Category Archives: residency

Naomi Draper


Exhibition: Nov 2-26, Private View: Thursday, Nov 2

Event: Friday 24th (6-8), Sonic work response by Sean Carpio as part of Dublin Gallery Weekend.

This body of work references a diverse range of research sources that are centered around botany and botanical activity throughout western history, exploring the relationship between human and plant species.

The work involves a large scale pressed flower installation, a series of lithograph prints and drawings in glass. A related sonic work will also be developed in collaboration with composer Sean Carpio over the course of the exhibition period, this will be performed at ArtBox as part of Dublin Gallery Weekend on November 24th.


The Roscommon Visual Artists Forum Award supported by Roscommon Arts Centre & Roscommon County Council Arts Office was established by curator in residence Linda Shevlin to provide visual artists based in or from the county with a platform to develop their practice. In response to the needs and requirements of the artists in the county, the RVAF award was set up in 2015. Naomi Draper was selected by Hilary Murray from an open call and was supported with a production budget, a residency at ArtBox, Dublin and an exhibition at both Roscommon Arts Centre & ArtBox.


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Michelle Hall: Lost in Papancha, Ways of Escape

Exhibition dates: 28 Sept-21 Oct. Preview: Wed 27th Sept.

Closing Event: October 21st

Michelle Hall is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. Throughout her practice she uses details, textures, words and objects to create works that examine modes of behaviour and thought. She is a recent graduate of the MA Art in the Contemporary World programme at NCAD and completed her BA Fine Art at DIT Portland Row in 2007. In 2016 Hall was jointly awarded the RC Lewis-Crosby Award at in the inaugural RDS Visual Art Awards. Her work has been selected for the upcoming StartPoint Prize exhibition, Prague, after which she will travel to London for a research residency with The CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF SUBSTRUCTURED LOSS. Hall has been awarded the Arts Council Film Bursary 2017, the Dublin City Council Tyrone Guthrie Residency and the Fingal County Council Project Award.

Culture Night 2017 will mark the halfway point of Michelle Hall’s PROCESS Residency at ArtBox Gallery, Hall will project a preview trailer for the exhibition into the large-scale window of the gallery turning the street into a temporary cinematic space.

Culture Night screening will take place Sept 22nd from 6-10pm, Window, ArtBox James Joyce Street, Dublin 1.

This project is kindly supported by Fingal County Council Arts Office.

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PROCESS Residency: Helen Hughes

Dates: August, 2017

Open Studio: Wed Sept 6th (6-8), continues Thurs 7th, Fri 8th (11-5)

ArtBox is delighted to announce Helen Hughes as our latest PROCESS Residency artist. Hughes will take over the space at ArtBox for the period of August. Helen Hughes’ practice is predominantly sculptural, using expendable materials from modern mass production systems. Often developed for specific sites, materiality is central to the work and both found objects and purchased industrial products are utilised. Colour is prominent, in particular colour that is innate to materials.

Reflecting on consumerism and focusing in particular on the area of intersection between the individual and the structural, this artist strives to humanise a seemly dehumanised behaviour linked to materialism. Materials include isocyanates, resins, and plastic along with readymade commodities. Switching the importance of form over function the component elements are playfully reworked through removal, addition and recasting, to disguise or reveal appearances and draw attention to latent qualities in the materials. No longer presenting the homogenous manufacture of industrial products, materials and objects begin to mimic each other and other things. A process of fluid and gestural physical engagement is used to activate machine finished forms and force them out of an inertia. Often shiny and alluring, selected materials can be wilful, unpredictable and difficult to control. Working against their intended use by disrupting the designed functioning of these materials allows the artist to probe the homogeneity of mass production. Adding layers of history, the intention of the work is to present combinations of altered consumerist objects and relations to connect with narratives of memory and subjectivity. Just as mass-produced goods are utilised physically, titles are found and borrowed from a number of typically mass-media sources.

Hughes completed a BA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and MA from IADT in Visual Arts Practices, recent exhibitions include A Bounce Borrowed, The Dock, Leitrim (2017), Tulca Festival, Galway (2016) and Veins, Molesworth Gallery, Dublin (2016).

The Waiting Room

Ella Bertilsson & Ulla Juske

Exhibition Dates: April 27th-May 20th

The Waiting Room is a narrative driven audio-installation that challenges our perception of time. Waiting rooms are liminal, transitional places. A place where you wait to go somewhere else, impersonal and quickly forgotten. Waiting rooms are often functional spaces where the visitor has little control on how much time the wait will last. Here Ella Bertilsson and Ulla Juske’s waiting room at ArtBox creates a zone of attention; emphasising and acknowledging the subjective experience of time passing. Keeping track of time, on time, time to come, wasting time, killing time, time on our hands, times up, time is running out, as the time goes by, watched pot never boils, loosing track of time, expecting something to happen…

Part of the installation is a selection from Austin Hearne’s latest collection ‘Little Flowers’. Sexy, beautiful, ugly, dead, dying, everywhere. Flowers; symbols of life, love and death, memorials to those past and passing. We are all flowers, battling time, only we have infinitely more than our showy friends. They remind us of our vibrancy, our individuality, our autonomy and cruelly our end. The installation will also be kept company by an essay of sorts by CSO Keeffe, who was invited by the artists to face up to the fact of her and your impermanence.

A Waiting Room Special Edition work (Ed. 5) by Ella Bertillsson and Ulla Juske containing a set of 5 20×20 cm prints, as well as a single larger edition print 23x35cm, (Ed. 10) are available to purchase through the gallery.

The artists would like to thank the following:
The University of Iceland
Uppsala University
Stockholm University
STAR, Stockholm Amateur Astronomers
Amateur Astronomy Society of Seltjarnarness
Estonian Embassy
Paul Plunkett
Davey Moor
George Brennan
Richard Howard
Annika Edlund
Lena Kjersén Edman

This exhibition is kindly supported by the OPW and The Estonian Embassy.


Process Residency: Ali Kirby

Residency Dates: Jan. 5th-Feb. 1st

Open Studio: Feb 2nd-10th, preview Thurs Feb 2nd (6-8pm).

Ali Kirby creates sculptural assemblages and installations that visually respond to the built environment. Ordinary construction materials are re-purposed to create seemingly robust structures that reveal their fragility upon inspection. Concrete, plaster, soap and textiles often sit side by side in these sculptural arrangements that position themselves somewhere between interior and exterior space. Her approach to materials and colour is intuitive, often employing a muted palette, soft textures and hard edges to create the various surfaces and forms normally associated with architecture. These soft-edged fabrics and forms butt up against concrete or wood in an attempt to draw our attention to the relationships between materials, how they connect, support, become damaged or distressed and ultimately reveal their potential for transformation.


Ali Kirby, born in Dublin, Ireland, recently graduated with first class honours (BA) in Fine Art from LSAD, specialising in Sculpture & Combined Media. Recent exhibitions include only connect (2017) Kevin Kavanagh gallery, Dublin, all shimmers here (2016) MART gallery, Dublin, Describing  Architecture – Memory and Place (2015) City Assembly House, Dublin, the 185th RHA Annual Exhibition (2015) Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Periodical Review #4 (2015) Ormston House, Limerick, Periodical Review #4 (2014) Pallas Projects,Dublin, First Light, LSAD Graduate Show (2014), LSAD, Limerick, Essays for the House of Memory (2014) Ormston House, Limerick, Open Drawing Awards (2013) LSAD, Limerick, Single Channel (2013) Chartier Arts Venue, Connecticut, USA, Undertow (2012) the LAB, Dublin, Undertow (2011) Ormston House, Limerick, Open Drawing Awards (2010) LSAD, Limerick.

Richard Forrest: PROCESS

Artist: Richard Forrest

Residency Dates: July 31st-August 29th. The work will be open to the public from, August 14th-29th

Preview evening Thursday, August 13th (6-8pm).

We are delighted to announce that Richard Forrest will be the first ArtBox Process Residency artist. Richard will be resident in the gallery space for the month of August, and will create a unique site-specific installation for the gallery; documenting his process as the work evolves. Once complete, the work will be open to the public.

Richard Forrest, is a visual artist based in Dublin. Forrest’s practice combines sculpture, new media and painting to explore ideas of perception and technology as a mediator of human experience. His work investigates the world that we know through our senses and the world which we comprehend with our mind. His work often reflects an interest in the virtual, systems, optics and fragmentation of form. He graduated in 2011 from Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork and has exhibited in numerous group shows and galleries including: The Black Mariah, Cork, Catalyst Arts Centre, Belfast, Tactic Gallery, Cork, Occupy Space, Limerick, SOMA Contemporary, Waterford and The Crawford Art Gallery, Cork.

ArtBox Process, is an initiative that sees an artist occupy the gallery space for a one month period. During this time they can experiment; trialling new configurations and materials, using the gallery as template. The chosen artist will document their process as they go via the ArtBox website, and ArtBox will invite Curators (visiting and internal) to visit the space and interact with the event.

The Curator of this project is Hilary Murray. ArtBox PROCESS Residency Coordinator is Caroline O’Hora.

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