Practice Based Research at Burren College of Art

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New Artistic Research showcases the work of practice-based PhD students at Burren College of Art, Qi Chen, Tanya de Paor, Kelly Klaasmeyer and Robbie Lawrence. The exhibition features work from each of their ongoing research projects, in which they are investigating a range of chosen topics. The opening reception is taking place Thursday 30th January from 6pm to 8pm

  • January 30 – February 21, 2020
  • The Gallery | Burren College of Art | Newtown Castle
  • Ballyvaughan | Co. Clare | H91 H299

Research at the Burren College of Art

Artistic Research is integral to the academic programme at this organisation. In BCA’s PhD programme, which is accredited by NUI Galway, students focus on a research topic, which they explore through artistic practice in order to make a significant contribution to new knowledge. Research at BCA represents the plurality of approaches to contemporary artistic praxis, is interdisciplinary and often informed by collaboration across multiple fields.

For further information, please contact Lisa Newman at or 065 7077200

Artists Bios

Qi Chen

Qi Chen’s research focuses on the combination of portrait, text and documentary film to question or collapse subjective distance between people, with a view to enhancing mutual understanding. Qi holds an undergraduate degree from the Art Institute of Renmin University of China where he completed a Bachelor of Painting and Calligraphy in 2008. He also went on to complete a Masters in 2012 from the China Academy of Fine Arts and 2017 a Master’s degree in the History of Art from the University of Edinburgh. Before attending the University of Edinburgh, he worked as a full-time artist in Hunan Painting Academy and Hunan Province Artists Association. He was the director of the Young Artists Association of Hunan Province and had the honour of being part of the Great Wall Chinese Painting Distinguished Painters.

Tanya de Paor

Tanya de Paor presents research from a series of intergenerational workshops that aim to co- create speculative, fabulated and playful stories about the Anthropocene. Tanya is an artist, researcher and lecturer based in Cork. Her work is concerned with exploring human / nature connections in the neo natural world of the Anthropocene. Her work is multidisciplinary including sculpture, drawing, installation, text and lens based media. She received her MA from Belfast College of Art, University of Ulster. She recently presented at the TransCultural Exchange 2018, International Conference for Opportunities in the Arts, in Qúebec City.

Kelly Klaasmeyer

Kelly Klaasmeyer’s research enquires into the relationship between painting and narrative, exploring as to whether an expanded idea of the portrait can enhance our understanding of subjectivity.
Kelly received her MFA from the University of Houston in 1992 and went on to manage a political campaign in rural Arkansas. She spent the mid-90s making art and hanging out with unsavory characters in St. Petersburg, Russia. Back in Houston, she drew a comic for a weekly paper that generated threats of legal action. When the cartoon ended, she became the art critic for the same paper.

Robbie Lawrence

Robbie Lawrence’s research examines painting as a vehicle for understanding and ameliorating Thanatophobia (Existential Death Anxiety). Robbie was born and (mostly) raised in central Texas, USA, and currently resides in the west of Ireland. Her practice revolves around observational painting and drawing techniques, using representation to investigate the psychology of the objects and people around her. These careful techniques are used to capture moments of storied depth and sensitivity to create quiet, contemplative spaces.

Gemma Creagh

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