Living in West Cork since 2021 and from South West Donegal, Áine graduated from Trinity College Dublin (2017) as a Speech & Language Therapist before completing a higher diploma in Fine Art from the Burren College of Art (2021). Her work is research-based and aims to explore the correlation between visual art, in particular portraiture painting, poetry and her academic background in communication. She is interested in how her understanding of speech, voice, language and swallow can foster new connections when researching identity and notions of the self.
She has been fortunate to facilitate several projects with Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre on the Arts for Health team in 2022.
Her previous work has collaborated with other artists in Donegal when researching the Donegal Carpets enterprise funded by Donegal County Council & Creative Ireland (2020). She partnered with a gentleman with early-onset dementia in 2020 to gather his oral history, collaboratively write a poem together called ‘Boats’, which was later read aloud by him at his local Men’s Shed in Donegal. She has received a bursary from Clare County Council in 2021 to carry out a remote socially-focused portraiture project with older members of a Clare community and was awarded the Emerging Artist Bursary from artsandhealth.ie, HSE & Arts Council (2022). She is currently researching the development of a collaborative poetry methodology suitable specifically for people who have experienced aphasia post-stroke, and dementia. She is also investigating what specific Speech & Language Therapy skills could be harnessed within Arts for Health contexts, to increase the participation for those who may have difficulties with communication.
Áine’s writing has been published in Drawn to the Light Press, Roi Fainéant Press and Lothlorien Journal (2022). Her paintings have been shown in Working Artist Studios (West Cork) and Gallagher’s Gallery (Donegal). She has completed learning with an Artist Care Exchange focused on Arts for Health practices facilitated by Age & Opportunity (2022).