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LIT Lecturer Aideen Barry Elected to Aosdána in Recognition of Contribution to Irish Culture and Wins Prestigious Myron Marty Lectureship at Drake University in Iowa


LIT/Limerick School of Art & Design lecturer Aideen Barry has been elected to Aosdána. Aosdána is the affiliation of creative artists administered by the Arts Council, which honours and supports artists with “a distinguished body of work” who have made an outstanding contribution to Irish Culture.

Membership is limited to 250 members, Aosdána comprises creative artists – including writers, composers, visual artists, and more recently architects and choreographers.

Barry was elected along with five new members at its annual general assembly in University College Cork on Friday, 5th of April 2019. Previous members include Samuel Beckett, Seamas Heaney, Louis le Broquy, Brian Friel, Patrick Scott, and Mary Lavin. Visual artists Aideen Barry, Clare Langan and Margaret Irwin West were elected; as were architect Niall McLaughlin; writer Anna Burns and poet Doireann Ní Gríofa.

Founded in 1981, Aosdána was established by the Arts Council to honour artists for their contributions to Irish society and to support them in their artistic endeavours. Membership is capped at 250 living artists. All members are elected by their peers and are entitled to avail of an annual grant, known as a cnuas, worth €17,850 a year for five years.

Aideen Barry has also won the prestigious Myron Marty Lectureship at Drake University in Iowa. The prestigious award offers a $5,000 award, inclusive of meals, travel and accommodation, to an established practitioner, or a collaborative team/troupe of practitioners of the interdisciplinary fine or performing arts and humanities from outside Drake.

Aideen Barry was named the 2019 Marty Lecturer in Arts + Humanities and was in residence at Drake University from April 16-18, interacting with students and faculty, leading workshops and other interactive learning activities, and delivering a public lecture/performance.

Dr. Tracy Fahey, Head of the Fine Art Department says

“We are delighted at Aideen’s formidable achievements, a timely recognition for the depth and breadth of her artistic practice. We remain very proud to have her on our teaching staff for Sculpture and Combined Media, and Photography, Film, Video.”


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