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June: Adrian Crowley
Adrian Crowley is a songwriter, singer, composer and performer, originally from Galway and now based in Dublin. October 2017, saw the worldwide release of his eighth album,
Dark Eyed Messenger, produced by and featuring Thomas Bartlett aka Doveman.
The album was recorded in New York in Bartlett’s studio in under a week.
Dark Eyed Messenger follows 2014’s Some Blue Morning, both released on the legendary Scottish label Chemikal Underground Records. Previous albums include, I See Three Birds Flying (2012), Season of the Sparks (2009) and Long Distance Swimmer’ (2007) - all of which were nominated for The Choice Music Prize, with Season Of The Sparks winning the the prestigious award for Irish album of the year in 2010.
Already 2018 has seen Crowley touring across Europe playing venues such as La Botanique in Brussels and churches and concert halls form Netherlands to France, Germany to Spain & Portugal, and being invited to perform at La Philharmonie in Paris, Festival Printemps de Bourges and End Of The Road Festival in England. In the past, Crowley has shared the stage with artists as diverse as Martin Carthy, Low, Sam Amidon, Joan As Police Woman.
Adrian Crowley is also involved in film with his debut role as screenwriter and actor; working with Irish director Niall Mc Cann on the latter’s new feature film, entitled The Science of Ghosts. The Science of Ghosts saw its world premiere in February at The Dublin International Film Festival. The film which centres around Crowley as the principal character will be appearing at film festivals throughout 2018.
Other current projects include collaborations with Ireland’s foremost contemporary ensemble Crash Ensemble (having premiered new work with them at Explore The North Festival Holland and The National Concert Hall, Dublin) and a live score to the silent movie classic ‘The Four Horseman of The Apocalypse’ which was premiered at St Patrick’s Cathedral at this year’s St Patrick’s Festival. The panoramic score was written with and performed by fellow collaborators Barry Adamson (Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds), Matthew Nolan, Seán MacErlaine and Kevin Murphy (Slow Moving Clouds).
Crowley has had short fiction published in the past and is currently working on his debut collection. He was recently artist in residence at Centre Cultural Irlandais in Paris and is looking forward to his residency at Sirius where he plans to work on new music and writing.
“Easing himself gently into a gilded pantheon that stretches from Scott Walker and Leonard Cohen to Nick Cave and Richard Hawley” UNCUT
Crowley has come of age, he has moved up several levels in one bound from apprentice to grandmaster." -(The Irish Times)
June: Patrick Farmer & David Lacey
Patrick Farmer & David Lacey have been working as a duo since 2011, resulting in numerous performances and two albums; Pictures of Men (2013) and Pell-Mell The Prolix (2017). During their residency at the Sirius, they will be generating and gathering material for their third album.
Patrick Farmer. Co-founder of the online curatorial platform, Compost and Height, co-editor of the new-music journal, Wolf Notes. Curator of the Sound I’m Particular lecture series and Significant Landscapes Festival, co-curator of audiograft, researcher for SARU, lecturer at Oxford Brookes University. Published four books and written compositions for groups such as Apartment House and the Set Ensemble. Performed and exhibited internationally with artists such as Angharad Davies, Michael Pisaro, Sarah Hughes, and Jason Kahn. Festival appearances and residencies include The Wulf (Los Angeles), LMC (London), I & E (Dublin), Geiger (Gothenberg), Blurred Edges (Hamburg), Forestry Commission England (Cumbria), Q-O2 (Belgium) and MOKS (Estonia).Work has been released on labels such as Another Timbre, Nadukeenumono, and Winds Measure. New writing: Close Eclogues on Tiptoe vol 1, SYZYGY (with Trevor Simmons), and Azimuth, is forthcoming.
David Lacey is a musician from Dublin, working at the intersection of improvisation and composition. He works with acoustic & amplified percussion/objects, cassettes, field recordings and crude electronics. Current projects include Rainfear , a duo with David Donohoe; a studio-based collaboration with Andrew Fogarty; music in various combinations with Rob Casey & Conal Ryan, with whom he organises Reception, a concert series in Dublin. He has had releases on Confront, Copy for your Records, Caduc, Fort Evil Fruit and Room Temperature, amongst other labels.
July: Sooim Jeong
London based Korean artist Sooim Jeong completed her MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts in 2010 and a BA in Fine Art at Kookmin University, Seoul in 2007. She has exhibited widely including Phoenix Gallery, in Exeter (2017), SÍM Gallery in Reykjavík (2017), Highlanes Gallery in Drogheda (2016), Block 336 in London (2016), Interview Room 11 in Edinburgh (2014) and The Lightbox Museum in Woking (2014). Her work has been included in public and private collections worldwide. She has been shortlisted for the Exeter Contemporary Open in 2017 and also shortlisted for The Marmite Prize for Painting in 2016.
Specialising in oil painting, Sooim Jeong gathers scattered past memories and re-composes them into images on the canvas. She re-locates various unrelated past memories into a current ‘non-special’ place in order to create a new scene. In her paintings all the big and small happenings as well as the brutal and mundane, sit side by side and are recognised with equal perspective without distinction. They are blended into an ordinary scene and provide her with a feeling of relief as well as trepidation.
August: David Beattie
David Beattie is an artist who lives and works in Dublin, Ireland. He has received a number of Arts Council bursaries, most recently 2015 and was awarded the Harpo Foundation Award in 2010. His work is in a number of public and private collections and most recently was a recipient of the Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA collection, 2016.
Recent solo exhibitions include CCA Derry-Londonderry (2017), Temple Bar Gallery and Studios (2011); The Mattress Factory Art Museum, Pittsburgh and Mercer Union Centre for Contemporary Visual Art, Toronto, Canada (both 2010). Beattie has been included in numerous group exhibitions including TULCA Art Festival , Galway (2017), As Above, so below, Irish Museum of Modern Art (2017), In the Line of Beauty, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2013), O Brave New World, Rubicon Projects, Brussels (2013) All Humans Do, The Model Sligo and Whitebox, New York (2012); Feedback, Galway Arts Centre (2011); Holding Together at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2010); La Part des Choses, Mains d’Oeuvres, Paris, and in Quiet Revolution, Hayward Touring, UK (2009).
Playfully welcoming new connections between foreign ‘things’, Beattie encourages a sense of curiosity and exploration in the act of displacing quotidian objects. Assembled from a variety of everyday materials the work attempts to provide a framework for assessing our daily surroundings. The interactions between object, space and viewer create a dialogue or wider system in which all elements have a role to play. This process of engagement can be seen as a search for a tangible present through the intermediary moments where physics, philosophy, technology and nature collide.
August: Kelsey Sheaffer & Joana Stillwell (info to follow)