Graduate Residency Presentation Night 2022

The NSF is delighted to present the National Sculpture Factory’s annual Graduate Residency Presentation Night .

Since its inception, the National Sculpture Factory’s primary objective has been to support the talents of artists, at all stages of their careers in exploring and developing their practice of art-making in all their forms of expression and production.

This year, we have given 4 graduate residency awards to 3 art colleges; MTU Crawford College of Art & Design; Limerick School of Art & Design and Waterford Institute of Technology.

Watch the recording of the live Zoom presentation above. The video also includes Rachel Daly’s presentation which was recorded separately.

Adela Passas – LSAD

Sculpture & Combined Media Graduate Residency Award 2021

My current studio practice combines media and processes such as drawing, writing, photography, video, sound and object making which largely resolves in site specific installations. 

Through this I explore Michel Foucault’s concept of the heterotopia, or ‘other worlds’ that mirror our own in order to comment on societal structures and functions of our reality. Drawing from religion, consumerism and marketing, the narrative of my heterotopic installations lies somewhere between reality and fiction.  

Áine Ryan – MTU CCAD

Contemporary Applied Art Award 2021

By looking to my past and my rural upbringing, I explore the complex ties that bind us to past generations, traditions and the physical landscape. My interaction with materials and objects of the rural landscape become creative catalysts stirring memories as they move through my hands.

Rachel Daly – MTU CCAD

Fine Art Award 2021

The work explores discomfort and artificiality within intimate spaces through the combined elements of photography, film, and installation. The work investigates unease and the darker side of relationships through photographic, musical, and cinematic tropes. 

Our interior lives are rooted to the spaces we live in, places of private psychologies of desire and anxiety. Challenging the traditional idea of home as a secure space, this work ruptures these aspirations and highlights the friction between surface appearance and underlying tension. Themes of love and abuse are considered through the lens, voice, and perspective of a female.  

Petr Roznovsky – WIT

Fine Art Award 2021

I take inspiration from memories of my home city for most of my work, which used to have many abandoned buildings and very desolate landscape, as coal mines were being built around it 50 years ago and the landscape keeps changing. As a kid I used to explore these places. It was interesting to see how quickly everything transforms when people become absent and nature starts taking over. After losing my own home as an adult, I see abandoned buildings differently. I see them as individuals; as people, who are lost and alone. Some of them still carry pieces of their “former self”, but they are beyond the point of getting back to normal. All the people, who cared, are gone.