The Harrington Studios
Located in our courtyard, the Harrington Studios are purpose-built artist’s studios which aim to support local, contemporary and multi-disciplinary arts practices. The mission of the studios is to encourage curiosity for the surrounding region and environment while fostering relationships between residents and the wider artistic community, bringing critically engaging contemporary practices to the broader public. The artist’s studios are free to visit and allow visitors to experience the artist at work and engage with both the artist and their output.
The artist currently in residence are Naomi Draper.
Previous artist in residence
Gavin Porter is a Belfast born artist based in Co Sligo. His art practice consists of painting, drawing, sound and installation,assemblage and predominantly, printmaking. By applying simple linear, often repetitive and reductive drawing techniques in an indeterminate way, my current work endeavours to reveal patterns and form amongst the seemingly unpredictable and chaotic, patterns which are discernable in the natural world around us, but also in the events and routines that govern our lives. . Each work on paper is executed with intricate detail and employs optical techniques referenced from historical engraving. The resulting images are poised between the sublime and the absurd, incorporating elements of the real and the imagined, mimesis and abstraction
Central to these observations lies a fascination with science and the mechanics of nature, , entropy, erosion and evolution.
‘’ Forms depicted by Gavin Porter have a clear recurrent structure, but they seem to have no start and no end. They are in a continuous but unpredictable process of development, as if they were never to complete their forming. We can observe the same process in our everyday lives, filled with repetitive tasks performed as part of our daily routines and with efforts of which results can rarely be clearly predicted, our existence is built of patterns but is still full of uncertainty.”
Marta Slawinska, Curator In Isolation at Broadstone Studios, Dublin
Naomi Draper graduated from NCAD with a Bachelor of Design specialising in glass in 2007. Following an Erasmus programme at the Academy of Art, Architecture and Design, Prague, she received a scholarship to attend the Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle. In 2011, she completed a Postgraduate Diploma Community Arts Education at NCAD. From her studio base at The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick on Shannon, Naomi has participated on a number of residency programmes within a community and educational context. She is currently Artist in Residence at two public crèches commissioned by Fingal County Council Arts Office, and the Artist In Schools Programme with Leitrim County Council. Forthcoming exhibitions include the Practice National Tour, held at The Axis Arts Centre, Dublin, Skibereen Arts Centre, Cork and The Model, Sligo (2014).
Naomi Draper’s multi-disciplinary practice explores the fragility of our built and natural environment, investigating what defines space and how it is lived and activated by humans and non-humans. Combining a range of mediums and processes particularly through drawing and glass, Draper examines the structures and boundaries, limitations and new potentials of public and private environments.