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Ashbourne artist Eileen O’Sullivan wins 2018 Solstice Visual Arts Award

By solstice, Friday, 27th July 2018 | 0 comments

Ashbourne artist Eileen O’Sullivan wins 2018 Solstice Visual Arts Award

SURVEYOR 2018 exhibition launches at Solstice Arts Centre

Ashbourne artist Eileen O’Sullivan has won the 2018 Solstice Visual Arts Award at the seventh annual SURVEYOR exhibition, which launched on Saturday 21st July at Solstice Art Gallery. SURVEYOR presents a selection of current contemporary visual arts practice throughout County Meath and is organised by Solstice Arts Centre each year. As part of the award, O’Sullivan won a €1,500 bursary to contribute towards her continued practice within the visual arts field.

Eileen, aged 26, graduated from The National College of Art and Design in 2015 with a degree in Fine Art Painting. Since graduating Eileen's work has been shown in many group exhibitions and has been purchased by collections such as The Office of Public works, The Law Society of Ireland, NUI Maynooth, Wesley College, as well as many private collections nationally and internationally. In June 2018 she was awarded 'The K&M Evans Prize for Painting' at The Royal Hibernian Academy's 188th Annual Exhibition. Her paintings are currently on display at '188th Annual Exhibition', The Royal Hibernian Academy, Ely place, Dublin 2, and King House, Boyle Arts festival, Roscommon. 

This is Eileen's 4th year showing in the Solstice 'Surveyor' exhibition. She is currently working in a studio in Portabello, Dublin, in 'Mart's Creative Hub'. Her work explores systems of popular psychology, such as the idea of transactional analysis. She paints from photographs taken in her personal environment from both her present experiences and her childhood. 

The winning piece, ‘Two Layers’, an oil on board painting, was selected from over 300 entries by 112 artists, the highest ever number of submissions entered into the increasingly popular exhibition in Meath’s Visual Arts calendar of events. SURVEYOR serves to support, value and encourage Meath artists in the development of their practices and creative careers by providing them with the opportunity to show new and recent work. This year’s invited curator is Eamonn Maxwell, a respected gallery director, curator, former Board member of Solstice Arts Centre, and is currently Collection Adviser to The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon. 

SURVEYOR 2018 runs at Solstice Arts Centre galleries until Friday 17th August, Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 4pm and entry to the exhibition is free.

Follow Eileen on Instagram @eilo8 or visit her website to support a local artist of Meath. 

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