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Artist as Carer

Recently I came across a rare thing- an open call for a residency geared specially towards artists who are parents- and carers. I couldn't quite believe it- I didn't have time to look at it properly when I first saw it advertised on social media- so I did my usual thing of screen-shotting the post so as I would remember to revisit it later. But [...]

2023-05-26T23:40:02+00:00May 26th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|

La Pocha Nostra Perforamance Workshop with LiveArt Ireland

I spent the last 4 days at an intensive workshop with https://www.guillermogomezpena.com/la-pocha-nostra/ at Live Art Ireland Headquarters, Millford House, Tipperary. There were I think about 14 of us in total, not including our instructor team, Guillermo and Balitronica. I took some notes during the 4 days, as I know I will forget a lot of what went on. I am unsure at present if we [...]

2023-04-13T23:03:26+00:00April 13th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|

Mural progress

What I have been doing is progressing my schools and mural work. I got into Scoil Christ Ri today (finally a day with mostly no rain) and made progress on the top 1/2 of the mural This is a BIG wall, this photo does not show how big it is. It is def too ambitious for the BLAST hours but too late now. It was [...]

2023-04-06T22:33:35+00:00April 6th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|

adrift in a sea of confusion

slightly flowery way of saying that I have gotten yet another PFO email and I am feeling disheartened and unsure of the best way to proceed. After all the definition of stupidity is to repeat the same actions. T, last week,  was a No. Clare community grant, received today, was a No- but they said it was because my application did not meet the criteria, [...]

2023-04-05T20:49:54+00:00April 5th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|

Friday before Easter holidays and avoiding rejection

And thats a no from TULCA. I made myself go and train this morning before I checked emails, as I had remembered that the website had said that feedback would be sent by 31st. I didn't allow myself to look at my mailbox during training as something in me knew it would be there lurking, waiting for me. I correctly anticipated needing to be post-workout [...]

2023-03-31T10:17:00+00:00March 31st, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|

current work situation- murals- schools- performance

in progress murals do a second visual for NC paints they didnt like this one do a visual for grey wall no view pete brown tulla get the visuals for lifford road and kilrush road corner completed.   get glór wall piece done finish proposal clare arts office for negative space collective open call EIR (contact Grace wells-poems) look at my [...]

2023-03-08T15:51:15+00:00March 8th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|

Leaning into the reality of now

Thinking about the reality of now. its dawned on me that I might be trying to hypothesise a proposed reality when applying for open callas and describing what I do. the truth is I am constantly despairing and feeling defeated by being a carer and the demands it brings I worry that my quality of life is being affected by my carer role- I am [...]

2023-03-08T13:10:08+00:00March 8th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|


It was a nice event- low key but it built up and there were nice interactions. As I said in my insta post;  For this piece I invited people to write down words, which I then ate. A cathartic, healing and nicely absurd exchange. Less performative, more conceptual. I was handed all sorts- sad words, secrets, silly messages, quotations, poems, frustrated comments, quizzical thoughts- all [...]

2023-03-06T11:09:55+00:00March 6th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|

EAT YOUR WORDS- upcoming

So this is really a stake into the ground situation. The ground being where I am at, the topography of the environment of artistic professional possibility- as in the reality of what can be done, created, made happen, by me. The stake is the nowness- a metaphorical pole being thrust downwards claiming my self belief. If I build it, they may not come and thats [...]

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