About > Biography
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, living and working in Kinsale Co. Cork, Ireland as a visual artist. Co-founded the Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork in 1985, volunteering there until 1999 and working as visual arts curator and artists liaison 1999-2015. Sarah 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 and completed an MA in European Fine Art at the Winchester School of Art Southampton University, UK in 1998.
Recent projects include: Vessels, solo exhibition at Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin (May 12 - June 16 2022) supported by a 'Cork County Council Creative Artists Bursary 2022'; Build Your Own Horizon with Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, Bealtaine Artist in Residence and Cork County Council 2022; Re:Group Constellations of Fragmentation collaborative project with Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre and Skibbereen Arts Festival 2022; Change 'Hunters Hide' group exhibition at Emmanuel Walderdorff Galerie, Hofgut Molsberg, Westerwald, Germany May-July 2021; 30 Years of Making at the Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow 2021; 24/7 online slide show for the National Sculpture Factory, Cork 2020; Vessels 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 studio exhibition, Kinsale, Co. Cork 2021, Outdraw & Evanescent exhibitions at Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, Co. Cork 2020 & 2021, and received Cork County Council Creatives Artists Bursary 2022 towards a solo exhibition; Horizons 2014-22 started as a collaborative project with the late poet Derek Mahon, was funded through a Cork County Council Arts Grants Scheme Award 2015 and exhibited at Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin in 2018 & 2019; Top Half of the Hero was exhibited as part of Heroes and Villians 2018-19 at the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork; Iremonger illustrated Atlantis 2019 a poetry pamphlet by Derek Mahon and The Rain Bridge 2017 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 and IL Ponte Della Pioggia Valigie Rosse, Italy 2018.
Iremonger was Artist in Resident at the Sydney Olympic Park and Broken Hill Art Exchange, 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 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: 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 also exhibited as part of , Hochstitze (Raised Hides) exhibition at the Knoll Gallery, Vienna, Austria 2010, Knoll Gallery, Budapest, Hungary 2011 and Buffer Zone at The Armory Gallery, Sydney Olympic Stadium, Australia 2011; earlier exhibitions 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, Chicago, USA both in 1996.
Awards include: Cork County Council Arts Grant Scheme Awards in 2008, 2015 and 2022; Culture Ireland Awards for exhibitions in 2003, 2010 and 2011; an Arts Council Bursary Award 2005; Artist in Residence Fellowship at the Kunstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf, Germany 2003; and an Arts Council New Project Award 2002.
Talks & seminars include: Space Time: Horizons, Atlantis and A Rain Bridge, Derek Mahon Conference, Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France (May 2022); Floating Above the Horizon, Derek Mahon, 80th Birthday Celebration Conference, Trinity College, Dublin (November 2021); and Artists of Cobh and Great Island 'This Must Be the Place' Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork 2018.
Commissions include: the Upside-down Mountains which consisted of a neon installation and a painted mural commissioned by the OPW Office of Public Works for the Northside Civic Centre, Coolock, Dublin 2003 with adaptations in 2012; Where’s Me Cork? and Freedom Box video works were commissioned for the Airgador - Cork Silver and Gold exhibition Crawford Art Gallery, Cork for the European Capital of Culture Cork 2005.
To view recent work contact Oliver Sears Gallery / +353 (0)1 6449459 / 33 Fitzwilliam St Upper, Dublin 2, Ireland