Poetry Encounters, a special series of artist-poet, readings and discussions, presented in association with Poetry Ireland to mark Butler Gallery's 80th Anniversary. Artists whose work features in Butler Gallery's 80th Anniversary Collection Exhibition share and exchange insights into their own work with poets. The poets read from their collections, explore the exhibition and consider how the visual arts have influenced their writing.

March 8th, 2023

Felicity Clear was born and lives in Dublin. Her drawing practice involves large-scale works on paper, 3D drawing installation and animation. She is interested in graphic visualisations of space, this include a representational drawing, a schematic drawing, map or diagram. Recent work is concerned with the way space and time are conceptualised in maps and schema that come from meteorological observations of wind, cloud and other natural systems.

Her work has been exhibited in a number of solo exhibitions including: The Butler Gallery (Kilkenny); The Lab (Dublin); Galway Arts Centre (Galway); The Mermaid (Bray); The Rubicon Gallery Dublin, and most recently Oonagh Young Gallery (Dublin). Her work has also been included in the following curated group exhibitions: Ecologies of Drawing: In Situ, Research Network, Loughborough University; Beyond Drawing, Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre and Ballina Arts Centre, 10,000 to 50 Irish Museum of Modern Art, There not There, Crawford Gallery Of Art; ART Futures, Contemporary Art Society, London, New Contemporaries, Agnews, London, National Collection of Contemporary Drawing 30 years, Limerick City Gallery; Centennial Of Women In Art, Museum Of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, Amongst Other Things, DLR Lexicon, Dublin, A Borrowed Bounce, The Dock, Co Leitrim. Art’s Work, Limerick City Gallery. Clear’s work is included in the following selected collections: Arts Council Of Ireland, The National Drawing Collection, Limerick, Butler Gallery Collection and Goldman Sachs UK. Her work has been supported through Visual Arts Bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland on numerous occasions. Residencies included Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris, The Model Sligo, Leitrim Sculpture Centre. Clear is a part-time lecturer in the National College of Art and Design, where she lectures in Fine Art multidisciplinary studies.

Jane Clarke is the author of two collections, The River and When the Tree Falls (Bloodaxe Books 2015 & 2019), as well as an illustrated chapbook, All the Way Home, (Smith|Doorstop 2019). Jane’s awards include the 2016 Hennessy Literary Award for Poetry and the 2016 Listowel Writers’ Week Poem of the Year. The River was the first poetry collection ever shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Award, given for a distinguished work of fiction or non-fiction evoking the spirit of a place. Jane’s third collection A Change in the Air will be published by Bloodaxe in May 2023.


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