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IMMA Residency Programme > In Residence

Edward Clydesdale Thomson | UK/DK | Oct 14 - Jan 15

Often playing on the tension between exterior and interior, Thomsons' practice is inspired by landscape imagery - specifically stemming from 19th Century European garden design and decorative arts. Focusing on the cultural ideology behind the manipulation of nature and the reproduction images of nature, Thomsons' conceptual and multimedia approach attempts to provoke a re-examining of seemingly banal garden imagery within its carefully constructed political and historical context.

Edward Clydesdale Thomson  is a Scottish/Danish artist based in the Netherlands.  He is a graduate of the MFA program at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam and the Barch program at the Glasgow School of Art.  He was resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam (2011 - 12).  In 2011 he was awarded the Lecturis Award and nominated for the Prix de Rome. Notable shows include Causa Finalis, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, Prix de Rome, SMART Project Space, Amsterdam and Secret Gardens, TENT, Rotterdam.

Priscila Fernandes | PT | Nov 14 – Feb 15

Focusing on the transmission of knowledge, didactics and the ideologies dictating varying forms of education and disseminating these ideologies associated with play, creativity and productivity in contemporary society, works by Priscila Fernandes often address this conflation of meaning, in particular when used as instruments in maintaining cultural norms, social integration and as tools for the construction of the individual and society. Fernandes works a variety of mediums including drawing, sound and video installations.

Recent exhibitions are The Book of Aesthetic Education of the Modern School, The Joan Miró Foundation, Barcelona; Playgrounds, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Learning for Life, Henie-Onstad Kunstcentre, Oslo; Abstract Possible: Stockholm Synergies, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm and After the Future, EVA International Biennial, Limerick. Fernandes has won the prestigious EDP Novos Artistas, Portugal and the Prix de Rome, Netherlands and was a recent recipient of a production grant from the Mondrian Fonds, Netherlands and a research grant from the O&O Research Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Rotterdam. She has been resident at IASPIS, Stockholm and most recently at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin.

Naomi Sex | IE | July 14 - Jan 15

Naomi Sex is a Dublin based practitioner whose research explores what it means to be a contemporary, professional visual artist. Within this broad subject area, she looks at the ideological space between professional and amateur art practice, the activity of the artistic ‘opportunity seeking’ and how artists present themselves and their practices within various professionalised contexts. 

In recent projects such as The Synchronised Lecture Series, the artist devised a number of performance based lectures, aimed at operating as a playful commentary, critique and reflection on the contemporary discursive culture around artistic production. Naomi is a lecturer at the Dublin Institute of Technology and at The National College of Art and Design.


Sonia Shiel | IE | May - Dec 14

Sonia Shiels' far-fetched works are vested in make-believe and indiscretion. They are composed of paintings and sculptures, videos and animated sculptures that share overarching narratives and the central materiality of paint. Set in ungoverned, lawless and fictional environments, her protagonists in their various pursuits, are confronted by nature, worry, wonder and mortality, mocked by chance and other systemic obstacles of their own creation. 

Shiel has had solo exhibitions at The Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin; The Model, Sligo; Temple Bar Gallery and Studios; Kulturbunker, Frankfurt; The Galway Arts Centre; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris; The Butler Gallery, Kilkenny among others. Recipient of the Arts Council's Project Award, she has recently completed the 2014 Art & Law Program at Fordham Law School while participating on the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), in New York. Shiel's practice is represented by the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin.


Lee Welch | IE/US | Sept 14 – Feb 15

I sort of understood that when I first started: that you shouldn’t repeat a success. Very often you’re going to, and maybe the first time you do, it works. And you love it.

But then you’re trapped.

Lee Welch is a graduate of the MFA programme at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam. He has been previously awarded the CCA Derry annual commission, Production CCA, a bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland and a residency at the Banff Centre, Canada. Notable exhibitions include Two Exercises in Awareness and Observation, Dublin City Gallery – The Hugh Lane; If What They Say Is True, CCA Derry; Amikejo, MUSAC - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain and Clifford Irving Show, Objectif Exhibitions curated by Rajmundas Malsauskas, Antwerp.

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