June 2021

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I'm delighted to be a recipient of the new Arts Council Agility Award round one... onwards to new work.

June 2021

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I Am What I am

5th June – 31st July

Exhibition and Events

Curated by Sinead Keogh, 'I Am What I Am' is nuanced celebration of queer artists who work with gender, sexuality, identity and queer politics. This adventurious exhibition, presented in partnership with mayo County Council Arts Service, in Ballina Arts Centre will bring together artists from all backgrounds to unite in a diverse exploration of queer art in Ireland today. Screening of 'Three Generations of Queers'.

June 2021

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Artlink 'Bring The Mind Home' exhibition curated by Kaithlynn Webster screening 'The Longest Night'

June 2021

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'Meditations in Time of Civil War'  is the 2021 Annual Invited Artists exhibition of small works curated by Hamilton Gallery, Sligo. 125 invited artists are taking part this year, all of whom have created a new painting inspired by, or drawing upon this major poem by WB Yeats.  

May 2021

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Check out the advertisement for the Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition 2021 in the Irish Arts Review for details.

April 2021

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‘Flight’ selected for Lacuna Festival 2021 International, Contemporary Arts Festival: Distance (02-07-2021) Check out the festival at www.lacunafestivals.com.

April 2021

‘Three Generation of Queers’ selected for ‘I Am What I Am’ programming (05-07-2021) this summer at the Ballina Arts Centre – keep an eye out.

March 2021

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Awarded a MART residency supported by the Arts Council of Ireland (deferred due to Covid-19)

December 2020

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‘Incarceration Altars’ and ‘The lives we live’ publication by Grangegorman public art - https://ggda.ie/public_art

December 2020

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Screening, 'Bold Writing' Mexindex 2020 Open Submission, curated by Richard Ashrowan, founder of Alchemy Film Festival, Scotland, December - www.mexindex.ie

December 2020

Invited to present a zoom lecture on my work and practice to 4th year education students in NCAD by the Department of Visual Culture as a part on their on-line lecture series.

October 2020

Screening of 'Flight at the Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition.

September 2020

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Screening, 'Flight' Online Programme Contemporary Irish Arts Center Los Angeles, USA, CIACLA Sept (2020 -2021)

June 2020

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Invited Artist to the Among School Children painting exhibition, Hamiliton Gallery Sligo to commemorate W.BYeats birth anniversary on the 13th June.

June 2020

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‘Flight’ winner of the Janet Mullarney Prize awarded by the Highlanes Gallery June 2020

Bernie Masterson is awarded the inaugural Janet Mullarney Prize from the Highlanes Gallery 2020 on June 6th 2020.

Seán Kissane, Joy Gerrard and Jerome O Drisceoil were unanimous in their selection of the Janet Mullarney Prize winner who we are delighted to announce is artist Bernie Masterson for her video work, Flight.

Other prize winners were Alastair Asmussem Doyle, Laura Fitzgerald, Helena Gorey, Elaine Grainger, and Susan Buttner. Congratulations to all concerned.

Joy says of the work - it is an original, graceful and enigmatic work. I think we all responded to themes of isolation and vulnerability in relation to 'the body'. It's a beautiful work, and also feels very relevant to our current pandemic situation.

February 2020

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Invited artist to ‘The Eva Gore Booth Exhibition’ consisting of 93 women artists and is curated by the Hamiliton Gallery in Sligo. The exhibition opened on the 31st of january and runs in the MoLI museum until the 8th March (International Womens Day). The Hamiliton Gallery plan to travel the exhibition to either Manchester or Liverpool, details are currently being arranged and once I get notification I will post the information here, so keep an eye out!

February 2019

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The Institute Cervantes, Dublin With Damer House Gallery 21st November 2019.
Screening BOLD WRITING, details posted later.

February 2019

LOOP Festival Barcelona with Damer House Gallery 11th - 21st November, CAGE, Contemporary Art Gallery Cortines 23, baixos 2 615 32 76 15 Screening BOLD WRITING 

September 2019

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Two of my videos will be screened at the 'Open Mind' exhibition in conjuction with the National Creative Arts exhibition by people in custody, RUA RED Gallery Dublin 24. Incarceration Altars and Pre-Text
A panel discussion will follow the day after the opening. 

August 2019

‘Incarceration Altars’ screening in Los Angeles with CIACLA (www.ciacla.com)  as part of the Irish Short Reel Series. CIACLA –The Contemporary Irish Arts Center Los Angeles promotes culture and is focused on developing a creative platform to support collaborative initiatives in Los Angeles. The Film Screening Series will run from the 27th July to the 24th August at CIACLA, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica. 
https://ciacla.com/event/irish-short-reel-series/

August 2019

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Video Screening with Damer House Gallery in conjunction with the ‘Homeland Series’. This year’s theme is ‘On Changing Your Mind’, ‘a journey to the frontiers of the human mind’, curated by Angel Garcia, Natalia Foguet, (Safia Art Contemporani) Barcelona, artists Patricia Hurl and freelance filmmaker Barbara Henkes, and moderated by artist and filmmaker Therry Rudin. 

August 2019

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My work in collaboration with Máighréad Medbh titled ‘Bold Writing’ will be screened as part of this series in Damer House Gallery, Roscrea, mid August 2019, and on the 11th November to 21st November at the Loop Festival Barcelona 2019, and finally in the Institute Cervantes, Dublin 21s tNovember 2019.

July / August 2019

The Hamiliton Gallery exhibition - The Nineteen Hundred and Ninteeen exhibition is the 5th Invited Artist Exhibition the Hamiliton Gallery has run, which has been thematically inspired by a major poem from WB Yeats, and set in the overall context of Ireland's Decade of Commemoration.

Over 129 Artists have contributed to this exhibition and it is being hosted between the Hamiliton Gallery and The Hyde Bridge Gallery in the Yeats Building.

Under the aegis of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade this exhibition will be shown at the Irish Consulate in New York in Setember.

The exhibition will be officially opened by Ireland's Ambassador in the US, Daniel Mulhall on August 1st, at 1pm in the Yeats Building, Sligo during the 60th Yeats International Summer School and the Tread Softly Festival.
Invitation here, all welcome.

Catallogues for the Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen Exhibition can be bought through the Hamiliton Gallery.

June 2019

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Screening of Incarceration Altars at the European Prison Education Association Conference on the 15th June in the Technological University, Aungier Street, Dublin, followed by a Q and A.

January 2019

The Hamiliton Gallery exhibition - 'St. Brigid's Day 1989', a poem by Leland Bardwell, is a response to the poem by women artists with a contemporary perspective.

St. Brigid's Exhibition London - A Private Viewing will take place on Tuesday 22nd January 6.30pm – 8.30pm with the Irish Ambassador, Adrian O'Neill and guest speaker Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin at the 12 Star Gallery, Europe House, Westminster, London, open to the public from the 23rd January – 1st February. The exhibition will conclude on St. Brigid's Day, Friday 1st February in London, with a very special event to celebrate Leland Bardwell, poet and author RIP. A selection of her poetry will be read by actor, Olwen Fouere, with music by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann award winning fiddle player Caoimhe Kearins. The event will run from 3pm – 6pm. Many of Leland's friends, family and contemporaries will be travelling from Ireland. 

The exhibition will return to Hamilton Gallery, Sligo, with the opening celebration taking place on Saturday 16th February at 12 noon.The exhibition will run until the 30th March. A catalogue is available of all of the works in the exhibition. Please contact the Hamilton Gallery, 4 Castle Street, Sligo -Tel: +353 71 91 43686, 

info@hamiltongallery.ie

www.hamiltongallery.ie

November 2018

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Damer House Gallery Homeland 'Of Memory' exhibition at Cage | Contemporary Art Gallery Exhibitions | Cortines 23 BAjos 2, 08003 Barcelona in conjuction with the' LOOP' festival Barcelona 2018.

The Homeland programme presents "Of Memory", a kaleidoscope of films that document life and livelihoods in Irish towns and villages. The selection includes professional material, fiction and non-fiction, both sound and silent, and will attract everyone interested in the culture and history of the country. The Damer House Gallery is based in the Damer House and Roscrea Castle Heritage Centre, which rest in the heart of an old town with a history going back to the 6th century. In 2013, it launched a new artists-run, non-profit space for contemporary art, in Roscrea Co. Tipperary. Since 2014, Homeland takes place at Damer House Gallery every year with a different theme. It goes on for two weeks and is organised in collaboration with LOOP Barcelona and Safia Art Contemporani.

Exhibition - Homeland 'Of Memory'
Artists: DI Hu, Sandy Kennedy, Breda Lynch, Bernie Masterson, Laura Skehan, David Quin, Pascal Ungerer, WhittyGordon Projects Gallery Facebook page for photos.

October 2018

Selected artist for the 137th Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition 19th October 2018 to the 6th january 2019, Ulster Museum. Botanic Gardens, Belfast BT9 5A.

Early Morning Tide - Bunatrahir Bay - Ballycastle - Co. Mayo- Oil on Canvas - 25.4 X 25.4 cm

August 2018

Selected artist for Damer House Gallery Homeland 'Of Memory' exhibition, Incarceration Altars video #3, single channel, HD, duration 9 mins 57 secs.

Participating artists:

Irish Artists: DI Hu, Sandy Kennedy, Breda Lynch, Bernie Masterson, Laura Skehan, David Quin, Pascal Ungerer, WhittyGordon Projects

Barcelona Artist: Miquel Garcia

‘Homeland’ Video Event exclusively is dedicated to video art and film, a meeting point for professionals and video art lovers.

Homeland aims with to brings together all kinds of representatives involved in the sector, video art and film in a space with international repercussion. A reference point that favors debate among video art lovers and allows visitors to experience new works and to devise
Homeland has become a National benchmark event, an active platform for the diffusion, creation and management of video art for fans and professionals.

October 2017

Selected artist for the Royal Ulster Academy 136th Annual Exhibition on from the
6th October 2017 – 7th January 2018 Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, 
Belfast, BT9 5AB.

October 2017

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‘Incarceration Altars’, a collaboration between artist Bernie Masterson and residents of Mountjoy Prison Campus, investigates the relationship between person, place and object through a series of images and prisoners’ narratives. 

The art project aims to contextualise the different worlds of prison identity and private identity. Objects provide links to those identities and are also used to reflect on other themes such as ‘mourning and memory,’ ‘transition and passage,’ ‘meditation and new vision,’ and how they serve as a marker in a significant life situation such as incarceration. This project was awarded by the Grangegorman Development Agency under Pathway 2 Round 3 of the Per Cent Scheme, and was partnered by the Irish Prison Service and the City of Dublin ETB. The project was first launched by Professor Ciaran Benson the chair of the Public Art Working Group on the 11th October in the DIT College in Grangegorman. It is planned for the installation to tour to other venues in 2018. Updates regarding those venues and dates will be posted here on the News page. For further information contact: Jenny Haughton Grangegorman Public Art Coordinator Telephone 01 4024140

October 2017

See my work at the 187th Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition 2017. Varnishing Day is on Sunday the 21st May at 2 - 5pm and the Opening is on Monday May 22nd from 6 - 8pm. Title ' Pink Clouds over the Ceide Fields', oil on Canvas.

October 2017

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Glitch Festival is celebrating its 6th year and has grown into Ireland's foremost digital arts festival. We work to bring the best of digital arts practices to the fore. Glitch Festival brings leading media and technology artists, curators and artist groups together with audiences to draw out connections between art, culture and technology with the aim of fostering greater critical understanding and debate around artist's interaction, investigation and intersection with technologies.

Sedimentary Structures - Traces of the Live Event 2 May - 10 June

Curated by Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan of Mart. Assistant Curator Deirdre Morrissey

Participating artists are - DAVID BEATTIE, LIVESTOCK, CLIONA HARMEY, ROBIN PRINCE, DAVID LUNNEY, RICHARD FORREST, CATHY COUGHLAN AND CÉCILE BABIOLE.

I will be doing a presentation and showing a sound and video work as a part of this festival, Digital Traces – A Glitch Seminar Wednesday, May 17th, 6.30pm.

Featuring: Hugh McCabe's "Ghosts In The Machines: Digital Archaeologies and Viral Art" , Bernie Masterson's "Bold Writing" – A Video & Presentation analysing the act of writing as leaving a resonating footprint, Theo Honohan's "Product & Sum: Putting processes together; composition in digital art" and a presentation from Pierre Jolivet on "Intermedia Art & Self-Generative Processes."

April 2017

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Cruinniú na Cásca, a Creative Ireland initiative presented by RTÉ is a free public event which will take place in towns and cities across Ireland, on Easter Monday with a special large-scale event in Dublin.

Four zones in Dublin city centre, from 11am – 6pm, will celebrate contemporary Irish culture and creativity through a rich variety of live music and dance, coding, art and music workshops, talks and tastings, readings and screenings, special events and more. As part of the all-of-Government Creative Ireland Programme, local authorities around the country will host their own free family friendly Cruinniú na Cásca initiatives in their own counties.

I took part in a conversation around Creativity in Confinement. On the panel were Garry Cunningham, an ex offender, musician, and author of "Joy of Joys', a book outlining his experience in Mountjoy Prison, Vukashin Nedeykovic, direct provision visual artist and researcher asylum archive creator, and myself visual artist and teacher in the prison service. The discussion was moderated by Laurence Mackin of the Irish Times in City Hall at 1.30 on Easter Monday. There was a great turn out for the discussion, and part of it was aired on 'Inside Culture' the following Monday night on RTE radio one at 10pm.

Cruinniú na Cásca, is supported by Dublin City Council, the Office of Public Works and Transport for Ireland.