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ARTS Mayo artist shortlisted for national portrait prize



Saoirse Wall
?A still from Saoirse Wall’s ‘Gesture 2’.

Mayo artist shortlisted for national portrait prize

Ciara Moynihan

Mayo artist Saoirse Wall was among the 12 artists whose work was chosen for the National Gallery of Ireland’s inaugural Hennessy Portrait Prize shortlist. Over 400 artists entered work for the prestigious prize.
Wall, who splits her time between Dublin and Westport, was one of the youngest artist in the group. Her arresting submission, a HD video entitled ‘Gesture 2’, addresses “issues of seeing and being seen in the age of the internet.” The installation, along with the eleven other shortlisted entries, will remain on exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland until February 8, 2015.
Saoirse Wall recently graduated with a first-class honours BA in Fine Art Media at NCAD. She has exhibited internationally, including at ‘setup, a devise’, Dublin; The Wrong Digital Art Biennale and the National #Selfie portrait gallery, London.
The shortlisted submissions were chosen by a panel of four judges comprising Dr Declan Long (NCAD), Donald Teskey (RHA), Cristín Leach Hughes (The Sunday Times) and Janet McLean (NGI) and chaired by the Director of the National Gallery of Ireland, Seán Rainbird.
The overall Hennessy Portrait Prize was awarded to Sligo-based painter Nick Miller for his entry, painting ‘Last Sitting’, a portrait of the late artist Barrie Cooke, who died earlier this year.