April - July 2021, April - July 2022
Brigid Mulligan is a multidisciplinary artist from county Longford. She creates work varying from installation, printmaking, animation to social engagement, it is vital that the work opens up spaces for meaningful conversations. Mulligan is compelled to create work that investigates her perspective of loss in the greater context of how Irish society deals with grief. Having experienced the loss of her brother due to a motorbike accident when she was just sixteen, there was a lack of understanding around communicating grief. The work she creates is an exploration of the beauty within pain and the material is interchangeable chosen to reciprocate the intent. Mulligan is currently lead artist on a socially engaging project with the Freebird’s Motorcycle Club from County Longford. The motorcycle club members along with the artist will co-create a film, artworks and an archival exhibition exploring their shared histories and the communal loss of three of their club members due to road traffic accidents.
Mulligan completed a Masters-in-creative Practice from CCAM Galway in 2018. She received a First-Class Honours Degree in Fine Art Sculpture from CCAM Galway, in 2009. 2022 includes a solo exhibition in Artlink, Fort Dunree Donegal, An Táin, art centre, Dundalk and a dual exhibition with artist Katie Moore in the Custom House Ennistimon Co. Clare. Her work has been exhibited in group shows in various Museums and Galleries nationwide which include ‘Bring the mind home’, Artlink’s members show, ‘Westival’, Westport Arts festival, ‘In Situ’, 126 Gallery Galway, ‘M:A 18’, Connacht Tribune Gallery, ‘Impressions’ Galway International Arts Festival, ’Printed Matter’, Galway Print Studio and ‘Put a lid on it’ Galway Arts Centre. She has been an orbital member of Engage Studio’s Galway since 2019, in collaboration with Sample studios Cork ‘Chandelier’ 2018 was selected and virtually exhibited in Cahoots: The Space Between 2020.
Recent awards include the Pilot Mentor Scheme Award 2022 from Create & the Arts Council, the Project Realisation Award 2021 from Create & the Arts council, Artist in the community R&D award with mentoring from Create Ireland & the Arts Council, Agility award from the Arts Council of Ireland & Artist Support Scheme, Galway County Council 2021. Professional Development Award from the Arts Council Ireland 2020, RHA Foundation in drawing scholarship 2020/21. 2019 residency in 126 Gallery Galway and Galway city Council’s Tyrone Guthrie Bursary. Residencies for 2021 include Cill Rialaig, Ballinaskelligs, Kerry and two months at Creative Spark Dundalk and a four-month home residency with DAS Studios Belfast.
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