FOLKLIFE - Resident Artists
We are delighted to announce the FOLKLIFE Resident Artists are Jane Cassidy, Breda Burns and Rajinder Singh.
Jane Cassidy is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator from Galway. Trained in music and visual art, Jane’s main interests lie in immersive audio-visual environments, multi-sensory work and synesthesia. Jane has been working with Mayo Artsquad since January 2022 researching Bealtaine and The National Museum of Ireland – Country Life collection as a theme, diving into ancestral knowledge, our connections with natural cycles and traditions from our past.
Breda Burns is an audio/visual artist based in Westport, working in a variety of media and interdisciplinary projects with narratives and layers that reveal themselves in different ways. Breda will work alongside Jane Cassidy and Mayo Artsquad to explore the theme of Bealtaine.
Established in 1997 with FÁS support, Mayo County Council’s Mayo Artsquad has continued to provide excellent training in community arts skills for fifteen participants annually.
On April 30, FOLKLIFE artists in residence Jane Cassidy and Breda Burns, in collaboration with Mayo Artsquad, will present new works on the grounds of The National Museum of Ireland – Country Life.
Dr Rajinder Singh a movement artist and choreographer, will work with a group of artists drawn from The Linenhall Arts Centre’s Creative Café. Over the coming weeks, they will collaborate to develop a simple body-based choreographic guide to the spaces at The National Museum of Ireland – County Life.
We are delighted to welcome the artists participating in the project with Rajinder Singh as writer Alice Kinsella, visual artist Alice Maher, musician and composer Breda Mayock and visual artist Nuala Clarke.
Jane Cassidy is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator from Galway. Trained in music and visual art, Jane earned a Masters in Music and Media Technologies from TCD in 2008 and an MFA in Digital Art from Tulane University in New Orleans in 2014. Jane’s main interests lie in immersive audiovisual environments, multi-sensory work and synesthesia.
Janes has had solo shows at the Mobile Museum of Art, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, the University of New Orleans, and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Exhibitions include the European Media Art Festival, Germany, the New Orleans Film Festival, Punto Y Raya Festival, Spain, Currents New Media Festival, New Mexico, Galway International Arts Festival, live visuals for Animal Collective and Nanu Nanu, as well as group shows internationally. Jane will have a solo exhibition at the Custom House Studio Westport in June 2022.
Rajinder Singh (B.Ipoh, Malaysia, PhD (UK), MFA Lasalle(Singapore)) is a Dublin/London-based researcher and practitioner of spatial performance. He works with the idea of space as doing – space is shaped, and felt into existence by a set of bodily movements.
Rajinder is a movement artist and a choreographer trained in mathematics and engineering sciences with a particular interest in ideas around the migrant body and its pain, interrogating the economies of power that deny it space and shape. His paintings and installations as well as photography, video and performance work explore the immeasurable dimensions of the migrant condition by creating terrains of pathos and vulnerability and magic in the way the human body unfolds around topographic and symbolic borders.
Breda Burns is an audio/visual artist based in Westport, working in a variety of media and interdisciplinary projects with narratives and layers that reveal themselves in different ways. Two integral elements of her practice are audio-based interviews with artists and activists and integrating these into site specific installations.
Breda was awarded a Visual Arts Bursary in 2020 by the Arts Council and a National Bealtaine Artist’s Award in 2017. She was a fellow of the Ballenglen Foundation 2022 and completed an artist’s exchange in Sweden earlier this year as part of a residency with Interface, Connemara. Solo Exhibitions include The Model Arts Centre. Sligo, Áras Inis Gluaire, Bellmullet, The Hamilton Gallery, Sligo, The Luan Gallery, Athlone, The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar. She is currently working on ‘Navigating A Future’ a commission from Mayo Arts Office.