Convergences by Serena Caulfield

Serena Caulfield (b. 1985) is (a ‘painter’) an artist who makes paintings. Memories morph into tall tales. Invented imagery invites novel narratives. Transforming old to new, past to present, absence to presence, here to there, she likes to paint quickly and think slowly.

Serena has exhibited regionally and nationally. Recent group shows include WIDE OPEN SPACE, at Wexford Co. Council Buildings, BEEP Painting Biennial, Wales, GENERATION2022: New Irish Painting, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny and Zurich Portrait Prize, at the National Gallery of Ireland and Crawford Art Gallery, 140th Annual Royal Ulster Academy Exhibition, Belfast, Crossings at King House, Boyle Arts Festival (2021), and MEET at Periphery Space, Gorey School of Art, (2021).

Recent solo exhibitions include Not somewhere else but here at Wexford Arts Centre, (until 23 March 2023) Flexions at Luan Gallery, Athlone (2021), and she is currently working towards a solo exhibition at Hang Tough Contemporary in Autumn 2023.

Recent awards include The Arts Council of Ireland Visual Arts Bursary, Platform 31 Artist Award, an Artlinks Visual Arts Bursary and an Arts Council Agility Award. Serena has an MA in Fine Art from NUA, Norwich, UK (2009) and a BA from Gorey School of Art and Wexford Campus School of Art and Design, IT Carlow.

Her work is held in Wexford Co. Council collection, and in private and corporate collections nationally and internationally.

Fathomless Arms by Sorcha McNamara

About Fathomless Arms

Sorcha works as a painter; or more accurately a maker of things. But even ‘maker’ isn’t really the right word. It’s too organic, too suggestive of the handmade, or the nobility of a craft. Instead she is more of a composer, a conductor – the person in front of the orchestra waving their arms about, whose function and purpose you’re unsure of, but you know they are important for the stability of the whole piece.

Fathomless Arms is an exhibition of work that follows this thread of thought. It contains a gathering of fragments; found, reclaimed, and repurposed material assembled in such a way to construct whole painterly objects, taking shape overall as a site-responsive, site-sensitive installation within the gallery’s concourse space.  

Artist Bio

Sorcha McNamara is a visual artist living and working in Mayo, Ireland. She holds a BA in Fine Art – Painting from Limerick School of Art and Design (2019) and is currently completing her MA in Art + Research Collaboration at The Lab/IADT Dun Laoghaire (2022-2024). As an artist, her interest lies in acts of resourcefulness and improvisation, making paintings out of found materials, and focusing her attention on the discarded detritus of the everyday. 

Sorcha’s work has been exhibited both in Ireland and internationally, in London, Lisbon and Tokyo. Recent solo exhibitions include (dis)attachments at The Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo and Readymade #2 at Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin. She is the recipient of a Mayo Artist Bursary Award (2022) and an Arts Council of Ireland Agility Award (2021, 2022) and has previously been selected for residencies at Joya AiR, Almeria (2022), Tangent Projects, Barcelona (2021) and PADA Studios, Lisbon (2020). Collections include The Office of Public Works (OPW) and The Hunt Museum, Limerick.

Both exhibitions will run until Saturday 29th April 2023

Entry – Admission Free

Opening hours 10am till 6pm Tuesday – Saturday