Niamh Fahy

Niamh Fahy, Research Associate

I joined the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) as a Research Associate as part of the Expanding Excellence in England (E3) fund in November 2019, following a career as an Artist and Printmaker.

I am studying towards a PhD and my supervisory team is Sarah Bodman, Angie Butler and Paul Laidler. As part of my research project I am investigating the possibilities and capacity for the print artist to challenge and expand modes of understanding anthropogenic changes within landscape. I am interested in expanding interdisciplinary research projects between print artists and environmental science groups.

My work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at shows including The Masters: Relief, Bankside Gallery, London (2019, 2018) RWA 167 Annual Open Exhibition, The RWA, Bristol, (2019) The Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Exhibition, Piano Noble Kings Place Gallery, London. (2019) Interruptions, Athens Print Fest, Felios Foundation, Athens, Greece (2019). RBSA Print Prize Exhibition RBSA gallery, Birmingham (2018). Print in Play, Trükimuuseum, Tartu, Estonia (2015) International Printmaking Conference Impact 9, Hangzhou, China (2015) Impressions Biennial, Galway arts festival centre, Galway (2015) Twelve, the Hunt Museum, Limerick (2014) Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Limerick Printmakers and Gallery bursary award exhibition, Limerick. (2013)

My print and photographic work has received numerous awards including the Intaglio Print Prize at Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair (2019). As part of the RBSA Print Prize exhibition, I was awarded The Paul Hipkiss Memorial Prize (2018). I have previously been awarded the Individual Artist Bursary Award Galway County Council (2016, 2015). I have also been awarded the Create Research and Development Award (2015) to create a series of print outreach workshops.

I have been awarded the Artist Development programme 2020 by the European Investment Bank under the theme (De) construction of History. (ADP) to undertake a residency and mentorship programme with International artist Jorma Puranen in Luxemburg organised by the EIB Institute. I have previously been awarded several artists residencies including the Tartu Printing Museum, Estonia (2015), The Tyrone Guthrie Residency award, Ireland (2014) and the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology Summer Print residency (2016).

I have obtained my MA in Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking from the University of the West England in 2019. I was awarded the postgraduate Rebecca Smith Memorial prize (2019) by the University of the West of England. I hold a Certificate in Creative Enterprise from the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland. I completed my BA Hons Degree in Fine Art Printmaking from the Limerick School of Art and Design. On graduating from my degree, I was awarded the Limerick Printmaking Emerging Artist Bursary Award (2012) which supported my solo show Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (2013) at Limerick printmakers gallery.

Area Of Expertise
Experimental analogue photography
Wet plate collodion photography
Digital embroidery

Research Topics/Interests
Printmaking Historic Repographic and photographic methods; Art and ecology; Material Innovation

MA in Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking, BA in Fine Art Printmaking

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