Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is delighted to welcome artists Sara Bjarland (FI) and Lola Gonzales (FR) for residencies in Dublin.
Finnish artist Sara Bjarland has been selected to take part in the 2016 HIAP/TBG+S Residency, and Lola Gonzales will be participating in a new residency, the TBG+S Moving Image Residency, which is a partnership between TBG+S and the Embassy of France. This new residency invites a French artist working in moving image to complete a month long residency at TBG+S. Both artists will work from studios at TBG+S, with Sara Bjarland spending July and August in Dublin and Lola Gonzales working for one month in Dublin from mid-August to September.
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.
The TBG+S Moving Image Residency is aimed exclusively at French artists working in Moving Image, and is supported by the French Embassy Ireland and l’Institut Francais. It came about through conversations with La Galerie, Noisy Le Sec, a contemporary art centre in North Paris, and its Director, Emilie Renard. Representatives from TBG+S and Critical Forum artists selected the French artist Lola Gonzalez. During her time at TBG+S Lola Gonzales she will research and write material for a new film and will engage with Critical Forum Dublin – a discussion group for practitioners, critics and curators who have an investment in the future of artist moving image.
Lola Gonzalez was born in 1988 in Angoulême, France. She lives between Brest and Paris. A graduate of the Fine Arts School of Lyon (2012), her work has been exhibited in several French and international institutions. Whether in writing, production, or the choice to work with her friends, the film works of Lola Gonzalez consider authenticity, spontaneity and fluidity, and is built with simple visual forms. From the individual to the common, she questions us about the power of the collective, and its limits too.
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 Propehcy 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.