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Artist Biographies
Rhona Byrne Declan Gorman
Rhona Byrne is a visual artist who works in installation, sculpture, mixed media, and Declan Gorman is a playwright and theatre director with a background in
photography. Rhona graduated from the National College of Art and Design with community-engaged arts practice and policy. He is currently Associate Artistic
an honours BFA in Sculpture in 1994. She lives and works in Dublin, Ireland. In her Director of Upstate Theatre Project, Drogheda ( and Chairperson of
practice Rhona makes objects, site-specific, gallery and context-based installations, CityArts, Dublin. He was formerly an actor and producer with Co-Motion Theatre
films, publications and collaborative event-based projects that focus on the Company (1985 – ‘90); Development Officer and Theatre Programmer for City Arts
interplay between people and their surrounding environment at both macro and Centre (1990 – ‘95) and Coordinator of the Arts Council Review of Theatre in Ireland
micro levels. Rhona has participated in residencies and has exhibited extensively in (1995-‘96). He has sat on various boards and committees, including chairing an
Ireland, Austria, UK, Serbia, Germany, Poland and China. Her work has been Abbey Theatre Outreach Education working group and an Arts Council
commissioned by Dublin City Council, OPW and Cork City Council and supported Participatory Arts research committee. He leads an annual masterclass in
by the Arts Council of Ireland. community playwriting for the New York University Steinhardt School Study
Abroad program. In 1999, he received a Stewart Parker award for his play Hades,
which forms part of his Border Chronicles Trilogy 1997 – 2007.
Susan Gogan
Susan Gogan is an artist working primarily with photography and is currently
Ríonach Ní Néill
expanding her practice to include moving image. Her work is driven by a desire to
understand our everyday spatial practice and to represent a 'third' way to think Ríonach Ní Néill, originally from Dublin, is a contemporary dancer and
about space, exploring and developing new concepts around 'real' and 'imagined' choreographer. In Ireland she has worked with Rex Levitates Dance Co, Catapult
space. Cinema has a significant influence on her work which to date has centred Dance Co, Corp Feasa, Finola Cronin and Daghdha Dance Company. From 2002 to
around the production of a series of large-scale photographic pieces, culminating in 2006 she was a member of Tanztheater Bremen, Germany’s oldest dance theatre
the collaborative works of Opening Doors. She is now producing a new body of company. She founded her company Ciotóg in 2006 and choreographies include
moving image work. A Thing of Beauty & A Joy Forever, How did we get Here?, Between Earth, Sky & Home,
and Palimpsest, an intergenerational work for professional and older dancers for the
Susan’s formal education in photography began in 1995 at City College, San
Bealtaine Festiva 2008l. ‘Palimpsest’ was an intergenerational collaborative dance
Francisco. She then studied at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun
piece that brought together performers of different ages.
Laoghaire and following this received her BA from Dublin Institute of Technology in
2002. Susan has exhibited in the US, Australia and widely across Ireland. She lives
and works in Dublin.
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