Invited Artists 2011

Invited Artists 2011

Kanturk Arts Festival has invited four artists to exhibit at its ‘Invited Artists Exhibition’ in 2011.

As in previous years there is a focus on local artists. However, one from a little further afield has also been invited to work in the town and perhaps display it to us in a new way at the exhibition.

Kanturk Arts Festival wishes to thank these artists for their participation and we are happy to provide a platform for their work.



Bríd Moynahan

Brid Moynahan is from Newmarket in Co. Cork and is currently working with Cork Printmakers. She attended Boherbue Comprehensive School and Colaiste Stiofain Naoife, Cork, before studying at the Crawford College of Fine Art.

Having initially worked as a painter through much of college she began experimenting in the area of Print and found that this new media provided her with a better drawing quality for her work. She has been involved in many group shows at home and abroad and is developing a studio at her home in Newmarket.

Her work is narrative and semi-autobiographical, and revolves around people interacting with each other, animals or their environment. She often deals with the theme of childhood experiences and a coming of age. She shows a particular interest in childhood innocence and how this innocence can become compromised.

Brid’s more recent work is progressing towards a more domestic theme. Though the narrative remains strong throughout, it has become more ambiguous as to allow the viewer to reach their own conclusions.

Bríd gets her inspiration from fairytales and hopes to achieve a fairytale and surreal quality in her prints.

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Joseph Heffernan

Joseph grew up in Boherbue, near Kanturk, where he attended national school and the Comprehensive School. Having been keenly interested in art and in particular in painting from a young age he attended Art and Design classes at Colaiste Stiofain Naoife, Cork before moving on to study Fine Art at the Crawford College of Art and Design. Since graduating in 2009 he has been living and practicing in Cork city where he has exhibited at the Lavitt Gallery and Couch Gallery.

His work currently deals with processing daily feelings thoughts and anxieties through children’s iconography particularly popular children’s imagery such as Disney cartoons. In this way things become simplified and as such trivialised making them seem more manageable.

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Amanda Wright

Amanda lives near Ballydaly, Millstreet. She graduated from Middlesex University with an Honours Degree in Art and Textiles and then went on to work as a Freelance Artist and Textile Designer, selling her work in both Europe and America.

She later gained a teaching qualification and went on to teach both first and second level education, whilst continuing her career as an Artist. Since moving to Ireland with her husband and children, she has continued to paint and teach and her work is in private collections both here and in the UK.

Amanda’s work is influenced by her local landscape, animals, flora and fauna, folklore and childhood fairytales. Amanda paints with passion and from the heart using copious amounts of paint with strong vibrant colours to achieve textured and three-dimensional layered effects. Some of her paintings and textile pieces incorporate; collage, gold and glitter, to create reflective and luminous qualities within her work.



Annemarie Bourke

Originally from Killaloe, Annemarie spent her childhood on the shores of Lough Derg, sketching and painting, and as a result she has a wonderful empathy for the Irish landscape. She began her professional career in 1995 and she travels extensively throughout Europe painting on location and capturing the essence of the place, in her own inimitable style.

Annemarie has had many successful exhibitions both at home and abroad, and her work can be found in many corporate and private collections worldwide.

She has been invited by Kanturk Arts Festival to spend some time in the town and display her impressions of it. She currently works from a studio in O’Connell Street in Limerick.

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