Graduate Residency Presentation Night

Graduate Residency Presentation Night

Venue: Crane Lane Theatre
Date: February Thurs 23rd
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Free & Open to All.

The National Sculpture Factory is delighted to present the Graduate Residency Presentation Night with this year’s (2016) selection of recent graduates from Crawford College of Art & Design, Limerick School of Art and Waterford Institute of Technology.


National Sculpture Factory’s Annual Graduate Awards

Since its inception, the National Sculpture Factory’s primary objective has been to support the talents of artists, at all stages of the careers in exploring and developing new their art practice, their forms of expression and production. To this end we have developed a very successful core programmatic strategy which creates the time and space for young artists to professionalise their practice straight out of college in a supportive and productive environment.

We now give out 4 graduate residency awards annually to 3 art colleges; Crawford college of Art & Design; Limerick School of Art & Design and Waterford Institute of Technology. Offered to each successful artist is free studio rental from between 3-6months, materials stipends, technical and administrative support, curatorial and peer support and free access to a number of our educational & technical workshops/lectures. Successful candidates are selected based solely on the merit and potential of their practice, often in consultation with their college lecturers.

This year’s graduates are :

Tomas Penc (CCAD)

Uses a combination of sculpture, sound, intaglio and embossment printmaking techniques, and 3D animation to create conflicts between the traditional and the new and to explore the use of technology in the postmodern era. Inspired by psychoanalysis as a source for human motivations, advertising industry for its use of symbolism and referring back to visual themes of the early Industrial Revolution, my aim was to engage the viewer in an interaction with non-living objects.


Hazel Hutton (CCAD)

Hazels work trys to capture the beauty in movement within static forms. Inherent ideas within interaction, sexuality and human tension are important within my figurative sculptures. I have a highly personal relationship with my materials and tend to give them their freedom allowing there raw and natural state to be the most important.


Sophie Gough (LSAD)

As humans in the age of consumerism, collectively we are entrusting in a vast and unsustainable activity of making, taking and throwing away plastics. Inspired by the pervasiveness of our voracious appetite for polymer materials, my work employs the use of plastics such as Styrofoam as a sculptural material to address these issues. As passive observers, we stand by and watch as it intoxicates our surroundings and not only that but also each one of our bodies too.

From the perspective of Object-Oriented Ontology*, I see myself as a sort of ‘onto-naut’, a voyager moving through moments clouded by the irreducible darkness of plastics while adversely enchanted and under the spell of its allure. Guided by this global paradox that is plastic, I hope to initiate a dialogue around the incessant yet now incidental polymer material, Styrofoam, the ultimate consumer material.

Evgeniya Martirosyan (CCAD)

My current body of work is rooted in my interest in modern science and eastern philosophy. I attempt to capture the sense of fluidity and elusiveness of our reality by creating interactive sculptural work. I am interested in combining variouse materials, man made and organic, and often incorporate the viewer in the work through the use of reflections and live projections.


Marie Lee (WIT)

Marie has been working with refractive light creating light sculptures and a video pieces. Natural light’s constantly changing, transient nature makes it a thing of wonder.  This work was made to bring focus to its many manifestations, facets and qualities and to suggest there is something more to life than the physical world around us. We rush through our lives in the modern world thinking we cannot afford the time to stop and look. This work suggests that we may be missing many things. The refraction of light is one thing of beauty readily available to us but which goes unnoticed.  Light is associated with hope, by bringing the viewer’s attention to this natural phenomena it might elicit a reawakening.