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Celina Muldoon: SIRENS @ Pallas Projects + Studios

Sue Rainsford: MAKE MERCURIAL + CALCIFY, a text for Celina Muldoon—SIRENS

Pallas Projects/Studios are pleased to present Celina Muldoon—SIRENS the first exhibition of our 2019 Artist-Initiated Projects programme.

LIVE; BALOR; ROCK; TOWER; SOUND; RALLY; FILM; KIDS; EYE,
STREAM; LIFT; CALL; DIFF; SEE; BREAST; PLAY,
POWER; RISE; ACT; DARK; CHAOS!

SIRENS is the premiere of a series of test events. It introduces the artist's collaboration with writer Sue Rainsford and producer/musician Keith Mannion. Together they are exploring language and sound in response to Muldoon's project Fomorian and for 3 weeks in March Pallas Projects/Studios will become a site of call/response; action/reaction.

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Biographies:

Celina Muldoon is an artist based in North West Ireland. Graduating with a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art, I.T. Sligo in 2014, with work in their permanent collection. Muldoon completed  an MFA in Sculpture from N.C.A.D. in 2016. Her graduate work 'We are in cahoots...You and I' was selected  for Mobius (Boston) int. performance festival 2017 and Craw festival Berlin 2018. She has exhibited in TBG&S, The Complex, waveparticle and Celine gallery, Glasgow and Project Arts Centre Dublin. Residencies include  MART and the Tyrone  Guthrie Centre. She has been awarded the Next Generation Bursary award, The Artist in the community scheme award and a residency in Cowhouse studios in partnership with The Mothership Project in November 2018 and the prestigious Temple Bar Gallery and Studio Project Studio Award 2019. Current research projects include a collaborative performance and  film culminating in a major exhibition in 2020. The debut of this project took place as part of Periodical Review #8 in Pallas Projects/Studios Dublin. www.celinamuldoon.com

Sue Rainsford is a fiction and arts writer based in Dublin. A graduate of Trinity College, IADT and Bennington College, she is a recipient of the Arts Council Literature Bursary Award, the VAI/DCC Art Writing Award and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. Her debut novel, Follow Me To Ground, was awarded the Kate O'Brien Award, and is longlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Award. Follow Me To Ground is available from New Island Books, and is forthcoming in the UK with Doubleday as well as in the US with Scribner. Currently, Rainsford is a visual arts writer in residence at the Roscommon Arts Centre, and with the generous support of the Arts Council she is working on her second novel, Redder Days.

Keith Mannion is a producer/musician based in the forests of Donegal, in the North-West of Ireland. He has released a series of EPs and two albums - debut Romola in 2015 and the critically acclaimed sophomore When I See You... Ice Cream!, in 2017. He is currently writing new material as Slow Place Like Home and is also a member of the band Gaze is Ghost, for which he is currently finishing a new album. His music and videos have featured on TV and Radio both nationally and internationally including MTV and Australian terrestrial T.V. His work has aired on radio stations such as KCRW, WFMU, BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 music. Mannion has played live shows with Fujiya &Miyagi, Dan Deacon, Squarepusher, Perfume Genius, Day Wave, Ezra Furman, Moodoïd, Prince Rama, Glass Animals,Pantha Du Prince, Gold Panda and Amadou & Miriam. He has collaborated with luminaries such as Fearghal McKee (Whipping Boy) & The Cyclist (Stones Throw Records). He tours with various versions of his live band and will embark on a European tour in late 2019. Mannion is currently signed to Galway's Strange Brew record label.

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Artist-Initiated Projects at Pallas Projects/Studios is an open-submission, annual gallery programme of 10 x 3-week exhibitions taking place between March and November 2019, in the context of a gallery space with a dedicated tradition towards the professional development of artists in a peer-led, supportive environment. This unique programme of funded, artist-initiated projects selected via open call is highly accessible to artists, with a focus on early career, emerging artists and recent graduates. Projects are supplemented with artists' talks, texts, workshops or performances, and gallery visits by colleges and local schools.

Artist-Initiated Projects aims to act as an incubator for early careers, and support artists' practices at crucial stages, providing a platform for artists to produce and exhibit challenging work across all art forms. The model of short-run exhibitions with a relatively short turnaround time of 3–6 months is an alternative to the normal institutional model, where the process of studio visit to exhibition can take several years. Shorter lead-in times allow the programme to be quick and responsive, reflect what artists are currently making, and encourage experimentation and risk-taking.

Pallas Projects/Studios Artist-Initiated Projects is funded by The Arts Council.

Sue Rainsford