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Monday 20 August 2018

Macroom's Sarah scoops prestigious art accolade

Award-winning Macroom-based artist Sarah Roseingrave with Design & Crafts Council of Ireland chair Breege O’Donoghue and council representative Eddie Shanahan
Award-winning Macroom-based artist Sarah Roseingrave with Design & Crafts Council of Ireland chair Breege O’Donoghue and council representative Eddie Shanahan

Bill Browne

The inspiring work of a Macroom-based artist has been recognised by judges of one of the continent's most prestigious competitions for up and coming artists.

Sarah Roseingrave was honoured at the 2018 Future Makers Awards, one of the largest prize-funded European award programmes for students and emerging artists. 

A graduate of the Crawford College of Art and Design, completing her degree in Contemporary Art and Design last year, Sarah specialises in a range of different media including glass, ceramics and printmaking. 

Describing her work, Sarah said she draws her inspiration by exploring themes of abandonment and the hidden "but also resilience and growth". 

"I begin by exploring deserted spaces, and the objects left behind, be it for sentimental or superstitious reasons. I often photograph windows, perhaps as portals, a potential escape, but also as barriers - the images often evoke isolation," said Sarah. 

"I am interested in grey areas, the blurred ideas of memory and truth. Layering and obscured imagery are often features. I use layers of printed glass with ceramic slips and glazes over decals to produce cracked imagery and abstract/organic lines to reference a fragmented history. I am creating things that appear damaged - but yet hopeful." 

It is her ability to use her art to tell a story that impressed Future Maker judges Claudia Casali, the director of International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza, Italy and Phillip Hamilton the creative director of Perch Dynamic Solutions. 

In their citation, they said that Sarah's work "demonstrated an interesting use of glass panels and craft of screen printing assembled in a 3-D perspective, forming a great platform for storytelling." 

As one of the 22 Irish students, and emerging designers and crafts people honoured under the auspices of Future Makers 2018, Sarah received a certificate and a cheque for €1,000. 

Kevin Hennessey, chief executive of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCol) said Sarah and the other award winners demonstrated "traditional and contemporary techniques as well as imagination, innovation and skilful execution". 

"Investing in the development of the next generation of Ireland's designers and craftspeople through our Future Makers programme is crucial in order to create a pipeline of talent and pave the way for a strong, dynamic and innovative design and craft sector into the future," said Mr Hennessey. 

"We wish Sarah and all the other winners every success as they establish their careers."

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