Mayo County Council has announced that its Tyrone Guthrie Regional Bursary Scheme 2013 recipients are visual artist Joanna Hopkins and poet Michelle O’Sullivan.
Joanna Hopkins holds a BA in Fine Art from Limerick School of Art and Design and an MA with Distinction in Social Practice and the Creative Environment, also from Limerick School of Art and Design.
She works predominantly in video, photography, and installation, with a focus on interactive works. She has exhibited widely across Ireland and Northern Ireland and was the 2012/2013 recipient of the first Visual Artists Ireland and Digital Art Studios Belfast Residency Award.
Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Polarise’ at Catalyst Arts Belfast, June 2013. Recent group exhibitions include Illusion at Science Gallery Trinity College Dublin and the CATA Project at Eva International 2012.
She has also been selected as part of Mayo Arts Office and the Linenhall Arts Centre commission FIND for 2014.
Michelle O’Sullivan is a recent winner of the Strong/Shine Award for best first collection.
O’Sullivan’s ‘The Blue End of Stars’ was published by Gallery Press in July 2012. It was also shortlisted for the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize in the UK.
Having grown up in County Sligo and currently living in County Mayo for more than a decade, the seasons and landscapes, expanses of the West of Ireland are an integral component to this poet’s work and vision.
Every year Mayo County Council offers two bursary awards to artists born or living in Mayo, to enable them to spend two weeks at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, County Monaghan.
Each bursary covers the costs for a two-week period, plus the use of a studio if relevant.
The Tyrone Guthrie Centre is a residential workplace for artists, dedicated to supporting and facilitating creativity within a welcoming and trusted environment and it is an established and central part of cultural life in Ireland being the largest residency of its type for artists in this country.