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'Pathway' a collaborative art commission between artists Catherine Fanning, Brigitta Varadi  and residents of Nazareth Village, September 2016- July 2017.The commission is funded by the Per Cent for Art Scheme, managed and administered by Sligo County Council Arts Office in partnership with Nazareth Housing Association. Opening Reception: Wednesday, 19th July 2017, 2-3pm, Nazareth Village, Church Hill, Sligo
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'Jelölés | Marking' Solo Show, Budapest GalleryHungary, April 25th June 4th 2017
curated by Szegedy-Maszák Zsuzsanna & Török Tamás, 

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ArtSlant Prize 2016 Grand Prize winner.

Essay, Marking Memory by Andrea Alessi.
ArtSlant prize winners Exhibition, Spring Break Art Show, NY. February 28th – March 6th, 2017.

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'Currently 80' Curated by John Yau,
Sculpture Guild, Westbeth, NY. Februar 5th-24th 2017

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Public Art Commission, Per Cent for Art Scheme, Sligo County Council in partnership with Nazareth Housing Association. In Collaboration with Artist Catherine Fanning

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VISUAL ARTISTS IN PRISON SCHEME AWARD, Castlerea Prison, Co.Roscommon Ireland, December 2016. The Award is co-funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and the Department of Justice, Equality and Reform and administered by the Prison Education Service. 

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'What if we got it wrong' curated by Nora Hickey M’Sichili, Traveling Exhibition 
West Cork Arts Centre, 29.10-13.12.2016
Leitrim Sculpture Centre, 16.09-16.10.2016
Wexford Arts Centre, 10.06-29.07.2016
F.E.McWilliam Gallery, N.I. 12.02-16.04. 2016
Centre Culturel Irlandais, 25.09-4.11 2015 
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'In Conversation'
2014, 5th-29th November
LOCIS Residency with lead artist Johan Thurfjell, LOCIS is a 2 year European Cultural Program between Sweden, Poland and Ireland
LOCAL Exhibition at the The Dock, Carrick on Shannon, Co.Leitrim, Ireland.  Artists Johan Thurfjell (Se), Julia Adzuki (SE)
Linda Shevlin (IE), Brigitta Varadi (IE), Karolina ┼╗yniewicz (PL )

Essay: BETWEEN FIELDWORK AND MYTH: LOCATING IRISH ART ON THE PERIPHERIES - Joanne Laws 

wool-farmer Benedict Gallagher, Mass Hill, Lough Easkey, Co.Sligo, Barley hay-Denny Dolan, Shasnacurry, Co.Leitrim; silk, merino wool, calico, plywood


(re)examining identity

Almost like a traveling monk, I journey between different places in the world, observing significant/insignificant differences which might not have been visible had I only stayed in one location. The work and the process has become a vehicle for reconnecting my past, present and future, with the aim of finding a place of contentment embedded in different cultures, unifying the fragments of my daily life, reflecting its essence of renewal and memories of the past.

Conversation I. 
'In conversation' references Donald Judd’s work ‘the bed’ creating a dialogue between male and female approach to creation examining female cultural identity. Why have I created a conversation with Donlad Judd? he was comfortable moving, like Noguchi between applied and visual art. As an artist working with the medium of wool only after spending more and more time in New York I have finally found a release from this pressurizing division, and I could put my practice and work in context.
Conversation II.
I brought up by my grandmother and if she could be here and if you would ask her what happiness meant for her, she would answer: ''knowing that after a long day of hard work I am going to rest in my own bed with clean bedding which has the scent of sunshine, means everything for me'' My bed has a scent of hay, barley hay and not sunshine but for me the smell of hay revokes the summer of my childhood.
Conversation III.
The making of the mattress references and reflects on a Hungarian traditional way of living which is long gone where every two weeks you would remake your bedding and stuff fresh hay into your mattress and burn the old hay to get rid of the bad dreams and nightmares.
Conversation IV.
Using Irish sheep wool from local farmers, mountain sheep wool where the continuity of the sheep farmers’ tradition through generations at the North West of Ireland still defining the rural countryside. the wool is from: Benedict Gallagher, farmer, Mass Hill, Lough Easkey, Co. Sligo The living tradition in the north west of rural Ireland surrounds me and giving me a base to remain in the reality of human existence, the yearly cycle of life and death and continuity providing me place where I feel home and contained.
Image by Padraig Cunningham


LOCIS is designed as a knowledge-sharing project which seeks to create opportunities for artists to work together, regardless of their place of residence, and to enable them to establish collaborative relations and dialogue with internationally renowned artists who will also be involved in the project. Each residency program will engage artists from Poland, Sweden and Ireland. LOCIS in 2014 will be thematically oriented towards exploration of our physical, social and political environment and alternative or self organized forms of artistic and social interaction. Being located in places where artistic communities share the need for having a high degree of cultural activity and exchange, this collaborative project offers an opportunity to contemplate how artists help us consider new possibilities for social organization, our understanding of place, and ways to transcend physical, cultural and political boundaries.

documentation of the 2 years project published in the form of a hardback book, please click below to read the online verson of the book