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Desert Union at 'Worlds End' detail, 2011
Photograph printed on hahnemuhle photographic paper
21 x 30 cm
Sarah Iremonger has worked as a multidisciplinary artist and independent curator since the 1990's and as Visual Arts Consultant for the Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, County Cork for fifteen years 1999-2015, which she was a founder of in 1985. Studied Pre-Diploma and first year Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin 1983-85, Fine Art Printmaking and Photography at The Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork 1985-87 and achieved an MA in European Fine Art from Winchester School of Art / Southampton University, UK 1997-98.
Presently working on Horizons a collaberative project with poet Derek Mahon and part funded through a Cork County Council Arts Grants Scheme Award 2015 and The Rain Bridge a childrens book published by The Gallery Press 2017, 'is a story written by Derek Mahon for his son, then aged six, a tale of loss, kindness and recovery. Iremonger’s illustrations match, in their simplicity, the purity of the author’s style.'
Iremonger was Artist in Resident at Cill Rialaig, Co. Kerry in 2014 & 2015 and at the Sydney Olympic Park and Broken Hill Art Exchange, Australia 2011, Iremonger was the Von Hess Resident at the Borowsky Centre, UARTS, University of The Arts, Philadelphia, USA 2010 where she was also visiting artist and exhibited I thought I dreamed of you at Gallery 817, this work was also exhibited at the West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbreen 2009-2010 and travelled to the Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne, Australia 2010.
Other exhibitions include showing work as an invited artist at the 184th RHA Royal Hibernian Academy's Annual Exhibition 2014, World View of an Oyster which Iremonger curated for Cork County Council and Macroom Town Council 2013, working with artists Helen Horgan, Maximilian Le Cain and Mick O’Shea. A catalogue was produced for this exhibition with Cork County Council, writer Danyel Ferrari and designer Stuart Caughlin of edit+. Other curatorial projects include Sub-plots for allerart, Bludenz, Austria 2011 and Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork 2012 and Cork Harbour Project for the Sirius Arts Centre 2007–08.
The Hunting Box Party was exhibited as part of the Hochstitze (Raised Hides) exhibition at the Knoll Gallery, Vienna, Austria 2010, the Knoll Gallery, Budapest, Hungary 2011 and Buffer Zone at The Armory Gallery, Sydney Olympic Stadium, Australia 2011. Earlier exhibitons include Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin 2001 and the Turku Art Museum, Finland 2003 with Lumpy Art History. Her work was included as part of L’Imaginaire Irlandais at Villesalem Abbey in association with Le Confort Modern, Poitiers, France and Cork Paintings was exhibited at the John David Mooney Foundation, both in 1996.
Awards include Cork County Council Arts Grant Scheme Awards in 2008 & 2015, Culture Ireland Awards for exhibitions abroad in 2003, 2010 & 2011, Arts Council Bursary Award 2005, Artist in Residence Fellowship at the Kunstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf, Germany 2003 and an Arts Council New Project Award 2002.
Commissions include the Upside-down Mountains which was a neon & painted mural installation commissioned by the OPW Office of Public Works for the Northside Civic Centre, Coolock, Dublin 2003 and Where’s Me Cork? & Freedom Box for Airgador - Cork Silver and Gold exhibition Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork for the European Capital of Culture Cork 2005 commissioned by Bowen Construction. Iremonger is a founder of the Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork in 1988, volunteering until 1999, where she worked as Artists Liasion until 2015.