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Edward Clydesdale Thompson | UK/DK | Oct - Dec 2014
Often playing on the tension between exterior and interior, Thompsons' practice is inspired by landscape imagery - specifically stemming from 19th Century European garden design and decorative arts.  Focusing on the cultural ideology behind the manipulation of nature and the reproduction images of nature, Thompsons' conceptual and multi-media approach attempts to provoke a re-examining of seemingly banal garden imagery within its carefully constructed political and historical context.
Edward Clydesdale Thompson (b. 1982) is a Scottish/Danish artist based in the Netherlands.  He is a graduate of the MFA program at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam and the Barch program at the Glasgow School of Art.  He was resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam (2011 - 12).  In 2011 he was awarded the Lecturis Award and nominated for the Prix de Rome.  Notable shows include 'Causa Finalis' 2012, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, 'Prix de Rome' 2011, SMART Project Space, Amsterdam and 'Secret Gardens' 2012, TENT, Rotterdam.
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Naomi Sex | IE | July 2014 - Jan 2015

Naomi Sex is a Dublin based practitioner whose research explores what it means to be a contemporary, professional visual artist. Within this broad subject area, she looks at the ideological space between professional and amateur art practice, the activity of the artistic ‘opportunity seeking’ and how artists present themselves and their practices within various professionalised contexts. 
In recent projects such as The Synchronised Lecture Series, the artist devised a number of performance based lectures, aimed at operating as a playful commentary, critique and reflection on the contemporary discursive culture around artistic production. Naomi is a lecturer at the Dublin Institute of Technology and at The National College of Art and Design.

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Sonia Shiel  | IE | May - Nov 2014

Sonia Shiels' far-fetched works are vested in make-believe and indiscretion. They are composed of paintings and sculptures, videos and animated sculptures that share overarching narratives and the central materiality of paint. Set in ungoverned, lawless and fictional environments, her protagonists in their various pursuits, are confronted by nature, worry, wonder and mortality, mocked by chance and other systemic obstacles of their own creation. 
Shiel has had solo exhibitions at The Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin; The Model, Sligo; Temple Bar Gallery and Studios; Kulturbunker, Frankfurt; The Galway Arts Centre; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris; The Butler Gallery, Kilkenny among others. Recipient of the Arts Council's Project Award, she has recently completed the 2014 Art & Law Program at Fordham Law School while participating on the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), in New York. Shiel's practice is represented by the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin.

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Lee Welch | IE/US |  Sept 2014 - Feb 2015

Lee Welch completed an MFA at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam and gained his BFA from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. He has received support from the Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland, Dublin City Council and Fire Station Artists' Studios Dublin.

Welch was recently awarded CCA (Derry) annual commission, Production Ireland, a Bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland (2012) as well as a residency at the Banff Centre, Canada in 2010. His work has been featured in numberous exhibitions, most recently Two Exercises in Awareness and Observation - Dublin City Gallery - The Hugh Lane; If What They Say Is True - CCA Derry; Screening Room: Dublin, Kolnischer Kunstverin, Cologne, Germany; Amikejo Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon (MUSAC), Leon, Spain (2012); Clifford Irving Show, Objectif Exhibitions curated by Raimundas Malasauskas, Antwerp; A Whole New Ball Game, Banff Centre (2010); and Non-knowledge, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2008).

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Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sani | DE | Oct 2014  This is an IMMA Production Residency in association with Mart
Berlin based Fischer and el Sani have been working together since the early 1990’s documenting modern ruins, forgotten sites that remain as traces refusing to disappear and communities that resist the pressures of being overpowered by problematic urban development and catastrophe. They also explore the influence of cinematic memory on collective memory in locations where, as film locations in cinematic narratives, the cinematic memory has superseded local histories and narratives. Their art works are part of a wider tradition in socially engaged art practice that is both an effective and proactive form of resistance to tendencies of forgetting and amnesia embedded in urban cultural practices, architectural development and the economic structures of the contemporary world.
Don't miss their current exhibition at (External) Mart , running until 30th October and curated by Barry Kehoe
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