First Residency
Emma Finucane

June 2019

Emma has been researching and making visual art in health contexts for over ten years. Her work is created through dialogue, process based, participatory and collaborative practice. She investigates the way we connect and communicate with places and each other and how this ultimately contributes to the quality of our lives. Her work frequently combines education, research and artistic practice. Most recently Emma's art practice led her to a residency in the UCD School of Nursing and Midwifery.
A founder member of Outpost Studios in Bray Co.Wicklow, Emma completed a BFA at NCAD in 1997 and an MFA in 2006. She has been commissioned and supported by the Arts Council Ireland, CREATE, Wicklow, Carlow, Cavan and has been working on The Creative Well Project with Kildare County Arts Service since 2011. Her work has been shown both nationally and internationally and can be found in many private and public collections including: OPW, AIB, DIT, and UCD.
Emma is interested in exploring Usher’s Island as a vital space within the lives of the service users who pass through it as they recover. Using dialogic art-making workshops, Emma will work with service users to question the potential of a creative journey and ask: What happens when we navigate this place together as artist and service user?
According to Emma, “Usher’s Island, a social site providing a pivot towards recovery and community reintegration, is a vital ‘space’ or ‘place’ within the lives of the service users who attend the community centre. ‘Place’ and ‘Space’ are terms that are often found in artspeak; they are a conceptual pair that rarely make an appearance without each other. I intend to use ideas of space and place as a starting point in the residency”.