The 16 x 16: Next Generation bursaries were recently announced. This special initiative of the Arts Council and the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme is awarded in recognition of the role of artists in the events of 1916.
Artists working across visual arts, music, literature, film, dance, theatre and circus, have been awarded 16 bursaries to support their practice and their ambition as rising stars of the contemporary arts in Ireland. Each artist will receive an award of €12,500 and is invited to participate in a collective week-long residency in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annamakerrig 3-10 April 2016.
Irish Arts Review is delighted that two exciting artists at the beginning of their careers were previously featured in IAR: Mollie Anna King and Ramon Kassam
Mollie Anna King studied for her BA at the Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork before completing an MFA in Sculpture at the Slade School of Art in 2013. A recipient of the Barto dos Santos memorial award and the Land Securities award, King recently completed a one-year studio residency in Bow Arts. She has had solo shows in the Black Mariah (2013), Cork and CANAL Gallery in London (2014) with Group Shows in A.P.T Gallery, London (2014) and GL Strand, Copenhagen (2013). King works with synthetic and natural materials, exploring their ‘intrinsic narratives’ and creating ‘anthropocenic sculptures’. She is currently working on a sculpture commission for St Angela’s College, Cork with the National Sculpture Factory and O’Donnell + Twomey Architects.
Mollie Anna King impressed with her graduation show, which was highlighted by the Crawford’s Director Peter Murray, for the Autumn 2010 edition of Irish Arts Review.
Ramon Kassam is from Limerick City. Kassam received his BA in Fine Art Painting from Limerick School of Art and Design in 2007. He has been exhibiting regularly since 2010. Exhibitions include: Limerick City Gallery of Art (2015 Solo), EVA International, Limerick (2014). Pallas Projects, Dublin (2013 Solo). He has also been awarded a number of residencies; The Irish Museum of Modern Art (2013), RHA Tony O’ Malley Residency Award (2013/14), The Ethiopian Project Residency – Irish Embassy, Ethiopia (2014), and a Temple Bar Gallery & Studios – Project Studio Award (2015/16).
Kassam’s RHA Tony O’ Malley Residency Award was discussed in Art News, Irish Arts Review, Winter 2013.
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