The Digital Hub Artist-in-Residence programme allows artists to bring their unique perspectives to life at The Digital Hub and contribute to The Digital Hub’s programmes and community initiatives, as well as the artistic and cultural life of the area.
The Digital Hub’s Artist-in-Residence programme has been operating since 2018.
Leon Butler, The Digital Hub’s fifth Artist-in-Residence, specialises in digital design, with a focus on using 3D designs to invite audience participation and interaction. As part of his residency, Leon took data collected from sensors, deployed by The Digital Hub’s most recent Technologist-in-Residence, that monitored air quality, traffic levels and pollution, to develop a virtual reality model of the area.
“The Digital Hub is a central point for the Dublin 8 community, and there has been significant work already undertaken on examining the ecology of the surrounding area and society’s relationship with it. I am looking forward to working with local community groups and the team at The Digital Hub over the course of my residency and I hope to make a lasting impact on how local residents view the importance of our natural surroundings.”
Seoidín O’Sullivan was The Digital Hub’s fourth artist in residence. She is a contemporary artist with a socially engaged practice who lecturers in Visual Culture at NCAD. Her art projects are collaborative and focus on bringing people together in action to protect or develop an aspect of their Ecological Commons.
“This residency will support the next stage of my practice where I will develop ‘Nature Probe’s’ alongside the local community as part of the URBAN GRIT project — an art and science research project with UCD’s school of Geography and Robert Emmet CDP.”
Award-winning artist Elaine Hoey became The Digital Hub’s third artist in residence in 2020. Elaine specialises in creating experiences which explore people’s evolving relationship with the screen and digital practices and the politics of digital humanity.
“Exploring our relationship with the digital world grows increasingly important as technology continues to be a mainstay of everyday life, so I’m grateful to The Digital Hub to have a platform to continue my work.”
Experienced photographer Kate Nolan took up an eight-month residency at The Digital Hub in 2019. In her work she collaborates with communities in spaces of transition or “in-between” places, to visualise and inquire into the construction of identity.
“This residency gave me the scope to push and test new ideas within my practice. My work has brought me to border spaces across Europe and the Americas, and I am fortunate to get to work with the vibrant community in the Liberties that has been my home for the past eight years.”
Multi award-winning visual artist and photographer, Mandy O’Neill was The Digital Hub’s first artist-in-residence in 2018. Mandy’s residency explored the themes of education, youth and community within the context of the unique Liberties area of Dublin 8.
“With a very open brief, the residency allowed me to explore the multifaceted environment of The Liberties and engage with local communities, while also developing new approaches to my practice and identifying possible new methodologies.”