Conor O'Grady has been appointed Artist-In-Residence at Siamsa Tíre from the 23rd of June to Culture Night, 21st of September. As part of his residency he will be reflecting on the work of the National Folk Theatre and the way in which the building interacts with the local community.
Conor studied Fine Art at the National College of Art & Design from 2006 to 2009 and at the Dublin Institute of Technology from 2010 to 2013. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions, including Border Lines at the Custom House Gallery & Studios in Westport, Green Carnations at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar, and Pheonix Park Palare at the Edenmore Community Centre, Dublin.
Conor has also completed a number of public art commissions, including one in Derry (Something Happens) and at the Museum of Country Life in Mayo (On Sight). Other residencies include Krems Kunsthalle in Austria in 2017 and the Home Residency in DAS Digital Art Studios in Belfast, also in 2017.
As part of his residency at Siamsa Tíre, Conor will use the opportunity to collaborate and engage with various local groups and individuals. He aims to develop a wider understanding of the role and influence of folk culture in contemporary Ireland, specifically referencing North Kerry folklore, visual culture and history. A number of public engagements will be scheduled as part of the residency later in the summer and this will be publicised on our website and via social media.