Previous Graduate Residents

 Gareth Moore 2014-2015

Gareth Moore is an artist based in Belfast. Prior to completing a BA in Fine Art IN 2015 he was a self-taught Blacksmith in Omagh. During this time Gareth honed his techniques of marrying traditional craft process with new-wave approaches. He was awarded the Flax Art Student Graduate Residency in 2015 and since relocating to Belfast he has become more interested in exploring socially aware practices that use the arts to connect with socially engaged campaigns.

Elizabeth-Anne Curistan 2013-2014

‘Neither’ installation, found and offcuts of materials, burnt exterior

Elizabeth-Anne Curistan (b. Belfast, 1987) is a visual artist, working with a broad range of mediums from photography to installation.    She completed her B.A (Hons) in Fine Art at the University of Ulster, Belfast in 2012 and is currently completing her final year on the Master of Fine Art course, also at the University of Ulster, Belfast.   During this time she has been involved with Open Studio events, which invite the public into the University to speak about her work and the MFA course, as well as participating in giving an artist’s talk in the Conor Lecture Theatre at the University of Ulster, Belfast.

Currently her work is exploring the intermediate, liminal stage during rites of passage where the subject simultaneously contains elements of both their previous and subsequent forms but is identified as neither. As a liminal period is both destructive and constructive she incorporates this into her practice by deconstructing materials that have been either found, second hand or are offcuts from previous pieces of artwork and reconstructing them into a completely new form.

Ryan Moffett 2012-2013

Ryan Moffett (b.Belfast, 1987) is a visual artist working with both still photography and video.  He completed his MFA in the University of Ulster in 2013 and is currently the graduate in residence at the Flax Arts Studios, Belfast.   Recent exhibitions include:- The Faraway Nearby, F.E McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge.  Ten – MFA Degree Show, University of Ulster, Belfast .  Strange Loop, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast.  What You Are I Am Too, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, 1⁄2, Platform Arts, Belfast.  Interplanetary Revolution, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast.

Laura McMorrow 2012-2013

McMorrow was born in Leitrim 1986. In 2012 she completed an MFA at the University of Ulster.  In 2008, she graduated from Limerick School of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Art Honours Degree. She was shortlisted for the 2010 Golden Fleece Award.  Her recent solo exhibitions include Occupy Space, Limerick, ‘A Bland on the Map’, Queen Street Studios Gallery, Belfast.  ‘All Cats Are Grey In The Dark’, Bookcube Gallery, Dublin.  Selected group exhibitions include, ‘Mainland’ Event Gallery, London, ‘The Woods’, Limerick Gallery of Art.  ‘For The Love Of Change’, Mill Street Studios, Dublin.

Anne Marie Taggart 2011-2012

Anne Marie Taggart was born in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, and is currently based in Belfast.  She graduated with a BA Fine Art Sculpture from the University of Ulster in 2011.  Her recent exhibitions have take place at Ps Squared, Belfast and Satis House, Belfast. Also in June 2011, she was awarded the Flax Art Graduate Residency at Flax Art Studios, Belfast – a year long residency which commenced September 2011.  Taggart has exhibited both individually and collaboratively in galleries locally and internationally.

Throughout her practice she uses drawing, photography and sculpture.  She is interested in collecting objects that, she feels, convey human gesture and emotion, form, surface and texture are important, her work is driven by these materials. As a child Anne Marie Taggart collected stray and not so stray cats in and around the roads where she grew up. As an adult she collects abandoned and not so abandoned objects. Taggart is drawn to curious objects that, she feels, convey human gesture and emotion – an old ironing board, two prosthetic right legs, a hairy jumper from a charity shop. Mostly the found object’s history is irrelevant – what is important is the relationship Taggart builds with the object and how various materials and objects placed accidentally beside each other in her studio, interact and converse. She works spontaneously and intuitively producing works through play and experimentation, with initially no idea of a final outcome.

Always playful in her approach, her work is sometimes darkly humorous and sometimes poignantly sad.