheme and to offer additional supports including:
- space for experimentation and testing
- space for research and documentation
- space for private/semi-private meetings
- advice on concept development through to production
- training for professional practice opportunities
- feedback on applications
- promotion of work/practice
- networking opportunities
We are delighted to welcome Ciara Barker as the first Artist-in-Residence to join us in 2019 and look forward to working with her to develop a customised structure for her residency.
Ciara Barker graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design in 2017 with a first class honours in Fine Art: Printmaking and Contemporary Practice. As a multidisciplinary artist, she continues to practice in Limerick City working mostly with installation. She produces immersive spaces employing light and light-interactive materials to explore both personal and social experiences of the body and the other. She is interested in intuitive spaces that disengage from stable attachment through movement and distortion.
Ciara was the recipient of the twelve month Cork Printmakers’ Emerging Artist Bursary Award 2017 and is also a current member of Limerick Printmakers. She continues to develop her practice from spacecraft Artists’ Studios, an organisation of which she is a founding member and current director. She has exhibited in several group shows in the south of Ireland and took part in the European Outdoor Arts Academy: Limerick School of Spectacle 2017.
Photograph: installation detail of Peak Show (2018) curated by Sara Dowling & Ellen Egan at the Sailor’s Home in Limerick, courtesy of the artist.