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Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh, DIT Fine Art graduate, receives John Moores Painting Prize nomination

Posted: 4 July, 2018

DIT Fine Art Alumnus, Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh, has been shortlisted for one of the most prestigious painting prizes in Europe – the John Moores Painting Prize.

Ní Mhaonaigh graduated from DIT with a degree in Fine Art in 2001 and has fond memories of her time in Portland Row, the home of the Dublin School of Creative Arts until it moved to DIT Grangegorman in 2014. “I always wanted to go to DIT because they had artists teaching that were publishing work such as Patricia Hurl who established many community art projects and the painter Geraldine O’Neill was my drawing teacher.”

Sinéad also warmly remembers the lectures of the Institute’s current Head of Creative Arts, Kieran Corcoran, which she says were an example of the all-round education she received. “DIT prepared me for what working as an artist in the real world would be like, we were not overly tutored but enriched by the Lecturers and encouraged to find our own voice. Even the studio spaces in Portland Row were very like the kind of venues that artists use in their working lives.”

Ní Mhaonaigh’s piece Monument, nominated for the John Moores Prize was initially exhibited under the name ‘Ardán V’ in the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery on Chancery Lane, Dublin 8 and was also shortlisted for the Marmite Prize for Painting in 2016. The internationally-renowned John Moores Painting Prize is the UK's longest-established painting prize, founded in 1957 and Sinéad is thrilled to be involved in the exhibition at Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery. “Being shortlisted is a prize itself, Monument was a piece that I felt hadn’t received enough wall time and it will now be exhibited along with 59 of my peers. When I was at DIT, I always remember hearing about the John Moores Prize, and now my work is part of the fabric."

Celebrating its 60th year, the John Moores Painting Prize is one of Europe’s best-known painting competitions and is named after Sir John Moores, a noted philanthropist and business-man. In 2018, the competition received over 60,000 entries, and Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh is one of 60 artists that will take part in the exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery beginning on 14 July 2018. 

Sinéad will also take part in an exhibition with DIT Fine Art Lecturer, Patrick Graham, at the Dún Laoghaire Lexicon in November 2018.