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Rita Duffy

Rita Duffy was born in Belfast.  She holds a BA and an MA in Fine art from the University of Ulster. One of Ireland's groundbreaking artists initiating major collaborative art projects, she was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Society of Architects for developmental work in the built environment. She is an associate at the Goldsmiths College London and collaborated on artistic exchange with Argentina looking at the role of art in post conflict societies.

Her Belfast studio practice of 25 years moved comfortably between gallery based exhibitions and acclaimed public art projects; Drawing the Blinds at Divis Tower; The Thaw iceberg to Belfast project; The Shirt Factory Derry 2013. The Souvenir Shop 2016 was a national centenry commission, awarded for the year of remembering wars and revolution. Souvenir has toured Ireland, developing new iterations for CCI Paris, The Mattress Factory Museum in Pittsburgh 2017, Manchester in 2018 and currently in Belgium.

Currently, resident in former Ballyconnell Courthouse, she continues to explore issues of identity, working in a specific border context. Her 2017 Soften the Border project attracted global media coverage and gave voice to the local experience loaded with creative urgency in a world of increasing chaos and border obsessions. She was elected to Aosdána in 2018.

 

Last updated: June 2018

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