axis Artist Residences 2022
Axis Ballymun are delighted to announce three new Artists in residence for 2022 that will see artists develop new work, reflect on their practice, and engage with creatives and communities in the areas of visual arts, film, poetry, music and heritage.
Moran Been-noon will take up a visual arts residency that will develop new elements of her work and explore themes of identity and belonging, Ola Majekodunmi will take up a Poetry/Film residency that allows her the time and resource to reflect of her experience and practice as an artist, engage in mentorship and Sharyn Ward’s residency will see her develop her writing and recording practice as a musician as well as document the creativity and heritage of Traveller artists in her community, especially elders.
Speaking about the residencies, Niamh Ní Chonchubhair, Axis’ Interim Director said: “We’re especially thrilled to be welcoming these three artists to Axis this year as we celebrate our 21st Anniversary, our coming of age. We’ve admired and encountered the work of Been-noon, Majekodunmi and Ward in a variety of ways over the last few years. These residencies are an important reflection on Axis as a creative community hub as well as an acknowledgement of the artists’ professional practice. We’re excited, as a team and as a community to be able to resource this next phase in the development of the artists’ work in a unique setting that is rich in its offerings of support, collaboration and encounter”.
Artist Biographies and Comments:
Moran Been-noon is a Dublin-based visual artist and independent curator. She predominantly makes moving image installations, using animation, archived material, and non-traditional projections. Her practice has a subject matter focus on political identity and post-migration living. She uses physical actions to express questions relating to foreignness, and her own identity to explore how compound ethnicities influence one's sense of belonging to a place.
Taking up residency this summer, Moran is looking forward to exploring ideas of folklore-related imagined places and contemporary views of ethnicity as a spectrum together with the Axis community. She hopes to develop new facets to her practice, and experiment through engagement with local groups and individuals who have an interest in questions of identity and belonging.
Her plans include initiating reading groups, conversation clinics, and encountering various community groups based at Axis. Moran says "I'm honoured to be included with these artists." about the new residencey. More information: MoranB.art
Ola Majekodunmi was born in Lagos, Nigeria and raised in Dublin, Ireland. She is a broadcaster, freelance journalist, Gaeilgeoir, public speaker, creator, co-founder of Beyond Representation, which seeks to bring together and celebrate women of colour in Ireland and a member of the Board of Directors of Foras na Gaeilge, Dublin Film Festival and a member of Galway Film Centre’s National Talent Academy Steering Committee.
Majekodunmi started presenting a radio show with Raidió na Life in 2014 and is a frequent guest contributor on other radio shows on RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, RTÉ 2FM, RTÉ 2XM, BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Foyle and BBC Radio 1 Extra. She also features as a TV contributor with with RTÉ, TG4 and BBC.
In 2018, Majekodunmi directed the short film ‘What does Irishness Look Like?’ which examined the issues around prejudice and national identity in Ireland. In 2021 she developed the short film ‘Say My Ainm’ with the support of Axis Ballymun. In 2022, she started presenting a new music show, 'Unheard' on RTÉ 2XM highlighting black and Gaelach artists.
Her plans for her residency include a reflection on her artistic and poetic practice, mentorship with film maker Hugh O’ Conor and she intends to host a series of conversations that explore creative ways to encourage a shift in perspectives or views. Speaking about her residency, Majekodunmi said “I’m really excited to explore my artistry and find myself in the art that I will be creating over this residency. I love working in Axis and I can’t wait to use the space as well as work along the staff. I’m looking forward to growing more confident and knowledgeable in my craft”
Sharyn Ward is a singer/songwriter, recording artist, community volunteer and a proud Irish Traveller Woman. Based in Darndale, Dublin, she is originally from Longford and is a mother of three. She regularly speaks and performs at events to raise awareness of Traveller mental health. She is currently recording an EP and is working towards writing, recording and releasing her debut album. She has featured regularly in discussions on Traveller Culture and Traveller Pride, most recently with Hot Press Magazine and the Claire Byrne Live show.
Her exceptional rendition of ‘Black is the Colour’ earned her a place in Ireland’s Got Talent final where she sang One Starry Night. She went on to win an award at the Traveller Pride Awards. She is currently working with choreographer Muirne Bloomer on a community project in Dardale and curated the ‘Building Hope: A Celebration of Traveller Pride’ on behalf of Axis Ballymun in 2021.
Her plans for her residency include the development of her own work, especially writing and recording new material. Ward also intends to host a series of events, either online or in person, that highlight artists within the Traveller community. Speaking about her residency, Ward said “I’m delighted to be able to really dedicate my time to my music and my community and I’d love to keep building on my relationship with the Axis. As a Traveller woman, as an artist and as a mother I feel very welcome and supported here”.
Each artist will receive a bursary to cover the duration of their part-time residency in addition to development space, tech support in realizing elements of their work, access to the support of the Axis Green Arts and Pop-Up Lit Departments as well as the support of the Axis team in areas they specifically identify. These residencies are made possible thanks to the support of The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.