In partnership with The LAB Gallery and Fire Station Artists’ Studios  

Sculpture Dublin is delighted to present the Experiment! Sculpture Award, a developmental award open to artists resident in Ireland who use sculpture as a primary medium.   The Award provides a range of practical supports to an artist seeking to take creative risks within their practice, allowing them to further develop and refine their own sculptural language while pursuing new lines of enquiry.

Experiment! Sculpture Award

Experiment! is a unique opportunity for an artist to realise a piece of sculpture with support from Fire Station Artists’ Studios (FSAS) and Dublin City Council Arts Office. The winner received:

  • €12,000 for fees and materials for the production of new work
  • A two week residency at Fire Station Artists’ Studios workshop facility
  • A spotlight exhibition in the Cube at the LAB Gallery in late 2021
  • Mentorship by an established artist (to be agreed in consultation with the winning artist) 
  • A commissioned written response to the work
  • Photographic documentation of the work installed at The LAB Gallery

Experiment! Sculpture Award seeks to reward an artist who demonstrates an interest in sculptural process and materials, keeping Sculpture Dublin’s key values in mind. Full details of the Award are available to download here. The closing date for entries was 26 March 2021.

Sculpture Dublin received a high number of submissions and the Selection Panel was impressed by the overall quality of applications, which together spoke to the great breadth of sculptural practice in Ireland today. The Selection Panel for the Experiment! Sculpture Award included:

  • Sheena Barrett (Curator, The LAB Gallery)
  • Helen Carey (Director, Fire Station Artists’ Studios)
  • James Hayes (artist extern)
  • Pádraic E. Moore (curator extern)

Award Recipient - Rory Tangney

Left: ‘Head (For the Age we Live In)’, 2021, wood, polystyrene, epoxy resin, plaster, paper, glue, soil, pigment, spray paints, wire mesh, found objects, 65 x 38 x 40 cm. Right: Rory Tangney

Ahead of International Sculpture Day 2021, Sculpture Dublin announced artist Rory Tangney as the recipient of the Experiment! Sculpture Award.

Originally from Cork, Rory is now based in Dublin. He recently adopted a new approach to making which has seen his work evolve from a refined, formal style into one which is much more expressive and unrestrained. This shift in his practice was prompted by concerns about the environmental impact of the materials he uses. He now combines scavenged materials – scrap metal and wood, soil, ash, candles, packaging – and discarded objects with plaster, paint, glue and resin to construct sculptures that explore the human psyche through colour, form, balance, texture and contrast.

Experiment! will allow him to clarify the new ideas he is investigating through this practice, buy time in the studio, work on a larger scale, and deepen his research.  He plans to develop a site-specific sculptural installation through his residency at Fire Station Artists’ Studios for exhibition at The LAB Gallery.

Rory Tangney‘s work has been presented in Italy, Berlin and the UK, as well as throughout Ireland in venues including the National Gallery, VISUAL Carlow, VOID Derry, Limerick City Gallery of Art, and broadcast on RTÉ Radio, among many others. He has been a prizewinner at the RHA Annual exhibition and his most recent body of work, Tales of the Futurepast (2020), was an online project funded through the Arts Council’s COVID 19 Response Award. He has taken part in several recent collaborations, most significantly with musician/composer Colm O’Hara for a group show in Solstice Arts Centre (2019) and in 2018 with dancer Mary Wycherley in the touring project Invisible Histories which was funded by the Arts Council.