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Encompassing themes and images of Irish identity, history, and politics, Rita Duffy’s work is often both personal and autobiographical. In her work, she often pays homage to the language of magic realism. Duffy received her BA at the Art and Design Centre and her MA in Fine Art at the University of Ulster. She is an Honorary Member of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA), and she was awarded the Gold Medal, Royal Ulster Academy of Arts in 2006. Her work can be found in many collections including; Arts Council of Northern Ireland; Ulster Museum, Belfast; Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb; The Drawing Museum, New York; and the Office of Public Works, Dublin. A member of Aosdána, Duffy has previously been Artist-in-Residence at Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Institute (Trinity College Dublin) and held a Leverhulme Fellowship with the Transitional Justice Institute (Ulster University) to look at the role that visual art has in post-conflict societies.

Residency Profile

Crawford Art Gallery Production Residency with Rita Duffy

March – May 2023

Production Residencies regularly supports national projects through the provision of essential space and time leading up to major exhibitions or research external to IMMA’s core programming.

IMMA Invited

June – August 2023

Rita Duffy’s Production Residency will be extended by an additional three months through the provision of an IMMA Invited Residency. IMMA Invited supports museum-wide programming in the realisation of ambitious onsite research and production.


More About Rita Duffy

More About Rita Duffy

Talking about her process in her own words Duffy says:
Making art has always been my way of surviving, making visual the things I cannot say and giving expression to life – the living, loving, suffering and dying. Memories and trauma emerge from the dark bog-hole of my subconscious and are transformed. The studio is a physical and psychic space into which ideas seep, mutate and transform into the possible. Drawing is my first language. Thoughts gradually emerge through the craft of pencil and pen, colliding with the impulse of urgent everyday lived experience. Drawings are made as meditation towards the fusion moment and always there is hope a new idea will appear. The past, present and future float through the emotional mind, connections are made, an exploratory line spun through fingers spills onto the page. Certainty gives way to openness and a fragile artwork takes on its own shape. Painting for me is a form of magic, that urges outward expression of what is being experienced internally.