Dear Little Box | Nicola Sheehan

Dates: 3 March – 31 March  2023
Days/Times: Tues-Fri, 10am-5pm
Location: Studio 12, Backwater Artists Group, Wandesford Quay
Opening Reception: 2 March, 6pm

Backwater Artists Group are delighted to invite you to the opening reception of Dear Little Box, an exhibition of prints by Nicola Sheehan. The work commemorates Irish activist Kathleen Napoli McKenna and is supported by the Kathleen McKenna Award 2021.

Opening reception March 2nd at 6pm, Studio 12, Backwater Artists Group, Wandesford Quay, Cork. All Welcome.

Dear Little Box references Napoli McKenna’s time working with the Irish Bulletin, and her devotion, both to the Bulletin – which she fondly refers to as her “god-child”- and to her country. During the Irish Bulletin’s two year lifespan, McKenna worked to physically type and duplicate each issue from various hideouts across Dublin, using printing apparatus which included Gestetner duplicators.

Supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012 – 2023 initiative and the Arts Council’s Project Award 2023.

Nicola Sheehan is a visual artist based in Cork, Ireland. She received a First Class Honours BA in Fine Art in 2021 from MTU Crawford College of Art & Design. She works primarily with expanded printmaking techniques, utilising a combination of both digital and analogue processes. At present, she is completing a research project on Gestetner duplicators funded by the Valerie Gleeson Development Bursary. Other awards include the Limerick Printmakers Award 2022, Cork City Council Purchase Prize, Tyndall Printmaking Prize, MTU Purchase Prize. Recent exhibitions include PULSE, Limerick City Gallery of Art, State of Print, IMPACT 12 and unbound, Bristol City Hall.

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