FEBRUARY 2024

Niall Dooley / Ireland / visual artist
https://nialldooley.com/

Niall Dooley is a fine art practitioner from Ireland. He graduated from the National College for Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin in 2009, and has exhibited both in Ireland and Germany.
Niall Dooley’s practise is the composition and execution of figurative imagery, mainly in the form of graphic painting on board or canvas.
In the conception of the images he utilises composition arrangement, symbolic elements and sometimes surreal scenarios in creating pictorial narratives which often refer to themes around the human condition, and those around the moral imperatives of our current age.

Katharina Hamann / Germany / filmmaker
https://katharinawaisburd.de/

Katharina works as a freelance director, camerawoman and editor.
After graduating from high school, I first studied art history and classical archeology, and in 2006 I began studying film at the Beuth University of Technology.
In 2016 I received my diploma in documentary film/directing from the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy.

Jamie Ashforth / Canada / Visual artist
https://www.jamieashforth.com/

Jamie Ashforth is a Canadian visual artist exploring new forms of connection through socially and environmentally engaged art making. Her experimental approaches to drawing, print, photography, and installation explore embodied experiences of transition.

Participatory, event-based practice is an emergent part of how she unpacks the relationship between what is temporal and tactile, and ways of generating kinship across distance.

Marion Tränkle / Germany / Performance
http://mariontraenkle.eu/

Marion Tränkle works in the field of performance art and design and is based in Amsterdam. Her work engages systems thinking, cross-disciplinary perspectives, and experimentation, integrating electronics and systems thinking into scenographies for stages.

Her visual scenarios deliberately negotiate the constructive tension between the carefully constructed and generative processes, between risk and responsibility, and between autonomous performance and human intervention.

Marcia Walker / Canada / Writer
http://www.marciawalker.ca/

Marcia Walker’s writing has appeared in Electric Literature’s Recommended ReadsThe Chicago ReviewThe New QuarterlyFiddleheadThe New York TimesPRISM internationalRoomEVENTThe Globe and MailCBC radio, and elsewhere. Her work has been shortlisted for The Commonwealth Short Story Prize, PRISM’s fiction and non-fiction prize, and the Writers’ Union of Canada short prose competition.

A graduate of the University of Guelph’s MFA program in creative writing, she has been awarded fellowships and residencies from Saari, Yaddo, The Vermont Centre, and The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. She has received grants from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canadian Council for the Arts.

Born in Shakespeare, Ontario, she has worked as a professional actor, a junior ranger, a bookseller, an intervenor, a yoga instructor, and a lawyer. Currently, she lives in Montreal and teaches creative writing online through the University of Toronto’s Continuing Education.

Marianna Bruno / Italy / Painter and illustrator
https://www.marianna-bruno.com/

Marianna studied painting and illustration at the Libera Accademia d’Arte Novalia in Alba and specialized in engraving and art printing techniques at the Il Bisonte International School of Art Graphics in Florence.

She works strictly by hand with traditional techniques, in particular tempera, and the links and relationships between man, nature and culture find ample space in her works.

Marianna is an illustrator and author, collaborating with theater companies, museums, cultural associations and artist residencies. She also organizes and leads workshops and laboratories for adults and children.

JANUARY 2024

Tia Taylor Berry / Great Britain / Visual artist
tiamariataylorberry.com

Tia Taylor Berry is an esoteric arts practitioner living and working in Newcastle Upon Tyne, born 1999 in Northumberland. Tia’s work exists as part of her spiritual practices, exploring her presented notion of spiritual space, dealing with notions of magic and the other. Though specialising in geometric abstraction and large scale installation Tia works across media to join material in the creation of one ‘entity’, an artwork which transcends the limitations of knowingness and conventional understanding into a space otherworldly wonder.

Exploring mediumistic techniques the work is created through an experienced shift in state of being, it exists as a recording of Tias connection to and encounters with her presented notion of spiritual space. Within these liminal spaces of the works creation Tia connects with that beyond the tangible, bridging the chasm between the material and the ethereal.

Tzu-Ning Chiang (Viola Chiang) / Taiwan/ photography and graphic printmaking
https://violatipia.wordpress.com/

Viola was born in Taipei, Taiwan, lives and works between Venice and Dublin. She works with various printmaking and handmade paper techniques made with natural materials. She is interested in ecosystems and researches how thinking like a geologist can help save the world.