Together with Artlink, we are proud to announce the 2020 inaugural artists for our new International Residency Exchange between Ireland and Newfoundland and Labrador!
We will welcome Cliodhna Timoney from Letterkenny, co. Donegal, Ireland to EE Studios; in exchange we will send Michael Flaherty from Port Union, Newfoundland, Canada, to Artlink’s base on the impressive clifftop of Fort Dunree, Inishowen, co. Donegal, Ireland.
Cliodhna Timoney’s work is concerned with rural and provincial social histories, subcultural movements and marginal or vernacular methods of making. She picks and appropriates the cultural detritus from these sources alongside the debris of quotidian life to create allusions of other realities or fictional states. Gleaning matter from the everyday, Timoney pushes this matter into new contexts revealing, awkward meeting points and precarious moments of mutation. Timoney’s work fluidises and destabilizes recognized forms in order to breakdown fixed material states of being. The work lives somewhere in the in-between, neither fully subject or object, familiar or unfamiliar, embodied or disembodied.
Michael Flaherty is an artist from Port Union, Newfoundland, Canada. He studied ceramics at NSCAD University (BFA) and University of Regina (MFA) and has taught at numerous institutions across the country. He was a semi-finalist for the Sobey Art Award in 2011 and a finalist for the RBC People’s Choice award in 2013. He won the Large Year Award from Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador in 2013. More recently, Flaherty has been instrumental in establishing rural art initiatives including the Cultural Craft Festival and Union House Arts. He is currently a Ceramics Instructor at Haliburton School of Art and Design in Ontario, and operates his studio, Wild Cove Pottery, in Port Union, Newfoundland.
The residency programme is funded by Arts Council Ireland Visual Arts, Arts Grant Award 2019 and Donegal County Council. Eastern Edge gratefully acknowledges the support of: The Canada Council for the Arts, ArtsNL; The City of St. John’s, Canadian Heritage; and The Newfoundland and Labrador Cultural Economic Development Program.
The application for this residency program is now closed. Please keep an eye out for more exciting opportunities like this one in 2021.
Artlink is based in the impressive cliff top location of Fort Dunree. The residency program empowers artists to research, experiment and create new original work and contribute to the creative development of the local arts community that in turn builds a strong sustainable culture and contributes to the artistic and economic ecology of the region.
Building on the 2007 project ‘Edge Centering’, where six artists from Inishowen, Norway and East Iceland explored how this unique coastal context develops contemporary artists’ practice and the potential of working with other artistic communities in similarly remote, rural settings. Artlink has continued to build links with Vesterålen, in Norway, and East Iceland, in association with Donegal County Council’s Arts Office, and is now expanding to Newfoundland & Labrador and Glasgow. In 2020 Artlink will host artist residency exchanges between Artlink and Eastern Edge Gallery, Newfoundland & Labrador and Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow as well as two residencies at Fort Dunree; one for an Irish and one for an international artists.
Holding fast to the North Atlantic horizon, Eastern Edge is uniquely positioned to bridge Canadian, Indigenous, and international art communities. A hub for community-driven contemporary art, a home for independent creative research, and a haven for underrepresented and marginalized voices. As Newfoundland & Labrador’s oldest artist-run gallery, they are committed to supporting emerging creative practices, challenging the status quo, and building engaged audiences.
Eastern Edge is committed to exhibiting contemporary Canadian and international art, as well as encouraging dedicated and rigorous activity locally. In providing an alternative venue where artists have greater control over how their work is represented, Eastern Edge facilitates critical dialogue concerning issues in contemporary art and society, actively encouraging emerging and established artists whose work speaks to feminist, multicultural, LGBTQ+, and other diverse perspectives. Eastern Edge aims to provide a supportive space to develop skills, share information and resources, foster community and create a meaningful context for artistic activity.
“This exchange residency is an opportunity for a Donegal artist to travel and make new work in a nurturing environment fully supported with a fee and travel expenses. Artlink are very proud to facilitate this project and continue to work towards building a strong creative economy in the region. We believe in artists and the necessity to invest in their careers. We are especially delighted to offer this opportunity to a Donegal artist as we are acutely aware of the specific challenges for artists here and we hope that this highlights the breadth and diversity of Donegal’s visual arts community.” Martha McCulloch, Artlink Board
Mural by Lily Taylor outside Eastern Edge Gallery