Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is delighted to welcome Finnish artist Sara Bjarland as recipient of the HIAP/TBG+S Residency Exchange 2016. This residency allows Sara to spend July and August working from a studio at TBG+S in Dublin.
Temple Bar Gallery+ Studios and HIAP (Helsinki International Artist Programme) are now entering their tenth year of partnership. Since the partnership began in 2007, TBG+S and HIAP have supported a total of 17 artists and curators from Ireland and Finland to undertake new creative work in the cities of Dublin and Helsinki through the exchange programme. Now a well-established opportunity, the TBG+S and HIAP exchange fosters opportunities for Irish artists to gain experience, build networks internationally and engage in an interdisciplinary dialogue with the HIAP community. In April and May this year, Anne Maree Barry, the Irish recipient of the 2016 HIAP Residency, spent six weeks at the HIAP residency facility on the Island of Suomenlinna, just outside the city of Helsinki.
The TBG+S and HIAP International Residency Exchange 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 and Dublin City Council.
Sara Bjarland is a Finnish artist currently living and working in Amsterdam. She graduated with an MFA in Fine Art Media from The Slade School of Fine Art in London in 2007, and later attended the post-academic studio programme HISK in Ghent in 2012-2013. Working in photography, video and installation, her practice explores the grey area between the natural and the artificial, between object and organism. Recent shows include The Prophecy of Bees, curated by Julia Geerlings at Kunstfort bijVijfhuizen (NL), Cryopreservation NEED FLOWERS TOMORROW? curated by Nathaniel Pitt, Syson Gallery, Nottingham; Invasive Exotics at RAM Galleri, Oslo; and the solo shows Fem studier i metamorfos at The Finnish Institute in Stockholm and Neither Thing Nor Nothing at Hopstreet Gallery, Brussels.