Ciara O’Conor is a Kerry based visual artist who works with textiles and embroidery. Her work is figurative and deals with themes of identity, nostalgia, relationships, and feminism. She uses a combination of hand stitching, free motion embroidery and raw-edged appliqué to create her thread drawings. The slow, meditative nature of hand stitching allows time to become intimately connected with what she is making. The speed and fluidity of machine stitching allows for a more intuitive, expressive outcome and instant gratification.
John Conway is a visual artist based in Rua Red South Dublin Arts Centre. His work is characterised by innovative multi-disciplinary projects and sophisticated solo and participatory artworks which are often produced in response to sensitive, challenging, or novel contexts. He frequently commissions, curates, and collaborates with other arts and non-arts specialists and orchestrates complex multi-stakeholder projects.