This summer Roscommon Arts Centre are once more rolling out our community initiative “Artist on my Green“, a Summer Residency Programme designed to bring 3 artists into 3 local neighbourhoods, housing estates or housing developments in Roscommon. Over a six-week period, one evening a week, a participating artist will set up home in a neighbourhood green space/communal area and made this their pop-up weekly workspace as they engage with the local community. This is the second year of Artist on my Green and we are delighted to announce our artists and the communities they will be working with.
Artist Siobhan Cox-Carlos has been paired with Ascaill Eoghain, Cruby Hill, Roscommon town. Siobhan is a contemporary abstract expressionist and an Irish artist based in Co. Roscommon. She is a graduate of the Limerick College of Arts & Design where she was awarded an honours degree in Fine Arts in 2004. Siobhan has had Solo Shows in Solas Art Gallery, Ballinamore, Enniskillen, London, Boyle Arts Festival & Rhode Island. Siobhan will be giving a talk and presentations on Colour at The Tate Modern, London in July 2023. She has been awarded numerous Artists Bursaries and residencies in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre. Siobhan also collaborates with schools, engaging with teachers and pupils to design and paint murals. Siobhan’s work is held in a number of places including Roscommon County Council’s Civic Collection and Holles Street National Maternity Hospital Dublin. During Siobhan’s residency with The Spinney she will introduce participants to her work. She intends to bring art in whatever format works best for the community inspiring them to work with their creative skills. During this residency, Siobhan will, for six nights over the Summer, set up a marquee, where she introduces herself, giving an insight into her practice. What evolves from here depends of the residents wishes – painting classes – a mural-but lots of paint, colour, with more than a sprinkling of fun, laughter and music thrown in!
Martin Heron has been paired with The Walk Residents Association, Roscommon Town. Martin was born in Co.Tyrone, Northern Ireland, leaving in the mid 80’s to study Fine Art at Liverpool Polytechnic now John Moores University. He has worked throughout the UK and Ireland making work for public spaces as well as exhibiting nationally and internationally.He was elected a member The London Group, one of the UK’s longest running artist collectives, after winning the prestigious ‘President’s Prize’ at the group open in 2015. Believing that art does not only belong in galleries, for the past 25 years he has focused on producing art for public sites and collaborating with local communities to bring a sense of ownership and creativity to our shared public spaces. Martin believes this residency offers a great opportunity to work with local residents to explore the place they live and how they can impact their outdoor environment by introducing temporary artworks directly on site. He will take an open approach, allow the residency to evolve and aim to collaborate with residents to find new and creative ways to engage with them and their shared community spaces.
Anne Rigney is a mixed media visual artist and has been paired up with Barleyfields Residents Association, Monksland, Co. Roscommon. Anne works from her studio in Knockcroghery. She has exhibited her work extensively Nationally and shown her work in US, Poland, Scotland and Germany. Her work is found in many private and public collections. Most notably, The Arts Council of Ireland, Roscommon County Council. The office of Public Works, Athlone Technological University of the Shannon Contemporary Art Collection. During the residency Anne will introduce her group to her own way of creating. She uses a lot of collage elements in her work and will encourage her group to collect their own ephemeral materials to use in their work. This can be unusual card or paper or any element that can be glued to a canvas. Anne will also introduce colour mixing techniques to people. Watercolours, acrylics, on paper and canvas will be the main materials used. As the group will be working outdoors, sketching and drawing from nature will also be included. Anne hopes a lot of creative fun will be had during the residency.