Droichead Artist Bursaries Autumn 2021

  • 28th Feb
  • All Day Event
  • Droichead Arts Centre
For more information on this event please contact 041 98 33946

          Droichead Artist Bursaries Autumn 2021

Droichead Arts Centre are excited to announce the recipients of our second strand of ARTIST BURSARIES for 2021, supporting the work and development of artists in this region. In September we announced three bursaries of €2,500 available for professional artists from the North East. The Centre engaged a panel to assess and advise on the selection of the recipients made up of curator/artist, Dorothy Smith; producer/programmer Pauline Ashwood and film and theatre maker Colin Thornton.

Collette Farrell, Director, Droichead Arts Centre “In our second round of bursary awards for 2021, Droichead received applications from professional artists based in the North East Region. The quality and standard was extremely high, which made the panel’s job incredibly difficult. After much consideration, we have decided to break up the bursaries into smaller amounts, awarding four visual arts bursaries of €1,200 per artist, and two music bursaries of €1,500 per artist. It was wonderful to be introduced to so many different and projects and artists. We look forward to working with the artists, and we will further support all recipients in kind by providing space, mentorship, documentation and we will assist in the future development of projects".

The judging panel commented “It is heartening to see the standard and variety of proposals amongst the applications and refreshing to come across some of this new talent. The bursary shows that there are many artists working in the NE region producing a wide range and high standard of work"

Enabling arts and artist, supporting the work and development of artists in this region is very much part of Droichead’s strategy. This is at the heart of who we are and what we do. It is why we exist. We want to enable artists to make work of ambition. We want to create an ecology which nurtures art and artists, and which makes the production and presentation of high-quality work available.

Carly Coonagh – Singer/Songwriter

Carly Coonagh is a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter living in Killanny, Co Louth. Having released her debut single, ‘Dream Away’ in 2016, selected as song of the week by Nialler 9 for The Irish Times and selected as Home Grown Hero on Today Fm. In demand as a vocalist, Carly sings backing vocals for Ruthanne, performing at live shows and festivals throughout Ireland, UK & Europe. Carly also sings with the band ZASKA.

This bursary will contribute to the completion of Carly's debut album which she began recording in Nov 2019. Recording was to resume in April 2020, however the pandemic hit, obliterating Carly's earning potential as full-time professional singer, leaving her unable to fund the rest of the recording. 

Laura Gramzow – Visual Artist

Laura Gramzow is an American visual artist based in Drogheda and a member of The Borrowed Ground Collective. She is a graduate of the Corcoran School of Art and Design, Washington D.C. and Studio Arts Centre International, Florence. In 2019, Laura completed a painter’s programme, mentored by John Greenwood and Benjamin Senior, with Turps Banana, London. Laura’s works are large scale, oil on canvas, with periodic additions such as pigment transfers and found/altered objects. In her practice, Laura refers to collected images from T.V./film, social media, magazines, old art, and objects, relying on instinct and intuition as the best way to feel her way through a world awash with pre-digested, mass multimedia imagery.

With the assistance of this bursary, Laura will continue to work on and develop a series of four large scale paintings/assemblages, with a very broad reference to Hogarth’s ‘Four Times of the Day’, which hint at celebrity, divinity, the society of the spectacle, and colonialism. 

Jackie Hudson Lalor – Visual Artist

Jackie Hudson Lalor is a visual artist working in painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. Passionate about portraiture, Hudson Lalor won the commission to paint 'Hidden Figures', NASA mathematician, Katherine G Johnson, for the 2020 Women on Walls initiative with Accenture, Business to Arts and DCU, and was shortlisted for the 2020 Zurich Portrait Prize at the National Gallery and The Crawford Gallery, Cork.

Hudson Lalor is working on a contemporary portrait of Countess Constance Markievicz, an Irish revolutionary and suffragist, the first woman to be elected to the Westminster Parliament and the Minister for Labour in the first Dáil, she was also one of the first women to attend The Slade College of Art. In this life size portrait she will be portrayed as a mature woman in the landscape of her family home at Lissadell in Co. Sligo, with a winter Benbulben in the background. 

Séan Mathews – Singer/Songwriter

Seán Mathews is a songwriter from Drogheda who's music is a blend of the Folk Traditionalist, the Eclectic and the Demonstrator. His songs have received praise from the likes of RTÉ Radio 1's Fiachna Ó Braonáin and from Christy Moore. Seán welcomed two baby girls into the world during the first Lockdown of 2020 and it was during this time he wrote the final tracks on his upcoming second album, Welcome to Ballsgrove. This latest project has captured the attention of thousands of people with connections to the Drogheda housing estate.

This bursary will contribute towards the completion of Séan's album and documentary, which is set for release in 2022.

Emily McGardle – Visual Artist

Emily Mc Gardle is a printmaker from Co. Monaghan. Her practice consists primarily of screen printing and drawing, and combines both to create prints using hand drawn artwork. Emily’s project ‘Screen Printing as Gaeilge’ seeks to promote both screen printing and the Irish language. 

The bursary will allow Emily to produce a series of short instructional publications in Irish, as well as develop screen printing workshops.

Eileen O'Sullivan – Visual Artist

Eileen O'Sullivan is a painter from Ashbourne, Co. Meath. In 2021 she exhibited ‘Veiled and Decorated’ at Solstice Art Centre, ‘First Days’ group exhibition in a disused retail space & sold work to The Trinity College Art Collection Dublin. O'Sullivan's work was recently shortlisted for the prestigious 'Hennessy Craig Award' at the Royal Hibernian Academy.

This bursary will support Eileen in making a new collection of paintings with hybridity at the heart of their subject matter; a war between abstraction and figuration, beauty and oppression; ‘new spaces’ where contradictions can co-exist. Eileen will also spend time developing a multidisciplinary project, collaborating with Doireann Daly, dancer from Ratoath, as well as contemporary spoken word artists and composers.