Homo Ludens (Man at play)


Róisín Bohan is an independent curator and the recipient of Black Church Print Studios Recent Graduate Curator Award. She holds an MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management from UCD (2017) and a BA in Fine Art from Crawford College of Art and Design (2014). Recent curatorial projects include a series of seven performance art events held between 2016 and 2017 in Temple Bar Gallery + Studios as part of their Studio 6 Open programme. She has also curated shows in the MART, Rathmines, Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork, and Monster Truck Studios. She currently works at the RHA Gallery and has previously worked with Dublin Gallery Weekend and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.

Cará Donaghey is this year's recipient of Black Church Print Studios Graduate Award and is currently undertaking her year-long membership of the studio. Originally from Donegal, she is a graduate of NCAD with First Class Honours in Fine Print and Visual Culture. Working with the term ‘the archive' in a flexible and contemporary sense, Donaghey's current work focuses on the operative aspects of archiving - collecting, preserving, and mediating images, drawings, and objects. Photography and printmaking are a grounding point of both ‘the archive' and Donaghey's practice. She is interested in the emotional resonance of place, drawing on her own and other's experience in an attempt to articulate non-specific memory and history.


Isabel English completed her BA in Fine Art from Crawford College of Art and Design in 2017. Her graduate show work, plan for the ideal city..., earned her many awards such as a 6-month residency in the National Sculpture Factory, a group exhibition at Doswell Gallery and Cork Institute of Technology Arts Festival, as well as being shortlisted for the RDS Student Visual Art Awards and a solo exhibition in Lismore Castle Arts.

Margot Galvin is an artist living and working in Dublin. Galvin completed a Masters in Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design in 2014 after graduating from NCAD in 2012 with a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art print. Her work examines the relationship between self and place, which is explored through intense interrogations of our environment. Drawing, printmaking and photography, and more recently painting are all used to explore these themes. She is currently a member of "At home Studios" group and Black Church Print Studio, Dublin.

Daire O'Shea is a writer and sculptor based in Dublin. He holds a BA in Sculpture from Limerick School of Art and Design (2016) and an MA in Contemporary Art Criticism from UCC (2017). His work Threshold Devices was exhibited in Limerick City Gallery of Art in 2017 as part of the graduate bursary programme. Recent exhibitions include a solo show entitled If You Can't Handle Me @ My 2007 Gucci Mane, Then You Don't Deserve Me @ My 2017 Gucci Mane in LSAD and group shows such as Soft in the Belltable, Limerick, and K-fest, in Killorglin, Kerry. O'Shea's practice is concerned with the experience of physical objects and materials in the digital age.

Irene Whyte is an artist based in the midlands and is a new member of Black Church Print Studio. She studied foundation Sculpture at City Lit, London (2007) and holds a BA in Fine Art Print (2012) and a Masters in Fine Art Sculpture (2014) from the National College of Art and Design. Whyte's interdisciplinary art practice uses the specifics of film, photography, and colour to engage with notions of the "gaze".