The Eleanor Lawler Performance Art Residency
This residency award aims to carry on the curatorial legacy of Eleanor Lawler, who endeavoured to create a space of support, development and care for performance artists and their practice.
This inaugural year Conor Coady and Fiona Gordon have been offered a week long studio residency to develop and expand their performance practice, held during December in MART HX Gallery. The artists will receive support and mentorship provided by Livestock curators Francis Fay and Katherine Nolan, and space provision and organisational support by MART Gallery directors Ciara Scanlan and Matthew Nevin.
As part of the residency the Directors of MART and Livestock are proud to have partnered with Bernard O’Rourke and Ewa Pypno who have developed a brand new website for Livestock: http://livestock-art.com/ . This serves as an archive and online exhibition of all Livestock events and activities right back to 2010. And for the one week in December the website will host a special online screening of a performance to video work by Eleanor Lawler.
This project is running as part of MART’s 2021 programme which was kindly supported by The Arts Council of Ireland. The programme focuses on providing a range of opportunities for Live Artists through workspace, exhibition and live event space to develop, present, document and critically discuss their work. The programme includes artists from across the country and of all career levels, in order to build, strengthen, and support arts in Ireland. With a growing body of performance artists in Ireland, whose work has a power to speak to audiences through practices that are rich and diverse, we are proud to focus on this exciting discipline, to provide a platform for the temporal nature of performance and its artists.
About the Artists:
Conor Coady – Artist in Residence from 29th Nov – 5th Dec
Conor Coady is an Irish visual and performance artist originally from Co. Kilkenny and Co.Carlow, living and practising in Ireland. He studied Sculpture and Combined Media at Limerick School of Art & Design, has since been practising through performance and collaboration. He was the Emerging Artist Residency Award winner at Burren College of Art, and soon after shortlisted for the RDS Awards Exhibition 2018, Dublin, curated by Amanda Coogan. Coady has proactively exhibited in group shows including at Draiocht Gallery, Blanchardstown, Dublin, King Johns Castle, Limerick, MART Gallery, Rathmines, Dublin, KFest Music and Arts Festival, Kilorgan, Kerry, Dali&Gala Warehouse, Cork City as well as participating in performance art installations in EVA International 2016 and 2018. He is a member of EVIL Limerick Performance collective, and has performed at EVIL A Night of Live Art No.2, 2018.
As of October 2018 Coady has begun an ongoing artistic collaboration with visual artist Grace McEvoy entitled Echtrae which incorporates lens-based media with aspects of performance art with resulting installations and group shows exhibited in 2019.
Fiona Gordon- Artist in Residence from 6th – 12th Dec
Fiona Gordon graduated from Limerick School of Art & Design 2021 with a first class honours degree in Fine Art, Sculpture & Combined Media. Her work explores excess, referencing fashion iconography and the overwhelming amount of images of the female body and surrounding ideologies that we absorb daily. This exposes the chasm between women’s interior voice and expectations of exterior perfection. Outlining her own version of female experience through video and digital processes, Fiona flips the restricted, minimized idea of femininity on its head and embraces the surreal and the bizarre.
Fiona uses performative personalities in her work to explore desires of escapism, femininity in confinement and the notion of being excessive or ‘extra’. She manipulates her image to access and engage with the outside world and capture that all-consuming online and screen-based existence. This captures the fragile relationship between women and imagery. It exposes how editing can completely disturb reality; femininity is then something malleable, manipulated and toyed with.