We are excited to welcome these talented artists into our community
Samantha Clark is a writer and visual artist based in Orkney, Scotland. She was awarded a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2018, and a Cove Park Emerging Writers Award and a Society of Authors Grant in 2020. Her artwork has been widely exhibited and she has received public art commission for several hospitals and schools, most recently a 30-metre mural for the Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall. Her first book “The Clearing” was published by Little, Brown in May this year. Sam teaches with the Interactive Design Institute and the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Catalina Aranguren was born in Bogotá, Colombia and raised in Caracas, Venezuela.
She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Spéos Photographic Institute in Paris. She is currently raising three bilingual, bicultural, biracial and bustling boys in New Jersey with her husband and their giant dog.
Savage was born in 1966 and is a Fine Art graduate of the University of Ulster, where she received a First-Class Honours Degree in 2009. She has recently been accepted for the Drawn From Borders Project which is part of the’ Understanding the Decade of Centenaries’ project, supported by the European Union’s Peace IV Programme.
She has been awarded many residencies and has been recipient of SIAP, Arts Council N.Ireland Award 2012, 2014/2015, 2018/2019.
Anna Marie Savage
I am originally from Belgium but came to live in Ireland in 2005.
Since graduating in Applied Arts - Textiles at the Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork in 2015, I have been working as a self-employed artist, fulfilling a childhood dream.
My work has been shown in Ireland as well as abroad.
Helen Walsh is an Artist and Creative Practitioner specialising in drawing and textiles, in particular embroidery. She is fascinated by the natural world and our connection to it.
She is particularly interested in birds and their feathers and uses them as symbols to explore the human desire to transcend. Working predominantly with natural fibres Helen finds herself drawn to traditional textile skills such as embroidery and dyeing.
We now have more time on our hands to observe and contemplate our lives and the things Immediately surrounding us. When all the distractions are gone – the job to go to, the restaurant to eat in, the pub to drink and socialize in you’re left with the objects, the streets And the people around you. My latest work is a series of meditations – a moment in time
Laura Foster is a textile based artist in the West Midlands, a recent graduate from Birmingham City University. Her more recent work is titled 'Dark Nature' where she explores both nature and dark natured things through a collection of head pieces and masks. Having a love for fashion, she fuses this with art to create the range of masks using a variety of materials like beads, studs, PVC and more recently a 3D pen.
I was born and grew up in England where I received my adult art education which culminated in post graduate studies at The Royal Academy of Arts London.
My work as an artist has spanned my life lived on both sides of the Atlantic.
I have exhibited extensively in Britain, the U.S.A., as well as in Italy and Japan.
At the end of my graduate studies I had the unusual experience of having one of my paintings bought by the artist Francis Bacon.
My love for art first took me to the University of Edinburgh to study History of Art.
I have since focused on expanding my own practical work, inspired by the artists I have studied. After completing a painting course at Leith School of Art, I am now pursuing a career in painting by building on this current body of work.
I am a UK based artist, originally from Slovakia. In my art I try to document our modern way of living, how we are affected by the society and cultural trends, and how these affect our thoughts, behaviour, and feelings towards ourselves and the others. My work is completed from memories and sketches as I try to explore and capture what is considered social and cultural norms and the way an individual represents themselves in everyday situations.
My practice is concerned with our current fracture point, as we substitute real place for virtual space. I enjoy investing in collaborative projects and also in a physically ‘detached’ mode of working, referencing schools of thought such as empiricism, encouraged by Eckhart Tolle’s writings. This creates duality in my work: the imagined and the real, the manipulated and the natural, the collective and the individual.
My collaborative projects and their objectives are stirred by our contemporary re-alignment with Romantic values: the irony of collective isolation in the wake of COVID-19.
Natural and administered regeneration has also become a prominent theme in my work as I have recently explored the democracy of art, often overlooked by our ‘practical’ and private worlds.
Felicity Meachem is a contemporary British artist. Shortly after completing her BA in Fine Art Painting at the University of Brighton in 2018, she has moved to pursue her practice, now based at AWOL Studios in Ancoats, Manchester. She has since been awarded Runner Up of the Graduate Art prize 2018 for her painting ‘I’m Alright, Hiding Tonight’ and
has most recently been selected to exhibit for the Manchester Open Exhibition 2020.