Sunday 16 June 2019

Council Arts Office names Art Graduate Award winner

Fingal County Council Arts Office in partnership with art enterprise BLOCK T is delighted to announce recent MFA Graduate of NCAD Michele Hetherington as the successful recipient of the Art Graduate Award 2017.

As part of an ongoing commitment to emerging artists Fingal County Council's Arts Office offer a one-year Graduate Studio Award in the BLOCK T studio with a solo exhibition in 2019, which is part of FUEL, BLOCK T's Visual Arts Programme dedicated to the support and professional development of recent graduates.

The Graduate Award, which commenced in November 2018, will provide an ideal environment for Michele to develop her practice and network with other artists.

Commenting on her award, Michele Hetherington said: 'The Fingal Arts Graduate Award is exceptionally invaluable for any emerging artist.

'It is essential for a practice to have both space and time in order to expand and strengthen.

'This award offers both components in abundance.

'In addition, the differences and intersections of the practices within the BLOCK T studios itself make for an interesting and dynamic work space.'

The Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Anthony Lavin said: 'The Arts Office in Fingal is highly engaged with the diverse and talented artists based in Fingal.

'I am delighted to see further investment being made into an emerging artist which contributes to the development of local art and culture across the county.'

Michele hopes to take this opportunity, to further explore her deepening interest in the correlations between Art and Philosophy and explores the phenomena of time, place and the self.

The award will allow her the time and space to develop her practice.

Fingal Independent