Bridget O’Gorman and Brenda Malone in conversation
01 October 2016 12pm - 4pm
The Festival of History
Venue: Collins Barracks
- Talk: 2pm
- In the Flesh screenings: 12pm to 1pm and 3pm to 4pm.
Bridget O'Gorman's In the Flesh was commissioned for exhibition at the LAB as part of the Dublin City Council Commemorations Programme in collaboration with the National Museum of Ireland.
Bridget O'Gorman (b. 1981, Co. Tipperary, Ireland) graduated with a BA in Fine Art Painting from the Crawford College of Art (IRL) in 2003. In 2008 she completed an MFA between the Department of Applied Art and The School of Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland.
Recent solo and selected group exhibitions include Telling the Bees at the Galway Arts Centre IE 2015, On Beauty at the Roscommon Arts Centre IE 2015, Wade In at Eastern Edge Gallery, St. Johns CA 2014, From a Studio Exchange at Acme Project Space, London UK 2014, If I show you the Roses, Rubicon Projects, Dublin IE 2014, & We Are Suddenly Somewhere Else at the Butler Gallery Kilkenny IE 2013.
She is the recipient of various awards including the Golden Fleece Award Shortlist/Commendation 2015, Arts Council Visual Arts Bursary Award 2014, Fire Station/Acme Work/Live Programme Exchange London 2014, the Future Makers Travel & Training Award 2011 and the Wexford Emerging Visual Artist Award 2010. During 2012 - 13 she her work was supported through the Artist In Studio Residency at the National Sculpture Factory in Cork (IRL). She currently lives and works at Fire Station Artists’ Studios in Dublin.
Brenda Malone graduated with an MA in Irish History from St Patrick's College Maynooth in 1996, focusing on the development of the idea of 'nation' in Ireland in the early 19th century. She completed the Higher Diploma in Arts Administration in 2000, and went on to complete her MSc in Museum Studies from Leicester. She has worked for the National Museum of Ireland since 2000, and has continued to study the development of the nation through the objects in the museum's Historical, Military and Easter Week Collections, co-curating Soldiers and Chiefs - The Irish at War at Home and Abroad from 1550 to the Present Day (2006), 1913 Lockout - Impact and Aftermath (2013) and Recovered Voices: Stories of the Irish at War 1914-1915 (2014) exhibitions.
Brenda has also curated the museum's Irish Folklife Collections, and managed the site at St. Conleth's Reformatory at Daingean, Co. Offaly for four years.
She is currently working on the new 1916 Exhibition at Collins Barracks - Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising, and is the author of The Cricket Bat that Died for Ireland, a blog that tells the often complex stories behind the historical objects stored in the museum.
In planning for our 2016 programme at the LAB, Brenda Malone's blog, The Cricket Bat that Died for Ireland, became influential in it's approach as well as it's content. The import given to everyday objects, from sports equipment to clothing and tea flasks, because of their physical presence during 1916 and the stories they came to embody.