Siamsa Tíre

Visual Artist Residency

Karen Hendy

Artist Karen Hendy in the Galleries at Siamsa during her visual arts residency June to August 2017

Karen Hendy has been appointed Artist-In-Residence at Siamsa Tíre from the 26th of June to Culture Night, 22nd of September.  As part of her residency she will be reflecting on the work of the National Folk Theatre.

Following an Open Call, Karen Hendy has been appointed Artist-In-Residence at Siamsa Tíre for a period of two months.  The purpose of the residency is allow an artist time and space to create new work whilst engage creatively with the National Folk Theatre of Ireland, currently presenting its 50th Season of performances.

Karen Hendy, originally from Kenmare, now based in Portmagee, works in the medium of painting, installation and mixed media. Her work responds to concepts of time, temporality and flux, evident in the creative process and the philosophical foundations for the work.

Karen draws on her experience of living within a rural community to narrate themes of change and impermanence in relation to the human condition and the geology of the landscape.  Having experienced the burning of the land, ploughing, tilling and sowing as part of the yearly ritual of renewal, she deliberately introduces these physical processes in her work. Her abstract work combines unconventional materials with unorthodox processes: layers are exposed through mechanical grinding, silage foil is transformed by burning with torches, and shovels are used to spread gesso.

Karen’s residency will include the use of a studio space to the rear of the galleries which will be open to the public at certain times, these to be publicised in advance.  A number of studio open days will be scheduled throughout the residency and Karen invites members of the public and other artists to visit the studio space at these times.  Samples of Karen’s work are on display in the Middle Gallery.

Artist's Biography:

Karen Hendy studied at the National College of Art & Design and also The Burren College of Art.  She has previously completed residencies, including a three-year period as Artist in Residence with Laois County CounciI and a Fellowship with Ballinglen Arts Foundation.

In 2016, Karen was awarded the Tyrone Guthrie Bursary from Cork County Council and again from Kerry County Councils in 2017. International group exhibitions include: EV+A International, Berlin and Japan, Eigse, Royal Ulster Academy and the Royal Hibernian Academy.

Recent solo exhibitions include Dunamaise Arts Centre in Port Laoise and Mountmellick Arts Centre, both in 2013. The work that she will be undertaking while on residency with Siamsa Tíre will go towards a solo exhibition in 2019. 

Her work is held in the collection of Angela Flowers, The Oireachtas, OPW Tullamore, Carlow Institute of Technology, KPMG Belfast and Laois County Council as well as private collections in Ireland, Italy, USA and Germany.