On December 15 2018, Mary Sullivan along with 40 Irish female artists performed alongside acclaimed artist Amanda Coogan in Floats in the Aether, Coogan's large scale performance marking the centenary of the parliamentary vote for women in Ireland and the election of Constance Markievicz as the first woman to the Parliament of the United Kingdom.
CUH has launched a collection of work donated free of charge by West Cork Artists to mark their 40th Anniversary. The art collection, curated to enhance the hospital environment through the arts and promoting patient and staff well-being included work from Bere Island artist Mary Sullivan.
Pictures from Mary's work, entitled At Home, At War feature on pages 68 - 71. For more information and to view the e-Book or support CUH through purchasing the book, see HERE.
On Sunday, 11th November, Mary Sullivan launched the completion of phase one of the Lonehort Battery redevelopment on Bere Island, by the Bere Island Projects Group. The launch event marked the centenary of the end of the Great War, Armistice Day.
Speaking at the event, Mary thanked her community for their support following her recent win at the RDS Visual Art Awards. Also fittingly on Armistice Day, Mary recited a poem which brought to mind reasoning for the Irish people's part in the war. The poem, by Thomas Kettle, entitled "To My Dear Betty, The Gift of God to Her," read;
In wiser days, my darling rosebud, blown In that desired, delayed, incredible time, You’ll ask why I abandoned you, my own, And the dear heart that was your baby throne, To dice with death. And Oh! They’ll give you rhyme And reason: some will call the thing sublime, And some decry it in a knowing tone. So here, while mad guns curse overhead, And tired men sigh with mud for couch and floor, Know that we fools, now with the foolish dead, Died not for flag, nor King, nor Emperor, But for a dream, born in a herdsman’s shed, And for the secret Scripture of the poor.
This was followed shortly by a moment of silence by those who lost their lives in the war. Following the event, attendees enjoyed refreshments in O'Sullivan Wines and Spirits.
On 22 October 2018, Mary Sullivan was awarded the 2018 RDS Taylor Art Award of €10,000 for her BA work At Home, At War. The esteemed award dates back to 1878. Previous winners include Louis le Brocquy, Nora McGuiness and Sean Keating. The Taylor Art Award is annually given to an Irish art graduate to assist them with the development of their career as an artist.
Mary's At Home, At War video sculpture piece consisted of a self-constructed military style shed and a series of performance videos, designed to link the repetitive nature of domestic chores to the drill and precision of military discipline. For more information on Mary's award winning piece, see HERE.
Mary's work will be exhibited in the RDS from 22 - 29 October.
On Monday 22nd October, 2018, Mary Sullivan will exhibit at and attend the RDS Visual Art Awards. The RDS Visual Art Awards provides a platform for graduating artists as they transition from student into early professional career. Following Mary's final year project, "At Home, At War", a physical and performance piece, the artist was one of thirteen chosen to present her work at the RDS Visual Art Graduate Exhibition, showcasing the work of Ireland's most talented graduates. Mary represents Dublin Institute of Technology's Sherkin Island BA Visual Arts programme.
The Award ceremony kicks off the week long exhibition which is open to the public free of charge. Renowned performance artist Amanda Coogan will curate the 2018 exhibition, which will run from October 23-29 in the RDS Concert Hall, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
For more information on Mary's project "At Home, At War" see HERE. Alternatively, visit the artist at the RDS Visual Art Awards Exhibition The exhibition is open to the public and runs from October 23-29
Mary Sullivan has been announced as an Uillinn: West Cork Art's Centre Artist in residency following the completion of Dublin Institute of Technology's Sherkin Island BA Visual Arts programme.
Based in Skibbereen, the centre provides expertise and physical and human resources to assist artist, arts organisations, groups and individuals to realise arts projects.
For more information on Uilinn, the West Cork Arts Centre, see www.westcorkartscentre.com