A willing need for validation, who's my tutor in isolation - am I the leader of my pack

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Ciara Tuite is a visual artist and writer originally from the Midlands, Ireland. Her work is multidisciplinary, using imagery and word to explore dark yet real elements with a touch of colourful serenity and artistic licence.

 

Themes such as body and mind connectivity, identity of the body in space and in motion are often approached with curiosity and rawness. It is an artistic response to exploring ourselves physically, mentally,and artistically, breaking down barriers and digging deep into the soul, the body moves and is moved.

 

She is also heavily influenced by the sense of place and the natural environment which is forever changing - change being the only constant resulting in fluidity and abstraction within her work.

 

Her paintings/prints and word are in response to the surrounding landscape as it transforms throughout the seasons and through the eyes of the viewer. It is based on her time spent within the elements (trees, lakes, hills, rocks), noticing nature's rhythm on her journeys through the hidden heartlands and beyond.

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CURRICULUM VITAE

 

Visual artist & writer with over ten years of related work experience and portfolio of varied accomplishments including exhibitions, curating, theatre acting, writing and academic achievements. Multidisciplinary artistry approach resulting in innovative, ongoing art projects.

 

EDUCATION

2017 - Creative Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Postgraduate, UCD, Co. Dublin

 

2014 - Fine Art Level 6, Gorey School of Art, Co. Wexford

 

2009 - Performance Arts & Theatre, Level 6, Sallynoggin College of Further Education

2005 - Journalism (Communications),  Hons Bachelor's Degree, Dublin Institute of Technology 

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

Upcoming August 22’ - Solo Exhibition, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry.

 

2021 Dec - Jan 22’ - Solo Exhibition, “Nostalgia” featuring abstract works and text in the New Library, Edgeworthstown Library, Co. Longford.

 

2021 Dec - Jan 22’ - Group Exhibition, Winter Art fair. Two works selected to show in The Luan Gallery, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

 

2021 Sept - Open Studio Exhibition as part of Abbey Road Studios, sister to Luan Gallery.

 

2020 Dec - Group exhibition, three paintings selected to show in The Luan Gallery, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. 

 

2020 May - Solo Show, Paintings & Spoken Word, Atrium Gallery, Backstage Theatre, Co. Longford, based on travels in the Middle East & Borders. (Postponed)

 

2019 Dec - Feb - Group exhibition, Boundaries: Real and Imagined, Siamsa Tire Gallery, Tralee, Co. Kerry.  

 

2019 April - Group exhibition, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Co. Kerry.

 

2018 July-  Exhibition Midlands Arts Festival Co. Longford, “Elemental” - Painting exhibition.

 

2017 & 2016 July  - Cruthu Arts Festival Longford - "Body/Mind Connection" - Painting exhibition in gallery spaces. 

 

2016 Summer - Boyle Arts Festival, Roscommon -  Group Exhibition

 

2014 June/July - Gorey School of Art, Wexford, "Focus" Group Show - Fine art prints, video & wood installation.

 

Private Collection

Paintings and prints in county govt offices  & in various private collections in Ireland and Internationally, sale and commission based work.

 

PUBLICATIONS & SPEAKING EVENTS

 

2021 May - Maria Edgeworth Literary Festival, Co. Longford - Guest Speaker as part of the featured writers in the festival. Presented a new body of work "Diary during Lockdown".

 

2019 - Present - Regular writer featured in various online publications - Thought Catalog, Elephant Journal & She Rose Revolution. 

 

Regularly participates in Spoken Word events around Ireland featuring original work.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE/RESIDENCIES

 

Upcoming May 22’ -  Artist Residency Assisi, Arte Studio, Ginestrelle.

 

2021 June - Present - Current Studio Residency, Abbey Road Studios (sister of the Luan Gallery) Athlone. 

 

2020 Oct - Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Ballinskelligs, Co Kerry - Writer & Painter in residence. 

 

2019 Summer - Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Ballinskelligs, Co Kerry - Writer & Painter in residence completing a body of work for solo show.

 

2019 Feb/March - Research Assistant & Accompanying artist to research refugee camps in Palestine and Israel.  

 

2018 Nov - Acting Role in Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth, playing Judy M’Quirk produced by the Backstage Canal Studio Production, Co. Longford

 

2018 August - Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Ballinskelligs, Co Kerry - Writer & Painter in residence. Awarded a two week residency to concentrate on a professional artistic career.

 

2015/2016 - Vikings, Canadian/Irish Drama, Background Actor, Ashford Studios, Co. Wicklow

 

2015/2016 Season - Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry - Curatorial practice, arts administrator, front of house merchandiser and gallery representative.

2014 Summer - Butoh Arts Centre, Bornholm, Denmark - Artist in Residency, collaboration performance with dancers and artists exploring body in nature.

2013 Summer - Ngukurr Aboriginal Arts Centre, Northern Territory, Australia - Arts facilitator, community event organiser, front of house merchandiser, cataloguing/labelling and gallery representative. 

 

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS  

    •    “Victoria Award” as the most Entrepreneurial student in the Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise 2017

    •    Curator and organiser of art exhibition “FOCUS” End of Year Exhibition 2014, Gorey School of Art. 

    •    Gold Medal in Solo Acting, Grade IV The Leinster School of Drama 2009

    •    Lead acting role in Group Production of “TWO” by Jim Cartwright, Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire 2009.

    •    NVQ Level 2 in Activity Leadership awarded 2009

    •    20,000 word Thesis based on Travel Journalism 2005

    •    Producer / Sub- editor for International Magazine Production 2004 with Fontys School of Journalism on African Development

 

ADDITIONAL SKILLS 

Photoshop and SLR Digital Photography, Printmaking/Painting, Video, Sculpture & Creative Writing.