Paul Murnaghan announced as the 2023 Bolay Residency Recipient
We are delighted to announce that visual artist Paul Murnaghan has been chosen as this year’s Bolay Residency recipient!
Paul, a Dublin based visual artist, curator and composer works with the substance of belief. His work explores intersections between things spiritual, scientific and psychological.
Content is gathered through experiments, projects and utopian quests. The results of these are often of an ethereal nature whilst others develop as moving image, sound, music and installation.
Paul’s projects rarely happen without other people and the generosity of exchange. ‘My focus at Linenhall will be on the psychological and spiritual connectivity of individuals to places. I am very much looking forward to meeting with people living in Castlebar and surrounding areas. Without them there is no personal response, no content and therefore no artwork’ says Paul.
Between 2000 and 2012 Paul curated approximately thirty exhibitions in Ireland. He has exhibited extensively, including in numerous international group shows, with solo exhibitions in Finland, Estonia, Germany, United States and Ireland.
The selection process proves a momentous task every year and we’re incredibly grateful to our panel who dedicated their time and expertise to selecting Paul. This year’s panel consisted of artist and Linenhall Board Trustee, Bryan Gerard Duffy; Acting Public Art Coordinator with Mayo County Council, Aoife O’Toole; multidisciplinary artist, Vera Klute; 2022 Bolay Residency Recipient and Visual Artist, Dominc Thorpe and our own Executive Director, Bernadette Greenan.
Now in its fourth year, the Bolay Residency focuses on artists who feel disconnected from their practice. Paul's application was very strong and clearly demonstrated the necessity for support and a desire to explore and expand his artistic disciplines. The award encompasses a purpose-built studio in the Linenhall, accommodation at Lough Lannagh Village, tailored mentorship, a purpose-built digital suite, an artist fee of €8,000, a materials budget of €2,000 and an exhibition opportunity at the Linenhall in 2024.
Due to the substantial nature of the residency, the selection process was supported by Noel Kelly of Visual Artists Ireland. And our friends at Lough Lannagh Village also supporting the residency for the fourth successive year! Locals supporting local!
Paul will commence his residency Mon 13 Nov after two weeks of off-site preparatory research and the residency culminates on Fri 22 Dec.
We’ll have more news for you on Paul and the residency later this year - watch this space!