Image Desert Union at 'Worlds End' detail 2011
Photograph printed on hahnemuhle photographic paper
21 x 30 cm
Sarah Iremonger was born in Dublin in 1965 and lives and works as a visual artist in Kinsale Co. Cork, Ireland; is a Board Member of the Lavit Gallery in Cork; a founder of the Sirius Arts Centre Cobh, Co. Cork in 1984 volunteering there until 1999 and working as visual arts curator and artists liaison from 1999-2015.
Studied pre-diploma and 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; completing an MA in European Fine Art at the Winchester School of Art Southampton University, UK 1998.
Recent projects include Cantos, a text-based artwork, which uses notebooks collected over thirty years as found text and organised in the style of an epic non-rhyming stream-of-consciousness concrete prose poem and was funded by an Agility Award from the Arts Council of Ireland 2022; Vessels a solo exhibition of paintings at Oliver Sears Gallery in Dublin 2022 was supported by a Cork County Council Creative Artists Bursary 2022; Build Your Own Horizon/BYOA was a public participation project with Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre Skibbereen, Bealtaine Artist in Residence and Cork County Council 2022 and was exhibited as part of 'Re:Group - Fragments in Constellation' a collaborative project with Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre and Skibbereen Arts Festival 2022; The Hunting Box Party was exhibited as part of 'Change Hunters Hide' group exhibition at Emmanuel Walderdorff Galerie Hofgut Molsberg, Westerwald, Germany 2021.
Horizons a collaborative project of paintings, drawings, prose and poetry with the late poet Derek Mahon started in 2014 was funded through a Cork County Council Arts Grants Scheme Award 2015 and exhibited at Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin 2018 & 2019; '24/7' online slide show for the National Sculpture Factory, Cork 2020 was an exploration of the process which lead to the development of the Vessles work; Vessels was exhibited online as part of 'The Time of Our Lives' 2020 and 'New & Recent Work' 2021 at Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin and 'An Incandescent Connection' a studio exhibition in Kinsale, Co. Cork 2021 'Outdraw' & 'Evanescent' exhibitions at Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, Co. Cork 2020 & 2021; Top Half of the Hero a neon work and part of the Crawford collection and was exhibited as part of 'Heroes and Villians' 2018-19 at the Crawford Art Gallery Cork.
Iremonger illustrated Atlantis a poetry pamphlet by Derek Mahon in 2019 and The Rain Bridge a children's book both published by The Gallery Press '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.' The Gallery Press 2017, IL Ponte Della Pioggia Valigie Rosse, Italy 2018 and in Masedonia 2019.
Iremonger was Artist in Resident at the Sydney Olympic Park and Broken Hill Art Exchange in Australia 2011 and 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 Skibbereen, Co. Cork 2009-10 and travelled to the Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne, Australia 2010.
Other exhibitions include the '184th RHA Royal Hibernian Academy's Annual Exhibition' 2014; 'World View of an Oyster' was 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, with writer Danyel Ferrari and designer Stuart Caughlin of edit+; other curatorial projects include 'Sub-plots' for allerArt in 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 in Vienna, Austria 2010, Knoll Gallery in Budapest, Hungary 2011 and 'Buffer Zone' at The Armory Gallery Sydney Olympic Stadium, Australia 2011and 'Change Hunters Hide' group exhibition at Emmanuel Walderdorff Galerie Hofgut Molsberg, Westerwald, Germany 2021; earlier exhibitions include Temple Bar Gallery and Studios Dublin 2001 and the Turku Art Museum Finland 2003 with Lumpy Art History; 'L’Imaginaire Irlandais' at Villesalem Abbey in association with Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers, France and Cork Paintings exhibited at the John David Mooney Foundation, Chicago, USA both 1996.
Awards include Cork County Council Arts Grant Scheme Awards 2008, 2015 and 2022; Culture Ireland Awards for exhibitions 2003, 2010 and 2011; Arts Council Agility Award 2022, Bursary Award 2005 and a New Project Award 2002; Artist in Residence Fellowship at the Kunstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf Germany 2003.
Talks & seminars include Space-Time: Horizons, Atlantis and A Rain Bridge for the 'Derek Mahon Conference' Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France 2022; Floating Above the Horizon for the 'Derek Mahon 80th Birthday Celebration Conference' Trinity College, Dublin 2021; and 'Artists of Cobh and Great Island' as part of 'This Must Be the Place' Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork 2018.
Commissions include the Upside-down Mountains a neon installation and painted mural commissioned by the OPW Office of Public Works for the Northside Civic Centre, Coolock, Dublin 2003; Where’s Me Cork? and Freedom Box video works commissioned for the 'Airgador - Cork Silver and Gold' exhibition Crawford Art Gallery, Cork for the European City of Culture Cork 2005.
To view recent work contact Oliver Sears Gallery / +353 (0)1 6449459 / 33 Fitzwilliam St Upper, Dublin 2, Ireland