Catarina Araújo

Catarina Araújo is a Portuguese visual artist based in Cork. She holds a MA in Art and Process from MTU Crawford College of Art and Design. Currently, Catarina is one of the four artists in residency in Sample-Studios as part of The Radical Institute Studios of Sanctuary. Araújo also works as an artist facilitator with Graffiti Theatre as part of the BEAG team.



  • 2022
    • Project Realization by Create
    • Arts in Context by Cork City Council
  • 2021
    • Agility Award by the Arts Council

As an artist, I want to expand the field between art and mental health, where artistic approaches are a central tool to explore new methods of addressing mental health distress. I believe that art and cultural practices can promote and sustain progressive change and have a social impact.

My work explores mental health conditions, repressed memories and behavioural patterns. It seeks to understand and analyse the correlation between body and mind and how past experiences can inform the way we function in the present moment. Through my collaborative art project – Cocooning: Catch a Breath – and my residency with the Radical Institute Studios of Sanctuary in Sample-Studios, I am interested in developing my knowledge further about embodied practices and cultures of care in relation to mental health and art.

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