We are pleased to announce Joanna Hopkins as the recipient of the Soil Project residency for 2024.

Joanna will undertake a research based project that will explore what grew in the glasshouses and gardens at Evan's Home, for it's inhabitants.

The project will connect people to soil by looking at and examining the plants that grow in it, and how these plants co-exist with soil ecology to survive, thrive or die. Joanna Hopkins, will use an onsite plot at Butler Gallery in which to conduct experiments, that will grow and change over time.

About the Artist

Joanna Hopkins is an Irish artist working in video, collage, drawing, photography and installation. Her research based practice includes collaborative and socially engaged projects, often working site specifically. By exploring a contemporary interpretation of traditional folklore, and the metaphysical gap between humans & plants – can we view our bodies as extensions of a living landscape? Recent Solo exhibitions include Fruitier Bodies, Lexicon Gallery, Dun Laogahire 2024; Fruity Bodies, GOMA Waterford 2023; The Growing Gallery, 2022, Lexicon Gallery, Dun laoghaire, Dublin; Sympathetic Soup, 2021, Cregan Building, Dublin City University; Connecting, BNA Neuroscience Conference for the Science Gallery Dublin, 2019. Recent awards include CREATE Collaborative Arts Project Realisation Award 2024; Visual Artist Bursary Award Arts Council of Ireland 2023; Platform 31 Artist Award 2022; Visual Artist Bursary Award Arts Council of Ireland 2021; Meath County Council Professional Development Artist 2022 & 2023, Dublin City University Artist in Residence Award, 2020-2021; An Urgent Enquiry: Artist in Residence for Fingal County Council, 2019, collaborating with Mary Conroy on a site specific public art installation. Previous residencies and public art commissions include Artist in Residence in a Healthcare Setting, Bealtine, 2017; 'A Marram Meithal', Mayo Arts Offce Tir Saile Public Art Residency 2017; CURAM Art & Science Residency, National University of Ireland Galway, 2015 and FIND, Public Art Commission, Mayo Arts Office, 2014.


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