RBC Reducing Barriers to Creation Programme: Recipients Announced

By axis team
Tuesday, 19th July 2022
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                                                       RBC Emerging Artists launches in Ireland with four inaugural recipients
RBC Reducing Barriers to Creation Programme 2022

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Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and Axis Ballymun are delighted to announce the launch of RBC Emerging Artists in Ireland, with four artists selected as the inaugural beneficiaries of the RBC Reducing Barriers to Creation: Programme 2022.

Regina Bachinska, Grace Odumosu, Áine O’Hara and Eithne Sweeney will receive a range of support and mentorship from RBC and Axis as they develop their practices and ideas. Full biographies of each artist are included below.

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1 BAB 0997The RBC Reducing Barriers to Creation: Programme is an investment in the artists’ processes. They receive a dedicated budget to help address some of the barriers that come with finding time or accessing development spaces, and are also able to access Axis’ arts centre facilities. In addition, they benefit from accessing Axis’ network of artists to find mentors, gain feedback and build their professional networks.

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RBC has supported over 28,000 artists via RBC Emerging Artists. RBC supports organisations that provide the best opportunity to advance an artist’s career trajectory in genres such as visual arts, music, theatre, performance, literature and film. Every year the RBC Foundation donates millions of dollars to hundreds of arts organisations globally to help emerging artists become established.

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Over the years, Axis has offered resources and production support to a range of artists, becoming a cultural hub on the Northside of Dublin and a space where artists and the public gather to encounter new work and new ideas. Since 2004 Axis has worked to develop and produce new writing and theatre making locally, nationally and internationally, while also facilitating the growth of hundreds of artists through their many programmes and initiatives.

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Niamh Ní Chonchubhair, Axis’ Interim Director, said, “We’re so thrilled to be partnering with RBC on such a genuinely impactful programme that allows creatives time, space and additional accommodation to focus on their practice and ideas, and we’re very much looking forward to working with and hosting these four brilliant and dynamic artists in Axis.”

Gary O’Leary, Head of RBC Investor & Treasury Services Ireland, said, “RBC is delighted to be working with Axis Ballymun for the inaugural RBC Reducing Barriers to Creation Programme, supporting the next generation of artistic talent in Ireland. The creativity displayed by these emerging artists is incredible, and it’s so exciting to see what the future holds for them. We wish the artists every success throughout their creative journeys.” 

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Artist biographies

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Regina was born in 1980 in the İllichivsk town near Odessa. She is a graduate of the South Ukrainian National Pedagogical University with a magister's degree of plastic arts. She has had over 15 solo exhibitions in Odessa, Kiev, Chernomorsk and as well as a participant in joint exhibitions, plainairs and photography in Ukraine and abroad. She arrived in Ireland shortly following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia and has been based between Dublin and Cork where she is trying to continue her practice and establish creative connections in Ireland.

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Regina's works are in galleries and private collections in Turkey, Russia, Denmark, Kosovo, Albania, Slovakia, Poland, Lebanon, Kuwait, Israel, and Macedonia. She is a curator of the International Art Acts (Ukrainian Chapter).

Regina has participated at the international art workshops in Macedonia, Turkey, Albania, Slovakia and Russia, and in international exhibitions (Turkey, Australia, Jordan, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Russia, Nepal, Mexico, Romania, Albania, Argentina, Slovakia, Macedonia, Kosovo), and printed in museum catalogues in Kosovo, Mexico, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine. Regina is also a member of Chernomorsk Creative Union of artists ’Nika’ and a member of the Union of Marine Artists of Odessa.

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Grace Odumosu

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Grace Odumosu is an Irish/Nigerian solo parent, actor, drama therapist, and creative, born and raised in Dublin. Grace holds a BA in acting from the Dublin Institute of Technology and a Master’s degree in Drama Therapy from NUI Maynooth.

Grace has an extensive background in theatre, both in Dublin and in the US. For the past four years, she has been involved in community work for the Irish diaspora in Chicago.

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Presently she is managing a youth programme for Irish Travellers, enabling them a safe space to explore and learn about their culture. She has also worked extensively with IamIrish, a UK-based international movement that connects, supports, advocates and empowers Irish people of mixed ancestry/multi-ethnicity, and explores perceptions of Colour, Culture, Identity, Heritage, and Irishness.

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Áine O’Hara

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Untitled design  10 Áine O’Hara is an award winning theatre-maker creating exciting and vulnerable work for and about people who are often left out of traditional art and theatre spaces. She is currently at a pivotal stage in her career as she reimagines how she creates work following her diagnosis with fibromyalgia. O’Hara is a graduate of the Institute of Art and Design, Dun Laoghaire.

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O’Hara’s long-term ambitions include demanding adequate access to theatre and the arts for disabled and marginalised communities through the creation of large-scale, ambitious work as well as the continuation of community building projects like Chronic Chats, a creative and social group for chronically ill people run with the support of the A4 Sounds Studios Project award. O’Hara’s work has toured nationally and internationally and she has shown work in the UK, Sofia, Bulgaria and presented The Owl that lost the cat an interactive performance about loneliness and how to connect in a digital society at Survival Kit festival in Latvia in September 2020.

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In 2019, GAA MAAD - an exploration of what it means to be a queer GAA fan and the difficulty in loving a sport and a community that quite often hates and abuses you - was selected for the inaugural DUETS programme. GAA MAAD was written and performed by Aine O’Hara & Vickey Curtis at Bewleys Cafe Theatre for Dublin Fringe Festival 2019. GAA MAAD was awarded the Outburst Queer Fringe Award 2019. Áine has also worked in art departments for film and TV including ‘Red Rock’ currently on Virgin Media One and upcoming Irish feature film ‘Broken Law’ by Paddy Slattery.

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Eithne Sweeney

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Eithne Sweeney is a Dublin born artist working and living in Santry Dublin. Having studied a fine art BA degree and a HDIP in art education Eithne has 20 plus years’ experience teaching in Youthreach.

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Eithne’s creative career has seen her working with a design team, an art squad, creating online content, crafts, mentoring and leading many creative programmes.

Her art is intuitive and reflective, and the aim is to be in the ’now’ of the creative flow. Her art also invites the viewer to witness the summoning of healing energies that touches on her interest in the ancient and alternative forms of spirituality.

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“My art can be about summoning energies that heal or guide us to be on a higher frequency that often heals as well. Working with disadvantaged youths and being a carer for my autistic son has given me a unique view of life and its difficulties, and how to cope with these and improve our mental health and self-acceptance.”

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