I graduated with First Class Honours in Contemporary Art from the Centre for Creative Arts and Media at GMIT in 2021. I will undertake a curatorial residency at Sample Studios in Cork during Spring 2022 and have been shortlisted for the RDS Visual Art Awards 2021. I am on the education team at TULCA Festival of Visual Arts in Galway.

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BOUT

Kate McSharry (she/her) is a visual artist based in Galway City currently working across arts administration, production, and non-formal education. She is part-time Administrator at Artspace Studios, Co-Director of 126 Artist-Run Gallery & Studios, and Education Officer at TULCA Festival of Visual Arts.

She has facilitated multiple workshops through Architecture at the Edge as Design Ambassador, and undertaken residencies in Ireland and abroad. Kate has been supported through funding from Galway City Council Arts Office and the Arts Council of Ireland since graduating with a First-Class Honours and the Academic Achievement Award in Contemporary Art, ATU Galway in 2021.

Her practice explores social & sexual relational dynamics, and is currently contemplating class and communality within that space. Kate is also interested in architecture as an experience of place, engaging with art as an act of care and writing as a way of relearning.

Co-Director, 126 Artist-Run Gallery & Studios
Co-Director, 126 Artist-Run Gallery & Studios
Administrator, Artspace Studios
Education Officer, TULCA Festival of Visual Arts
Design Ambassador, Architecture at the Edge
Design Ambassador, Architecture at the Edge
Supported by the Galway City Council Arts Office
Supported by the Galway City Council Arts Office
Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland
Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland

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Education

2017-2021:                  First Class Honours & Academic Achievement Award BA (Hons) Contemporary Art, School of Design & Creative Arts, ATU, Galway.


Exhibitions

Dec 2023                     OXO Outset Gallery, Galway.

Dec 2022                     Cause Célèbre Group Show, Sailor’s Home, Limerick.

Oct 2022                      Desperately Seeking a Body, Gallery Asna, Clonakilty, Cork.

Aug-Sept 2022            Sample-Studios Members Exhibition, Lord Mayor’s Pavilion, Cork.

June 2022                   K-Fest 2022 – June Bank Holiday Arts Festival, Killorglin, Kerry.

October 2021              K-Fest 2021 – October Bank Holiday Arts Festival, Killorglin, Kerry.

July 2021                      Begin the Begin – Outdoor Installation at Artlink, Fort Dunree, Donegal.

June 2021                    B.C. 2021, Degree Show, CCAM-GMIT Wellpark, Galway.

Sept-Oct 2020             Joint exhibition with Corban Walker at Sarah Walker Gallery, Cork.


Awards/Residencies/Projects

June 2023                 Cruinniú na nÓg workshop with Architecture at the Edge, Galway.

June-Sept 2023       Installation travelled to GIAF Galway, All Together Now Waterford, Electric Picnic Laois, and to events in Galway such as with The Living Poetic.

June 2023                 Installation at Éalú Le Grá Arts & Music Festival, Galway.

May 2023                   Galway City Arts Office, Individual Artist Bursary Recipient.

Feb-May 2023           Creative Engagement Project at St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Galway.

Aug-Sept 2022          Artist Residency at Descoverartists (DA), Hydra, Greece.

May 2022                  Arts Council Agility Award Round 1 Recipient.

Mar-May 2022        Making Connections Project with Scoil Chroí Íosa and NCCA, Galway.

Feb-June 2022        Sample Studios Graduate Curatorial Residency Award 2021-22, Cork.

Oct 2021                   an observation: artist as masochist, Residency at PS2 Belfast.

Sept 2021                 a consideration: all is fair in love and war(?), Sarah Walker Gallery, Cork.

June 2021                Transience, a student-led exhibition, Coach Station Galway.

 

Collections

June 2021                    And Rest, Close Enough (Not) To Touch, life-size cast concrete, acquired for the Galway City Council Art Collection, 2021.


Experience

May 2023 – Ongoing    Administrator, Artspace Studios, Galway.

Mar 2023 – Ongoing    Appointed as Co-Director at 126 Gallery & Studios, Galway.

Feb-May 2023              Design Ambassador with Architecture at the Edge, Galway.

Nov 2021, 22, 23          Education Officer, TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, Galway.

Nov-Dec 2022              Life Model ATU, Galway.

Oct 2022                        Exhibition Mediator, Irish Pavilion, Ireland at Venice Biennale 2022.

Mar-May/Oct 2022     Design Ambassador with Architecture at the Edge, Galway.

Oct-May 2022              Life Model, Cluain Mhuire, ATU, Galway.

Aug-Sept 2021             Gallery Assistant at the Sarah Walker Gallery, Castletownbere, Cork.

Dec 2020                      Education Assistant and Gallery Intern, TULCA Festival of Visual Arts.

Aug-Sept 2020            Gallery Assistant Internship, Sarah Walker Gallery, Castletownbere, Cork.

Nov 2019                      Intern & Educational Tour Guide, TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, Galway.

July 2018 & 2019        Visual Arts Internship Programme, Galway International Arts Festival.

Nov 2018                      Volunteer Invigilator, TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, Galway.

 


Other

Mar 2023                     Tour of Gather (Ireland at Venice Irish Tour) at The Model, Sligo.

Mar 2023                     Galway City Council funded place on Scoil Scairte online course.

Feb 2023                      Exhibition review commissioned by 126 Artist-Run Gallery & Studios.

Nov 2022                     Invited Speaker: Artists’ Rights & Responsibilities, GTI, Galway.

July 2022                     Creative Assistance, Festival Garden, Galway International Arts Festival.

June-July 2022           Node Centre for Curatorial Studies: Queer Art & Queer Curating, online.

June 2022                   Screening of 2021 poetry film at Little Cinema, Róisín Dubh, Galway.

Oct-Feb 2022              Superprojects, Clancy Quay Professional Development Programme.

Dec 2021                     Images of work published in Issue 07 of Bloomers Art Magazine.

Dec 2021                     Shortlisted for Medtronic/Radius project Breathing Life into Art, Galway.

Aug 2021                     Shortlisted for the RDS Visual Art Awards 2021.

May 2021                    Received a First Class Honours for my undergraduate dissertation titled Switching Lenses: Investigating the potential of transdisciplinary thinking in education and art practices within a contemporary environment.

May 2021                    Exhibition review published on The Paper, Cork.

Mar 2021                     Spoken-word performance at Circuit Festival Online Event, Galway.

Oct 2020                     Participant in the Young Art Writers Programme with TBG&S, Zoom.

Sept 2020                    Participant in Should Artists Write? workshops with Meadhbh McNutt.

June 2018                   Awarded place on a Stained Sculpture workshop with Andy Fitz, RHA.