SAM'S EDEN: LIFE DRAWING
Monday 21 August, 2023
Join artist Cara Donaghey and model Mel Bradley for a life drawing session, using the exhibition SAM'S EDEN as a backdrop. The themes of the exhibition are Queer Bodies, Virtual Spaces, Community, Imaginative Landscapes and Futures. Paper and drawing materials informed by the artwork in the exhibition will be provided. Booking available here.
This is a Public Programme event for SAM'S EDEN, an exhibition at CCA Derry~Londonderry curated by Thomas Wells. The exhibition runs until Saturday 9 September, 2023.
Cara Donaghey makes artwork in, Donegal and beyond. Originally from Buncrana, she studied at NWRC, Derry and NCAD, Dublin, graduating with a degree in Fine Art Printmaking and Visual Culture. She is an active member of Derry Print Workshop and a previous member of Black Church Print Studio, serving on the Board of Directors. Selected exhibitions include Swallowing Geography, RCC and Glebe Gallery, Donegal (2022), The New State: Contemporary Etching in Ireland, Graphic Studio Gallery (2019), Homo Ludens (Man at Play), The Library Project/Black Church Print Studio, Dublin (2018) and A Setting, Pallas Projects/Studios, Dublin (2018). Recent awards and residencies include Donegal County Council Artist Bursary (2022), Agility Award Round 2 (2022), Clancy Quay Studio Residency, awarded by NCAD and Kennedy Wilson (2018) and Black Church Print Studio Graduate Award: John Kelly RHA Award (First Prize) (2019).
Mel Bradley is a spoken word artist, writer, playwright/theatre-maker, multimedia artist, designer, actor and activist. A gatherer of the untold stories of women. An outspoken queer feminist performer with a candid voice and an unhealthy obsession in the Virgin Mary. A creative genius with the attention span of a gnat and an incapacity for boredom.
Mel uses her voice as a performer as a tool for activism around all forms of equality and diversity including Feminism and LGBTQ+ Rights. Mel has been a featured performance poet/spoken word artist at various festivals and events over the years. These include Stendhal, Body & Soul, CreatEVE & Women Aloud NI, That’s What She Said, Queertopia and Edinburgh Fringe, Open House Festival.