A Public Discussion by Bealtaine Artists in Residence, Wexford Arts Centre,

Friday 13th May, 2pm Bealtaine invites sculptor Tina O'Connell, painter Brian Bourke and artist Sarah Tynan to take part in a public discussion at the Wexford Arts Centre to discuss their experience as part of the 2-week artists' residence at the Cow house Studios. A core theme of the discussion will be explore how as artists of mixed generations they consider their practices, and the changing contexts of those practices as time has moved on in their careers.

Artists Biographies: 


Tina O'Connell is an Irish artist living and working in London. She completed her MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art, London, before taking another postgraduate degree in Marseilles, France. Following this she undertook a prestigious Henry Moore Fellowship in Sculpture at Winchester School of Art. She has since completed residencies at; La Friche Belle de Mai (Marseilles), 18th St. Arts Complex (Los Angeles) and IMMA, Ireland. O’Connell’s solo exhibitions include; Templebar Gallery (Dublin), Belltable Gallery (Limerick), Project Arts Centre (Dublin), Kunstbunka (Germany), Spacex Gallery (Exeter, UK), College des Irelandais (Paris), Limerick City Gallery (Limerick) and The Jerwood Gallery (London). She has worked on a number of high profile commissions, and has received many awards, from the Lorne (Slade School of Art) to British and Irish Arts Council. She has completed three recent International commissions; a new collaborative work for a Sculpture Biennale, Germany (2012); a public art commission for Washington DC Arts and Humanities Commission Centenary Cherry Blossom Festival (2012) for Golden Mountain, as part of the TULCA Contemporary Arts Festival in Galway, Ireland (2013) a commission for Objectif Exhibitions (2015) and a new commission for the Royal College of Art Dyson space (2016).


Connemara-based Brian Bourke is one of Ireland’s most significant artists and was born in Dublin in 1936. Bourke was educated at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and St Martin’s School of Art in London. In 1965, Bourke was chosen to represent Ireland at the Paris Biennale and the Lugano Exhibition of Graphics. He is a member of the RHA and was awarded the O’Malley Award from the Irish-American Cultural Institute in 1993, won the Arts Council portrait competition, the Munster and Leinster bank competition in 1966, and first prize in the Irish Exhibition of Living Art competition in 1967. Bourke is mainly known for his painting and drawings and his work hangs in many important collections and galleries throughout Europe.


Sarah Tynan is an Irish artist living and working in London & Dublin. She completed a BA in Painting at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (2009) and an MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art, London (2012) Recent exhibitions include Dazed X Confused Emerging Artist Award, Royal Academy, London (2015); Lobby Part I & II,Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin (2015); Pavilion, Store, London; Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Spike Island, Bristol and ICA, London (2014); Notes on an Autobiography, ASC Gallery, London (2014).