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Temple Bar Gallery + Studios announces recipients of HIAP Residency

02 April 2014

Press Release: For Immediate Release

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios announces recipients of HIAP (Helsinki International Artist Programme) residency.

This year, TBG+S and HIAP have selected the Irish Artist Margaret O’Brien as the eighth recipient of the residency.Margaret will be travelling to Helsinki in May 2014 and will spend six weeks at the HIAP residency facility on the Island of Suomenlinna, just outside of the city. Barbara Knezevic, who was initially selected for the 2014 HIAP award is not in a position to take up the award this year.  It has therefore been agreed between TBG+S and HIAP to postpone Barbara’s residency until 2015.

Temple Bar Gallery+ Studios and HIAP (Helsinki International Artist Programme) are now entering their eighth year of partnership. During this time, seven Irish artists have travelled to Helsinki and spent time there developing their artistic practices.

Since the partnership began in 2007, TBG+S and HIAP have supported a total of 12 artists and curators from Ireland and Finland to undertake new creative work in the cities of Dublin and Helsinki through an exchange programme.  Now a well-established opportunity, the TBG+S and HIAP exchange fosters opportunities for Irish artists to gain experience and contacts internationally, and individual artists are supported through the Arts Council travel and Training grant.

The TBG+S and HIAP International Studio Programme is supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, The Finnish Institute, London, The Embassy of Finland, Dublin and FRAME – The Finnish Fund for Art Exchange.

Margaret O’Brien graduated with MFA in Fine Art from The Slade School of Art,  London in 2004. O’Brien has an extensive exhibitions record and has won significant awards for her work from arts organisations including the Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin City Council, the Slade School of Art, and Art and Humanities Research Board U.K. She has recently completed an artist residency at Centre Culturel des Irlandais in Paris (2013), and was artist in residence at the Fire Station Artists Studios in Dublin from 2008-2011. Recent solo exhibitions include Othering at Platform Arts, Belfast (2014) and Nonknowledge at nag gallery, Dublin (2013). O’Brien lectures in Fine Art practice at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin and at Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork. She is currently undertaking a PhD at Trinity College Dublin researching critical practices of repetition in contemporary art.

Barbara Knezevic was born in Sydney, Australia and lives and works in Dublin. She attended the Sydney College of the Arts (Bachelor Visual Arts) and National College of Art and Design, Dublin (Master of Fine Art). Recent exhibitions include Temple Bar Gallery and Studios are Dead, TBG+S, Dublin (2013) Where exists a remnant, The Dock, Carrick on Shannon (2013); Future Perfect - We are here, Rubicon Projects, Brussels (2013);This must be the place, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast (2013); Whitewashing the Moon, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2012); Gracelands, Circling the Square (2012);Plastic Art, RUA Red (2012); After the Future, eva International Biennial of Art (2012). Forthcoming exhibitions include On Curating Histories, curated by Kate Strain (2014) and a solo exhibition, Ultra at The LAB, Dublin City Council, Dublin (April 2014)