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Welcome to our Artists in Residence page where you can learn more about the current and past projects, upcoming workshops and the artists themselves.

Inspired by Maria Simonds-Gooding's Blasket prints, hanging to the left of Room 6.

Colm Ó Foghlú one of our Artists-in-Residence, in collaboration with Eileen Keane Niland have created a special sound installation for Culture Night to accompany them. The music is taken from Suantraí na hInise/The Island Lullaby, a longer work for concertina, fiddle, harp and string orchestra.

Culture-Night-Logo_RGB-72ppi  Click here to access the special sounds installation for Culture Night.

Click below to learn about one of Ireland's foremost painters and printmakers, Maria Simonds-Gooding.

Maria Simonds-Gooding


Maria Simonds-Gooding has been identified as one of Ireland's foremost painters and printmakers to have emerged since the sixties.


Her work, which has been exhibited internationally, is represented in many public and private collections, including those of the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum in New York.


Born in India in 1939, Maria Simonds-Gooding studied at the National College of Art, Dublin, Le Centre de Peinture, Bruxelles, Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, UK from 1962 – 1968 and has lived and worked in Kerry since 1947. She was elected a member of Aosdána in 1981 and was elected full membership of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 2012.


"Simonds-Gooding’s work is in the best Modernist sense, reductivist. She deliberately absences the unnecessary and foregrounds only line and space to create essential worlds that are recognisable but not locatable.


And yet it is all about locale, though those locations can be in the Sinai Desert, New Mexico or Kerry – all expose the ancient negotiation between man and land and subsistence. If the cave drawings of Lascaux are about the hunter homo sapiens then Simonds-Gooding’s works are about subsistence farmers and the effect their toil has upon the land.

Simonds-Gooding’s fields, bound by walls or ditches, do not to signify proprietorial ownership but a place won back from the wild and untamed land that surrounds it. They are statements of defiance and endurance, places where a struggle against the elementals to eek a survivalist living has left its evidence.


It is also about transcendence, her images touching something deep inside our collective unconsciousness. Her schema, elegant and beautiful, suggest an algebra of traces, specifically, mankind’s agrarian efforts in places remote and severe."

-  Patrick T. Murphy, RHA Director.




Arts-Council-LogoArtists in Residence 2022 - 2023

Young People Children and Education (YPCE) Residencies support artists or arts organisations to spend an academic year in residence in a Higher Education Institution in Ireland that provides Initial Teacher Education. This now includes institutions that offer a recognised qualification in Early Childhood Education and Care.

The residencies aim to:

  • Provide opportunities for artists to develop their skills and experience in education settings, and to develop their artistic work in a collaborative and supportive environment;
  • Provide opportunities for teaching staff in Initial Teacher Education and Early Childhood Education and Care to engage with practicing artists in creating bespoke, creative initiatives with and for their students;   Support future teachers and early childhood practitioners to engage with practicing artists as part of their learning experience; 
  • Support future teachers and early childhood practitioners to develop the skills and confidence to facilitate arts experiences for the children in the schools and settings where they work, and to champion the arts in these settings.


This year 2022-2023 in Marino Institute of Education we have been awarded funding from the Arts Council for two residencies. We are delighted to welcome artists in residence Colm Ó Foghlú and Duffy Mooney-Sheppard with her collaborator Darren Yorke to Marino Institute of Education.

Colm Ó Foghlú


Composer, director, writer and producer, Colm Ó Foghlú has toured extensively throughout Australia, Europe, Asia and North America.  A former Musical Director for Riverdance, he has composed, arranged and produced numerous award-winning shows and albums.

Premieres of his operas Eoghainín na nÉan and Íosagan, based on stories by P.H. Pearse, took place at Axis, Dublin which he directed and also created the animated imagery. Colm also created the original arrangements and orchestrations for the critically acclaimed  Angela’s Ashes: TheMusical (Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Belfast, London and New York).

As a co-director of Ember Productions he created a range of critically acclaimed performances including Stones, Bones and Beckett in the Fourknocks Neolithic Passage Tomb in Meath, Frozen Music in St. Mary’s Medieval Abbey in Dublin and Scoring the Stone, a commission from the World Archaeological Congress, Dublin 2008.  Other commissions include Irish Thunder, Celtic Fyre (Busch Gardens), Aifreann na nAingeal/Mass of the Angels (RTÉ), The Star of Bethlehem: A Christmas Oratorio (BAI/RTÉ) and Inscribed, a musical collaboration with poetEavan Boland (Poetry Ireland).

In addition to his work as a composer/producer, he wrote & directed his award-winning first short film Suanscéal and also presented/arranged and was music producer on an eight-part TV series Pitch Perfect for TG4 and Good Company Productions. He also contributes scripts and composes music for RTÉ’s  series Tír na nÓg.


Colm is also a graduate of UCD, holding an M.A. in Drama and Performance Studies and recently graduated from DCU, St. Patrick’s College with a Professional Masters in Education where he was Artist-in-Residence 2019- 2021.

He is currently Artist-in-Residence in Marino Institute of Education.

His new album Returning/Filleadh

will be released 27th October 2022.



Duffy Mooney-Sheppard


Duffy Mooney-Sheppard Biography: Duffy is a visual artist, story maker and facilitator. A recent graduate of the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, she has exhibited her work at home and abroad. As well as an artist, she is a qualified secondary art teacher and has many years experience as a creative art workshop facilitator. In 2020/21, she devised and delivered a significant number of online workshops for children, their families and adults with cultural venues, schools, libraries & festivals nationwide. Recent highlights include ‘Dreaming and Drawing’ (2021) at The Ark, an afterschool program with families in emergency accommodation and direct provision, and ‘Winter Tales by Firelight’ (2022) with St Patrick's Mental Health Hospital as part of First Fortnight Festival. She is founder of Little Islands Art Club where she presents workshops online for groups of children and adults from her art studio. As a facilitator she is focused on creating supportive and positive spaces for her children's and adult groups to play, explore ideas and develop their unique creative voice. Recent artist residencies include Cow House Studios (2022) and MAKE (2021). She was awarded the Young People, Children and Education Arts Council Bursary and Literature Project Award to continue to develop and produce innovative artwork and stories for children in 2021 & 2022.

More info at www.duffydraws.com

Darren Yorke


Darren Yorke Biography: Darren is a Dublin-based playmaker. Hailing from Longford, he holds a BA in Drama & Theatre Studies from Trinity College Dublin and has developed a rich interdisciplinary arts practice with a strong focus on improvisational theatre, or “Impro”. He established Grand Stretch® in 2017 as Ireland’s leading member of the International TheatreSports™ Institute, applying Keith Johnstone’s Impro methodology and show formats to level the playing field for diverse talents. In Sports, a "playmaker" leads a team from within — instilling fearlessness, influencing game flow, initiating artful plays, and inspiring shining moments. Since working with Vancouver TheatreSports™ from 2014 to 2016, Darren has strived to be a playmaker for the arts, in the spirit of team sports. With his “fail-safe” approach to fearless play, creativity, and performance, Darren actively engages people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds in fearless play — casually performing momentous acts, staging spontaneous stories with staying power, making meaningful and magical things happen onstage (and off) in the tone of “it’s all to play for!” Recent highlights include ‘Inside Out’ (2021) delivering workshops at Creative Hubs in Dublin Libraries, and ‘Try It Out’ (2022) with Dublin’s North East Inner City, working with children of St Laurence O Toole’s, St Vincent’s Infant Boys’ School, Ozanam House (SVP), and the Foundations Project (DCETB).