Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is pleased to announce artist Bassam Al-Sabah as the 2018 TBG+S Recent Graduate Residency recipient. TBG+S is delighted to welcome Bassam and looks forward to supporting him to develop his practice within the creative community of professional artists working in the studios.
The TBG+S Recent Graduate Residency is a professional development opportunity aimed at recent graduate artists in Ireland to assist in focussing their studio practices at this crucial point in their careers. Now in its fifth year, the Residency offers a free studio for one year, a €1,000 stipend, €500 international travel bursary and a variety of institutional supports.
Bassam was awarded the residency by a selection panel of three people, following an open submission process which took place in June 2018. His work aims to convey visions of war, resistance and perseverance. He utilizes multi-media installation comprising of video, painting, sculpture and printed matter. The work is concerned with how the past is continually revised to meet the present when the juvenile fantasy breaks down into the reality of adulthood.
The selection panel consisted of Alan Butler (Artist), Rayne Booth (Programme Curator, TBG+S) and Clíodhna Shaffrey (Director, TBG+S).
Bassam Al-Sabah graduated from IADT’s BA Visual Art Practice in 2016 and was awarded the RHA Graduate Studio Award. He was also shortlisted for the RDS Visual Arts Awards, curated by Alice Maher. He was part of a panel discussion, chaired by Cristín Leach, in Dublin Castle as part of Cruinniú na Cásca, and was listed by Gemma Tipton in the Irish Times as an artist to watch in 2017. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at Eight Gallery (2017) and Dublin City Council's The LAB (2018).